7 Popular and Beautiful K-Dramas About Spring and Healing

With spring and summer coming in hot, we put together a list of seven of the best K-dramas that focus on healing, mental health, and spring. Come read our list!

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With the spring and summer months coming in hot (excuse the pun), we’ve gathered a list of seven of some of the most healing K-dramas that really embody the feeling of spring. These K-dramas make us cry, laugh, and scream tears of joy as we go through the journey with these characters. Some of these dramas take place in the spring, and some take place during multiple seasons, but all have an emphasis on healing from things that we, as humans, don’t always talk about, such as trauma, mental health, and relationships. Read on to see our choices!

1. A Piece of Your Mind

Coming in at our first pick (and my personal favorite) is A Piece of Your Mind (Viki), starring Jung Hae-in and Chae Soo-bin. The drama revolves around the budding romance between Han Seo-woo (Soo-bin) and Moon Ha-won (Hae-in), two people who get tangled up in the secrets of a tragic past. Han Seo-woo is a classical recording engineer, and Ha-won is a tech CEO whose mother died in a questionable accident when he was younger. By chance, Seo-woo gets mixed up with Ha-won and his childhood crush, Ji-soo, who is keeping secrets from Ha-won about his mother’s death.

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Seo-woo becomes entangled with the two characters and is put into the middle when Ha-won wants to reconnect with Ji-soo, but Ji-soo refuses. Faced with her newfound friendship with Ji-soo and her emerging feelings for Ha-won, Seo-woo is pulled in many different directions. However, when Ji-soo is in a disastrous accident that resembles Ha-won’s mother’s death, both Ha-won and Seo-woo struggle with the repercussions. Secrets from Ha-won’s past with Ji-soo threaten Seo-woo’s future with Ha-won, and the two are forced to reconsider their lives and relationship with one another for the sake of their mental health.

2. One Spring Night

At number two, One Spring Night (Netflix) stars Jung Hae-in (the king of healing dramas) and Han Ji-min. Hae-in plays Yoo Ji-ho, a pharmacist and single father of Eun-u, whose mother left when he was a baby. Ji-min plays Lee Jeong-in, a librarian who has been in a relationship with Kwon Gi-seok for four years. After Jeong-in and Ji-ho meet for the first time, they inexplicably become drawn to one another. Jeong-in begins to doubt her relationship with Gi-seok, and Ji-ho begins to open up his heart again.

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While Jeong-in is faced with the pressure of getting married from both her own parents and Gi-seok’s father, Ji-ho faces constant stigma from everyone around him — except for Jeong-in — for being a single father in South Korea. The two find solace in one another and begin to develop romantic feelings, all while pushing back against the standards and pressures they face from outside sources. They must navigate the road of their relationship and their mental health to prove their feelings to everyone, especially Gi-seok, who tries relentlessly to get back together with Jeong-in.

3. When the Weather Is Fine

Number three is When the Weather is Fine (Netflix), starring Park Min-young and Seo Kang-joon (the drama also goes by multiple names). Min-young stars as Mok Hae-won, a cellist who moves back to her hometown after some unfortunate events, and Kang-Joon stars as Im Eun-seob, a librarian and a former classmate of Hae-won’s. Eun-seob is adopted, and while he has a tragic past, he has a wonderful life with his family. Hae-won, on the other hand, was raised mostly by her aunt after her father was killed by her mother, who spent Hae-won’s childhood years in jail.

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As the two meet once again, they begin to develop feelings for one another. However, the two of them both have traumas that resurface throughout their relationship, and they must come to terms with their pasts in their own way. Together — and briefly apart —, they begin to heal and fall in love with each other, finding solace in the harsh winter and the emerging spring.

4. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

Number four is Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Netflix), starring Shin Min-a and Kim Seon-ho. Min-a stars as Yoon Hye-jin, a dentist in Seoul who becomes bored of her city life. She moves to the seaside village of Gongjin, where she meets Hong Du-sik, played by Seon-ho. Du-sik is a jack-of-all-trades and has his hands everywhere in the village. The two get off on a rocky start but quickly begin to fall in love with one another.

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Despite their feelings, Du-sik has a past that he refuses to tell anyone about. This frustrates Hye-jin, and the two decide to take some time apart for their mental health. After a series of events, Du-sik’s past is revealed, shocking everyone, including Hye-jin, who continues to support Du-sik as he struggles with the repercussions of the past. Together, Hye-jin helps Du-sik heal from his past, and they decide to move forward in life with one another.

5. Summer Strike

At number five, we chose Summer Strike (Netflix), which has a similar vibe to Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Summer Strike stars Kim Seol-hyun and Im Si-wan and takes place in an idyllic seaside town called Angok. Seol-hyun plays Lee Yeo-reum, a woman who decides suddenly to quit her job of five years, pack of everything, and move away. She finally settles in the city of Angok, where a quiet man named Ahn Dae-beom works at the local library. The two begin a friendship, and Yeo-reum begins finding solace in the small town.

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However, Yeo-reum begins being targeted by an unknown and mysterious stranger, who vandalizes her home and tries to threaten her to move out. Soon, secrets are revealed as Yeo-reum and Dae beam investigate and try to solve the mystery with the help of some friends in town. These secrets threaten Dae-beom’s past and Yeo-reum’s future in Angok, and the two must navigate their way through the past in order to solve the mystery. Together, they work on solving the case, and Yeo-reum helps Dae-beom heal from his trauma. Unlike most dramas, these two characters never kiss or start an official relationship, despite their romantic tension and dates that they go on; although, the very last episode ends with a cute gesture of their romantic love for one another (which had me screaming in joy), leaving their relationship up to the imagination.

6. Our Beloved Summer

Number six is a very popular K-drama, and stars Choi Woo-shik and Kim Da-mi. Our Beloved Summer (Netflix) takes place 10 years after Choi Ung (Wook-shik) and Kook Yeon-seo (Da-mi) break up and vow never to see each other again. However, in high school, they filmed a documentary, and in the present-day, it’s gone viral, with a demand to see what the two are up to now. Their produce friend who filmed the first documentary, decides to get the two back in front of the cameras, which begins with a rocky start.

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Choi Ung has little to no worries and works as an underground artist. Yeon-seo, on the other hand, is fiercely independent, was raised by her grandmother, and has worked her way up the professional ladder. The two couldn’t be more different, but as they film another documentary, they begin to rediscover their feelings for one another and work through their past issues. Many topics are touched on in this drama, including social status and money, love, hate, mental health, and what it means to be human in a complicated relationship.

7. It’s Okay to Not Be Okay

A very mental-health-focused popular K-drama, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay (Netflix) stars Kim Soo-hyun and Seo Ye-ji. Soo-hyun plays Moon Gang-tae, a psych-ward caretaker who takes care of his older brother, Moon Sang-tae, who is on the autism spectrum. Ye-ji plays Ko Moon-young, a children’s book author that has antisocial personality disorder. Moon-young does a reading at the psych ward in her hometown, and she quickly becomes drawn to Gang-tae, who initially refuses her romantic advances. Gang-tae, however, soon becomes drawn to Moon-young, and the two begin to develop feelings for one another. Despite their growing relationship, a bombshell of secrets is dropped, and the three (including Sang-tae) become tangled up in lies, murder, deceit, and love.

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They must learn to heal their trauma in order to move on, all while struggling with their own mental health issues. Through their struggles, they form new relationships with one another and rediscover the meaning of family. Moon-young becomes a sister to Sang-tae, who encourages his brother to start a relationship with her, and the three make up a slightly dysfunctional but comedic and heartwarming family who help one another heal. This K-drama was not only one of the first K-dramas to touch on difficult subjects such as autism and antisocial personality disorder, but it also redefined mental health and the definition of family, and what it means to heal and forgive.

Have you seen any of these K-dramas? Which one is your favorite?

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