Here Are 5 Fantasy Korean Dramas You Need to Watch on Netflix
One of the most popular genres on Netflix is Korean drama. There is something from every genre with limitless options.
But recently, fantasy Korean dramas have risen in popularity, with audiences becoming addicted and binge-watching series after series.
Something innately magical about this genre is that it offers a respite from our hectic everyday lives.
At the center of these fantasy Korean dramas are fantastical elements like fairies, spirits, and the concepts of folklore, immortality, and reincarnation.
Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, 2016’s hit Korean drama, is the perfect example — and here are five other equally interesting fantasy Korean dramas you can watch on Netflix right now.
1. The King: Eternal Monarch
Written by the same writer who brought us the beloved Goblin: The Lonely and Great God, The King: Eternal Monarch is the first K-Drama on our list.
As a child, the emperor’s father is murdered by his uncle, who flees to the parallel universe.
When Lee Gon discovers he can travel to Korea, he meets the detective, and together, they unravel a series of events.
2. Mystic Pop-up Bar
In May 2020, Netflix released Mystic Pop-up Bar, which became an immediate sensation for its riveting storyline.
It is based on the web-toon Twin Tops Bar and tells the story of the employees and the owner of a pojangmacha, the outdoor drinking establishment.
The owner is an ill-tempered woman who has a complicated past and the unique ability to help people and ghosts settle their grudges.
And together with her employee and former lover, they help customers. This drama has it all: heart, love, comedy, and the supernatural.
3. The Uncanny Counter
Another K-Drama based on a web series is The Uncanny Counter. It not only has supernatural themes but a superhero that everyone is rooting for.
So Mun, portrayed by Jo Byeong-Gyu, is a kind and intelligent boy who was crippled as a child in a tragic car accident that killed both of his parents. One day, he is possessed by a spirit that grants him the supernatural abilities to banish demons that escape the afterlife.
He joins a team of Counters, who, like him, possess the power to send rogue demons to their rightful place in hell.
Despite the jam-packed action and fight scenes, be prepared to shed some tears when you watch it.
4. A Korean Odyssey
The fourth Korean drama on our list is A Korean Odyssey, written by the legendary Hong Sisters, Hong Jung-eun and Hong Mi-ran. Any K-Dramas written by these sisters are almost always a hit.
A Korean Odyssey is set in 2017 and based on the classic 16th-century Chinese novel, Journey To The West.
Audiences will love the slow build-up of a romance between Son Oh-gong (Sun Wukong), the powerful monkey god, and the human woman who can see ghosts and spirits.
Of course, there is a dilemma for the monkey king, but you should tune in to the series to find out.
5. Hotel Del Luna
Again written by the Hong sisters, Hotel Del Luna, with its funny yet slightly creepy vibe, was one of the most popular K-Dramas of 2019.
Hotel Del Luna cast, IU, and Yeo Jin-goo. (Source: Hotel Del Luna/Instagram)
The titular hotel in the series is run by Jang Man Wol — played by the most popular Korean solo artist, IU — who has a mysterious story that slowly unravels as audiences are treated to flashbacks.
Hotel Del Luna is an unconventional drama that provides what we all look for: a good story well told.