Top 8 Historical Korean Dramas Of All Time

From the expanded stories over 16 episodes to memorable characters, there really is nothing like a good Korean drama.
Between the good, bad, and ugly, there are some Korean dramas that stand the test of time and can be considered some of the best of all time. Here we show and celebrate our favorite historical dramas!
Of course you can comment below if we’ve missed noteworthy entries and we’ll definitely check them out and see if they’re listed.

1. Mr. Sunshine

  • Cast: Lee Byunghun, Kim Taeri
  • Year:2018
  • No. of Episode: 24
  • Channel: tvN
  • Where to watch: Amazon Prime, Netflix

Mr. Sunshine is an epic piece that combines stunning imagery with a really well-written story. Together with a brilliant cast, this is a Korean drama not to be missed.
During the Joseon Period in 1871, Mr. Sunshine plays a glimpse into the past when a Korean boy boarded an American warship and grew up an American in the United States. When he returns to his hometown, he is like an American soldier who causes a lot of confusion and internal conflict. Much more pampering would be a disservice to this drama. The story has a brilliant pace, even in the expanded 24 episodes, and the show backs up its solid text with excellent production design and assembly parts. 

2. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo 

  • Cast: Lee Joongki, IU, Kang Haneul, Nam Joohyuk, Byun Baekhyun, Hong Jonghyun, Ji Soo, Kang Hanna
  • Year: 2016
  • No of Episode: 20(+2 special)
  • Channel: SBS TV
  • Where to watch: Rakuten Viki, Amazon Prime, VIU

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo is a classic time travel story, but it’s less a fantasy than a historical drama. There is also another remake, this time the Chinese drama Scarlet Heart
from 2011. The story begins with a total solar eclipse that sends a 25-year-old 21st century woman named HaJin through time. She ends in the Goryeo Dynasty and in the body of Hae Soo, one of the many royal princes in the ruling Wang family.King Taejo sits on the throne, but HaJin falls in love with the kind and caring Prince Wang Wook.
As the story progresses, HaJin becomes embroiled in palace politics when a rivalry arises between the princes for the successor to the royal throne.
The ending is suitably bittersweet, and the show does an excellent job of mixing drama and romance.

3. The Crowned Clown 

  • Cast: Yeo Jingoo, Lee Seyoung
  • Year: 2019
  • No. of Episode: 16
  • Channel: tvN
  • Where to watch: Netflix, Rakuten Viki, VIU

The Crowned Clown is a politically charged, dramatic series full of tension, twists and turns. With a satisfactory conclusion and impressive cinematography, this Korean drama unfolds on all levels. in a state of disarray after a series of uprisings among the unfortunate population. Soon there is a power struggle for the throne, in which the mad Lee Hun rules with an iron fist.The queen widow, along with her close advisor Sin ChiSoo, plans to overthrow the king.
When an entertainer with the same face as the king arrives in town, Lee Hun exchanges with the suitor. Unprepared and above his head, with the help of Eunuch Jo and the royal secretary Ha Sun, he ascends to the throne.
With sparkling romantic lightning bolts and lots of dramatic twists and turns, The Crowned Clown constantly outdoes itself, offering a number of shocking revelations along the way.

4.Mr Queen 

  • Cast: Shin Hyesun, Kim Junghyun, Na Inwoo, Seol Inah, Choi Jinhyuk
  • Year: 2020
  • No. of  Episode: 20
  • Channel: tvN
  • Where to watch:  Amazon Prime

Mr. Queen is a hilarious and well-written body swap comedy set in the heart of the Joseon era. look. For those of you who didn’t know, this drama is a remake of the popular Chinese fancy dress drama Go Princess Go. However, this new version has its own quirks and unique elements.
The story revolves around BongHwan, an arrogant cook who suffers a head injury that takes him back in time.In real life, these ancient

5. Hwarang 

  • Cast: Park Hyungsik, Park Seojun, Kim Taehyung (V), Go Ara, Choi Minho, Do Jihan, Cho Yoonwoo, Lee Dain, Sung Dongil, Kim Jisoo, Seo Yeji
  • Year:2016
  • No. of Episode: 20
  • Channel: KBS
  • Where to watch: Netflix, Rakuten Viki

Group of talented and brave elite warriors named Hwarang settle in the kingdom of Silla amid growing social unrest, including Moo Myung, a young man from the lowest social class who climbs through the ranks to see his best friend die avenge in the hands of the Queen Mother’s men. In real life, these ancient Hwarang, also known as the Flourishing Knights, were all well trained and given the highest levels of education. Korean history dictates that they existed until the 10th century. 

6. The Moon Embracing the Sun 

  • Cast: Kim Soohyun, Han Gain, Kim Yoojung, Jung Ilwoo, Yeo Jingoo
  • Year:2012
  • No. of Episodes: 20
  • Channel: MBC
  • Where to watch: Netflix, Rakuten Viki

The Moon Embracing the Sun is a historical drama that revolves around the perspective of timeless and forbidden love. With good acting and some really cute child actors in the first half, this Kdrama certainly has a lot of positive sides. King Lee Hwon and a shaman named Wol.Wol were born into a noble family but became crown princess. Unfortunately she was executed but survived and lived as a shaman. This is where our story really begins when Lee Hwon and Wol get closer.  There are a lot of melodramatic moments here and a pretty good mystery too. 

7. The Tale of Nokdu

  • Cast: Jang Dongyoon, Hwang Inyeop, Kim Sohyun
  • Year: 2019
  • No. of Episode: 32
  • Channel: KBS2
  • Where to watch: Rakuten Viki, VIU, Netflix

Based on Hye Jin Yang’s webcomic “Nokdujeon”, The Tale Of Nokdu is a kind of love / hate story for many drama viewers. However, when you fall in love there is a lot: the story revolves around Jeon NokDu, a man who lives on an island with his father and older brother.When they are attacked by a group of murderous women, NokDu pursues them.  The girl disappears in a village of widows, which causes NokDu to dress up as a woman and enter. There he meets DongJu, a woman whom he previously helped to take on her masculine disguise. It turned out that she is actually a gisaeng teacher. .  This rom-com certainly has some good laughs along the way, which are also supported by some convincing performances. 

8. 100 Days My Prince  

  • Cast: Nam Jihyun, Do Kyungsoo(D.O), Kim Seonho, Han Seohee
  • Year: 2018
  • No. of Episode:16(+2 special) 
  • Channel:tvN
  • Where to watch: Rakuten Viki, Netflix

100 Days My Prince is a fascinating Korean drama. While it doesn’t necessarily do anything outstanding, it does meet all of the usual requirements one would expect from a historical drama. The story here begins with Crown Prince Lee Yool falling off a cliff and nearly being killed in an assassination attempt.Amnesia tricky Lee Yool wandered under a new name and personality for 100 days. During this time he met Hong Sim, the head of the first detective agency in Joseon.  What follows is a historical drama that combines comedy, romance and history in one bubbling pot of goodness. The mystery is compelling and the chemistry between the actors helps to increase this.


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