Four Heartwarming Moments in K-Dramas!

K-Dramas are known for how emotional they can be. Characters die left and right, leaving you crying in front of your computer. Love pentagons keep you guessing as you wonder which gorgeous person will end up with which. Misunderstandings, cheating, and chance encounters are central to what makes K-Dramas what they are. So, in the midst of all this angst, what could be better than something simple, something subtle to make you smile, to relieve you of the pain of another bout of amnesia? Here are some scenes I've seen over the years that do just that.

Warning: Spoilers for Goblin and Descendants of the Sun ahead!


The lights are hearts - Misaeng Episode 5

This was my favorite moment from the show. Geu Rae gets caught rifling through files in the office late at night. Mr. Oh saves him from getting in trouble and takes a seat at his desk while Geu Rae stands in front of him, hanging his head. He feels bad and apologizes for digging through another team's things, only for Mr. Oh to invite him out for a drink. Mr. Oh hadn't shown Geu Rae that sort of kindness before this point, and Geu Rae actually sees the lights shining behind Mr. Oh as hearts. Geu Rae is small in stature and young at heart. He would do anything to be taken seriously, so this moment where Mr. Oh begins to treat him as an equal is cute and very uplifting. The chemistry between the two actors was palpable in this scene and only served to give it even more impact.

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You might get PTSD - Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo Episode 3

This drama is super serious most of the way through, so I think the writers tried to make the beginning more lighthearted to ease the viewers into the political mess that dominates most of the show. After Wang Wook saves Soo from assassins and from his brother, they go home. Wook and Soo have a heart-to-heart about what it's like to kill someone, and Soo wonders aloud if Wook will have nightmares or get PTSD because of her. Of course, when she says this, she uses the Konglish word '스트레스' (stress), which confuses Wook. Since this show takes place in the Goryeo dynasty, English words hadn't yet weaseled their way into everyday Korean speech. Wook, who can't even say the word properly, cutely asks for clarification. After all the heavy dialogue about killing people, this little bit was very welcome and made me smile. It's one of my favorite parts of the whole show.

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Watch out! Spoilers for Descendants of the Sun and Goblin ahead!


Is that a ghost?  Descendants of the Sun Episode 16

Yoo Si Jin suddenly reappears on the anniversary of his death. Mo Yeon makes a video call back to her doctor friends in Korea to tell them about the news. She makes the video call with Si Jin in the background, munching on the offerings Mo Yeon sat out for his spirit, which startles the doctors. They all think he's a ghost, with Chi Hoon even asking Mo Yeon to send him off peacefully, with other doctors screaming and fainting. Mo Yeon gets a good laugh out of her dopey doctor friends, and so did I. Si Jin's return was actually spoiled for me, so I wasn't surprised when he turned up, but this adorable bit with all the gullible, emotional doctors definitely eased my bitterness about having his triumphant return spoiled.

Blushy Kim Shin - Goblin Episode 9

This whole drama was adorable, but there's one scene in particular that really warmed my heart. The Reaper stands at the door when Shin and Eun Tak return home, and the Reaper instantly demands that Shin goes somewhere with him. Eun Tak becomes defensive, and stands in the way, referring to the Goblin as her “Mister”. Shin gets all blushy and practically melts into a puddle behind Eun Tak. This scene really says a lot about Shin as a character. He's not nearly as much of a loner as he would like the world to think, and he's a really cute person. Also, I love how Eun Tak is carrying all the heavy bags, while Shin carries the stuffed Mr. Buckwheat.


Yay! No more spoilers!

Basically any time Jung Hoo smiles - Healer

Like a lot of people, I really love Ji Chang Wook. He's a really awesome, gorgeous actor, and he's a theater kid (and being one myself, I have a soft spot for boys that can sing, dance, and act). Most importantly, he has an absolutely heart-melting smile. This lovely grin of his helped to create some of the sweetest moments in one of my all time favorite K-Dramas. Every time he smiles, I smile, and with a show like Healer, which can get kind of heavy, his beautiful, infectious smiles lightened the mood and became one of my favorite things in the show.

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Thanks for reading! I love having a place like MDL to talk about K-Dramas and having thousands of people reading my article is the coolest feeling. Thanks for taking time out of your day to read it. I'm honored to have you here. Make sure to comment about heartwarming moments in the dramas you've watched!

Bonus: The next article I'm thinking of doing is a list of my top 10 most gorgeous Korean actors (not actresses, I'm saving that for later). Since I can't put every Korean actor in a poll, I'm asking that you comment below with the Korean actor you think is the best looking. I'll tally up the votes and include what you all think along with my article! Thanks!

Music listened to while working on this article:

Emperor of Sand - Mastodon

Rent - 1996 OBC Recording (like 3 times lol)

Story Op.1 - Jonghyun

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    CharlieBishop Jun 8, 2017

    For those of you that are a little late to this article, voting has ended. Thanks to those who participated!

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    DoYouLikeMessi May 4, 2017

    Ji Chang Wook's smile -- YES!
    That Goblin scene --- Absolutely!
    But Wang Wook's sweet moments, though... T_T
    I swear I was rooting for him the entire time and it still breaks my heart to see scenes like this. :(
    If I was Hae Soo, I would've taken his offer to leave the place before all those shit happened. She could've been happier and they could've lived happily together. :(

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    crashotaku4ever May 4, 2017

    That's right ji chang wook smile can warm ur heart .And he also have a bada$$ smile .Watch K2 and healer if u don't know what i mean .

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    JiHye May 3, 2017

    JCW <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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    Silver_Sylphy May 2, 2017

    Nothing tops Goblin yet.

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    Gulsan May 1, 2017

    My nominees:
    - Lee Sang Yoon
    - Yoo Ji Tae
    - Jo Seung Woo

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    MClyd May 1, 2017 - edited

    Nominee for K-crush:
    Gorgeous IS the main criteria rather than talent right??

    Park Hyung Shik (Strong Woman Do Bong Soo)
    Park Hae Jin (Cheese in The Trap)
    Ji Chang Wook (Healer)
    Jasper Cho (Descendant of the Sun)
    Sung Hoon (My Secret Romance)
    Dennis Oh (Witch Yoo Hee)
    Daniel Henney (my name is Kim Sam Soon)

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      CharlieBishop May 2, 2017

      You are correct! This is a matter of looks, not talent.

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    KimHyeEun Apr 30, 2017

    K dramas have this way too special place in my heart. Im so happy I know this world and feel like a part of it. Saranghyeo forever❤

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    Nana8 Apr 30, 2017 - edited

    To me, the drama "Heart to Heart" I don't want to spoil it but if you have seen it: The scene at the supermarket <3 ...I liked this article, I need to add these dramas to my watch list haha

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    kurage Apr 29, 2017

    nice article and list you have here :) I currently watch The Liar and His Lover and I found every scene with crude play were heartwarming, especially when chanyoung interact with his hyungs (except hankyul), like when the vocalist said he felt sad because chanyoung put more attention for mush&co then them.

    as for the handsome actors list, I know they are overrated but Ji Chang Wook and Song Joong Ki should make it to the list. ever since I watch them in Bachelor Vegetable Store and early eps of RM, I thougt 'ah.. this guy is so good looking, he'll make it big someday' and it comes true.. haha
    I'd like to especially mention L from infinite and Jung Joon Young (if you can count them as actor) and also Kwon Yool because I cant deny his beauty :))

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    kirasora Apr 29, 2017

    i can't decide just one XD
    -Ji Chang Wook
    - park hyung sik (he was soo cute in Strong woman Dp bong soon)
    -Lee jong suk

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    Elle Apr 29, 2017

    thank you for choosing so many heartwarming scenes ... i was able to reminisce a little :D

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 29, 2017

    All of baker king is heart warming lol.

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    Panda Apr 29, 2017 - edited

    Japanese drama mother, when the kidnapping decision happens at the beach with Nao telling reina that shes gonna be her mother.
    Korean drama dear my friends when the father confronts his daughters husband for domestic violence and goes down to break his car with a bat.
    These 2 got me killed

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    Panda Apr 29, 2017 - edited

    Chief kim the part timers arc was really heartwarming

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      Elle Apr 29, 2017

      haha i'm watching this arc right now heh

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