Hi Summer, Hi New Korean Dramas –– 8 Upcoming Kdramas in June
Summer is just around the corner! We are all more than happy to chuck them hoodies and winter jackets in the closet and chill on the beach with our new summer dress + Korean dramas.
I have to admit though, Korean drama and Kpop have been taking the world by storm these past few years. In the previous decade, it has been Asia but these days even the Americas and Europe are all in on the hype. Plus, I don’t know if this is just me or if everyone is feeling the same way too, but Kdrama quality––especially their CGI (Computer-generated imagery)––has gotten so much better.
Obviously, for someone who has been keeping an eye on the Korean entertainment industry for a while, I am more than happy to see that they have reached such levels of worldwide recognition that they do today. I am definitely interested to see where the Korean entertainment industry will be in the next decade. Until then, however, I will be chillin’ here with my homies and munch on KBBQs while I enjoy my Kdramas.
Genre : Romance, Friendship
Starring : Park Ji Hoon, Bae In Hyuk, Kang Min Ah
Aired : June 14, 2021 –– July 20, 2021
Episodes : 20
A coming of age story about young people in their twenties and the problems they face in university. Nam Soo Hyun and Yeo Joon, two boys with contrasting personalities, unexpectedly become friends when they work on a project together.
This drama depicts the realistic worries and conflicts of university students in their 20’s, centered around 1st-year student Yeo Joon. Even though Yeo Joon has an attractive appearance and comes from a wealthy background, he carries pain inside. His character is a puppy-dog freshman who takes a liking to a sunbae and follows him around, leading to an unlikely friendship between two very different boys.
Genre : Romance, Melodrama
Starring : Jung Jae Young, Moon So Ri, Lee Sang Yeob
Aired : June 23, 2021 –– August 12, 2021
Episodes : 16
Veteran Engineer Choi Ban Seok is a developer with the consumer electronics division of Hanmyung Electronics. He is a calm, warm-hearted man with a good sense of humor who is now facing the biggest crisis of his 22-year career. To avoid being included in a round of dismissals, he transfers to the Personnel Department. Despite being unfamiliar with its function, he decides that it is better to endure being there than be without a job.
Tang Ja Young, the recently promoted Head of the Personnel Department, is a workaholic who wants to become the company’s first female executive. When Ban Seok first transfers to her department, she doesn’t quite know what to make of him. But, once working together, she finds her life slowly changing.
Genre : Suspense, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Starring : Lee Ji Ah, Kim So Yun, Eugene
Aired : June 4, 2021 –– August 13, 2021
Episodes : 11
The hit SBS drama centers around the Penthouse, an apartment complex reserved for those at the top of the social pyramid. It focuses on the solidarity and pursuit of revenge among a group of women who stop at nothing to protect their children.
Genre : Friendship, Comedy, Romance, Drama
Starring : Jo Jung Suk, Yoo Yun Suk, Jung Kyung Ho
Aired : June 17, 2021 –– September 2, 2021
Episodes : 12
The kdrama Hospital Playlist is a simple ordinary life medical show that makes people somewhat feels good, with the life series events. It portrays the five doctor’s lives that have been friends since their student days from the 90s. Now, they are even working in the same medical, Yulje Medical Center, besides being passionate about music. They inspire and support each other to be a better person.
Genre : Action, Thriller, Mystery, Psychological, Crime
Starring : Song Seung Hun, Lee Ha Na, Son Eun Seo
Aired : June 18, 2021 –– July 31, 2021
Episodes : 14
Korean drama Voice revolves around an emergency call center and the employees who attempt to fight crime using the limited information they get from the urgent calls they receive. Kang Kwon Joo is a life-saving voice profiler. Derek Jo, a unit leader at the LAPD who winds up collaborating with the Golden Time Team. A tough perfectionist who refuses to accept even the smallest mistake, Derek Jo will be a force to be reckoned with.
Genre : Romance, Drama, Comedy
Starring : Jung So Min, Kim Ji Suk, Jung Gun Joo
Aired : June 16, 2021 –– August 5, 2021
Episodes : 16
A home-searching romance story about a man who buys houses and a woman who lives in one. It follows the diverse stories of the editors of a home magazine. Yoo Ja Sung is the CEO of a real estate investment company and magazine company Monthly House who went from rags to riches. By studying during the day, working as a restaurant part-timer and a designated driver at night, and working at construction sites during the weekends, Yoo Ja Sung cut down on his sleep time to self-study real estate, eventually becoming an investment expert and wealthy man owning property worth tens of billions of won (tens of millions of dollars) in real estate. However, when he runs into Na Young Won, the two will begin an unexpected romance.
Na Young Won is a magazine editor with 10 years of experience who has been living alone for 10 years at a rented home. She believes her home to be the place where she can truly be herself. However, when she meets her devil-like new homeowner and Monthly House magazine CEO, Na Young Won begins to search for a house of her own and develops an interest in real estate.
Camping fanatic and professional photographer Shin Kyum is living by the principles of “you only live once” and “work-life balance.” Shin Kyum chose to become a photographer over inheriting his father’s business. He’s also Na Young Won’s neighbor and convenience store partner, allowing their fates to be constantly intertwined.
Genre : Romance, Drama
Starring : Song Kang, Han So Hee, Chae Jong Hyeop
Aired : June 19, 2021 –– August 21, 2021
Episodes : 10
Park Jae Uhn finds dating a waste of time but likes to flirt. Even though he is friendly and cheerful towards all, he does not pursue others. Park Jae Uhn is a master of “push-and-pull”: who doesn’t get swept up in emotions. Jae Uhn draws firm lines between himself and other people and doesn’t reveal how he feels. Yet when Park Jae Uhn meets Yoo Na Bi, he wants to cross those lines.
Yoo Na Bi but wants to date but doesn’t trust love. After a bitter experience with her first love, she doesn’t believe in destiny anymore. But when she meets Park Jae Uhn, he has a magical effect on her that challenges Na Bi’s decision to stay aloof.
Genre : Romance, Drama
Starring : Sung Hoon, Lee Ga Ryung, Lee Tae Gon
Aired : June 12, 2021 –– August 1, 2021
Episodes : 16
Love (ft. Marriage and Divorce) is a drama that follows the marital troubles of three couples who are at different stages in their lives.
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