When I first fell in love with K-dramas, I was excited but felt lost in the world that was entirely new, exotic and intimidating to navigate. These links and websites really helped me find my footing, so I hope it will come in handy for others. It’s not meant to be comprehensive or exhaustive, but these are sites that work(ed) for me, so they may do the same for you too. Since I’m still learning something new everyday, I’ll keep updating these resources as and when.
What is Korean Drama?
In the beginning…there was an introduction to Korean drama.
K-Drama Streaming sites
There are of course, more out there, but these are the ones that I use because its accessible in my part of the world, they’re fast and they work. Let’s have that debate about legalities another day, and it goes without saying, caveat emptor etc:
1. KShowNow: English-subbed variety faves like Running Man, We Got Married and Appa Odiga.
2. Dramafire: K-, T-, and J-dramas optimised for viewing on mobile devices. Can be slow to load.
3. Dramanet: J-, K-, T-, HK- and C-dramas.
These are essential reading for any non-Korean speaking K-drama newbie on the fascinating use of language:
1. On honorifics : Electric Ground’s excellent run-down on the levels of honorifics in Korean
3. On Family terms
Drama blog directories
1. Outside Seoul’s Kdrama Linkapalooza: the most complete list of every English-language site related to K-dramas. Come to think of it, why are you even still here? Just head there!
Very useful lists of frequently used terms you will encounter in dramaland
3. koreaBang: A glossary for korean netizen speak and cuss words
Essential for non-Korean speakers if you don’t want to miss out on any nuances. Plus, sometimes reading the re-caps (and the comments) and be as fun as, or even more fun than, watching the shows themselves.
1. Dramabeans: the ultimate site for awesome re-caps and zippy commentary. Actually, it’s the centre of the drama universe, the capital city of dramaland, the… well, you get the picture.
2. Cadence: The fastest re-capper on the block.
3. Scattered Jooni: Ditto.
D-Addicts : The torrent section was closed in 2015 but the forum section’s still active.
3. Nyaa.se: Heavy on the anime and J-dramas.
1. Malay subtitles: Malay K-dramas subtitles
1. Soompi: the forum for English speakers around the world to collectively fangirl/boy over their latest obsessions. Don’t be shy, just get an ID, and you’re off to the races.
2. Dramabeans Open Threads: every Friday, DB readers check-in to talk dramas and more.
Reads on all things K-dramas
These are reads I find useful, illuminating and/or downright funny about this mad k-drama compulsion:
2. Interested in Korean culture and history? Visit The Talking Cupboard’s dedicated page on everything from Hanboks to the rulers of the Joseon dynasty
3. Wanna blog about dramas? Read this first. I should’ve!
4. Do you remember your first K-drama love?
5. A compilation of posts on the internet that critique K-dramas from a feminist perspective. Useful if you’ve ever been bothered by the sexist bull you sometimes see in K-dramas and want to commiserate ;p
6. On the pains of doing re-caps. Nice to read, not so nice to write…
7. Candy who, you ask? Read this to know more about the legendary manga character and why she’s the queen of K-drama heroines.
8. Why on earth would a feminist love K-dramas? Here’s a few reasons.
9. Need the Cliff Notes version of Joseon history as told through sageuk? Look no further than this wonderful post. It’s even got charts and everything!
1. Flower Boy Next Door: Living Spaces in FBND
2. What’s in a rom-com? Exploring the familiar structure of a romantic comedy through two Flower Boy dramas: Rom-coms and Flower Boys.