The majority of kdramas have kiss scenes in them, in fact it’s almost a given that the lead female and male end up with a sweet kiss.
However, there happens to be some kdramas that don’t feature kiss scenes. Ranging from horror to realistic, these kdramas thought it wasn’t necessary or appropriate to add a kiss scene.
So today, I will be sharing with you top 9 popular kdramas that don’t have kiss scenes in them.
Note: I have strayed away from murder psychopath dramas or dramas that are about crime investigation in general, since these dramas usually focus on a purpose rather than the romantic ending.
“Mirror Of The Witch”
“Mirror Of The Witch” is a historical drama that tells the story of a cursed young girl who was born as a princess but was left abandoned deep in the mountains, there she meets a man named Heo Jun.
Kim Sae Ron and Yoon Si Yoon led the drama. Their large age gap attracted fans who wondered how the drama will turn out.
The drama was released back in 2016, back then Kim Sae Ron was 16 years old, 14 years younger than Yoon Si Yoon who; back then, was 30 years old.
Mindful of the age gap, it seems like the writer and director chose to avoid a kiss scene, many fans also felt that it would be uncomfortable to watch a 16 year old kiss a 30 year old.
“Who Are You: School 2015” also known as “School 2015” is another installment of the very successful KBS series titled “School” which launched many Korean actors and actresses to success.
In “School 2015” Kim So Hyun puts on one of her best performances in two different characters, the highschool drama is a fan-favorite and people refer to this drama as the drama that rocketed its leads to fame.
Kim So Hyun shared the screen with Nam Joo Hyuk and BTOB’s Yook Sung Jae, the two fought for the lead’s love.
There is a kiss scene in the drama, however, its not something that can be practically called a kiss scene, Yook Sung Jae gives Kim So Hyun a kiss on the cheek.
A dark drama, OCN’s “Save Me” is one of the very few kdramas that talk about cults in Korea.
The drama is not light or romantic but does have romantic moments here and there.
Taecyeon and Woo Do Hwan fight for the love of Seo Ye Ji and her family safety as they go up against the religious cult with its sinister leader.
The drama doesn’t have many romantic moments, but the four boys care deeply about the girl whose family unluckily met by scary people.
“Liar Game” is based on the manga series of the same title written by Shinobu Kaitani, the manga has been adapted to hit Japanese dramas and span on many parts as well as a movie.
The Korean version of the manga is equally intriguing and entertaining, it stars Lee Sang Yoon, Kim So Eun and Shin Sung Rok. Lee Sang Yoon and Kim So Eun face against Shin Sung Rok to win the game.
There are some sweet moments between Lee Sang Yoon and Kim So Eun but during the drama course their relationship doesn’t develop into a romantic one.
The drama was received well by international fans who want to know what happens next, many fans would like the drama to return with a second season, they also want the relationship with Lee Sang Yoon and Kim So Eun’s characters to develop from teammates into lovers.
“7 First Kisses”
For a short moment, Lee Cho Hee was probably the most envied Korean actress by national and international fans.
She shared the screen with not one or two or three but with 7 very handsome Korean actors.
EXO’s Kai, Ji Chang Wook, Lee Min Ho, Taecyeon, Lee Joon Gi, Lee Jong Suk and Park Hae Jin are the 7 men who share the screen with her.
All the 7 men meet and fall in love with Lee Cho Hee’s character who’s an employee at Lotte Duty Free, despite its title “7 First Kisses” the drama doesn’t have kisses but near-kiss-scenes.
The lead actress struggles to choose between the 7 great men she meets, I think we can all agree that she saved her country in her previous life.
“Missing 9” is one of the very few Kdramas that are about survival.
“Missing 9” tells the story of 9 people from a huge entertainment company who fly an airplane that ends up crashing, four months later, Baek Jin Hee’s character returns as the only survivor of this crash.
The police get involved and try their best to help her regain her memory in order to find the remaining 8 people.
The drama didn’t have many romantic moments, Baek Jin Hee and Jung Kyoung Ho almost kiss in the final episode but get interrupted by their friends in one of the most unrealistic endings of all kdramas.
“Chief Kim” is a drama about underdogs that manages to triumph the bad guys.
Namgoong Min takes on the role of someone who managed money for gangs, by accident he gets hired as a chief of an accounting department for TQ Company.
His heart becomes soft and he picks a fight against corruption and irrationality in the company trying to save not only his life but the rest of the people who work at the company as well.
Namgoong Min is paired with Junho of 2PM and Nam Sang Mi, however, his character relationship with Nam Sang Mi’s never develops into a romantic one.
The drama focuses on fighting for justice and comedy, it made fans laugh and many preferred the bromance between Junho and Namgoong Min to the possible romance that never took off.
Junho and Namgoong Min ended up winning Best Couple Award at KBS 2017 Drama Awards.
“The royal gambler” (Daebak)
“The royal gambler” is a historical drama that focuses mostly on the revenge aspect against the king played by Yeo Jin Goo, Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo enter a enter a match.
Dae Gil bets his life and King Yeongjo bets the entire Kingdom of Joseon on the outcome.
Sadly, throughout the drama run time there was no kiss scene between Lim Ye Jeon and Jang Geun Suk.
“Cross” is a medical drama that aired in early 2018 and was wrapped in huge controversy following its main lead Cho Jae Hyun sexual harassment allegations that he ended up admitting to.
The drama tells the story of a doctor who plots revenge against the man who killed his father. Led by Ko Gyung Pyo, Jeon So Min and Cho Jae Hyun.
“Cross” focused on the intense plot and the serious medical procedures leaving no room for kiss scenes.
“Avengers Social Club”
“Avengers Social Club” is a unique revenge drama that tells the story of 3 middle aged women and a young man who join a club to plot revenge.
The drama isn’t your typical kdrama that’s all about leads fighting for one girl; it’s a drama about family and friendship.
The plot is refreshing and different, fans were very happy with the plot direction and how it all played out. There were no kiss scenes involved.
“Misaeng” is regarded as one of the greatest tvN dramas of all time and for a good reason.
The drama isn’t about romance but about broken people, people who struggle with so little, people who try their best to do what they can with the resources they have.
Im Siwan puts on his best performance as Jang Geu Rae, someone who failed to become a professional Go player, he finds job as an intern at a big company and struggles.
The drama is 20 episodes long but never once fans felt like there was need for romance, the drama focuses on the harsh reality instead of the usual love triangles.
Im Siwan and Kang So Ra characters never truly progress from work-mates to lovers.
So this is my list of 9 kdramas that has no kiss scenes in them. Whats your favorite drama of the list? Do you know more kdramas that have no kiss scenes?