Bibimgirl’s List of the BEST Sageuks EVER (aka: Best Korean Historical Dramas)

UPDATED: December 2016

I have been asked a lot as to what are some of the best Historical Korean Dramas (HKD). There are really so many! I decided to make a list of my TOP 10 Korean Historical Dramas of ALL TIME.  As I was putting it together, I couldn’t even narrow it down to 10 without feeling I was leaving out some really good HKD’s behind. I made an “Honorable Mention” section, so I guess you can say it’s a Top 15 16 list.  Because it was hard enough to condense my favorite, let alone rank them, I just listed them alphabetical order by its English title.

Before I continue, I think it’s important to point out how I watch dramas. In most cases, I wait until a series is completely over before I start watching. I’m all about binge-watching. I hate nothing more than having to wait an entire week before I’m able to watch the next episode. If I’m really impatient to watch something, I’ll wait until it at least 75% completed. Therefore this list is only of completed dramas I’ve watched.

Methodology Used To Establish My Best Sageuk List

I broke it down to the following: High Addiction Quotient. This term has been used to describe video games, but I think this might be the first it’s been used to describe dramas. Dramas with a high addiction quotient are those I couldn’t get enough of – the ones I would be either constantly thinking about, up all night watching, or spending entire weekends binge watching.

*******Just because a drama isn’t listed here does not mean that the rest are bad. There are SO MANY great dramas!!!  To see my full drama list and how I rated various dramas, feel free to check out my full Drama List at MyDramaList.com and then hit “SCORE” to view them by rating. ******** 

I will update this list as new dramas come up that meet the High Addiction Quotient. Please note: These are listed in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.

1. Arang and the Magistrate (2012)

Arang-and-the-Magistrate

  • Native Title:아랑사또전 Arang sattojeon
  • Episodes, Network: 20, MBC
  • Time Period: mid 1500’s
  • Overivew: This is a Joseon Dynasty ghost-human romanic drama. While this is a fictional story, it is based on a very old Korean folktale called “The Legend of Arang, the Virgin Ghost” which is one of the most recognizable haunted spirit tales in Korea. The tale of Arang is set during the reign of King Myeongjong (1545-1567) in the Miryang region, Gyeongsangnam-do Province 경상남도 밀양시. There are then several oral versions of the tale but the foundation of the tale is that Arang was the beautiful 19 year old daughter of the local Magistrate. She was lured out by her nanny and brutally killed by an admirer. After her death, she becomes a ghost and appears to every district magistrate. She ultimately comes back in human form and with the help of a noble man, she is finally able to rest in peace. Here’s a closer look at the legendary story of Arang, The Virgin Ghost.

2. Ballad of Seo Dong (2005)

  • Ballad of Seo DongNative Title: 서동요 Suhdong Yo 
  • Episodes, Network: 55, SBS
  •  Time Period: approximately 590’s to early 600’s
  • Overview: This is based on a famous Korean legend found in the Samguk Yusa about the young King Mu of Baekju, whose personal name was Sodong. He falls in love with Princess Seonhwa of Silla.  He intentionally spreads a sensational rumor about the princess and himself among the people through a song. As a result, King Jinpyeong of Silla banishes her.  Read more about her in my article Badass Mamas of the Three Kingdoms Period. 

3. Bridal Mask (2012)

  • bridal mask2Native Title:각시탈 Gaksital
  • Episodes, Network: 28, KBS2
  • Time Period: 1930
  • Overview: This drama centers on Lee Kang To who is a smart and ambitious Korean police officer employed by the Japanese colonists. Kang To is on the hunt to catch the person behind The Bridal Mask. The Bridal Mask appears as a Zorro-like figure who protects the Korean people from the Japanese colonists’ oppression and abuse of power. While this is a completely fictional story, it is a very interesting look at the real social dynamics which existed during one of the darkest periods in Korean history.

4. Empress Ki (2014) Empress Ki

  • Native Title: 기황후 Ki Hwanghu
  • Episodes, Network: 51, MBC
  • Time Period: 1300’s
  • Overview: There was a real empress in China known as Empress Qi who was from Goryeo. She was married to Toghon Temür, the Khan of the Yuan Dynasty (Mongols). This drama sparked a huge controversy because there was no such king as Wang Yoo of Goryeo. He was a completely fictional character because the real king of Goryeo at that time, King Chunghye 충혜왕 was a psychopath and is considered to be one of the worst kings in Korean history.  With that being said, Empress Ki, the drama, was SOOOO good! I LOVED IT!!

5. Faith (2012

Faith

  • Native Title: 신의 Shin Eui
  • Episodes, Network: 24, SBS
  • Time Period: mid 1300’s
  • Overview: This is a fictional time travel love story between the real life historical Goryeo warrior, Choi Young and a fictional female doctor from 2012. I personally thought the time travel thing would be way over the top and take away from the story, but it didn’t. Minus the time travel to 2012, the story takes place in 1351, when the 31st King of Goryeo, King Gongmin 공민왕 begins his reign.

6. Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love (2013)

  • Jang_Ok-jung,_Live_for_Love-posterNative Title: 장옥정, 사랑에 살다 Jang Ok Jung, Sarange Salda
  • Episodes, Network: 24, SBS
  • Time Period: late 1600’s
  • Overview: This drama is based on the book written by Choi Jungmi. It is a complete reinterpretation of one of Korea’s best known royal concubines of the Joseon Dynasty, Lady Jang Hee Bin, known for her ruthless scheming and lust for power.  Her personal name was Jang Ok Jung (1659 -1701) and she was the Royal Noble Concort (concubine of the 1st rank) of King Sukjong (r. 1674 – 1720). The drama has Jang Ok Jung as the daughter of a slave who becomes one of Joseon’s top fashion designers.  This drama left me sobbing like a baby! Even though it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it, I’m still moved just thinking about it. At a later date I will write a more in depth article about the historical elements of this drama.

7. JeJoongwon (2010)

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  • Native Title:제중원
  • Episodes, Network: 36, SBS
  • Time Period: 1884 – approx 1915
  • Overview: For whatever reason, this didn’t become a popular as some of the other sageuks. What makes this historical drama unique from the others we’ve all seen is because in the course of this drama, you can see the transformation of Korea and the influences of the West; where the clothing goes from Hanboks to Yangboks (Western Suits). This drama moved me so much that I wrote a 2 part article. JeJoongwon Part 1, JeJoongwon Part 2

8. Jumong (2006)   Jumong

  • Native Title:주몽
  • Episodes, Network: 82, MBC
  • Time Period: 108 BC – 19 BC
  • Overview: This story is about Jumong and how he became the founder of Goguryeo in 37 BC. Goguryeo was one of the ancient Three Kingdoms of Korea which lasted for over 700 years. For those interested in Korean history, this drama comes first in chronological order of Korean history. This drama was a global sensation and a ratings blockbuster all over the world and universally on any “must watch” list. Read more on my Jumong page.

9. The King’s Daughter, Su Baek Hyang (2014)

  • Su Baek HyangNative Title:제왕의 딸, 수백향 Jewangui Dal, Su Baek Hyang
  • Episodes, Network: 108, MBC (35 minutes)
  • Time Period: late 400’s to early 500’s
  • Overview: This drama is unusual in the sense that it is only 35 minutes long rather than the standard hour. It was also originally slated as a 100 episodes, but due to the huge popularity, the writers added an additional 8 episodes. This drama had it all – romance, action, suspense, comedy – there’s something for everyone.  The title character, Su Baek-hyang, was born as the love child between the daughter of a traitor and the man who would be crowned as King Muryeong, the 25th king of Baekje.  She is unable to receive her title of princess due to her greedy and ambitious younger sister. For a closer look, visit my Su Baek Hyang page.

10. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)scarlet-heart-ryeo history

  • Native Title: Hangul: 달의 연인 – 보보경심 려 dal-ae yeon-in – bobo kyung shim ryeo
  • Episodes, Network: 20, SBS
  • Time Period: 941
  • Overview: Although there were a lot of new sageuks during 2015 and 2016, this was the best drama I have seen in the past couple of years! This drama is about a modern Korean woman who is transported back to the early part of Goryeo dynasty during the reign of King Taejo, the founder of Goryeo. She finds herself thrown in the middle of power struggle between King Taejo’s many sons. While other time travel dramas take place mostly in the modern era, about 90% of this drama takes place during Goryeo. One of the central characters of the drama is Wang So, the 4th Prince and future King Gwangjong of Goryeo. You can read more about King Gwangjong on this site.

11. Queen Seon Duk (2009)

QueenSeonDuk

  • Native Title: 선덕여왕 (善德女王) Seondeok Yeowang
  • Episodes, Network: 62, MBC
  • Time Period: early 600’s
  • Overview: Highly fictionalized interpretation of the real life Deokman, who eventually becomes Queen Seon Duk, the first female queen of the Silla Dynasty, one of the three ancient kingdoms of Korea. She reigned from 632 – 647. While the story itself is a fictionalized interpretation, many of the people and leading characters were real. This is the drama that started it all for me! Read more about her in my Badass Mammas of The Three Kingdoms Period Page.

Honorable Mention:

Because there are so many great Korean Historical Dramas out there, I feel these dramas also deserve to be at least on an honorable mention list. Again, these too are in alphabetical order. 

12. Ja Myung Go (2009)

    • Ja-Myung-GoNative Title:왕녀 자명고  Wahnyu Ja-myung-go
    • Episodes, Network: 39 SBS
    • Time Period: approx 30 AD
    • Overview: This drama is loosely based on a 2000 year old Korean folk tale about the dashing and charming Prince Hodong of Gorguryeo and the Princess of Nakrang Kingdom. This story was documented in the 1000 year old text, Samguk Sagi.  This tale is about nations, war, love, betrayal, and death. More about the legend can be found on the Legend of Prince Hodong and Princess Nangnang page.

13. The Fugitive of Joseon

(aka: Heaven’s Order / aka: Mandate of Heaven)

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  • Native Title: 천명 (天命)
  • Episodes, Network: 20, KBS
  • Time Period: 1540’s
  • Overview: “The Fugitive of Joseon” (천명). It is also called “Mandate of Heaven,” which is more closer to the Korean title. Set during the end of of King JungJong’s (중종왕) reign (506–1544) through the beginning of King Injong’s (인종왕) reign. This drama tells the story of a royal physician desperate to cure his ailing daughter. He becomes a fugitive when he gets entangled in an assassination plot to poison the crown prince. He fights to save both his daughter’s life and his own. This drama kept me at the edge of my seat. The addiction factor was huge for this drama, I was able to bang this one within only a week!

14. Hwang Jin Yi (2006)hwangjini

  • Native Title:황진이 (黃眞伊) Hwang jini
  • Episodes, Network: 24, KBS2
  • Time Period: early to mid 1500’s
  • Overview: This story is about the life of Joseon-era dancer, musician and poet, Hwang Jin Yi. She sought perfection in her art, despite hardships facing women due to their lowly social status. For those wanting to learn more about this amazing woman, please visit my page on Hwang Jin Yi. If you love Korean traditional dresses, hanboks, this drama has one of the best displays of hanboks of any drama.

15. Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)

  • Moon Embracing The SunNative Title: 해를 품은 달  Haereul Poomeun Dal
  • Episodes, Network: 20, MBC
  • Time Period: Joseon
  • Overview: This is a completely fictional story about a secret love between Lee Hwon, the king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. This drama became an international sensation and ratings blockbuster.

16. The Three Musketeers (2014)three-musketeers-korean-drama

  • Native Title:삼총사  Sam Chong Sa
  • Episodes, Network: 12, TvN
  • Time Period: 1620’s
  • Overview: With only 12 episodes, The Three Musketeers is on the short side when it comes to historical dramas. This is a fusion K-Historical drama that follows the Crown Prince Sohyeon (소현세자) his warriors Heo Seung-Po and An Min-Seo and a guy named Park Dal-Hyang who is preparing for his military examination. The main story takes place 4 years into the reign of King Injo (r. 1623–1649). This was originally intended to be 4 seasons long, but due to ratings, it only lasted one season. The show aired on TvN, which is a paid cable network, so I’m not sure if that also affected ratings. It’s too bad, because it was very entertaining. If you are looking for a good light-hearted sageuk, I would recommend this one.

17. The Princess’ Man (2011)

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  • Native Title:공주의 남자  Gongjooeui Namja
  • Episodes, Network: 24, KBS2
  • Time Period: mid 1400’s
  • Overview: It’s a Joseon dynasty version of “Romeo and Juliet.” A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and son of Kim Jong Seo.  They fall in love instantly but later they find out that their parents are sworn enemies.

Partial Sageuks/TimeWarp: 

OK, I realize this is a super huge stretch, but I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this drama!  Since there’s some flashbacks to Joseon, I figure it’s OK to include this. It’s definitely one of my absolute all-time favorite dramas, so my list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t add this one. I think for hardcore sageuk watchers, like myself, this is one modern drama I recommend you watch.  My Love From Another Star (2013)
(aka: You Came From the Stars / My Lover From The Stars / You From Another Star)

별에서 온 그대 - Joseon

  • Native Title:별에서 온 그대 Byeol-esuh Ohn Geudae
  • Episodes, Network: 21, SBS
  • Time Period: This is a present day drama with flashbacks to 1600’s Joseon
  • Overview: This is story about an alien who first arrived on earth in 1609, but in order to protect a girl he met, he missed his chance to return to his home planet. 400 years later, he is still living in Korea and working as a professor, the latest of many identities he’s taken on through the years. The drama was a hit in Korea and became a worldwide sensation.

I will state again: Just because a drama isn’t listed here does not mean that the rest are bad. There are SO MANY great dramas!!!  To see my full drama list and how I rated various dramas, feel free to check out my full Drama List at MyDramaList.com and then hit “SCORE” to view them by rating.  

Let me know what you think. What would be on your BEST SAGEUK list? Please feel free to add your comments below.

CHECK OUT: PART 2

An Oppa’s Guide to the Best Historical Dramas Ever

Related Article: Introduction to Sageuks

  • my favorites are “Saimdang, Light’s Diary”, “6 Flying Dragon” & “The Rebel Hong Gil Dong”.

  • Barbara Ann Giorgio

    Hwang Jin-Yi would have to be the most marvellous one of all. Loved it so much and moving in the extreme. Th crane falling from the cliff was the most moving scene I have ever seen. So beautifully made. Korean Drama rules.

  • sam de guzman

    Scarlet heart ryeo has the best feels 😢 but the ending left me hanging 😢😢 and tge main casts making us think that there will be season 2 as for the two main cast joon gi and iu posted something on their instagram account making me believe that there will be part 2. If the drama didnt give high ratings in korea is it really impossible for it to be continued? How about when it gained popularity internationally? It is popular in diff countries right? Is it possible or not?

  • Barbara Ann Giorgio

    If Jang Geum was brilliant, Saimdang is luminescent. Though a slow start and a strained dual plot, it all untangles then merges artfully in past and future lives becoming one. The later parts build up to the same highly emotional peak that touches the deepest human sentiments we are capable of. Again, ethical acting shines with Lee Young-Ae as the exquisite Jeanne d’Arc, championing woman as man’s equal but surpassing him in wisdom and beauty, grace and honour. In both series, she acts as a role model to all in an age lacking in virtues. These are not just opiates of the trapped aerial suburbanites of Korea who live a dramatic virtual reality of which they are incapable in the banality of their real lives. Underneath the skyscrapers and the daily suicides, lies a world which these dramas rebirth, and a raw struggle for survival where hardship is to be endured as fate. These dramas give hope and Saimdang is a beacon of light in the sad, lonely, dark days which always seem like winter

  • Barbara Ann Giorgio

    Where has Korean drama been all my life? Jang Geum,, Jewel in the Palace.. was my introduction and I became addicted. It was inspiring, loved every second and felt every betrayal and every success as mine. It is a true story of the first female liberation movement in the most patriarchal of societies. I would become a doctor after seeing this. So much can be learned about traditional Korean medicine watching this. The love story is moving and the scene which evoked the most tears was the King’s finding true love in her. So very meaningful. A study in Good vs Evil and a depiction of the most noble vs the most base of human qualities. Having spent 3 months in Korea and travelling its landscapes, loving its people and nature, this drama deepened a love affair with this country.

  • An Na Lagumbay

    So far scarlet heart is the best for me. It is so beautiful story I just wished there is a continuation 😂

  • -KitCat

    Aww, I really love sageuk drama’s, arang and the magistrate started it all for me T_T now I’m here cuz of thirst for these dramas.

    • Yes, that was definitely a great one!

  • Fuchsia Pink

    We have the same taste in seg

    • I’m so glad this has been helpful. As I’m inspired by others, I will keep adding. I agree – Jumong was amazing!!!! 💕

  • LivingForRomance

    I don’t know why you didn’t include Love in the Moonlight? That is my favorite so far. Perfect acting, cast, scenes, music, and story. A light romance drama where you can feel love, longing, pain, and happiness.

    • I know a lot of people liked it. I am really tired of seeing “girl-dressed-as-boy” dramas. It is totally my own opinion and I know some people absolutely loved it. Thanks for sharing your favorite with us! It will help to provide a recommendation for others! 💕💕

      • LivingForRomance

        sad.. you’ll miss a lot.. 🙂 It is one of the best!!

  • Japanime Talks

    Still on the process of moving on from Scarlet Heart Ryeo and I agree. It’s one of the best (although for the record, I’m yet to see more saeguks). But I’m convinced that it deserves to be on top of it’s league. Also, cheers for Empress Ki and Queen Seon Deok!

  • Beyondxx

    I always come to this article when I need a new drama to watch, thanks! I LOVED The King’s daughter & Empress Ki especially.

    • Thank you so much. I’m glad this list has been helpful!

  • Sam Dutta

    i don’t know why koreans didn’t liked Scarlet Heart Ryeo and asit flopped in Korea, but have to say, this was the best historical korean drama I’ve seen. How good tht drama was can be seen from the Pan Asia popularity it has gained.

  • nadeshot is shook

    empress ki is a masterpiece.

  • Queen Bee

    Talking about the best sageuk drama all the time, I think Six Flying Dragons deserves to be in this list. Awards given to this drama are a proof how it is the best. But since it’s your list, I don’t mind at all. Only want to let you know how good Six Flying Dragons is.

  • Sora

    Personally I really liked Scholar Who Walked The Night, but it may just be because it was the first historical drama I watched. I just got into K-dramas 2015/2016 yet I’ve already seen sooooo many and ended up getting into kpop also. My life’s a mess, I know.

    • An Na Lagumbay

      Scholar who walks at night is my first love and scarlet heart the is my true love!! It makes me crazy in love to Lee Joon Gi!!

  • Death

    I am a big fan of historical dramas but I don’t agree with ur list , since I hated lots of dramas in this list ….

  • nion

    secret door, six flying draggons,Deep rooted tree, damo, chuno, Jewel in the palace, dong yi, yi san, maids. They are also good.

    • FOR SURE! They were all great dramas!!

  • Jainey

    Ok I just discovered this genre and am completely hooked !! Two episodes away from finishing scarlet heart ryeo…. I just love it !! Thank you so much for this list because now I can find my next fix !! I just need to find ones with subtitles that are available to Australia !!

  • Jainey

    Ok. I just

  • KawaiiChang

    This is so helpful because we have a play about the history of Korea, and we need to pick one Korean Drama with the history of it, thanks a lot for listing this Korean Drama.

  • Ekaterin Ruiz Labrada

    Now you need to add moon lovers; scarlet heart Ryo to the list. That was my first historical drama ever and I totally loved it.

  • Yna Chiong

    The most recent addition to my list of favorite sageuks is Scarlet Heart: Ryeo starring Lee Joon Gi (our king of sageuks!) and IU.. and it might just be my #1! The cast was amazing, and the cinematography is gorgeous. As always, Lee Joon Gi portrayed his character on a whole different level.

    • Yna Chiong

      This, by far, is the most epic and unforgettable love story I have come across with. I laughed, cried, fell in love, had my heart broken and my life wrecked with the characters. Superb on so many levels! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c5317ac8dab94a6c807e73bb2ba4aa3ec81ffc32c4e22e20dc3e8530382d4bee.jpg

      • KIM..DAE.SUK

        i agree with you it was such an amazing drama but i hope there is a season 2 i think it deserves to have one

      • Edward Pastory

        Yna chiong!! what is the name of this sagaek drama described by a photo you posted here?

        • sam de guzman

          Scarlet heart ryeo

    • Judy

      I so agree, I loved this drama, but the ending left me wanting more! They must make a season 2, I just signed the petition. I hope everyone who loved this drama will sign it too! https://www.change.org/p/sbs-make-scarlet-heart-ryeo-season-2-possible

      • I hope they make a season 2….however, it is very unlikely since this did not achieve popularity in Korea. You can’t even find it on Korean language streaming sites! My parents haven’t even seen it yet! Fingers crossed!!

        • Julie

          I am so surprised that it is not loved in Korea!! I blame a lot of it on the fact that it was sharing the same time with Moonlight Drawn by Clouds. I love Scarlet Heart WAY more than Moonlight, but Moonlight was a great drama too and I since it was airing 1st I would have finished it before watching Scarlet Heart. I feel that had a huge effect on Scarlet Heart Ryeo’s ratings. the drama is great with an actual love triangle and not one of the typical one where the female lead has no interest in the 3rd wheel. The music was amazing!! Had to buy the OST right when it came out!!! While I would totally watch a Season 2 and yearned for one right after it aired I have come to terms with how it has ended and love how it is kind of up to us to day dream about what happens next.

          • sam de guzman

            Is it really impossible? But it gained popularity internationally right?

  • Abby_

    For The Fugitive of Joseon, when she said that she finished it within a week, I couldn’t help but feel accomplished. I usually finish a 20-episode kdrama in a couple of days. I’ve been watching Empress Ki for about a week and there’s only a few more episodes to go. Empress Ki is my first 50+ historical kdrama and it’s amazing. I’m thinking of watching Arang and the Magistrate or Hwang Jin Yi next. Which one is better??

    • Seoul Karma

      Arang and the Magistrate or Hwang Jin Yi……that’s a tough one. They are both good. Arang is a bit more light hearted with some comedic elements. Hwang Jin Yi is more romance. It depends on what you’re in the mood for! 🙂

  • Khulthum Russell

    I’m so happy to find your article! My first introduction to Korean Historical Dramas was Dae Jang Geum. I loved it! I’m wondering, how would you would rate Dae Jang Geum in comparison with the titles on your list?

    • k w e n i ㅇㅇㅇ

      I was wondering why Dae Jang Geum wasn’t in the list. It is my number 1 pick!

    • Good question. Don’t get me wrong – I REALLY liked Dae Jang Geum…..very much so. As a matter of fact, I watched Dae Jang Geum, Dong Yi, and Yi San right in a row. They were made by the same director and had many of the same actors. It was fun watching them in a row because by the time you watch Yi San, you’ll notice a scene where the actors make a funny reference to Dae Jang Geum! It goes back to my High Addiction Quotient that I mentioned. The ones that I listed….I guess you could say that I just gobbled them up more. (I realize it is very UNscientific!) 😀

      • Wine David

        i was about to asked the same why 2 of my most fave isnt included Dae Jang Geum and Dong Yi, But you answered it anyway ^^v

  • ANNA

    I was looking for Iljimae on the list but found none. I think it deserves to be on top 🙂

    • You’re right – Iljimae was REALLY good!!! Perhaps I will need to expand this to a top 20 list soon because there’s some others I want to add as well.

  • Camry Rusqoli

    Never heard of jejoongwon before ane will definitely watch mandate of heaven

    • Seoul Karma

      Jejoongwon was great!

  • Md Islam

    Gwanggaeto the great,Jumong,The Kingdom Of The Winds,Dae Jo-young,Queen Seon Duk,Yi-San,Six Flying Dragons, type series always top of the greatest TV series of korea.we want one more above type series

  • irilight

    Thank you for your list. I loved all that I have seen from it, and will watch the others. Arang is indeed wonderful.
    When thinking of Korean medicine and Jo Hyun-Jae, I am reminded of Gu Am Heo-Joon which I loved.

    • Lauren Carter

      I agree Jun-ah was a great character immersed in the discovery and documentation of Eastern Medicine and the introduction of the comprehensive and controversial techniques from the west….I’ve just discovered this site….EXCELLENT!!!!….I have practically abandoned American television….what garbage!

      • irilight

        hehe. Me too… I do not watch American TV at all.

  • misshopeful

    Thank you for sharing your favorite historical korean dramas. I’m wondering if you would also post up historical korean movies also? The tv series tend to be very long and I don’t have the time to watch all the episodes because I just simply can’t refrain myself from leaving until I watch the entire series! LOL! Emotions over logic!? Anyways, I’m looking forward to your lists and comments/critiques to future sageuk dramas (and movies?). Keep it up! =D

    • Thank you so much MissHopeful! Comments like yours give me the strength to keep this up.
      I totally agree with you about having to watch an entire series! And you are right, watching an entire TV series is definitely a time investment. Some days I may only have a 30 minutes or an hour to watch a show right before I go to bed for the night. For an 80 episode show, that could take a long time to finish. Thanks for your idea about Sageuk movies – I will give it some thought. When it comes to films, there is a lot more freedom when it comes to nudity and they can at times be a bit more explicit than what TV viewers are used to. Since this site is seen by people throughout the world, I want to make sure I don’t shock anyone.I’ve seen several otherwise good films which were ruined because of unnecessary use of explicit scenes, which in my opinion, did not add in any way to the film. I will have to think carefully so I make wise recommendations. Thanks for the suggestion!

      • misshopeful

        Your very welcome! You deserve two thumbs up😀Yes, you are totally correct and very wise on being very careful with sharing sageuk films and dramas with explicit mature scenes. I totally agree that they spoil and ruin the movie. Wow we think alike on this! I do not like watching strong promiscuity in general so I avoid movies that fall into that. Thanks for your quick and encouraging reply!

  • Humbledaisy

    On this list, Arang and the Magistrate is my favorite because it is such a mix of folklore (the supernatural aspects), political and social storytelling. I especially like dramas where a hint of the truth (an actual event, perhaps) is turned into folklore or literature. The story behind Arang definitely sounds like it could be a retelling of a retelling of an actual story. Also, the scriptwriters made sure to show us that everyday life for ordinary people back then was neither overly happy or Irredeemably horrible. People were just living as best they could. Thanks for this list – I’d never heard of JeJoongwon before.

    • Thanks Humbledaisy. I agree with your assessment on Arang and the Magistrate. As for JeJoongWon, I’m glad my list introduced some lesser known dramas. If you end up watching it, please let me know what you think.

  • Diane

    And how could you possibly miss “Dae Jang Guem (Jewel in the Palace)” and “Deep-Rooted Tree”? Wow!

    • I didn’t miss them. You are right, they were VERY great dramas. However, these are the ones I liked better. There are so many great ones, just because they aren’t here doesn’t mean they weren’t great. This is why I have asked others what they TOP LIST would be.

  • Diane

    Do you really think “My Love from Another Star” was a sageuk?? I don’t think so…..

    • I’m not sure if you read the paragraph explaining that this was a MODERN DRAMA. I bolded it.

  • rosaliada

    Thanks for sharing !