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6 Awesome Korean Dramas On Iqiyi | New K-Dramas To Binge Watch

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Korean Dramas on Iqiyi

As K-dramas are becoming popular, there are several sites and apps to stream them. One such app is Iqiyi, and here are some best Korean dramas on Iqiyi.

There is one thing I love to do during the holiday season, and that has a nice “stay-cation” binge-watching my favourite K-dramas.

So after going through the Korean dramas on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Viki, I was looking for another site to stream Korean dramas when I found IQ.com or IQIYI.com.

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Now, this site is a Chinese online streaming platform, so it was originally created for hosting Chinese dramas. But you can also find a variety of South Korean dramas here. They’ve got Thai, Malay, and Japanese dramas too! 

There’s even an Iqiyi app where you can watch these dramas, so you can watch your fave shows on the go on your phone. 

So I went through Iqiyi and watched some of the top K-dramas on there. Here’s what I found!

Best Korean Dramas On IqiyiGenreRatings
JirisanMystery, Drama7.6/10
Descendants Of The SunRomance, Drama 8.4/10
Inheritors (Heirs)Teen Drama, Romance7.5/10
Doctor StrangerMedical Drama, Romance7.5/10
Monthly Magazine HomeRomance, Drama7.4/10
Royal Secret AgentHistorical, Romantic Comedy, Detective7.5/10

Top Korean Dramas On Iqiyi

If you want to watch the best Korean dramas on Iqiyi you should start off with the shows I reviewed below. 

Jirisan

  • Genre – Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller
  • Number Of Episodes – 16 Episodes
  • Cast – Jun Ji-Hyun, Ju Ji-hoon
  • IMDB Rating – 7.6/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of thriller mysteries 

If you’re the person who thinks K-dramas are all about sentimental love stories or teen dramas, then Jirisan is here to prove you wrong. 

The show’s main protagonist isn’t even a person, it’s the mountain range of Jirisan. Confused? This K-drama is set against the breathtaking backdrop of Mount Jiri. So in a way that’s the main character.

I was absolutely blown away by the cinematography in Jirisan, the scenic beauty of the mountains is captured wonderfully and it forms the perfect setting for the mysterious plotline. 

No, I will not be giving away any of the spoilers here! Just that the show revolves around the rangers in Jirisan National Parks and their quest to help the mountains many visitors who have secrets of their own.  

I also liked that Jirisan is one of the rare Korean dramas that has a female protagonist who isn’t limited to the role of the love interest. And Jun Ji-Hyun as ranger Seo Yi-Kang absolutely ferocious!

The one thing I wish could’ve been avoided is the inclusion of supernatural elements in the story.  I felt the mystery would have been more palpable that way. 

Descendants Of The Sun

  • Genre – Romance, Action, Melodrama
  • Number Of Episodes – 16 Episodes + 3 Special Episodes
  • Cast – Song Joong-ki, Song Hye-kyo, Jin Goo, Kim Ji-won
  • IMDB Rating –  8.4/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of epic romances

Look if you ask a K-drama enthusiast to name the top Korean dramas of all time, you can bet that they’ll name Descendants Of The Sun among the list. The show originally aired in 2016 on KBS2.

And boy did it sweep the awards season that year! In fact, the show (which was broadcast all over Asia) was also responsible for an uptick in Korean tourism.

The story revolves around two headstrong individuals with different morals and busy lives who fall for each other nevertheless. 

Captain Yoo Si-jin is the leader of an elite special forces team and has a happy-go-lucky approach to life. He meets Doctor Kang Mo-Yeon, a cardiothoracic surgeon while in her hospital’s emergency room and is instantly attracted towards her.

But as he as a soldier is committed to taking lives and she as a doctor is committed to saving them. So she rejects him several times due to their philosophical differences.

Do they reconcile? Or does fate have anything else in store for them? This is a spoiler-free zone. So you’ll have to watch the show to find out. 

Inheritors (Heirs)

  • Genre – Teen Drama, Romance
  • Number Of Episodes
  • Cast – Lee Min-ho, Park Shin-Hye, Kim Woo-bin
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of dramatic teen shows, Lee Min-ho stans

Alright so I had watched Inheritors before (it originally released on December 2013) but when I saw that it was available on Iqiyi I just HAD to see it again.

And the reason I’m shamelessly admitting it Lee Min-ho and nothing else! 

I, like a lot of South Korean girls had the biggest crush on him when the show aired first, so it was nostalgic to watch it again.

The original plot I realized after watching it the second time after a gap of so many years is a bit contrived. I’ll admit it’s not a Emmy-winning show in any regards.

But it’s still fun. And the acting and chemistry between the main characters makes Inheritors or “He Who Wishes to Wear the Crown, Endures Its Weight” (yes, that’s the original title) such a great show to watch!

The plot revolves around Kim Tan, a rich heir to one of Korea’s largest conglomerates and his love for simple girl Cha Eun-Sang. Despite being total opposite class-wise and despite his Kim Tan’s engagement to a rich heiress, the two fall in love. 

But whether Kim Tan chooses his love or his duty (read, the responsibility of being the heir) forms the crux of the drama. 

Doctor Stranger

  • Genre – Medical Drama, Romance
  • Number Of Episodes
  • Cast – Lee Jong Suk, Jin Se-yeon, Park Hae-jin, Kang So-ra
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of medical shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Good Doctor

If you’re wondering what a Marvel movie about handsome wizards protecting our reality has to do with Korean dramas, then rest easy. I’m talking about Doctor “Stranger” not Doctor Strange.

Yes, Doctor Stephen Strange is a medical doctor too and this show is about doctors in a hospital. But the similarites end there. 

Doctor Stranger is about Park Hoon, a South Korean man who’s been trapped in North Korea since his childhood when he and his father are conned into going there.

He is very intelligent and becomes a successful surgeon and even falls in love with Jae-Hee while in North Korea.

However, due to circumcstances he gets separated from Jae-hee as they plan to flee North Korea for the South. 

Park Hoon makes it out successfully but what about Jae-Hee? Do they ever reunite? You’ll have to watch the show to find out. 

This K-drama on Iqiyi is unforgettable not only because of the brilliant performances by the main leads, but also because of the amazing locales (such as Budapest, Hungary) the show has been shot in. 

Monthly Magazine Home

  • Genre – Romance, Drama
  • Number Of Episodes – 16 Episodes
  • Cast – Jung So-min, Kim Ji-seok, Jung Gun-joo, Kim Won-hae
  • IMDB Rating – 7.4/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of light-hearted romance 

Sometimes all you need is to binge-watch a good “popcorn” romantic drama. And Monthly Magazine Home checks all the boxes. 

What happens when a man who “makes houses” for a living falls in love with a woman who “lives in houses” for a living. 

Confused? Well, Yu Ja-seong is a real estate magnate and Na Young-won is the editor of a lifestyle magazine that reviews some of the best houses in Korea.

While the plot can get predictable at times, the freshness of the chemistry between the two main leads keeps you hooked all the time.

Also, this is one of the shows where the subplots seem as interesting as the main storyline. I simply loved the characterization of the different House Editors. 

And I was also intrigued by the fact that this is in a way an original Iqiyi drama, created in collaboration with Korea’s JTBC network. 

Royal Secret Agent

  • Genre – Historical, Romantic Comedy, Detective 
  • Number Of Episodes
  • Cast – Kim Myung-soo, Kwon Nara, Lee Tae-hwan, Jo Soo-min, Lee Yi-kyung
  • IMDB Rating – 7.5/10
  • Who Will Like It – Fans of historical fiction, Fans of procedural detective shows 

Want to watch a historical fiction show, which is also a romantic comedy. And also a detective drama? You’ve got to check out Royal Secret Agent, this Joseon Korean drama juggles several genres effectively.

It follows Sung Yi-gyum, a topper of the Royal administrative exam who is stripped of his post as in the government following a gambling scandal and reassigned to being the “royal secret agent”.

Yi-gyum’s job now is to travel the different provinces of the Joseon dynasty and keep a close watch on the officials while undercover. 

He is joined on his mission by another undercover officer Hong Da-in (who’s hiding the fact that she’s female) and his cuddly, talkative assistant. 

Yes, before you ask let me clarify, Iqiyi is partly-free. Umm, confused? Don’t be, some dramas on Iqiyi are free and are not a part of the “VIP” package that requires a paid subscription.

But these “free” Korean dramas on Iqiyi all come with ads that you cannot skip. I feel like it’s still a good compromise as Iqiyi has a lot of free stuff.

If you still want a VIP subscription to watch the other paid shows you can get the standard package for $6.99/Month or the premium package for $9.99/Month. 

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