Top Ten Adorable K-dramas Similar to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

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Last Updated on June 20, 2022 by OtakuKart Staff

If there’s one Korean drama that should hold the crown for ‘The King of Cuteness,’ it definitely should be the 2017 fantasy rom-com, ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’. Starring Park Bo Young and Park Hyung Shik in lead roles, the series features all the elements needed to make a show super fun-watch and adorable at the same time. Be it the mystery thrills, the extra-sugary scenes or the hilarious fighting scenes, the show manages to deliver everything without making it feel forced or draggy. You truly have all the reasons to not be able to let go of our adorable Bong Bong and Min Min! So to help you move on to a new addiction that is equally sweet and amazing, we have brought to you a list of the top ten best Korean dramas which are similar to ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’.

10. Abyss (2019)

Director: Yoo Je Won
Screenwriter: Moon Soo Yeon
Starring: Park Bo Young, Ahn Hyo Seop, Lee Sung Jae, Kwon Soo Hyun, Lee Si Eon, Han So Hee
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Netflix

Abyss
Abyss

Another Park Bo Young K-drama with a fantasy genre! The show is about a beautiful prosecution lawyer named Go Se-yeon, who is very good at her work and a plain-looking but rich heir, Cha Min, who is her friend. Unfortunately, both of them die in separate incidents, only to be revived by some supernatural beings with the help of a celestial object, an Abyss, that makes them wake up into the body of different individuals, giving them the appearance of the original owners. While Cha Min gets way too attractive and young, Go Se-yeon takes on the appearance of an average-looking person— totally opposite of what they were before. They start looking for the reason for Go Se-yeon’s death and the cause of their revival, while catching feelings for each other.

9. My Roommate Is a Gumiho (2021)

Screenwriter: Baek Sun Woo, Choi Bo Rim
Director: Nam Sung Woo, Park Joon Hwa
Starring: Lee Hye Ri, Jang Ki Yong, Kang Han Na, Kim Do Wan, Park Kyung Hye, Bae In Hyuk
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Viki

My Roommate is a Gumiho
My Roommate is a Gumiho

The romance between a human and a Gumiho never goes out of style in Korean dramas. ‘My Roommate Is a Gumiho’ follows a 999-year-old nine-tailed fox named Shin Woo Yeo who has been spending centuries collecting human energy to turn a magical red marble blue which will eventually turn him into a human. When a university student, Lee Dam, accidentally swallows the marble, while Woo Yeo helps her carry her drunk friend, he realises that he doesn’t have any option other than revealing his identity to her. He asks her to move into his house for a year, so that he can watch over the marble which is very likely to put Lee Dam’s life in danger. Within a year, which is the maximum time the marble can spend inside a human body, Woo Yeo promises to find a way to take it out.

A refreshing and fun female lead with a nice and caring male lead, you are surely going to like this show if you wanna get similar vibes to ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’.

8. Backstreet Rookie (2020)

Director: Lee Myung Woo
Screenwriter: Son Geun Joo
Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Kim Yoo Jung, Han Sun Hwa, Do Sang Woo, Sol Bin, Kim Min Kyu
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Viki

Backstreet Rookie
Backstreet Rookie

‘Backstreet Rookie’ is a hell of a fun ride as it explores the story of a 22-year-old out-of-the-world girl named Jung Saet Byul who is known for her retro-fashion, incredible fighting skills and her love for her friends. Despite a line of boys trying their luck for her attention, she only cares about the owner of a convenience store, Choi Dae Hyun, who had grabbed her attention after a cigarette errand some three years before. Their love story begins when Jung Saet Byul becomes a part-timer at the convenience store which Dae Hyun manages. In the process, they heal the past wounds of the heart and fulfil their dreams of the future.

Both ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’ and ‘Backstreet Rookie’ are light-hearted rom-coms, with an over-the-top sweet male lead and a badass woman. You are definitely going to enjoy the chemistry between the leads and the humour that balances everything.

7. He Is Psychometric (2019)

Director: Kim Byung Soo
Screenwriter: Yang Jin Ah
Starring: Park Jin Young, Shin Ye Eun, Kim Kwon, Kim Da Som, Noh Jong Hyun, Go Yoon Jung
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: We TV, Netflix, Viki

He Is Psychometric
He Is Psychometric

‘He Is Psychometric’ is a thriller fantasy series just like ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,’ except that the theme is darker here. The show revolves around Lee Ahn, who acquires the superpower of psychometry, that is the ability to read someone’s past through physical contact, after his parents’ demise in a fire accident. Although he decides to make good use of his powers and tackle bad people, he is yet to learn how to control his powers.

It’s then that he meets Yoon Jae In, who has been trying to hide her painful secrets of the past. Lee Ahn’s foster guardian, prosecutor Kang Seong Mo and his colleague and investigator Eun Ji Soo join forces to dig into an elusive case haunting the lives of all three of them— Lee Ahn, Sung Mo, and Jae In. The series involves a series of twists and turns balanced all over the sixteen episodes. Moreover, the chemistry between the main leads is swoon-worthy!

6. Eulachacha Waikiki (2018)

Screenwriter: Kim Ki Ho
Director: Lee Chang Min
Starring: Kim Jung Hyun, Lee Yi Kyung, Son Seung Won, Jung In Sun, Go Won Hee, Lee Joo Woo
Total Number of Episodes: 20
Where to Watch: Netflix, Viki, We TV

Welcome to Waikiki
Welcome to Waikiki

‘Eulachacha Waikiki’ aka ‘Welcome to Waikiki’ is so hilarious that it can alone give competition to all other comedy youth Korean dramas. The show is about three different young men, who have opened a guest house named ‘Waikiki’ together in Itaewon for the foreigners to stay. While Dong Goo dreams of becoming a film director and Joon Ki is an eccentric actor who works hard to make a living, Doo Shik is a freelance writer— and all three of them have been looking for opportunities to make their dream a reality. They live together with Dong Goo’s younger sister named Seo Jin, who manages the household in the hotel.

One day, an unexpected guest, the single mother Yoon Ah, lands in Waikiki with her baby and ends up living with them after a series of incidents. Later, they are joined by Dong Goo’s ex-girlfriend Soo Ah, and the place becomes all the more uncomfortable and weird. Each character in the drama has its own shortcomings and the way they deal with every situation is both hilarious and exceptionally unpredictable.

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5. Dali and the Cocky Prince (2021)

Director: Lee Jung Sub
Screenwriter: Son Eun Hye
Starring: Park Gyu Young, Kim Min Jae, Kwon Yool, Hwang Hee, Yeonwoo, Park Sang Myun
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Viki

Dali and the Cocky Prince
Dali and the Cocky Prince

You have stumbled across another great show in your quest to find a similar sweet K-drama like ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’. The story follows a strong-willed, money-minded and ignorant man named Moo Hak, who works as the managing director of a global restaurant chain, evolved from a small diner started by his family. He comes across the only child of an upper-class family named Da Li, running an art gallery. Her family gets bankrupt after the death of her father, which forces her to live a hard life. A series of incidents occur which forces Moo Hak and Da Li to become the creditor and debtor of the art gallery respectively.

However, their personalities are polar apart from each other. While Da Li is a knowledgeable person, a bookworm and speaks multiple languages, Moo Hak is totally the opposite of her. But that doesn’t stop the destiny to play the cupid!

4. When the Camellia Blooms (2019)

Screenwriter: Im Sang Choon
Director: Cha Young Hoon
Starring: Gong Hyo Jin, Kang Ha Neul, Kim Ji Suk, Son Dam Bi, Oh Jung Se, Yeom Hye Ran
Total Number of Episodes: 40
Where to Watch: Netflix

When the Camellia Blooms
When the Camellia Blooms

The show is a little more intense than ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’ but overall you are going to find the story extremely similar. The protagonist of the show is Dong Baek, a single mother and the owner of a bar-restaurant named Camellia, in the small town of Ongsan. She is a topic of gossip in the town because of her being an orphan and single mother, having a lot of men visiting her bar frequently. Despite the rumours, Hwang Yong Shik, who is a local police officer, is completely in love with her.

On the other hand, Kang Jong Ryeol, a famous baseball player and ex-boyfriend of Dong Baek appears in her life again. While Dong Baek struggles to find true joy in her life, she becomes the target of a serial killer roaming around Ongsan. The show focuses on relationships, especially between a mother and her child, the hardships that she faces and the sacrifice she makes to protect the child.

3. What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim (2018)

Director: Park Joon Hwa
Starring: Park Seo Joon, Park Min Young, Kim Mi So, Lee Tae Hwan, Kim Hye Ok, Pyo Ye Jin, Kim Byung Ok
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Netflix, Viki, We TV

What's Wrong with Secretary Kim
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim

One of the most entertaining and hilarious Korean dramas of all time, ‘What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim’ is a must-watch for everyone who is looking for a male lead completely whipped for his girl! The story revolves around a narcissistic President of a company named Lee Young Joon and his secretary, Kim Mi So, who has been by his side for nine long years. Despite his self-absorbed personality, Kim Mi So seems to be the only one who can handle Young Joon.

However, Mi So suddenly decides to quit her job and focus on her life and future and the decision leaves Young Joon confused and insecure. He becomes a victim of hilarious misunderstandings and even tries different ways in order to force her to change her decision. When nothing works, he proposes her to marry him out of the blue! The show follows the same boss and employee relationship trope as seen in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Although there’s no fantasy element here, the series is quite fun to watch.

2. Hometown Cha Cha Cha (2021)

Director: Yoo Je Won
Screenwriter: Shin Ha Eun
Starring: Shin Min Ah, Kim Seon Ho, Lee Sang Yi, In Gyo Jin, Jo Han Chul, Lee Bong Ryun
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Netflix

Hometown Cha Cha Cha
Hometown Cha Cha Cha

One of the highest-rated K-dramas of the year, ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’ is entirely different, in terms of storyline, from ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’. However, when you start watching the show, it’s definite that you are going to get similar vibes— a caring male lead, the sweet and adorable couple along with a mystery story under the covers. ‘Hometown Cha Cha Cha’ is a love story about two absolutely different individuals who fall in love in the seaside village of Gongjin. It all starts when Yoon Hye Jin, a beautiful and talented dentist, quits her job due to her righteous nature and ends up opening her own clinic in Gongjin along with her best friend.

There, she comes across a weirdly kind person named Hong Doo Shik, referred to as Chief Hong by local residents. Although he doesn’t have a permanent and stable job of his own, he is the master of odd jobs and there’s nothing that he cannot do. He willfully works for everyone in the village whenever such a situation is encountered.

1. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)

Director: Oh Hyun Jong
Starring: Nam Joo Hyuk, Lee Sung Kyung, Kyung Soo Jin, Lee Jae Yoon, Cho Hye Jung, Lee Joo Young
Total Number of Episodes: 16
Where to Watch: Netflix

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

The first show that comes to our minds similar to ‘Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’ is ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo’ and that’s not even something to debate about! The same physically strong female leads, with male leads breaking the stereotypes are present in both the K-Dramas. Kim Bok-Joo is a sophomore university student and an aspiring weightlifter who dreams to win the gold medal in the Olympics. However, when she suddenly falls in love with a sweet and kind doctor, Jung Jae Yi, who is also the older brother of his childhood friend, she fails to think of anything else other than hiding his one-sided crush.

She lies about her being a weightlifter to Jae Yi which begins to complicate things. The real problem arrives when her love, which doesn’t seem to go in any direction, comes in the way of her dreams. There is a love triangle in both the shows and the male leads aren’t the first love of the female leads. The drama is light, fluffy and full of hilarious scenes. Wait, did I mention the cameo appearance of actor Lee Jong Suk! I might have given you another reason to watch the show.

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