If you’re an avid K-drama fan, you definitely know that it’s inevitable to swoon over how leading men (and second leads) show affection to our favorite protagonists. Despite the similarities in K-dramas, there’s just something about the wholesome depiction of *slow-burn* romance in K-dramas that makes us go gaga over the little things. Be it their simple gestures or earnestness, no one can totally beat these oppas in the ~kilig~ department.
Below, we’ve rounded up six iconic K-drama moments that made us feel *so kilig*:
1. Reply 1988
Despite having a more comfortable spot, Jung Hwan (Ryu Jun Yeol) cut through other passengers just to keep Deuk Sun (Lee Hye Ri) safe during a tortuous bus ride. It is just one of the many reasons why we rooted for him as her endgame!
2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Remember when Joon Hyung (Nam Joo Hyuk) bought churros and a cup of cola to share with Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyoung)? He even teased her with “Why? Is your heart racing?” after the two sipped from the same cup.
3. Fight for My Way
When Ae Ra (Kim Ji Won) asked Dong Man (Park Seo Joon) if he really had to pursue mixed martial arts since she couldn’t bear seeing him getting hurt, he responded, “I’m in trouble. Now, you look pretty even when you cry.” Aww!
4. It’s Okay Not to Be Okay
After an encounter with a book critic, Moon Young (Seo Ye Ji) was fuming and began to walk away, but Gang Tae (Kim Soo Hyun) grabbed her by the shoulders and told her to take a deep breath instead. That scene of him teaching her the butterfly hug method to calm her down definitely made our hearts flutter!
5. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
We know they’ve been done countless times before, but we just can’t get enough of umbrella moments in K-dramas. What sets this scene apart, though, is that the umbrella changed its color after Hye Jin (Shi Min Ah) recounted a drunken moment with Chief Hong (Kim Seon Ho).
6. Our Beloved Summer
Remember that scene when Ung (Choi Woo Shik) asked Yeon Soo (Kim Da Mi) to apologize? He knew Yeon Soo’s pride was holding her back but he was also patient with her. He even told her he’ll keep coming back to her, and all she needs to do is to apologize. That “I’m the one who gives in, in the end anyway” line is just so swoon-worthy!