K-dramas give tons of takeaways and motivation to make your life better, and plenty of these go around the theme of being poor and climbing the ladder of success.
These 5 Korean rags to riches series below will inspire us that, with hard work and perseverance, anybody can achieve their dreams.
“Goong S” (2007)
Choi Dong Wook and Heo Yi Jae
The royal family is in search for a new successor to marry the empress. The queen then discovered Lee Hoo (Se7en) and trained him to be the next member of the royal family. He is a delivery boy in a Chinese restaurant but little did they know that Lee Hoo is actually the prince’s son from a woman who left the palace to hide and keep her pregnancy. Lee Hoo is compelled to face the challenges of learning to live in politics and a life he is meant for.
“Shining Inheritance” (2009)
Han Hyo Joo and Lee Seung Gi
Go Eun Sung (Han Hyo Joo) became a nobody when her father died and her stepmother took over their assets. Adding to her agony is her younger brother who went missing. Despite it all, she never gives up and works hard to fulfill her dreams. Her life started to change when she helped an old woman who suffers from amnesia, and is actually a CEO of a food company. The old lady rewards her by making her the heir to her company.
“Birth of a Rich Man” (2010)
Ji Hyun Woo and Lee Bo Young
Choi Seok Bong (Ji Hyun Woo) livea in a small room on a rooftop. Despite life’s circumstances, he believes that he is an heir of a big conglomerate. He studied diligently and worked as a cleaner in the hotel. Through his struggle, he meets Lee Shin Mi (Lee Bo Young), a true daughter of a chaebol but never acts as one. With her help, he achieves his dreams in life.
“The Heirs” (2013)
Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye
Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho) was sent to the US to study but the truth behind it was his stepbrother is trying to take over the family’s business. Kim Tan meets Cha Eun Sang (Park Shin Hye) and falls in love with her. Little did he know that she is the daughter of his family’s housekeeper.
“The Crowned Clown” (2019)
Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Se Young
Ha Sun (Yeo Jin Goo) became an orphan at an early age and was adopted by a group of clowns. He grew up under their care and eventually became a clown himself. They travel around to perform until he is hired to impersonate the king to avoid assasination. When the King died, Ha Sun, with his great works, became the king.