Winners of the Korea Drama Awards 2016

Korea Drama Awards 2016


The Korea Drama Awards is an awards ceremony for excellence in television in South Korea that
has been held annually in October in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province for the last 9 years. The eligibility period is October of the previous year to September of the current year. Nominees are chosen from Korean dramas that aired on the three major broadcasting networks (KBS, MBC, and SBS) and cable channels. Let's take a look at the 2016 winners now!



Kim So Yeon in Happy Home - (Daesang Award)

The most prestigious award called the Grand Prize (Daesang) went this year to the actress Kim So Yeon who debuted on television 22 years ago.

This is a family drama of 50+ episodes that depicts the history of the Bong family, its members, and their lives. The drama has been praised for its variety of eccentric and unique characters and interesting setting. It is definitely worth checking out if you're into makjang type of dramas (which consist of absurd characters and events in order to hook viewers).



Descendants of the Sun - Best Drama Series

This isn't really surprising, especially because this drama received international recognition. It is a military drama that follows the romance between a captain of the Korean army special forces and a doctor.


Best Actors (Top Excellence Awards)


Jang Hyeon Seong for his role in Doctors

Jang Hyeon Seong received this award for his portrayal of the Vice President Kim Tae Ho.

Ahn Jae Hyun for his role in Cinderella and the Four Knights

Ahn Jae Hyun received this award for playing the playboy Kang Hyun Min.

Best Actress (Top Excellence Award)


Baek Jin Hee for her role in My Daughter, Geum Sa-wol

This young and talented actress received the Excellence Award for the portrayal of the main female character Geum Sa Wol. 

Best Actor (Excellence Award)


Jo Jae Yun for his role in Descendants of the Sun

This versatile actor was awarded for his portrayal of Jin Yeong Soo in this highly popular drama.

Best Actress (Excellence Award)


Park Se Young for her role in My Daughter, Geum Sa-wol

This beautiful actress was awarded for her role of a supporting character Oh Hye Sang.

Best New Actor


Seo Ha Joon for his role in The Flower in Prison

This award is given to the most promising and new actor - in this case Seo Ha Joon for his portrayal of supporting character King Myeong Jong.

Best New Actress


Kim Sae Ron for her role in Mirror of the Witch

This award is given to the most promising and new actress- in this case the very young but talented Kim Sae Ron for her portrayal of a leading character Seo Ri (Princess Yeon Hee).

Best Original Soundtrack

"Such A Beautiful Person” by Insooni feat. Yuk Ji Dam (Mom)

This beautiful and powerful ballad is performed by the Korean singer Insooni, who is known for her strong voice. It fits this touching family drama perfectly. 

Special Jury Prize


So Yoo Jin for her role in Five Enough

The Special Jury Award is given to an actor or actress with outstanding performance, in this case So Yoo Jin for her portrayal of a heartbroken mother Ahn Mi Jung.

Star of the Year Award


Kim So Yeon for her role in Happy Home

The Star of the Year Award is given to the actor or actress who is considered the star of the year. This is her second award.

Hallyu Star Award


Han Seung Yeon for her role in Age of Youth

The Hallyu (also known as the Korean wave of popular entertainment and culture) Award was given to the popular actress Han Seung Yeon, who played the spoiled and immature Jeong Ye Eun.

Hot Star Award


Lee Ki Woo for his role in Memory

The hottest star of the year is considered to be the handsome actor Lee Ki Woo and he received this award for his portrayal of a supporting character Shim Yeong Jin.


Lifetime Achievement Award: Im Dong Jin for The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War

Global Star Award: Ahn Jae Hyun in Cinderella and Four Knights

Best Screenwriter: No Hee Kyung for Dear My Friends

Best Production Director: Kim Jin Min for Marriage Contract

Global Management Award: Moon Bo Mi from HB Entertainment

Sources: Wikipedia, Official Site, Daum

Have you watched any of these dramas? If so, what do you think about them? If not, do you plan to?
What are your thoughts on the winners? Share your opinions in the comments below! Thanks for reading and have a nice day! xxx

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    LollyLilly Dec 11, 2016 - edited

    I ❤️ Kim Sae Ron but I don't think it's quite promising.. Her acting in that drama is a bit stiff and awkward..

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    makeuptemple Dec 9, 2016

    where's scarlet heart ryeo? where's lee jon ki ? where's the other actors from the dramas much better than the ones who won these awards? haven't seen any of these dramas except descendants & doctors? Doctors was not that great ....

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    SmileHoney Dec 7, 2016

    Hmm... I'm interested in watching Memory and Dear My Friends. All the top awards seem to have gone to dramas that had high ratings, apparently? I'm wondering if there's something about Happy Home that I somehow missed while watching? I like Kim So Yeon like a lot a lot, but her acting just seems to be okay, pretty good but nothing particularly that great in my opinion. I'm the happiest for Jo Jae Yun though since ahjussis and ajummonis usually to go pretty unnoticed in the hallyu world. :)

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    Aryael Dec 7, 2016

    Ahn Jaehyun? Seriously?! Amongst the young ones, he can act okay but he's not THAT good. He must have really good and powerful connections in the industry to receive excellence award when he's only mediocre. And Cinderella & Four Knights is a fan service kind of drama and should not be taken seriously.

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    Monica Dec 6, 2016

    Ahn Jaehyun?!

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    laitathieu Dec 2, 2016

    handsome !

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    SathishBalaji Dec 2, 2016 - edited

    Not even a single award for signal!!?? That sounds crazy! This proves that the awards goes to only the popular dramas just for namesake. :(

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      Alessa Dec 2, 2016

      And best drama for Descendants? I think they confused "best" with "most popular"...

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      SathishBalaji Dec 2, 2016

      Ya, that's my point of argument...!

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      Fortuna Dec 3, 2016

      Yes. DOTS again...

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    BAEBunnij Dec 1, 2016

    I saw part of Cinderella and Four Knights but the rest I haven't seen

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    HaifaaM Dec 1, 2016

    Kim So Yeon is one of my favorite actresses. Now, I got to go and watch this 50 episode drama so I can watch her.

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    Basia Dec 1, 2016

    Oh, my. Where's Lee Jong Suk?
    ... [*]
    But I'm really glad, too. Ahn Jae Hyun deserved this award!

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    TeenMom Dec 1, 2016

    I really enjoy watching Age of youth.. So glad it won an award!!

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    Stepkdramafan226 Nov 30, 2016

    Jo Jae Yun OMG I love this dude lol. I am proud he received something. I enjoy his acting. His characters can be annoying, endearing or very much evil and he acts it well :)

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    abee Nov 30, 2016

    No Signal? Okay.......

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    louloudi Nov 30, 2016 - edited

    I never got the DOTS excitement and I find it a very average drama as a plot, acting and directing.Maybe things got better after I dropped the series.

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      Stepkdramafan226 Nov 30, 2016

      Dropped after like 8 episodes. Still do not get the hype T^T

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      Alessa Dec 2, 2016

      I watched it completely... Nothing gets better, I still don't understand the hype...

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      Fortuna Dec 3, 2016

      I dropped it at 5. I don't understand the hype either...

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      Selty Dec 8, 2016

      lets be honest its very random. i'm really suspicious about hypes but DOTS did'nt make a difference

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    khjfan01 Nov 30, 2016

    I don't know about anything else, but I'm really happy for Ahn Jae Hyun. He really brought his character to life in Cinderella and the Four Knights.

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