10 K-Dramas like Alchemy of Souls you must watch

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: December 4, 2022 (Last updated: 2 weeks ago)
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We discuss 10 K-Dramas like Alchemy of Souls you must watch. Add these shows to your watch list.

The first season of this romantic fantasy drama has pleased many fans on Netflix. The streaming platform has always been able to expand its projects to many countries and cover many genres. Alchemy of Souls has the fate of two people who become twisted due to the soul of the dead who returns to the living.

If you’re a fan of casting spells and true romance, then this is a series that is worth watching. The characters are always trying to help each other because of their twisted fate with the undead. Along with romance and magic, there is always betrayal to try and stop good things from happening to the two lovers.

The reason why romance and fantasy work so well together is because of the magic that happens between the two. Even if it’s farfetched, the love is still shown, and that connection is important.

The series on this list are all Korean dramas that have surprised audiences with how good the storytelling is. There’s a nice balance between both genres, and of course, the actors who play these characters have strong chemistry to keep the audience interested.

10 K-Dramas like Alchemy of Souls you must watch

Tale of the Nine-Tailed (2020) 

An urban dark fantasy drama about a gumiho who settles into the city and a producer who is after it. What Leon does is live his life in human form to keep searching for a reincarnation of his lost love and he fights off other supernatural beings who threaten his world. The series explores love and loss, with a fantastical journey added into the mix.

The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) 

A modern-day Korean emperor passes through a mysterious portal and into a parallel world, where he encounters a feisty police detective. Walking through any mysterious portal can bring forth some obstacles and change the way anyone perceives their life. This is what happens to the emperor, especially after he meets the police detective. Since he used to have women fawning over him, he gets the opposite with the police detective.

Jinxed at First (2022) 

Seven years ago, Soo Gwang had a perfectly normal, happy life but all that changed when he happened upon Seul Bi, a woman who, despite their brief meeting, changed his life forever. Since that day, every time he dreams of Seul Bi, something terrible happens to him. Sometimes people can be linked to each other and in a fantasy world, anything is possible. To always think about someone and then something terrible happens, just means that Soo Gwang has to find her again in some other life.

Lovers of the Red Sky (2021) 

Set during the Joseon era, Hong Chun Gi is a female painter with genius-like painting talent. She is picked as the first female painter of the Dohwaseo. For her, painting is everything. One day, she meets Ha Ram. When creative minds fall in love, romance takes a mind of its own and can be manipulated in our minds. The love feels so much stronger because of how imaginative those with creative hearts can be.

Familiar Wife (2018) 

A married couple suddenly finds themselves living entirely different lives after their fates magically change through an unexpected incident. Married couples do have to fight to keep their relationship strong and healthy. Sometimes it can get difficult, but when their fate changes, they realize that the life they used to lead wasn’t that bad, to begin with.

A Korean Odyssey (2017) 

In 2017, Son Oh Gong and Ma Wang are in conflict with each other, and they look for a true light in a dark world where evil exists everywhere. This one is a more typical romance and fantasy drama because of the exploration of light and dark through their love life. The light obviously does conquer all and helps them through.

The Beauty Inside (2018) 

The series tells the love story of Han Se Gye, an actress who must spend one week out of each month living in someone else’s body, and Seo Do Jae, a man who suffers from Prosopagnosia. This one has a very interesting concept and highlights the beauty standard in a different way. While she’s in another body, she also experiences love differently, which changes her perspective on it.

Faith (2012)

When the queen-to-be of medieval Korea is badly wounded, Captain Choi Young uses a wormhole to “heaven”, which is actually 21st century South Korea, to bring back the spoiled Dr. Yoo Eun-Soo who becomes a pawn in a game of human chess.  A wormhole to heaven is a concept that would be interesting, and this show explores the link to another world that many would want to know. It highlights morality and the values people on Earth are concerned about.

I Can Hear Your Voice (2013) 

The legal drama centers around Jang Hye Sung, a brazen, sharp-tongued female attorney who says everything that comes to her mind with no filter. When she gets to the point in her career where it’s hard to muster up any enthusiasm for her work, she teams up with serious Cha Kwan Woo, a passionate public defender. The chemistry between the two romantic leads is important but the banter between them is even more important. The banter and the build-up of their romance can almost be better than the two of them ending up together.

The Bride of Habaek (2017) 

The Water God Habaek visits earth to fulfill his mission with the help of his servant in the human world, named psychiatrist Yoon So Ah, whose ancestors have promised to serve The Water God for generations. She doesn’t believe that he is a god and mistakes him for a delusional patient. The series explores blind faith and how that can be problematic at times, they even dive into the lore of the Water God in a unique way.

Do you have any other recommendations for K-Dramas like Alchemy of Souls? Let us know!

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