Here is a list on the most classic Korean drama trope “The Rich Boy-Poor Girl”.
These 9 Kdramas are for avid drama enthusiasts yearning for the enchantment of fairy-tale romance, the timeless allure of the classic rich boy/ poor girl trope. So here I recommend you a curated list of the best Rich Guy/ Poor Girl dramas, that not only satisfies your craving for enchanting love stories but will also keep you interested from episode 1 to the last.
1. Business Proposal
One of the best dramas of 2022 “Business Proposal” starts with chaebol heiress Jin Young Seo (played by Seol In Ah) swaps places with her friend Shin Ha Ri (Kim Se Jeong) for a blind date. Ha Ri is shocked to discover it’s with her CEO, Kang Tae Mo (played by Ahn Hyo Seop), who, tired of dating rejections, proposes to her the next day. Adapted from a webtoon, this rom-com avoids love triangles, offering two endearing romance stories with a perfect blend of humor. A must-watch for a lighthearted and enjoyable experience.
2. Boys Over Flowers
“Boys Over Flowers” is a classic K-Drama that premiered in 2009 and quickly became a hit with audiences worldwide. It tells the story of a poor high school girl named Jan Di (played by Ku Hye Sun) who attends an elite school for the wealthy. She meets a group of rich and handsome boys, collectively known as “F4.” One of them, initially bully her but eventually fall in love with her. The series is known for its talented actors and memorable soundtrack, and the love story between Jan Di and the lead character, Goo Joon Pyo (played by Lee Min Ho), has become a favorite among K-Drama fans.
3. She Was Pretty
“She Was Pretty” is a 2015 K-Drama that tells the story of a woman named Kim Hye Jin (played by Hwang Jung Eum) who was once a beautiful girl but has since become less attractive due to life’s struggles. She meets her childhood friend, Ji Sung Joon (played by Park Seo Joon), who has become a successful and handsome man. The two reconnect, and a romantic story unfolds. The drama is known for its heartwarming and humourous storyline and lovable characters.
4. Marriage Contract
This emotional romance drama of 2016, “Marriage Contract,” tells the story of a wealthy Han Ji Hoon’s (Lee Seo Jin) life which takes a turn when his mother falls ill. Meeting Kang Hye Soo (Uee), a single mother working at his restaurant, they agree to a contract marriage. Hye Soo offers her liver for Ji Hoon’s mother, and in return, he vows to care for her daughter until adulthood. This emotionally charged drama explores sacrifice, unexpected connections, and the complexities of love.
5. The Heirs
“The Heirs” is a 2013 K-Drama that stars Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye as the lead characters. The drama follows the story of a group of wealthy high school students who attend an elite school in Korea. The male lead, Kim Tan (played by Lee Min Ho), falls in love with a girl named Cha Eun Sang (played by Park Shin Hye), who comes from a poor family. The drama has gained a loyal following for its star-studded cast and emotional storyline.
6. Cinderella and The Four Knights
“Cinderella and Four Knights” is a 2016 K-Drama that follows the story of a young woman named Eun Ha Won (played by Park So Dam), who is hired by a wealthy family to live in their mansion and keep their three grandsons in check. The male leads, played by Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, and Lee Jung Shin, all fall in love with Ha Won, leading to a series of romantic complications. The drama is known for its charming characters and heartwarming storyline.
7. Shopping King Louie
“Shopping King Louie” is a delightful 2016 K-Drama that revolves around a wealthy, amnesiac (lost memory) young man named Kang Ji Sung/ Louis (played by Seo In Guk). He meets a kind-hearted country girl, Go Bok Shil (portrayed by Nam Ji Hyun), and their unexpected encounter leads to a heartwarming romance. With themes of love, identity, and self-discovery, this drama charms audiences with its endearing characters and a captivating storyline.
8. Lovers In Paris
“Lovers In Paris” is a timeless K-Drama from 2004 that unfolds the romantic tale between a poor but hardworking woman, Kim Tae Young (played by Kim Jung Eun), and a wealthy, cold-hearted businessman, Han Ki Joo (played by Park Shin Yang). Their love story starts after Tae Young starts housekeeping at Ki Joo’s house. Set against the enchanting backdrop of Paris, this drama captures the essence of love transcending social boundaries, making it a classic in the rich guy-poor girl genre.
9. King The Land
The 2023 showstopper, “King The Land” is a Korean drama that follows the love story between Goo Won (Lee Junho), an heir to the King Group, and Cheon Sa Rang (Im Yoona), a hotel employee. Goo Won is smart, good-looking, and dislikes insincere smiles. Cheon Sa Rang works at the King Hotel and is known for her uplifting smile. She has a deep connection with the hotel due to fond childhood memories and aims to create similar experiences for its customers. Another drama that will keep you interested throughout with its light-hearted feel.