Recommended Sageuk Period Kdrama

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!

poong the joseon psychiatrist kdrama

Poong, the Joseon Psychiatrist – rated 8 stars

with Kim Min Jae & Kim Hyang Gi

Yoo Se Poong is a genius doctor and works at the palace but he gets blame for the death of the king. He has to leave Hanyang with a trauma that makes him unable to do acupuncture anymore. He then meets a town doctor who becomes his teacher and a widow who becomes his student.

moonshine kdrama

Moonshine – rated 7.5 stars

with Yoo Seung Ho  & Hye Ri

Nam Young has just passed the national service exam and becomes an officer for the Saheonbu, which cracks down on people who breaks the alcohol prohibition. He comes across Kang Ro Seo, a poor girl who originally hailed from a noble family. And because of poverty, Kang Ro Seo starts brewing alcohol to make a living.

red sleeve kdramaRed Sleeve8.5 stars

with Lee Joon Ho & Lee Se Young

Sung Duk Im is a court lady serving the crown prince of Joseon. Without knowing the real appearance of the prince, she’s been actually talking to him a handful of times while disguised as his teacher. The prince falls in love with Sung Duk Im and she later becomes his royal concubine.

the kings affection kdramaThe King’s Affection – rated 8.5 stars

with Park Eun BinRo Woon

King Lee Hwi has a big secret. She’s a girl who has to live as a king to replace her crown prince twin brother who got killed for pretending to be her. Things get complicated when the king’s new teacher happens to be the guy she once liked.

red sky kdramaRed Sky – rated 8.5 stars

with Kim Yoo Jung & Ahn Hyo Sup

Hong Chun Gi is a female painter during the Joseon era, who is able to enter Gyungbokgung Palace. Her fate is entwined with Ha Ram, a man who lost his sight but knows how to read the skies and constellations.

bossam kdramaBossam: Steal the Fate – rated 7.5 stars

with Jung Il Woo & Kwon Yoo Ri

Ba Woo is a poor person who does Bossam to make a living. Bossam was a custom in Joseon period, in which a bachelor who missed marrying, would secretly wrapped a widow in a blanket and make her his wife. On one of Ba Woo’s Bossam jobs, he accidentally abducted princess Soo Kyung, a virgin widow and the daughter-in-law of the powerful Lee Yi Chum.

secret royal inspector kdramaSecret Royal Inspector – rated 8 stars

with L & Nara

Set in the Joseon era, Sung Yi Kyum is appointed as the new Secret Royal Inspector after the previous inspector had gone missing. His job is to investigate corrupt activities by government officials in the far provinces. Sung Yi Kyum is accompanied by his entourage which include Hong Da In, a female inspector and Park Chun Sam, his loyal servant.

mr queen kdramaMr. Queen – rated 9 stars

with Shin Hye Sun & Kim Jung Hyun

In the modern times, the soul of a male chef finds its way into the body of a Joseon royalty, Queen Cheorin. He has to live in the palace as the newly crowned queen who has to deal with her new husband, King Cheoljong. Luckily, the king becomes fond of the queen’s new personality and even gets fascinated of her use of the future vocabularies. They become close and support each other against the powerful families that tried to harm them both which are headed by the queen and grand queen dowager.

my country kdramaMy Country – rated 7.5 stars

with Yang Se Jong, Woo Do Hwan & Jang Hyuk

Set during the Goryeo Kingdom, two good friends separate as enemies and both become warriors trying to protect their country.

tales of nokdu kdramaThe Tale of Nokdu – rated 7.5 stars

with Jang Dong Yoon & Kim So Hyun

A secret leads to another and after going through a lot, even dressing up as a woman, Nokdu finally found out who he really was. A beautiful tale of a beautiful person!

flower crew joseon kdramaFlower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency – rated 8 stars

with Kim Min Jae & Gong Seung Yun

A colourful and bright story about Joseon’s gorgeous matchmakers and how they tried and successfully married their clients except one when the Agency’s leader fell in love with one of the clients.

rookie historian kdramaRookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung – rated 8 stars

with Shin Se Kyung & Cha Eun Woo

Strong and intelligent noble lady who doesn’t want to get married and becomes the lady of the house but to make a difference in a world and era dominated by men. Goo Hae Ryung makes a name as one of the first female historians in the palace.

haechi kdramaHaechi – rated 8 stars

with Jung Il Woo, Kwon Yul & Go Ah Ra

The dream of becoming the King of the people is not impossible with the help of the few who have a sense of justice and who knows how to differentiate good and evil.

The-crowned-clown kdramaThe Crowned Clown – rated 9 stars

with Yeo Jin Goo and Lee Se Young

The throne has put some weight on the King of Joseon so he badly needs some rest and orders a clown, who just looks like him, to take over the throne. However, the clown turns out to be a better king!

Mr. Sunshine – rated 8 stars

with Lee Byung Hun & Kim Tae Ri

Set at the end of the Joseon era, Mr. Sunshine is a story of a former slave who became an American citizen and when he was assigned in his homeland met a noble lady who is secretly part of the country’s resistance. Will his love for her enough to give up everything he had worked for.

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 dilemma 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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