13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)

13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)

13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)

For new K-Dramas fans, it is often hard to make a great watchlist from the start. If you are looking for fantasy romance Korean drama recommendations, you are at the right place!

If you are looking for more romance recommendations, you check our previous recommendations best romantic comedy, best romance historical, best action-thriller romance, and best school/college romance.

Fantasy is one of the most popular genres. It includes time travel, supernatural powers, supernatural beings, or fantasy settings.

If you are a K-Drama beginner, you might want to look out for the dramas that suit your taste the most among the ones selected below. For K-Drama addicts, you probably have watched all the dramas listed below, if not, it is time to add to your watchlist.

Note: This list was first published in 2020 and updated in 2023. This is not a ranking.


1. “My Love From the Star”


When: 2013-2014

Cast: Kim SooHyun, Jun JiHyun, Park HaeJin, Yoo InNa

Summary: It tells the romance of an alien that arrived on earth 400 years ago and a blunt top Hallyu actress star.

Why watch?: After that show, you will never see aliens the same way. The adventure of the silent and handsome alien (with special powers) and a loud and funny superstar who are facing a ready-to-kill bad guy is definitely a must-watch. The plot and chemistry are just perfect. It is no wonder the drama has been a hit all across the globe.

[Also recommended as best romantic comedy]


2. “Strong Woman BongSoon”

When: 2017

Cast: Park BoYoung, Park HyungSik, Ji Soo

Summary: Do BongSoon was born with superhuman strength. Her ideal type is her friend In GukDoo. Thanks to her skills, she got to be the bodyguard of the rich CEO Ahn MinHyuk. Their relationship evolves as a series of kidnapping cases escalate in her neighborhood.

Why watch?: With this drama, you can be sure to laugh a lot and make your heart burst with comedy and cheesy romance. The key character of this drama is Do BongSoon acted by Park BoYoung. She is a cute, petite girl who has superhuman strength and a straightforward personality. She is so strong that she can make humans fly high in the sky and she is also the one who protects Ahn MinHyuk acted by Park HyungSik.

[Also recommended as best romantic comedy]


When: 2019

Cast: Kim HyeYoon, SF9‘s RoWoon, Lee JaeWook, NaEun, Kim YoungDae, Jung GunJoo, Lee TaeRi

Summary: It tells the story of a girl who realizes that she is a supporting character inside a romance manga named “Secret”. She tries to change the fixed story for her love and life.

Why watch?: The plot of this drama is interesting and the storyline is full of fantasy and mysterious elements that keep the viewers stuck to their screen until the end. The love story is also one of the best with great acting and good chemistry. The surrounding characters also bring entertainment. If you are looking for a cute love story with fantasy, it is a must-watch.


4. “I Can Hear Your Voice”

When: 2013

Cast: Lee BoYoung, Lee JongSuk, Yoon SangHyun, Lee DaHee

Summary: It tells the story of a snobbish lawyer, a mysterious boy who reads people’s minds, and a the story about an incident that happened after meeting a police officer.

Why watch?: In this drama, Lee JongSuk’s character gained the special ability to reads people’s minds after witnessing his father getting murdered at a young age. The well-written story of this drama touches on justice and his father’s murder. The flawless acting, touching love story, and suspense make the drama memorable.

[Also recommended as best thriller romance]


When: 2019

Cast: INFINITE’s L (Kim MyungSoo), Shin HyeSun, Lee DongGun

Summary: It tells the unpredictable fantasy romance of a strong ballerina that has no interest in love and a trouble maker angel who claims to be Cupid.

Why watch?: It is the forbidden love story of an angel and a human. The story is emotional and heart-wrenching. The lead female character is also quite unique with her arrogance and cold personality at the difference of the angel who is kind and positive. If you are interested in ballet and fated romance, you might watch to watch it.


When: 2020

Cast: Lee MinHo, Kim GoEun, Woo DoHwan, Kim KyungNam, Jung EunChae, Lee JungJin

Summary: It is the fantasy romance drama in which Lee Gon, the Emperor of Corea, and Jung TaeEul a detective from the Republic of Korea try to protect’s lives and love through cooperation between the two parallel worlds.

Why watch?: It is one of the hit dramas of 2020 and it is no wonder why. With an exciting and intense plot, beautiful cinematography, interesting characters, and heart-fluttering romantic moments, the drama garners a lot of love. The drama is full of fantasy elements with two parallel worlds, time travel, and other fantastical elements.


7. “While You Were Sleeping”

When: 2017

Cast: Suzy, Lee JongSuk, Jung HaeIn

Summary: It is three young adults with the ability to see the future through their dreams: a field reporter, a rookie prosecutor, and a police officer. The field reporter sees upcoming accidents and the prosecutor does everything he can to stop them.

Why watch?: With suspense, fantasy, and romance, this drama has gained a lot of fans. The three lead characters have the ability to see the future when they dream and they try their best to stop bad events to happen in a thrilling storyline. The drama is addictive from the beginning to the end with cliffhangers and mystery.

[Also recommended as best thriller romance]


8. “W”

 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2016

Cast: Lee JongSuk, Han HyoJoo

Summary: A doctor from the real world got sucked into the hit webtoon “W” and encounters the main character, leading to various events.

Why watch?: The drama “W” is catchy and has an original plot making this drama a must-watch. The fantastical elements of the drama are centered around the webtoon where the lead female is sucked into and where the lead male character lives in. They are traveling in and out of this webtoon and encounter deadly events. This addictive story will keep you on the edge of your seat!

[Also recommended as best thriller romance]


 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2019

Cast: IU, Yeo JinGoo

Summary: It tells the story of an elite hotelier that gets to run the Hotel del Luna by a fateful event. Because of this, he got to run the hotel with the beautiful and aloof but ill-tempered boss. Hotel Del Luna is a hotel in downtown Seoul. It is looking old and shady from the outside but it is a fancy place for wandering ghosts. They are the only one to see the place as amazing.

Why watch?: The universe of “Hotel del Luna” and the lead female character are the main reasons for watching. They are intriguing and original. The fantastical elements of this drama are centered on ghosts, the afterlife, and paying for your previous life’s mistakes. The whole drama has perfect cinematography and good special effects. If you are looking for a drama with ghosts (not scary), it is definitely for you.


10. “Goblin” / “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”

 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2016-2017

Cast: Gong Yoo, Kim GoEun, Lee DongWook, Yoo InNa, BTOB’s Yook SungJae

Summary: A goblin who needs a human bride to end his immortal life and a grim reaper who can’t remember his past start a strange cohabitation. It tells their mysterious romantic tales the happens when the girl who thinks she is “the bride of the goblin” appears.

Why watch?: The two couples Gong Yoo/Kim GoEun and Lee DongWook/Yoo InNa move the heart of the viewers with their intense and fateful romance. The bromance of the drama is also one key element of “Goblin”. The drama is full of fantasy with Gong Yoo being a goblin, Lee DongWook a grim reaper, the ghosts, reincarnation stories, and much more grabbing viewers’ curiosity.


 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2022-2023

Cast: Lee JaeWook, Jung SoMin, Hwang MinHyun, Shin SeungHo, Oh My Girl’s Arin, Yoo JunSang, Yoo InSoo, Oh NaRa, Jo JaeYoon

Summary: “Alchemy of Souls” is set in a great country that does not exist in history or on maps; a fantasy romance drama in which the protagonist’s fates have been twisted due to magic.

For: Viewers looking for a high-quality and unique fantasy drama.

Why watch?: It is a rare pearl if you are looking for a whole package of romance, action, thrills, mystery, magic, politics, martial art, etc. A talented and handsome cast adds to the fun of this unique story and concept for K-Dramas. The high budget and high quality of this production are also spectacular shows for the eyes.


12. “See You in My 19th Life”

 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2023

Cast: Shin HaeSun, Ahn BoHyun

Summary: A drama that follows a reckless romance of a woman who remembers her past lives and is living her 19th life.

For: Viewers looking for an emotional fantasy drama

Why watch?: This drama revolves around themes like past lives, destiny, true love, and healing from trauma, making it a captivating blend of mystery and romance. The two main couples and their touching love stories keep us engaged with a mix of tearful and heartwarming moments.


13. “Destined With You”

 13 Best Fantasy Romance K-Dramas To Have On Your Watchlist (2023 Update)


When: 2023

Cast: Cho BoAh, RoWoon 

Summary: The drama follows Lee HongJo (Cho BoAh), a ninth-grade civil servant who’s overlooked by her co-workers and Jang ShinYoo (RoWoon), a competent yet cold lawyer who becomes the legal advisor for the city government. He is affected by a curse that has plagued his family for centuries. Through an act of fate, they meet and their lives become intertwined.

For: Viewers looking for a fun and romantic show with mysteries

Why watch?: What makes this drama a must-watch are the charming main couple, cute moments, and memorable lines. It’s a delightful and enjoyable show with some unexpected twists and interesting elements. The fantasy aspects are well woven into the story. If you’re seeking something both surprising and heartwarming, this is the one for you.


You can also recommend the dramas you liked to readers through the poll and the comments. (Note that “Alchemy Of Souls”, “See You in My 19th Life”, and “Destined With You” were added later than the other dramas in the poll.)

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