5 K-Dramas That Deal With an Age-Gap Romance

Korean dramas may be demure when it comes to steamy scenes like intercourse or kissing. Many K-dramas delve into mature storylines, more importantly, age-gap romances between the main characters. Fans will notice the age-gap genre is usually between an older female (nunna) and a younger male embarking on a forbidden romance shunned by society. These K-dramas are just as tantalizing to watch as any other popular drama, maybe even more so.

'A Witch's Love' age-gap romance K-drama with lead character embracing each other.
‘A Witch’s Love’ romance K-drama | via tvN

‘A Witch’s Love’ stars one of South Korea’s most recognized male actors in an age-gap romance

This K-drama is an oldie but a goodie. A Witch’s Love is led by What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim star Park Seo-joon and Uhm Jung-hwa. For this age-gap K-drama, Ban Ji-Yeon (Uhm) is 39-years-old, single, and no longer believes in true love.

Yoon Dong-ha (Park) is 25-years-old and runs an errand shop that does it all with his friends. He was once in love until a tragic accident killed his girlfriend. He meets Ji-yeon, and sparks fly. The only problem? Their age difference. Regardless they find a lot in common, especially their broken hearts.

A Witch’s Love is available to stream on Viki.

‘Secret Love Affair’ is a forbidden romance with a married woman

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What happens when an older woman has it all but risks everything for a younger man? Secret Love Affair is an age-gap K-drama centered around a pianist and a married socialite. Actor Kim Hee-ae stars as Oh Hye-won, a woman who has a good life in her 40s. Hye-won is married, sophisticated, elegant, and the Seohan Arts Foundation director.

Award-winning and Hellbound actor Yoo Ah-in stars as a gifted 20-year-old pianist Lee Sun-jae. He comes from an impoverished background and is unaware of his talent. He meets Hye-won, and a fire ignites. Hye-won experiences true love for the first time as they start a dangerous affair.

Secret Love Affair is available to stream on Viki.

‘Guardian: The Lonely and Great God’ is fantasy K-drama with an age-gap romance fans look past

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It is almost impossible for a K-drama fan not to have heard of Guardian: The Lonely and Great God or seen it. The 2016 K-drama is one of the industry’s most-talked-about romances. But behind the swoon-worthy moments, there is also an age-gap romance. Kim Shin, played by Gong Yoo, was a military general cursed to become an immortal.

The only way for him to move on is for his bride to remove his sword. Kim Shin meets Ji Eun-tak, played by Kim Go-eun, a bubbly high school student. Their fate intertwines and creates an epic fantasy romance. But there is a big age gap in the K-drama. A fan on Reddit comments, “They actually have an age gap of 920 years…”

In the K-drama, Kim Shin looks in his 30s but is hundreds of years old. He lives an immortal life and watches Eun-tak grow into adulthood.

Guardian: The Lonely and Great God is available on Viki.

‘Something in The Rain’ tackles dating taboos

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The K-drama Something in the Rain covers more than an age-gap romance. Two leading characters embark on a journey from being friends to lovers despite their age difference. Jung Hae-in stars as the leading character Seo Joon-hee alongside Crash Landing on You’s Son Ye-jin as Yoon Jin-ah.

Jin-ah is the district supervisor of a coffeehouse franchise and is 35-years-old. She reconnects with her best friend’s brother Joon-hee who is 31-years-old. Something in the Rain chronicles their taboo romance and battle of facing public scrutiny. In a secondary storyline, the K-drama also tackles sexual harassment in the workplace, social class disparity, and family dysfunction.

Something in the Rain is available on Netflix.

‘Forecasting Love and Weather’ is Netflix’s newest workplace K-drama with an age-gap romance

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Netflix released Forecasting Love and Weather only two days shy of Valentine’s Day 2022. It stars the ‘Son of Netflix’ Song Kang and the ‘Queen of Office Romance’ Park Min-young. Jin Ha-kyung (Park) works at the 2nd Division of Korea Meteorological Administration. She learns her soon-to-be husband is having an affair.

Meanwhile, Lee Shi-woo’s (Song Kang) girlfriend breaks up with him. Ha-kyung and Shi-woo cross paths when working together. Despite not wanting to start another office romance, Ha-kyung cannot deny her feelings for Shi-woo. She also knows the turmoil behind their age gap and their exes working in the same facility. Ha-kyung is 35-years-old with Shi-woo being 27-years-old.

Forecasting Love and Weather is available on Netflix.

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