K-drama references,cameos and crossovers in other K-dramas

Okay, so I decided to make this post because it was mentioned somewhere else. I don’t really remember my own experiences with K-dramas referencing other K-dramas, so I looked for them over the internet and added them here. If you have one to add, leave it in the comments below.

And just to clarify here are the differences of a reference, crossover and cameo. A REFERENCE is when a drama features a scene related to another drama series; which can be a direct quote from another drama, a scene from another drama, a picture from another drama, a remark that the current character resembles a character (name or job) they played in another drama or even a character from another drama played by the same actor. A CROSSOVER is when characters from one drama are featured in another drama as the same character for a FULL episode or more. A CAMEO is when an actor is featured in a drama because he knows the director, lead actor or played a character from another drama with them or as themselves for a SCENE or couple of scenes not the full episode.

  • Korean Drama:
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama:
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: SKJ painted a picture of ?? actress from ??.
  • Type: REFERENCE
  • Korean Drama: Crash Landing On You
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama: Memories of the Alhambra
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: Hyun Bin’s character was intensely playing that online game while the background music of Memories of the Alhambra was on.
  • Type: REFERENCE
  • Korean Drama: My Love From The Stars
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama: Dream High
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: small Dream High reunion
  • Type: CROSSOVER
  • Korean Drama:
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama: Bad Guys
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: prisoner in jail was the actor/character from Bad Guys drama. The main actor was also a character from Bad Guys drama that interacted with the prisoner.
  • Type: CAMEO
  • Korean Drama: Weightlifting Fairy KBJ
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama: W
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: Lee Jongsuk makes a cameo (since he’s good friends with Lee Sungkyung & the show is in same broadcast channel as his drama, W). He was introduced as national shooter, Jongsuk. Sunbae at KBJ’s university & they played the W theme song during his scene. Her uncle even made a pun saying that he looked like a manhwa character (in W he was a manhwa character) Fun point to note too, was that the actor playing KBJ’s uncle also acted in W as a colleague of the female lead.
  • Type: CAMEO
  • Korean Drama: Romance is a Bonus Book
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama: I Can Hear Your Voice
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description: there was a scene in which his boss (@ a publishing company) was thinking to himself why a certain employee was hired and he looked at LJS. LJS then replied with his eyes (+ narration that she was hired because of you, boss) and the boss was shocked, replying in his mind: You can hear my voice? (Referencing his hit drama I can hear your voice whereby LJS plays a student who can read minds haha)
  • Type: REFERENCE
  • Korean Drama: Hotel Del Luna
  • Episode: 2
  • Referenced Korean Drama: None
  • Episode reference: None
  • Scene/Description: Lee Joon Gi made an appearance as a Priest in this drama because he knows IU and played in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo with her.
  • Type: CAMEO
  • Korean Drama: Descendants of the Sun
  • Episode: 2?
  • Referenced Korean Drama: None
  • Episode reference: None
  • Scene/Description: Yoo Ah In played a bank clerk using his real name because he knows Song Joong-Ki.
  • Type: CAMEO
  • Korean Drama:
  • Episode:
  • Referenced Korean Drama:
  • Episode reference:
  • Scene/Description:
  • Type:

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