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The Best Historical KDramas Of All Time

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If you're looking for shows like Moon Embracing the Sun, here are the best Korean historical dramas ever, ranked by fans everywhere. From royal historical dramas, like Moon Lovers, to shows set during the late Joseon period, like Mr. Sunshine, this list of historical Kdramas features comedy, fantasy, action, and of course, romance. Some good Korean historical dramas include The King in Love, starring Girls' Generation's Yoona; supernatural horror series Kingdom; and Jumong, one of the most popular Korean dramas of all time. 

Vote up the top Korean historical drama series, and keep checking back as we update the list with new historical Kdramas as they premiere. 

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    Mr. Queen

    Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun
    Mr. Queen (tvN, 2020), also known as Queen Cheorin, is a South Korean historical romantic-comedy television series. When a modern day chef gets trapped in the body of a queen in the Joseon era, chaos...  more
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    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
    Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean historical romance television series, based on the Chinese novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua. During a total solar eclipse, a 25-year-old...  more
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    100 Days My Prince

    Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun
    100 Days My Prince (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical romantic-comedy television series. After losing his memory from a failed assassination attempt, Lee Yool wanders for 100 days under a new...  more
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    Six Flying Dragons

    Yoo Ah-In, Kim Myung-Min
    Six Flying Dragons (SBS, 2015) is a South Korean historical drama television series. As the Joseon state emerges in the wake of the Goryeo kingdom, the Six Dragons engage in a great struggle for...  more
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    Kingdom

    Rachel Lillian Goldberg, Ju Ji-hoon
    Kingdom (Netflix, 2019) is a South Korean historical horror television series based on the webcomic series "Land of the Gods" by Kim Eun-hee. In Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince is sent...  more

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    Mr. Sunshine

    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri
    Mr. Sunshine (tvN, 2018) is a South Korean historical action drama television series. After returning to Korea as a United States Marine Corps officer, Choi Yoo-jin falls in love with an aristocrat's...  more

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    Dae Jang Geum

    Lee Young-ae, Han Ji-min
    Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003), also known as Jewel in the Palace, is a South Korean historical drama television series. Based on true events, an orphaned kitchen cook becomes the king's first female...  more
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    Chicago Typewriter

    Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung
    Chicago Typewriter (tvN, 2017) is a South Korean romance television series. Three resistance fighters who lived during the 1930s Japanese occupation of Korea are reincarnated into the present as a...  more

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    Queen Seondeok

    Lee Yo-won, Kim Nam-gil
    Queen Seondeok (MBC, 2009) is a South Korean historical drama television series. A young queen unites three turbulent kingdoms despite opposition from a powerful lady of the court....  more
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    Dong Yi

    Han Hyo-joo, Ji Jin-hee
    Dong Yi (MBC, 2010), also known as Jewel in the Crown, is a South Korean historical romance television series. In the Joseon Period, a young palace servant reaches one of the highest ranks in the...  more
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    Jumong

    Song Il-gook, Han Hye-jin
    Jumong (MBC, 2006), also known as Prince of Legend or The Book of the Three Hans, is a South Korean historical period drama series. The series examines the life of Jumong (Song Il-gook), founder of...  more
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    Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love

    Kim Tae-hee, Han Seung-yeon
    Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (SBS, 2013), also known as Jang Ok Jeong, Lives in Love, is a South Korean historical drama television series. Fashion designer Jang Ok-jung finds she is sought after by...  more
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    Sungkyunkwan Scandal

    Park Min-young, Yoochun
    Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2, 2010) is a South Korean historical romantic-comedy television series based on the 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars by Jung Eun-gwol. A girl...  more

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    Empress Ki

    Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo
    Empress Ki (MBC, 2013) is a South Korean historical romance television series. A woman born in Korea navigates her way through love, war, politics and national loyalties to become a powerful empress...  more
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    Love in the Moonlight

    Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung
    Love in the Moonlight (KBS2, 2016) is a South Korean historical romantic comedy television series, based on the 2013 novel Moonlight Drawn by Clouds by Yoon Yi-Soo. A crown prince begins to fall in...  more
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    Deep Rooted Tree

    Shin Se-kyung, Song Joong-ki
    Deep Rooted Tree (SBS, 2011), also known as Tree With Deep Roots, is a South Korean historical drama television series. When King Sejong the Great embarks on a quest to devise a writing system for...  more
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    Moon Embracing the Sun

    Han Ga-in, Kim Soo-hyun
    Moon Embracing the Sun (MBC, 2012), also known as The Moon That Embraces the Sun or The Sun and the Moon, is a 2012 South Korean historical romance television series. A powerful king and a female...  more
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    The Crowned Clown

    Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Se-young
    The Crowned Clown (tvN, 2019), also known as The Man Who Became King, is a South Korean historical drama television series based on the 2012 film Masquerade. At a time in Joseon history when upheaval...  more
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    The Princess' Man

    Park Si-hoo, Moon Chae-won
    The Princess' Man (KBS2, 2011) is a South Korean historical romance drama television series. A forbidden romance blossoms between the daughter of King Sejo and the son of Sejo's political opponent...  more
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    The Tale of Nokdu

    Jang Dong-yoon, Kim So-Hyun
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    The Legend of the Blue Sea

    Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Min-ho
    The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016) is a South Korean fantasy romantic-comedy television series. A magistrate's plan to release mermaids into the ocean backfires when they're caught by fishermen....  more
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    Hwarang

    Park Seo-joon, Go Ara
    Hwarang (KBS2, 2016), also known as Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, is a South Korean historical romance television series. An elite group of male warrior youth called Hwarang grow through passion...  more
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    Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung

    Shin Se-kyung, Cha Eun-woo
    Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (MBC, 2019) is a South Korean historical drama television series. Goo Hae-ryung, a historian who tries to fight gender stereotypes as her work is often looked down on,...  more
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    The Emperor: Owner of the Mask

    Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun
    The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (MBC, 2017) is a South Korean historical drama television series. Crown Prince Lee Sun battles a powerful and wealthy organization that manipulates his country from...  more
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    The Slave Hunters

    Lee Da-hae, Jang Hyuk
    The Slave Hunters (KBS, 2010), also known as Chuno, is a South Korean historical action television series. Lee Dae-gil, once a kind lord during the Joseon dynasty, becomes renowned for his skill and...  more
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