Let’s Check Out the South Korean History Themed K-Dramas Otherwise Known as Sageuk Drama
Fans of Korean dramas are certainly no stranger to sageuk dramas or Korean dramas with the theme of history and royalty. These royal background dramas with a historical nuance seem to always be in demand by many people and are timeless. There are many historical background dramas that have broken the ratings on Korean television channels. Some of these dramas have also broken ratings overseas. Of the many themes raised, the colossal or sageuk concept is one of the themes that is also a favorite of K-Drama lovers. Through sageuk dramas, the audience can more or less learn about the culture, customs, and history of South Korea. For example, language, food, clothing, and much more.
Usually, the romantic stories in Korean dramas are accompanied by other genres, such as fantasy, horror, action, comedy, and many more. One story that is loved by fans of Korean dramas is a colossal love story: where the struggles of love a couple must face comprise various obstacles and royal intrigue. Colossal is a story taken from ancient society, and in Korea, it usually has a royal background.
For example the Goryeo or Joseon period. Even though it has entered the era of modern technological developments, in fact, South Korea’s entertainment world still continues to produce Korean dramas titled colossal romance. This is because until now, the story is still much in demand. Not only they tell beautiful histories, but the complicated love story is also one of the reasons that make sageuk dramas or colossal dramas to be deemed timeless.
In this article, Channel-Korea will show and tell you about South Korean dramas with Royal backgrounds in the past or also known as sageuk drama. So, stay tuned!
The Tale Of Nokdu (2019)
The Tale of Nokdu tells the story of Jeon Nok-du (Jang Dong-yoon), a man who disguises himself as a woman and infiltrates a village of widows. He does so because of an incident and forces Jeon Nok-du to explore the widows’ villages, which forbid men. In the countryside, there is a woman who almost becomes a gisaeng (comfort woman in the Joseon era) named Doo Dong-joo (Kim So-hyun). Dong Dong-joo is the most talkative woman and also skilled at using her hands because she can make anything if given the right tools. Then, Jeon Nok-du starts a relationship with Dong Dong-joo, and falls into a whirlpool of unexpected destiny.
- Jang Dong-yoon as Jeon Nok-du
- Kim So-hyun as Doo Dong-joo
- Kang Tae-oh as Cha Yul-mu or Prince Neungyang
- Jung Joon-ho as King Gwanghee
The Reasons Why You Should Watch The Tale Of Nokdu!
- This drama raises women’s issues!
Despite having a light story, The Tale of Nokdu indirectly shows the great abilities possessed by women. This is easy to see in the series as in many episodes, women are portrayed as “more powerful” than men, ranging from women being entrusted the job of special bodyguards to working as assassins. The village of the widows is also an example of the ability of women to survive and help one another.
- Adapted from a popular webtoon!
The Tale of Nokdu was adapted from a popular webtoon of the same title written by Yang Hye-jin published since December 16th, 2014, through the Naver website. In the Naver page, each episode of The Tale of Nokdu even gets a rating above 9 and is liked more than 99 thousand times.
- It has an interesting plot!
Conflicts in the drama The Tale of Nokdu are considered interesting because the main character is a man disguised as a woman in a village full of widows in order to hide his true identity.
The Korean drama Haechi tells the story of four people who unite to make the Prince a legitimate King. He is named Lee Geum (Jung Il-woo) who is a crown prince who is also a candidate for the next King and his extraordinary intelligence. But many royal nobles do not agree with him being the King, because his mother came from the lowest class. He gathers a group of people consisting of various classes in society. They are: Chun Yeo-ji (Go Ara) is Damo in the Saheonbu reform, working to investigate cases in the kingdom. Park Moon-soo (Kwon Yul) is preparing for his exam to become a public official in the Kingdom, having an honest and kind attitude towards everyone. Whereas Dal-moon (Park Hoon) is a well-known clown in his area and is an expert in martial arts. What is their angle in making Lee Geum a king?
- Jung Il-woo as Yi Geum, Prince Yeoning (later King Yeongjo)
- Go Ara as Chun Yeo-ji
- Kwon Yul as Park Moon-su
- Park Hoon as Dal-moon
The Reasons Why You Should Watch Haechi!
- The first historical drama that tells the story of King Yeongjo’s youth!
Haechi has attracted attention by becoming the first drama to highlight the youth of King Yeongjo, the 21st king of the Joseon Dynasty. While a fictional story has been written about him as Prince Sado’s father and as Dae Gil’s brother who died while still a baby, Haechi is the first to have young Yeongjo King (known as Prince Yeoning) as the main character.
- It’s Jung Il-woo’s comeback drama after military!
Reporting from soompi.com, Jung Il-woo completed his military service on November 30th, 2018. After being on hiatus for almost three years due to his mandatory military service, Jung Il-woo finally made his comeback through the drama Haechi in 2019.
- Many scenes of South Korean culture from the Joseon Dynasty can be seen!
Taking place in the Joseon Dynasty era, allows the Haechi audience to witness the diverse cultures of South Korea that existed at that time. Ranging from clothing, the grandeur of the palace, traditional houses, old school games, until the sword dance that is displayed in one scene.
Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010)
Sungkyunkwan Scandal tells of Kim Yun-hee who is a woman who works as a bookkeeper because of economic conditions that force her to work. In her workplace, she has to disguise herself as a man because of the conditions of being an employee. One day, there is a test to become a government guard. But, only men are eligible to take the test. Kim Yun-hee also plans to take the exam by becoming a man. There, Kim Yun-hee meets Lee Sun-joon who is the son of a noble leader.
- Park Min-young as Kim Yun-hee (when girl)/Kim Yun-sook (when a boy), nicknamed Dae-mul
- Park Yoo-chun as Lee Seon-jun, nicknamed Ga-rang
- Yoo Ah-in as Mun Jae-sin, nicknamed Geol-o
- Song Joong-ki as Gu Yong-ha, nicknamed Yeo-rim
The Reasons Why You Should Watch Sungkyunkwan Scandal!
- Adapted from a famous novel!
Adapted from a famous novel by Jung Eun-gwol, this drama tells of a scandal at Sungkyunkwan, a place of learning in the Joseon era. Previously only men were allowed to study at Sungkyunkwan. But Kim Yoon-hee is a woman disguised as her younger brother to be able to enter and study there. During his disguise, she meets Lee Sun-joon, Gu Yong-ha, and Moon Jae-shin.
- One of the sageuk dramas with the highest rating!
This sageuk drama starring Park Yoo-chun, Song Joong-ki, Park Min-young, and Yoo Ah-in is so memorable in the hearts of fans. This romance comedy genre drama is also completed with a satisfactory rating, which is an average of 10.1%.
Yi San (2007)
This drama is about the life of King Jeong-jo, the 22nd Dynasty of Joseon, known as one of the greatest kings who loved his people and reformed the Korean kingdom. Starting from his childhood, he had to face the fact that his father would be put to death by the emperor (his own grandfather) because he was slandered by a gang of people. When he tried to save his father, he met a girl who later became his true love and became his concubine and a boy who would later become the supreme commander and his best friend. The three later became three true friends. And his friends will continue to help him when Yi San is in trouble due to the undermining of people who want to get him off the crown, and even remain loyal until Yi San is gone.
Yi San must also accept the fact that what caused his father’s death was his aunt (the emperor’s daughter) and his grandmother (the queen). After becoming emperor, he also had to accept the death of one of his friends/his right hand because his friend was trapped by the incitement of the queen. So, he was forced to punish him. In addition to telling him how difficult it was to become the king of Korea, this drama also tells about the side of his love life that ended tragically. There is the concubine, true love, then the untimely death caused by liver cancer after not long being abandoned by their child.
- Yi San/King Jeongjo (played by Lee Seo-jin)
- Seong Song-yeon/Ui-bin Seong (played by Han Ji-min)
- Park Dae-su (played by Lee Jong-soo)
- Queen Hyoui (played by Park Eun-hye)