From Faith to Scarlet Heart: Ryeo, we have watched a plethora of Korean dramas that travel in time. From all of the time-traveling K-dramas, no genre juxtaposes the modern and old times than sageuk (historical dramas). Here we’ve handpicked six of the best historical K-dramas with a time-travel twist!

1. Scarlet Heart: Ryeo

Starring Lee Joon Ki and Lee Ji Eun (IU)

Lee Joon Ki ( Arang and the Magistrate) and Lee “IU” Ji Eun (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 is transported to 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). A man as feared as he is handsome, Wang So is based on the real-life fourth king of the Goryeo Dynasty and makes others tremble but wins over Hae Soo’s heart. However, he is not the only one in the palace with eyes on the throne, and a political battle of deception, secrecy and lies ensues between Wang So and all the other princes. Adding to the drama are Eighth Prince Wang Wook (Heirs star Kang Ha Neul), who is less than willing to wait in line behind seven other members of the royal family, and Third Prince Wang Yo.

2. Faith

Starring Lee Min Ho (Heirs) and Kim Hee Sun

Lee Min Ho stars in this thrilling fantasy epic, as an elite warrior in 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, in order to solve the mysterious death of the woman he loved. To his surprise, when he arrives, he meets a woman that 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 Kim Jae Joong

Time Slip Dr. Jin is a surreal story based on the hit series from Japan. Song Seung Hoon (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 Mi Na in the present day. This mysterious romance also stars Lee Bum Soo (History of a Salaryman) as the black sheep of the royal family, and Hero Jaejoong (Protect the Boss) as the officer hunting Jin Hyuk down.

5. Saimdang Herstory

Starring Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Hun

This historical drama tells 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. In Seo Ji Yoon’s world, Saimdang is a legend who is even on the 50,000 won bill. In Joseon times, that legend was still in the making and Saimdang was simply known as a bold and talented artist, poet, and calligraphist. Those qualities were enough to leave a lasting impression on Lee Gyeom (Song Seung Hun), a fictional character who was basically the Renaissance Man of the dynasty as a talented writer, musician, and dancer in his own right. From the moment he met the young Saimdang, he dedicated his life to purely her love. 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!!



Starring Lee Min Ho (Heirs) and Kim Hee Sun

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