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K-drama Family Q&A: First K-Drama

We just wrapped up the Kpop Family Q&A, so why don't we get our Kdrama back in action too?

This week, I'll post 5 questions (once a day) so we can get to know each other better!

Let's go!

1. What was your first K-drama?


Mine was Boys Over Flowers :)

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City Hunter. Lee Minho is still my favorite
That's one of my favorite dramas too.
Boys Over Flowers! I love that drama!
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