Tis always a good season to binge K-Dramas, but holidays make perfect time to get cozied up on a couch with a bowl of popcorn and a cup of hot chocolate and embark that watch-athon. This decade, viewers had one action-packed, romance-filled, aesthetically-pleasing line up of series to watch! And in the case “aesthetically-pleasing” is a high priority for your choice, here are the hottest 10 male leads — from shows that got the highest viewer ratings of the year — who stole our hearts and made us lovesick.
1. Kim Tak Gu from Bread, Love and Dreams (2010)
After taking the lead role in this coming-of-age drama, actor Yoon Si Yoon gained himself a permanent alter ego of Kim Tak Gu.
2. Kim Seung Yoo from The Princess’ Man (2011)
There is something about men in hanbok that gives them that “too-royal-to-marry-you”, extra-heartthrob kind of vibe. Actor Park Si Hoo was the epitome of that in The Princess’ Man.
3. Lee Hwon from Moon Embracing The Sun (2012)
Oh how we loved Kim Soo Hyun in his golden king gown! When the cast was first announced, viewers grew slightly concerned over Kim Soo Hyun’s acting skills. His heartbreaking take on Lee Hwon for Moon Embracing The Sun cleared all worries though.
4. Park Si On from Good Doctor (2013)
Good Doctor was a well made drama — and actor Joo Won‘s portrayal of Doctor Park Si On with autism and savant syndrome well deserved the awards he and the series won in 2013.
5. Ta Hwan from Empress Gi (2014)
Actor Ji Chang Wook sent viewers on a love-hate adventure with his portrayal of tyrannical Ta Hwan. Everything about that face was to love, but everything he did in the show drove viewers insane with frustration!
6. Ji Sung Joon from She Was Pretty (2015)
The charismatic, young-and-rich, handsome-and-successful vice editor in chief Ji Sung Joon — played by actor Park Seo Joon — had most of us Googling “How to work at a magazine publisher” for sure.
7. Yoo Shi Jin from Descendants of the Sun (2016)
Captain Yoo Shi Jin would have died for one woman — and we fell hard for that diehard romantic Song Joong Ki. His take on Captain Yoo put the “drama” in K-Drama.
8. Kim Shin from Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2017)
In 2017, cable channel dramas soared in popularity — especially tvN. The greatest hit of the year was definitely Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. There was not a single second in the series that viewers did not love the lonely and great goblin Gong Yoo.
9. Eugene Choi from Mr. Sunshine (2018)
And in 2018, actor Lee Byung Hun completely shattered our hearts as Captain Eugene Choi risked everything, including his life, for his aegi-ssi — his lady.
10. Hwang Yong Shik from When the Camellia Blooms (2019)
Last, but not least, When the Camellia Blooms left us all in desperate need of our own Hwang Yong Shik-ie. Actor Kang Ha Neul‘s cheeky portrayal of the purest soul in the town of Ongsan taught us a thing or two about true love.