10 Most Interesting Korean Historical Dramas

Małgorzata Stefanik 2020-09-09

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Drama South Korea 2016

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Drama South Korea 2016

  • Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
  • 7,2/10

1 season, 20 episodes

Set during the Silla dynasty, Sam Maekjong is the son of the fallen king and present queen regent, Jiso, but he has been kept in hiding for protection ever since he was a young boy, when his father was murdered. Over the years the powerful nobles have tried and failed to usurp power from Jiso, causing her to grow wary and later even reluctant to hand the throne over. As her son comes of age, she creates the Hwarang, an elite group of male youth who train in fighting and education. Their existence cuts across the existing power factions and Sam Maekjong is amidst their ranks under the false name Kim Ji-Dwi, unbeknownst to other Hwarang members.

Iljimae

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2008

Iljimae

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2008

  • Iljimae
  • 8,6/10

1 season, 20 episodes

Iljimae is a 2008 South Korean historical action television drama series, starring Lee Joon-gi in the title role of Iljimae, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Young-ah and Park Si-hoo. It is loosely based on a comic strip Iljimae, published between 1975 and 1977, by Ko Woo-yung that was based on a Chinese folklore from the Ming dynasty about a masked Robin Hood-esque character during the Joseon era. It was directed by Lee Yong-suk and produced by Chorokbaem Media. It aired on Seoul Broadcasting System from May 21 to July 24, 2008 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Queen For Seven Days

Drama South Korea 2017

Queen For Seven Days

Drama South Korea 2017

  • Queen For Seven Days
  • 6,3/10

1 season, 20 episodes

Marrying a king guarantees a turbulent life. Shin Chae Kyung is the daughter of a powerful politician during the Joseon Dynasty. She falls in love with Crown Prince Lee Yuk, who lives under the tyranny of his half-brother, King Yeon San Gun. When Lee Yuk rises to the throne and becomes King Jung Jong, Chae Kyung becomes Queen Dan Kyung, who becomes caught in the cross-fires of different political factions as well as the jealousies between the brothers. When Dan Kyung’s own father stages a coup against the king, Queen Dan Kyung is dethroned only after seven days and expelled from the palace. What will happen to the love between the king and queen when they can no longer be together?

The Tale of Nokdu

Comedy Drama South Korea 2019

The Tale of Nokdu

Comedy Drama South Korea 2019

1 season, 32 episodes

This romantic comedy drama set in the Joseon dynasty is about Jeon Nok-Du, a man who disguises as a woman to enter a mysterious women-only village, and Dong Dong-Ju, a young woman who does not want to become a gisaeng.

Love in the Moonlight

Comedy Drama Family War & Politics South Korea 2016

Love in the Moonlight

Comedy Drama Family War & Politics South Korea 2016

  • Love in the Moonlight
  • 7,1/10

1 season, 18 episodes

Hong Ra On, disguises herself as a man and counsels men on dating. Due to a love letter she wrote for a client, she meets Lee Young - future Crown Prince Hyomyeong. Hong Ra On is unaware that he is the Crown Prince and Lee Young is unaware that Hong Ra On is a woman. The Crown Prince becomes interested in Hong Ra On. His eunuchs become aware of this and attempt to get Hong Ra On to become one of them.

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

Drama South Korea 2019

Rookie Historian Goo Hae-Ryung

Drama South Korea 2019

1 season, 40 episodes

The story takes place at the beginning of the 19th century. Goo Hae-Ryung is a historian who tries to fight gender stereotypes as her work is often looked down on. She meets Prince Yi Rim.

  • #romance

  • #historical fiction

  • #joseon dynasty

The Crowned Clown

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

The Crowned Clown

Action & Adventure Drama South Korea 2019

1 season, 16 episodes

The story takes place at a time in Joseon history, when upheaval and power struggles surrounding the throne had reached extreme levels. In order to escape those who plan to assassinate him, the king puts a clown, who looks exactly like him, on the throne.

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

Kingdom

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery South Korea 2019

  • Kingdom
  • 8,1/10

2 seasons, 12 episodes

In this zombie thriller set in Korea's medieval Joseon dynasty, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak.

Empress Ki

Drama War & Politics South Korea 2013

Empress Ki

Drama War & Politics South Korea 2013

  • Empress Ki
  • 6,9/10

1 season, 51 episodes

The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, independent woman who goes to extreme lengths to protect those she loves.

  • #love

  • #battle

  • #goryeo dynasty

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Action & Adventure Drama Family Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics South Korea 2016

Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Action & Adventure Drama Family Sci-Fi & Fantasy War & Politics South Korea 2016

  • Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
  • 8,0/10

1 season, 20 episodes

When a total eclipse of the sun takes place, a 21st century woman, Go Ha Jin, is transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty of Korea. She wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Hae Soo, an aristocrat living with Lady Hae, her cousin who happens to be married to one of the sons of King Taejo. She soon befriends several of the princes, who find her carefree and exuberant attitude refreshing. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, as several of the Princes fall in love with her.

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