Love triangles are one of the most common tropes in K-dramas, and they are often the series' main source of drama.
Almost every K-drama has a new character that appears for a single episode to proclaim their love for one of the main characters, producing drama before they vanish.
However, the drama in many K-dramas revolves around the idea that viewers have no idea who the main character will wind up with or which of the two love interests is best suited for him.
Here are some of the most memorable love triangles from Korean dramas.
20. Itaewon Class
On the first day of classes at his new high school, Park Sae-Ro-Yi strikes Jang Geun-Won for picking on another student. The bully is CEO Jang Dae-son.
Hee's Park Sae-Ro-Yi's father works for the restaurant chain Jagga, which is owned by the bully. Park Sae-Ro-Yi is asked by CEO Jang Dae-Hee to apologize to his son, but he refuses.
Park Sae-Ro-Yi is expelled from school and his father loses his job as a result of his refusal.
Soon, there is an accident. In a motorcycle accident brought on by his former classmate Jang Geun-Won, Park Sae-Ro-Yi's father perishes.
Park Sae-Ro-Yi brutally beats Jang Geun-Won while furious. He is soon detained and sentenced to prison for the brutal assault.
In order to exact revenge on CEO Jang Dae-Hee and his son Jang Geun-Won, Park Sae-Ro-Yi decides to destroy the Jagga corporation.
In Itaewon, Seoul, Park Sae-Ro-Yi launches a restaurant after his release from jail.
Jo Yi-Seo, a well-known figure on social media, accepts a manager position at Park Sae-Ro-Yi's restaurant. She feels a connection to Park Sae-Ro-Yi.
19. My ID is Gangnam Beauty
Kang Mi-Rae's unattractive appearance contributed to her timid personality. When she attended school, she was bullied in addition to being teased by others.
After having plastic surgery, Kang Mi-Rae is now stunning, but she still retains her shy personality. Kang Mi-Rae is beginning her first year of college.
People are still rude to her and insultingly refer to her as "Gangnam Beauty." Do Kyung-Seok is a student at the same university as well.
He doesn't evaluate people based on how they look. He is more concerned with what is inside than what is outside. Kang Mi-Rae begins to grow on Do Kyung-Seok.
The supernatural/fantasy television series A black love triangle is a unique sort of love triangle.
The protagonist's female character has the capacity to perceive death. She becomes a lackey for a grim reaper who has taken possession of a body in order to reclaim his errant assistant.
Along the process, she begins to make him experience forbidden human feelings. She begins to have feelings for him as well.
However, there is a young CEO in the mix who believes in her ability and is willing to assist her.
He starts to have feelings for her, but he realizes she might be in love with someone else.
17. Boys Over Flowers
Boys Over Flowers is a popular K-drama from 2009 that continues to captivate audiences with its gripping love triangle.
It depicts a young woman who becomes wrapped up in the rich lives of a group of young men at school and is based on a Japanese manga.
The primary female character's feelings and interactions with the lad blossom. But there's one in particular with whom she has an unmistakable bond. Will they, however, succeed in the end?
16. Record Of Youth
Record of Youth is a Netflix Korean drama that will appeal to fans mostly because of its love triangle.
A great makeup artist has a thing for an unknown male model. She gets the chance to do his make-up for a show, which leads to a friendship. It quickly develops into a relationship.
There is one snag. A childhood buddy of the model-turned-actor is likewise successful in their field. Her friend is smitten with her as well. There may be times when fans will wonder who is the better fit for her.
15. True Beauty
True Beauty is a romantic comedy about a high school girl named Lim Ju Gyeong who becomes famous as a lovely girl after learning how to apply make-up on YouTube.
Because of her cosmetic skills, she transforms into a goddess, yet she would sooner die than show her face to anyone.
It chronicles the narrative of her love for Lee Su Ho, the only boy who saw her without makeup.
Lee is a charming and handsome young man who, despite his bleak past, is a warm and compassionate individual.
When they meet, they become closer, revealing their secrets and falling in love, but will Su Ho help Ju Gyeong discover her true beauty?
14. She Was Pretty
She Was Pretty is a K-drama that will make you laugh out loud while also making your heartbreak with the romance.
It all started when she refused to meet up with a childhood friend since he had grown up and she had inherited her father's frizzy hair and red cheeks.
Instead, she makes her best friend stand in for her. By chance, the female character is given a new position at a fashion magazine.
She subsequently realizes that her childhood pal is the magazine's new editor, and therefore her new boss. However, there are two love triangles.
Another employee begins to fall in love with her at the same time as her supervisor begins to recall who she is.
During this time, her closest friend, who pretended to be her at the first meeting, begins to develop feelings for her childhood friend.
13. Cinderella And Her Four Knights
The love triangle in this K-drama is possibly the most intricate ever seen on television. It's a love quadrangle, not a love triangle.
To pay for college, a promising high school senior is obliged to work many part-time jobs. She meets an elderly gentleman who persuades her to live with him.
She now lives with four millionaire relatives, all of whom are similarly attractive. As a result, the tangled love story unfolds, with each of the cousins developing feelings for her.
For the majority of the series, she's in a pickle until she realizes who she truly loves.
12. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Jung Joon Hyung and Kim Bok Joo were childhood buddies who attended the same school and even saved one another's life in the first episode.
The only problem was that Kim Bok Joo was head over heels in love with Jung Joon Hyung's older brother, a doctor.
This was a sweet and innocent love triangle, as Bok Joo seemed to have a naive infatuation with the doctor, who did not reciprocate her feelings.
Rather than making a move on Bok Joo before she got over her crush, Joon Hyung consoled her, became best friends with her, and later revealed his affections to her.
11. Romance Is A Bonus Book
Romance is an added bonus. The book is more of a love square than a love triangle, and by the end, each member of the square has found happiness in an adorable pair.
Kang Dan I is Chan Eun Ho's best friend and has been in love with her for years.
But this novelist and editor are fairly popular with the girls himself, and he had a minor romance with Song Hye Rin, one of his coworkers, before he discovered Dan I was unmarried and homeless.
To add to the drama, Ji Seo Joon, a well-known book cover artist, liked Dan I and was seeking to win her over as well.
10. Love Alarm
This drama, which is based on a popular webtoon, has a complicated love triangle that has a lot of people talking.
Lee Hye Yeong has been in love with Kim Jo Jo for a long time. He wants to confess to her, but he also enjoys observing and assisting her from afar, knowing that he doesn't want to complicate her life.
Everything changes, though, when Hye Yeong's best buddy returns and learns of his crush.
Hwang Sun Oh notices Hye Yeong's crush on Jo-Jo and encourages him to tell her, but he begins to fall for her as well.
Sun Oh kisses Jo Jo because he is more honest about his thoughts, sparks fly, and the two begin dating soon after, all the while Jo Jo is still unaware that Hye Yeong has feelings for her.
Fans were left guessing who she will choose as the season came to a close. Both males are still smitten with her, but things have gotten much more complex.
Heirs, like Lads Over Flowers, is a classic drama with a love triangle that had viewers rooting for both boys.
Cha Eun Sang was an ordinary girl who had the opportunity to attend a wealthy school.
Kim Tan, her main love interest, adored her and tried hard to help her fit in, but it didn't always work out.
Choi Young Do is the ultimate bad boy and jerk (with a big heart). Before they had a major falling out, Young Do was Tan's closest buddy.
He sought to get close to Eun Sang at first in order to exact revenge on Tan, but over time, he developed a true affection for her and comforted her when Tan couldn't comprehend.
8. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
Hwarang is a love triangle that is both perplexing and unsettling. In the first episode, Ah Ro meets Moo Myung, who claims to be her long-lost brother, who has since died.
Moo Myung and Ah Ro's brother were good friends, and before the brother died, Moo Myung pledged to protect her.
Around the same time, Ah Ro meets Sam Maek Jong, a young king who admires her tenacity and determination.
When Moo Myung and Ah Ro develop feelings for each other, things become confusing and strange.
Ah-Ro believes she is in love with her brother and is attempting to suppress her feelings. She eventually discovers the truth and chooses which boy she prefers.
7. Oh My Ghost
Because of the plot's many levels, Oh My Ghost is another difficult love triangle.
Na Bong Sun is a modest and quiet cook who has the ability to perceive ghosts. Her employer, Kang Sun Woo, on whom she has a crush, doesn't notice her.
When the boisterous, flirtatious, and eccentric ghost of Soon Ae takes over her body, everything changes.
This love triangle becomes perplexing since the audience never knows which female Sun Woo likes until the very end.
Bong Sun gradually opens up and becomes more like the spirit within her as the ladies trade places on a regular basis.
To make things even more complicated, Sun Woo's previous crush, who didn't share his emotions with him, reappears and admits that she was wrong to reject him.
6. Cheese In The Trap
Another webtoon-based drama, Cheese in the Trap, has one of the worst cases of "Second Male Lead Syndrome" in any K-Drama.
The theory behind this syndrome is that viewers usually want the girl to marry the second guy since he is a better character and a better match for her.
In this drama, this is the case. Jung Yoo is liked by Hong Seol, yet he is reserved and silent, and no one can tell what he is thinking.
The two begin dating right away, with a lot of ups and downs. Meanwhile, Hong Seol is growing closer to Baek In Ho, Jung Yoo's ex-best buddy.
In-Ho is boisterous and unconventional, but he comforts Seol and understands how to make her smile. He develops feelings for her over time, but she's already invested in Yoo.
Start-Up is a drama set in a fictional Silicon Valley in South Korea named Sandbox that depicts the narrative of people who work in the startup business.
Seo Dal-mi is a brilliant and determined young woman who aspires to be Korea's, Steve Jobs.
Dal-mi doesn't come from a prestigious background, yet she is dedicated to her profession.
She has a lot of energy and is a very active person who has worked in a variety of part-time occupations.
Samsan Tech was founded by Nam Do-san. Do-san was once the pride of his family as a math genius,' or genius savant, but his business has been declining for the past two years, and he has become their embarrassment.
When he discovers that Dal-mi recalls him as her first love, he begins to work his way up in the hopes of rectifying the misunderstanding.
4. Our Beloved Summer
Choi Ung and Kook Yeon-soo, ex-lovers who split up with the pledge of never seeing each other again, star in this coming-of-age romantic comedy.
As luck would have it, the documentary they filmed in high school 10 years ago went viral, and their producer friend forces them to face the cameras together once more.
Their conflicting feelings and growth are depicted in the series. This drama depicts how love feels.
It tells a story about throb, memory, and dream instead of emphasizing real topics like family difficulties. Many modest, unnoticed actions of romance indicate romance.
3. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
Scarlet Heart contains roughly four different boys (all brothers) that like Hae Soo, making it an intricate love triangle that's more than simply a triangle.
It's made much more problematic by the fact that all of the males are princes, and their father, the king, has expressed an interest in marrying her at some point.
Hae Soo was sent to the Goryeo Dynasty and assumed the identity of someone else.
She falls in love, has her heart shattered, and then falls in love again, just to have it broken again.
This story is terrible in every way, and viewers should not expect a joyful ending when it concludes.
2. Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
This drama is amazing in many ways, one of which is how it deals with its love triangle.
Do Bong Soon is in love with her childhood friend-turned-cop, In Kook Do, who doesn't give her the time of day and has a girlfriend when the series begins.
Do Bong Soon is forced to work as a bodyguard for An Min Hyuk, the CEO of the game firm.
Min Hyuk thinks Bong Soon is amazing and "hot", as he likes to remark over and over, but she finds him irritating.
This story comes to a wonderful conclusion with the love triangle's joyful finale.
1. Reply 1988
Reply 1988 is undoubtedly one of the best K-dramas of all time, with a well-known love triangle that fans are still discussing.
Choi Taek and Kim Jung Hwan, who are close friends, both like their innocent friend Sung Deok Sun, who likes each of them at different periods in the series.
When battling for love, this drama focuses on the implications of waiting too long and how professing your passion for someone is the best course of action. Throughout the series, viewers will be pulling for both lads.
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