The majority of kdramas have kiss scenes in them, in fact it’s almost a given that the leads end up kissing at least once if its a romance drama, it’s also something that Kdramas usually hype up.
However, there happens to be some kdramas that don’t feature kiss scenes. Ranging from horror to real-life, these kdramas have no kissing scenes.
Note: I have strayed away from kdramas that focus mostly on crimes since these dramas usually focus on a purpose rather than a romantic ending.
This is not a comprehensive list.
Considered one of the best and highest rated kdramas of all time, “Mr. Sunshine” shockingly doesn’t have a kiss scene. The heartbreaking drama ended without a kiss scene. However, many fans still think the chemistry between Kim Tae Ri and Lee Byung Hun was one of the best they’ve ever seen for a kdrama and while the leads never got to kiss, fans still talk about how beautiful and romantic the drama was.
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 was the subject of gossip as many fans 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.
If you attempt to search for “Mirror Of The Witch” kiss scene, you’ll never find one. Mindful of the age gap, it seems like the writer and director chose to avoid a kiss scene.
“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 challenging two different characters, the high-school Kdrama is a fan-favorite.
Kim So Hyun shared the screen with Nam Joo Hyuk and BTOB’s Yook Sung Jae, the two fought for the lead’s love.
“School 2015” kiss scene does exist, however, it’s not something that you could call that since Yook Sung Jae’s character only gives Kim So Hyun’s character a kiss on the cheek.
“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 was adapted to a movie as well.
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 its run, but their relationship doesn’t develop into a romantic one.
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. “Liar Game” season 2 was hinted at but never fully became a reality.
7 First Kisses
Unlike what the title suggest, there aren’t actually any first kisses in this one. It is the only promotional web series on this list. It was produced for Lotte Duty Free Shop.
Actress Lee Cho Hee shared the screen with not one or two or three but with 7 very handsome Korean actors, a role many Korean actresses could only dream of.
EXO’s Kai, Ji Chang Wook, Lee Min Ho, Taecyeon, Lee Joon Gi, Lee Jong Suk and Park Hae Jin 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, but despite its title “7 First Kisses,” the drama doesn’t have kisses but near-kiss scenes.
“Missing 9” is one of the very few Kdramas ever made that delves into surviving disasters.
“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 what many fans dubbed to be one of the most unrealistic endings of all kdramas, but that’s an entirely different topic on its own.
“Chief Kim” is a drama about the underdogs that manages to triumph the bad guys.
Namgoong Min takes on the role of someone who used to manage money for gangs, by accident he gets hired as a chief of an accounting department for TQ Company.
His heart becomes soft and in a funny twist of events he begins fighting against corruption in the company trying to save not only his life but the rest of the people who work there 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, 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 even ended up winning Best Couple Award at KBS 2017 Drama Awards.
Misaeng: Incomplete Life
“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 to get by with so little, people who try the best 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 relationship never progressed from work-relaed to lovers.
Yoon Si Yoon made this list twice with two different dramas.
“Psychopath Diary” has a very interesting plot, it’s about a regular office worker who through a series of events loses his memory and comes across a serial killer diary, he starts to believe that he’s the serial killer.
The drama is a fun mix between comedy and thriller, despite that, the romance aspect never truly progressed. “Psychopath Diary” kiss scene never ended up happening.
Yoon Si Yoon and Jung In Sun characters tease a possible relationship but never truly progress into one; they remain good friends and colleagues who help out each other when needed.
What’s your favorite drama of this list? Do you know more kdramas that have no kiss scenes? Mention them in the comment section below.
How can you make this list without “Mr Sunshine”? No kiss scene but powerful love story.