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A List Of Park Shin Hye's Best K-Dramas That Will Make You Love Her Even More

Her characters are *so* versatile!
Park Shin Hye's best K-dramas
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Park Shin Hye's dramas are always full of heart. The Hallyu star made her acting debut in the 2003 Koreanovela Stairway To Heaven, where she played the younger version of the female lead, Choi Ji Won. Since then, she's taken on pivotal roles in many, many films and K-dramas, and transformed into different charactersfrom a cross-dressing rock star to a neurosurgeon who has a crush on her high school teacher.

Whether you're a long-time fan or you just discovered her, here's a list of must-watch Park Shin Hye K-dramas:

Stairway To Heaven (2003)

This tear-jerker circles around the relationships formed in a stepfamily of five. It's filled with classic tropes like the presence of an evil stepmother, and a mischievous stepsister who make life hard for its heroine. Shin Hye gained viewer praise for her acting chops as the younger version of the female character, Han Jung Suh (Ji Won from the classic drama Winter Sonata).


Tree Of Heaven (2006)

This third installment of director Lee Jang Soo's Heaven Trilogy features Shin Hye in her first leading role as Hana, a cheerful and idealistic teenager who falls for her stepbrother, Yoon Seo (played by actor Lee Wan).

Goong S (2007)

Also called Prince Hours, Goong S is the spinoff of the hit Koreanovela Princess Hours. Here, you'll see Shin Hye in a whole new light as the female antagonist bent on securing her spot as an empress while trying hard to win the heart of a prince.

You're Beautiful (2009)

Watch on: Netflix

This cult classic gender-bender catapulted Shin Hye into Hallyu superstardom. She plays the role of nun-to-be Go Mi Nyeo, who pretends to be her twin brother Go Mi Nam, the newest addition to the three-piece boy band, A.N.JELL. Fans will love Shin Hye's onscreen chemistry with leads Jang Keun Suk, Jung Yong Hwa (from K-pop band CNBLUE), and Lee Hong Ki (from another K-pop band, FT ISLAND). What happens when she has to live with the boys in their dorm on an extended basis? Nothing but feels, of course!

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Heartstrings (2011)

Shin Hye and Yong Hwa reunite in the campus drama Heartstrings, where they play music majors who fall for each other. Fans who shipped the two in You're Beautiful can soak up on the feels served in this drama because the couple's onscreen chemistry *really* goes off the charts!

Flower Boy Next Door (2013)

Watch on: Viu

This manhwa-based drama pairs Shin Hye with cutie Yoon Si Yoon. The actress plays the role of the shy and anti-social writer Go Dok Mi, who is pushed out of her comfort zone when perky video game developer Enrique Geum (Si Yoon) moves into the apartment across from hers. Fans will fall for her character's transformation as she comes out of her shell, thanks to his friendship and love.

The Heirs (2013)

Watch on: Netflix and Viu

Shot in prime locations in LA and Seoul, The Heirs is like the K-drama answer to Gossip Girl. Shin Hye headlines the star-studded cast as Cha Eun Sang, a middle-class high school student who crosses paths with the rich AF chaebol (heir) Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho). Eun Sang finds herself in a sticky situation when she enters the prestigious Jejuk High, the second home to Seoul's wealthiest teenagers. The plot thickens when she gets caught in the crossfire of Kim Tan's feud with his ex-bff, resident school bully Choi Young Do (Kim Woo Bin).


Pinocchio (2014)

Watch on: Netflix and Viu

This slice-of-life K-drama features Shin Hye as a reporter plagued with a "Pinocchio Syndrome," which makes it super obvious when she lies. Together with childhood friend and ultimate crush Choi Dal Po (played by our oppa Lee Jong Suk), she discovers what being a true reporter is all about.

Doctors (2016)

Watch on: Netflix and Viu

In a K-drama world full of noona romances, this drama flips things around by featuring love between a young woman and an older man. Shin Hye plays the role of successful neurosurgeon Yoo Hye Jung. Plagued with trust issues, she opens up to see the positivity in life thanks to her teacher, celebrated surgeon Hong Ji Hong (Kim Rae Won).

Memories Of The Alhambra (2018)

Watch on: Netflix

Filmed in picturesque Spain, Memories Of The Alhambra explores what happens when augmented reality (AR) crosses over into real life. Along with Hyun Bin, who plays the role of a gaming company CEO, Shin Hye takes on the part of hostel owner Jung Hee Joo. Their paths converge when they are pulled into a mystery linked to her missing brother (EXO's Park Chanyeol).


Sisyphus: The Myth (2021)

Watch on: Netflix

Shin Hye's comeback drama celebrates the 10th anniversary of the South Korean broadcasting company, JTBC! Sisyphus: The Myth is a fantasy drama and is about an engineer’s dangerous journey in search of the reason behind his older brother's death. He happens to have a savior beside him, aka Shin Hye, who actually lives in the future.

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