September 28, 2022

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Reaching High Ratings, 5 Recommendations for Korean Drama Makjang that You Must Watch

Makjang is one of the most popular genres in Korea. Makjang is a word in popular culture to describe the art of overdoing it. Makjang in the context of Korean dramas, refers to a form of drama that is difficult to understand or accept based on common sense and ordinary moral standards. The plots chosen tend to be wild and sensational, including forced situations, complex relationships, infidelity, or birth secrets to attract viewers.

Even so, makjang has always been the choice of Koreans to entertain themselves through the characters’ stories rather than dramas with other genres. Not surprisingly, many makjang get high ratings, even though the episodes tend to be many and even continue for seasons. Here it is 5 Korean drama recommendation makjang for you.

Poster for the drama ‘Penthouse’. (VIU)

The drama that aired in 2020 tells about rich people who are trying to avenge each other in the past. They compete with each other for power to be the best.

Upper class people live in luxury apartments with 100 floors. The residents of the apartment have many secrets of their own. The drama focuses on the three main characters, Shim Su Ryeon (Lee Ji Ah), Cheon Seo Jin (Kim So Yeon), and Oh Yoon Hee (Eugene).

2. The Last Empress

Korean drama poster 'The Last Empress'.  (SBS)
Korean drama poster ‘The Last Empress’. (SBS)

‘The Last Empress’ starring Jang Na Ra. Follows the story of a musical actress who marries the emperor. Entering the royal family, he actually faced many difficulties. He was entangled with the murder of the emperor’s grandmother which caused the death of the imperial family.

Korean drama poster 'Sky Castle' (JTBC)
Korean drama poster ‘Sky Castle’ (JTBC)

This drama depicts the harshness of education in South Korea. ‘Sky Castle’ is classified as one of the best Korean dramas. Follows the story of South Korea’s elite who defend their family’s success at the expense of the lives of others. Centered on housewives, namely Han Seo Jin (Yum Jung Ah), Lee Soo Im (Lee Tae Ran), No Seung Hye (Yoon Se Ah), and Jin Jin Hee (Oh Na Ra).

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4. VIP

Korean drama 'VIP' (SBS) poster
Korean drama ‘VIP’ (SBS) poster

Another affair drama, played by Lee Sang-yoon. However, this time he collided with the ageless actress Jang Na-ra. Tells the story of Na Jung-sung (Jang Na-ra) and Park Sung-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) who are husband and wife and work in the same team and office, tasked with serving Naratama or VIP customers.

However, the husband had an affair with one of the VIP management members who joined the marketing team. It makes Jung-sung investigate the truth of the affair committed by her husband.

5. Love ft. Marriage and Divorce

Love (ft. Marriage & Divorce)
Love (ft. Marriage & Divorce)

‘Love ft. Marriage and Divorce’ has three seasons. Tells the story of 3 main-couples who have domestic problems due to the presence of a third party in their relationship.

Introducing the relationship between colleagues in a radio program, between the three women who are the main characters, namely Boo Hye Ryung (Lee Ga-ryeong) as a beautiful and smart radio announcer, Sa Pi Young (Park Joo-mi) as a radio show PD, and Lee Si Eun (Jeon Soo-kyeong) is a radio scriptwriter.

Well, that’s five recommendations for Korean drama Makjang. Which one have you watched?