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List Of Korean Dramas Based On Webtoon | 15 Best Manhwa-Based Korean Shows

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List of Korean dramas based on webtoon

Wondering to watch next? Here is a list of Korean dramas based on webtoons that you can binge on this weekend!

Korean dramas have been so successful in recent years. And not just with South Korean audiences.

A lot of western audiences have lapped them up as K-dramas become easily accessible due to streaming sites like Netflix. 

These shows are so popular thanks to their unique storylines, characters, and the refreshing way plot points are handled.

But did you know that a lot of your favorite K-dramas such as Itaewon class and What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim are actually based on webtoons?

And so are many others, but what actually are webtoons? Let’s find out!

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What is a Korean webtoon or Manhwa?

Korean webtoons are short comics uploaded to online sites where readers can access them.

These comics are usually episodic and uploaded to the internet on a weekly or monthly basis.

They are created to fit into a vertical strip that makes for easy viewing on the phone and can either be black-and-white or in color.

Some of these comics run for months together and have over 100 episodes while others are shorter.

Just like Japanese comics of this sort are called “Manga”, their Korean counterparts are called “Manhwa”. 

Korean webtoons come in many different genres like Romance, Fantasy, Adventure, Thriller, Horror, Teen Comedy, and more.

There are several K-dramas that have used these Manhwas as their source material. In this article,  I’ve listed the top Korean dramas based on webtoons.

Korean Drama Based on WebtoonNumber of EpisodesOur Rating
True BeautyViki9/10
Cheese In The TrapViki8.5/10
Sweet HomeNetflix8/10
What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?Netflix, Hulu, Viki10/10
Love AlarmNetflix7/10
Strangers From HellNetflix 7.5/10
Itaewon Class Netflix 8.5/10
Extraordinary YouNetflix, Viki7.5/10

List Of Korean Dramas Based On Webtoon 2021

True Beauty

Genre: Romance

What Manhwa Is It Based on – True Beauty 

Cast of the K-Drama: Moon Ga-young, Hwang In-youp, Park Yoo-na

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com 

This K-drama revolves around high school girl  Ju-kyoung who transforms herself into a beauty using makeup after being bullied by her peers.

There’s an exciting love triangle between the lead character as well. All in all, this a fun teenage romantic comedy that you have to watch!

Cheese In The Trap

Genre: Romance, Comedy

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Cheese In The Trap

Cast of the K-Drama: Park Hae-jin,  Lee Sung-kyung, Seo Kang-joon, Kim Go-eun

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com

Perhaps one of the longest-running webtoons out there, Cheese In The Trap spans over 154 episodes that were uploaded to the internet over a span of 7 whole years!

Also, there are 4 seasons to this K-drama!

It revolves around Hong Seol, a student to returns to school after a gap year only to find her former bully, the handsome Yoo Jung, is being suspiciously nice to her. 

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BfyFOCaFDAj/

Sweet Home 

Genre: Horror, Thriller

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Sweet Home 

Cast of the K-Drama:  Song Kang, Lee Do-hyun, Lee Si-young, Lee Jin-wook

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Manhwaworld.com

If you’re not into the regular old romance Korean dramas, then you should watch this horror thriller.

In this K-drama, the main lead Song Kang finds himself leading the residents of a complex called Green Home in a fight against monsters. 

Spanning over 140 episodes, the Manhwa was adapted into a crisp, 10-episode long K-drama. 

What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

Genre: Romance

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Why Secretary Kim

Cast of the K-Drama: Park Seo-joon, Park Min-young, Lee Tae‑hwan

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix, Hulu, Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Tappytoon.com, Tapas.io

One of the most popular Kdrama based on a webtoon is the Netflix show What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim?

In this show, narcissistic businessman, Lee Young-joon is taken aback when his studious secretary Kim Mi-so hands in her notice.

The reason? She wants to get married. So Young-joon in a desperate attempt to keep Kim by his side starts to woo her! 

This funny Korean drama is definitely a must watch!

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BkjC3llHqXd/

Itaewon Class 

Genre: Drama

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Itaewon Class

Cast of the K-Drama: Park Seo-joon, Yoo Jae-myung, Kwon Nara, Kim Da-mi

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Tapas.io, Manhwatop

This slice-of-life K-drama is a very faithful live-action adaptation of the Manhwa of the same name. 

The show follows Park Sae-ro-yi, a brooding young man who opens a restaurant in the Itaewon district of Seoul

He hopes to make it big in order to avenge the death of his father. 

Extraordinary You

Genre: Romance

What Manhwa Is It Based on? July Found by Chance

Cast of the K-Drama: Kim Hye-yoon, Lee Jae-wook, Rowoon, Lee Na-eun

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix, Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Mangabuddy, Kissmanga, Novelcool

The Extraordinary You webtoon was written by Moo Ryu and has a very novel concept. In it, the protagonist Eun Dan-oh realizes she’s actually a Manhwa character in a comic book called Secret.

This meta plot is very well translated into live-action and allows the characters to develop.

It does stray from the original story in a few places, but it’s still a faithful adaptation. 

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_7FRZ5F4F1/

Rugal

Genre: Thriller, Action

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Rugal

Cast of the K-Drama: Choi Jin-hyuk, Park Sung-woong, Cho Dong-hyuk, Jung Hye-in

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Anime-planet, Novelcool

Tired of all the romances and teenage shenanigans? You should try watching Rugal on Netflix.

The show follows the journey of Kang Ki-beom, a former-detective who wants to hunt down a criminal organisation called Argos.

To do so he must join the group called Rugal that works for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) of Korea. 

Memorist

Genre: Action, Mystery

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Memorist

Cast of the K-Drama: Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Se-young, Ko Chang-seok, Jo Sung-ha

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Mangatoon, Anime-planet

Based on the webtoon of the same name written by Jae Ho, Memorist follows Dong Baek a detective, and Han Sun-mi, a criminal psychologist. 

Together they try to solve murder mysteries in Korea.

If you love Sherlock, Law & Order, and other such police mystery shows, you’ll love this one! 

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Love Alarm

Genre: Romance

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Ringing If You Like

Cast of the K-Drama: Kim So-hyun, Jung Ga-ram, Song Kang

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com

This two-season K-drama is based on a webtoon called  Ringing If You Like.

It tells the story of a romance app called Joalarm that lets users if a secret admirer is within a 10-mile radius.

Due to this app, the lead character Jo-jo finds herself being the object of attraction of Hwang Sun-oh and Lee Hye-young, who are best friends.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_rpBHxpH98/

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Strangers From Hell 

Genre: Horror, Thriller

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Hell is Other People

Cast of the K-Drama: Im Si-wan, Lee Dong-wook

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix 

Where to Read the Manhwa: Naver Webtoons, Webtoons.com

Do you want to watch a short K-drama with jumpscares, mysteries, a quick-paced plot? You should check out Strangers From Hell based on the webtoon Hell Is Other People by Kim Yong-ki.

The dark, twisted show revolves around Yoon Jong-woo, a young intern in Seoul who starts staying at a creepy, cheap apartment complex with weird characters for neighbors.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar 

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Ssanggabpocha

Cast of the K-Drama: Hwang Jung‑eum, Yook Sungjae, Choi Won‑young

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com, Tapas.io

This lighthearted drama follows Wol Joo, a pop-up bar owner who mysteriously helps her patrons solve their lives problems.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CGJWaRvgJXG/

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Taxi Driver

Genre: Action, Thriller

What Manhwa Is It Based on? The Deluxe Taxi 

Cast of the K-Drama: Lee Je-hoon, Kim Eui-sung, and Esom

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com, Naver Comics

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Backstreet Rookie

Genre: Romance, Comedy

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Convenience Store Saet Byul

Cast of the K-Drama: Ji Chang Wook, Kim Yoo Jung

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Viki

Where to Read the Manhwa: Toongod.com, Manhwacomic.com

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUofzwit4D8/

Nevertheless

Genre: Romance, Drama

What Manhwa Is It Based on? Nevertheless

Cast of the K-Drama: Song Kang, Han So Hee

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix

Where to Read the Manhwa: Naver Webtoons

My ID is Gangnam Beauty

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUofzwit4D8/

Genre: Romance, Comedy

What Manhwa Is It Based on?

Cast of the K-Drama: Im Soo-hyang, Cha Eun-woo, Jo Woo-ri, Kwak Dong-yeon

Where to Watch the K-Drama: Netflix, Viu

Where to Read the Manhwa: Webtoons.com

Conclusion

If you’re a fan of Manhwa’s and K-dramas then this list of Korean dramas based on webtoon will help you find the live-action versions of your favorite comics.

Also, if you’ve just finished watching a Korean drama and now don’t know what to do next, you can check out the webtoons afterwards.

So what are you waiting for? Go on and grab the popcorn and get ready for a comfy stay-in with these K-dramas.

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