Move over Zombies! There’s a new monster in town in the K-drama world. These vampire Korean dramas satisfy your lust for some bloodsucking horror!
No monster has captured the imagination of audiences as the vampire has. Bram Stoker’s Dracula may have propelled this monster into modern legend but the vampire myths have been around for centuries now.
Just a few years ago, vampires saw a renaissance in movies and television thanks to the popularity of Twilight, Blade, and The Vampire Diaries.
So it’s no wonder that South Korea didn’t want to stay behind. There are several popular movies and vampire Korean dramas.
These K-dramas about vampires are interesting because they vary in genres. You can pick either a serious historical drama about vampires, a scary, action-packed thriller, or a YA romance.
With so many Korean dramas about vampires, I watched a few of the top ones and decided to review them for you!
|Vampire Korean Drama||Where To Watch||Ratings|
|The Scholar Who Walks The Night||Amazon Prime, Viki||8.2/10|
|Orange Marmalade||Amazon Prime, Viki, Kocawa||8.5/10|
Top Vampire Korean Dramas 2021
- Genre: Mystery, Crime, Police Procedural Drama
- Number of Episodes: 11 Episodes (Season 1), 12 Episodes (Season 2)
- Cast: Yeon Jung-hoon, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah
- Where To Watch It: Rakuten Viki
- Who Will Love It: Fans of shows like Criminal Minds and CSI
I first started watching this show as I had my fill of vampire horror and romances and wanted something different. And boy did this show deliver!
Let me tell you about the plot real quick. It follows Min Tae-yeon, a criminal prosecutor with a strong sense of justice who gets bitten and turned into a vampire.
With his bloodlust comes an uncanny ability to know about his victims past as he is draining them.
The show takes us how Min Tae-yeon uses this ability for good and drinks a little bit of his victims blood to solve thier cases.
I absolutely loved Yeon Jung-hoon as Min Tae-yeon, he potrays the tortured genius grapping with his morality quite effectively.
Also, the way this show builds up mystery is awesome. You’ll be on the edge of your seat trying to figure out clues to find the culprit along with the characters.
A special mention to Lee Won-jong as Detective Hwang Soon-bom. His relationship with Min Tae-yeon is one of the highlights of the show.
The Scholar Who Walks The Night
- Genre: Historical, Fantasy
- Number of Episodes: 20
- Cast: Lee Joon-gi, Lee Yu-bi, Shim Chang-min, Lee Soo-hyuk
- Where To Watch It: Amazon Prime, Viki
- Who Will Love It: Fans of historical dramas
This vampire K-drama like Vampire Flower and Orange Marmalade is also based on a Korean webtoon. I like a historical drama, so I wanted to watch this Korean drama set in the Joseon dynasty period.
And I was not disappointed! This is one of my favorite (and one of the best acted) vampire dramas out there.
The story follows a vampire called Kim Sung-yeol who is a guardian vampire responsible for keeping other bloodsuckers in line and one of the King’s scholars and councillors.
He meets Yang-sun, a female bookseller who poses as a man to make ends meet. Sung-yeol knows her secret and enlists her help in finding out a mystery pertaining to the King and a conspiracy to dethrone him.
As they embark on their adventure, the two also begin to fall in love, much to the chagrin of Sung-yeol who is still haunted by the memories of his old love Lee Myung-hee.
The show as very well-recieved when it first aired in South Korea. Critics praised the story-telling and the acting. Also, the two main leads were nominated for the MBC Drama Awards in 2015, which they won.
- Genre: Medical Drama
- Number of Episodes: 20
- Cast: Ahn Jae-hyun, Ji Jin-hee, Ku Hye-sun
- Where To Watch It: Viu, Viki
- Who Will Love It: Fans of shows like the Good Doctor
If you loved Korean dramas like Good Doctor, you’ll like this one as it’s from the same producers.
What I liked about this drama is like the Vampire Prosecutor this one also involves a vampire in a regular human setting working a day-to-day job.
In this show’s case the vampire in question is Park Ji-sang, a specialist surgeon in a top cancer research hospital.
The crux of the show is how Ji-sang manages to control his bloodlust just enough to treat his patients.
I love the beautifully the story depicts his struggle with himself and his belief in the sanctity of human life.
But this show is a romance as well. As cold, reclusive Ji-sang who secretly craves connection with humans starts falling for arrogant prodigy Yoo Ri-ta who he shares a past with.
The show is one of the most popular vampire Korean dramas out there and balances drama with mystery and romance. And this is exactly what Blood it so watchable!
- Genre: Coming-of-age, Romance, Drama
- Number of Episodes:
- Cast: Yeo Jin-goo,Kim Seolhyun, Lee Jong-hyun, Gil Eun-hye
- Where To Watch It: Viki, Kocowa, Amazon Prime
- Who Will Love It: Teens, Romance lovers
What if vampires were real and everyone knew about their existence? Well, this is exactly what the premise of Orange Marmalade is!
In this show vampires have been out in public since 300 years and even signed a peace treaty with the humans.
However, they are still discriminated by some humans as they drink blood.
And in this world, a beautiful teenage vampire (who’s actually a lot older than she looks) Baek Mari must hide her identity to fit in.
After being driven out of her old village, Baek Mari starts a new life in Seoul and decides to hide her vampire status.
Her plans of getting to graduate high school gets complicated when she falls in love with popular boy Jung Jae Min. The catch? She’s got a whiff of his blood and it smells freaking delicious!
The struggles Bake Mari has to go through to maintain her relationship with Jae Min (who incidentally hates vampires) is what makes the story so compelling.
You’ll get a few laughs along the way, especially due to Jae Min’s vampire stepfather Baek Seon Hyung.
- Genre: Comedy
- Number of Episodes: 79
- Cast: Lee Jung, Kang Min-kyung, Shin Dong-yup, Kim Soo-mi, Lee Soo-hyuk, Kim Woo-bin
- Where To Watch It: Viki
- Who Will Love It: Fans of parody movies, those who don’t want to be scared
This is an older vampire drama that debuted around 2011 and ran for 79 episodes. I wanted to watch this one desperately because I needed a break from heavy-hitting or gory vampire stories.
And Vampire Idol is just pure fun! Love Kpop? Love vampires? You’ll definitely like this show.
The show is about a vampire prince from outer space who comes to Earth to watch a Kpop idol perform (Yes, I know it sounds absolutely bonkers. But trust me!)
Our vampire prince gets stranded on Earth and decides to make the best of this opportunity by becoming a Kpop idol himself.
However, the Korean youth doesn’t find him attractive enough and shenanigans ensue to make the Prince a popular K-pop star!
It’s funny how a real-life singer Lee Jung plays the vampire music idol in the show. You’ll also find many popular names in the cast list like model Kim Woo-bin and veteran actress Kim Soo-mi.
- Genre: Romance, Fantasy
- Number of Episodes: 10 Episodes
- Cast: Seo Jae Hyung, Kim Ga Eun, Hyeong-kon Kim, Moon Hyo Joon
- Where To Watch It: Rakuten Viki
- Who Will Love It: Twilight fans, teens, people who like webtoons (manhwas)
Okay so I said that I was tired of teen vampire dramas, but apparently that isn’t the case. Or atleast, I thoroughly enjoyed this particular teen vampire drama.
The show Vampire Flower is a Korean drama based on a webtoon of the same name. But anyone can see the obvious parallels between this K-drama and Twilight.
In this show, former A-Jax K-pop group member Seo Jae Hyung plays the role of Louis, a centuries old vampire.
He falls in love with Seo Young played by Kim Ga Eun whose blood smells especially attractive to him.
But their romance isn’t without hurdles as they need to retrieve the Vampire Flower from the land of the vampires.
Yes, the plot sounds corny. But that is exactly what works in its favor. The show has only 10 episodes and each episode is only 10 minutes long.
So the show never feels drawn out or boring. The atmosphere is well-created, especially the vampire land. And the chemistry between the two main leads is palpable.
Zombies are not the only creatures that are popular in Korean pop culture, vampire Korean dramas and movies have a niche of their own.
I like these vampire-based dramas because there are several genres to choose from. There’s romantic vampires, scary vampires, intellectual vampires, and what not!
So you can be assured that these vampire dramas won’t leave you bored.