It not so surprisingly turns out that many fans of Korean dramas are also fans of manga/manhwa! I know for a fact that I am. Here's a list of manga that got turned into live dramas! Be sure to check out the books if you've already seen the show. It's pretty interesting looking for differences!


1) Boys Over Flowers

Yep, that's right. The most well known Korean drama ever was based off of a manga called Hana Yori Dango. The series is pretty retro now, but it's definitely worth a read if you're a Boys Over Flowers fan. There's even an anime version! If you've been looking for a way to fill that emptiness after finishing the drama, this is it!

2) Coffee Prince

Hmmmm...okay Coffee Prince isn't based off of a manga per-se, but it's based off a novel, so I thought I'd add it! Yes, it's not quite as easy or fun to read as a manga, but if you're the reading type, you should definitely give the Coffee Prince novel a try.

3) To the Beautiful You

Out of all of the manga on this list, I'm pretty sure To the Beautiful You's original manga, "Hana Kimi" is the most well known by fans. The series began in 1996 and ended in 2004 (that's a really long run, right?!), finally arriving to the Korean drama scene last year! Although no drawing could be quiet as beautiful as Minho or Sulli, it's still worth a read.

4) Goong

Goong is also a bit different from the other items on this list. Rather than originating from a manga, it was originally a manhwa. A manhwa is basically a manga, except it was created in Korea instead of Japan. The art styles are noticeably different, so if you haven't checked out a Korean manhwa yet, why not start with Goong?

5) Playful Kiss

Okay, when I said Hana Kimi was the most popular manga, the only series that was giving it a run for its money in my mind was Itazura na Kiss. Dating back even further than Hana Kimi -- 1990 to 1999 -- this series has so many adaptations that it's difficult to watch them all. If you've watched Playful Kiss or Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, this series is a must read!

If you've never read manga before, it's surprisingly fun so definitely give it a chance. Or if you've just been missing your favorite series, don't forget to go back and read the original! Are there any series that you guys like in particular?