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How to Watch Korean Dramas and Movies Online with English Subtitles

 

Work on your language skills with Korean Drama!

Whether you’re looking to improve your Korean language skills or just see what all the buzz is about, K-dramas and movies are a great, albeit addictive way, to immerse yourself in all things Korean! For those of us who haven’t mastered the language yet, here’s a quick review on the best places to find your Korean dramas online with English subtitles.

US Residents

KOCOWA TV

KOCOWA TV is one of the newer streaming websites where people dive into K-content. They are partnered with KCP who distributes various contents from the three major broadcastings (KBS, MBC, and SBS); therefore, the website provides the greatest amount of K-drama, K-variety and K-pop show on demand with professional subtitles for international fans. They’re also available on App store and Google play!

OnDemandKorea

OnDemandKorea offers a vast library updated daily with new and classic titles for you to stream your favorite Korean shows in HD at no additional charge! What’s so special about it is that you can even watch the Korean News and Documentary here, not just dramas and tv show.

AsianCrush

AsianCrush is a streaming service dedicated to Asian entertainment in North America. Users can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on all major internet-connected screens with no cost involved. Like all other sites out there, exclusive content and no-commercials options are available for Premium subscribers. The dramas and movies are categorized into fun categories like Kiss & Don’t Tell, Fright Night, Date Night, Heartthrobs, #Feels…. all up to your mood on that particular day! They’re also available for you to watch on your phones, iPads, and tv!

International

NETFLIX KOREA

Netflix recently launched in Korea and offered K-dramas and movies with English subtitles. Not long ago, they used only to have old, classic dramas. Now that problem is off the list because Netflix has been working hard in adding both old and new contents to feed us. You can now download these dramas and watch them on your phone on the way to school or work!

VIU

Viu is the latest growing premium Asian entertainment streaming website that allows you to enjoy your content anytime anywhere for free. You can stream the videos on Viu web page or via Viu app without a registered account. The downside to it is that they are country-specific, and not every one can access the website. If you are not a Premium Member the quality is limited to 480 only, you have to wait 72 hours for subtitles, and there will be ads.

DRAMACOOL

Dramacool is my personal go-to when catching up on my favorite shows. Much like Dramafever, the simple design is easy to navigate, and the archives are organized and continuously updated. This is nothing more than a website to stream videos. The videos are full length, HD episodes, and provide more than one alternative to each episode, in case one link should work.

VIKI

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Viki is another popular choice for many international drama followers. While it earns its revenue using adds which pop up during the video, it is more versatile and allows users to comment in the videos, adding another level of entertainment. Another plus point to Viki is the fact that they pay for their licenses, which may lessen the guilt of not adding to ratings and sales of dramas as they air. However, Viki also have limitations on certain shows, which are not available in some regions.

DRAMACOOL

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A new and upcoming option is Dramacool. A stylish design gives a welcoming look to this website. It is easy to use and is quickly gaining followers. With a few dead links, an overall excellent option for your everyday drama needs.

Thank you Rashawn Snow for the tips on Viki and Dramacool.

If all of the above fail, here are some other alternatives:

Han Cinema

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Drama.net

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Good Drama

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  1. lol fail. dramacool is HD and no advertisments. the video is not broken into small sections.
    lol dramafever does not work in korea? no research? seriously who hires the writers for 10 mag?

    1. I am unsure whether or not you are being sarcastic or not, referring to Dramacool, but I am confused seeing as I have not said whether or not it is any of those things..
      As for Dramafever, I know several personal acquaintances and friends who have failed to play their videos, with messages popping up stating “this video is not yet available in your country.” I however did not mention Korea specifically. If you can indeed play them in Korea, then I may have misunderstood, and feel free to educate me on the matter, and I will update the article accordingly.

      Thank you for reading, and for your comment! :) xx

  2. Hi Mai! :) I saw your posts on our shared Facebook page of youtubers, and thought I’d check out your articles.

    I’ve always wondered what sites others use.. I haven’t tried out dramafire yet, but I’ve used gooddrama a lot, sometimes Viki (though I don’t have the patience for their ads) and I started out with mysoju way back when too. Nowadays though, I watch most of my dramas via dramacool, which is easier to use on my iPad and therefor handy for dramas in bed. ^-^

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