12 Best Historical Korean Drama Television Saeguk All Time


Here are the current list of famous best historical Korean dramas (sageuk kdrama tv), a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous people which some of them an accurate portrayal of a historical biography or event and some of them are fictionalized tales that are based on an actual person or history.

Best Historical Korean Drama All time

Here are the full list of the best among the best 

1. Jumong (2006)


Native Title: 주몽
Episodes : 81
Network : MBC
Time Period : approximately 108 BC to 19 AD (Gogoryeo 3 Kingdom Era)

Prince Jumong – Song Il-gook
Lady Soseono – Han Hye-jin (Jumong’s Second wife)
Prince Daeso – Kim Seung-soo
King Geumwa – Jun Kwang-ryul
Lady Yuhwa – Oh Yeon-soo (Jumong’s mother)
Queen Wonhu – Kyeon Mi-ri
Lady Ye So-ya – Song Ji-hyo (Jumong’s first wife)

2. A Tree With a Deep Roots (2011)


Native Title: 뿌리 깊은 나무
Also known as: Tree with Deep Roots
Episodes : 24
Network : SBS
Time Period : approximately 1400 AD (Joseon Dynasty – King Sejong)

Kang Chae-yoon/Ddol-bok – Jang Hyuk
King Sejong – Han Suk-kyu
So-yi/Dam – Shin Se-kyung

3. The Moon Embracing The Sun (2012)

Native Title: 해를 품은 달
Also known as: The Sun and the Moon, The Moon That Embraces the Sun
Episodes : 20 (+2 specials)
Network : MBC
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty

Crown Prince/King Lee Hwon – Kim Soo-hyun
Heo Yeon-woo (許煙雨) / shaman Wol (月) – Han Ga-in
Prince Yang-myung (陽明) – Jung Il-woo
Yoon Bo-kyung (尹寶鏡) – Kim Min-seo

4. Jewel in the Palace (2003)


Native Title: 대장금
Also known as: Dae Jang Geum
Episodes : 24
Network : MBC
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty – King Jungjong Era (1500AD)

Jang-geum – Lee Young-ae
Min Jeong-ho – Ji Jin-hee
Choi Geum-young – Hong Ri-na
King Jungjong – Im Ho
Han Baek-young/Lady Han – Yang Mi-kyung
Choi Seong-geum/Lady Choi – Kyeon Mi-ri

5. Hong Gil Dong (2008)

Native Title: 쾌도 홍길동
Also known as: Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong
Episodes : 24
Network : KBS
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty

Hong Gil-dong – Kang Ji-hwan
Heo Yi-nok – Sung Yu-ri
Lee Chang-hwi – Jang Keun-suk
Seo Eun-hye – Kim Ri-na
Hong In-hyeong, Gil-dong’s half-brother – Kim Jae-seung
Jung Mal-nyeo – Cha Hyun-jung
Shim Soo-geun – Park Sang-wook
Court lady Noh – Choi Ran

6. The Slave Hunters (2010)

Native Title: 추노
Also known as: Chuno
Episodes : 24
Network : KBS
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty – King Injo Era (1600AD)

Lee Dae-gil – Jang Hyuk
Song Tae-ha – Oh Ji-ho
Un-nyun / Kim Hye-won – Lee Da-hae
Eop-bok – Gong Hyung-jin
Hwang Chul-woong – Lee Jong-hyuk

7. Painter of the Wind (2008)

Native Title: 바람의 화원
Also known as: Baram-ui Hwawon
Episodes : 20
Network : SBS
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty – King Jeongjo (1700AD)

Shin Yun-bok – Moon Geun-young
Kim Hong-do – Park Shin-yang
Kim Jo-nyun – Ryu Seung-ryong
King Jeongjo – Bae Soo-bin
Jung-hyang, a gisaeng – Moon Chae-won

8. Sungkyunkwan Scandal


Native Title: 성균관 스캔들
Novel adaptation: The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars
Episodes : 20
Network : KBS2
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty

Kim Yoon-hee (Dae-mul) – Park Min-young
Young Kim Yoon-hee – Bang Joon-seo
Lee Sun-joon (Ga-rang) – Park Yoo-chun
Moon Jae-shin (Geol-oh) – Yoo Ah-in
Gu Yong-ha Song (Yeo-rim) Joong-ki

9. Jackpot (2016)


Native Title: 대박
Also known as: The Royal Gambler
Episodes : 24
Network : SBS
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty

Baek Dae-gil – Jang Geun-suk
Yeon Ying-gun (King Yeongjo) – Yeo Jin-goo
Lee In-jwa – Jun Kwang-ryul
King Sukjong – Choi Min-soo
Suk-bin Choe – Yoon Jin-seo
Dam-seo – Lim Ji-yeon
Yoon (King Gyeongjong) – Hyun Woo

10. Arang and the Magistrate (2012)

Native Title: 아랑사또전
Also known as: Tale of Arang
Episodes : 20
Network : MBC
Time Period : Joseon Era

Kim Eun-oh – Lee Joon-gi
Arang/Lee Seo-rim – Shin Min-ah
Joo-wal – Yeon Woo-jin
Bang-wool, shaman – Hwang Bo-ra
Dol-swe, Eun-oh’s manservant – Kwon Oh-joong

11. Six Flying Dragons (2015)

best historical korean
Native Title: 육룡이 나르샤
Also known as: Roots of the Throne
Episodes : 50
Genre : Historical , Political drama, Action
Network : SBS
Time Period : Early Joseon Dynasty

Yi Bang-won (later King Taejong) – Yoo Ah-in
Sambong Jeong Do-jeon – Kim Myung-min
Boon-yi – Shin Se-kyung
Ddang-sae, later Yi Bang-ji – Byun Yo-han
Moo-hyul – Yoon Kyun-sang
Yi Seong-gye, (later King Taejo) – Chun Ho-jin

12. Dong Yi (2010)

Native Title: 동이
Episodes : 60
Genre : Romance, Historical
Network : MBC
Time Period : Joseon Dynasty – King Sukjong

Dong-yi (Choi Suk-bin) – Han Hyo-joo as
King Sukjong – Ji Jin-hee as
Jang Hui-bin – Lee So-yeon
Cha Chun-soo – Bae Soo-bin

13. Empress Ki (2013)

Native Title: 기황후
Episodes : 51
Genre : Romance, Historical
Network : MBC
Time Period : Goryeo Era



There are so many good best historical korean kdrama to watch but these are the most widely popular, highest rated-receiving highest viewership ratings and most memorable dramas among fans with a popular actor and actress.

Suggest your own best historical korean drama on the comments below.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *