From Lee Jun-ki in ‘Scarlet Heart’ to Ji Chang-wook in ‘Empress Ki’, Who’s Your Favorite Male Characters in Sageuk Dramas?

Yoo Ah-in as Lee Bang-won in Six Flying Dragons

Uhm Hong-sik, known professionally as Yoo Ah-in, is a South Korean actor, creative director, and gallerist. He is known for his roles in a diverse spectrum both television and film, where he often portrays dynamic characters who exhibit significant personal growth. Yoo Ah-in was born in Daegu, South Korea on October 6th, 1986. In addition to his film work, he engages in social and artistic activism and is also known for for his politically and socially charged views on his social media account.

Yoo Ah-in was cast for the male leading role in Six Flying Dragons. He acted as Lee Bang-won, later known as King Taejong, the 3rd king of the Joseon Dynasty in Korean history.


Im Si-wan as Wang Won in The King in Love

Im Si-wan, or people have known him as ZE:A’s Siwan, is a South Korean singer and actor. He was born in Busan, South Korea on December 1st, 1988. He attended Busan Gudeok High School, Busan National University, University of East Broadcasting Arts and Woosong Information College. Recently, Siwan was discharged from his mandatory military service on March 27th, 2019.

In the Korean historical drama The King in Love, Siwan acted as the male main character, Wang Won. The drama is set in the Goryeo Dynasty, as Wang Won is the young ambitious monarch with a desire to conquer, but then he falls in love with a woman named San (played by Im Yoon-ah or Girls’ Generation’s Yoona).


Yeon Woo-jin as Lee Yeok in Queen For Seven Days

Kim Bong-hoe, or Yeon Woo-jin, is a South Korean actor that started his career in the entertainment industry as a model. Yeon Woo-jin was born in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea on July 5th, 1984. He took education at Sejong University. Yeon Woo-jin began his career in 2007 and is still active until the present day.

In Queen For Seven Days, Yeon Woo-jin acted as Lee Yeok, or also known as Prince Jinseong-daegun and later known as King Jungjong. The story is about his tragic love with the female main character, Queen Dangyeong (played by Park Min-young), who was crowned and deposed from the throne within seven days in the Joseon era.


Lee Seung-gi as Choi Kang-chi in Gu Family Book

Lee Seung-gi is a South Korean singer, actor, host, and entertainer, known famously as “Ballad Prince.” He was born in Dobong-gu, Seoul, South Korea on January 13th, 1987. Lee Seung-gi graduated from Dongguk University obtaining International Trade and Commerce degree. He was a member of the special forces called 13th Special Forces Brigade ‘Black Panther’, Republic of Korea Army Special Warfare Command, when he was in his mandatory military services.

In the K-drama Gu Family Book, Lee Seung-gi played as Choi Kang-chi, a half-man, half-gumiho who longs to become fully human. Then he falls in love with the main female character Yeo-wool (played by Bae Suzy), a martial arts instructor at her father’s school.


Ji Chang-wook as Ta Hwan in Empress Ki

Ji Chang-wook is a South Korean actor who gained his fame by playing the leading role in the 2010 K-drama Smile Again. Ji Chang-wook was born in Anyang, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on July 5th, 1987. He took education at Dankook University in the Department of Performing Arts major.

Ji Chang-wook was cast for the male leading role in Empress ki as Ta Hwan, the Emperor of Yuan Dynasty, and the story of their love is not about being a happy and lovey-dovey one.


Park Bo-gum as Lee Yeong in Love in the Moonlight

Park Bo-gum is a South Korean actor who gained recognition for his diverse range of roles in film and television. He was born in Seoul, South Korea on June 16th, 1993. He took education at Myongji University.

In the K-drama Love in the Moonlight, Park Bo-gum played as Lee Yeong, the only son of the King and heir to the throne. He is smart, bright and mischievous and disliked by his servants for being unpredictable. He has an affinity towards arts and music.


Kim Soo-hyun as Lee Hwon in The Moon That Embraced The Sun

Kim Soo-hyun is a South Korean actor who was born in Seoul, South Korea on February 16th, 1988. He enrolled at Chung-Ang University’s Film and Theater Department in 2009. Kim Soo-hyun was Gallup Korea’s Actor of the Year in 2014.

In The Moon That Embraced The Sun, the historical-fantasy Korean drama set in Joseon Dynasty, Kim Soo-hyun acted as Crown Prince Lee Hwon/King Lee Hwon, an intelligent crown prince who seeks for a change. He falls in love with the women named Yeon-woo, but loses her suddenly. And then after some years, as he is the King now, he encounters a shaman who resembles Yeon-woo. Her name is Wol and he starts doubting his lover’s death and decides to investigate.

That was all Channel-Korea has gathered for you about the male characters in some of the Sageuk dramas. Who is your favorite male character, readers? Please don’t forget to kindly comment your thoughts and opinions in the section below and we will see you guys soon in the next article!