It’s time to check in on what I think are the 10 best historical (sageuk) Korean dramas.  After recently highlighting what I think are the 10 Best Korean Dramas, I realized there weren’t any historicals on that list!

But it’s not because I don’t love them.  There’s nothing like a good historical to create a rich world where the stakes are high and everything feels so grand. My number one historical actually just missed my top 10 list coming in at number 11.

So let’s make sure this amazing genre gets some love and take a look at some of my favorite historical dramas.

10. Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal Korean Drama - Park Yoo Chun, Park Min Young, Yoo Ah In, Song Joong Ki

Plot: A girl disguises herself as a man to get into Sungkyunkwan University where she  finds herself drawing the affections of several of the other students.

Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a fun drama on so many levels. I also think it’s one of the perfect dramas for someone new to historicals. It’s never too heavy and really focuses on the relationships of our scholars.

It’s always entertaining watching a girl disguise herself as boy. Park Min Young is adorable in this role, and watching all of the guys reluctantly fall for her makes for a very fun watch. Each guy is entertaining in his own way, and we also get some nice bromance between them to seal the deal. Our main couple of Park Yoo Chun and Park Min Young is pretty sweet too. Sungkyunkwan Scandal is a classic for a reason.

9. Moonlight Drawn By Clouds

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Korean Drama - Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung

Plot: A prince falls in love with his eunuch who is actually a girl disguised as a man. The two have to face many challenges to protect their secret and overcome threats to the throne.

Moonlight Drawn By Clouds was a wonderful youth historical! We have a fantastic couple that were all kinds of cute at the heart of the drama backed by a solid story. The first half is a lot of fun with a great dynamic between our couple. Then the story thickens as the stakes become higher and everyone’s relationships are put to the test.

Park Bo Gum is a complete charmer as the Crown Prince, and he really delivered when things got intense. Kim Yoo Jung is also fantastic as our girl disguised as a eunuch, Ra On. The couple remained completely adorable throughout the drama, and the story was very solid to carry things through to the end. (Moonlight Drawn By Clouds Review)

8. Scholar Who Walks the Night

Scholar Who Walks the Night Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and Lee Yoo Bi

Plot: A scholar becomes involved with a plot to take down the evil vampire Gwi, but he ends up becoming a vampire himself.  He then dedicates his life over the next 120 years to finding a way to destroy the evil vampire.

Scholar Who Walks the Night was such an enjoyable drama. It had the feel of an epic fairy tale, and I would love to see more stories like this in kdramas. It’s a little rough around the edges, but there is still plenty to like.

Lee Joon Gi was amazing, and I couldn’t have chosen a more perfect tortured vampire.  He immersed himself in the role as did all of the actors.  Lee Soo Hyuk as the evil vampire Gwi was a joy to watch, and I was thoroughly pleased with him. Overall, Scholar Who Walks the Night hit all the right spots for a fun supernatural historical. (Scholar Who Walks the Night Review)

7. Joseon Gunman

Joseon Gunman Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi

Plot: When the best swordsman in Joseon is murdered, his son gives up the sword to become a gunman and seek revenge.

Joseon Gunman really intrigued me because of its unique setting during the transitional period between the traditional and modern Joseon. With the gun being a somewhat newer weapon, those who wielded it carried a lot of power. It added an element of excitement to the drama that I loved.

It’s fascinating watching our hero (Lee Joon Gi) go from a traditional swordsman to a western influenced gunman. The drama has some great action and battles to really keep things exciting as well as some intense drama and a great romance. I enjoyed this one from start to finish.

6. Daebak (Jackpot)

Daebak Korean Drama - Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo

Plot: A prince is forced to live his life as a commoner, but he becomes super skilled at gambling. Then an intricate plot to control the throne ends up pitting him against his brother, the Crown Prince.

Daebak was such a fun drama! With a stellar cast all around, the acting was superb.  It also had gorgeous cinematography that made every scene enjoyable to look at. The story was interesting all the way through, and I was hooked on Daebak from episode one.

Jang Geun Suk and Yeo Jin Goo were phenomenal in their roles. When you put these two on screen together, wow! They each have such a strong presence and intensity in their acting. I really loved their interactions. So many different relationships were explored, but the brotherly relationship between our two leading guys was so fascinating and gripping to watch. (Daebak Review)

5. Iljimae

Iljimae Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi

Plot: A masked man robs from the rich and gives to the poor while trying to uncover the truth behind his father’s murder.

Iljimae is the oldest drama on this list coming out in 2008. It does a feel a bit older, but I absolutely loved it, and it definitely holds up. The pacing was great, and I was never bored.  There was also a lot of fun action and plenty of wonderful characters to go around.

I found myself completely immersed in the characters and their story.  Watching Yong develop into Iljimae was an interesting journey. He goes on a moving journey both as a hero and as person. Iljimae really is a fantastic drama on many levels. (Iljimae Review)

4. Shine or Go Crazy

Shine or Go Crazy Korean Drama - Jang Hyuk

Plot: An exiled prince marries an exiled princess to help her out of a difficult situation, but the two soon go their separate ways. Years later they are reunited, but the prince doesn’t recognized the princess since she is pretending to be a man to help her business.

Shine or Go Crazy is such a fun drama! I was quickly drawn in by our amazing couple Wang So and Shin Yool. I thought they had amazing chemistry.  They had an epic, fated love that brought such touching moments as well as so much joy. Jang Hyuk was absolutely hilarious in this drama.  He was so playful and fun, and his interactions with Oh Yeon Seo were priceless.

Shine or Go Crazy has romance, humor, action, and drama.  It’s one of the few sageuks I have watched where I was on the edge of my seat even during the political talks.  It takes a lot to keep me interested in those sort of conversations, but Shine or Go Crazy succeeded with flying colors.  So much tension!

Overall, Shine or Crazy brought me joy from start to finish.  It is everything I love in a sageuk, and of course, you just can’t beat Jang Hyuk.  It was a fun and thrilling ride that I will always remember.  And I don’t regret one moment I spent watching this fabulous drama. (Shine or Go Crazy Review)

3. Gu Family Book

Gu Family Book Korean Drama - Lee Seung Gi and Suzy

Plot: A half human/half gumiho struggles to become human and protect those he loves.

I love pretty much everything about Gu Family Book. I loved the fantasy element and the romance as well as the classic struggle of battling your true nature to become a good person and protect those that you love.

This is one of my favorite roles of Lee Seung Gi, and he just really brings to life the many different sides of Kang Chi’s character. Watching Kang Chi struggle to control his powers and longing to become human was also very emotional.  We then had a beautiful love story with one special girl, Yeo Wool, willing to risk it all to help Kang Chi.

Gu Family Book had such a grand feel to it overall. I loved the family connections and the complexity of the story. The drama was fast paced with new story developments constantly happening. Our characters were interesting and complex, and the whole story just felt magical.  (Gu Family Book Review)

2. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Goryeo

Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Goryeo Korean Drama - Lee Joon Gi and IU

Plot: A modern day woman travels back in time to the Goryeo era where she gets romantically involved with several princes and finds herself in the middle of their battle for the throne.

Moon Lovers was one intense ride! It has everything you could ask for including action, romance, handsome princes, drama, and so much intensity. The drama was both epic and tragic. It had extremely high stakes all the way through that kept things intense. It also delivered so many feels.

Lee Joon Gi is absolutely phenomenal as the 4th prince, Wang So. His performance alone makes the drama a must see. The atmosphere, costumes, sets, music, and story were all completely engaging. Moon Lovers is unique in many ways, and I’m thrilled to have enjoyed such a fantastic story. (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Goryeo Review)

1. Empress Ki

Empress Ki - Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won

Plot: A woman is caught between the King of Goryeo and the Emperor of Yuan as she rises from a lowly concubine to become the mighty Empress Ki.

And my number one historical drama is Empress Ki. Empress Ki is a simply amazing drama. Despite its length, it maintained a wonderful pace throughout the entire drama. It was also structured extremely well. Even though the pacing was always good, it had several layers of well done story arcs that ramped up the intensity several times. It was interesting from start to finish, and I was never bored. That says a lot considering it is 51 episodes.

Empress Ki created a rich world populated with fun and interesting characters. The villains were always entertaining to watch because they were the kind of villains you love to hate. And there were lots of them! We had humorous and loyal supporting characters too.

And we had the epic journey of our leading lady (Ha Ji Won) on her rise to power that was aided by her relationships with the Emperor of Yuan (Ji Chang Wook) and the King of Goryeo (Joo Jin Mo). The love triangle created complicated emotions, but for me it clearly favored one of the men.

Don’t miss out on this gem. Not only is it lovely to look at because of its beautiful cinematography and gorgeous costumes, but epic is the perfect word to describe the scale of the journey our heroine goes on. I wholeheartedly recommend Empress Ki.  What a ride it was! (Empress Ki Review)

So there’s my list of favorite historicals. You may have noticed a certain someone *cough, Lee Joon Gi, cough* had his dramas take up almost half of the list. Well, he is my favorite actor, and I find that he just completely brings to life any drama he is in. A fan favorite of his, Arang and the Magistrate, is another historical that just missed making this list, but it’s well worth a watch too.

But there were plenty of other great dramas on this list with some amazingly talented actors and wonderful stories. And I always look forward to checking out new historicals. There’s just something special about them.

So what are your favorite historical kdramas?

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60 responses to “10 Best Historical (Sageuk) Korean Dramas”

  1. joybran Avatar

    The only one on your list that I haven’t seen yet is Shine or Go Crazy. I might order them a little differently, and Arang and the Magistrate would make my list, but I think you have come up with an excellent top ten list. Thank you.

    1. Kay Avatar

      We’re usually pretty close in our thoughts 🙂 I think Arang would have been like 11, so it just missed the cut. There’s definitely a lot of wonderful historicals 🙂

  2. Drama Fan Avatar

    You seem to like the one where the girl disguises as a man 😋 My favorite sageuk are Chuno, The Great Queen Seondeok (a girl also disguises as a man in it) and Tree With Deep Roots. They are excellent but more on the dramatic side.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Haha, I definitely do like that trope. I think I always like that the couple gets a lot of interactions early on. And in historicals, they get to be a lot more playful too. I have seen Chuno and TWDR (Jang Hyuk!!), but I still need to see Queen Seondeok (it’s on the list). And I like lots of drama 🙂

    2. joybran Avatar

      I liked all three of those a lot, but top twenty rather than top ten.

  3. Timescout Avatar

    My list would look rather different but at least SKKS and Moonlight would make it into mine as well. XD Not sure I can even find 10 I’ve liked enough to list them. Let’s se… Besides the two I already mentioned, definitely on are Arang, Conspiracy in the Court, Chosun Police 1 and 3, Daemang, Joseon X-files, Tree with Deep Roots and probably Legend too. Oh, that is ten actually. 🙂

    1. Drama Fan Avatar

      @Timescout CITC was great! Extremely deppressing but great. I forgot about it but I loved it. Same with Daemang. I haven’t watched the others you mentioned but Joseon X Files is on my super long list to be watched.

      1. Timescout Avatar

        Yes, CITC was very depressing but definitely great. I remember having been totally spellbound. It’s also visually gorgeous and the OST is pretty good too.

    2. Kay Avatar

      That doesn’t surprise me, lol. But we do share love for SKKS and Moonlight 🙂 And yay! You did find 10. I enjoyed Arang and have seen TWDR, but I haven’t seen any of the others. Legend, Joseon X-files, and Conspiracy in the Court are on the really long watch list though 🙂

  4. devonandcornwall Avatar

    I really need to watch more sageuk dramas! They’re good for my soul. But if I had to pick a number one, I would agree with you, and choose Empress Ki!

    1. Kay Avatar

      You can never get enough good sageuk dramas! They really are so good and so rich. And yay for shared love of Empress Ki!

  5. Noël Avatar

    Solid list! I’m certainly not complaining about the amount of LJK I see on this list. The only two shows I haven’t seen are Gu Family Book and Shine or Go Crazy but both are on my to watch list.

  6. thegirlwhoglows Avatar

    Great post as always 😊 You didn’t add Hwarang though. I really love that one.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Thank you 🙂 Good to hear you loved Hwarang. I haven’t got to it yet, but I am definitely planning to watch that one 🙂

  7. raistlin0903 Avatar

    This is a great post and very helpfull. As you know I am still planning on watching a historical drama, but have still not completely decided which one yet. With so many things to choose from, this top 10 list really narrows it down. And ofcourse as always this was a great and fun read. Thank you for this post! 😀

    1. Kay Avatar

      You’re welcome, and I”m glad you enjoyed it 🙂 It’s always hard to choose. Scarlet Heart is good if you want a mixture of elements with a nice dose of excitement and angst. Probably the one I would recommend especially since you were already considering it 🙂

      1. raistlin0903 Avatar

        Yes it is the one I am most inclined to watching next right now. Well after Goblin that is 😊 By the way, have you seen the series Endless Love? As it features Jung Kyung Ho, it has my interest, but I was wondering about your opinion for it 😊

        1. Kay Avatar

          Yes, definitely gotta finish Goblin first 😉 I haven’t seen Endless Love yet. It is on my list since it has one of my favorite actresses plus Jung Kyung Ho in it. I’ve seen very mixed reviews for it though. It seems like it is heavy on the politics and crazy melodrama. I like crazy melodrama, but not so much politics. But of course, everyone says Jung Kyung Ho is fantastic in it. So I definitely plan to give it a go at some point, but at 37 episodes, I don’t know when I will work it in 😛

          1. raistlin0903 Avatar

            Haha, yeah, I know what you mean, same problem here. I was browsing through the Viki list, and came across this one. I watched the first 10 minutes or so, and it started off pretty good with a chasescene on the highway. I have added it to things to watch, but it will be a while before I get around to it 😊

          2. Kay Avatar

            Haha, I do the watch 10 minutes thing a lot to get a feel for it. I wish it was shorter since it’s one I’m very interested in. But with longer dramas, I’m always like “I could get two or three short dramas in during that time!” lol

          3. raistlin0903 Avatar

            Haha, yeah I know what you mean. I am currently in the middle of a 78 episode anime series called Monster that is very good, but I keep putting it on hold to watch smaller shows in between. Same with K-dramaseries, so even though I will try and het around to it eventually, this series I will watch when I have a little bit more time 😊

          4. Kay Avatar

            That is a longer anime! Good you’re enjoying it 🙂 Sounds like we have the same plan for Endless Love. Too many dramas, not enough time. So it will wait for another day, heh

      2. Auulonaa09 Avatar

        Can you please suggest me a good drama as Scarlet Haert? Good realisation, nice cast and amazing soundtracks. I need this again!

        1. Kay Avatar

          I loved Scarlet Heart too! It’s kind of special though. Hmm, I don’t know if they are quite as good, but maybe try Seven Day Queen, Hwarang, or Ruler: Master of the Mask. My favorite historical is Empress Ki, but it is quite long. Let me know if you’ve seen all those already, and I can recommend something else 🙂

  8. Dramalover Avatar

    All top lists are biased. Yours excludes longer dramas and some great classic sageuks like Jewel in the Palace, Six Flying Dragons, Splendid Politics, The Princess’s Man, A Tree with Deep Roots, Queen SeonDeok, JeJoongwon, The King’s Daughter, Su Baek Hyang, and so on. I also love most of the drama’s you mentioned, except for Shine or Go Crazy. I also have a weakness for Lee Joon Ki and Ha Ji Won dramas. Sometimes fantasy fusion sageuk are separated from more traditional period sageuks as well.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Yes, since we are all unique in our tastes, any top list will certainly be biased 🙂 I did actually include a long drama as my number 1 favorite, Empress Ki. I loved it and it flew by.

      I definitely have a weakness for Lee Joon Gi. He just makes any drama enjoyable for me, hehe. I also tend to gravitate more towards the fusion sageuks. I still need to see a few of the other longer classics you listed like Queen Seon Deok and The King’s Daughter, and then who knows, maybe they will make it onto my favorites list too 🙂

  9. SAMWEL PETER Avatar

    1. six flying dragon
    2. king gwangaetto
    3. tree with deep roots
    4. warrior baek dong soo
    5. empress chun chun
    6. queen seon deok
    7. great kings
    8. king geuchogo
    9. dong yi
    10. empress ki


    1. Kay Avatar

      Ooh, nice list. I still need to watch most of them. Of course, I loved Empress Ki, and I’ve also seen Warrior Baek Dong Soo and Tree With Deep Roots. I really want to see Six Flying Dragons, Queen Seon Duk, and Dong Yi. I need more time, hehe.

  10. loverofhistory Avatar

    hi Kay

    i have watched most of them but i am really loving queen for 7 days and want another historical drama like that i just loved the romance the leads had and the love triangle. can you give me some more to watch that is around the same as queen for 7 days.

  11. angel Avatar

    Chuno… one of my fave historical drama

    1. Kay Avatar

      Always love Jang Hyuk 🙂

    2. Deus Avatar

      Yeah, exactly you are correct!!! Slave hunters (chuno) is the best

  12. kimmy Avatar

    i love your list since i agree with most of them..empress ki is my favourite and loved shine or go crazy more than moon lovers but they are almost the same.i also loved the princess man and queen inhyun s man which are not on the list.i will definitely watch the others you recommended which i havent watched

    1. Kay Avatar

      Definitely LOVE Empress Ki! And of course Moon Lovers and Shine or Go Crazy 🙂 I really liked The Princess’ Man and Queen In Hyun’s Man too. I also watched a few really good ones later this year that would have made the list if I had written this at a later date. I hope you enjoy some of the ones you haven’t seen 🙂

  13. Ennamazing Avatar

    Scarlet made my cry. I love it so much! The rest are good but didn’t watch Shine or Go Crazy, Joseon Gunman, Iljimae, Scholar who walks the nights yet. Planning to watch these drama.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I love Scarlet Heart too! Such an amazing drama and I cried too. If you like Lee Joon Gi, definitely check out his other dramas on the list as they are each memorable 🙂

      1. Ennamazing Avatar

        I’ll definitely check it, I like him so much <3

  14. Deus Avatar

    Slave hunters (chuno) is the best

    1. Kay Avatar

      Jang Hyuk was great as always in that 🙂

  15. lolololol Avatar

    seeing Scarlet Heart Ryeo, Iljimae.. Gu Family Book and Schokar Who Walks the Night… ah… this must be another s****y list… all four of the above mention won’t even get in my top 20 list because they are so bad..

    where’s Bridal Mask, Tree in Deep Roots, Chuno, Jang Ok Jung ( in love), Capital Scandal ??!!

    Arang and the Majistret, Joseon Gunman won’t make it to my top ten but maybe somewhere in top 20.. also, My Princess’s Man and Six Flying Dragon is worth mention as well, the make it as my top 10 so you should definitely try watching it..

    1. Kay Avatar

      Well, we do all have different tastes in dramas 🙂 And this list doesn’t include dramas from the 1900’s only more traditional historicals. Bridal Mask is one of my all time favorite dramas and you can find it on my 10 Best Korean Dramas ever list. It’s amazing! Capital Scandal was also good. I enjoyed Princess’ Man and Six Flying Dragons too. They had several problems for me which is why they are not on this list, but they were still good 🙂

  16. Kay Avatar

    Yay for Lee Joon Gi fans! He’s soooo good in sagueks. My fav of his is also Scarlet Heart. I agree, it was a roller coaster of emotions! Such a wonderful drama starring such a fantastic actor 🙂

  17. Snow Flower Avatar
    Snow Flower

    Chuno is my all time favorite. It has the best acting, the best directing, and the best soundtrack! Another favorite is Damo, very tragic but so engaging. It features an early memorable performance by Ha Ji Won. Another historical masterpiece is Conspiracy in the Court.
    I am currently watching Rebel:Thief who stole the People and I love it! Great recent sageuks include Mr. Sunshine (such memorable characters!) and The Crowned Clown (great story with great acting performances). Historical dramas are my favorite, so I am always looking for more recommendations.

    1. Kay Avatar

      I still need to see both Damo and Conspiracy in the Court. Glad to hear you liked them so much 🙂

      Oooh, I just watched Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People last December, and I absolutely loved it! It would be on this list if I redid it because it was amazing. I also really liked The Crowned Clown and Mr. Sunshine too. We’ve had some good historicals recently.

      I love the genre too, so I watch most of the ones that come out. Have you seen all of the recent historicals and the classic ones? Those are usually the first I go too, but it sounds like you’ve seen quite a few 🙂

  18. Snow Flower Avatar
    Snow Flower

    I am always looking for good historical dramas, fantasy and time travel included. I have seen many classic ones. I usually avoid super long ones, but I did check out Jumong (81 episodes!) and Queen Seondeok (62 episodes). I am thinking about trying Queen for 7 Days, Empress Ki, and Dong Yi. I need something to keep me entertained while I wait for the last 6 episodes of Arthdal Chronicles.
    As for Rebel, I mentioned on another site that it reminds me of a bowl of hearty noodle soup eaten on a cold day at a village tavern (shared with friends, of course, and everybody is wearing a hanbok). I enjoy the story line, the characters, and the music too, especially the use of traditional songs and instruments.

    1. Kay Avatar

      A good description of Rebel. It really was such a satisfying drama. I just loved sitting down to watch every episode and truly connected with all of the characters. And yes, the music! I just loved it to pieces. That whole drama was just special 🙂

      I would definitely recommend Empress Ki. It’s my favorite historical ever, so I have a whole lot of love for it 🙂 It’s a long one, but it stays good and is thoroughly entertaining. It’s pretty unique and I haven’t came across another historical quite like it. Queen for Seven Days is also excellent. Great cast, production, and story. I think those two would help fill the void while waiting for Arthdal Chronicles 🙂

  19. NickSJ Avatar

    I completely agree that Empress Ki is the best historical drama I’ve seen. Having seen 7 of the 10 on this list, most of the others would not have been on my top 10 list, and I’m surprised that Jewel in the Palace, Queen Seondeok, Dong Yi, and Yi San didn’t make it.

    As you probably know, the historical Dong Yi was the great grandmother of Yi San. After watching those, I discovered that Yi San’s mother had written her memoirs, called The Memoirs of Lady Hyegyeong, which are a fascinating glimpse of life in the 18th century Korean Court. She was selected as the Crown Princess after a competition at the age of 9. It’s available in a good English translation, and well worth the read.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Oh yes, Empress Ki truly is something special! I’m glad it’s you’re favorite too 🙂 Haha, yeah, I definitely have a wide range of historical types in my favorites list. It’s a genre I love, so many of them capture my heart despite any shortcomings. (The post is also a few years old, so it might have some other additions now 🙂 )

      You may be surprised with all of the dramas I’ve watched that I actually haven’t yet seen Jewel in the Palace, Queen Seondeok, Dong Yi, or Yi San. I know, it’s terrible! hehe I just don’t get in very many long dramas (maybe one per year), so despite them being on my watch list, I haven’t made it to them yet. So who knows, they might make their way onto my top 10 list when I do though 🙂

      I do love history and have enjoyed learning a lot about Korean history after discovering kdramas. I’ll have to add the memoir book to my list as it sounds like a very interesting read. Thanks for the rec!

  20. NickSJ Avatar

    If I had to pick one of the above dramas to watch, I’d pick Yi San or Dong Yi. They’re both very similar – the King falls in love with a palace servant, both are based on true stories, and both are really beautiful love stories. I’d say they’re both my second favorites after Empress Ki.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Both sound like dramas I would love 🙂 Dong Yi is one that’s been on my list forever, so that’s likely the one I would try first. Not sure when I will get to them since I’m in the middle of a long drama now, but I’m always excited to watch more beautiful and well done historicals 🙂

  21. NickSJ Avatar

    You must really have to hustle to keep up with new dramas to review, so it’s got to be tough to get back to the old ones, especially when they’re long. Since Dong Yi historically comes before Yi San, it’s probably better to watch that one first. The young child of Dong Yi is the grandfather in Yi San. Historically and in the series he was considered to be a child prodigy. The character Lady Hyegeong has a prominent role in Yi San, but unfortunately she’s not portrayed as a very nice person, which doesn’t seem consistent with her memoir. Anyway, they’re both the two nicest love stories of the historical dramas I’ve watched.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Haha, yeah, it’s pretty much impossible to get in all of the dramas I want to watch. I want to see so many of the new ones, but then I also like old ones, so I try to get those in when I can. And it’s hard deciding to only get in one long drama when I could get in 3-4 short ones in the same time span. That’s why I usually only get in one a year. It’s a struggle for drama fans! hehe

      That does sound like a good order to watch them in then. It is interesting that she was portrayed a bit differently than the memoir. Of course, we see historical figures played in a wide range of ways with liberties taken frequently. That’s showbiz for you though 🙂

  22. Jermena Avatar

    Hello Kay….. and here we are meeting again on the other side of Empress Ki!!!!! goodness…. am yet to watch another historical that’s better! There was just something about Empress Ki that just got to my heart and totally refused to let go(smh). Could it have been the solid performance from our actors, the incredible story, or just everything at once… i don’t know. But what i do know however, is that i thoroughly enjoyed everything it had to offer! (smiles 🙂 lovingly at memory).
    Its a pleasure to know that it tops your list.

    1. Kay Avatar

      Oh yes, I know your love runs deep from Empress Ki just like me! hehe 🙂 It truly is a unique and special drama, and I haven’t found anything quite like it. And despite this list being several years old, Empress Ki indeed still tops the list as my favorite historical. It deserves it! 🙂

      1. Jermena Avatar

        That it does:) and please, send my warmest greetings to the man Tal Tal (*winks)

        1. Kay Avatar

          Ah, our beloved Tal Tal ❤❤❤❤❤

          1. Jermena Avatar

            Hahahaha the very one XOXO 🙂

  23. juancarlosmabuhay Avatar

    Wow what a great list of best historical korean drama im also looking for top 100 but getting only this list well it is good so far https://mystarwiki.com/best-historical-korean-drama/

    1. Kay Avatar

      Definitely some great dramas! I need to do a new one since so many great historical dramas have come out since I did this one 🙂

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