Top Korean Drama Streaming Sites

No, I won’t be talking about Dramafever or Viki, because chances are you’ve heard about them already. They’re quite popular among the international fans, Americans and non-Americans alike. So, I’ll just skip and mention a bunch of streaming sites that are probably less familiar to (or more ignored by) anyone. Arranged in alphabetical order, the following on the list are considered top Korean drama streaming sites due to their generous and sizable library of, well, South Korean television series. All of them are legal streaming sites.

1. iflix

iflix

The one sentence to describe it: Not a big library—about 50 Kdramas in store for you (varies per location).

Available in: Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, the Maldives, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan and Cambodia, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Nepal, Zimbabwe and Bangladesh. 

Is an account required: Yes

Is free content available: Yes

How much does a premium subscription cost: approximately $2.5/month (based on Philippine peso price)

Pros: ‘Download & Watch Offline’ feature, cheap premium plan

Cons: small library relative to other sites

Available Currently Airing Kdrama (as of June 10, 2018): What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim

VISIT IFLIX’S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

2. Kocowa

kocowa

The one sentence to describe it: A premium streaming service which offers exclusive content from free-to-air TV networks.

Available in: North and South America

Is an account required: Yes

Is free content available: Yes

How much does a premium subscription cost: $0.99/day, $6.99/month, or $69.99/yearly

Pros: Taste24Hour feature, premium subscription for a few days

Cons: lack of cable dramas from tvN, JTBC, and OCN

Available Currently Airing Kdrama (as of June 10, 2018): Wok of Love, Come and Hug Me, & The Undateables

VISIT KOCOWA’S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

3. Netflix

netflix

The one sentence to describe it: A streaming giant with a modest library of Korean series.

Available in: Various countries

Is an account required: Yes

Is free content available: No

How much does a premium subscription cost: approximately $7 to $11/month (based on Philippine peso price)

Pros: UltraHD streaming quality, ‘Download & Watch Offline’ feature

Cons: expensive premium plans

Available Currently Airing Kdrama (as of June 10, 2018): None

VISIT NETFLIX’S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

4. OnDemandKorea

ondemandkorea

The one sentence to describe it: Big library, but some programs have no subtitles.

Available in: North and South America

Is an account required: Yes

Is free content available: Yes

How much does a premium subscription cost: $6.99/month

Pros: big library

Cons: lack of subtitles for some dramas

Available Currently Airing Kdrama (as of June 10, 2018): Investigation Couple, The Undateables, Sketch, Come and Hug Me, & Wok of Love

VISIT ONDEMANDKOREA’S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

5. Viu

viu

The one sentence to describe it: Last but not least, with lots of currently airing shows and biggest library.

Available in: Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Iraq, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Myanmar 

Is an account required: No

Is free content available: Yes

How much does a premium subscription cost: approximately $2.5/month (based on Philippine peso price)

Pros: streaming available as fast as 8 hours after original telecast, big library, ‘Download & Watch Offline’ feature

Cons: ads are still shown to premium users

Available Currently Airing Kdrama (as of June 10, 2018): Sketch, Life on Mars, Lawless Lawyer, Suits, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, The Undateables, Come and Hug Me, About Time, Miss Hammurabi, Investigation Couple, Wok of Love, & Are You Human Too?

VISIT VIU’S WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

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Me? Just an ordinary lad with an extraordinary (says this something called 'stereotype') habit of watching Korean dramas. It started with action-filled City Hunter and the rest, as they say, is history.