Let’s check list 15 best Korean historical dramas right now!

15 best romance historical K-Dramas to have on your watchlist. Let’s check with us right now below!

For new K-Dramas fans and non addict to K-Dramas, it’s often hard to create an excellent watchlist. You likely ask your friend’s opinions or read the reviews online to create your selection, but sometimes it’s not enough. We hope this list will facilitate your finding the dramas you’re looking for!

If you’re a beginner to K-Drama, historical drama might look unattractive to you. it’s a matter of taste but Korean historical dramas are very diverse. Some have few historical elements and are easy to observe. it’s simply like another drama but with a reasonably historical background. While some are approachable and easy-to-understand, some have complex and political plots. Your only task is to decide wisely in keeping with your taste!

For K-Drama addicts, you almost certainly have watched all of the drama listed below, if not it’s time to feature on your watchlist.

Let us know within the comment which one would you advise looking forward to readers.

(Article first published in 2019 and updated in 2021)

1. “The Moon Embracing The Sun

When: 2012

Cast: Kim Soo Hyun, Han Ga In, Jung Il Woo, Kim Min Seo

Summary: once they were young, prince Lee Hwon falls enamored with Yeon Woo who is chosen to be the Crown Princess. However, thanks to political schemes, a shaman put a curse on her. People think she is dead but she resurrected with amnesia. Eight years later, she becomes a shaman and also the prince still cannot forget his -dead- true love. They ended up a meeting within the palace. The young King starts to research her death and she or he starts to recollect her past.

For: Viewers searching for an unforgettable romantic drama.

Why watch?: This drama’s plot and acting are just perfect. Viewers are hooked from the start to the top. The drama mixes genre with romance, fantasy, and comedy. you may get on a roller coaster of emotions and be dearly attached to the characters.

2. “Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love

When: 2013

Cast: Kim Tae Hee, Yoo Ah In, Hong Soo Hyun

Summary: It tells the story of 1 of the foremost famous -villain- royal concubines within the Joseon Dynasty. It focuses on before and after she enters the palace.

For: Viewers searching for a romantic drama with deadly political fights.

Why watch?: the primary part focuses on the romance of the 2 main characters and therefore the latter part of the drama is more political with the assorted political schemes and relation with the King, the Queen, and therefore the concubines. The story is addictive and viewers want to grasp to which extent the characters’ greediness can go.

3. “Warrior Baek Dong Soo

When: 2011

Cast: Ji Chang Wook, Yoo Seung Ho, Yoon So Yi, Shin Hyun Bin

Summary: The drama is about brotherhood, loyalty, and honor within the middle of political schemes in Joseon by the prince, assassin guilds, and more.

For: Viewers trying to find an epic historical drama with bromance, swords fight, and delightful cinematography.

Why watch?: Quite a romance, it’s a drama that focuses on brotherhood. For those of you who like sword fights, assassins, and friendship, this is often for you! Both actors acting are perfect and therefore the surrounding actors too. Viewers are held onto their universe from the start to the top and it deeply touches viewers’ hearts.

4. “Hwarang

When: 2016-2017

Cast: Park Seo Jun, Go Ara, Park Hyung Sik, SHINee’s Min Ho, BTS’s V

Summary: The regent of the dominion of Silla is hiding her son. She also creates a brand new elite name Hwarang – a gaggle of children. Inside the trained Hwarang, her son (the future king) and a commoner have a secret.

For: Viewers trying to find a cute and lightweight historical drama with handsome and funny male leads.

Why watch?: it’s easy to look at for all the general public. The plot is cute and fresh. Moreover, it’d be a pleasant opening move into Korean historical dramas for those unacquainted with Korean history.

5. “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

When: 2016

Cast: Lee Joon Gi, IU, Kang Ha Neul, Nam Joo Hyuk, Ji Soo, Hong Jong Hyun, EXO’s Baek Hyun, etc

Summary: During an occultation, Go HaJin is transported from modern to Goryeo times. She wakes up within the middle of the various royal princes. Her story then begins. She first falls soft on with the sort 8th Prince but later changes to the 4th Prince. This prince is thought for being fearless and he hides his face with a mak. She is trapped within the princes’ rivalry over the throne.

For: Viewers searching for drama bringing viewers on a roller-coaster of emotions.

Why watch?: Lee Joon Gi is one of the actors whose acting in historical dramas isn’t to miss. the opposite actors in supporting roles are popular. The drama while being eye-candy and is kind of complex in its addictive plot and various characters. it’s well balanced between cute and dark.

6. “Empress Ki

When: 2013-2014

Cast: Ha Ji Won, Ji Chang Wook, Joo Jin Mo

Summary: It tells the romance and political ambition of Empress Ki, a woman from Goryeo taken against her will as a palace woman that ended up as Yuan Empress.

For: Viewers searching for an intense story and breathtaking political fights.

Why watch?: The drama is long of 51 episodes. Some might think initially sight that it’s too long but it’s not. The memorable romance and political schemes have enough time to develop. The viewers can only root for the strong lead female character. The superb acting of most actors could be a plus.

7. “Six Flying Dragons

When: 2015-2016

Cast: Yoo Ah In, Kim Myung Min, Shin Se Kyung, Byun Yo Han, Yoon Kyun Sang, Chun Ho Jin

Summary: It covers the transition from Goryeo to Joseon. It tells the story around the foundation of the new dynasty and particularly young Prince Lee Bang Won.

For: Viewers trying to find an epic and political drama about one among the foremost captivating periods of Korean history.

Why watch?: First of all, the drama has romance but it’s minor, and second, the drama has over 50 episodes. Despite a solid cast and powerful plot, the drama may not be for everybody. However, if you wish great historical and political plot, this is often for you and highly recommended.

8. “Bridal Mask

When: 2012

Cast: Joo Won, Jin Se Yeon, Park Ki Woong, Han Chae Ah, Shin Hyun Joon

Summary: it’s the Korean version of a superhero during Imperial Japanese rule. It tells the story of a hero without a reputation that needs to throw away love thanks to his fate and therefore the woman who tries to shield him.

For: Viewers trying to find a cliffhanger drama when Korea was under Japanese rule with romance.

Why watch?: If you would like to find out about this era of Korean history, the drama may be an honest reason to look at. The plot is catchy. Viewers hold their breath throughout the show. The romance and brotherhood make it even more intense.

9. “The Emperor: Owner of the Mask

When: 2017

Cast: Yoo Seung Ho, Kim So Hyun, Kim Myung Soo (INFINITE’s L)

Summary: It tells the story of the prince fighting the Pyeonsuhwe society that controls the installation due to their power. during this battle for the people, the prince and therefore the girl who is popular among the people develop their story.

For: Viewers searching for a romance with an appealing plot and action scenes.

Why watch?: Acting is nice and also the characters made it worth watching. The romance is touching and therefore the development of the story is interesting.

10. “Gu Family Book

When: 2013

Cast: Lee Seung Gi, Suzy, Sung Joon, Yoo Yeon Seok, Lee Yu Bi

Summary: A half-man and half-gumiho love one ordinary woman and he will try his best to measure sort of a human.

For: Viewers trying to find a mysterious and fantastical story.

Why watch?: The fantasy genre is intriguing and there are many action scenes to enjoy. The story is pure and can cause you to smile and cry. it’s also easy to observe for viewers not accustomed to historical dramas.

11. “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung

When: 2019

Cast: Shin Se Kyung, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo, Park Ki Woong

Summary: The story is ready within the 19th century where men and girls aren’t seen as equal. a girl will try and become a historian and take a look at to ‘change’ society. And it tells the romance between her and also the prince.

For: Viewers searching for a cute and fun romance historical drama about women’s social issues with a handsome lead.

Why watch?: This historical drama is sort of new within the sense that it gives light to women’s social issues in Joseon (and still relatable to some extent within the modern time). The lead female character is powerful, smart, and dependent while the lead male character is cute and has many things to be told. they need plenty of cute and wonderful romantic scenes.

12. “The Tale of Nokdu

When: 2019

Cast: Kim So Hyun, Jang Dong Yoon, Kang Tae Oh

Summary: It tells the romance between a person who is disguising as a lady to infiltrate a community for widows and a woman that hates the concept of becoming a gisaeng.

For: Viewers trying to find an exciting historical drama with perfect chemistry.

Why watch?: “The Tale of Nokdu” could be a must-watch historical romance drama. it’s the entire package to be a captivating drama: romance, comedy, action, mystery, and politics. The male character is cross-dressing which is that the opposite of the same old frame. The plot will hook you from the start to the top and you’ll find yourself rooting for the lead couple.

13. “Mr. Queen

When: 2020-2021

Cast: Shin Hye Sun, Kim Jung Hyun, Bae Jong Ok, Kim Tae Woo

Summary: thanks to a sudden accident, the soul of a primitive person from modern Korea entered Queen Kim SoYong’s body in Joseon. It tells the scandalous story of a soul that ran far away from its body and also the King CheolJong who has two faces.

For: Viewers searching for a hilarious historical drama with perfect acting.

Why watch?: This drama has received plenty of affection thanks to its hilarious characters and story. Shin Hye Sun, one of the foremost talented actresses, took on the role of a person from modern time who arrived within the body of the Queen in Joseon. She portrayed the character flawlessly making viewers connect with the arrogant man pretending to be a girl. except for it, you’ll be able to expect political fights and a not-so-easy to know the king.

14. “Royal Secret Agent

When: 2020-2021

Cast: Kim MyungSoo (INFINITE’s L), Kwon Na Ra, Lee Yi Kyung

Summary: it’s the comic investigation story lately Joseon secret royal inspectors who are the key ears of the palace. They actively and cheerfully eradicate corruption and help victims of injustice.

For: Viewers searching for an easy-to-watch and funny historical drama with a touch of romance.

Why watch?: the foremost fun and wonderful trio (funniest bromance ever) are going for adventures across the country. This drama will put you in a very good mood and cause you to laugh hard. But at the identical time, their investigations also are nerve-breaking and captivating. it’s the right ratio of comedy and action.

15. “Bossam: Steal the Fate

When: 2021

Cast: Jung Il Woo, Girls’ Generation’s (Kwon) Yu Ri, Shin Hyun Soo

Summary: the person who lives by kidnapping widows for remarriage life is turned the wrong way up when he kidnapped a princess by mistake.

For: Viewers searching for an emotional romance relating the women’s condition in Joseon with politics.

Why watch?: The background of this drama about widow and ladies in Joseon make it memorable. the atmosphere is sort of serious and emotional because the lead characters’ situations are off from being happy once. Complex love relationships, dangerous situations, and politics are keywords.

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