From “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” to “Faith,” we’ve watched a bunch of Korean sageuk (historical dramas). No genre juxtaposes the modern and old times better than historical shows with a time-travel twist. Scroll down to reveal the best historical K-dramas with a time-travel twist!
1. ‘Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo’
Lee Joon Ki of “Arang and the Magistrate” and IU of “Dream High” star in a dangerous romance across time. Hae Soo (IU) is a 21st century woman who gets caught in a solar eclipse and ends up in the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th century for nearly 500 years. Suddenly, Hae Soo finds herself in the royal palace, where she comes across Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Ki).
In this thrilling fantasy, Lee Min Ho stars as an elite warrior in the 1300s Korea who travels to the 21st century to find a doctor capable of healing the queen. In a comic twist, his search for a doctor with godlike abilities leads him to a popular plastic surgeon. When she refuses to believe his outlandish story, he kidnaps her, dragging her back into the past to save the queen. Will this stoic warrior give up his code of honor and choose love over war, and will this career woman ever consider a life less modern? Only time will tell—literally.
3. ‘Rooftop Prince’
Starring Park Yoo Chun and Han Ji Min
A prince from the Joseon era travels to present-day Seoul with a special team he put together to solve the mysterious death of the woman he loved. To his surprise, upon his arrival, he meets a woman who looks exactly like her. However, it’s not only the princess who has a modern-day doppelganger. Everyone seems to have one, including the prince himself.
4. ‘Time Slip Dr. Jin’
Starring Song Seung Hun and Park Min Young
Time Slip Dr. Jin is a surreal story based on the hit series from Japan. Song Seung Hoon of “Autumn in My Heart” stars as Jin Hyuk, a brilliant but exacting neurosurgeon. When a mysterious patient comes in with a severe brain injury, Jin Hyuk discovers a tiny fetus inside the patient’s brain. It’s this strange fetus that propels him to jump off the hospital’s roof and enter a time portal to the year 1860. His modern appearance makes him a wanted man, but he begins to win the trust of the Joseon-era people with his modern medical knowledge. To his surprise, he meets Hong Young Rae (Park Min Young), who looks exactly like his girlfriend.
5. ‘Saimdang, Memoir of Colors’
Watch the untold story of the artist who defied the limitations of her society and became a legend. Seo Ji Yoon (Lee Young Ae) is a Korean art history lecturer who discovers the diary of historical figure Shin Saimdang (also Lee Young Ae), an artist and mother of famed 16th century Korean Confucian scholar Yulgok. Saimdang leaves a lasting impression on Lee Gyeom (Song Seung Hun), a fictional character who lives in the 1700s Joseon era.
As Seo Ji Yoon learns more about Saimdang through her diary, she begins to unravel the secret behind a historical painting and unearths the unbelievable truth behind one of history’s biggest mysteries.
6. ‘Queen In Hyun’s Man’
Starring Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na
Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na star in a fantasy historical drama about a man whose loyalty survives three centuries of time travel and helps him find the woman of his dreams.
Which time-traveling historical K-drama is your favorite? Let us us below!