4 of the Most Explicit Sex Scenes From K-Dramas

Unlike American TV, Korean dramas often keep a PG-13 rating for romantic or explicit scenes. K-dramas do the job of building up the steamy tension before a big kiss between the characters or the heartfelt glances. Regarding sex scenes, there are a select few K-dramas that have broken the rule and have gone for a more risky and intimate relationship. These K-dramas make the most seasoned fans blush.

Main characters in 'My Name' K-drama sex scene leaning against each other.
Main characters in ‘My Name’ K-drama sex scene | via Netflix

‘Nevertheless’ has a steamy pre-sex dream scene

Before Han So-hee starred in My Name, she and the “Son of Netflix” Song Kang starred as love interests in Nevertheless. K-drama fans were already warned Nevertheless would be a mature-themed drama. It told the heartbreaking and realistic story of two college students with differentiating opinions about love.

Throughout the drama, the main characters have a steamy relationship. In episode 2, Na-bi (Han) has a wet dream about Park Jae-eon (Song Kang). While the scene is not full-blown sex, it does almost lead up to it. In the dream, the characters are on the couch as Jae-eon kisses down Na-bi’s body. It is assumed she is topless, and Jae-eon almost makes his way to her intimate area before the dream cuts off. There are a few more steam pre-sex scenes in the K-drama.

‘The World of the Married’ stunned fans with its use of sex scenes in the K-drama

Character Ji Sun-woo and husband in 'The World of the Married' K-drama sex scene kissing in bed.
Character Ji Sun-woo and husband in ‘The World of the Married’ K-drama sex scene | via JTBC

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The 2020 K-drama, The World of the Married, became one the highest-rated dramas of the year. It centered around Ji Sun-woo (Kim Hee-ae), a respected doctor with the perfect affluent life. She learns her husband is having an affair with a younger woman and her world falls apart. The K-drama also captured fans’ attention for its explicit sex scenes.

One of the scenes occurs between the husband Lee Tae-oh (Park Hae-joon) and his mistress in a copy room. The scene shows a lot of exposed backs and lustful movements but never full-blown nudity. The World of the Married’s first episode has a late-night sex scene in bed between Sun-woo and Tae-oh. For fans who watch the drama, more explicit scenes can be expected when Sun-woo starts seeing a younger man.

‘My Name’ has beach house sex scene some fans felt was unecessary

Characters Ji-woo and Pil-do from 'My Name' K-drama sex scene with no shirts on.
Characters Ji-woo and Pil-do from ‘My Name’ K-drama sex scene | via Netflix

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Han So-hee would star in another Netflix original K-drama that would be a drastic change from what fans are used to seeing from her. The actor starred in the action drama My Name as Ji-woo, a woman who seeks revenge against her father’s killer. The K-drama built up the female lead as a lone wolf seeped with wanting justice.

But there was a budding friendship between her and Pil-do (Ahn Bo-hyun), her partner. In episode 8 of the K-drama, they have a heart-to-heart at Pil-do’s beach house. One thing led to another, and under a warm glow, they had a sex scene. Like most explicit sex scenes in K-dramas, it goes as far as showing some nudity. The two characters get caught up in lust, passion, and emotions after everything they have dealt with.

My Name’s director defended giving Ji-woo a romance despite fans’ initial backlash. According to an interview with USA Today, the director let the K-drama’s writer make the final decision and later came to an agreement with the actors.

‘Squid Game’ explicit scene led to a deeper conversation about surivival

Characters Han Mi-nyeo and Jang Deok-su for 'Squid Game' K-drama in bathroom during sex scene
Characters Han Mi-nyeo and Jang Deok-su for ‘Squid Game’ K-drama | via Netflix

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Squid Game Episode 4 shocked fans when Deok-su (Heo Sung-tae) and Han Mi-nyeo (Kim Joo-ryoung) had sex in the bathroom. The sex scene is one of the rare times a K-drama shows more nudity. Deok-su and Mi-nyeo are seen in a bathroom stall in the act, sweating profusely. Fans even see Mi-nyeo’s chest. The scene happened rather abruptly and was a surprise for many viewers.

The relationship and the sex scene developed into a discussion about Mi-nyeo’s over-sexualization and survival. Hwang Dong-hyuk explains Mi-nyeo believes her relationship with Deok-su is “a different kind of love.” The sex scene allowed Mi-nyeo to ensure her survival during the Games by clinging onto the strongest player.