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


4. Dr. Jin

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


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

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


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

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.


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

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.


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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