One of the major content of South Korean dramas is their Gender disguise or Gender Bender dramas. We have penned down 14 Korean gender bender dramas that are not only fun to watch but also show Korean actors’ professionalism.
Korean gender bender dramas are quite famous. Korean actors are highly professional and if one has to see the talent one can see these dramas, where the actors have done both gender roles perfectly.
Here are our top 14 Gender disguise and Gender Bender Korean dramas.
14) Ma Boy: (2012)
Ma Boy is one of the Korean gender bender dramas. It is a 2012 South Korean drama starring Kim-so hyun and Kim-Sun-woong. It is a mini-series and a Teen drama. The character of Kim-so hyun dream of becoming a singer and to do this she transfers to a musical high school in the hope to become a singer. She meets the most famous girl in the school who turns out to be a boy.
13) Splash Splash Love: (2015)
Splash Splash Love is a Korean gender bender web series that has 10 episodes. The web series is an original from which later the famous drama Love in the Moonlight was adapted. In this gender bender drama, the girl travels back in the historical era and disguises herself as a Eunuch. She becomes friends with the prince and they both fell in love.
12: Empress Ki: (2013-2014)
Empress Ki is a historical South Korean drama and also one of the Korean Gender Bender dramas. At the beginning of the drama due to some tragedy, the girl Gi Seungnyang played by Han Ji-Won decides to disguise herself as a man in order to live peacefully.
With the passage of time, she succeeds to mingle with royals but soon she has to reveal her identity as her mission is to become the queen of Goryeo. The drama is overall serious and has 51 episodes but it is one of the most famous gender bender Korean dramas.
11) Sungkyunkwan Scandal: (2010)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal is another historical South Korean drama and that is also one of the Korean Gender Bender dramas. The drama is based on one of the best novels “The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars“. It has 20 episodes. The drama is about a girl Kim Yoon-hee who in order to earn for her family disguises herself as a boy and get a chance to enter into famous institutions Sungkyunkwan. However, it is not easy for her as the other students are not only male but also belong to rich families.
10) The King’s Affection (2021):
This Korean gender bender drama is about a girl who is abandoned by her parents in childhood. The story is set in the Joseon era where twins are considered a bad sign to the throne and to the king and queen. Dam-yi is the twin daughter of the king. They save her twin brother and give the orders to kill her. However, she is secretly sent away. After growing up, her destiny makes her reach the palace. Her brother is killed and the queen finds out about her real identity. She asks Dam-yi to pretend as her brother and take his place. Park Eun-bin played the role of Dam-yi and also the crown prince in this gender bender Kdrama Netflix.
9) Secret Garden: (2010)
Secret Garden is one of the 2010 Korean Gender Bender dramas. It has 20 episodes. Although the story starts with a rich man and a poor woman involved with each other. In the middle, it becomes a Gender Bender drama when both characters after getting married start switching bodies. This drama is also one of the highly appreciated Korean dramas. (Netflix link)
8) Coffee Prince: (2007)
Eun-chan is a woman with short hair and always dresses up like a man. She is often misunderstood as a man. After losing her job, she is in need of a new job as her family is going through extreme financial crises. She realizes she can only get a job if she keeps pretending as a man. The woman disguises herself as a man and enters a coffee shop where only men can be hired.
Eun-cha is hired. She continues to pretend as a man as she does not want to lose her job. A man played by Gong Yoo falls in love with her without knowing her true identity. The drama is a romantic comedy and has 17 episodes. It is one of the famous Korean gender bender dramas. (also available on Netflix)
7) To the Beautiful You: (2012)
To the Beautiful You is the most memorable drama in the South Korean industry as the cast includes the late singer and actress Sulli. The drama has 16 episodes. The girl Goo Jae- Hee played by Sulli admires a high school boy who is famous for sports. In order to be close to him, the girl disguises herself as a boy as he studies in a boys’ school. However, it is not easy for her as there are many bullies who often mistreat her. The boy ultimately saves her and fell in love with her. The drama has themes of friendship and love.
6) You’re Beautiful: (2009)
You’re Beautiful is one of the Korean Gender Bender dramas that is about an orphan girl who dreams of becoming a nun but ends up in a boy band because her twin brother has to leave that group for a while. The girl played by Park Shin Hye has to disguise herself in her brother place so after his return he can safely take his place in the boy band. It becomes complicated when the boys start showing their interest in her. When one of the boys comes to know about her real identity, he promises to expose her and this causes lots of problems for her. The drama has 16 episodes. (Watch on Netflix)
5) Come Back Mister: (2016)
Come Back Mister is Comedy family drama and has 16 episodes. In the drama, the two men who are failed in their lives meet with an accident. However, destiny gives them another chance and they are both born as a totally different person. One is born again with a handsome face and the other is born as a woman. This drama is one of those Korean Gender Bender dramas that are so much fun to watch as Oh-Yeon-seo who played the role of a man did her job perfectly.
4) The Tale of Nokdu: (2019)
The Tale of Nokdu is a historical South Korean drama and also one of the Korean Gender Bender dramas. A man disguises herself as a woman as he wants to find out the truth about his identity where he falls in love with a woman played by Kim-so hyun.
The drama has 32 episodes and it is a romantic comedy. This is also one of few Korean dramas where a male disguises himself as a female. (otherwise mostly women disguises as men)
3) Love in the Moonlight (2016):
Love in the Moonlight is one of the popular gender bender Kdramas. It is a historical drama and it has 18 episodes. The drama is the love story between a crown prince played by Park Bo-gum and a girl who is in disguise as a eunuch. The drama is about the hardship they face because of the difference in their status and because of the girl’s disguise.
The drama is also about the journey of an immature prince into a responsible man who takes care of his country too. the prince fell in love with the eunuch and it creates controversy. the prince soon realizes that the eunuch is actually a girl who is hiding from her enemies. It is one of the romantic gender bender dramas.
2: Mr.Queen: (2020)
This has become one of the popular Korean gender bender dramas. A man who is a flirt transfers to another world as a queen (as a woman). His world has changed as now he has to behave not only as a woman but also as a queen who is married to a King. His soul is of a man but he looks like a woman. He tries his best to find a way to go back to the modern world. The drama is also one of the best Korean comedy-dramas that you should watch.
1: Kill Me Heal Me (2015):
One of the most popular and highly appreciated Korean Gender Bender dramas is Kill Me Heal Me and it has 20 episodes. The drama is not only famous for its Gender swipe but also for the multiple disorder personality portrayal that is played by Ji Sung.
Apart from the major personality of the character Cha Do Hyun, two of his personalities are still memorable and highly appreciated by fans all over the world and one of them is female. This drama stands at no 1 on our list because of the outstanding performance of Ji Sung as a woman and because of his professionalism. He did an amazing job.
These are our top listed Korean Gender Bender dramas and we have only included Korean dramas. Which one of these is your favourite? You can watch all dramas on kissAsian and many Korean dramas are available on Netflix too.