You must know that age is a big deal in Korea. In dramas and IRL, Koreans have various ways to respectfully talk to someone older than them. Aside from using honorific words, they call older guys Hyung, Oppa, or ahjussi. Then, there’s noona, eonni, and ahjumma for older women. Noona is specifically used by guys to address a woman that’s older than them.
Today we have gathered Korean dramas having younger guys and older women matchup have excellent chemistry and a great story.
1. Uhm Jung Hwa and Park Seo Joon in Witch’s Romance
This rom-com is like the mother of noona romances if you ask any Korean drama fans. The plot is full of fun twists, and the chemistry of the leads is spectacular. Just look for a highlight reel or a collection of their kissing + love scenes to see how they’re legit ON FIRE!
The witch in the story is Ban Ji Yeon, played by Uhm Jung Hwa. Ji Yeon a single 39-year-old woman who’s very focused at work as a reporter. She’s too serious, and that makes her unlikeable. She doesn’t feel love either after she failed past relationships.
Park Seo Joon, on the other hand, portrays Yoon Dong Ha. He runs an errand centre with a friend, and they do all sorts of tasks for anyone willing to pay their price. Dong Ha and Ji Yeon don’t hit it off at first. Eventually, they find themselves lured to each other. Ji Yeon freaks out after learning that Dong Ha is just 25 years old, and all sorts of romantic confusion follow.
2. Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo Jin in Hello My Teacher
If you’re a new K-drama fan, this has perhaps never been on your radar. Well, unless you’re obsessed with Gong Yoo, that is. Hello My Teacher couple is one of those old series that will make you feel nostalgic, particularly if you’ve had the hots for a teacher before!
This old rom-com stars the hunky oppaas a young student, Park Tae In. He’s the typical punk in school. He then meets Na Bo Ri, played by Gong Yoo’s female bestie IRL, Gong Hyo Jin.
Bo Ri was a reserve teacher who wants to prove that she’s a mature adult despite her good ol’ days as a troublemaker. Unfortunately, her students make it difficult. Tae In, however, gets to know her and falls head over heels for her. Luckily, he grows up and matures before they reunite as a couple.
3. Son Ye Jin and Jung Hae In in Something In The Rain
This slow-paced romance is perfect for lazy, cuddle-weather days. It doesn’t come with a lot of warfare or thrilling plot twists, but it serves a lot of killing. The “Physical” interactions of the main pair are TDF!
In the series, Son Ye Jin plays Yoon Jin Ah, a 30-year-old career woman. She’s easygoing and optimistic, but she feels empty and isolated, too. She’s not good at dating, and she even gets dumped for being bland and boring.
Then, she reunites with Seo Joon Hee, who’s the younger brother of her BFF. She looks at him like her younger brother, too, but he ends up charming her pants off! With how intimate their families are, they strive when they decide to be a couple and have to sneak around a lot! They also have disagreements and get into some petty fights owing to their immaturity. How they make their way through those challenges is the cute and romantic ride you’re in for in this K-drama.
4. Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum in Encounter
This drama showcased all sorts of issues such as dating a divorcee, getting romantically active with your boss, and having an office romance. But it’s still a noona romance of sorts as the age difference between the leads come into play in the series.
Here, Song Hye Kyo plays Cha Soo Hyun, a daughter of a politician and an ex-daughter-in-law of holders of a huge conglomerate group. She and her ex-husband only got married for political reasons. When they got divorced, she asked for a hotel as alimony and made it a successful company on her own.
As part of her responsibilities as CEO, Soo Hyun visits Cuba and encounters the carefree Kim Jin Hyuk. He’s an ordinary young man in his 20s who’s just travelling before setting on a solid career path. Little did he know, Soo Hyun was the CEO of the hotel that hired him. But that doesn’t stop him from trying to get close to her and win her affection.
5. Lee Jong Suk and Lee Na Young in Romance Is A Bonus Book
This Netflix Original also tackles dating a divorcee and a co-worker. This one’s a more legit noona romance, still, with the female lead only staring at herself originally as an older sister of the male lead.
Unlike CEO Soo Hyun, also, Kang Dan-i is just trying to start afresh in her career after prevailing a stay-at-home mom. Dan-i has a remarkable background in advertising, but no one would hire her because of her long respite from her career. She then agrees to ditch a huge chunk of her resume and apply for an entry-level job. She luckily gets hired by a publishing company, and one of the chief editors turns out to be her dongsaeng, Cha Eun Ho.
Eun Ho has always loved Dan-i. He dated around, but his heart only went to Dan-i. He met her when they were just kids and has cared for her as a noona since then. As they grew up, though, he came to admire her strength and her caring side, but he never really had the guts to seek her. As they see each other more often because of work, Eun Ho couldn’t hide his feelings anymore. Eventually, he succeeds in making Dan-i’s heart flutter—but not without the difficulties along the way.
6. Kang Ha Neul and Gong Hyo Jin in When The Camellia Blooms
Kang Ha Neul’s comeback drama after getting released from military service was a sure hit when it released in 2019. When The Camellia Blooms looks like your regular ol’ rom-com but there’s a dark twist to it.
The drama stars Gong Hyo Jin as the strong and dominant single mom Dong Baek who runs a bar called Camellia. Ha Neul’s character is Hwang Yong Sik, a unique and socially awkward policeman who falls in love with Dong Baek at first sight. Their relationship is assessed by Dong Baek’s tangled past, their neighbours’ initial unacceptance of their coupling, and a serial killer on the loose.