These Korean historical dramas will bring to you many different emotions. Check out the list below and choose for yourselves the ones you want to watch. All are worth watching.
1. “The Moon Embracing The Sun” (2012)
Main cast: Kim SooHyun, Han GaIn, Jung IlWoo, Kim MinSeo
Summary: Crown Prince Lee Hwon falls in love with Yeon Woo, who was elected crown prince when he was young. However, due to political planning, the shaman imposed a curse on her. People thought she was dead, but she was resurrected due to memory loss. Eight years later, she became a shaman, and the crown prince still could not forget his true love that died. They finally met at the palace. The young king began to investigate her death, and she began to recall her past.
The plot and performance of this play are flawless. The audience is a fan from start to finish. The play combines genre with romance, fantasy and comedy. You will have an emotional roller coaster and be closely connected with the character.
2. – “Jang OkJung, Living by Love” (2013)
Main cast: Kim Tae Hee, Yoo Ah In, Hong Soo Hyun
Summary: It tells the story of one of the most famous-villain-royal concubines in the Joseon Dynasty. It focused on before and after she entered the palace.
The first part focuses on the romance of the two main characters, while the second half of the drama is more political due to the different political schemes and the relationship with the king, queen and the concubine. The story is addictive, and the audience wants to know how greedy the characters can go.
3. “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” (2016)
Main cast: Lee Joon Gi, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Nam Joo Hyuk, Ji Soo, Hong Jong Hyun, EXO‘s BaekHyun.
Summary: During the solar eclipse, Go Ha Jin was transported from modern times to Goryeo with the name Hae Soo. She woke up among the many crown princes. Then her story began. She first fell in love with the kind eighth prince, but later changed to the fourth prince. The prince was known for being fearless, he covered his face with rye. She was trapped in the prince’s competition for the throne.
Lee Jun Ki is one of the historical drama actors not to be missed. Other actors supporting the role are also very popular. Although this drama is dazzling, its addictive plot and many characters are quite complicated. The balance between cuteness and darkness is good.
4. “Hwarang” (2016-2017)
Cast: Park Seo Joon, Go Ara, Park Hyung Sik, SHINee‘s MinHo, BTS‘s V
Summary: The regent of the Silla Kingdom hides her son. She also created a new elite name Hwarang-a group of young people. Inside the well-trained Hwarang, there are her son (the future king) and a secret civilian.
In addition, for people who are not familiar with Korean history, this may be the first step towards Korean historical drama. The plot is lovely and fresh.
5. “Empress Ki” (2013-2014)
Main cast: Ha Ji Won, Ji Chang Wook, Joo Jin Mo
Summary: It tells the love story and political ambitions of the Queen’s wife of the Queen of Korea. She was against the wishes of the King of Korea and was treated as a court lady and eventually became the Queen Mother.
The drama has 51 episodes. At first glance, some people may think it is too long, but it is not. Memorable love stories and political plans have enough time to develop. The audience can only cheer for the strong heroine. The superb performance of the main actors is a plus.
6. “Gu Family Book” (2013)
Main cast: Lee Seung Gi, Suzy, Sung Joon, Yoo Yeon Seok, Lee Yu Bi
Summary: A half man and half mixed race loves an ordinary woman, and he will try his best to live like a human.
The fantasy type is very interesting and there are many action scenes to enjoy. Love stories are innocent and will make you smile and cry. It is also very easy for viewers who are not used to historical dramas.
7. “Warrior Baek DongSoo” (2011)
Main cast: Ji Chang Wook, Yoo Seung Ho, Yoon So Yi, Shin Hyun Bin
Summary: This TV series is about the brotherhood, loyalty and honor of the Crown Prince, the Assassin’s Guild, etc. in the North Korean political plan.
In addition to romance, this is a drama about brotherhood. For those who like swordsmanship, assassins and friendship, this is for you! The performances of the two actors are perfect, and the surrounding actors are also perfect. The audience clung to their own universe from start to finish, which deeply touched the audience’s heart.
8. “The Emperor: Owner of the Mask” (2017)
Main cast: Yoo Seung Ho, Kim So Hyun, INFINITE‘s L
It tells the story of the crown prince fighting against the Pyeonsuhwe society, which controls water sources through social forces. In this struggle for the people, the crown prince and the girl who is popular among the people develop their own love stories.
The performance is very good and the characters are worth watching. The love story is moving and the story development is interesting.
Hope viewers can choose for yourselves the Korean historical dramas to watch.