While popular Korean romcoms always attract a lot of attention, some historical dramas seem to remain out of sight. This is unfair, because such stories not only delight the heart with love trials, but also can tell a lot about the history of Korea, and in a variety of time intervals.
Don Yi (2010)
This drama is set during the Joseon Dynasty. Her main character is Choi Dong Yi, a water carrier maid who gradually rises to the status of a royal consort. Despite the fact that there are many pitfalls in palace politics, it is her intelligence and wit that make her a force to be reckoned with. Amid jealousy and power struggles, Dong Yi uses his abilities and abilities to defend the rights of commoners and reform the legal system.
The Warrior Baek Tong Soo (2011)
In the center of the plot of this drama is Baek Tong Soo, a real—life skilled swordsman. The plot follows the path of his formation from a young mischief-maker to a legendary warrior. He is accompanied by his childhood friend who became an enemy, Ye Wong. The story devotes a lot of time to their difficult relationship, but the basis of the plot is always the struggle to protect the Joseon dynasty from external and internal threats.
The Princess’s Lover (2011)
The action of this drama takes place in the turbulent era of the late Joseon dynasty, and also resembles “Romeo and Juliet”, only in Korea. You will meet Seung Yu, the son of a noble, and Seren, the daughter of a powerful prince. Fate decreed that these two fell head over heels in love with each other, but their fathers are sworn enemies. As political tensions rise and conspiracies are revealed, the couple’s love is undergoing remarkable tests.
Jang Ok Jong: A Life in Love (2013)
This drama tells the story of Jang Ok Jung (better known as Jang Huibing) — a young fashion designer. She creates clothes and cosmetics for the Joseon aristocracy, and it is through this vocation that she meets and falls in love with King Sukjong. Yes, there are not many political intrigues here, but the palace rules and showdowns are recreated very reliably. Love and a little drama only embellish the historical context of the story.
The Face of the King (2014)
This drama is dedicated to face reading, a popular Oriental practice that consists in predicting a person’s fate by his facial features. Our main character, Prince Gwanghae, is not particularly confident in his royal destiny. Trying to achieve the position of the legitimate heir, he meets a talented fortune teller by face. Together, they face many challenges, including assassination attempts, betrayals, and power struggles.
Three days (2014)
Yes, this is not a classic historical drama, but here you can get acquainted with the modern history of Korean politics. The plot revolves around the sudden disappearance of the President of South Korea during his vacation — after three shots were fired. The elite bodyguard Han Tae Kyung enters the case, who finds himself embroiled in a large-scale conspiracy. Trying to find and protect the president, he must protect his country and his loved ones.
Delightful Politics (2015)
The drama takes place in the XVII century and tells about the life of Princess Zhongmen, the younger sister of Prince Gwanghae. After her brother is overthrown in a coup, Junmyeon’s life changes. She is sent into exile, but years later she returns. Disguising her identity, she plots revenge on those who offended her family.
The Treacherous Servant (2015)
The action of the drama takes place during the reign of the Joseon Dynasty. The plot centers on the life of Guk In—ep, a noblewoman who suddenly loses everything and becomes a maid. While adjusting to her new life, she meets Mu Meng’s servant, who turns out to be not who he seems. As their paths intertwine, the secrets of the noble families begin to come to the surface.
Six Flying Dragons (2015)
This drama is a fictional account of the founding of the Joseon Dynasty. The focus is on six people who played key roles in the formation of the dynasty. From the ambitious Prince Lee Bang Won to the brilliant strategist Jeong Do Jeong, each character brings their own unique flavor to the narrative. Dorama mixes fact with fiction, but it is very fascinating to watch it, even for the most ardent fans of history.
The Queen for 7 Days (2017)
In the center of the plot of this drama is Queen Dangen, who held the title of Queen Consort for only seven days. The story tells about her relationship with King Jeongjong. Despite their sincere love for each other, political factions and power plays lead to the overthrow of our heroine. Through love, self-sacrifice and heartache, dorama paints a picture of the sacrifices made for the throne by many generations of Korean rulers.