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The 30 Best Korean Historical Dramas

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Diana is a huge fan of Korean culture. Korean dramas are some of her favorite series to watch.

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Do you like watching Korean historical dramas? Here's a list of the 30 best Korean historical dramas you should not ignore. This list is perfect for both avid fans of Korean period dramas and newbies who know nothing about them! Tell us which series you like the most in the poll below. Also, please share your thoughts in the comments section!

Top 30 Korean Historical Dramas

  • 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

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This romantic comedy drama is loosely based on the 2001 movie of the same name. This time, the story doesn't take place in modern times. It's set in the Joseon period. It'll certainly be a fun watch for fans of lighthearted romantic comedies. The story itself isn't unique, but what certainly sets this period drama apart from the rest set in Joseon era is its beautiful cinematography. The visuals and costuming are very impressive.

This light and fluffy series revolves around a sassy, troublemaking princess and a gifted scholar who is considered Joseon's national treasure. Together, they try to discover a secret that divided the royal family.

29. Jang Ok-Jung, Living by Love

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This is the story about a cold, strong, sometimes even gritty king who follows his intellect rather than his emotions and a beautiful but infamous concubine. Here, Jang Hee Bin (Jang Ok Jung) is not portrayed as the evil woman in Joseon history known for her ambition to be queen but rather as the innocent victim of politics. The romance and the difficulties the lead character experiences at the palace will keep you glued to the screen! So, if you want to see Jang Ok Jung's life from a new perspective, give this drama a shot!

28. Lee San, Wind of the Palace

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Lee San, Wind of the Palace, also known as Yi San, is an amazing story of hard-working King Jeongjo, remembered in history as a compassionate and caring ruler who loved his people. The drama revolves around his struggles to modernize the country and overcome enemies in his own government. It also tells about his romance with his childhood friend.

The fact that a man is the main lead sets this drama apart from others in the genre, which usually centre on women. If you decide to dedicate yourself to Yi San, it will probably become one of the longest dramas you've ever watched. Even though the series is rather long, this is a timeless classic worth watching.

27. Dong Yi

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This historical K-drama is set in the late period of Joseon kings and tells the story of Dong Yi, who comes from the lowest class. She is a slave who becomes a top ranking concubine. Despite her dark past full of challenges, she manages to become the best person she can be. This is another long drama on the list, but you will certainly enjoy the playful chemistry between the two lead characters!

26. Ruler: Master of the Mask

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Set in 18th century Joseon, Ruler: Master of the Mask tells the fictional story of a prince who has no choice but to wear a mask to hide his face from the Pyunsoo Group, the powerful hidden organization. The secret group tries to gain control over the country by privatizing Joseon's water. Obviously, it's forbidden for the prince to go far away from the palace, so he can't witness the life outside the walls. However, he takes 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 a pleasurable watch. Despite its flaws, the series has the total package of an intriguing story and fantastic cast.

25. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

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Here's a perfect series for period drama newbies! It creates a world that looks like Joseon, but it possesses a fresh, modern sort of feel. The story revolves around one girl who disguises herself as a boy to attend school. As schools in the Joseon era wouldn't accept female students, the brave girl takes the name of her sick brother. He can't attend the prestigious school, so she takes a risk and is eventually allowed to study there.

If you want to know the plot of this compelling story, you should discover it yourself. There's a bunch of funny and serious moments as well as plenty of romance!

24. Scholar Who Walks the Night

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How do you feel about watching an epic fairy tale? Scholar Who Walks the Night is basically a fusion of historical drama and fiction. The plot of the story centers on a scholar who uncovers the truth about an evil vampire who controls the royal palace. The scholar dedicates his life to finding the mysterious creature in order to free the country and its people from its control. However, such an important task requires the efforts of many. The 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 forces with him in the fight. The scholar eventually himself turns into a vampire by accident. However difficult it may be, he tries to hold onto his human heart.

Give this drama a try if you feel like watching a fantasy historical series. The critics say the series has lots of plot holes, but the magnificence of the story and the cast's excellent acting will certainly make you forgive the flaws.

23. Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

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This drama revolves around Hwarangs, a group of the most elite young men in the Silla Kingdom. They posses all the qualities and skills needed to defend the Kingdom and its royal family. Transporting us back to the 6th century, the historical drama tells us about the life of young people back at that time, focusing on their friendships and love.

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 somewhat disappointed. Give it a try if you want to take a break and look for a simple story and happy ending.

22. Jumong

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This drama basically tells us about the life of the Goryeo kingdom founder. It covers 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 you can finish in just several days, you might want to look elsewhere. You might also want to skip this one if you are seeking plenty of romance. But in general, Jumong is extremely compelling. There are so many sad moments that will make you cry. The battle scenes are particularly breathtaking and realistic. If you are a true historical drama lover, you can't skip this epic show.

21. Mirror of the Witch

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Looking for a mysterious and moody Joseon-set drama? Mirror of the Witch bakes eerie mystery into historical fantasy drama. It's definitely not a playful romantic comedy, nor is it an ordinary historical drama, though we do see some sweet romance here and there. For those of you who love dark undertones in dramas, this is a perfect Joseon fantasy show. Though you will most likely get hooked by its fairytale-like concept and murkiness, the series does move rather slowly.

In the first episodes, we learn that there are two cursed babies—a twin prince and princess doomed to bring death to everyone who they love and who loves them. An evil witch convinces the queen to sacrifice one child´s life for the sake of another.

The princess is the one who is chosen, since she cannot be the heir to the throne. However, the girl 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.

20. Iljimae

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You can compare the story of Iljimae to Robin Hood. It is the story of a hero who robs from corrupt government officials and gives back to the poor. Yong becomes Robin Hood at night. After every outing, he leaves behind the picture of a plum tree branch. This is why he is named Iljimae. However, his main purpose is to search for the owner of a particular sword with which his family was killed, not to steal from others. Along his quest, he falls in love with a noble girl who genuinely admires him. The great action scenes will definitely give you many emotions.

19. Faith

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This time travel historical drama is about a woman with healing powers. One day, a modern plastic surgeon is suddenly transported to 14th century Goryeo by a warrior. She learns that the warrior is the leader of the royal guard who wants to save the fatally injured queen. The woman understands she can't come back home. Gradually, the warrior falls in love with her.

This is a perfect historical fantasy drama for you if you like unpredictable plots that keep you guessing about who is good and who is evil until the very end. Pick this series up if you feel like taking a break from traditional and extremely long historical dramas.

18. The Flower in Prison

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The Flower in Prison isn't just a love story. 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 born and raised in prison. Later, she helps the poor and wrongly accused. If you are looking for a great story which can give you the overview of people's life in that era, don't hesitate to check out this drama.

17. Queen Seondeok

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The story is set in Silla, one of the three kingdoms in Korea (Goryeo and Baekje are the other two). It 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 (though it's based on the real life of the queen).

Many Asian countries have been mesmerized by this thrilling series. There's no doubt you will always be on the edge of your seat while watching this historical drama!

16. Shine or Go Crazy

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This fictionalized historical drama features the story of Wang So, an exiled prince of Goryeo (later King Gwangjong) and Shin Yool, an exiled princess of Balhae. The prince is exiled from the palace and sent to the mountains as a child because of a prophecy. According to the prediction, he is fated to bring bloodshed and destruction. Years pass and one day he meets Shin Yool. She has been exiled from her palace for the same reason as him. A prophecy foretold her destiny was to become the light for another country. The girl had no choice but to be secretly raised by a palace maid. Will their prophecies come true once 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.

15. The King in Love

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Kings live a lonely life as there are few people they can trust and count on. In this historical drama, 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 men. She simply loves one of them more.

The attention to detail in costuming, set design, and gorgeous cinematography will make you feel like you are in the Goryeo period. The drama will keep you on the edge of your seat and will also be a stunning feast for your eyes.

14. Queen for Seven Days

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This historical drama is based on the tragic love story of King Yeok and Queen Chae Kyung, who was dethroned just one week after her crowning. With Chae Kyung's parents having been warned of their daughter's fate by a prophecy, the girl is sent away from her wealthy family. The prophecy foretold her family's misfortunes if she got involved with the royal family. Yet her fate doesn't change despite their efforts. Fate constantly throws Chae Kyung and the 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.

If you are looking for a captivating and entertaining storyline, mesmerizing cinematography, and an extremely complicated and tragic romance, make sure you check out this melodrama.

13. King’s Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang

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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 is set in the pre-Joseon period). Righteous Su Baek Hyang has been taught to never want beyond what she already has. As a result, 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 and amazing historical drama with a complicated story that will make you cry a river, you should give this historical series a try.

12. Gunman in Joseon

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Do you love tragic revenge tales packed with love, adventure, action, and drama? If so, you should watch this historical drama about a badass rebel gunman. The fact that Lee Jun Ki stars in this period series may already be enough to make you interested in the show, as he tends to rock in historical Korean dramas.

The story focuses on Park Yoon Kang, a young swordsman and the son of the palace head guard. His carefree life comes to an end after his father is 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 is our protagonist going to do that? He decides to take on the new identity and trade his sword for a gun. And this is in 19th century Joseon, when the gun is a relatively new weapon. He only wanted to get revenge, but he turns into a hero for the people.

11. The Princess’ Man

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This is not your typical 60+ episode drama like the others on the list. It's much shorter than that and it doesn't strictly follow the traditional period drama rules. The romance takes center stage here, not political plots and intrigue (they exist, but they're all interconnected, which makes the politics more interesting). So, The Princess' Man is worth your time even if you fall into the category of those K-drama fans who make it a rule not to dive into historical series.

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 the grand prince who is seeking to become king and the son of her father's biggest enemy. Obviously, the life of the unfortunate girl becomes extremely complicated when her father is opposing the man she loves.

At 24 episodes, this series is on the brief side. You can check out this list of K-dramas that you can potentially binge in a weekend.

10. Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People

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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 the hero of all the people. Born into a servant family in an era when they are horribly treated and unable to stand for themselves, Gil Dong grows up to become the leader of a band of smugglers who steal from the nobles and 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 films. This emotional drama will stay with you for a long time.

9. Jewel in the Palace

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Jewel in the Palace is about an orphaned girl in 15th century Korea who becomes the first woman to overcome a series of social discriminations. She becomes 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 you some time to pluck up the courage to watch this series as it's another drama with 50+ episodes. Nevertheless, Jewel in the Palace became an international hit and aired in more than 90 countries, becoming known as the series that helped spread Korean culture across the globe.

8. Deep Rooted Tree

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Deep Rooted Tree isn't your typical historical drama and it's far from being a romantic comedy. So before you commit yourself into watching this series, be prepared for conspiracies and political intrigues with elements of tragedies, mysteries, and thrillers. If you enjoy witty, heart-stopping, and tragic series, 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, King Tae Jong, who is holding all the power. Luckily, two young slaves survive, but they are separated from each other. One of them is raised as a servant in the palace while the other becomes a brave warrior who seeks 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 a series of murders.

7. Six Flying Dragons

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From the writers of Deep Rooted Tree and Queen Seondeok, Six Flying Dragons promises to be a heart-wrenching, intense, and emotional ride. The drama 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 having alliances and then end up using each other for their own interests. It's hard to take someone's side, as most of the characters are neither totally good nor evil. They are just human.

Six Flying Dragons is 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 gripping period drama that doesn't feel that long at all.

6. Gu Family Book

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Here's a romance series 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. This 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 a family that adopts him. He learns about his true nature only when he falls in love.

If you are a newbie to historicals, Gu Family Book is a great series to start with. Especially if you are seeking something magical. Don't hesitate and give this show a try.

5. Empress Ki

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Empress Ki is a highly romanticized period drama that is loosely based on 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 serve the emperor, she grew up to become a strong woman and one of the activists who saved girls from being sent away as tributes. She soon falls in love with the King of Goryeo, as well as with a prince from Mongolia, the next emperor of China.

Empress Ki became an international hit. It was second-highest rated Korean drama after Jewel in the Palace.This historical series will certainly give you the urge to marathon it!

4. Arang and the Magistrate

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If you want to break into a period drama without actually having to deal with the historical part, Arang and the Magistrate is a perfect place to start, especially if you like romantic series. The fantasy drama is based on the ancient dark folk tale The Legend of Arang, which takes its origin from Joseon Korea. The tale tells the story of a murdered magistrate's daughter. 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.

Obviously, the drama expands on the original folk tale. It creates a whole new amazing and layered fantasy world with its own mythology, rules, and magical creatures. This series is perfect for everyone who likes interesting fantasy dramas!

3. Love in the Moonlight

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Set during the 19th century in the Joseon dynasty, the book-based drama Love in the Moonlight is a coming-of-age story. 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 prince changes his feelings towards the girl, even before he realizes who she is!

The award-winning drama was praised for its production, phenomenal acting, and music. This cute love story will certainly grab your heart!

2. Moon Embracing the Sun

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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 intrigue and dark magic, but they are destined to meet again; the moon must embrace the sun.

This is basically a simplified historical drama that has 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 show! This moving series even gained national drama status!

1. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

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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 fourth Prince who is known to be violent.

Moon Lovers might not have received high ratings in Korea, but it certainly captured the hearts of viewers overseas. This epic and tragic historical drama 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 fourth prince), as he usually excels at playing badass characters (he has already been mentioned more than once on this list). So, if you want to experience a roller coaster ride of emotions, you definitely should check out this heart-wrenching drama.

Recommended Korean Historical Drama Films

Historical dramas can also come in the format of films. Here are some examples of Korean cinema that you should consider watching if you like any of the series above.

  • The Sword with No Name
  • Shadows in the Palace
  • The Tiger
  • Memories of the Sword
  • The Concubine

That's It!

I hope you will find your next favorite drama on this list! Also, make sure to vote for a historical drama that you like the most on the poll. Also, don't forget to share your all-time favorite series in the comment section below! If you want some K-dramas that feature more contemporary settings, check out this list of 15 series worth adding to your watchlist.

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Comments

Skye on September 11, 2020:

If I'm asked

This is my list

1. Dong Yi

Temiloluwa akinkugbe on September 04, 2020:

Very interesting

AlGhadarphee on July 25, 2020:

Emperor of The Sea (Sea God) I Love That Movie Very Much. It Should've Made The List.

Please Where Can I Get It to Download...???

Mustapha on July 25, 2020:

What is this, what happen to king gwangeato

Gorakh Vanjare on July 24, 2020:

There is missing Emperor of the sea historical drama Which should have added to the list

Easter on July 11, 2020:

All the movies are great u should watch

Hi on July 01, 2020:

Queen love and war is interesting too

nia on June 29, 2020:

moon lovers: scarlet heart ryeo is the best historical drama without doubt

AbdulAzeez on June 24, 2020:

Where is Dae Joyoung?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Usman abdullahi on June 22, 2020:

You forget my best Korean series king gongweto and mercial art warrior

Linda on June 22, 2020:

Okay but what about four God’s, Sea god,

meme on June 02, 2020:

Sorry but this list is absolute crap. It's defaming Korean historical dramas genre

Fadi on May 30, 2020:

Jewel in the palace. I have watched the entire show 4 times.

حفص on May 30, 2020:

I really like historical drama mainly because they are more realistic..And their suspense are just amazing .. Another thing is , I love politics or rather acient politics which is why I prefer watching Korean historical drama to other movies..

Also I love action movies and of all the k dramas I've watched, Queen of Shilla is and will always be my favorite..

Sct on May 29, 2020:

Moon Embracing The Sun & Ruler: master of the mask is so cool

GK on May 29, 2020:

Was trying to look for someone who highly recommends Scarlet Heart and especially the Moon Embracing the Sun haha you got good taste!

Junior on May 25, 2020:

Where's kingdom of the winds

Joyce on May 24, 2020:

Lovely

Madonna on May 14, 2020:

For me I will say. 1six flying dragon. 2 jewel in the palace. 3 empress ki

Tristan Aguilar on May 13, 2020:

where can i watch all these

Kdrama Lover on May 10, 2020:

Is no one gonna talk about Gu Family Book it was such a good kdrama I’m in love with it I just wish it was a better ending but it was superrrr I recommend it 100%

broken heart on May 09, 2020:

The crowned clown, beautiful, dramatic and excellent acting showcase

Hana on May 09, 2020:

Agree with scarlet heart really good drama. it's a tragic genre kdrama but I still love it. My historical drama for now is haechi really good it's not boring to watch.

rafifa on May 06, 2020:

their is 100 days my prince

JR on April 28, 2020:

무신, God of War, is one of the top historical dramas of all time, with the best balance of every characteristic that makes each of these dramas on the list great. Please, in honor of it’s great late lead actor, I ask that you watch it...

Finchj on April 24, 2020:

Make sure to check out 100 days with my prince, the flower crew, tale of Nokdu!!

elfiqnie on April 21, 2020:

100 days with my prince

Jack on April 21, 2020:

If I'm asked, this would be my list:

1. Warrior Baek Dong Soo

2. Kingdom of the Winds

3. Jumong

4. Gunman in Joseon

5. Royal Gambler(Dae Bak)

6. Hwarang

7. Lee San

8. Ruler: Master of the Mask

9. Jang yeongsil

10. Haechi

tillia on April 12, 2020:

what about flower crew, i loved the drama!!

Kim on April 11, 2020:

I love it guys

Rd on April 10, 2020:

Mr Sunshine n.1

Trusfratedgucci on March 27, 2020:

Wheres Mr. Sunshine

Spoiler alert

This was the most beautiful yet sad kdrama ever, not to mention this was one of the best historical kdrama i have ever watch. The ending was hmm lets just say your eyes wont stay dry for a long time, but i promise to you its worth your tears and time.

Denise on March 23, 2020:

How/where can I access these?

Heart Mendoza on March 23, 2020:

Why is Jang Ok Jung Live for Love not included in the list of best historical dramas... the actors have played their roles so great .. Yooh Ah In and Kim Tae Hee were superb.. and the story is great , compelling .. that you wont be able to stop watching till the end..

still wishing fr a part 2 for this super duper cool kdrama... all of ur fans here in the philippines , yoo ah in and kim tae hee , are waiting and wishing for u to have a part two of this... pls pls dont dissapoint us..

Teleri on March 22, 2020:

Gaksital?????? Mr. Sunshine??????

So many historical romcoms - and some that really should not be counted as anything but fluff (Hwarang....yeah, lots of eye candy, but...)

Where is Warrior Baek Dong Soo? It's better than several on this list. This is a flawed list and really should be divided into 'historical', 'historical romcom' & 'historical fantasy' in my opinion. It would be more helpful and accurate.

ElmicaFerrer on March 19, 2020:

I really love Moon Embracing the Sun. It's the best for me. I have watched a lot of historical drama and only this has really captured me. I love how they simply dress and the characters really suited them well. Han Ga In also really captured my heart. She's just so beautiful, and gorgeous, and pretty, and cute. In short, she's the epitome of a goddess. Jewel in the palace and Dong Yi was a very enticing series too, though they have so many episodes and I'm only watching it in Kissasian. So, ahm, that's all. No matter what you say, we have our own favorite and own opinion, and Moon Embracing the sun is the best for me!

Nishan on March 10, 2020:

Scarlet heart ryeo

Jewel in the palace

The moon embracing the sun

Jumong

Queen sundeok

100 days my prince(comedy)

Dong yi

ad on March 05, 2020:

no 100 days prince?

Sokolovic on February 18, 2020:

Fast food boys don't know oldies.

Dae Jang Geum is all-time best.

H on February 05, 2020:

If I am to put it in Order. It will go this way:

1. Queen Seon Deok

2. Jumong

3. Dae Jang Geum/Jewel in the Palace

4. Dong Yi

5. Lee San

6. Gyebek (it's not on the list)

7. Empress Ki

8. Hwang Jinyi

9. Moon Embeacing the Sun

10. Hwajung (not on the List)

AAA on January 17, 2020:

they should have put reply section

Thirsha Abeysekare on December 26, 2019:

Scarlet heart ryeo is the beeeesttttt

Peter on December 18, 2019:

I am curious, where can I buy / download these series for my folks?

emma r on December 13, 2019:

The flower in prison .Beautiful and very smart drama.

Very funny and beautiful story .

Love it so very much .

I would love to give 10 stars .

Me on December 13, 2019:

Jumong first

Moon lover second

Done.

Ken on December 13, 2019:

Most of the people here who were born 1998 and above didn’t know who jumong is. Take some time watching this drama and choose your top 10 again. :)

Lyresh Somar on December 05, 2019:

Ano po continuation ng dong yi?

Unanimous on November 18, 2019:

I recommend "king gwanggaeto the great"

Choi Suk Bin on November 13, 2019:

1. DONG YI

2. HAECHI

3. Jewel in the palace

4. The great Seer

5. The last Empress

6. Yi San

7. The Secret door

8. Queen In Hyun's Man

9. Faith

10. Empress Ki

Nomo on November 12, 2019:

Scarlet Heart Ryeo

Oluwa on November 10, 2019:

D best here is Dong yi

Shanelle on November 04, 2019:

Christian, i think its THE LAST EMPRESS.

Nostalgic on November 03, 2019:

Christin its The Emperor: Owner of the Mask.

Wong on October 18, 2019:

I fell in love with Love in the Moonlight. Fantastic drama and beautiful songs. ❤️❤️❤️

Christin on October 10, 2019:

Can you help me find the name of a historical dramas which it is related to children were forced to work in the opium farm ,and the side heroin burnt the farm

James Kageke on October 03, 2019:

You forgot Jumong, Dae Jeoyoung and The Land of Wind. These make my top list in the period dramas category.

sihle sijamula on September 24, 2019:

scarlet heart,shine or go crazy,moon embracing the sun, faith, yi san jumong, dae jung gum, love in the moonlight, king's daughter,scholar who walks the night, rebel,ruler master of the mask,sugkuwan scandal,empress ki,gu family book,hwarang,injimae

Abdulwasiu Aisha on September 22, 2019:

I think jumong is d first then deajoyoung then iljimae then rebel then faith then moonlover then nightwatch man then scholar who walks d night then love in d moon light before others

Maddison rye on September 08, 2019:

who likes bts k-pop

LAIDE OLUWATOYIN SALAKO on August 25, 2019:

Jumong, then Daejoyoung, then Sea God, then, Iron Empress, then, no other one could match these four. I hate stories that dont involve inter country wars and real fights scenes...These four are matchless...and they are in the order I have listed.

Samuel on August 04, 2019:

The list is incomplete without *Dae jo yeong*

Sah on August 04, 2019:

Queen in hyun's man aka Queen and I

Try watching this and you will get hooked

Saeeda on August 01, 2019:

Dong Yi

Empress Ki

Jewel in the palace

Flower in prison

Jumong

Yi San my first Korean series

King's daughter

The prince's man

Moon that embracing the sun

Gu family book

Master of the mask

Kings doctor and The poor doctor why are these two series not in the list.

Helaena on July 18, 2019:

Still can't move on with Moon Lovers Scarlet Heart Ryeo and I'm stil praying for Season 2.

Ikiring on July 16, 2019:

Moon Embracing the sun is my àll time favourate

Carol on June 29, 2019:

Scarlet heart ryeo is the best

boknoy on June 26, 2019:

King Gwangeto? why not in the list ?

Helaena on June 23, 2019:

I love that the no. 1 in the list here is Moon Lovers... still can't move on with this drama.

Senyang Bolus on June 18, 2019:

Rooftop Prince not included among historical dramas,?

Lawan Cheri on June 11, 2019:

Jumong is my best Drama. It happens to be my first Korean drama and it still remains my best. It is a perfect combination of bravery, tradition, love, lyrics, crisis and tactics. It is very compelling once you start.

NaMDam on May 26, 2019:

Empress Ki and King's Daughter are very good.

The problem with Empress Ki is that the editing was pretty bad in places. So many errors.

The problem with moon lovers was that the main character started strong and ended weak.

v12d on May 10, 2019:

Horse Doctor

Dae Jang Geum

Gu Am Heo Joon

Dong Yi

Yi San

Painter of the Wind

Sangdo

Jumong

King Gwanggaeto the Great

Empress Ki

Jang Yeong Sil

The Great King Sejong

Dae Jang Geum

Traitor: The Thief Who Stole for the People /Rebel Hong Gil Dong

Okjunghwa/The Flower in Prison

Ngaijaa on May 09, 2019:

Empress ki,Iljimae,Dongyi

sim on May 08, 2019:

Scarlet heart #1,

Moon Embracing the Sun #2

moonlight drawn by Clouds #3

Faith and i love lee min hoo

Anon on May 08, 2019:

Empress Ki and Dong Yi

Yuk Chi'u on May 07, 2019:

My top favorites are Hwarang and Moon lovers. Even though I watched them because of Taehyung and Baekhyun the other actors were amazing and I immediately Ioved both of these dramas. Personally Its hard to choose the best one, but I voted for Moon lovers. The plot gave me much more emotions and it was more satisfying (In my opinion). Hwarang was excellent too! Im looking forward to watching more dramas with Lee Joon-Gi starring in them. (Cuz damn... His badass role as Wang So made me fall in love)

alek27 on May 06, 2019:

Moon Embracing the sun is the best for me I could watch it over and over again cry and like it was the first time I'm watching it

Mirae on May 05, 2019:

Moon embracing the sun is the best for me.

Astri on May 03, 2019:

Ruler master of the mask

Kim so hyun

Dinusha - srilanka on April 25, 2019:

I loved all this historical Korean drama.

sam on April 24, 2019:

six flying dragon and moon lovers:scarlet heart ryeo are the best ones...... must watch for historical drama lovers

Kush on April 22, 2019:

I seriously don't know why de Jo young isn't on this list... De Jo young

Sefah Stephen. on April 19, 2019:

Getting time watching Korean drama is just not time wasting. They are full of thrills, love, passion, caring and funny. I don't normally feel bored since i got several dramas on my Turbox Computer.

Nana on April 12, 2019:

Gu Family Book is the best for me. I watched it from Megah Filmes HD (apknite). It's jjang. Love Seung Gi there. Suzy is beautiful

Diana (author) from Kyiv on March 21, 2019:

Bloodred1889, thank you for taking your time and leaving your comment!❤️️ Yes, K-dramas do help with depression... I know that!

Diana (author) from Kyiv on March 21, 2019:

Maresa Henze, there are so many great historical Korean dramas out there that sometimes it seems hard to make a list including all of them! I'm sure there will be more period drama recommendations from me! Thank you for your feedback!❤️️

Xasper on March 20, 2019:

Dong yi? Where dong yi?

DxbFil2019 on March 15, 2019:

Jumong will always be my favorite...

Bloodred1889 on March 12, 2019:

Love this list, I got into kdrama through Korean films and horror , I started with Japanese stuff especially anime but fell in love with Korean stuff quite fast they are amazing at storytelling and horror. So thank you so much for this. So far I've not been disappointed I watched empress ki first on this list and loved it.

I literally binge the long series over days with no sleep coz of depression so it really helps and I can fall asleep to it.

Maresa Henze on March 11, 2019:

Im shocked Kingdom of the Winds wasnt mentioned!

Jumong will always be my favorite but kingdom of the winds is the perfect follow up drama. It helps that the main character is the grandson of Jumong and played by the same actor.

King Gwanggaeto the Great is also a terrific drama though it is 92 episodes and has some slow moments but it is worth it!

Kim Soo Ro is a good one too.

Matz243 on February 21, 2019:

Great historical korean drama list, I'm not from Korea but their history is far one of the most interesting histories i've ever encounter. It makes me want to learn more about it.

I love JUMONG! still my number #1, I decided to watch it because of the lead actors and unfortunately it didn't give much of romance vibe however, the plot was very SATISFYING. Just the best of all..

then there's DONG YI. I love this show because she was never thirsty of being a "queen" she became a consort without bloodshed. The kings love was just amazing he never even once give up on her. ohh it's Ji Jin hee and Han Yo-Joo..

Moj on February 05, 2019:

I think I'm the only one that didn't like Moon Lovers. I was actually disappointed after watching it since it was ranked number 1 on this site.

Dae Jang Geum and Yi San are so Iconic, Sungkyunkwan Scandal was also nice. My next list: Dong Yi, Jumong and Queen Seon Doek. I'm actually sad "Maids" did not make this list.

파딜라 on January 27, 2019:

My lifetime favorite historical kdrama was Jumong.. Eventhough it has 80 episodes I still can rewatch them... Haha. But now I think Six Flying Dragons is in my very first top list...

arathainia on January 24, 2019:

My previous post was suppose to say 'the Horse Doctor was a veterinarian who works his way up to being the kings doctor.'

arathainia on January 24, 2019:

There are two favorites that makes it hard to pick one over the other.

One is The Great King, Sejong which is a historical drama about the creation of the korean alphabet.

Another is Horse Doctor which is about a vegetarian who works his way up to being the kings doctor.

Fem on January 10, 2019:

Im still broken-hearted with scarlet heart drama,, been years now but i am hoping for season 2

chanchan on January 08, 2019:

my favorite and all time drama series that i will never forget.

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo and Moon Embracing the Sun

hadijah musa on January 04, 2019:

Wow Koreans are the best

neri on January 02, 2019:

i just love .......Love in the Moonlight

Diana (author) from Kyiv on December 26, 2018:

There are many websites where you can watch these Korean series with English subtitles for free. It depends on which series you want to watch. However, not every website can offer a wide range of dramas. For example, I could not find a historical drama ¨Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo¨ anywhere on the Internet but on YouTube. I watched the whole kdrama on Youtube! Sometimes, if you are looking for a specific drama, it´s better to google it .

Here are some websites where you can find popular kdramas (where I watched kdramas, but there are much more. I'm sure):

dramabus,fulltvseriesonline, kissasian