Best Kwak Sun-young K-Dramas to watch right now

By Lori Meek
Published: November 17, 2022 (Last updated: 3 weeks ago)

This article discusses the best Kwak Sun-young K-Dramas to watch and does not contain any spoilers. Check out these brilliant recommendations. 

Kwak Sun Young is a relatively new name to the small screen. The Dongguk University graduate has appeared in one movie, My Palpitating Life, and first rose to prominence with her role in the K-Drama, Encounter (2018). So far, she’s received two award nominations for her various roles, but no doubt more are on the horizon. 

With the help of MyDramaList ratings, we curated a list of Kwak Sun-young’s best work, which you can check out right now. 

Best Kim Yoo-jung K-dramas you must watch

Hospital Playlist (2020)

In this much-beloved series, Kwak Sun-young plays the supporting role of Lee Ik Soon.

Rating: 9.2

Official synopsis:

The stories of people going through their days that are seemingly ordinary but actually special, at the hospital, a place known as the microcosm of life, where someone is being born and someone’s life meets their ending. The five doctors are long-time friends of 20 years who started their undergrad in 1999 in the same medical school and now are colleagues in the same hospital and have a band together.

Hospital Playlist 2 (2021)

Kwak Sun-young reprised her supportive role in the second season of Hospital Playlist

Rating: 9.1

Official synopsis: 

Everyday is extraordinary for five doctors and their patients inside a hospital, where birth, death and everything in between coexist.

Inspector Koo (2021)

Kim Yoo-jung appears in the main role of Na Je Hee in this highly acclaimed series. All 12 episodes of Inspector Koo are available to watch on Netflix. 

Rating: 8.2

Official synopsis:

A hard-boiled investigative comedy drama that centers around the insurance investigator Koo Kyung Yi who investigates a murder case. Koo Kyung Yi, an intelligent woman who solves cold cases for the thrill of cracking the case rather than bringing justice to the world. By hook or by crook, she ferociously chases the truth behind every case. A college student who is a serial killer plots an accidental murder case to defraud her insurance money.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar (2020)

Kwak Sun-young guest stars in the second episode of this supernatural K-Drama. You can binge all 12 episodes of this highly-rated series on Netflix. 

Rating: 8.6

Official synopsis:

“Mystic Pop-Up Bar” tells the story of a mysterious pojangmacha (outdoor drinking establishment) run by a prickly woman and an innocent part-timer who visit customers in their dreams to help resolve their problems.

My Country: The New Age (2019)

Kwan Sun-young guest stars in this period drama as Han Hee Jae’s mother. The 2019 series ran for 16 episodes, and it’s available to watch on Netflix. 

Rating: 8.4

Official synopsis:

Set during the end of the Goryeo period to the early Joseon period. Two friends aim their swords against one another due to differences in opinion about “my country.”

Seo Hwi is a warrior. His father Seo Geom is a famous commander. Seo Hwi does not compromise when it comes to injustice. His life devolves into a hellish existence, but he still holds a smile.

Nam Sun Ho is smart and a talented figure. Because his mother was born into the lowest class, Nam Sun Ho is looked down upon by other people. He wants to pass the military service examination. Due to a corruption scandal involving his father, Nam Sun Ho loses his dream. Making things worse, he comes into conflict with Seo Hwi over a misunderstanding.

Encounter (2018)

In Encounter, Kwak Sun-young appears in the supportive role of Hyun’s aide Jang Mi Jin Soo. 

Rating: 8.1

Official synopsis:

What happens when an encounter between a man and a woman who seem to have nothing in common develops into a complicated love story?

Cha Soo Hyun is the daughter of a politician who lives a  life where she is unable to choose her own path. After graduating from college, she entered into a loveless marriage with the son of a wealthy conglomerate, a marriage only beneficial to her politician father. She then gets divorced. Her life is changed further when she meets simple and kind Kim Jin Hyuk.

Kim Jin Hyuk is ordinary and innocent, a young man who enjoys life and finds happiness in the smaller things. He works various part-time jobs to earn a living but is looking for a regular job. One day, he decides to take a trip abroad, where he meets Cha Soo Hyun.

Your Honor (2018)

In this K-Drama, Kwan Sun-young appears in the guest starring part of Song Ji Yun.

Rating: 8.1

Official synopsis:

There are identical twins named Han Soo Ho and Han Kang Ho. Although they are both smart, good-looking, and share the same gene, they live completely different lives. Han Soo Ho has never missed the first place. He knew that there is the power that people only in the first place can gain. Moreover, his brother, who was athletic and eloquent, grabbed people’s attention which decreased Han Soo Ho’s presence. However, there was one thing he could win over his brother. It was studying. As Han Soo Ho became smarter, the gap between his brother grew bigger. Han Soo Ho passed the bar exam as the youngest person and became the judge. He was well known to judge according to the assessment of a case. Meanwhile, Han Kang Ho has five criminal records. One day, Han Kang Ho finished serving his sentence. When he came out, he realized that Han Soo Ho had suddenly disappeared and decided to take over his brother’s place as a judge. The criminal, who used to live behind bars, becomes to be judge people by the law. The criminal, who was once treated as a trash, becomes the honorable judge who everyone respects. Han Kang Ho, the judge with five criminal records. What will happen to his life? This story is about the process of people, who once desired other’s life, finding their own life.

V.I.P (2019)

Kwak Sun-young starts in a main role in this highly acclaimed workplace-based K-Drama. You can check out all 32 episodes on Netflix. 

Rating: 8.0

Official synopsis:

VIP is a drama that seeks to find an answer in the secretive relationships we hold in today’s society. Jung Sun is a competent and successful career woman who works as a deputy manager at Sung Woon Department Store. Her job as a member of the VIP Management Team is to satisfy the top one percent of customers who are the special VIPs and VVIPs. Not only is she professional at work, but she has a happy household with a wonderful husband, Sung Jun. However, one day she receives an anonymous text message. It says that her romantic husband is having an affair with someone at the office. Anxious to lose everything she has, she desperately studies the office and her co-workers to find out the woman Sung Jun is seeing. In the course of events, secrets behind each of the workers at the VIP Management Team are revealed. Will Jung Sun find out the truth behind the anonymous text message?

And that’s our list of the best Kwak Sun-young K-Dramas to watch right now. Do you have any other recommendations for Korean Drama series starring Kwak Sun-young? Let us know!

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