10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in December 2023

December is here, and it’s the end of the year as we take a look at the final dramas coming our way for 2023. Let’s see what we have to look forward to in this December 2023 edition of “Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching.” This monthly series is meant to keep you updated on what’s happening in that amazing world of Korean dramas so that you don’t miss out on anything! Here are the kdramas you should keep an eye out for in December 2023:

My Pick:

1. Welcome to Samdalri

Welcome to Samdalri Korean Drama - Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun Welcome to Samdalri is about a woman (Shin Hye Sun) who returns to her hometown after the life she worked so hard to build comes crashing down that gets involved with a childhood friend (Ji Chang Wook) who is a troublemaker at the Meteorological Association. Welcome to Samdalri is scheduled to premiere December 2 on JTBC.

PREMIERING IN DECEMBER:

2. Death’s Game

Death's Game Korean Drama - Seo In Guk and Park So Dam Death’s Game is based on a webtoon about a man (Seo In Guk) who begins a new life with death as he gets the chance to live different lives after attempting suicide. Death’s Game is scheduled to premiere in December on TVING.

3. GyeongSeong Creature

Gyeongseong Creature Korean Drama - Park Seo Joon and Han So Hee Gyeongseong Creature is a thriller set during the Japanese occupation about people having to put their lives on the line for simple happiness during a time when their rights are being taken away. One man (Park Seo Joon) isn’t interested in justice, but all of that changes when his life is altered after an encounter with a woman (Han So Hee) who searches for missing people. Gyeongseong Creature is scheduled to premiere December 22 on Netflix.

4. Sweet Home 2

Sweet Home 2 Korean Drama - Song Kang and Lee Jin Wook Sweet Home was about a lonely high school student (Song Kang) who takes refuge in his room and doesn’t like to leave, but after he loses his family, he is forced to move into a new apartment where strange things begin to happen and he and other residents find themselves battling monsters. Sweet Home 2 is scheduled to premiere December 1 on Netflix.

5. My Happy End

My Happy End Korean Drama - Jang Na Ra My Happy End is about a furniture brand representative (Jang Na Ra) who had a difficult childhood and is obsessed with seeking success as she tries to change her unhealthy desires. My Happy End is scheduled to premiere December 30 on TV Chosun.

6. Maestra

Maestra Korean Drama - Lee Young Ae Maestra follows the story of an orchestra conductor (Lee Young Ae) with a secret as she investigates mysteries involving her orchestra. Maestra is scheduled to premiere December 9 on tvN.

CURRENTLY AIRING IN DECEMBER:

7. The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract

The Story of Park's Contract Marriage Korean Drama - Bae In Hyuk and Lee Se Young The Story of Park’s Contract Marriage is about a woman (Lee Se Young) from the Joseon era who loses her husband on the first night of her marriage and is then is transported to the modern day where she gets involved in a contract marriage with a celibate man (Bae In Hyuk). The Story of Park’s Contract Marriage airs Friday and Saturday on MBC.

8. My Demon

My Demon Korean Drama - Song Kang and Kim Yoo Jung My Demon is a fantasy romance about a demon (Song Kang) who loses his powers and enters a contract marriage with a chaebol heiress (Kim Yoo Jung) who is the enemy of everyone. My Demon airs Friday and Saturday on SBS.

9. Tell Me That You Love Me

Tell Me That You Love Me Korean Drama - Jung Woo Sung Tell Me That You Love Me is a remake of a Japanese drama of the same name that follows the romance between a deaf artist (Jung Woo Sung) and an aspiring actress (Shin Hyun Bin). Tell Me That You Love Me airs on ENA.

10. A Good Day to Be a Dog

A Good Day to Be a Dog Korean Drama - Cha Eun Woo and Park Gyu Young A Good Day to Be a Dog is a romance that tells the story of a woman (Park Gyu Young) who is cursed and transforms into a dog whenever she kisses a man that gets involved with a man (Cha Eun Woo) who is afraid of dogs due to a past trauma. A Good Day to Be a Dog airs Wednesday on MBC.


Other Premieres & Ongoing Dramas (These dramas will be highlighted in the coming months)

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AND SO YOU’RE UP TO DATE, OTHER DRAMAS THAT WILL BE ENDING IN DECEMBER:

Moon in the Day

Moon in the Day Korean Drama - Kim Young Dae Moon in the Day is a romantic thriller about top star (Kim Young Dae) whose body is possessed by the soul of an elite noble from the Silla Dynasty after being saved from a car crash by his bodyguard (Pyo Ye Jin) who looks just like another noble from the Silla Dynasty. Moon in the Day airs Wednesday and Thursday on ENA.

Castaway Diva

Castaway Diva Korean Drama - Park Eun Bin Castaway Diva is a romantic comedy about a girl (Park Eun Bin) who was dreaming of becoming a singer that is in an accident and ends up stranded on a deserted island. After 15 years, she is finally rescued and still hopes to achieve her dreams. Castaway Diva airs Saturday and Sunday on tvN.

Perfect Marriage Revenge

Perfect Marriage Revenge Korean Drama - Sung Hoon and Jung Yoo Min Perfect Marriage Revenge is about a woman (Jung Yoo Min who travels back in time and enters into a contract marriage with a wealthy CEO (Sung Hoon) to get revenge on her previous husband. Perfect Marriage Revenge airs Saturday and Sunday on MBN.

The Matchmakers

The Matchmakers Korean Drama - Rowoon and Choi Yi Hyun The Matchmakers is a historical romantic comedy about a man (Rowoon) who almost became the son-in-law of the king and married a princess, but she died at the wedding ceremony. He then gets involved in a matchmaking business and gets help from a young widow (Choi Yi Hyun). The Matchmakers airs Monday and Tuesday on KBS.


What dramas are you looking forward to or enjoying in December? Make sure to get caught up because there are more dramas coming your way in January!


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17 responses to “10 Korean Dramas You Need to Be Watching in December 2023”

  1. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    Welcome to Samdalri sounds good.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I think that one sounds good too 🙂

  2. Kate Avatar

    I’ve got Welcome to Samdalri on the list and very hopeful as I have not loved JCW in anything for a while. I’m currently watching The Story of Park’s Contract Marriage (early days but ok so far); My Demon (early days but good so far); A Good Day to be a Dog (ok); Moon in the Day (excellent); Castaway Diva (meh); Perfect Marriage Revenge (embarassed to say I love this); The Matchmakers (good).

    1. Kay Avatar

      Welcome to Samdalri does looks promising and I like both actors. I’m also interested in The Story of Park’s Contract Marriage, A Good Day to Be a Dog, Moon in the Day, and Castaway Diva. You’ve got a solid mix going 🙂

  3. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    Finished watching Strong Girl Nam Soon. I stopped watching this but want back and as I hoped what I didn’t like with this show wasn’t continued as much. The show is mainly a fantasy crime drama. Not much time given for the main character romance.

    Rating: 7

    1. Kay Avatar

      I wasn’t too sure about about Strong Girl Nam Soon. The original was pretty cute, but this one hasn’t really grabbed my attention. It’s good that things improved for you and you were able to finish it out 🙂

  4. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    Just finished the first 5 (the rest not available yet) episodes of The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract. It’s pretty good so far though I hope it doesn’t take too much longer for the main couple to become mutually romantic. There are some stereotypical characters but i am enjoying the show.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I’m really interested in that one as it’s the kid of story I’m typically drawn too. Love Lee Se Young too. I also prefer when the couple doesn’t take too long to take interest in each other. Hopefully, that does happen soon!

  5. Timescout Avatar

    Not really interested in any of these. Perfect Marriage Conract was pretty decent as it wasn’t taking itself too seriously. Alas, I called it quits after couple of episodes, because even makjang lite was a bit too much for me, ha. Currently watching only A Journey to Love (cdrama), which so far has been better and more humorous than I expected. Would be nice if it stayed at this level of “good” till the end.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I wasn’t planning on watching Perfect Marriage Contract, but I’m hearing all of these good things recently, so I may just have to pop over and check it out. I do like my makjang in all its forms, lol. Good luck with the rest of A Journey to Love. I hope it stays strong until the end!

  6. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    I just finished watching the 2023 Chinese rom/com: The Science of Falling in Love. Excellent show. Childhood friends that got seperated. Yes, a story often told but this show does an excellent job in the retelling. They both go to the same college but though he recognizes her, she doesn’t recognize him. The overall cast was great. And surprisingly some of the music that played in the background was good. There was even music from composer Raffi Cavoukian (Google him). The middle episodes did drag a bit but made up for it with a powerful emotional ending.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I do enjoy the childhood friends that get separated” stories when done well. It sounds like a cute show and a plus that it delivers a good ending. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  7. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    Just finished watching the Chinese romance Dating in the Kitchen. An excellent show. This show stands above the rest of the chef/restaurant dramas for several reasons. The main characters are a woman master chef in a upscale hotel and the CEO. This show has a lot of cooking imbedded into the first half of the show, which i enjoyed seeing, . The chef is 21 and the CEO is 36. And the ML and FL looked the age. The chemistry between them is excellent. Plenty of displays of affection. The second romance is good. Lots of hurdles for the main couple to overcome. The hurdles may be typical of many other dramas but the cast does a great job of making it all fresh and engaging. I’m not all that familiar with Chinese performers but I’ve seen the FL, Zhao Lu Si, in other shows and she is great. I highly recommend this show.

    1. Kay Avatar

      You’re having some great success with the Chinese dramas recently 🙂 It’s nice that the cast was able to make a more typical set-up fresh. Frequently, that’s all it takes to make even basic plots worthwhile 🙂

  8. sovietredstar Avatar
    sovietredstar

    I just finished watching the Korean show Young Lady and Gentleman. Well, kind of completed. This show got off to the most depressing 1st episode I’ve ever seen. Wife leaves husband and baby. Depressed husband walks into lake with baby to try to commit suicide. While the main couple romance was good each and every episode is filled with yelling, screaming and crying. Almost every scenario you have ever seen in a Kdrama is packed into the 53 1 hour spinodes. Except zombies. I gave up after episode 14. Though I did watch the last episode to see how it ended (never did that before).

    1. Kate Avatar

      Ha, I suffered through all episodes and I still can’t say why. It’s gotta be one of the worst 🤣

    2. Kay Avatar

      Wow, that does sound like an intense and depressing one, especially if it was enough to make you drop it. Hopefully, you’re next drama is better.

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