If you love reading and Korean culture then you probably have heard of or read some manhwa yourself. Manhwa is the Korean version of manga, which is Japanese comics or graphic novels, and focuses on Korean concepts and culture. Being able to see images while reading the story adds another element you don’t get with traditional novels! Let’s jump into romance manhwa recommendations you should add to your reading list.
Best Romance Manhwa Recommendations
Kill Me, Kiss Me (K2 - 게 어 투)
K-2 was created by Lee Young Yuu and originally published by the Korean publisher Daewon C.I. The romance manhwa was then published in English by Tokyopop and was renamed Kill Me, Kiss Me. This manhwa is about two identical cousins, Taeyeon and Jung-woo.
Taeyeon is a tomboy who has a crush on a male model named Kun. Jung-woo is an unbothered, easygoing boy who happens to be in the same class as Kun. Taeyeon devises a plan for the two to switch places for a week, so she can win the heart of Kun.
Will Taeyeon win the heart of Kun, or will she be found out before then? This five-volume manhwa explores the antics of two cousins who may look identical but have two completely different personalities. A good read for anyone who likes a romantic comedy manhwa with a twist or two.
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?
One of the romance manhwa recommendations you can read for a good dose of comedy and romance is What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? by Jung Kyung-yoo. The novel was published in 2013, and soon enough, KakaoPage turned it into a webtoon comic two years after.
What's Wrong With Secretary Kim? was a mega hit among best romance manhwa readers and finally made it to the Kdrama scene with Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young as leading stars.
The story is about Youngjoon, a handsome and rich VP of a big corporation, and Miso, his swift and perfect secretary. After years of helping Youngjoon's demands and narcissistic ways, Miso finally decides to quit. Will Youngjoon easily let go of his perfect secretary? Love evolves as he tries to stop his perfect secretary from leaving.
Snow Drop (스노우 드롭)
The Snow Drop romance manhwa, was created by Choi Kyung-ah, published by Daewon C.I., then published in English by Tokyopop, and is one of the most popular sujeong (shogo title) in Korea. Concerned about his daughter after her mother's death, So-na’s father enrolls her in a new high school, where she meets Hae-gi, and the two become inseparable.
It seems like a happy ending for the couple, but what happens when their families disapprove and secrets from the past start to stir up, causing conflict? Will So-na and Hae-gi be able to conquer the hurdles thrown in their way, or will they break apart?
When searching for romance manhwa recommendations, this is a twelve-volume series that follows the story of two young people who have experienced traumatic events and can enjoy life when they are together, but the events from the past threaten to break them apart, along with their families.
Model was created by Lee So Young, published by Daewon C.I., and then released in English by Tokyopop. The romance manhwa series is about a woman named Jae, an art student studying in Europe. Jae is determined to become one of the best artists and refuses to quit, no matter what.
One night, her friend returns home with a drunk man, and she reluctantly lets him stay. This event changes Jae’s life as the man, Michael, turns out to be a vampire with unspeakable beauty. Jae wishes to paint Michael’s portrait, and her desire to do so puts her in a sticky situation with a blood-thirsty vampire.
Will Jae fall for Michael’s beauty and charm, making her a new victim? Will she be able to finish her painting and become a great artist as she hopes? This seven-volume manga is full of suspense and mystery as Jae discovers information about Michael. Model is an interesting read for supernatural and romance manhwa recommendations.
My Loveable Fatty / Fatty That I Love (내게 너무 사랑스러운 뚱땡이)
My Loveable Fatty created by Lee Hee Yeong follows Dong San, a short chubby girl who returns to Korea after living in America for years. After being rejected by the boy in front of all her classmates, she goes into the woods to take her own life. Luckily, the attempt fails, and she stumbles upon a bag full of medicine.
It is no ordinary medicine. Each one changes a characteristic of someone. The most powerful one can change you into your ideal look. Dong San believes she hit the jackpot but learns some things are too good to be true. Will Dong San be happy with the new life she has been given?
The five-volume series is one of the best romance manhwa for someone who loves romantic comedy. Dong San finds herself in many crazy situations that make for a good laugh and follows her journey on the many forms of love.
A Business Proposal
The web novel The Office Blind Date by HaeHwa was published into a webtoon by Kakao Page in 2018. At the same time, it was also titled A Business Proposal and has made people love the story even more.
The story made it into the Kdrama scene featuring Ahn Hyo Seop and Kim Se-Jeong. The Kdrama was also one of the best, with the most remarkable second lead actors, Kim Min-Kyu and Seol In-A. There are many reasons to watch A Business Proposal or read the manhwa.
Ha-ri made a deal—go on one blind date for her BFF and pretend to be a super-vixen to end all her unwanted marriage set-ups! Unfortunately, instead of easy money, Ha-ri’s got a headache. Her date is Taemu, her company’s hot new CEO, and he has plans to get his family to back off by marrying whoever shows up on the date.
Should Ha-ri accept his proposal to keep playing pretend? Nothing could go wrong with lying about your real identity while dating the boss... right?? It's one of the best romance manhwa titles available at The Daebak Company's manhwa book sets.
Taming Through Kisses / Become Habituated with a Kiss, (키스로 길들여지다)
Taming Through Kisses was created by Hwang Mi Ri and revolves around a girl named Dayeon, who happens to be the gang leader at her school. One night when she is looking around town for her father, she runs into a group beating up another boy, and after scaring them off, she takes the unconscious victim back to her place. However, once he wakes, he thanks her with a kiss?
But that’s not where the fun really starts! Things become exciting when a new transfer student named Oh Yuk arrives and turns out to be the boy who delivered Dayeon’s thank you kiss. Will Oh Yuk be able to tame the wild, tough Dayeon, or will he be beaten by the gang leader? This fifteen-volume romance manhwa series is a comedic love story about a tough girl and the boys who are entranced by her strength and beauty.
Where to Buy Manhwa Online?
The Daebak Company now sells notable manhwa titles from Kdrama series and some popular series like The Breaker New Waves and more! Get physical copies when you shop in the manhwa collection.
These five romance manhwa recommendations share a unique plot that differs from the others and offers a good read for any romance manhwa fans. Tell us your favorites in the comments!