KEY POINTS

  • South Korean culture and entertainment has become more popular over the past decade
  • A lot of memorable K-dramas were released in the 2000s
  • It is worth revisiting some of them

The popularity of South Korean culture and entertainment has increased globally over the past decade as K-dramas and K-pop stars continue to gain immense success and appreciation around the world.

If you're a fan of K-dramas and have already burned through the latest ones, here's a list of some of the most popular old-school drama series from the 2000s that you should absolutely revisit:

Coffee Prince (2007) 

The iconic gender-bender romantic-comedy starring actors Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye tells the story of Choi Han Kyul, the owner of a cafe named "Coffee Prince" who only hires good-looking and handsome men to attract more customers.

His world turns upside down when he hires Go Eun Chan, a girl who cross-dresses as a guy to find work in order to support her family. Choi falls in love with Eun Chan and experiences an identity crisis without knowing her true gender.

Full House (2004)

Starring Song Hye Kyo and Rain, "Full House" is a romantic-comedy drama that revolves around the characters Han Ji Eun, an aspiring scriptwriter, and Lee Young Jea, a renowned star. Ji Eun lives in a house named Full House that was left behind by her late father. However, things get messy after her scheming friends trick her into going on a vacation and sell the house behind her back.

Upon returning to her house, the woman learns that her house has already been sold to the famous actor Young Jae, who is unwilling to lose the house. She strikes a deal with the actor to work as her housekeeper and be his contract lover so she can buy the house back in the future. A series of comedic events follow as the two get closer and begin to fall in love.

You're Beautiful (2009)

The romantic drama starring Park Shin Hye and Jang Keun Suk revolves around an aspiring nun named Mi Nyeo and a male idol group named A.N.JELL.

Mi Nyeo's road to being a nun is cut short when the agency of the band her twin brother, Mi Nam, is supposed to debut with approaches her for help after the singer leaves for America to undergo surgery for his botched eye. Unwilling to let her brother's dreams disappear, she agrees to secretly pose as her brother to help continue the group's activities.

Boys Over Flowers (2009)

This iconic drama propelled actor Lee Min Ho into superstardom. The story revolves around Geun Jan Di (Koo Hye Sun), an average high school student who gets into a prestigious high school, and the infamous F4, a group of good-looking rich heirs.

Despite her efforts to maintain a low profile at school, Jan Di ends up drawing the attention of Gu Jun Pyo (Lee Min Ho), the leader of F4, and becomes a target of his bullying when she tries to protect her friend. However, Jun Pyo learns to overcome the differences between their social classes as he starts to fall in love with her.

Some other dramas you can add to your list are "My girl," "Princess Hours," "Successful Story of A Bright Girl" and "Love Story in Harvard."

JTBC K-drama "I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice "I’ll Go To You When The Weather Is Nice" is a South Korean melodramatic drama released by JTBC. Photo: jtbcworldwide.com