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The Best Historical KDramas Of All Time

Updated October 11, 2021 52.8k votes 7.6k voters 169.1k views66 items

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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  • 1
    Shin Hye-sun, Kim Jung-hyun
    2,767
    304
    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
  • 2
    Lee Joon-gi, Lee Ji-eun
    3,746
    578
    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
  • 3
    Do Kyung-soo, Nam Ji-hyun
    1,805
    356
    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
  • 4
    Yoo Ah-In, Kim Myung-Min
    1,107
    216
    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
  • 5
    Bae Doona, Ju Ji-hoon
    1,343
    287
    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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  • 6
    Lee Young-ae, Han Ji-min
    909
    177
    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
  • 7
    Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-ri
    1,058
    223
    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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  • 8
    Lee Yo-won, Kim Nam-gil
    713
    152
    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
  • 9
    Yoo Ah-in, Im Soo-jung
    753
    167
    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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    Han Hyo-joo, Ji Jin-hee
    1,110
    281
    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
  • 11
    Song Il-gook, Han Hye-jin
    636
    140
    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
  • 12
    Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo
    1,748
    566
    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
  • 13
    Kim Tae-hee, Han Seung-yeon
    653
    174
    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
  • 14
    Park Min-young, Yoochun
    688
    187
    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
  • 15
    Park Bo-gum, Kim Yoo-jung
    1,831
    611
    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
  • 16
    Shin Se-kyung, Song Joong-ki
    434
    96
    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
  • 17
    Han Ga-in, Kim Soo-hyun
    1,996
    733
    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
  • 18
    Yeo Jin-goo, Lee Se-young
    836
    289
    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
  • 19
    Elmylzah George addedJang Dong-yoon, Kim So-Hyun
    1,205
    445
  • 20
    Jun Ji-hyun, Lee Min-ho
    1,131
    424
    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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  • 21
    Park Si-hoo, Moon Chae-won
    427
    123
    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
  • 22
    Park Seo-joon, Go Ara
    1,657
    660
    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
  • 23
    Shin Se-kyung, Cha Eun-woo
    1,110
    439
    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
  • 24
    Yoo Seung-ho, Kim So-hyun
    859
    335
    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
  • 25
    Lee Da-hae, Jang Hyuk
    374
    117
    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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