Recommended Sageuk

 

Sageuk is a genre referring to a historical korean drama. I fell in love with sageuk after watching Arang and the Magistrate. I must have been attracted to the old world, the beautiful costumes, maybe the old language. If you’re interested to start your sageuk addiction, refer to this page for some of the best korean historical drama. I will regularly update this page as soon as I have new ones for the collection. Enjoy!

the king-loves kdramaThe King Love – rated 8.5 stars

with Im Shi Wan, Im Yoon Ah & Hong Jong Hyun

Is love keeping you by my side or setting you free? This is the royal delimma of Crown Prince Wang Won. A beautiful period drama about love, friendship, loyalty and freedom set in an old world with endless blossoms. Leads are gorgeous and costumes are intricately flawless.

 

 

My-Sassy-Girl kdramaMy Sassy Girl -rated 7.5 stars

with Joo Won and Oh Yeon Seo

Period drama with a modern twist. Our handsome scholar meets princess and falls in love with her inspite the un-sassy attitude. Gorgeous leads in dashing costumes will surely entertain everyone.

 

 

Hwarang: The Beginning – rated 8 stars

with Park Seo Joon and Park Hyung Shik

Pretty boys overload! Hwarang are just mesmerizing in their fantastic costumes, lovely ancient world with accessories overflowing on both men and women. Vanity seems to be normal during this era but no complains if it produces beautiful men like Hwarang!

 

moonlight-drawn-by-clouds_Moonlight Drawn by Clouds – rated 7.5 stars

with Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung

Chances are high that the handsome crown prince would still fall for you even though you’re dressed as a eunuch! It doesn’t matter when the eunuch in question is as pretty as Kim Yoo Jung! A very cute story!

 

 

moonloversMoon Lover – Scarlet Heart: Ryeo – rated 9.5 stars

with IU and Lee Joon Ki

Transported to the Goryeo era from the present, Lady Hae Soo faces a challenging  life dealing with all the handsome princes including her love Prince Wang So. With all the problems one has to deal during that time, would their love survive?

 

 

jackpot kdramaJackpot – rated 8 stars

with Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo

Gambling addicts in Joseon era are none other than the princes themselves. Gambling tricks actually help the princes in catching the elusive and powerful enemy of the royal family, Lee In Jwa. Our princes are to watch for but King Sukjong is the fiercest of them all.

 

 

the merchant gaekju 2015 kdramaThe Merchant: Gaekju 2015 – rated 8 stars

with Jang Hyuk and Yoo Oh Sung

Curious on how merchants do business during the Joseon era, this drama is all about it! Follow the life of Cheon Bong Sam as he tried to compete and made his way in the merchant world. Played by the talented Jang Hyuk, this sageuk is a different and interesting piece.

 

Scholar Who Walks the Night kdramaScholar Who Walks the Night – rated 8.5 stars

with Lee Joon KiLee Soo Hyuk and Lee Yoo Bi

It’s hard to resist Lee Joon Ki as a beautiful and well-dressed vampire during the Joseon era. He’s joined by an equally sexy vampire Lee Soo Hyuk whose voice is like thunder to women.

 

 

hwajung kdramaHwajung – rated 8.5 stars

Cha Seung Won, Lee Yeon Hee and Kim Jae Won

It’s a 50-episode long drama and quite heavy on Joseon politics. The cast is impressive, the acting is brilliant, the costumes are award-worthy, it’s definitely a must-watch.

 

 

 

shine or go crazy kdramaShine or Go Crazy – rated 8 stars

with Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon Seo

The leads definitely have the best chemistry in 2015. Enjoyed watching them falling in love, fulfulling their destiny but it’s up to you to judge whether you like how it ended.

 

 

the night watchman kdramaThe Night Watchman – rated 7.5 stars

with Jung Il Woo and Go Sung Hee

It’s not fun to see ghosts but if you know how to deal with them and use them to protect your kingdom, you’re definitely in for the job. Well in this case, we’ll trust Jung Il Woo to do the job.

 

 

 

the three musketeers kdramaThe Three Musketeers (Season 1) – rated 8.5 stars

with Jung Yong Hwa and Lee Jin Wook

This Korean version is equally entertaining like the original one. The two leading men are definitely to watch for. Impressive swordmanship, loyalty, love, friendship are all in here.

 

 

joseon gunman kdramaJoseon Gunman – rated 8 stars

with Lee Joon Ki and Nam Sang Mi

When 2 eras merged, we see cool guys like the Joseon gunman, who changes from Hanboks to suits but expertly capable of using the most feared weapon during that time.

 

 

empress ki kdramaEmpress Ki – rated 9.5 stars

with Ha Ji Won and Ji Chang Wook

It’s a 50-episode drama but it’s worth it. See Ha Ji Won in her finest, from the tomboyish to the alluringly fierce lady of the palace. No wonder he attracted the most powerful.

 

 

 

gu family book kdramaGu Family Book – rated 8.5 stars

with Lee Seung Ki as Choi Kang Chi and Bae Suzy

It’s Lee Seung Ki as half-human,  half-mythical creature in this period-fantasy drama. Though I didn’t warm up to the main leads’ chemistry, I’m sure the supporting made up for it.

 

 

 

bridal mask kdramaBridal Mask – rated 8 stars

with Joo Won and Shin Hyun Joon

The legendary bridal mask who protected his own people and fought for his country during the Japanese invasion. It’s a great action-period drama with an impressive cast.

 

 

the moon that embraces the sun kdramaThe Moon that Embraces the Sun – rated 9 stars

with Kim Soo Hyun and Han Ga In

One of my top favorites! Great story with such a brilliant cast. Kim So Hyun though still very young here did a great performance as the smart king who tries to protect the woman he was destined to marry and love. This drama is definitely to fall in love with.

 

 

queen in hyun's man kdramaQueen In Hyun’s Man – rated 8 stars

with Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

Not a 100% period drama and also involves time-travelling of a Joseon man to the present time and meeting an actress portraying as the queen of his past era. Beware: can get a bit cheesy!

 

 

faith31Faith – rated 7.5 stars

with Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun

First reason to watch it, it’s because there’s Lee Min Ho in it. Second reason is how it ended – time-travel solution and a brief reunion were just perfect.

 

 

sungkyunkwan scandal kdramaSungkyunkwan Scandal – rated 8 stars

with Park Yoochun and Park Min Young

This is the Boys Over Flower of Joseon era! Take a look at these good-looking school boys at Sungkyunkwan all drawn to a smart and pretty but secretly male-dressed lady student.

 

 

rooftop prince kdramaRooftop Prince – rated 9 stars

with Park Yoochun and Han Ji Min as Park Ha

A semi-period drama and involves time travelling of a Joseon prince to the present time that leads unraveling deep secrets in the past. Lots of hilarious scenes that will keep you laughing but will have to endure some heartbreaks too.

 

 

 

arang and the magistrate kdramaArang and the Magistrate – rated 8 stars

with Lee Joon Ki and Shin Min Ah

Fun-filled period drama with 2 of the most beautiful faces in korean drama. Arang is a wandering ghost who finds some help from the good-looking magistrate who possesses a 6th sense.

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