What are the best apps for watching Korean dramas?

User Eve Castells is asking for our help in her search for Korean drama apps! If you're anything like Eve who enjoys her fix of drama and romantic shows from the Land of the Morning Calm, read and enrich the list down below for apps to watch Korean drama on mobile.

asked by Esteve Castells
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    #1Viki

    Viki

    Viki is a streaming service that offers access to a full catalog of Korean dramas and other Asian movies and TV shows such as in Chinese, Taiwanese and Japanese. All come with subtitles in the language of your choosing.

    Websites

    $4.17- 1 month

    Rodolfo Ayala
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "This is my favorite drama app on android. All my favorite along with the latest Korean dramas are here 👌 Would recommend this because this doesnt have pesky ads. Worth it!"
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    #2Viu

    Viu

    Viu is a drama and movie streaming service that lets users stream and download various TV shows, music, and movies in HD quality. Most of the content being offered is Korean dramas and movies with more Asian content being added regularly.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    $5.98- FREE Download

    Amanda Yi
    Written on April 2, 2019
    "I love to watch Korean drama in VIU because there are so many choices and most of my favorite dramas are here. Definitely a keeper!"
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    #3KissAsian

    KissAsian

    KissAsian is a free entertainment platform where you can stream various Asian shows and movies. The site includes content from Korea, Taiwan, and Japanese to name a few and all with English subtitles and in HD quality.

    Websites

    Free

    Gloria Wood
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "I used to watch K-dramas on Kissasian all-the-time, although lately I've been struggling to make the app work on my phone!!! I don't know how to resolve this problem but luckily there are other korean drama streaming apps out there i could try."

DID YOU KNOW?

There has been a phenomenal growth in Korean popular culture. Ranging from music like K-pop, movies, drama, to Korean cuisine, and even Korean skincare. This phenomenon is more known as the Korean Wave (commonly known as Hallyu in Chinese form). South Korea has been on the roll with exercising its “soft power”. Soft power is a term coined by a political scientist named Joseph Nye. Soft power refers to the ability of a certain country to penetrate other countries by perpetuating its image and culture. In 2013, a boost of 9.3% in the tourism sector has been documented ever since the Korean Wave has begun—and watching Korean drama has something to do with this!

In an article published on February 3, 2017, in The Korea Herald, it shows a significant increase in the popularity of Korean dramas in the United States. In the article, an online survey conducted by KOCCA shows that 59.8% of the respondents have been watching Korean dramas for more than three years. Interestingly, 95.1% of the respondents also said that they have been using online streaming services to watch Asian dramas. K-drama (Korean Drama) has surely transcended the borders of television and spread influence even in food and in fashion. 

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    #4Dramania

    Dramania

    Dramania is an entertainment app developed by GoMobile that offers Korean dramas, variety shows as well as other types of content. The app is available for Android devices and can be directly downloaded from their website free of charge.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Mary Graham
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "Dramania is the best app to watch ongoing Kdramas with eng subs! FYI though this is only an APK download and not available in Playstore"
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    #5OnDemandKorea

    OnDemandKorea

    OnDemandKorea is a website that offers a nice collection of Korean dramas, variety shows, and more for streaming. While most of it is available for free, some might require a premium subscription to access.

    Websites

    Free- 1 month

    Yan Jiang
    Written on March 6, 2019
    "Not as much content as I was expecting but news that the company is in talks to acquire more licensing rights from broadcasting companies bring hope for future shows for the service. Still a good option."
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    Free Trial

    #6KOCOWA

    KOCOWA

    KOCOWA is a video streaming platform developed in partnership with the top broadcasting stations in South Korea, KBS, SBS, and MBC. The service offers a multitude of Korean media such Korean dramas, movies, news, and even K-Pop

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free- 1 month

    Han Lin
    Written on June 7, 2018
    "The in-app purchases in KOCOWA are so pricey! But when I tried to splurge on an entire season of Running Man (because i love that variety show a lot), the streaming was so seamless and the quality was so good! "
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    #7Netflix

    Netflix

    Netflix is a streaming platform where you can watch movies and TV shows on your computer or smart device. The service has been steadily increasing its Korean drama and movie content offering.

    Streaming Services

    Varies by Plan

    Sandra Wright
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Super glad that Netflix is now adding more korean content on their collection now I feel less need to pay two subscriptions to different streaming platforms at the same time ☺"
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    #8KDrama

    KDrama

    Use this drama app for Android when watching popular K-Dramas. This is an app to watch Korean drama free.  *NO LONGER AVAILABLE* 

    Apps

    Joy Huang
    Written on April 2, 2019
    "I can still watch loads of watch korean drama online through youtube this app links me to youtube with many korean drama which is neat."
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    #9Hulu

    Hulu

    Hulu is a video-on-demand service offering a huge catalog of exclusive programs, Hulu originals, and many more. It launched its live television streaming service in 2017, but currently, it is only available in the United States and Japan.

    Websites

    $5.99- Varies by plan

    Jane Chapman
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "I like Netflix more than Hulu in terms of their original content but Hulu seriously has an impressive collection up in their sleeve 👍 Watched Descendants of the Sun here and loved it!"
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    #10Korean Drama & Movies

    Korean Drama & Movies

    Korean Drama & Movies is an application that you can watch free Korean drama and Movies on your device. The downloader APK for this Koren drama app is available online.



    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Teresa Perez
    Written on March 6, 2019
    "This is a great app that has most of the k-dramas that I was looking for. It can be a little hard to search for some shows as their titles get changed and some ads appear to frequently but that's the price to pay for a free app and I'm okay with that."
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    #11MyDramaOppa

    MyDramaOppa

    MyDramaOppa (formerly known as Dramamate) is a free video streaming website for the latest Korean dramas and Asian movies. Users can browse by Dramas, TV Shows, New Episodes, and Movies. Users can also send in requests.

    Websites

    Free

    Caroline Kang
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "Am a big fan of Asian dramas particularly Korean. Thanks to this website i can watch for free and in high quality and even good english subtitles. The only downside though is that its unnecessary ads. "
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    #12DramaTv

    DramaTv

    DramaTv is a free mobile app for watching Korean dramas and other Asian TV shows such as Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese. They are categorized under various genres like fantasy, suspense, and come with the option for English subbed or dubbed.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Jing Song
    Written on June 25, 2018
    "When I downloaded this app, I expect to watch k-dramas only. But when I use it, there are also other Asian dramas like Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese!! I like this app because it offers more than I expected!"
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    #13DRAMOT+

    DRAMOT+

    DRAMOT+ is a free entertainment mobile application that includes the latest collection of Asian dramas ranging from Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese in HD quality. The app also includes English subtitles in their videos.

    Apps

    Android

    Free

    Gregory Olson
    Written on June 14, 2019
    "Not just for kdrama but this is also the best app for chinese drama as well... Sorry for my bad english.."
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    #14Viewster

    Viewster

    Viewster is a free entertainment app that contains a catalog of movies, television series, anime, gaming series, documentaries, and more. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices as well as Smart TV, Chromecast, and Apple TV. 

    Websites

    Free

    Wendy Lee
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "Well Viewster does not really offer any korean dramas to watch. why is this even here? Someone please explain because i see that this app is for anime fans and lovers out there not for korean drama fans like me. smh"
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    #15DramaFever

    DramaFever

    DramaFever is an on-demand video streaming website owned by Warner Bros. in which you can watch the best classic and latest Korean, Chinese and Japanese shows and movies that are translated in your language.

    Websites
    Yan Jiang
    Written on September 28, 2018
    "@Swati Chaudhary I am sorry to hear that this is not available in your country. But i think using a VPN will work and allow you to watch Korean dramas for free. Just Google the best VPN out there but for me IPVanish is the best. "

Summary

Best What are the best apps for watching Korean dramas
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VikiWebsites 0 Paid
2ViuApps -1 Paid
3KissAsianWebsites -2 Free
4DramaniaApps -3 Free
5OnDemandKoreaWebsites -4 Free
6KOCOWAApps -4 Free
7NetflixStreaming Services -4 Paid
8KDramaApps -5 Paid
9HuluWebsites -5 Paid
10Korean Drama & MoviesApps -6 Free
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