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30 Best Historical Korean Dramas To Watch: The Drama Of Legends




Updated on: 01/09/2022

Korea has always been a nation with a deep and intricate history. The treasure trove of legends and fairy tales leaves behind numerous ideas for series. The colorful and vibrant cinematography in period dramas is otherworldly. The traditional hanboks and mannerisms, showcase the culture and their origins in purely entertaining ways. Here are 30 Historical Korean dramas for you to watch. Find yourself a drama for you to immerse yourself into.

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30 Best Historical Korean Dramas To Watch

Faith30. Faith

Aired: Aug 13, 2012- Oct 30, 2012

Cast: Kim Hee-sun, Lee Min-ho, Ryu Deok-Hwan, Park Se-young, Yoo Oh-sung


This drama starring Lee Min-ho and Kim Hee-sun is based on time travel. Lee min-ho plays Choi-young, who is the general of the king of Goryeo. He travels through time, to get a legendary doctor, for the princess who was hurt during an attack. However, the plastic surgeon Yoo Eun-soo (Kim Hee Sun) is abducted and forcefully brought for treatment of the princess. Stuck in the past, she starts to live her life in the Goryeo period. The drama takes a twist when she finds out that she is not the first doctor who time-traveled. Stuck between the greedy nobles and royalty, the doctor, and generally develop a friendship in the sweetest way possible.  The character arch in this historical drama is well planned and natural. Cinematography and believable sets make this drama particularly pleasing. This historical Korean drama is a definite recommend and a must-watch for any historic romance enthusiast.

29. Hwarang

Aired: Dec 19,2016-Feb 21, 2017

Cast: Park Seo-Joon, Go Ah-Ra, Park Hyung-Shik


This drama starring Park Seo-Joon and Go-Ara is a great-watch for history drama enthusiasts. This tale of flower knights or poet warrior revolves around the power-hungry officials and the desperate but intelligent queen. Stuck in the middle, the children of these officials are forced to join the new flower knight for protection of the unknown king. This drama of friendship, trust, and love evolves beautifully with the men’s personalities, to become a great plotline. Childish brawls, jealousy, and unwavering faith between brothers and friends form a solid foundation for this drama. Although the romance between the leads is shown importance, the struggles and maturation of these knights take the highlight. The storyline is littered with unexpected twists to keep you on edge throughout the historical Korean drama. Armed with talented and up-coming actors, the drama will surely sweep you off your knees.

My Only Love Song - historical korean drama28. My Only Love Song

Aired: Jun 9, 2017

Cast: Gong Seung-Yeon, Lee Jong-hyun


My only love song is a time-travel fantasy drama set in the Goguryeo period. The sassy and arrogant singer Song Soo-Jung goes back in time while driving a van. The singer who used to be money biased learns and matures through hardships she experienced in the past. The male lead On Dal, money-driven but kindhearted, makes a significant impact on the growing character of the singer. This drama adds humor into the plot seamlessly. Although set in the Goguryeo era, the new-age cliché and knick-knacks are effortlessly integrated into the plot. The trio, Song Soo-Jung, On dal, and the manager’s budding relationship takes the lead in the storyline. The natural and smooth chemistry between the main leads makes the historical Korean drama flow at a good pace, a hold it has over other dramas. It is worth mentioning that Gong Seung Yeon, who plays Song Soo-Jung, did an exceptional job.

Moon Lovers27. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo-

Aired: Aug 29, 2016-Nov 1, 2016

Cast: Lee Joon-gi, IU, Kang Ha-neul, Hong Jong-hyun


Starring Lee Joon-ge and IU as the main leads this political romance drama is an exceptional choice for first-timers. The drama has an addition of excellent supporting actors with great talent. Go Ha-jin, played by IU, has a time-slip during an eclipse. She is transported back to the Goryeo dynasty era, where she is stuck. The developing love triangle becomes complicated and extremely bearing when many of the princes fall for her charms. The broad spectrum of character profiles present in the drama is well appreciated. The romance in the drama is sweet and touching in many ways. However, the drama reels in on the brotherhood of the princes and how the title of the crown affects it. Even though the drama has a sad ending, it still leaves us with an unquestionable longing for more. This series, which would make you want more, is a masterpiece in itself.

Arang and the Magistrate - korean drama with non-human main characters26. Arang and the Magistrate

Aired: Aug 15, 2012-Oct 18, 2012

Cast: Lee Joon-gi, Shin Min-ah


Arang and the magistrate is a fantasy period drama with loads of romance. The historical Korean drama revolves around Kim Eun-oh (Lee Joon-gi) and his quest for his lost mother. The female lead Shin Min-ah plays perfectly, the role of a ghost who last her memories. The encounter of the two and the eventual team-up results in the progress of the series. This drama has an exceptional casting and an equally fantastic plotline. Although this drama is folklore-inspired, it beautifully transitions into a commercial getaway. This highest-selling series of MBC is a must-watch. The chemistry between the main leads exceeds expectations in many episodes. The growth of characters and the humor that ensues is a treat to watch. The natural storyline and believable fantasy elements make the drama an enjoyable refreshment. Seeking to uncover the many hidden truths, this drama will eventually rope you in for a roller-coaster ride.

The Scholar Who Walks The Night25. The scholar who walks the night

Aired: Jul 8, 2015-Sep 10, 2015

Cast: Lee Joon-gi, Lee Yoo-bi, Shim Chang-min, Lee Soo-hyuk, Kim So-Eun


This fantasy horror series emphasis a vampire based legend. The typical vampire rivalry is portrayed exceptionally and in-depth in this drama. Apart from the cliché actions of the hero vampire, the drama takes on the political aspects of the Joseon era. The leads, Lee Joon-gi and Lee Yoo-bi, wonderfully portray their respective roles. Vampire Kim sung-yeol, to fight the evil power-driven Gwi by hiring the cross-dressing Lee Yoo-Bi. Their first brawls turn into gradual romance in a smooth curve. Lee Soo-hyuk, who plays the antagonist Gwi, does a fantastic job. Armed with great supporting actors, this drama has a great ending and progression. However, a few of the episodes in the series feels like a drag. This fault, is in fact, masked entirely by the ending and further progression of these episodes. All-in-all the drama pleasant to watch and experience as a historical Korean drama enthusiast.

Kim Soo Ro - The Iron King - Historical korean drama24. Kim Soo-Ro: The Iron King

Aired: May 29, 2010-Sep 18, 2010

Cast: Ji Sung, Seo Ji-Hye, Kang Byul, Go Joo-won, Bae Jong-ok, Yoo Oh-sung


The drama iron prince spins the real-life story of the first emperor into a commercialized and well-developed plot. This series follows the lead Kim Su-ro played by the talented performer Ji Sung. His charismatic acting in this drama is particularly phenomenal. The drama also stars Seo Ji-Hye as an Indian princess, Heo Hwang-ok, the female lead. This political-romance series does not hold back when packing a punch. The talent of a hardworking student and the true knowledge cannot be used against you. This drama reflects the saying in an accurate way. The guidance of Hwang-ok and her experience proves to be a backbone in the formation of the kingdom. However, her presence in political matters does not sit well with the officials and creates back-leash. Will love and true talent win in the end? Watch this drama to find out.

Secret Door - historical korean drama23. Secret door

Aired: Sept 22, 2014- Dec 9, 2014

Cast: Han Seok-kyu, Lee Je-hoon


This drama, Han Seok-kyu and Lee Je Hoon are one of the best political dramas. The king Yeong Jo and the crown prince Sa Do, and their constant conflicts make up the plot. The difference in their political out-view forces you to choose sides. However, their exceptional acting skills makes this decision a hard one. Both the well-toned actors do an excellent job in their respective roles. The supporting actors also do a good job. The power-hungry Yeong-jo and the generous and kind Sa Do, make up for the main plot of the story. This difference in their principles leads them to be at each other’s throat constantly. Although the two share a father-son relationship, the royal matters are taken in full seriousness. This showcases the length to which royals has to go, to ensure proper governing. The strong nature of the crown prince makes him a worthy king.

My Sassy Girl22. My sassy girl

Aired: May 29, 2017- Jul 18, 2017

Cast: Joo Won, Oh Yeon-Seo, Lee Jung-shin, Kim Yoon-Hye


My sassy girl is the remake of the 2008 drama of the same name. This rom-com is set in the Joseon period, unlike its original. The drama depicts the relation of the relation between the scholar Hyun woo and Princess Hye Myung. Played by Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo, respectively, this series is undoubtedly one of its kind.  The drama has lovely cinematography. Its use of fashionable clothing, in the historical period, gains a lot of eye-turning. Its lighthearted humor and fun storyline overshadow the political part of the series. This historical drama specializes in its wonderful acting by both the leads and the supporting actors. The side characters also play a pivotal role in the series, forming firm bases for humor. Petty politics and royal decree makes the drama take a detour. This well balanced and lighthearted drama is a delight to watch.

Love in the moonlight - historical korean drama21. Love In The Moonlight

Aired: Aug 22,2016-Oct 18,2016

Cast: Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-Jung, Jung Jin-young, Kwank Dong-Yeon


Struggling to make ends meet, Hong Ra-on cross-dresses to make a living on the market scene. She does a job in transcribing and selling books. On her endeavor to make more money, she writes love letters for a nobleman to a girl, who is later revealed as the princess. The enraged prince, Lee young, arrests her, thinking she is the nobleman who writes those letters. The prince and the cross-dressing eventually develop a friendship, and many secrets start to be uncovered. Political complications and social-norms throw numerous hardships to the couple. Even though Lee Young and the Hong Ra-On fight hard to uncover separate truths and identities, they still have each other’s back. The love triangle and relational struggles make the drama commercial and fun. This historical Korean drama is cinematographically pleasing to watch, as many of the quality dramas. The smooth development of characters and the progression of the plot makes the drama a must-watch.

Hotel del Luna20. Hotel Del Luna

Aired: July 13, 2019- Sept 1, 2019

Cast: IU, Yeo Jin-goo


This drama has a parallel plot of historical essence. The Korean drama, set in modern times, is one of the most well-received dramas of 2019. This drama, pleasanter than other dramas, has exceptional aesthetics throughout the storyline. The story of Ma-wol’s past is set in the Joseon era. Her gradual character growth in her past sheds new light on her decisions. The perfect plotline and the bittersweet ending gives a great touch to the series. Friendship and care give her a softer shade. The misunderstandings and emotional struggles we go through at a time will affect our well-being if not controlled. However, this cannot be an excuse for the actions you commit during your trauma. This is exactly what she goes through in this series. What exactly could her sin be? Is it so bad she had to go through so many years of penance? Watch the drama to find out.

100 Days My prince19. 100 days my prince

Aired: Sept 10,2018- Oct 30, 2018

Cast: Do Kyung-soo/DO, Nam Ji-Hyun, Kim Sun-ho


This drama starring DO and Nam Ji-Hyun is a romantic political drama set in the Joseon era. The cold but intelligent DO plays as Lee Yool, the crown prince. Suffering from amnesia from a fatal attack, he forgets his identity completely. He is forced to marry Hong-shim, due to the recently passed law. Lee-yool goes through experiences and uncovers truths while struggling to get back his identity. The love that blossoms between the newly married couple is endearing to watch. Kim Seon-ho, who plays Jong Jae-yoon, also falls in love with Hong-shim, making things complicated. However, Hong-shim, who is also hiding a lot of secrets, is forced to make a difficult choice between her husband and brother. Giving various essence to this series, the romance, brotherly love, and duty towards the nation play equally vital roles. This wonderfully executed historical Korean drama is worth the watch, keeping up with its rival dramas.

Empress Ki - historical korean drama18. Empress Ki

Aired: Oct 28,2013- Apr 29, 2014

Cast: Ha Ji-won, Ji Chang-wook, Joo Jin-mo


This historical drama is based on Empress Gi. Set in China, this Korean drama depicts the life of a girl in Goryeo who goes through hardships. Throughout these struggles, she gains power and friendship, which makes her the empress of china. The series has been a massive success in the industry, especially abroad. Ha Ji-won has done a phenomenal job in portraying the girl with a golden fate. This female-centered drama, like other Korean dramas, does not hold back in its male casting either. Actors such as Ji Chang-wook and Joo Jin-moo also play a vital role here. The love triangle that occurs between the three is heartbreaking and sad to watch. The repeated assaults of twist and turns in this drama leaves you wanting for more. Although the series is 50 episodes long, the events and plot progression keep you hooked till the end.

Kingdom of the wind - historical korean drama17. Kingdom of the wind

Aired: Sept 10, 2008- Jan 15, 2009

Cast: Song Il-gook, Choi Jung-won, Jung Jin-young, Park Gun-Hyung


This drama is based on the real-life character of Mu Hyul, the third king of Goguryeo. Song II Gook, who plays the role of Mu Hyul, does a fantastic job. He depicts the role of the prince in a wonderfully narrative manner. After being abandoned by his parents, Mu Hyul grows as a commoner under the guidance of Hye Ap. A series of events leads to Mu Hyul to believe that Yu Ri, his father, is terrible. Wanting revenge, he trains with the elite force with great vigor. Will he succeed in his endeavor? Or will the truth he knows is not the truth at all? This historical drama is exceptional with its storyline and narrative. The progress of the drama takes a natural pace so that viewers can understand the plot easily. Prophecies can come true, but changes may also happen. This series serves as a perfect example of this.

Time Slip Dr Jin - historical korean drama16. Time Slip Dr.Jin

Aired: May 26, 2012-Aug 12, 2012

Cast: Lee Bum-soo, Lee So-yeon, Song Seung-Heon, Kim Jae-joong, Park Min-young


Song Seung-heon plays the role of Jin Hyuk, a talented doctor with a cold demeanor. This perfectionist travels back in time after a medical procedure. The progression of the drama takes a turn when he meets Young-Rae, played by Park Min-Young. She not only is a look-alike to his girlfriend but also has similar characteristics. This series gives vital importance to the development of Jin-hyuk’s character in the past. While solving many hardships he faces during his times in the past, Jin-hyuk develops a caring relationship with Young-rae. However, her being engaged to Kim Kyung-tak bothers him, as she doesn’t love him. Being careful of his actions in the past, he has to endure many stressful situations on his own. Even though being with extreme talent, he learns that being humane and civil is more important in life. This time-travel drama takes you on a beautiful adventure, just like other historical Korean dramas.

15. Iljimae

Aired: May 21, 2008-Jul 24, 2008

Cast: Lee Joon-gi, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Young-ah, Park Shi-hoo


This classic robin-hood storyline is made into a historic political makeover in this drama. The main cast in this series, Lee Joon-gi, and Han Hyo-joon does a stellar performance. The jovial and fun-loving hooligan does his job to his best in the market place. However, it is at night that he transforms into the robin-hood who steals from the wealthy nobility. A son avenging his father’s murder, he is restless in searching for the object, which would give him a clue. Meanwhile, Eun-chan, who is the daughter of a nobility he robbed from, develops a crush on him. Bloomed from her inspiration for his stealth and power to do what he wants, it develops into a crush. The relation which blooms after that between Geom and her gives the drama a refreshing touch. Littered with politics and numerous secrets that need to be uncovered, this drama is an enclave for enthusiasts.

The Emperor - Owner of the mask14. The emperor: Owner of the mask

Aired: May 10, 2017-Jul 13,2017

Cast: Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun, L, Yoon So-hee


Strewn with a political ensemble and complicated romance, this drama takes us for a journey into the Joseon era. The power behind the royal throne and the influences of wealthy nobles are highlighted perfectly here. The romantic side-plot in this series is given equal importance naturally. The complicated love story between the crown prince Lee Sun and Han Ga-eun is heartwarming to watch. Torn between her need for revenge for her father’s murder and her blossoming love, she struggles a lot. Politics in this drama revolves around the way royals are treated as puppets by the nobility. The series of events force the crown prince to prove and fight for his love and duty. This helps in showcasing the character’s depth to a great length.  The amazing cast Yoo Seung-ho is the crown prince and Kim So-hyun, as his love interest makes for a backup for the fantastic storyline.

Sungyukwan Scandal - historical korean drama13. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Aired: Aug 30, 2010- Nov 2, 2010

Cast: Park Yoo-chun, Park Min-young, Song Joong-ki, Yoo Ah-in


This historical fictional drama emphasizes the gender privilege and unfair treatment of women scholars. In the time where women were not allowed to become scholars, the female lead, Kim Yoon-hee, to makes her own choice. Disguising as her brother Kim Yoon-shik, she takes the national exam to save her family’s poor lifestyle. She takes care of her family and sick brother after her father dies. This decision, however, makes for a path filled with hurdles for herself. Befriending her colleges and fellow students, she starts to become comfortable in her journey. This female-centered drama does not hold back in casting wonderful actors as her companions. Park Yoo-chun and Song Joong-ki play the first and second lead in this drama. The cold demeanor of Le Sun-joon and the playboy character of Goo Yong-ha makes up for a refreshing combination. The historical Korean drama is, without a doubt, a must-watch among other dramas.

The flower in the prison - historical korean drama12. The flower in Prison

Aired: Apr 30, 2016- Nov 6, 2016

Cast: Jin Se-yeon, Go Soo, Jung Joon-ho


The flower in prison is a political and historical Korean drama. It highlights the human rights law, introduced in the Joseon era. Unlike other dramas, this female-centered series revolves around a girl born and brought up in prison. Her extensive knowledge through her companions and the experiences she goes through. The actress Jin Se-Yeon does a wonderful job, like in her other dramas, of portraying the role of an underprivileged girl. Her co-stars Go Soo and Jung Joon-ho does not hold back in awing the audience with their performances. This drama also introduces a slight romance between the main-leads, which comes as a perfect catalyst. Ok Nyeo, the female lead, fights for her cast’s rights and is successful. The struggles she goes through is natural and easy to empathize with. The intricate plot and seem-less progression of the plot make the drama worthy of your time. The way the narrative keeps us hooked leaves us wanting for more.

The Royal Gambler - Historical Korean Drama11. The Royal Gambler

Aired: Mar 28, 2016- Jun 14,2016

Cast: Jang Geun-suk, Yeo Jin-goo, Jeon Kwang Ryul, Choi Min-soo, Hong Ah-reum


This fictional historical Korean drama starring Jang Geun-suk and Yeo Jin-goo is one of a kind gambling treat. The play between the king and the best gambler in Joseon has high bets and loses Baek De-gil (Jang Geun-suk) does an exceptional job in portraying the life of a person who hides his sufferings. He uses his reputation and talent as the best gambler, to get his way. The king, Yeo Jo (Yeo Jin-goo), is a proud person. The open challenge enrages him. This series has light romance from Yeon Hwa (Hong Ah-reum). Each fighting for their principles, this drama depicts an epic fight between two equally talented individuals. The side-plot of Dam Seo (Im Ji-Yeom) also plays a vital role in the storyline. This historical Korean drama is for those who don’t care much about romance and just want a good plotline, and not contain the cliche like typical dramas.

Saimdang - Lights Diary10. Saimdang, Lights dairy

Aired: Jan 26, 2017- May 4, 2017

Cast: Lee Young-ae, Song Seung-heon, Oh Yoon-ah, Yoon Da-hoon.


The drama follows a history professor of modern-times, Seo Ji-yoon. She stumbles upon a secret diary, which dates back to 1504-1551. The journal is revealed to be of an artist and poet, Shin Shiamdang. Events that later entrails, shows her relation with another artist Lee Geom and Shiamdang. This drama perfectly illustrates the relationship, and many hardships the couple goes through. The drama which packs an essence of time-travel does not let you linger with its ever-progressing storyline. The natural course of the plot and a fantastic performance from the actors will keep you hooked. Song Seung-heon, who plays Lee Gyeom, does justice to his role. The relation between Shiamdang and Gyeom is multilayered, and each gives different essences to the plot. The bittersweet ending provides the drama with colors this historical Korean drama in soft hues. This historical fiction will become a series that is close to heart very soon. Just like other quality dramas.

The Rebel - The Thief Who Stole Peoples Hearts09. The rebel: The Thief who stole people’s heart

Aired: Jan 30, 2017- May 16, 2017

Cast: Yoon Gyun-sang, Chae Soo-bin, Kim Ji-suk, Lee Ha-nui, Shim Hee-sub


This historical Korean drama, like other dramas, has vast elements of various genres. The fantasy, political romance drama is one of a kind where the importance is given to the citizens. The bastard son of a nobleman, he lives a carefree and comfortable life. While his father struggles for his country and citizens, he cruises through his life effortlessly. His perspective, however, changes soon. He realizes his mistake and starts to care for his people. This entails in a fight, dominance of power, by both Hong Gil-dong and the King Yeonsan Gun. While one fights with the strength of people, the other uses royal entitlement. Gil-dong becomes a rebel who challenges the cruel, power-hungry monarchy by winning the hearts of people. This enables him to have massive followers. He reaches his goals by going through many losses. Real-life incidents turned into a commercial hit with the execution of this series, typical of Korean dramas.

Warrior Baeg Dong Soo - Historical Korean Drama08. Warrior Baek Dong Soo

Aired: Jul 4, 2011- Oct 10, 2011

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Yoo Seung-ho, Yoon So-yi, Shin Hyun-bin.


The drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo is about the royal guard. He is assigned the duty of protecting the king. This story progresses in such a way that it stands testament to true friendship and commitment. This action drama sheds an impressive light on martial arts and its creation. Although the plot itself progresses in a rather bizarre way, the performance makes up for it. The casting of Ji Chang-wook as Baek Dong-soo and Yoo Seung-ho as Yeo Woo is one of the best decisions. The equally beautiful music in this drama, like other dramas, makes a perfect companion for the plot. The child actors Yang Dong-Woo and Kim does a phenomenal job in capturing the hearts of viewers. The precise and impressive fights are a delight to watch anytime. Unlike other Historical Korean dramas, the scarce romance doesn’t compare to the bromance here, which is an absolute delight. This political drama considered a great emotional roller-coaster.

Queen For Seven Days07. Queen for seven days

Aired: May 31, 2017- Aug 3, 2017

Cast: Park Min-young, Yeon Woo-jin, Lee Dong-gun.


This real-life adaptation of the legendary queen is a fact-fiction. They have many elements to suit television audience without changing the storyline. However, fate intervenes with the life of three people, Shin Chae-kyung, Yi Yeok, and Yi Yoo. Unlike other historical Korean dramas, the couple struggle to openly display their feelings and to accept their love for each other is heartbreaking to watch. The queen holds the title for just seven days before getting dethroned. Since her fate and duty force her to turn against her loved ones in fatal ways. Testing the love that they share, and the struggles they go through are wonderfully executed. The acting and the stellar performance makes the drama a worthwhile watch. Park Min-young’s a strong female lead role and does justice to her tragic character. The politics in this drama are natural and easy to watch.

Tale of Nokdu - Historical Korean Drama06. Tale of Nokdu

Aired: Sept 30, 2019 – Nov 25, 2019

Cast: Jang Dong-yoon, Kim So-hyun, Kang Tae-oh.


This romantic comedy is one of a kind. This fictional plot set in the Joseon dynasty is a fun-filled ride to take. Jang Dong-yoon and Kim So-hyun do a phenomenal job in portraying their characters precisely. The chemistry between the duo is addictive and natural in a way. The secondary lead Kang Tae-oh also does a job worthy of mention. This adaptation from webtoon did justice to the series and retained the fans well. Dong Dong-joo, ginseng in training and Jeon Nok-du, a commoner, cross paths many times and get into an acquaintance. The relation they develop goes through many events that occur during the progression. Secrets and newfound identities threaten the innocence of the characters. The depth of personalities is evident in various contexts throughout the series. This series released in 2019 is so far the best for a lighthearted typical historical Korean drama. It portrays the essence of humor well with the Korean touch that the other comedy dramas possess.

Grand Prince05. Grand Prince

Aired: Mar 3, 2018-May 6,2018

Cast: Joo Sang-wook, Jin Se-yeon, Yoon Shi-yoon


Royals have a bed of roses filled with thrones. This historical Korean drama, like other dramas, depicts it perfectly. While shouldering the responsibility of the future king of the nation, the young prince Jin-yang, goes to live separately for training. His childhood, living without parental love, makes drastic influences on his current personality. While prince Eun Sung, who has no interest in the crown, leads a happy and loving childhood. The jealous personality of the crown prince leads to a rivalry between the brothers. This also affects the relationship he has with his parents. The brothers of polar opposite personalities compete to get what they want. While one focuses on revenge, the other focuses on peace. When Sung Ja Hyun enters into the plot, things take a quick turn. The formation of a love triangle and the hardships the female lead go through is wonderful. The amazingly directed series is for sure one-of-a-kind, among other dramas of this genre.

Gu Family Book04. Gu Family Book

Aired: Apr 8, 2013-Jun 25, 2013

Cast: Lee Seung-gi, Bae Suzy


This historic fantasy drama has Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy as the lead characters. They do a phenomenal job in their respective roles. Choi Kang-chi as the man who discovers his identity and Dam Yeo-wool girl who can have her own back. This historical fiction, based on the legend of gumiho, is one of a kind and entertaining to watch. Packing in a powerful punch, this drama emphasizes unbiased love and acceptance. The love between the half-human half-gumiho and the martial artist is natural to watch. Even though this historical drama has exceptional romance scenes, revenge, and plot take the spotlight. The supporting actors make the drama seamless and naturally smooth to watch. The bromance in this drama, no doubt, serves as the icing on the cake. Despite the complex and elaborate plot, the historical Korean drama cruses at a reasonable pace throughout the series, unlike other fast-paces dramas.

Mirror of the Witch - historical korean drama03. Mirror Of The Witch

Aired: May 13, 2016- Jul 16, 2016

Cast: Yoon Shi-yoon, Kim Sae-ron


Tragedy and Blackmagic is a vital spell cast in this drama. The royal maid, murdered while pregnant, places a curse on the queen. This results in the endless suffering of the twins born to her. the abandoned princess Seo-ri uses her born talent for witch magic to help the weak while living exiled in the forest. She is, one day, discovered by Heo jun. Played by Yoon shi-yoon, Heo jun perfectly encapsulates the role of an exceptional mastermind and a picturesque memory. Social hierarchy oppresses him. The duo, while yearning for social acceptance, bond in a powerful way. The gradual build of their relationship depends on their shared empathy. The romance in the series is a slow bloomer. However, continuous humor and smooth plot progression serve as an effective mask. This historical Korean drama, like other dramas, is notorious for casting spells on viewers, for keeping them coming.

Moon Embracing the Sun02. Moon Embracing the Sun

Aired: Jan 4, 2012 -Mar 15, 2012

Cast: Han Ga-in, Kim Soo-hyun, Jung Il-woo, Kim Min-seo


The drama revolves around romance and the political impact it has on the two involved. The couple goes through tremendous struggles to be together. The involvement of politics in every aspect of a royal’s life is evident throughout the series. Han Ga-in, who plays the female lead, does a good performance here. the crown prince courts her. Albeit, the queen, murders her. Although she later resurrects from death. However, she forgets her past and goes on exile with her childhood maiden. The smooth character development and progression of the plot make up for a well thought out series. This drama portrays love in different shades as well as brotherly love. The humor that ensues between the king and his bodyguard is a treat to look forward to. In conclusion, this historical Korean drama is a must-watch among other dramas.

Flower Crew - Joseon marriage agency01. Flower Crew: Joseon marriage agency

Aired: Sept 16,2019-Nov 5 2019

Cast: Kim Min-jae, Gong Seu-yeon, Seo Ji-hoon, Park Ji-hoon, Byun Woo-suk Go Won-hee


This romantic comedy focuses on the marriage agency in the Joseon period. The cast Kim Min-jae, Gong Seung-yoon, Seo Ji-hoon, Park Ji-hoon, and Byeon Woo-seok do an exceptional job. Running a marriage agency Ma Hoon, Go Young-soo, and Do Joon run into trouble when one of their clients turns into a king. This drama has exceptional cinematography and aesthetics. The performance of the crew makes the series flow naturally. The female lead, Gae-ttong, and her tomboyish personality make up for a refreshing change. Many humorous breakthroughs keep the series light and refreshing to watch. The flower crew’s reputation that the match made by them never separates is in line due to some events. Will they be able to fix this? Or will they fall into their fate and create something new? Watch the drama to find out. In other words, this drama is a lighthearted comedic relief and a stress-buster.

That marks the end of the list of historical Korean dramas for you to watch. I hope you have a wonderful time basking in the history and cultural norms of Hanguk. Through these strong cultural base, Korea has evolved into a much advanced and refined nation. Watch these upcoming Korean dramas to see more of this intricate foundation series.

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