Korean Drama recommendations, part 2

Hello, I’m Anna!

As I said last week, I’m going to recommend some Korean historical dramas.

Sometimes, they are more interesting and popular.

In Korea, historical dramas is loved by people of all ages.

I think you also like them.

If you watch historical dramas, you can learn Korean history. but as you know they can be fictions.

For example, there is a drama Jewel in the Palace.

The main character Jang Geum didn’t exist in the past.

In other words, she is an imaginary person.

Last year, I saw a Korean historical drama with my younger sister.

I was surprised because she thought the story was Korean history lol

I hope you don’t think like my sister haha

There are ten dramas I like.




1. The Scholar Who Walks the Night (밤을 걷는 선비)

Stars:  Lee Joon Ki and Lee Yoo Bi

Related Themes: melodrama, romance, riches to rags, supernatural, forbidden love, based on a comic book/manga, gender bender, and vampires

When Jo Yang Sun (Lee Yoo Bi) is driven out of house and home after her father is framed for a crime, she is forced to crossdress in order to make ends meet as a bookseller, where she meets Kim Sung Yeol (Lee Joon Ki), a handsome, but mysterious scholar who is actually a vampire. Meanwhile, an evil presence at the royal palace stops at nothing to keep the Crown Prince from claiming his rightful throne.

2. Six Flying Dragons (육룡이 나르샤)

Stars: Yoo Ah In and Shin Se Kyung

Related Themes: melodrama, action, power, war, and political

Though King Taejo is historically credited for establishing the Joseon Dynasty, his son Lee Bang Won (Yoo Ah In) was instrumental to his success. As the fledgling nation hangs in the balance, Bang Won — who later ascends the throne as the third king of the Joseon Dynasty — struggles to strike a critical balance between two warring factions.

3. Tamra, The Island (탐나는 도다)

Stars: Seo Woo and Im Ju Hwan

Related Themes: romantic comedy, action, romance, love triangle, politics, uplifting, and adventure

Part historical comedy, part romance, Tamra, the Island features both offbeat humor and stunning, fairy tale-like romance, shot against the backdrop of beautiful Jeju Island. Based on a manwha of the same name, Tamra, the Island is inspired by the story of a Dutch explorer Hendrik Hamel, who was shipwrecked on Jeju in the mid-17th century. William, a young Englishman, is shipwrecked on modern-day Jeju Island and is forced to deal with its unusual inhabitants. After falling for a cheerful diver, Beo Jin, he must compete with exiled nobleman, Park Kyu, for her affections. Beo Jin will have to choose between the kind-hearted, innocent castaway, and the haughty, closed-off prince as life on the island teaches all three of them what it means to grow up.

4. Tree With Deep Roots (뿌리깊은 나무)

Stars: Jang Hyuk and Shin Se Kyung
Related Themes: melodrama, mystery, murder, conspiracy, royalty, Joseon Dynasty, King Sejong, and Hangeul, Korean alphabet

A high-budget historical thriller with an unusual concept, Tree With Deep Roots stars Jang Hyuk as a brilliant Joseon-era investigator. Kang Chae Yoon is an ordinary guard in the imperial palace during the reign of King Sejong. The King has a vision to create a written language for Korea, and has worked with scholars to create the first Korean alphabet. In this project he is helped by So Yi, a beautiful, mute lady of the court. When palace scholars begin getting murdered seven days before the release of the official hangul (alphabet), Chae Yoon takes it upon himself to investigate. He begins to uncover a vast, labyrinthine conspiracy behind the serial killings, which leads him to a group of shadowy, powerful men who seek control of Korea’s fate. As Chae Yoon inches closer to the truth, he discovers how far the roots of their powers extend, and finds his own life in danger. Based on a bestselling novel by Lee Jeong Myeong, Tree With Deep Roots is a tense, finely-crafted series, laced with mystery and romance.


5. Shine or Go Crazy (빛나거나 미치거나)

Stars: Jang Hyuk and Oh Yeon Seo

Related Themes: romance, comedy, marriage, fantasy, and gender bender

When prophecy foretells Crown Prince Wang So (Jang Hyuk) will run the nation into a river of blood, he is banished from the palace. Years later, Princess Shin Yool of Balhae (Oh Yeon Seo) faces execution when she’s prophesized to become the “light of another nation.” After narrowly escaping death, Shin Yool stumbles upon Wang So and together they fall for one another in a whirlwind marriage, but as both of their families continue to hunt the starcrossed lovers, how long can they escape their destinies?

6. The Painter of the Wind (바람의 화원)

Stars: Moon Geun Young and Kim Yoo Jung

Related Themes: melodrama, mystery, and gender bending

Korea’s sweetheart Moon Geun Young stars as Shin Yoon Bok, a gifted, cross-dressing painter. In 1776, a prominent court painter is killed after being secretly commissioned by the crown prince to paint a portrait. His friend and fellow painter Seo Jing begins investigating his death, but he and his wife also end up dead. His daughter goes missing. Ten years later, a young student named Shin Yoon Bok enters the Academy of Painting, where master painter Kim Hong Do takes the talented Yoon Bok under his wing. As they work together, he begins to fall for her without knowing her true identity as a woman. With an all-star cast, this beautifully filmed, award-winning drama was one of the highlights of 2008.


7. Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love (장옥정, 사랑에 살다)

Stars: Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In

Related Themes: melodrama, romance, fashion, conspiracy, career oriented, modern, destiny, Joseon Dynasty, and royal

Haute couture meets the high court in this drama based on Lady Jang Hui Bin, or Jang Ok Jung (played by Kim Tae Hee), one of the most celebrated royal concubines of the Joseon Dynasty. Lady Jang establishes herself as a coveted fashion designer who quickly finds herself sought after not only by fashionable noblewomen, but by the king himself (Yoo Ah In). Political drama and the catwalk collide in this tale of fashioning dreams into reality!


8. Arang and the Magistrate (아랑사또전)

Stars: Lee Joon Ki and Shin Min Ah

Related Themes: romantic comedy, mystery, thriller, politics, amnesia, supernatural, fantasy, and ghost

Martial arts and romantic comedy unite in this Joseon Dynasty period drama about a spunky maiden named Arang (Shin Min Ah) who’s in the habit of getting into trouble. But one day, she stumbles upon something that costs her life. The ghostly Arang employs the young and bewildered government official Eun Oh (Lee Joon Ki) to help her hunt down her killer and bring him to justice. This odd couple sets off on a murder mystery full of laughs and unexpected romance.

9. Hwang Jin Yi (황진이)

Stars: Ha Ji Won and Shim Eun Kyung

Related Themes: melodrama, romance, Korean geisha, conspiracy, career oriented, destiny, and Joseon Dynasty

The illegitimate child of a noble and a noted musician gisaeng, Hwang Jin Yi is taken into a gisaeng home to train as a courtesan. The road to becoming a successful gisaeng is not easy, and she struggles to perfect her art. Hwang Jin Yi’s beauty and her spirit attract the attention of the Magistrate’s son Eun Ho (Jang Geun Suk), but class differences prevent her from ever being with him. This drama follows her path to becoming one of the most well-renowned gisaeng in Korean history, and the four men who love her but can’t have her.


10. Jewel in the Palace (대장금)

Stars: Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee

Related Themes: melodrama, romance, tearjerker, food, cooking, medical, blockbuster, Joseon Dynasty, and ambition

Jewel In the Palace is arguably the first successful historical feminist drama, retelling Jang Geum’s rice-to-riches story during the Chosun Dynasty 500 years ago. Jewel is the real story of Jang Geum, a young girl who is the first woman to become the King’s supreme royal physician in a male-dominated society. Behind her child-like eyes lies an ambitious working girl with a 21st century mindset. See how Jang Geum goes from being a virtually abandoned child to becoming the King’s doctor. This unforgettable drama of epic proportions tells the touching and tear-jerking story of a true underdog.

I provided Korean titles, English titles, and short stories about the dramas.

The information is from the Dramafever.

The Dramafever features the international content including Korean Dramas and Movies, and variety shows. All for free.

It offers English subtitles for all videos.

Here is the link of Dramafever!



Today, I introduced some Korean historical dramas I like.

I hope you get a lot of useful information from this posting.

See you next time : )


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