Undoubtedly, we all have our own reasons when it comes to the difficult and life-changing matter of picking our K-Drama oppas, kekeke. People say there are two types of oppas, the sexy sangnamjas…
and the beautiful flower boys.
But after watching Because This is My First Life, I found myself falling for the third type. These are the ones that may not be as tall as Lee Min-ho or have have sculpted abs like Ji Chang-wook but possess their own charm. You can say that they may be as ordinary as the guy you’ll meet in the subway, but I’ve always been a believer that there is beauty in the ordinary. So, let me introduce to you the real-life oppas.
❤ Park Byung-eun
Let me start with the person who’s the inspiration of this list. After watching him as “Ma Depyo” in BTIMFL, I promised to myself that the next time I fall in-love, it’ll be with someone like Ma Depyo whose intentions are pure from the get-go and will show you that you are worth fighting for.
Where you might have seen this oppa? Aside from playing Ma Depyo in BTIMFL, he also took part in OCN’s Mistress, Voice 3 and Arthdal Chronicles among others.
❤ I’ve been swooning over this new character in Kingdom Season 2, Min Chi-rok, the Royal Commandery chief who investigated the queen and later on became one of Prince Chang’s men. Turns out it was portrayed by no other than Park Byung-eun. Hmmmh, I guess he really is my type.
Watch out for his upcoming drama Oh My Baby, which will premiere on May 13.
❤ Kang Ki-young
I don’t think this oppa needs any introduction. If you want to have a good time and laugh your heart out, you can always depend on him.
Where you might have seen this oppa? Everywhere! From the sassy sous chef in Oh My Ghost, to the spine-chilling psychopath in While You Were Sleeping, to the funny stay-at-home dad in Terius Behind Me.
In May 2019, he tied the knot with his non-celebrity girlfriend in a private ceremony. Lucky girl!
❤ Ryu Jun-yeol
The other ahjummas can attest to this, I am forever a Team Jung-hwan member. If you’ll ask me to choose my fave Korean actor of all-time, he’s in my top 3. And even though he received a lot of criticisms for his appearance, my eyes will always sparkle for him.
Where you might have seen this oppa? Aside from breaking a lot of hearts in Reply 1988, he also top-billed Lucky Romance alongside Hwang Jung-eum.
Here’s his first drama appearance in one of the scenes of The Producers.
❤ Ahn Jae-hong
Who would have thought I’d fall hard for Reply 1988‘s Jung-bong? Ahh, the K-Drama genies are indeed daebak.
I’ve been giggling like crazy and my heart goes pit-a-pat every time I watch him in Be Melodramatic. He’s so oddly charming that I see my real-life oppa in him.
Where you might have seen this oppa? He may have had your blood boil in Fight for My Way as Kim Joo-man.
Have you seen his hilarious cameo in The Legend of the Deep Blue Sea as the swindler pastor?
❤ Cha Tae-hyun
I wouldn’t be here if not for this oppa. He introduced me to the K-cinematic universe with My Sassy Girl and Windstruck when I was in high school, and was never able to escape his charms since then kekeke.
Admit it, you once dreamt of having this My Sassy Girl moment. ❤
Where you might have seen this oppa? Cha Tae-hyun got a long list of films and dramas under his belt, but I personally enjoyed Hit the Top and Along With the Gods.
He will headline the upcoming OCN series Team Bulldog: Off-duty Investigation, which will premiere on May 23.
❤ Jo Hyun-chul
Everyone may be gushing over Koo Chan-sung in Hotel del Luna but I’ll pick Sanchez in a heartbeat. I mean, who wouldn’t fall for this cutie?
Where you might have seen this oppa? Aside from del Luna, Jo Hyun-chul also took part in Memories of the Alhambra as Yang-joo. And if you’re a K-Pop fan, you might know him as the younger brother of rapper Mad Clown.
Fun fact, oppa actually appeared in the fan-favorite film, Architecture 101 in 2012 alongside Lee Je-hoon.
❤ Kim Sung-cheol
Oppa caught my attention as “Jailbird” in one of the best 2017 K-Dramas, Wise Prison Life.
And I fell even deeper after hearing him sing in the two-part series, To. Jenny.
❤ Kim Kyung-nam
Another Wise Prison Life alum makes this list. Before this oppa got his tough guy image, he played the most adorable fan boy in the drama.
Where you might have seen this oppa? He played Jang Ki-yong‘s tough brother in Come and Hug Me, which gave him the 2018 MBC Drama Best New Actor award.
Please show him some love as he currently stars in The King: Eternal Monarch.
❤ Lee Kyu-hyung
Lee Kyu-hyung, I believe, is one of the most versatile actors of his generation. I first noticed him as the devil cloaked in angel wings in the critically acclaimed tvN drama Stranger, also known as Secret Forest.
He then appeared as the hilarious drug addict in Wise Prison Life known as “Looney.” His scenes with Park Ho-san are the funniest in this series.
Where you might have seen this oppa? He recently impressed the viewers with his soul-stirring acting in Hi Bye, Mama.
Did you know that Lee Kyu-hyung actually appeared in Goblin? Yep, he played the cheating and abusive husband of one the ghosts in Episode 11.
❤ Kang Hong-suk
Kang Hong-suk has the gift of making every character he plays endearing.
Where you might have seen this oppa? He made us love him as Secretary Yang in What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, where he gave us the now famous “cola/soda confession.”
He’s now appearing in The King: Eternal Monarch as the precious Michael Jang.
Kang Hong-suk oppa also participated in Welcome to Waikiki.
❤ To cap it off, here’s Kang Hong-suk’s performance in the King of Masked Singer.
I hope you enjoyed this top 10, read our other lists!
~ Tipsy Ahjumma