Korean drama producers have been upping their game lately. From cinematically aesthetic pleasing shots to superb performances from talents and sappy romance stories to plots with unconventional or taboo topics about society, Korea is doing great in producing quality TV series content. 

 

Here are some fun facts about our favorite K-dramas.

 

1. Princess Hours: The Final Kiss

https://www.viu.com/ott/ph/en-us/vod/26216/Princess-Hours

 

Wasn’t that last kiss remarkable? The last kissing scene in Princess Hours was shot on a busy street in Seoul. With countless passers-by as the background, one would think how many extras the director had to cast. The truth was, no extras were cast for that scene. The passers-by were actual citizens who just happened to be there when they shot the scene. 

 

2. Full House: Manhwa to TV

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/70245012

 

Avid K-drama fans know the popular Korean drama Full House, which was top-billed by stars Rain and Song Hye-Kyo. But what people may not have known is that Full House was an adaptation of a rom-com manhwa published in the early 1990s by author Won Soo-Yeon. 

 

3.Squid Game: Survival show queen! From Korea's Next Top Model to Squid Game

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https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81040344

 

Jung Ho-Yeon’s portrayal of Kang Sae-Byeok in the hit series Squid Game is her first acting gig. Originally a model, Jung auditioned for the part, and as the creator said, "Jung's audition tape felt like a gift sent from God."

 

4.Reply 1988: Based on a true story?

https://www.viu.com/ott/ph/en-us/vod/18786/Reply-1988

 

Park Bogum's character, Choi Taek, was loosely based on the Go player, Lee Chang-ho. 

 

5.Signal: Based on True Crime Story

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/80987077

 

One of the cases shown in the drama series was inspired by the Hwaseong serial murders that happened between 1986-1991. This was also the same case from Bong Joon-ho's film Memories of Murder. 

 

6.Sweet Home: Expensive K-drama

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81061734

 

Sweet Home is reportedly the most expensive K-drama that Netflix ever produced, costing the streaming site at least $2.7 million spent per episode. 

 

7.City Hunter: From manga to K-drama

https://www.viki.com/tv/1820c-city-hunter

 

City Hunter is a 2011 K-drama starring the famous actor Lee Min-ho. The series is an adaptation of the 80s Japanese manga by Tsukasa Hojo.

 

8. Hotel King: The return of our favorite My Girl couple

https://www.amazon.com/Hotel-King/dp/B08FQ1Y3MB

 

Before Hotel King, actors Lee Dong-Wook and Lee Da-Hae starred in the famous 2005 rom-com My Girl. The actors reunite after nine years.

 

9. Fight For My Way: First time leading lady

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81093126

 

The female lead role Choi Ae-ra, played by Kim Ji-won, was Kim’s first project as a lead. 

 

10. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha: Big screen to the small screen

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81473182

 

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is a remake of the 2004 full-length film, Mr. Hong

 

11. Sky Castle: Big in China

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81030062

 

Even with the Chinese government's ban on Korean content, Sky Castle was uploaded on Weibo (the largest Chinese online portal) after it aired in Korea. The Chinese hashtag for Sky Castle reportedly garnered 350 million hits on the night of the release in China. 

 

12. Welcome to Waikiki: THE FANS WANT MORE!

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81029926

 

Due to its popularity, Welcome to Waikiki was extended to 20 episodes from the originally agreed 16 episodes. People can't get enough of the laughter.

 

13. Descendants of the Sun: Show ratings rise, Korean cosmetic sales soar higher

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/80123798

 

All thanks to the famous K-drama Descendant of the Sun, the Laneige Two-Tone Lip Bar used by Song Hye Kyo, who played the female lead, noted a hike in its sales in March that year. It even sold out in some stores. 

 

14. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo: From on-screen romance to REAL-LIFE

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/80188662

 

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo lead actors Nam Joo-Hyuk and Lee Song-Kyung ended up dating in real life. 

 

15. My Name: Han So-Hee's transformation

https://www.netflix.com/ph/title/81011211

 

In preparation for the K-drama, actress Han So-Hee trained so hard and gained 10 kg of muscle. 

 

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