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5 OG K-Drama Actors Who Can Still Make Your Heart Flutter

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New K-dramas have been popping up here and there, and with them come new oppas to crush on! However, it's also important to ~pay tribute~ to the leading K-drama actors of the early 2000s—these oppas paved the way for the many K-dramas we watch today! 

Below, take a look back at these actors who starred in your favorite old school Koreanovelas:

1. Lee Dong Wook 

Where you've seen him: My Girl (2005) 

Lee Dong Wook has won the hearts of many Pinays way before he played the Grim Reaper in Goblin. Who could forget his lead role in charming rom-com hit My Girl?

Showcasing his versatility, the Korean actor is currently starring in horror-thriller Strangers From Hell, where he plays a mysterious dentist. You can binge-watch the show on Netflix! 

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2. Rain 

Where you've seen him: Full House (2004) 

Rain quickly rose to fame as a K-Pop idol, but his career further skyrocketed when he starred in 2004 drama Full House, alongside Hallyu star Song Hye Kyo. He has been happily married to actress Kim Tae Hee since 2017!

3. Ju Ji Hoon

Where you've seen him: Princess Hours (2006)

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Remember Lee Shin from Princess Hours? The now-37-year-old actor who played Lee Shin is currently making waves with his latest K-drama, Kingdom. You can stream the zombie masterpiece on Netflix! 

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4. Gong Yoo 

Where you've seen him: Coffee Prince (2007) 

Before you fell for Gong Yoo as Kim Shin in Goblin, you've probably first swooned over him as Choi Han Kyul on Coffee Prince. P.S. This oppa is reportedly set to make a small-screen comeback! 

5. Kwon Sang Woo 

Where you've seen him: Stairway to Heaven (2003)

Who could forget the tear-jerking drama Stairway to Heaven? The lead character named Cha Song-ju was beautifully played by Kwon Sang Woo! His last starring role for a Korean drama was in 2016 for Queen of Mystery 2. In the two-part series, he plays a detective who teams up with a former housewife and a mystery-novel fan to solve mystery cases together. 

6. Bae Yong-Jun

Where you've seen him: Winter Sonata (2002) 

Bae Yong-Jun is most notably known for Winter Sonata, which is considered as one of the most successful K-dramas! In 2007, the Korean actor retired from acting, but he has been making guest appearances in K-dramas. The now-47-year-old is happily married to actress Park Soo-jin

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This story originally appeared on Femalenetwork.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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Cold Food

The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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