Isekai Romance is a genre that has found itself a large and steady fanbase in the manhwa community.
With beautifully drawn characters and thrilling romantic plots, isekai romance manhwa usually involves a fantasy world full of noble families and magic. Most of them are also adapted from popular Korean webnovels.
In this article, we have listed the best isekai romance manhwa that will definitely have you swooning!
Best Isekai Romance Manhwa
15. Miss Not-So Sidekick
- Story by Ellianyang
- Art by Yumyum
Hyejung is an ordinary woman obsessed with a super popular romance novel. One day as she is waiting for its latest chapter, she finds herself transported to a mysterious world. It turns out that she has transmigrated to the world of her beloved novel. However, she is not the heroine, or even a supporting character. Instead she finds herself as Latte Ectrie, a background character with almost no role in the plot.
Latte accepts her new role and chooses to enjoy seeing the events of the story unfold. She also makes a fortune by writing BL novels. But unknown to her, her writing changes things in this fantasy world. As a result, many of the male leads get interested in her. Drawn in a cute style and with a funny and wholesome protagonist, Miss Not-So Sidekick is a delightful read that entertains to the fullest.
⦁ A lighthearted story of romance and comedy.
⦁ It is drawn in a cute and eccentric art style.
⦁ Perfect for fans of wholesome love stories.
14. 50 Tea Recipes from the Duchess
- Story by Jiha Lee
- Art by Hyunyoung Cho
Park Hajeong, an ordinary Korean woman, is reincarnated as Duchess Chloe Battenberg, a noble lady in a historical fantasy world. However, her new life is far from a fairytale. The soft and simple Lady Chloe is mocked by everyone around her, from servants to snobby nobles. Even her husband treats her coldly. But our heroine refuses to stay still and decides to change the terrible circumstances of her new life.
She uses her business skills from her past life, as well as her excellent tea recipes, to win the hearts of the people around her. Her dull marriage also takes a turn for the better. 50 Tea Recipes from the Duchess is a sweet and wholesome story filled with adorable moments and characters. It is perfect for anyone looking for a lighthearted isekai romance.
⦁ A simple and sweet love story.
⦁ It has a charming main character.
⦁ Recommended for those who like wholesome romantic plots.
13. What it Takes to be a Villainess
- Story by Sola
- Art by Min (REDICE)
When her boyfriend cheats on her with her best friend, the heartbroken Hwayoung falls into the Han River by accident. But instead of dying, she finds herself reborn in the body of Satiana Kaylon, a villainous noble lady. As she slowly adjusts to her new life, Satiana is chosen as a candidate to become the next Empress of the kingdom. She enters the palace to protect her newfound family, navigating a court full of schemes and manipulation.
In order to achieve her goals, she chooses to be a ruthless and cunning villainess. But as she tries to win her place by the Crown Prince’s side, she realises that even villains can fall in love. With a well paced plot and interesting characters, What it Takes to be a Villainess is an enjoyable isekai romance manhwa.
⦁ It has a strong-willed and smart main character.
⦁ The plot is a perfect combination of romance and drama.
⦁ Appeals to fans of villainess isekai manhwa.
12. The Tyrant’s Only Perfumer
- Story by Fairy Dragon
- Art by Team DEAD SHELL
In modern times, a young woman dies of a fatal disease. But she soon wakes up in the body of Ariel Winston, a character in a fantasy novel she had read before her death. Unfortunately, Ariel is the villainess of the novel who eventually dies. Refusing to give in to death in her second life, our protagonist tries to change the original plot.
She breaks up with the male lead Cedric Evans, who was dating her only because of her role as his perfumer. Cedric suffers from a condition that makes him bloodthirsty unless he smells a certain scent, which is why he needed Ariel. However, he is suddenly reluctant to let Ariel go, and thus unfolds a tale of swoon-worthy romance between a tyrant and his perfumer.
⦁ It has a beautiful art style.
⦁ The main couple has great chemistry.
⦁ Recommended for fans of fantasy romance.
11. For My Derelict Favourite
- Story by Kim Seonyu and Ryuho
- Art by Kimyong
When a girl falls asleep while reading her favourite novel, she wakes up as an extra in that very fantasy world. The name of the character she has been reincarnated as is Hestia, and she is happy to fangirl from the sidelines. However, she does not go back to her own world when the novel ends. Instead, she watches her favourite character, the second male lead, die a tragic and painful death.
In anger and disbelief, she wishes for her beloved character to be saved, and wakes up in the past. This time around, Hestia is determined to change the course of the story and save her ill-fated favourite. Cunning and charming, Hestia wins over our hearts as she fights for her favourite and writes her own destiny.
⦁ The female lead is determined and smart.
⦁ Perfect for those who like second male leads.
⦁ It has a unique plot and well written characters.
10. Flirting With the Villain’s Dad
- Story by Dalseul
- Art by Via
The ordinary protagonist of this manhwa is reborn in her favourite novel. While she is thrilled to be in this fantasy world, she soon realises that her character, Princess Yerenika of Livovny, is supposed to die at the hands of the novel’s villain. However, since the main plot is still 20 years away, Yerenika decides to take matters in her own hand and prevent her tragic end.
She sets out to make the villain’s father fall in love with her, so that the villain is never born at all. Full of comic moments and plenty of romance, Flirting With the Villain’s Dad is a delightful read that will definitely make you fall in love with its charming characters.
⦁ It has a lot of comic moments that entertain to the fullest.
⦁ The art style is cute and vibrant.
⦁ Perfect for fans of romantic comedies and cute heroines.
9. Is it a Fortune or is it a Woe
- Story by Noh Hueda
- Art by Eunren
Is it a Fortune or is it a Woe follows a girl who is transported to the world of a fantasy novel. She becomes the noble Lady Dillion, whose beloved sister is supposed to marry the male lead and die in childbirth. Dillion refuses to let her younger sister die in such a fashion, and does her best to prevent her marriage to the male lead. Ultimately, she herself ends up marrying him to alter her sister’s fate.
Dillion is well aware that the original heroine of the novel will show up soon, and her husband will eventually fall in love with her. But things do not quite go as she predicts, and her marriage of convenience soon develops into something more. Full of comedic and wholesome moments and charming characters, this manhwa is the perfect entertainer!
⦁ The protagonist is very funny and charming.
⦁ The plot has plenty of comedy and romance.
⦁ Appeals to readers looking for a sweet romantic comedy.
8. Father, I Don’t Want This Marriage
Story by Heesu Hong, Art by Roal
An average modern-day woman finds herself in the body of Juvelian Eloy Floyen, the villainess of a story she had once read. Misunderstood and abandoned, Juvelian had killed herself as a last resort in the original novel. The new Juvelian is determined to change her fate, and she begins by breaking up with her treacherous fiancee. However, her father tries to find her a new suitor, and this sets into motion a series of comic events.
She finds herself involved with her father’s handsome disciple, who is actually the crown prince. Her father’s growing affection for her also confuses her, although it looks like he is hiding a secret of his own. The plot of this manhwa is quite unique, being unpredictable and funny, yet with some dark undertones. The art is beautiful and dazzling, while the dynamic between the three main characters is both charming and comic. All these factors make Father, I Don’t Want This Marriage an absolute fan favourite!
⦁ The artwork is very beautiful.
⦁ Explores a wholesome father-daughter relationship in addition to the romance.
⦁ The plot is full of comedy and romance but also has dark undertones.
7. Death is the Only Ending for the Villainess
- Story by Gyeoeul Gwon
- Art by SUOL
The main character of this manhwa is transported to the world of a dating simulation game that she had been playing. However, the game has two modes- the easy mode with the loveable heroine of the story, and the hard mode with the misunderstood villainess Penelope Eckart. Unfortunately, our protagonist is in the body of the villainess, and it seems like every decision brings her closer to her death.
With multiple male leads and an unpredictable storyline, Penelope does her best to survive in this game world of limited choices and hard tests. Every chapter of this story is a rollercoaster of emotions, with characters and circumstances never in favour of Penelope. But readers will definitely find themselves rooting for the strong-willed heroine and hoping that she gets her happy ending.
⦁ Appeals to fans of dating simulation games.
⦁ It has a strong-willed female lead.
⦁ The plot is dark and full of twists and turns.
6. The Way to Protect the Female Lead’s Older Brother
- Story by Baek Jiyeon and Kin
- Art by Juniljus
This manhwa follows a girl who transmigrates into the world of a reverse harem novel. She is reborn as Roxana Agriche, the older sister of one of the novel’s male leads. Full of dark secrets and dangerous people, the Agriche household is no easy place to survive. Our protagonist is also aware that she is fated to die in the course of the story. Bold and cunning, Roxana realises that her best chance at survival is to save the female lead’s older brother, thus disrupting the main plot.
The art style is beautiful yet dark, and the plot is full of twists and turns. Romance, politics, drama and magic intertwine in this thrilling fantasy manhwa that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. But most of all, Roxana is surely one of the most interesting protagonists in the isekai romance genre.
⦁ It has a manipulative and cunning heroine.
⦁ Perfect for fans of dark fantasy and magic.
⦁ The art style is beautiful and captivating.
5. Doctor Elise
- Story by Yuin
- Art by mini
- Also known as: Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady With The Lamp
Dr. Song is a talented young professor at the College of Medicine in Korea. But in her past life, she was the bratty Princess Elise who led to the downfall of her own kingdom because of her self-centred nature. When Dr. Song drowns in her present life, she is reincarnated back as Elise. This time around, she is determined to change the course of events and save her kingdom.
She uses her knowledge of medicine from her life as Dr. Song to take care of other people. This eventually warms the hearts of those around her, and she transforms from a good-for-nothing princess to a loveable one. With beautifully drawn characters and plenty of romance, Doctor Elise: The Royal Lady With The Lamp is a great read.
⦁ The protagonist is very talented and kind.
⦁ It is drawn in a bright and pretty style.
⦁ Recommended for readers looking for a sweet yet interesting romance.
4. Author of My Own Destiny
- Story by Furik and Winterleaf
- Art by Jeokbal
Fiona Green is the final boss of the fantasy novel “The Emperor and the Saint.” An evil mage with immense powers, she was destined to die at the hands of the story’s main couple. However, the author of this story wakes up in the very world of her creation one day, that too as a thirteen-year-old Fiona. Mistreated by her family, she is sent off to the battlefield at this tender age, and manages to survive only because of her magical powers.
In a twist of fate, Fiona comes across the male lead Siegren during the battle, and decides to save him. He slowly warms up to her, and as they grow up together they become the best of friends. However, she is unaware that Siegren has also fallen in love with her, and thus the original heroine has no place in his heart. Author of My Own Destiny is a fun and engaging tale of romance, magic and fantasy that is sure to charm any reader.
⦁ The heroine is an extremely powerful mage.
⦁ It has many elements of magic and fantasy.
⦁ Appeals to fans of the best friends to lovers trope.
3. Why Raeliana Ended Up at the Duke’s Mansion
- Story by Milcha
- Art by Gorae
- Also Known As: The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke’s Mansion
Eunha Park, a woman residing in modern Seoul, is mysteriously killed. However, she wakes up in the body of Raeliana Macmillan, a minor character in a fantasy novel. Raeliana is fated to die at the hands of her greedy fiance even before the main plot starts. But being given a second chance at life, our heroine refuses to stay still. She breaks her engagement and enlists the help of the male lead, Duke Noah Wynknight, to ensure her survival.
Raeliana and the Duke enter into a fake engagement to ward off her fiance. Raeliana promises to help the Duke with certain political affairs in exchange. This is because she has valuable information about many things, having read the novel in her previous life. Raeliana and the charming yet cold Noah eventually fall in love with each other in this tale of romance and drama. This manhwa was also adapted into an anime in 2023 due to its immense popularity, making it a must-read for any fan of the genre.
⦁ It has a bright female lead and a cold male lead who have the perfect chemistry.
⦁ The plot is well-paced and full of romantic moments.
⦁ Perfect for those starting out with the isekai romance genre.
2. How to Get My Husband on My Side
- Story by Spice&Kitty
- Art by Siru
After an unexpected helicopter accident, the protagonist of this manhwa is transported to the world of a novel she had once read. She is reborn as Rubeckia de Borgia, the villainess of the book “Sodom and the Holy Grail.” Centred around the corruption of the clergy in a historical era, the novel chronicles the fall of the notorious Pope Borgia. Rubeckia, or Ruby, is his youngest daughter, fated to die at the hands of her husband.
Unlike many isekai series, the fantasy world our protagonist comes to inhabit is gritty and dark. Her abusive family members torture her regularly and treat her like a pawn, especially her obsessive older brother Caesar. What makes matters worse is that she was similarly traumatised in her previous life. Determined to change her fate this time, Ruby tries to make her husband fall in love with her. Stoic and cold at first, he slowly opens up to Ruby in this thrilling tale of romance, fantasy and drama. This manhwa is quite sad and dark at times, but the beautiful art style and gripping plot make it a must-read for any fan of isekai romance.
⦁ The plot is dark and gritty, but there are many cute and funny moments as well.
⦁ The main character is strong despite the trauma she has suffered.
⦁ Recommended for fans looking for a romance fantasy plot with beautiful artwork.
1. The Villainess is a Marionette
- Story by Yi-Rim Han
- Art by Manggle (Dokjeom)
Cayena is the villainess of the novel “The Black Rose Lady.” Used as a puppet by those around her, the beautiful Princess Cayena meets a tragic end. The protagonist of this manhwa is a modern day woman who feels that her life is similar to Cayena, since they are both used by other people. And one day when she is stabbed by a mysterious figure, she wakes up as Cayena.
In this new life, Cayena is determined to escape her original fate. She chooses to pave her own destiny, dealing with her evil half-brother Rezef in a court full of treachery and lies. She also grows close to the male lead Raphael, who eventually begins to fall in love with her. This manhwa is a perfect mix of romance and drama, with a gorgeous art style that can make any reader fall in love!
⦁ The art style is absolutely gorgeous.
⦁ The heroine uses her intelligence to navigate a world full of lies and treachery.
⦁ Perfect for those looking for a villainess manhwa with an engaging romantic plot.
Our list ends with this! We hope you enjoy our manhwa recommendations, and please let us know your favourites from the list!