IT HAS been a decade since the first wave of Korean dramas like Autumn in your Heart and Beautiful Days hit our shores, and they are still keeping Singaporeans glued.

Now with the advent of the Internet, viewers can catch the latest dramas as soon as an hour after they are aired in Korea. Avid fans even watch up to four shows at a time.

But unlike the melodramatic weepies like Winter Sonata and Stairway to Heaven that were a hit back then, love stories are now told in a lighter manner.

Romantic comedies starring good-looking actors such as Lee Min Ho in Personal Taste and Jang Geun Suk in You're Beautiful are the way forward for Korean dramas these days.

There's also an increasing number of K-pop stars who crossover into acting, like 2PM's Taecyeon and FT Island's Lee Hong Ki, who not only add eye candy and boyish charm to the dramas, they also pull their fangirls along as well.

K-dramas hotter than ever