Move over, typical romance, we are here to celebrate bromances! One of the best parts of watching a Korean drama is the chemistry between the various characters, including the bromances. While heart fluttering romances are sweet, the back and forth between the male characters adds a different sort of charm to the show. The brotherly love and affection, the bickering, and the brotherhood make watching K-dramas a memorable experience. Here are seven popular Korean dramas where the bromance becomes the highlight of the show

1. Prison Playbook (2017)

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Kim Je-hyuk was a star baseball player who ends up in prison for assault while trying to save his sister. Coincidentally, his childhood friend Lee Joon-ho is the guard of the prison Je-hyuk is incarcerated in. The whole show is about the relationship between all the prison mates and how they help and support each other. Je-hyuk and Joon-ho’s relationship shines in this show. When everything seems hopeless to Je-hyuk, Joon-ho is the one who helps him sail through life with a smile on his face.

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2. Wok of Love (2018)

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A chef and a gangster form an unlikely pairing, don’t they? And yet, theirs is one of the best bromances in K-dramaland. Seo Poong is a talented chef who is fired from a high-end hotel. When Doo Chil-sung finds him, he offers Poong a place at his Chinese restaurant, Hungry Wok. Their relationship lies at the heart of the series. Even when both men end up falling for the same woman, their relationship is never spoiled. Poong and Chil-sung remain loyal to each other and stay best friends through it all.

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3. The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)

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Now, this is one show where the bromance overpowers the romance if you ask me. Lee Gon is the third king of the Kingdom of Corea and Jo Yeong is his captain of the Royal Guard. Apart from being a king and his guard, they are also childhood best friends. That’s pretty evident in their interactions with each other. Their humorous banter and constant bickering are something only close friends do.

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4. The Devil Judge (2021)

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A dystopian drama starring Ji Sung as Kang Yo-han and Park Jin-young as Kim Ga-on, The Devil Judge is one of the most popular Korean dramas. Yo-han and Ga-on had more chemistry together than the fricking chemistry lab in school. They start off on the wrong foot with contrasting ideals. Soon, you have them staying under the same roof and changing each other’s lives, one good deed at a time. Their growing relationship is one of the highlights of the drama.

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5. Vincenzo (2021)

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The Song Joong-ki starrer Vincenzo was one of the biggest hits this year. While people appreciated the show and Joong-ki’s chemistry with fellow actress Jeon Yeo-been, the highlight of the drama was the relationship between Joong-ki’s Vincenzo Cassano and Kwak Dong-yeon’s Jang Han-seo. Vincenzo and Han-seo had one of the most endearing relationships in the show. Though the start of the relationship is less than ideal, by the end of the show, you can see they are brothers in the true sense.

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6. A Korean Odyssey (2017)

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A Korean Odyssey is one of the most popular Korean dramas from 2017. Son Oh-gong and Devil King Woo have one of the most epic love-hate bromances in K-dramaland. They are known rivals and have been feuding for years. Yet, Oh-gong ends up living with Woo and picking on him throughout. But as the series progresses, you can see how much they care for each other. When times get tough, Woo and Oh-gong stand together to help each other.

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7. At A Distance, Spring Is Green (2021)

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Yeo Jun and Nam Soo-hyun are screaming chemistry in At a Distance, Spring Is Green. Two polar opposite, broken people come together to heal each other. At A Distance, Spring Is Green is a healing drama at its heart and Jun and Soo-hyun’s relationship is the core of this series. Jun comes from a rich but abusive family that leaves him lonely. Soo-hyun comes from a loving but poor family, and the weight of responsibilities makes him lonely. Though their opinion of each other in the beginning is not great, as the drama progresses, they learn about each other and their pain, joys, and dreams. How they go from strangers who dislike each other to best friends who are each other’s confidants is the best journey.

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Related: K-Drama Guide: 11 Korean Dramas To Binge If You Are A Beginner

 

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