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The 30 Best Korean Historical Dramas
Do you like watching Korean historical dramas? Here’s the list of top 30 best Korean historical dramas you should not ignore. These dramas are perfect both for those who are new to Korean period dramas and those who have already watched hundreds of them! Also, make sure you vote for your favorite series on the poll below. Let us know what dramas you like!
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Table of Contents
- My Sassy Girl (32 episodes)
- Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love (24 episodes)
- Lee San, Wind of the Palace (77 episodes)
- Dong Yi (60 episodes)
- Ruler: Master of the Mask (40 episodes)
- Sungkyunkwan Scandal (20 episodes)
- Scholar Who Walks the Night (20 episodes)
- Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (20 episodes)
- Jumong (81 episodes)
- Mirror of the Witch (20 episodes)
- Ilijimae (20 episodes)
- Faith (24 episodes)
- The Flower in Prison (51 episodes)
- Queen Seondeok (62 episodes)
- Shine or Go Crazy (24 episodes)
- The King in Love (40 episodes)
- Queen for Seven Days (20 episodes)
- King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang (108 episodes)
- Gunman in Joseon (22 episodes)
- The Princess' Man (24 episodes)
- Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People (30 episodes)
- Jewel in the Palace (54 episodes)
- Deep Rooted Tree (24 episodes)
- Six Flying Dragons (50 episodes)
- Gu Family Book (24 episodes)
- Empress Ki (51 episodes)
- Arang and the Magistrate (20 episodes)
- Love in the Moonlight (18 episodes)
- Moon Embracing the Sun (20 episodes)
- Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (20 episodes)
30. My Sassy Girl
This rom-com drama is loosely based on the 2001 movie of the same name that was extremely popular back then. This time the story doesn’t take place in modern times. As the majority of historical dramas, it’s set in the Joseon period. It certainly will be a fun watch for those who enjoy lighthearted rom-coms. The story itself isn’t unique, but what certainly sets this sageuk apart from other ones about Joseon era is its beautiful cinematography: the visuals and costuming are pretty impressive.
The light and fluffy series revolves around a sassy, troublemaker, rule-breaking Princess and a beloved and gifted scholar who is considered to be “Joseon’s national treasure”. Together they are eager to discover a mysterious secret that divided the royal family.
- Joo Won as Gyeon Woo
- Oh Yeon Seo as Princess Hye Myung
- Lee Jung Shin as Kang Joon Young
- Kim Yoon Hye as Jung Da Yeon
29. Jang Ok-Jung, Living by Love
This is the story about a cold, strong, sometimes even gritty king who follows his intellect, not his emotions and a beautiful but infamous concubine. Here Jang Hee Bin (Jang Ok Jung) isn’t portrayed as the evil woman in Joseon history known for her ambition to be queen but rather as the innocent victim of politics. You will definitely be entertained by the romance and all the difficulties that the common woman is trying to go through at the palace. So if you are ready to see Jang Ok Jung’s life from a new perspective, give this drama a shot!
- Kim Tae Hee as Jang Ok Jung
- Yoo Ah In as Lee Soon
- Hong Soo Hyun as Queen Inhyeon
- Jae Hee as Hyun Chi Soo
28. Lee San, Wind of the Palace
Lee San, Wind of the Palace, also known as Yi San, is an amazing story of hard-working King Jeongjo, who is remembered in history as a great ruler who loved his people with his very life. The drama revolves around his struggles to modernize the country and overcome his enemies in his own government, and also tells about his romance with his childhood friend.
What sets this drama apart from many other historical dramas is that the main lead is a man instead of a woman. Moreover, if you decide to watch Yi San, it will probably be one of the longest dramas you’ve ever watched. Even though the series is pretty long, this is a true timeless classic worth watching.
- Lee Seo Jin as Yi San
- Han Ji Min as Seong Song Yeon
- Lee Jong Soo as Park Dae Su
27. Dong Yi
This sageuk drama is set in the late period of Joseon kings and tells the story of Dong Yi, who comes from the lowest class in Joseon; she is a slave who becomes a top ranking concubine. Despite her dark past full of challenges, she manages to be the best person that she can be. This is another long drama on this list, but you will certainly enjoy the playful chemistry between the two lead characters!
- Han Hyo Joo as Dong Yi
- Ji Jin Hee as King Sukjong
- Lee So Yeon as Jang Hui Bin
- Bae Soo Bin as Cha Chun Soo
26. Ruler: Master of the Mask
Set in 18th century Joseon, Ruler: Master of the Mask tells the fictional story of a Joseon Prince who is forced to wear a mask to hide his face from Pyunsoo Group, the powerful hidden organization. The secret group tries to gain control over the country by privatizing Joseon’s water. Obviously, the Prince isn’t allowed to go far away from the palace, so he doesn’t have an opportunity to witness the life outside the palace walls. However, he is willing to take a risk and manages to escape to the outside world. There he meets a woman he falls in love with, but under a disguise. Things get complicated, as the shadow organization pressures the Prince to execute the father of the woman he loves.
This isn’t a historical drama for a perfectionist. However, if you can manage to overlook some spontaneous things that happen at times, you may find this drama to be a pleasurable watch. Despite its flows, the series is a total package of intriguing story and fantastic cast.
- Yoo Seungho as Crown Prince Lee Sun
- Kim Sohyun as Han Gaeun
- Kim Myungsoo (L of INFINITE) as Commoner Lee Sun
- Yoon Sohee as Kim Hwagun
25. Sungkyunkwan Scandal
Here’s a perfect drama for the sageuk newbies, as it creates a drama world that looks like Joseon but possesses fresh, modern sort of feel. The story revolves around one girl who disguises herself as a boy to attend the school. As schools in the Joseon era wouldn’t accept female students, the brave girl takes the name of her sick brother who can’t attend the prestigious school, and she is eventually allowed to study there. Will her identity be revealed? If you want to know the plot of this compelling story, you might want to discover it yourself. There’s a bunch of funny as well as serious moments and plenty of romance!
- Park Min Young as Kim Yoon-hee /Kim Yoon Shik (when disguised as a boy)
- Park Yoo Chun as Lee Sun Joon
- Yoo Ah In as Moon Jae Shin
- Song Joong Ki as Gu Yong Ha
24. Scholar Who Walks the Night
How do you feel about watching an epic fairy tale? Scholar Who Walks the Night is basically a fusion of sageuk and fiction.The story is about a scholar who uncovers the truth about an evil vampire who controls the royal palace, so he dedicates his life to finding the mysterious creature in order to free the country and its people from his control. However, such an important task requires efforts of many: scholar isn’t the only one determined to save the people; a bookseller who turns out to be a girl and the Crown Prince join hands with him in this fight. Accidentally, the scholar gets turned into a vampire himself but tries to hold onto his human heart.
So if you feel like watching a fantasy historical, this drama is for you. Though it’s criticized for its plot holes, the epicness of the interesting story and excellent acting of the cast will certainly make you forgive the flaws.
- Lee Joon Gi as Kim Sung Yeol (Scholar)
- Shim Chang Min as Crown Prince Lee Yoon
- Lee Soo Hyuk as Gwi (evil vampire)
- Lee Yu Bi as Jo Yang Sun
- Kim So Eun as Lee Myung Hee
23. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
The drama revolves around Hwarangs, a group of the best of the best young men in the Silla Kingdom. They are the sons of the nobles and posses all the qualities and skills needed to defend the Kingdom and its royal family. Transporting us back in the 6th century, the historical drama tells us about the life of young people back at that time, their friendships and love.
Basically, Hwarang is a historical drama mixed with modern elements, romance, comedy, and action.There are enough interesting and funny scenes featuring likeable and enjoyable characters to keep you entertained. However, if you enjoy the complicated political struggle in dramas, you will be a bit disappointed. But if you feel like taking a break and looking for a light-hearted storyline and happy ending, this series is for you.
- Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung
- Go Ara as Kim Ah Ro
- Park Hyung Sik as Sammaekjong
This drama basically tells us about the life of the founder of the kingdom of Goryeo: including the time when he was a prince and his adulthood when he was trying to build the kingdom.
Jumong might be a time-consuming drama to watch. So if you are planning to find a historical drama that you can finish in just a couple of days, you might want to look somewhere else. Also, if plenty of romance is what you are seeking, you might want to skip this one. But in general, Jumong is really compelling: there are so many sad moments that will make you cry, especially the battle scenes are breathtaking and realistic. If you are a true historical drama lover, you can’t skip this epic historical show.
- Song Il Gook as Prince Jumong
- Han Hye Jin as Lady Soseono
- Kim Seung Soo as Prince Daeso
- Jun Kwang Ryul as King Geumwa
21. Mirror of the Witch
Looking for a dark and moody Joseon-set drama? Mirror of the Witch bakes eerie mystery into historical fantasy drama. It’s definitely not a playful rom-com neither is it an ordinary sageuk, though we do see some sweet romance here and there in the episodes. For those of you who love dark undertones in dramas, it’s a great Joseon fantasy show. Though it has high chances to hook you up with its fairytale-like concept and murkiness, it’s one of those series that moves slowly.
In the first episodes of the series, we learn that there are two cursed babies – twin Prince and Princess who are cursed to bring death to everyone who they love and who loves them. An evil witch who blessed the Royal family with twins convinces the Queen to sacrifice the life of one child for the sake of another.
The Princess is the one who is chosen, since she cannot be the heir to the throne. Yet, the cursed Princess manages to survive: she grows up hidden away in the forest for the next 17 years of her life without knowing about her complicated past. To make the things even more intricate, the girl is growing up together with his so-called brother who actually is in love with her. But the question is whether they will be able to break the curse.
- Yoon Shi Yoon as Heo Jun
- Kim Sae Ron as Princess Seo Ri
- Lee Sung Jae as Choi Hyun Seo
- Yum Jung Ah as Shaman Hong Joo
- Kwak Si Yang as Poong Yeon
The story of Iljimae can be compared to Robin Hood, the hero who robs from corrupted government officials and gives to the poor. Yong becomes Robin Hood at night, and every time he leaves behind the picture of a plum tree branch: that’s why he is named Iljimae. However, his main purpose is not to steal something but to search for the owner of a particular sword with which his family was killed when he was a child. Along his quest, he falls in love with a noble girl who genuinely admires him for what he is fighting for. This is a beautiful story with great action scenes that will definitely give you many emotions.
- Lee Joon Gi as Yong (Iljimae)
- Han Hyo Joo as Byeon Eun Chae
- Lee Young Ah as Bong Soon
- Park Si Hoo as Cha Dol
This time-travel historical drama is about a woman with healing powers, the modern plastic surgeon who is suddenly brought in 14th century Goryeo by a warrior. The warrior turns out to be the leader of the Royal guard and is determined to save the fatally injured Queen. That’s why he is ordered to travel to the future and bring a modern-day doctor who can save the Queen. As the doctor travels to the past, she understands it won’t be easy for her to come back: she is forced to stay because she can be of great help to the Royal family. Gradually, the warrior falls in love with the woman from the 21st century.
This is a perfect medical-historical-fantasy drama for you if you like unpredictable plots that keep you guessing who is good and who is evil until the very end. And it’s perfect to watch whenever you feel like taking a break from traditional, extremely long historical dramas.
- Lee Min Ho as General Choi Young
- Kim Hee Sun as Yoo Eun Soo
18. The Flower in Prison
The Flower in Prison isn’t just a love story; it’s far more than that. It’s about respect, inner beauty, intelligence, and compassion. These are the qualities of Jin Se-yeon, our witty female lead. Set in the Joseon era, the story follows the woman who was born and raised in prison and who later turned out to be of great help to poor and wrongly accused people. If you are looking for a great story which would give you a better overview of what people had to endure in that era, don’t hesitate to check out this drama.
- Jin Se Yeon as Ok Nyeo
- Go Soo as Yoon Tae Won
- Kim Mi Sook as Queen Munjeong
- Jung Joon Ho as Yun Won Hyung
17. Queen Seondeok
The story is set in Silla, one of the three kingdoms in Korea during the Three Kingdoms Period (Goryeo and Baekje are other kingdoms). The story revolves around Seon Deok, the woman who eventually becomes the first female ruler of Silla. Keep in mind that most of the story is fictional, even though it’s loosely based on the life of the queen, and all the characters are also based on real people.
Many Asian countries have been mesmerized by this thrilling drama. There’s no doubt you will be always on the verge of your seat while watching this sageuk!
- Lee Yo Won as Princess Deokman, later Queen Seondeok
- Nam Ji Hyun as young Deokman
- Go Hyun Jung as Lady Mishil
- Uee as young Mishil
16. Shine or Go Crazy
This fictionalized historical drama features the story of Prince Wang So (later King Gwangjong), an exiled Prince of Goryeo and Shin Yool (Oh Yeon Seo), an exiled Princess of Balhae. The Prince is exiled from the palace and sent to the mountains as a child just because of a prophecy, according to which he is fated to bring bloodshed and destruction. Years pass and one day he meets with Shin Yool who happens to be exiled from her palace for the same reason as him: a prophecy foretold that she is destined to become the light for another country. So the girl had no choice but to be secretly raised by a palace maid. Will their prophecies come true when their destinies are linked?
You are definitely going to love this amazing couple, so you will enjoy the drama from start to finish. Shine or Go Crazy includes everything you need for a fun and thrilling ride that you will never forget: drama, romance, humor, and action.
- Jang Hyuk as Wang So
- Oh Yeon Seo as Shin Yool
- Lee Ha Nui as Hwangbo Yeo Won
- Lim Ju Hwan as Wang Wook
15. The King in Love
Kings are known to be always lonely as the people they can actually trust and count on are few. In this sageuk, the King has only one loyal best friend. So imagine the agony this show provides when you realize that he ends up in a tragic love triangle when he and his close friend fall in love with the same girl. And it’s a real love triangle, as the leading lady genuinely loves both leading men. She just happens to love one of them a bit more.
Down to the smallest detail, detailed costuming, set design, and gorgeous cinematography lead you to a time machine to feel the Goryeo period atmosphere. The drama will not only keep you on the edge of your seat but will also be the stunning feast for your eyes.
- Im Si Wan as Wang Won
- Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
- Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
- Oh Min Suk as Song In
14. Queen for Seven Days
This historical drama is based on the tragic love story of King Yeok and Queen Chae Kyung who was dethroned after just one week since her crowning. With Chae Kyung’s parents who have been warned of their daughter’s fate by a prophecy, the girl is sent away from her wealthy family. The prophecy foretold her and her family’s misfortunes in case if she got involved with the Royal Family. Yet her fate doesn’t change just because she is sent far away from her home. Fate constantly throws Chae Kyung and Grand Prince together, and it seems that tragedy follows them at every turn. As time passes, the girl finds herself in the middle of the rivalry between the King and the Grand Prince.
In case if you are looking for a political romance with its rich story, captivating and entertaining storyline, great cinematography, and an extremely complicated and tragic romance on top of that, make sure you check out this melodrama.
- Park Min Young as Shin Chae Kyung
- Yeon Woo Jin as Lee Yeok
- Lee Dong Gun as Lee Yoong
- Ahn Do Gyu as Crown Prince Lee Yoong
13. King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang
As the title implies, this drama is about the elder daughter of King Muryeong, the King of Baekje, one of the three Kingdoms in ancient Korea (the story features a pre-Joseon period). Righteous Su Baek Hyang was taught never to want beyond what she already has, so she fails to become a Princess, as her rightful place is taken by her ambitious younger sister. Later she becomes the leader of a secret spy group and starts to spy for her own nation. If you are craving for a long amazing historical drama with a complicated story that will make you cry a river, you might want to give this sageuk a try.
- Seo Hyun Jin as Soo Baek Hyang
- Seo Woo as Seol Hee
- Lee Jae Ryong as King Muryeong
- Jo Hyun Jae as Myung Nong
12. Gunman in Joseon
Do you love tragic revenge tales packed with love, adventure, action, and drama? If so, you might want to try this historical drama about a badass rebel gunman. Also, the fact that Lee Jun Ki stars in this period drama may already be enough to make you interested in the show, as he tends to rock in sageuks.
The story focuses on Park Yoon Kang, a young swordsman and the son of the palace head guard. One day his carefree life is torn short after his father has been unjustly killed, and his sister has been enslaved. This is the day when he swears to avenge his father’s death and free her sister from slavery. So how our protagonist is going to do that? He decides to take on the new identity and trades his sword for a gun. And this is in 19th century Joseon, at a time when the gun is a relatively new weapon. He only wanted to take revenge but turned out to become a hero to the people.
- Lee Joon Gi as Park Yoon Kang
- Nam Sang Mi as Jung Soo In
- Jeon Hye Bin as Choi Hye Won
11. The Princess’ Man
It’s not your typical 60+ episode sageuk like many of those that have already been mentioned above. It’s a lot shorter than that and what’s more, it doesn’t strictly follow the traditional sageuk rules: it’s the romance that takes center stage, not political plotting and intrigues (it exists, of course, but it’s all interconnected, which makes the politics a lot more interesting). So,The Princess’ Man is worth your time even if you happen to fall into the category of those K-drama watchers who make it a rule not to dive into sageuks whatsoever.
The Princess’ Man is a romantic historical drama featuring the unique story of star-crossed lovers; let’s say it’s the Korean version of Romeo and Juliet. It’s a love story between the daughter of Grand Prince who is seeking to become King and the son of her father’s biggest enemy. Obviously, the world of the unfortunate girl becomes extremely complicated when her father is opposing the man she loves.
- Moon Chae Won as Lee Se Ryung
- Park Si Hoo as Kim Seung Yoo
- Kim Yeong Cheol as Grand Prince Suyang
10. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People
Set during the reign of the famous tyrannical King Yeonsan, the historical melodrama tells the story of Hong Gil Dong, Joseon’s first revolutionary activist and simply the hero of all the people. Being born into a servant family in the era when servants are horribly treated and unable to stand for themselves, Gil Dong grows up to become the leader of the band of smugglers who steal from the nobles in order to give to the poor.
Gil Dong is the Korean Robin Hood, the hero whose name is known to everyone in Korea and whose story has been used as inspiration for a great number of comics, video games and, of course, films.This drama will be an emotional journey that will stay with you for a long time.
- Yoon Kyun Sang as Hong Gil Dong
- Chae Soo Bin as Song Ga Ryung
- Kim Sang Joong as Hong Ah Mo Gae
- Kim Ji Suk as Crown Prince Lee Yoong
9. Jewel in the Palace
Jewel in the Palace is about an orphaned girl in 15th century Korea, who becomes the first woman to overcome a series of social discrimination becoming the royal cook and later the supreme royal physician. The drama is based on the real story about a remarkable and determined girl. It’s the story of touching friendships, star-crossed love, and political intrigues (with some repetitive and predictable plot twists though).
It can take some time before you pluck up courage to watch this sageuk, as it’s another drama in this list the total number of episodes of which is more than 50. Nevertheless, this sageuk became an international hit and aired in more than 90 countries, becoming known as the series that helps the spread of Korean culture across the globe.
- Lee Young Ae as Jang Geum
- Ji Jin Hee as Min Jeong Ho
- Hong Ri Na as Choi Geum Young
- Im Ho as King Jungjong
8. Deep Rooted Tree
Deep Rooted Tree isn’t your typical historical drama and it’s far away from being a romantic comedy. So before you commit yourself into watching this sageuk, be prepared for conspiracies and political intrigues with elements of tragedies, mysteries, and thrillers. If you enjoy such witty, heart-shuttering and tragic dramas, this one will probably become the next one in your list of “the best dramas you’ve ever watched”.
The story starts off with King Se Jong accidentally causing the death of his family and their slaves while trying to protect them from his brutal father who is holding all the power, King Tae Jong. It turns out that two young slaves survive, but they both are separated from each other: while one of them is raised as a servant in the palace, the other becomes a great warrior and is seeking revenge. Years pass, and the former slave who vows to kill the king returns to the palace. However, he ends up being involved in the mystery surrounding the series of murders.
- Jang Hyuk as Kang Chae Yoon
- Yeo Jin Goo as teen Ddol Bok
- Han Suk Kyu as King Sejong
- Song Joong Ki as teen Yi Do
- Shin Se Kyung as So Yi
7. Six Flying Dragons
From the writers of Deep Rooted Tree and Queen Seondeok, Six Flying Dragons promises to be a heart-wrenching, intense emotional ride. The sageuk is set at the end of Goryeo period and depicts the beginning of the Joseon dynasty. Basically, the story revolves around the lives of six ambitious characters, the so-called “six flying dragons” and their conflicts. They start off as alliances and then end up using each other in their own interests. It’s hard to take someone’s side, as most of the characters are neither totally good nor totally evil – they are just human.
Six Flying Dragons is more of a political drama filled with plenty of great fight scenes, politics, betrayal, heartbreak, and romance to keep you engaged. Despite its 50 episode length, this is a gripping and fascinating period drama that doesn’t feel that long at all.
- Yoo Ah In as Lee Bang Won
- Kim Myung Min as Jeong Do Jeon
- Shin Se Kyung as Boon Yi
- Byun Yo Han as Ddang Sae
- Yoon Kyun Sang as Moo Hyul
- Chun Ho Jin as Yi Seong Gye
6. Gu Family Book
Here’s the romance with fantasy elements about the struggle of battling your true nature in order to become a good person, so that you can protect those who you love. The historical fantasy focuses on a half human and half mythical creature, the son of the guardian spirit of Jiri Mountain and a human. The love story of his parents ended tragically, so the boy had no choice but to be raised by adopted family. He learns about his true nature only after a certain incident, and that’s at the time when he falls in love.
If you are a newbie to the historicals, Gu Family Book is a great series to start with. Especially, if you are seeking for something magical, don’t hesitate and give it a try.
- Lee Seung Gi as Choi Kang Chi
- Bae Suzy as Dam Yeo Wool
- Sung Joon as Gon
5. Empress Ki
Empress Ki is a highly romanticized sageuk that is loosely based on the real historical events. The main character, Seung Nyang, was originally a slave in Goryeo. Pretending to be a man, so she wouldn’t be forced to go to China to service the Emperor, she grew up to become a strong woman and one of the activists who saved girls from being sent away as tributes. The girl couldn’t even imagine back then what the future hold for her. Soon, she fell in love with the King of Goryeo, as well as with a prince from Mongolia, the next China’s Emperor.
Empress Ki became an international hit, it was rated the second Korean drama after Jewel in the Palace.This historical drama will certainly give you the urge to marathon it 24/7!
- Ha Ji Won as Empress Ki
- Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo
- Ji Chang Wook as Toghon Temür
- Kim Ji Han as Tal Tal
- Baek Jin Hee as Tanashiri
4. Arang and the Magistrate
If you want to break into a sageuk without actually having to deal with the historical part, Arang and the Magistrate is a perfect place to start, especially if you like romantic dramas. The fantasy drama is based on the ancient dark folk tale, the Legend of Arang that takes its origin from Joseon Korea. The tale tells the story of the murdered daughter of a magistrate. The ghost of a beautiful murdered girl haunts every magistrate who is about to take the position. But one day the position is taken by a determined man who finally avenges the girl’s death by executing her killer.
Of course, the drama expands the original folk tale farther. Moreover, it creates the whole new amazing and layered fantasy world with its own mythology, rules, and magical creatures. This drama is perfect for everyone who likes interesting fantasy dramas!
- Lee Joon Gi as Kim Eun Oh
- Shin Min Ah as Arang
- Yeon Woo Jin as Joo Wal
- Hwang Bo Ra as Bang Wool
3. Love in the Moonlight
Set during 19th century Joseon dynasty, a book-based drama Love in the Moonlight is a great coming-of-age story about a heartfelt dreamy romance. At the core of this drama is the love story between the Crown Prince and a girl who reluctantly disguises herself as a man and is sent to the palace as a eunuch. It’s interesting to look at how the feelings of the Prince towards the girl begin to change, even before he realizes who she is!
The multi-awarded drama was praised for its production, phenomenal acting, and music. This cute love story will certainly grab your heart!
- Park Bo Gum as Lee Yeong
- Kim Yoo Jung as Hong Ra On
- Jinyoung as Kim Yoon Sung
- Chae Soo Bin as Jo Ha Yeon
- Kwak Dong Yeon as Kim Byung Yeon
2. Moon Embracing the Sun
Set in the Joseon era, The Moon that Embraces the Sun is a historical/fantasy drama that centers on the love story between a fictional king and a shaman. They are separated by political intrigues and dark magic, but they are destined to meet again whatsoever: the Moon must embrace the Sun.
It’s basically a simplified saguek that has great touching romance but is fairly light on the politics. So,if you prefer romance to a traditional historical drama, and you enjoy heartbreaking scenes, some suspense and action, be sure to pick up this series! This moving drama even gained “National Drama” status, gaining millions of fans.
- Kim Soo Hyun as Crown Prince (King Lee Hwon)
- Yeo Jin Goo as Lee Hwon (as a child)
- Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo
- Kim Yoo Jung as Heo Yeon Woo (as a child)
- Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
- Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
1. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo
This period drama revolves around a 21st-century woman who suddenly travels a thousand years back to the Goryeo era. Then she finds out she’s in the body of another woman, the cousin of the 8th prince’s wife. Gradually, she falls in love with Wang So, the 4th Prince who has a reputation for violence.
Moon Lovers might not have received high ratings in Korea, but it certainly captured the hearts of viewers overseas. This epic and tragic sageuk will make you feel a variety of emotions and will set your heart racing like never before. Moreover, you will truly enjoy Lee Jun Gi’s performance (Wang So, the 4th Prince), as he usually excels at playing badass characters (he has already been mentioned more than once in the list).
So, if you want to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions, you definitely should check out this heart-wrenching drama.
- Lee Joon Gi as Wang So (the 4th Prince)
- Lee Ji Eun as Hae Soo
- Kang Ha Neul as Wang Wook (the 8th Prince)
I hope you will find your next favorite drama on this list! Also, make sure you vote for your favorite sageuk on the poll and let everyone know about your all-time favorite historical dramas in the comment section below!