15 Best Bromance Korean Drama: The Bro-Code In K-Drama

Gradually and painstakingly built relations will always stand the strongest. This includes bromance, made between two men while going through many hardships in their life together. Love and Friendship always take the front seat in every person’s life. The relation based on trust and comfort though included, need not still be limited between a male and female. While love is sought out readily, the bromance between two men almost always goes unnoticed. These Korean dramas effectively highlight the budding bromance between people of various characteristics and backgrounds. Here is the list of best bromance Korean drama:

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15 Best Bromance Korean Drama

15.   Suspicious partner

The drama revolves around Noh Ji-Wook (Ji Chang-Wook), a prosecutor, and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-Hyun), the suspect in a murder. The secondary lead Ji Eun-hyuk (Choi Tae-Joon), ex-best-friend with his broken relationship with Ji-Wook, consists of the main bromance. The bond Ji-wook shares with his secretary are also worth mentioning. Ji-Wook starts to hate due to an incident at an early age. Therefore, while Eun-hyuk accepts his wrongdoings and gives Ji-wook the space he needs, he continues to be his best friend from afar. The saying “you need not be together to be together” applies perfectly to the relation that the once-best-buddies share. Each tackling their own issues and hardships in their adolescent years, the two-part ways on bad terms. Though guilt accompanies one while hatred follows the other, the two still seem to share a special bond.

14.   She was pretty

The drama ‘She was pretty’ is a romantic comedy. The plotline is about the handsome chief editor Ji Sung-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) and the intern Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jing-eum). The once awkward sung-Joon is not handsome and well-to-do and the once beautiful hye-jin has lost everything in life. Giving the plot multiple dimensions is the relation between Sung-Joon and Hye-jin’s direct higher official Kim Shin-hyuk. However, when both develop feelings for Hye-jin, jealousy forms the perfect cover for their undoubtedly present bromance. The free spirit of Shin-hyuk and borderline arrogant Sung-Joon makes a perfectly complemented duo to the brewing bromance. Fighting for attention and having childish brawls are comical in every way. setting them apart from other Korean drama, their unparalleled dynamics and flirty antics makes unique bromance.  The series definitely a pleasure to watch.

13.   Reply 1997

This drama has dared to show a topic that other Korean drama dare not, in the field of bromance. Bearing a controversial element in the storyline the drama still manages to score phenomenal response from viewers. Reply 1997 certainly is one of a kind among other drama with bromance. The series starring Seo In-guk as Yoon Yoon-jae and Jung Eun-ji as Sung Shi-won revolves around a high school reunion. The friendship that blossomed during their innocent years has an extremely sweet essence. Setting apart from the strong bromance in the rest of the gang is the relation between Yoon-Jae and In-guk. Falling for your best friend, while being secretly gay, is emotionally difficult to go through In-guk buries his feelings with great sadness and remains a faithful friend to Yoon-jae.  He overcomes his fear and heartbreak and proves that bromance comes in various colors and each has its specialty.

12.   EXO Next Door

This drama is every EXO-L’s dream series and a must-watch if you’re either a K-popper or an Exo-L The drama reimagines the famous “Korea’s boy band” EXO living in a common suburban area. Park Chan-yeol meets his childhood friend to rekindle their relationship. However, the problem ensues when D.O develops feelings for her and has to choose between friendship and love. The unity and integrity of the group are expressed in a detailed and intricate storyline that is certainly worth watching. Each member and their difference blend perfectly together and easily overpowered by the bond that they share. The bromance in this drama plays a vital role as each individual goes through their hurdles. They discover how the presence of a faithful friend can make their suffering so much bearable. The deep and humorous drama certainly knows how to play its card well.

11.   City Hunter

This action-packed drama is the epitome of a perfect display of unrelenting love that friends would have for each other. However, the duo Lee Jin-Pyo (Kim Sang-Joong) and Park Mu-yeol (Park Sang-in Jin-Pyo’s steals the Spotlight for perfect bromance. The brotherhood and respect for his dearest friend transform him into a full-on rage when Mu-yeol dies while protecting Jin-Pyo. Although the two have very little screen time together, the bond that the two shares are expressed grandly. Their relationship forms a solid foundation for further progression of the plot. The betrayal of his higher officials and loss of his dear friend transforms the righteous presidential bodyguard Jin-pyo completely. The changed revenge hungry drug lord who would use any twisted means to get what he wants. His never receding vengeance serves as a perfect veil for his underlying strong love.

10. Kill Me Heal Me

A masterpiece, among other medical dramas. This series, starring Ji Sung as both the protagonist and the antagonist, covers the bromance radar with ease. The drama, depicting the struggle of a patient suffering from DID, graciously showers us with bromance of different essence. The relation between the different personalities efficiently transforms legitimate struggles into wonderfully deceived humor. The crush that a personality has on Oh Ri-on is hilarious in every sense. The spectrum of differences in each personality, and the way they all complement each other is a well-hidden Easter-egg. Personalities such as the suicidal school kid, a fisherman, a female teenager, the evil antagonist, and the charming and sweet protagonist, tie up together to form a beautifully orchestrated symphony. The caring figure of Ahn Gook is the cherry on the top for the multilayered bromance in this series.

09. Legend of the Blue Sea

Lee min-ho plays Heo Joon-Jae, the charming and witty con-artist in this Korean drama. He has brilliantly tailored bromance with his partners in crime, Jo Nam-doo (Lee Hee-Joon and Tae-oh (Shin Won-ho). The friendship and trust between Joon-Jae and Nam-doo are continuously tested and proven wrong repeatedly. Drive for power and fame clashes head-on with the years of a painstakingly nurtured relationship that the three share. The young and innocent presence of Tae-oh adds a refreshing touch to the trio’s relation. Joon-Jae laidback personality compliments Jo Nam-doo’s nagging and responsible demeanor and Tae-oh fun-loving tech-geek persona with seamless ease. The drama is littered with lighthearted humor and expertly hidden care that they have for each other. This fantasy drama, like the other Korean drama, depicts intense bromance in a very warm and hearty manner.

08. You are beautiful

Aired in 2009 this drama also romanticizes the concept of bromance in a very unique way. The booming K-pop industry takes the centerpiece here. Jang Keun-suk plays Hwang Tae-Kyung, the lead vocalist in an idol group A.N.JELL. With his bandmates Kang Shin-woo and Jeremy, the trio harmonizes expertly to deliver bromance in an efficient way. Ko Mi-Nam, who is actually a female under disguise, joins the band as the new vocalist. This ensures excellent humor and confusion about the sexual preference of the idols. The cold Tae-Kyung, the kind-hearted Shin-woo, and lively Jeremy form an exceptional combination making the fangirls swoon non-stop. The deadly trio, each with their own stories to sing, fall for Mi-Nam. However, Jeremy and his frustration about his preference are laughable on its own. Jeremy and his role in the group, often overshadowed, proves itself to be unforgettable nonetheless.

07. Coffee Prince

Choi Han-kyu (Gong Yoo) opens a coffee shop and it ensures to take him in an emotional rollercoaster. This drama is one of the few daring series which showcases bromance from an entirely different perspective. The lead Go Eun-chan, a tomboyish girl, is misunderstood to be a boy and gets hired in an all-boys-cafe. Reliable but gullible Hwang Min-yeop, the charming chief Noh Sun-ki, and short-tempered Jin Ha-rim constitute the rest of the staff. The four of them run the café, which becomes a great success until Han-kyul develops feelings for the “male” Eun-chan. The friendship and bond the four develop are strong and revolves around firm trust. Though Eun-chan is a female, the drama does justice to romanticizing bromance as best as it could. It was undoubtedly efficient in portraying bromance well with the relationship that the colleagues share.

06. Strong woman Do Bong-soon

This female-centered drama does not hold back in blessing its viewers with a generous share of bromance. The charming and shy, lead Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-Sik) attracts various types of bromance from a multitude of characters. The young and handsome CEO of Ainsoft is initially rumored to be gay. This ensures a stable flow of flirty and humorous advances from the planning team developer, Oh Dol-pyro. The jealousy initiated relation with In Gunk-doo (Ji Soo), later transforms into funny brawls. This Korean drama streamlines bromance systematically and efficiently throughout the progress of the drama. The bromance that men show each other becomes the objective that helps the growth of the storyline. Other Korean dramas have also tried their luck with this type of bromance. Although, it does not measure up to string women do bong-soon.

05. Boy next door

This web series dares to do The web series is a funny take on how people are overcoming traditionalism and ship guys who are straight. A string of misfortune forces the two leads, Park Kyu-Tae and Sung Gi-Jae, to live together. Gradually overcoming their initial wariness towards each other, they form a strong and wonderfully compatible bond. Kim Min-ah, a familiar friend, initially serves as a buffer hilariously awkward interaction. However, she later becomes the source of humor, through her misunderstanding, that the two are interested in each other. The strength of their bond is highlighted after they move out to their respective rooms. This short series with minimum cast and locations, still effectively succeeds to pack a punch. The field of humorously portrayed bromance, between the very awkward couple, is showcased diligently by the crew.

04. Boys Over Flowers

School days are the building blocks of life. This Korean drama focuses on friendship and love that blooms during these days. The famous Lee Min-ho plays the main lead as Gu Jun-Pyo, the leader of F4. The “four flower boys” or F4, lovingly called by their fangirls, consists of Gu Jun-Pyo, Yoon Ji-Hu, So Yi-Jung, and Song Woo-bin. Their bromance, just as good as their visuals are a joy to watch. These boys go through many family complications while shouldering the nation’s expectations as the future pillars of the economy. Their life evolves as they, tackle betrayal and jealousy, while still holding on to each other for moral support. The spoiled-rich Jun-Pyo, calm Ji-Hu, the playboy Ji-Hu, and the skilled Woo-bin make up for the group. Their mix-matched characters provide various shades and highlights in making a perfectly sculptured bromance.

03. Descendants Of The Sun

Captain Yoo Shi-jin (Song Joong-ki) and master sergeant Seo Dae-young (Jin Goo) plays the perfect bromance lead in the drama. Revolving around the things, these two brothers-at-arms go through while In-duty, it depicts how it affects their private life. The relationship of such comrades is in itself solid and built sorely on trust. Throwing in the happy-go-lucky nature of Si-jin and strict, supportive Dae-young, potion of bromance in full swing. The two’s understanding of each other’s struggles and characteristics makes the endearing connection unique and heartwarming. Humor is integrated into the main plot stunningly, making each episode a delight to watch, keeping us hooked in Decedents of the sun has definitely established itself at home at the top of the list of drama to watch. Thanks to its efficient proportioning of bromance and romance it continues to be the unparalleled best.

02. Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

The drama is one of the few that have been successful, in portraying bromance, in the best way possible. Unlike most Korean drama, this one takes bromance as part of the central theme. The kind-hearted Kim-shin and his unlikely bromance with the awkward grim reaper is one of a kind in many ways. Childish fights and awkward interactions between the two are hilarious and are present throughout the entire drama. The growth of the relation between the two is gradually strengthened, while they are hopelessly in love with their partners. Their charismatic demeanor shatters to pieces with their funny antics and brawls. Dok-Hwa and his concealed affection for his guardian come as a pleasant bliss for the viewers. The smooth character arch and gradual increase in complexity of the plot takes us for a fun ride while watching the drama.

01. Hwarang: the poetic warrior

This Korean drama, with its fantastic cast and visuals, has bromance intricately woven in every twist and turn. The plot revolves around young elite class boys, who rediscover themselves as grown men. Forced to join the flower knight, they are trained to run the nation, on the secret king’s terms. Moo-Myung (Park Seo-Joon) leads the drama with the new and complex relationship he develops with Kim Ji-Dwi (Park Hyung-Sik). Friendship and revenge blossoms side-by-side and fights for attention throughout the drama. The childish rivalry between the Kim Soo-ho (Choi Min-ho) and Park Ban-Ryu (Do Ji-han) is a delight to watch. Suk Han-sung (Kim Tae-Hyung) and his naïve personality, with his idolization of Park Seo-Joon, is both heartwarming and humorous. The bromance in this drama is highlighted in every aspect efficiently and smoothly.

This brings us to the end of this post. Also, check out, Top 50 Romance Korean Dramas That Will Melt Your Heart

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