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The 6 Best Streaming Platforms To *Legally* Watch K-Dramas

Here's a list of where to watch legally if you're consuming K-content from the Philippines.
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Whether you've just gotten into the addictive world of K-dramas or you've already binge-watched your way through the quarantine period, we're sure you're constantly on the hunt for new K-content to enjoy. That said, who wants to have to go through illegal websites with their sketchy ads just to find low-quality streams of high-quality dramas? Nope, you can definitely do better than that. Don't worry, we're here to help you find perfectly official and legal alternatives.

Below, we list down the best K-drama sites where you can watch all your fave Korean content:

1. Netflix

The first option is a no-brainer, but just in case you haven't been swayed to grab a subscription yet, Netflix is definitely a good site to start your K-drama journey. It features a ton of popular Korean series from the latest shows to the more classic ones. Not to mention they also produce original K-dramas that you can only watch on the site, including hit series like Kingdom and Love Alarm. They also have quite a selection of Korean movies, from Train To Busan and Yoo Ah In and Park Shin Hye's #Alive.

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Subscription plan: Pay P149/month for access on mobile phones and tablets with Standard definition. Meanwhile, a Basic Plan costs P369/month, P459 for a Standard Plan, and P549/month for a Premium Plan.

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2. Viu

While Netflix is most popular for its global content, if you're exclusively looking for Asian movies and dramas, then you might want to consider signing up for Viu. The streaming site is up to date with the most recent K-dramas, and it also holds a vast library of Korean movies, particularly award-winning films like Parasite, Burning, and Kim Ji-Young: Born 1982. For fans of Korean variety shows like Running Man or I Live Alone, you’ll be glad to know that you can also find them on Viu, along with a collection other Korean reality TV series.

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Subscription plan: A standard Viu plan costs P129/month

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3. iFlix

While iFlix is mostly home to Filipino TV shows and movies, they still have a separate section for K-dramas on their site labeled "K-Flix." Some of the Korean content you can stream on the site currently include Love In The Moonlight, Sky Castle, and The World Of The Married, among others, which you can all watch for free! Take note though that not having a subscription means streaming in low quality and having to deal with ads in between. 

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Subscription plan: A basic subscription plan on iFlix costs P129/month with discounted rates for Smart, SUN, and PLDT Home DSL subscribers for P99/month

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4. Rakuten Viki

Another site that offers purely Asian content is Rakuten Viki. Available here are Taiwanese, Japanse, Chinese, and, of course, Korean TV series and films. While some shows and movies on the site can be streamed for free, you'll need a subscription in order to access their full library. Some K-dramas on Rakuten Viki include The Heirs, Descendants Of The Sun, and My ID Is Gangnam Beauty, among others. 

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Subscription plan: You can pay P50 for a Standard Viki Pass with delayed access to new shows. Meanwhile, a Premium Viki Pass worth P259 will grant you early access to the latest movies and TV series.

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5. iQIYI

Looking for both Korean and Chinese content? Try watching on iQIYI. Apart from offering the latest blockbuster movies and hit dramas, the streaming site also offers anime and Chinese variety shows, including Youth With You Season 2, which featured BLACKPINK's Lisa as a mentor. Included in their line-up of K-dramas are Flower Of Evil, Backstreet Rookie, and 18 Again.

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Subscription plan: iQIYI's subscribers can expect to pay P129/month for the Standard VIP Plan, and P249/ for the Premium VIP Plan.

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6. WeTV

Another alternative for your K-drama streaming needs is WeTV. You can watch their Korean content, along with other reality shows and anime, for free! That said, a subscription to their site will grant you early access to new episodes of their available TV shows, along with content exclusive to WeTV. K-dramas you can stream on the site include Tale Of The Nine-Tailed, While You Were Sleeping, and What's Wrong With Secretary Kim.

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Subscription plan: It will cost you just P59/month, P159/quarterly, or P599 if you opt to sign up for a full year.

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