Throwback Thursday: The 5 best historical dramas of the 2000s
Is your love for K-dramas genre-specific? Are you skeptical of dramas that are not romantic comedies? Fear no more! We’ve prepared a list of the best historical dramas produced in the past decade. They deal with Korea’s rich history from 37 BC to the 1600s chronologically. Check these out!
Hot actor Song Il Kuk, now a father of the most popular triplets in Korea, (See the adorable triplets on The Return of Superman) stars in Jumong, along with actress Han Hye Jin, now married to Ki Sung Yueng, a professional soccer player for Premier League club Swansea City. Jumong is the name of the man who founded one of the three kingdoms from 37 BC to the first century. Selling point: Jumong, So Nuh Soo and Miss. Yoo's triangle love. Trivia: The president of Kazakhstan invited Song Il Kuk to dine with him after watching the drama.
Known for its strong characters, speedy storyline, and contemporary style of conversations, Queen Seon Duk received the best drama of the year award. Actress Lee Yo Won plays Princess Duk Man, who later become Queen Seon Duk. A character named Mee Sil, portrayed by actress Go Hyun Jung, also plays a big part. Curious about their relationship? Check out an episode below!
Need I say more? Lee Young Ae's Jewel in the Palace is the drama that pioneered the Korean (Hallyu) wave, along with Bae Yong Jun and Choi Ji Woo's Winter Sonata (2002). It tells a story of a young girl named Suh Jang Geum overcoming her difficulties and becoming the best cook/doctor in the country.
Featuring all-time favorite Ha Ji Won as Damo, meaning a female detective, Damo tells a story of Chae Ok, played by Ha Ji Won, who is determined to get both love and career in full swing. Highlight: Chae Ok's romance gets complicated with two hot men, Hwangbo Yoon and Jang Sung Baek.
Actor Lee Joon Ki's most successful drama, Iljimae, is a story of Lee Gyum (Lee Joon Ki) who seeks revenge on the man who killed his father. Lee Joon Ki was acclaimed for his portrayal of difficult mood swings in this drama. Also check out the sequel The Return of Iljimae!
Did you enjoy watching any of these shows? Are there any that you haven’t watched?
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