Complete List of Top Korean Historical Dramas That You Need to Watch!

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4. Dr. Jin

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Dr. Jin (Hangeul: 닥터 진) is a 2012 drama series, starring Song Seung-heon in the title role of Dr. Jin, a 21st-century neurosurgeon who travels back in time to the Joseon Dynasty. This drama aired on MBC from May 26 to August 12, 2012.

Episodes: 22 episodes

CastSong Seung-heon as Jin Hyuk; Park Min-young – Hong Young-rae (1860) / Yoo Mi-na (2012); Lee Beom-soo – Lee Ha-eung; Kim Jaejoong – Kim Kyung-tak; Lee So-yeon – Choon-hong, Jin Yi-han – Hong Young-hwi

Synopsis:

Jin Hyuk is a talented neurosurgeon who was born into a family of doctors. His success rate in surgery was 100%. He had the ability to analyze any situation quickly and had extremely steady hands, both of which made him excellent at his job. On the other hand, he also has a cold personality and lacks compassion. He had plans to give his girlfriend a ring, but unfortunately his girlfriend was in an accident which left her in a coma.

Jin Hyuk mysteriously travels back in time to 1860 in the Joseon Dynasty, after doing an operation on a patient’s brain. He begins to treat people in that era, with all its insufficient medical devices and medicines, and he found a new way.

5. Jumong

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Jumong  (Hangeul: 삼한지-주몽 편) is 2006 historical drama, also known as The Book of Three Han: The Chapter of Jumong. This drama is aired on MBC from May 15, 2006, to March 6, 2007.

Episodes: 81 episodes

Cast:  Song Il Gook as Jumong;; Han Hye Jin as So Seo No; Kim Seung Soo as Prince Dae So; Hu Joon Ho as Hae Mo Su; Oh Yun Soo as Lady Yoo Hwa

Synopsis:

Jumong was the founder of Goguryeo in 37 BC, and this drama is about his life and rise to power. It shows the story of him as a prince, into his adulthood when he was building the kingdom. Jumong is considered a time-consuming drama to watch and also has limited romantic scenes.

6. King Su-ro: The Iron King

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Kim Su-ro, The Iron King (Hangeul: 김수로) is a 2010 television series on the life of Suro of Geumgwan Gaya, starring Ji Sung, Bae Jong-ok, Yu Oh-seong, Seo Ji-hye, Go Joo-won, Kang Byul and Lee Pil-mo. It aired on MBC from May 29 to September 18, 2010.

Episodes: 32 episodes

CastJi Sung as Kim Su-ro/ Suro of Geumgwan Gaya; Park Gun-tae as young Su-ro; Bae Jong-ok as Jeong Kyeon-bi (Queen); Yu Oh-seong as Shingwi Ghan / Tae-gang; Seo Ji-hye as Heo Hwang-ok; Go Joo-won as Ijinashi; Won Deok-hyun as young Ijinashi; Kang Byul as Ah-hyo; Lee Pil-mo as Seok Tal-hae; Shin Dong-ki as young Tal-hae.

Synopsis:

This historical drama is based on the life of Kim Su-Ro, a man who unified 12 small countries to create the state of Geumgwan Gaya in Southeastern Korea during the Three Kingdoms Period. Kim Su-ro has fierce temperament, charisma and intelligence. He fought in political events and competitions for the throne against his half-brother and lifelong rival, Ijinashi.

7. Hwang Ji-ni

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Hwang Jini (Hangeul: 황진이) is a Korean drama broadcast on KBS2 in 2006. The series was based on the tumultuous life of Hwang Jini, who lived in 16th-century Joseon and became the most famous gisaeng in Korean history. The lead actress, Ha Ji-won, won the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the 2006 KBS Drama Awards for her performance. This historical drama aired from October 11 to December 28, 2006.

Episodes: 24 episodes

Cast: Ha Ji-won as Hwang Jini; Shim Eun-kyung as young Hwang Jini; Kim Young-ae as Im Baek-moo; Wang Bit-na as Bu-yong; Kim Jaewon as Kim Jung-han; Ryu Tae-joon as Byuk Kye-soo; Jang Keun-suk as Kim Eun-ho; Jeon Mi-seon as Jin Hyun-geum, Hwang Jini’s mother; Lee Shi-hwan as Yi-saeng; Kim Bo-yeon as Mae-hyang.

Synopsis:

This drama is about Hwang Jini, a gisaeng (a female entertainer). Hwang Jini was left at a temple by her mother, who did not want her to become a gisaeng. It is not only about her journey to become gisaeng, but also her love story from having a broken heart to finding new love.

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