Soul swap dramas — there’s something inherently hilarious and awkward about them. Just think about it. It’s bad enough that you’re suddenly in someone’s body and you don’t know what’s happening. But it could get worse if you’re in the body of the opposite gender and you don’t know how your body parts are supposed to work. Or what if you have to share your body with someone else’s soul? Well, it’s the start of the recipe for a perfect disaster — and a lot of comedic moments. Here are some great soul-swapping dramas to watch for a good laugh.
The latest soul swap K-drama on our list, Mr. Queen follows charming womanizer Jang Bong Hwan (Choi Jin Hyuk) working as a chef in modern-day Korea. After an accident, he finds himself transported to the body of Queen Kim So Yong (Shin Hye Sun) in the Joseon period, who just entered into an arranged marriage with the current King Cheoljong (Kim Jung Hyun). The king seems to fall in love with the queen, but whose personality is he really seeing: gentle So Yong or mischievous Bong Hwan? Watch it on Viu.
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When she nearly drowns in a lake, make-up artist Go Ha Jin wakes up in the body of Goryeo lady Hae Soo (IU). She is thrust right between the royal sons of the reigning King Taejo, and she finds herself falling in love with the feared 4th Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Gi). Watch it on Viu.
Wealthy, smart, and good-looking Kim Joo Won (Hyun Bin) has it all, while stuntwoman Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won) is struggling day by day, with her idol Oska (Yoon Sang Hyun) as her only distraction. When they all find themselves in Jeju Island, Joo Won and Ra Im get stranded in a mysterious restaurant called Secret Garden, where the mystery of their soul-swapping hijinks started. Watch it on Netflix or Viu.
Beautiful and skilled prosecutor Go Se Yeon and rich yet unattractive Cha Min are childhood friends. After getting into an accident, they are revived back to life by the mysterious bead Abyss — but into different bodies: Go Se Yeon (Park Bo Young) now looks plainer than before, while Cha Min (Ahn Hyo Seop) becomes extremely attractive. As they work together to understand why they died, they fall in love. Watch it on Netflix.
Oh My Ghost
Another soul swap drama featuring actress Park Bo Young, Oh My Ghost follows aspiring chef Na Bong Sun (Park Bo Young) who struggles because of her shy and timid personality. She admires star chef Kang Sun Woo (Cho Jung Seok), but he only notices her when her personality suddenly changes after she is possessed by seductress ghost Shin Soon Ae (Kim Seul Gi). Watch it on Netflix.
This time, it’s actor Cho Jung Seok who’s playing the soul-swapped character. In Two Cops, he plays Cha Dong Tak, a dedicated and hard-working detective whose body is suddenly cohabited by a sleazy con artist Gong Su Chang (who is played by our new favorite oppa Kim Seon Ho!). While he tries to retain control of his body, he falls in love with feisty rookie reporter Song Ji An (Lee Hye Ri). Watch it on iflix.
Please Come Back, Mister
This drama is basically all about two ahjussis who are reincarnated into the bodies of a young man and woman. After being worked to death, Kim Young Soo (Kim In Kwon) possesses the body of good-looking and smart Lee Hae Joon (Rain). Meanwhile, the beautiful Han Hong Nan finds herself possessed by former gangster Han Gi Tak. The two spirits meet in their new bodies and chaos ensues. Watch it on Netflix.
Twin sisters Kwon Si Ah (Nahyun of Sonamoo) and Kwon Si Yeon (Hong Yoon Hwa) could not be more different with their personalities and looks. They live separate lives, with Si Yeon a recluse and Si Ah an internet star. But when Si Yeon visits a mysterious tarot card reader, the twins’ lives are turned upside down as they switch bodies. Watch it on Netflix.
What other soul swap K-dramas have you seen?