6 Separation scenes in K-dramas that will break your heart (ft. Lee Min Ho, Lee Jong Suk, and more)

K-dramas give audiences a lot of joy, but no less heart breaks, and these 6 moments are the prime examples. 

Famous for romantic tales, yet K-drama is no short of heart-wrench scenes, from breakups, revelations, to sacrifices. Below are some notable separations in K-dramas that will make viewers bawl their eyes out with the sheer painful emotions.

Lee Dong Wook giving up on his childhood sweetheart – “Bubblegum”

To love and cherish someone you have known your whole life, only to lose them, is probably the worst feeling out there, and such a moment happened in the 2015 series “Bubblegum”. In this K-drama, Ri Hwan (Lee Dong Wook) and Haeng Ah (Jung Ryeo Won)’s romance, which stemmed from their childhood, faced the criticisms of various other characters, including their own family, and so resulted in a breakup. To make it all the more angsty, they severed their ties at the very place they met – the swingset at the park, and Ri Hwan had to grit his teeth as he told Haeng Ah to go away.  

Lee Jong Suk being a comic book character – “W: Two Worlds”

In “W: Two Worlds”, the female lead Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) was sucked into a comic book and fell in love with Kang Chul – a character there. Of course, since they are from two different worlds, there’s no way for their love to work, and Yeon Joo was unable to save her love when he faced danger. She was suddenly pulled back to the real world with a mess of feelings, thoughts, and heartbreak, and it was only through her father’s sacrifice that the couple got to be together. 

Lee Min Ho being left behind – “The Legend Of The Blue Sea”

“The Legend Of The Blue Sea” follows the love story between handsome con-artist Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) and mermaid Shim Cheong (Jun Ji Hyun), and of course, romance between a human and a mythical creature can’t be totally smooth-sailing. As a result, we are faced with a scene where Joon Jae learned about the true identity of the woman he loves, and Shim Cheong kissing him as she said goodbye. “I love you”, she whispered, as she left her love behind with a pearl and a jade bracelet, and wrenched out the hearts of viewers. 

Yoo Seung Ho being “betrayed” by his robot – “I’m Not A Robot”

The premise of “I’m Not A Robot” alone is a tell-tale sign of heartbreak, and it indeed happened. In this series, the female lead Ji Ah (Chae Soo Bin) pretended to be the robot “Aji 3” to cure the “human allergy” of male lead Min Kyu (Yoo Seung Ho). They eventually had to bid each other goodbye, and on this day, Min Kyu gave his robot a necklace and confessed his feelings for her. However, it was this necklace that uncovered Ji Ah’s lies, as Min Kyu later saw the human Ji Ah with his gift, realized the truth, and developed his “allergy” again.  

Lee Seung Gi losing this love for the 2nd time – “Hwayugi”

Inspired by the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”, “Hwayugi” (also known as “A Korean Odyssey), is filled with emotional moments. In the series, the male lead Oh Gong (Lee Seung Gi) was unable to save the female lead Ji Sun Mi (Oh Yeon Seo) from her predestined demise, and had to watch his love sacrifice for the world. After dying in the arms of her beloved, Ji Sun Mi appeared briefly in a later scene, only to leave again, doubling the heartbreak for both the male lead and the audience.

Nam Joo Hyuk’s final gesture of love and goodbye – “Twenty Five, Twenty One” 

Recently, the ending of “Twenty Five, Twenty One” was gut-wrenching to its core. After spending their beautiful youth together, the male lead Yi Jin (Nam Joo Hyuk) and Na Hee Do (Kim Tae Ri) ended up going their own ways. In their last meeting as lovers, Yi Jin tied Hee Do’s shoelaces while in tears, and they gave each other a goodbye hug. Even as they conversed later on in their lives, the pain remains clear in this couple’s eyes. 

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