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The 23 best romance manhwa, from forever love to broken hearts

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Anime and manga have been taking the world by storm. Nowadays, reading and watching fictional animated stories is no longer frowned upon, and that generalization has been expanding to the world of Manhwa, South Korean comics.

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While it is undeniably true that Solo Leveling and action stories are among the most popular manhwa in the world, we can’t ignore that romance is a close runner-up when it comes to literary genres. From your typical historical romance to highly convoluted psychological thrillers, the truth is – you will find any trope that you want in romance manhwa.

This pluralism of genres, as well as the colorful strips with gorgeous art attached to their names, is what made this format so popular in the first place after all. On that note, for any romance aficionados out there, here is the perfect romance manhwa list to spend idling time away and falling in love.

23. Daytime Star (2021-2023)

Yura and Seunghyeon from the manhwa Daytime Star
  • Celebrities
  • Love Triangle
  • Entertainment industry

Daytime Star has the perfect recipe for a good time. If you’re into stories about idols, celebrities, and the whole shebang of a handsome actor falling in love with someone outside of the glamorous world, then this WEBTOON manhwa is tailor-made for you. The story sees the romance between Yura, an aspiring actress with a minor role in a film, and Seunghyeon, the main (and incredibly famous) actor from the same movie. It’s a refreshing romance that skips unnecessary drama, making it perfect for a one-sit read.

22. Dark Heaven (2016-2017)

Cover of the BL manhwa "Dark Heaven"
via Lezhin US
  • Musicians
  • Childhood Friends
  • Trauma

If you’re looking for a cute, slice-of-life manhwa, Dark Heaven on Lezhin is not it. Dark Heaven is an explicit BL story that revolves around two friends, Conor and Simon, who grapple with the challenges that accompany their rise to stardom in America.

While it’s a highly violent and trauma-laden story, its beauty lies in its divergence from the typical romantic manhwa due to its dark themes. It shows a genuine and surprisingly healthy devotion between two characters who manage to fall in love despite the whirlwind of rocks thrown their way. It is just poetry.

21. After School Lessons for Unripe Apples (2020-Ongoing)

Cover for the manhwa "After School Lessons for Unripe Apples"
  • Opposites Attract
  • School Life
  • Childhood Friends

While the title After School Lessons for Unripe Apples may be a mouthful, this story quickly became one of the highest-rated stories on WEBTOON. Crafted by the creative mind behind Cheese in the Trap, the story revolves around Mi-ae and Cheol, two middle school students with starkly different personalities who hadn’t crossed paths since childhood. Their story is a delightful blend of humor and realism, making it an exceptionally cute manhwa overall.

20. December Rain (2017-2019)

December Rain Korean Manhwa cover
Photo via Lezhin Comics
  • Strangers to lovers
  • Drama
  • Tragedy

Even if it is at the bottom of the list (because I just can’t place all of these in the first place), Lezhin‘s December Rain is the one romance that will make you rethink the meaning of happiness. This story is raw, tumultuous, and unexpected. This is the type of romance that will make you root for two underdogs, and you will undeniably leave the story feeling crushed. There is no better type of romance manhwa than one that breaks your heart in the process. 

19. Ring My Bell (2019-2020)

Ring My Bell from Tapas, Girl's Love Korean manhwa
Photo via Tapas
  • Comedy
  • Slice of Life
  • Yuri

There are contradicting opinions surrounding TapasRing My Bell. Its almost cliché and generic story is often overlooked by GL fans, but ultimately, this romance manhwa provides a comforting story between Mai Sohn and Lee Chungyeon, perfectly encompassing the first-love bond and sweetness that comes with dating for the first time as a young adult, with an adorable hint of comedy to make it the perfect afternoon read.

18. Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love (2010-2011)

Can't See Can't Hear But Love Korean Manhwa
Photo via Toomics
  • Drama
  • Slice of Life
  • Unconventional leads

Can’t See Can’t Hear But Love is one of those stories that regardless of its longevity, will remain a classic among romance aficionados. The story is available on Toomics and revolves around the love story between a manhwa artist, who loses his sight and can no longer support himself and his disabled mother, and So Ri, a deaf girl who helps him overcome the numerous hurdles that come with being disabled in South Korea just as she unknowingly overcomes the same issues herself.

17. A Painter Behind the Curtain (2015-2016)

Korean Manhwa Painter Behind the Curtain cover
Photo via Tappytoon
  • Drama
  • Historical
  • Poor vs Rich protagonists

A Painter Behind the Curtain, albeit a romance, is not for the faint of heart. This gorgeous Tappytoon BL (Boys’ Love) story depicts a historical European setting where a painter is held captive by a gold-digging family and subjected to heavy abuse. Despite its heavy premise, this story beautifully delivers one of the most genuine love stories in the BL genre, complete with a fantastic conclusion capable of leaving every reader feeling true love.

16. Seasons of Blossom (2020-2021)

Seasons of Blossom Korean Manhwa
Photo via WEBTOON
  • School Life
  • Budding Romances
  • Shoujo

Seasons of Bloom was released in 2021 and quickly became a massive hit among romance fans on WEBTOON. Despite fitting all the criteria for a slice-of-life manhwa, it manages to avoid any generic or cliché storylines. All the characters are incredibly interesting and have been beautifully developed. The story’s gorgeous storytelling might even bring a tear to your eye, as it delves into several themes like mental health and bullying, making the narrative all the more realistic and relatable.

15. Our Beloved Summer (2021-2022)

The Korean Manhwa Our Beloved Summer
Photo via WEBTOON
  • School Life
  • Opposites Attract
  • Slow-burn

Quite the perfect textbook slow-burn romance, Our Beloved Summer is the perfect introduction to the genre. In a story where opposites attract, this slice of life sees Yeonsu Guk, a top-of-the-class student who is diligently the perfect human specimen that any parent would be glad to have. On the other hand, Wung Choi is ranked dead last in the entire class, with his terrible grades and carefree attitude.

This manhwa serialized by WEBTOON received such immense popularity that it reached the screens all over South Korea with a live-action drama of the same name, receiving acclaimed reviews all over the country, bringing even more curious eyes to seek the original story by Han Kyoung-Chal and Lee Naeun.

14. The Love Doctor (2016-2018)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa  The Love Doctor
Photo via Lezhin Comics
  • Slice of Life
  • Doctor / Patient
  • Love Triangle

For all those seeking a unique premise with an incredible art style, The Love Doctor offers insight into a completely quirky relationship that is likely rather unrelatable for most people. This story by Chamsae and Bansook follows the life of Jung Erae, a college student who is desperately trying to find a boyfriend, but is absolutely clueless when it comes to romantic relationships or men in general.

Seeking to find help in this area, she ends up contacting a love doctor, Cha Yoon, without expecting to start developing feelings for her female doctor. Albeit with a slight love triangle (or quadrangle), The Love Doctor completely appeals to every romance fan aiming to find a well-structured and gorgeous story to be introduced to the world of GL manhwa. This story is available on Lezhin US.

13. Ohh La La! (2020-2021)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Ohh La La
Photo via Pocket Comics
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Slice of Life
  • Friends to Lovers

Romcoms have nearly transcended every single barrier of fiction. With a casual yet hilarious dynamic, Ohh La La! portrays an easy-going and stable relationship filled with memorable moments only best friends turned lovers could have. Sufficiently capable of leaving anyone feeling as if they’re chronically single.

Unlike many of the entries on this list, this story by PocketComics is made up of pure fun and goofiness, with an obvious lack of dramatic events that are so often attached to the romance genre. It quickly grew within this genre’s fans for being a short yet lively story, that is easily re-readable as a comforting series.

12. Sign (2017-2020)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Sign
Photo via Lezhin Comics US
  • Unconventional male lead
  • Strangers to Lovers
  • Boss / Employee relationship

Created by Ket in 2017, Sign is the type of story capable of giving anyone cavities and a bloody nose in the process. Sign introduces the story of a near-bankrupt café and its deaf owner Go Yo, who hires a new employee, Soo Hwa, in hopes of improving the business. While with a difficult task at hand, Soo Hwa suddenly finds himself in love with his job, and most of all, with his manager’s deep voice that keeps crossing his mind.

Defying and tearing down the BL literary genre that prioritizes beauty, and perfection, this manhwa broke down all the barriers defying a pre-established norm that represents the exigent beauty standards in South Korea. Moreover, it is a beautiful and sensual story with incredible disability representation. It is available on Lezhin.

11. Trapped (2019-Present)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Trapped Haemuri
Photo via WEBTOON
  • Love/Hate Relationship
  • Supernatural elements (Vampires)
  • Enemies to Lovers

A compelling and supernatural story, Trapped by Haemuri is undeniably one of the greatest romance manhwas to have joined the genre in the last few years. Introducing the story of a foul-mouthed former convict Chae-a who suddenly finds herself blackmailed by Yunsu, a vampire, Trapped quickly became a success for introducing such a powerful premise alongside the typical enemies-to-lovers trope that is so beloved among romance aficionados.

This game of cat and mouse garnered an arsenal of trusty readers who tune in for this incredibly long story, which is — at the time of writing — counting 163 chapters. Despite its large assortment of followers, Trapped still suffers from one specific trait: it is incredibly slow-paced, so beware. Trapped is available on WEBTOON.

10. Heesu In Class 2 (2018-2020)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Heesu in Class 2
Photo via Lezhin Comics US
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Slice of Life
  • Opposites attract

Completed at 79 chapters, Heesu in Class 2 is a very wholesome romance about two students who happen to be best friends – and polar opposites at that. Heesu, the main character, is a simple and plain character whose personality and looks aren’t exactly striking, whereas Chanyoung is the exact opposite – athletic, smart, popular, and most of all, handsome. This story follows the intricacies of school life and crushing on a best friend and the consequences of it all.

Published by Lezhin, this webtoon became rather popular from the get-go, not only due to its unique and adorable art style but also because of its accessibility and for being an easy-read comedic comic.

9. Winter Before Spring (2021-Present)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Winter Before Spring
Photo via WEBTOON
  • Opposites Attract
  • School Life
  • Friends to lovers

This webtoon follows the story of Hana, a kind-hearted girl who isn’t the most sociable student in class, and the new student, Yura. This new student has an intimidating aura, and no one dares to defy or go against her, while Hana is the exact opposite – a people-pleaser who does not stand up for herself.

This entire plot instantly builds up for a very endearing and engaging comic, especially for those who tend to enjoy their daily dose of school life plots and the oftentimes overlooked struggles of teenage girls. Winter Before Spring, published by WEBTOON, contains the pure trope brought in by slice-of-life manhwa, thus making it the perfect spring webtoon to binge-read.

8. What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (2016-2018)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa What's Wrong With Secretary Kim?
Photo via Tappytoon
  • Office Romance
  • Boss / Employee
  • Enemies to Lovers

Filled with twists and just the right amount of suspense, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? definitely deserves a spot on every Manhwa list. Popularized by the Korean drama of the same name, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim? became a huge success in South Korea and worldwide.

With a strong and reliable female lead, this Korean comic starts off with a very cliché enemy but soon enough it starts to develop into more complex and dark storytelling, creating a really compelling plot, with even more interesting characters who also happen to have great chemistry. For anyone looking to read this Manhwa, it is complete at 98 chapters on Tappytoon.

7. Something About Us (2020-2021)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Something About Us
Photo via Lezhin Comics US
  • Childhood friends to lovers
  • Military Conscription
  • Unrequited Love

From childhood friends to best friends, to crushes, to lovers- this is the banalest and adorable friends-to-lovers manhwa that one can encounter. Completed at 100 chapters on Tapas, Something About Us is the perfect binge-reading manhwa that will leave anyone wishing for more.

In South Korea, men between the ages of 18 and 28 must attend military service, and that is exactly what the main character in this comic does. Woojin goes to the military for 2 years, while Gahyoung attends university by herself. This interesting plot, paired with a real relationship progression and slow character development makes for a great and compelling romance manhwa. 

6. Positively Yours (2020-2022)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Positively Yours
Photo via Tapas
  • One-night stand
  • Pregnancy
  • Rich Male Lead

From starting with a one-night stand to getting pregnant, the romance between the main characters of TapasPositively Yours is nothing ordinary. With an incredibly pragmatic and strong female lead paired with a passive and submissive male love interest, this webtoon shows a very interesting dynamic between these two characters who are very much extreme opposites and are now bonded by a child.

They slowly but surely start getting to know one another and developing feelings, tugging at the heartstrings of any slow-burn lover. This interesting start of a relationship with the drama in between surely makes up for a particularly engaging plot for anyone who is looking to read a passionate love story between two strangers. 

5. Her Tale of Shim Chong (2020-2021)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Her Tale of Shim Chong
Photo via Pocket Comics
  • Historical
  • Nobel / Beggar
  • Arranged Marriage

Based on a Folktale, Her Tale of Shim Chong is the perfect manhwa for those looking to read a beautifully drawn romance in a historical setting. Following the story of a young beggar, Shim Chong, and Madam, the bride-to-be of a wealthy emperor, this comic portrays two sides of the same coin. After an unfortunate accident leads the women to have a fateful encounter, the pair who seemingly have nothing in common quickly realize that their pivotal meeting was definitely not at all accidental.

Grabbing the reader’s attention, the narrative and dialogue in this story are beautifully written, entangling the mysticism and historical contexts very poetically. This romance manhwa from Pocketcomics is the ideal read for anyone who wants to see a couple aiming to achieve their objectives in a very conventional world. 

4. Bring The Love (2021- Present)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Bring the Love
Photo via Tappytoon
  • Historical
  • Strong Female Lead
  • Arranged Marriage

Bring The Love is an ongoing historical manhwa that is the absolute embodiment of “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. Available on Lezhin, the art of this webtoon, although not particularly captivating at first sight – it will grow on you. Nevertheless, what truly shines in this manhwa is its unique plot and storytelling. With two incredibly strong-willed main leads, this realistic and incredibly well-written webtoon is an exceptionally good story, beautifully adapting the setting to the characters.

3. Cherry Blossoms After Winter (2017-2022)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Cherry Blossoms After Winter
Photo via Tappytoon
  • Friends, to enemies, to lovers
  • School Life
  • Orphan male lead

Recently even more popularized by the drama that just came out by the same name, Cherry Blossoms After Winter is an incredibly acclaimed romance throughout Korea. The story revolves around Haebom, an orphan teenage boy who is an outcast at school, and Taesung, a popular and wealthy teenager who happens to be Haebom’s roommate. This Tappytoon release is a great future read, alongside its lovable drama adaptation!

2. Cheese In The Trap (2010-2017)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa Cheese in the Trap
Photo via Webtoon
  • Coming of Age
  • Psychological Story
  • Realistic Characters

Completed at 4 seasons and over 200 chapters, Cheese In The Trap is a manhwa published by WEBTOON that will hook even the most unromantic of readers. With realistic characters and coming-of-age struggles that any college student faces, this webtoon has it all.

From dark and eerie pasts to money struggles and college work, this is the type of story that anyone will relate to at some point. Topped with a gorgeous color palette and cartoony art style, this manhwa is a great romance to kickstart your summer reading.

1. See You In My 19th Life (2020-Present)

The cover from the Korean Manhwa See You in my 19th life
Photo via Webtoon
  • Reincarnation
  • Childhood Friends
  • Age Gap

As for the top romance manhwa on this list See You In My 19th Life has it all, from a beautiful romance to an assertive female lead to supernatural elements. This is a story, just as the title suggests, about a character who has lived through 19 different lifetimes through reincarnation. During her 18th life, Jieum Ban met Seoha, whom she built a close relationship with, and became close friends, but unfortunately had her life cut short after passing away from an accident.

Due to her ability to remember her past lives, Jieum Ban is seeking to reconnect with Seoha. Maintaining a great balance between drama, mystery, romance, and comedy, this manhwa has incredibly nice pacing, and although it is not yet completed on WEBTOON, it still allows the reader to look forward to the next chapter, creating a story that appeals to any audience due to its strong grasp on the different genres it navigates through. 

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