Chart of Joseon Kings and Related Sageuk Dramas

I’ve been working on a chart of the Joseon Kings with interesting snippets of info about them plus any dramas filmed during their reign. This way we can get an overview of the whole Joseon period. I’ve also added links to posts on tombs of Joseon Kings and VIPs I’ve visited, info on portraits from the Joseon period, and important historical events. This is an ongoing project, so I’ll keep adding to this list as I find out more about the kings and watch more sageuk dramas! Hope it’s useful. And a big thank you to everyone who’s sent in titles to add to the list :)

 

King

Reign

Dramas and Info

태조

King Taejo 

Yi Seong-gye

1392-

1398

The first king of Joseon. His original portrait is one of only 4 kings that have survived today. See my post on the portraits of Joseon Kings here. He came from Jeonju where his portrait was enshrined. The sageuk Tears of the Dragon (KBS1 1996-8) depicts this turbulent time at the beginning of the Joseon dynasty. (BTW The fantastic first English translation of The Annals of King T’aejo: Founder of Korea’s Choson Dynastyis also now available. Read more info and my review here)

Also see The Great Seer (SBS 2012)  Jeong Do Jeon (KBS1 2014) is a political thriller about the most power politician at the time who helped King Taejo create a new Joseon dynasty. Six Flying Dragons (SBS 2015) focuses on the ideological conflict between the politician Jeong Do Jeon and Yi Bang Won who became King Taejong. 

정종

King Jeongjong

Yi Bang-gwa

 

1398-1400

There was lots of instability at the beginning of the Joseon period as King Taejo’s sons fought over power. Jeongjong (2nd son) didn’t last long and quickly abdicated to let his fierce brother Yi Bang-won (5th son) take the throne! 

태종

King Taejong

Yi Bang-won

 

1400-1418

A strong but ruthless ruler who killed anyone who got in his way. He abdicated to let his son Yi Do rule but for a while continued to hold the real power. We can see an interpretation of the abdicated King’s relationship with the young King Sejong in the first few episodes of Deep Rooted Tree, MBC, 2011. The Great King Sejong (KBS 2008) begins here during his father’s reign. An epic drama of 86 episodes! Six Flying Dragons (SBS 2015/16) stars Yoo Ah In as Lee Bang Won (later King Taejong) while he is Prince. It’s about the ideological and political conflict between the prince and the powerful government officials particularly Jung Do Jeon. 

세종

King Sejong the Great

Yi Do

1418-1450

The most famous Joseon king. He’s been portrayed in several dramas, but most recently we can see him in Deep Rooted Tree, a murder mystery set at the time when King Sejong was creating the Korean characters, hangul. Hangul day is celebrated every year and there’s a statue of King Sejong near the hangul museum in Seoul. Also see the epic The Great King Sejong (KBS 2008). Jan Young Sil: The Greatest Scientist of Joseon (KBS1 2016) is about the man who contributed many inventions including the Joseon sundial and water clock. 

문종

King Munjong

Yi Hyang

1450-1452

Died of illness after two years.

단종

King Danjong

Yi Hong-wi

1452-1455

He was 12 years old when he came to the throne and had little power, so his uncle Yi Yu (a.k.a Grand Prince Suyang) usurped the throne in a coup. The Princess’ Man (KBS, 2011) is a ‘Romeo and Juliet’ romance set during this time. (The Princess is Grand Prince Suyang’s daughter) Six ministers (two appear in Deep Rooted Tree) tried to restore Danjong to his position but the ministers were murdered by King Sejo. More info and see the martyred ministers’ tombs here. 

세조

King Sejo

Yi Yu

1455-1468

(King Sejong’s son) He usurped the throne from his nephew King Danjong, and then had him killed. Still, he was considered a successful leader of the country. The King and I (SBS 2007) starts here and follows the life of a loyal eunuch to several kings

예종

King Yejong

Yi Gwang

1468-1469

He was weak and died of illness after only a year on the throne. The King and I (SBS 2007) the life of a eunuch

성종

King Seongjong Yi Hyeol

1469-1494

(nephew of King Yejong) Jewel in the Palace, (MBC, 2003) the story of Jang-geum a royal cook and first female physician to the king, starts  here when the king orders the execution by poisoning of his deposed wife Queen Lady Yun (mother of future King Yeonsangun). The King and I (SBS, 2007) is about the life of a court eunuch in love with his childhood sweetheart. It’s also set around this time during King Seongjong and then King Yeonsangun’s reign. King Seongjong was only 13 when he came to the throne, so his grandmother Queen Jeonghee ruled in his place along with his mother Queen Insu – the drama Queen Insu (jTBC 2011) follows her story

연산군

Yeonsangun

Yi Yung

1494-1506

A tyrant king. In Jewel in the Palace, (a.k.a Dae Jang Geum MBC, 2004) Jang Geum’s father is killed in 1504 when the king orders the execution of people responsible for his mother’s death, (above) see Literati Purges of 1504. The film The King and the Clown (2005) is about two court entertainers who win over the king with their bawdy performances much to the horror of the ministers! 

The King and I (SBS 2007)

Jong Nok Su (KBS 1995) is about the king’s relationship with his concubine Jong Nok Su.

중종

King Jungjong 

Yi Yeok

1506-1544

In Jewel in the Palace, (Dae Jang Geum) King Jungjong makes Jang-geum a 6th rank official and appoints her to be his first female personal physician. (see my brief Dae Jang Geum recaps here or my post on how King Jungjong is portrayed in Dae Jang Geum). The story of Hwang Jin Yi is about one of the most  famous gisaengs in the Joseon period. The King and I (SBS 2007) Light’s Diary (SBS 2017) is about Shim Saimdang (1501-1551) possibly the most famous woman in Joseon history who was an artist and respected mother of a famous Confucian scholar. 

인종

King Injong

Yi Ho 

1544-1545

Possibly poisoned so that his half-brother could take the throne. Mandate of Heaven: The Fugitive of Joseon (KBS2 2013) is about a medical practitioner who gets caught up in the plot to poison Crown Prince Yi Ho who eventually became King Injong. (see my review of Mandate of Heaven here) 

명종

King Myeongjong

Yi Hwan

1545-1567

Became king at age 12 so Queen Munjeong ruled in his name. He died young without an heir. He is a young prince in Mandate of Heaven and is used by his ambitious power-hungry mother, Queen Munjeong. (See how Queen Munjeong is portrayed as a baddie in Mandate of Heaven here) 

Flower in Prison (MBC 2016) is about a poor woman born in prison who goes on to become a lawyer for the poor. The drama shows the king dominated by his controlling mother Queen Munjeong.

선조

King Seonjo 

Yi Yeon

1567-1608

(half-nephew of King Myeongjong) 

Ruled through political chaos and Seven-year War (1592-1598) with Japan and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

The drama Heojun (MBC, 2000) is the story of the famous physician Heojun (1537-1615) ) and is set during the whole of King Seonjo’s reign. (This is still my favourite Sageuk drama :) ) Read about how King Seonjo is portrayed in Heojun. Heojun recaps here. There’s also a daily drama remake  Guam Heo Jun (MBC 2013) about the same doctor. The story of the scheming Concubine Kim appears in The King’s Woman (SBS 2003),The Jingbirok: A Memoir of Imjin War (KBS1 2015,) A political/action drama is about Ryu Seong Ryong, a Confucian scholar put in charge of military operations during the Imjin Wars. 

광해

Gwanghaegun

Yi Hon 

1608-1623

Was an accomplished ruler but due to the political situation at the time he ended up being deposed in a coup and died on Jeju Island. So he remains a prince (gun) and does not have a posthumous title. Masquerade (2012) is an award winning film starring Lee Byung Hun who plays two roles in the film – the king and the poor bloke who stands in for him when he is threatened with poisoning. The drama Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire (MBC 2013) is the love story of Gwanghaegun and Joseon’s first female potter. The King’s Woman (SBS 2003) The King’s Face (KBS2 2014) is a thriller about Gwanghaegun’s  difficult path to become king. Splendid Politics (MBC, 2015) is a drama about Gwanghae usurping the throne only to be deposed himself later. 

인조

King Injo

Yi Jong

1623-1649

Considered a weak ruler. He reigned through two Manchu invasions. So this was a difficult and unstable period in Joseon history. 

Iljimae (SBS 2008) A kind of Robin Hood

Chuno The Slave Hunters (KBS 2010) shows life to be pretty chaotic in Joseon after the Manchu Wars. Many commoners have become slaves and the Chuno slave hunters are hired to bring them back to their owners.  (there’s romance too, though!)

Cruel Palace – War of Flowers (JTBC 2013) is about the beautiful but evil royal concubine Jo So Yong who tried to use her womanly charms on the king to gain power in Joseon. 

The film War of the Arrows (2011) is a beautiful action film about the best archer in Joseon who has to fight the Manchu invaders to save his sister. (quite easy to follow without subtitles and it’s exciting- even if like me you don’t usually like action.)

Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2 2008) is an action drama and includes the death / murder of the King’s son Crown Prince Sohyeon. The Three Musketeers (season 1) (TVN 2014)  is also about Prince Sohyeon and the men who try to protect him.

효종

King Hyojong

Yi Ho 

 

1649-1659

Spent time as a captive of the Qing Dynasty before becoming King. Then reformed and expanded the military. He sent troops to help the new Qing Dynasty in China defeat Russia and relations with Qing improved. King Hyojong appears in Horse Doctor (MBC 2012) about the life of a vet who becomes a royal doctor. His elder brother, Crown Prince  Sohyeon who died in mysterious circumstances at the palace appears in the first episode. Crown Prince Sohyeon also appears in The Slave Hunters (Chuno, KBS 2010). Chuno Ggun were slave hunters whose job  it was to catch runaway slaves, nobi. 

현종

King Hyeonjong

Yi Yeon

1659-1674

During his reign, there were power struggles between two political factions Westerners (Seoin) and Southerners (Namin)  Horse Doctor (MBC 2012) 

숙종

King Sukjong 

Yi Sun

1674-1720

He had to deal with the continuing fight for power between the Westerners and Southerners. The Westerners won (for a while) but broke into two smaller factions (Soron and Noron). The political situation is portrayed in Dong Yi (MBC, 2010) – a romance based on the relationship between King Sukjong and Suk Bin (Dong Yi), concubine and mother of King Yeongjo. Dong Yi recaps here. Read about how King Sukjong is portrayed in Dong Yi here. Dong Yi became a top ranking concubine. Read more about the concubine ranking system. Queen In Hyun’s Man (tvN 2012) is a fusion drama with time travel to modern-day Seoul. Queen In Hyun was King Sukjong’s 2nd Queen and also appears in Dong Yi. Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love (SBS 2013) is also about the life of King Sukjong’s famous concubine Jang Hee Bin. See pics and info about my trip to King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s tombs here. 

경종

King Gyeongjong

Yi Yun 

1720-1724

Appears as a child in Dong Yi. He was the sickly son of Sukjong’s concubine Hee Bin and he died young. See King Sukjong and Jang Hee Bin’s tombs here. 

영조

King Yeongjo

Yi Geum

1724-1776

(half-brother of the previous king) The son of King Sukjong and his concubine Suk Bin. He appears as a child in the MBC drama Dong Yi.

He went on to rule for 52 years and was the longest ruling monarch of Joseon. Original portraits of him as a prince and as King have survived today. Secret Door (SBS 2014) is a mystery drama about the death of King Yeongjo’s son Crown Prince Sado who was forced to get into a wooden rice chest where he suffocated to death. The Grand Heist (2012) is a comedy film set during the last years of King Yeongjo’s reign. It’s about a group of thieves who try to steal ice from the Royal Storage. The Royal Tailor (2014) is a film about the rivalry between the tailors responsible for the wardrobe of the royal family. The Throne (2015) is a film about the death of Crown Prince Sado in the rice chest

정조

King Jeongjo

Yi San 

1776-1800

(King Yeongjo’s grandson) Considered to be one of the most successful rulers of Joseon. Yi San (MBC 2007) (Wind of the Palace) is about the life of the King. The drama Painter of the Wind (SBS 2008) – about famous painter Shin Yun-bok (born 1758) is also set during his reign. Based on the novel, the drama has a twist as it presents the painter as a woman who pretended to be a man. See my post on some of his portraits of gisaengs. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2 2010) also set  during King Jeongjo’s reign. Eight Days Mystery of Jeongjo (2007) tells the story of assassination attempts on the King during an 8 day period. The martial arts fusion drama Warrior Baek Dong Soo (SBS 2011) centres around the Crown Prince Sado conspiracy.  The Fatal Encounter (2014) starring Hyun Bin is a film about the assassination attempt on King Jeongjo’s life. 

순조

King Sunjo

Yi Gong

1800-1834

Sangdo (Merchant, MBC, 2002) is the story of the legendary merchant Im Sang-ok (1779-1855). In this drama we get to see the life of traders and the relationship with the Qing Dynasty. 

헌종

King Heonjong

Yi Hwan

1834-1849

(the grandson of King Sunjo) He died young without an heir. 

철종

King Cheoljong

Yi Byeon

1849-1863

A low period in Joseon history with corruption and unrest. The Andong Kim clan had taken over power and many members of the Yi family had fled from the capital and were living in poverty. When he was found and chosen to be king, Yi Byeon was poor and couldn’t even read. He died without an heir. But an original portrait of him remains. 

고종

King Gojong

Yi Myeong-bok

1863-1897

 King Gojong severed links with Qing China and became the first emperor of the Korean Empire. But there were many domestic problems and tensions with China and Japan. 

Famine, poverty, high taxes and corruption led to several peasant revolts. Japan went to war with Qing in the first Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895) and forced Joseon to allow Japan to use its land and natural resources.

In 1895, Empress Myeongseong (there’s a drama about her of the same name, KBS2, 2002) was assassinated by Japanese agents. Emperor Gojong abdicated. An original portrait of him has survived. 

Dr Jin (MBC 2012) a time travel medical drama, the Korean version of a drama based on a Japanese manga

Gunman in Joseon (KBS2 2014) is about a swordsman who becomes a gunman for revenge.

Jejungwon (SBS 2010) is about the first western hospital in Joseon. The Sword with no Name (2009) is a film about the fictional life of Empress Myeongseong

순종

Emperor Sunjong

Yi Cheok

1897-1910

The last Emperor of the Joseon period. 

 


76 thoughts on “Chart of Joseon Kings and Related Sageuk Dramas

  • March 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm
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    you may wish to add “The Princess’ Man” to your excellent list. It is set in King Danjong’s reigh and tells of his uncle’s taking over the throne.

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    • March 14, 2012 at 7:01 am
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      Thank you for this. I have added it to the chart.
      I haven’t seen this drama yet but it sounds like a real tearjerker!

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      • July 13, 2012 at 2:14 am
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        i hope that you’ve seen Princess’ man by now. the couple actually “spent a night together” without benefit of marriage vows and she gets pregnant. apparantly Josean era men were extremely potent

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        • October 5, 2014 at 6:46 am
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          Perhaps the right words are ‘without the benefit of a marriage ceremony’ or a ‘ a ritual declaring a marriage vow in the presence of witnesses’. As for the vow itself the couple made apparent display of giving a promise that they would love each other unconditionally & to live together as husband & wife as long as they live. I just don’t remember exactly; but the male protagonist asked the princess to have her as his wife which the princess answered by giving herself entirely.

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      • December 26, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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        I wish you can add “love in the moonlight” to your excellent list, it is set in king sunjo’s reign and tells about his crown prince is very popular drama now, thanks from Indonesia

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    • September 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm
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      The Admiral: Roaring Torrents (2014) Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu
      (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin fought against 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula

      Jingbirok:The Imjin War (2014) Kim Sang-Joong, Kim Tae-woo
      King Seongjo’s reign – Jingbirok, the name of a book written by real-life Joseon historian and scholar Ryu Seong Ryong (Kim Sang Joong), detailing the Imjin War (1592-1598) Historical events with the scholar as the central character

      Hwajung (2015) Cha Seung-Won, Lee Yeon-Hee
      The rise and fall of Princess Jeongmyeong born to King Seongjo of the Joseon Dynasty period and half sister of King Gwanghae

      Hope this helps…and hope they are accurate..lol. :)

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  • March 21, 2012 at 3:33 pm
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    king seongjong and king yeonsangun are in the drama of King and I…

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    • March 22, 2012 at 7:34 am
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      Brilliant, thanks. I’ve added this to the chart.
      Looks like this drama is another romantic marathon of 50 episodes!

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    • May 30, 2012 at 12:28 am
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      Thats how I found this site ..Im watching The King and I (again *blush*) and stopped it to do a little researching on the deposed Queen Lady Yun’s life and death. From past researches I do know alot of poisoning jumped off back then. Many obviously were covered up in the Joseon Annals

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  • June 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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    Great post.
    There are also these drama to add in your list :
    – Tears of the Dragon
    – 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty (series of historical dramas)
    – Eight Days
    – Hwang Jin Yi
    – Joseon X-Files (sci-fi and sageuk)
    – Gye Baek
    – Queen In Hyun’s Man (fusion sageuk)

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    • October 10, 2012 at 5:06 pm
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      Thanks for all your suggestions.
      Queen In Hyun’s Man and Hwang Jin Yi are on my ‘dramas to watch’ list. Love Ha Ji Won.

      BTW I’ve added some of the dramas to the chart. But I couldn’t add all of them as I have categorised the dramas under which king reigned at the time the dramas were set – ‘500 years of Joseon Dynasty’ spans over the whole Joseon period – so this includes most of the kings! And ‘Gye Baek’ is set before the Joseon period and my chart doesn’t go that far back yet. Also, I don’t think Joseon X-files is set during a specific king’s reign as it’s sci-fi. So I couldn’t find a place for that. But it’s another one I want to watch :) So thanks again!

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    • July 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm
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      hi, have you already watched the 500 years of joseon history series, i cant find a site where i can watched them all :(

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  • July 5, 2012 at 5:01 am
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    I have been looking hard for Empress Myeongseong.one of the only historical dramas i have yet to watch.

    thank you v much

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  • October 7, 2012 at 7:31 am
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    Can can also add in:
    Taejo: The Great Seer 2012
    Taejong: The Great King Sejong 2008
    Sejong the Great: The Great King Sejong 2008
    Munjong: The Great King Sejong 2008
    Danjong: The Great King Sejong 2008
    Sejo:The Great King Sejong 2008, The King and I 2007, Queen Insoo 2011
    Yejong: The Great King Sejong 2008, The King and I 2007, Queen Insoo 2011
    Seongjong: The Great King Sejong 2008, The King and I 2007, Queen Insoo 2011
    Yeonsangun: The Great King Sejong 2008, The King and I 2007, Queen Insoo 2011
    Jungjong: The Great King Sejong 2008, The King and I 2007, Queen Insoo 2011, Hwang Jin Yi 2007
    Seonjo: Heojun 2000
    Gwanghaegun: Heojun 2000
    Injo: Iljimae 2008, Strongest Chil Woo 2008
    Hyojong: Horse Doctor 2012
    Hyeonjong: Horse Doctor 2012
    Yeongjo: Warrior Baek Dong Soo 2011
    Jeongjo: Warrior Baek Dong Soo 2011, Conspiracy in the Court 2007
    Cheoljong: Time Slip Doctor Jin 2012
    Gojong: Time Slip Doctor Jin 2012 (Early reign)

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  • November 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm
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    Thank you! I have added the dramas to the chart

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  • November 24, 2012 at 10:14 pm
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    Hello Dramasrok!

    This list is so great and super helpful. I have come to like sageuk dramas and this list helps me find dramas I haven’t watched yet. Thanks a bunch!!

    It would really be great if you could expand your list to the time before Joseon Period, maybe during the Three Kingdoms reign (Goguryeo, Baekje, Silla) or even before that. (haha I’m asking too much from you, sorry….)

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  • January 16, 2013 at 2:19 am
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    this is a great list!! thank you~!!!!!!

    I was seriously thinking I might memorize all the names of joseon kings coz of my kdrama watching hobby….

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  • February 25, 2013 at 6:02 am
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    I just watch the movie of Rooftop Prince. I m so interested what is in a real korean history. Looking for the link about Joseon history. Does anybody know the real name of that prince in history? Thanks :)

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  • May 2, 2013 at 9:48 pm
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    you should add “Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love” (SBS, 2013) :) it’s about King Sukjong – Jang Hee Bin – Queen Inhyun – Queen Inkyung – Choi Suk Bin romance life from jang hee bin’s perspective..

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    • May 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm
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      Absolutely! I will add that to the list. And it’s on my ‘dramas to watch’ list too. cheers :)

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  • June 29, 2013 at 1:52 am
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    watching these dramas has made me curious about where they are filmed – they seem to have at least one large set with houses and villages of the era. do you know more about the filming locations, set design and so on?

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    • June 29, 2013 at 1:52 pm
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      There are several locations where sageuk dramas are filmed and often the name of the location will appear at the bottom of the TV screen during the drama. One location that I’ve seen a lot on sageuk dramas is the (Joseon) Korean Folk Village. It is just outside Seoul and open to the public. It has reconstructions of peasant houses and government offices complete with prison cells and torture equipment on display outside to ‘try’! They have Joseon style entertainment there too and sometimes we can catch a drama being filmed.

      Actually I think this topic is a great idea for a post so I’ll try and get that done soon. Meanwhile here’s a link to the Korean folk village homepage
      http://www.koreanfolk.co.kr/folk/english/main.html

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      • June 30, 2013 at 2:28 am
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        thanks, I’ll look forward to that!
        it’s interesting how much economic activity is being generated from 500 yr old history.

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  • September 9, 2013 at 5:09 am
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    Chuno is also missing

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    • October 13, 2013 at 11:13 am
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      Thanks! I just added Chuno to the list.

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  • October 29, 2013 at 4:20 am
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    To king Seonjo you can also add Guam Heo Jun (2013), Goddess of Fire (2013) and West Palace (1995) to Gwanghaegun you can add Guam Heo Jun (2013), Goddess of Fire (2013) and The King’s Woman (2003), to Injo you can add Chuno (2010), there are a lot of dramas to be added to Sukjong. Just so this chart to be if not completed 100%, then at least 80% :)

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  • December 18, 2013 at 9:49 pm
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    I love sageuk & history in general. Was going to make my own list when i found this site! Thanks so much!!
    Please add Goddess of Fire under Gwanghaegun.

    Also, please make a goryeo era list and add Faith to it. It is my favourite sageuk haha..

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  • February 18, 2014 at 7:50 am
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    You may want to add the drama “Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire” (2013).
    It takes place during King Seonjo’s reign.

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  • April 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm
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    Thanks for all your suggestions. Chart is finally updated!

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  • May 11, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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    Doesn’t Gojong appear in Jejungwon?

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  • August 2, 2014 at 8:52 pm
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    Another excellent drama, “The Immortal Admiral Yi Soon Shin” during the reign of King Myeongjong, King Seonjo and Gwanghaegun.

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  • September 2, 2014 at 11:27 pm
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    You should add The Three Musketeers, a kdrama thats currently airing. The time period is during King Injo’s reign

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  • December 13, 2014 at 1:01 am
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    This is SO fantastic! Thank you for all your work and to the reviewers who left comments – thank you, too! I have been watching Korean dramas for a little over a year – now more than 100 in my list and I LOVE the historical dramas. Now watching “Tree with Deep Roots” and am so blown away and affected emotionally and mentally that my interest is also turning to learning the alphabet and to read and write basic Korean. I’m already understanding quite a bit of spoken Korean just by repetition in all these dramas. What an amazing “new” world to discover at age 62. It has re-invigorated me and reawakened the passionate student I used to be. Again, many thanks!

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    • January 8, 2015 at 5:12 pm
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      Glad to hear you have found the exciting world of Korean (sageuk) historical drama!

      I’ve just finished watching the glossy and popular drama Chuno The Slave Hunters set during the reign of King Injo and also starring Jang Hyuk (who stars in Tree with Deep Roots too)

      Have fun!

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  • December 28, 2014 at 8:18 pm
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    You may wish to add jejoowon (I think mispelt ), the first hospital in Korean. Set during the last reign of king sunjong. Fantastic drama.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm
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      added to the list. Thanks!

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  • January 2, 2015 at 12:43 am
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    Please check about Gunman of Joseon.

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    • January 8, 2015 at 5:05 pm
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      Thanks! I have added this drama to the list.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 5:27 am
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    Do you know where I could watch or download “The King’s Woman (SBS 2003)”?
    Preferably with English subtitles but raws would also be appreciated.
    Thanks in advance :)

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  • March 22, 2015 at 1:05 am
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    You may check the West Palace [KBS 1995] also** might be too old. Great job!!!!!!!

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  • March 22, 2015 at 1:13 am
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    The Great Merchant -check that out too…

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  • April 2, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    Your job is very great, perhaps if you can contact KBS, SBS, MBS ETC… to get a list of Sangeuk dramas they’ve created you’d be fine with all the dramas. And another suggestion, can’t you add free video links (with English subs*) also with the dramas(as an ex. u may search dramanice.com or goodrama.net).

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  • April 16, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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    hi, in the drama empress ki, what period of KOREAN HISTORY DID THIS TAKE PLACE AND WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE EMPEROR, what happened to empres ki when she moved up north after the emperor died. does she have existing down line relatives? she has been portrayed as a very strong woman both in mental and physical form, i wonder if the exisitng relatives (if any) are as well, i am so addicted to korean history. thank you and i hope to earn a reply. have a good day.

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    • April 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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      Hi. Empress Ki lived during the Goryeo period (935-1392) which was the period before Joseon (1392 – 1910) (now Korea). She married the 11th and final emperor of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), a Mongol Empire. (now China). You can compare the time frames on my chart of Korea and China ruling dynasties here -http://www.dramasrok.com/2012/02/china-korea-ruling-dynasties-relations-chart/

      According to Naver there are a lot of stories about her but the truth is not really known and after 1368, when the Yuan dynasty came to an end and the Ming dynasty ruled, there is no more info about her. Wiki says she went missing – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Gi

      The drama looks good though – will have to add it to my list to watch.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 7:56 am
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    wow. Nice chart and growing. thank you. Been watching korean historical dramas for a number of years now. My first was Jumong. it got me hooked.

    I hope you or your readers can help me. I ‘lost’ a drama. In 2011 I was looking for a saguek to distract me from some serious studies and I started a drama to check it out…I think it was the first episode? not sure.there was big excitement, running,hiding. it was quite a dark intriguing scene…there was a father who had to dispose of a very important text and he tattoes the text onto his daughter’s body to hide it!!…i think this is how the drama starts. that’s where I had to leave off.

    I am looking for that drama, I couldnt remember the title a long while later when I had time to start it again…..does anyone happen to know of this drama?

    much appreciated

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    • April 30, 2015 at 6:37 am
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      the only drama that i can think of right now is warrior baek dong soo. check it out to see if it is the right one.

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      • May 10, 2015 at 7:15 pm
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        thank you. I’m checking it now. and I do remember starting this drama…at episode 4 now and it seems possible. the scene Im remembering hasn’t happened yet. but I think it might….thanks for the suggestion. !

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        • May 14, 2015 at 6:30 am
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          kimster . It is Warrior Baek dong! in episode 5. Yes! lost but found. appreciate your tip. thank you, thank you.

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  • May 1, 2015 at 1:17 pm
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    i watched saguek about reelationtship between maid and king. the maid love played music i dont know what that name. if you know about drama please tell me

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  • May 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm
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    Have you added Maids yet? (King Taejong era) Wonderful drama – I’ve now watched it 3 times.

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  • August 12, 2015 at 6:45 pm
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    Just found this site, your chart is so fantastic. Love it. Do you usually add the films in it? If so, The Throne (2015) – King Jeongjo (1776-1800) can be added. Also, Masquerade (2012), Splendid Politics (2015) – King Gwanghaegun (1608-1623)

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  • August 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm
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    The Royal Tailor (2014) – King Yeongjo (1694-1776)

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    • September 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm
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      Thanks for your suggestions. The dramas and films have been added to the list! :)

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  • September 4, 2015 at 5:02 am
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    I have only recently found this and it really helped to clear up some confusion and connect the dots. I know it is a lot of work, but I hope you can update it some time. Thank you!

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  • October 6, 2015 at 3:55 am
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    Please make a page for sageuk subtle insults, the witty conotations

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  • October 6, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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    Thank you so much for the chart! This is really helpful.
    My husband has great a interest in history and I’ve been interested in sageuk dramas but we’d just started watching Hwajeong/Splendid Politics three days ago.
    I’m an addict of The Return Of Superman so I had seen lots of footages of Song Il-Guk in Jumong. It’s been in my drama watch list for quite a long time. Hopefully will get to it before this year ends.

    –Warm regards from Jakarta, Indonesia.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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    This is a very good reference for sageuks. Please include Eight Days, which is mainly set during the time of King Jeongjo with flashbacks to the time of King Yeongjo. It is mainly concerned with the truth behind the death of King Jeongjo’s father and King Yeongjo’s son, Prince Sado. The drama Conspiracy in the Court is also set during King Jeongjo’s reign and is mainly about the different political forces acting for or against the king. Both dramas are short, Eight Days with 10 episodes and Conspiracy in the Court with 8 episodes.

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    • October 29, 2015 at 11:45 pm
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      Secret Door is also set during King Yeongjo’s reign.

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  • October 30, 2015 at 11:00 am
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    Not only do I refer to your wonderful chart but I’m having fun learning to read the Korean alphabet using your hangul. Thank you!

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  • November 1, 2015 at 2:05 am
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    There is also the series King and Queen which covers 7 kings from King Sejong to Yeonsangun. And it has 186 episodes!!! I don’t think they have subtitled copies though.

    There is also The King’s Face about King Seonjo and Prince Gwanghae.

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    • November 13, 2015 at 7:53 am
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      Hwajung is also set during King Seonjos’s reign.

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  • March 12, 2016 at 6:31 am
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    I think The Princess’ man should also be listed under King Sejo, because he’s a much more important figure in the drama that his predecessor. You did list it under Danjong, but since you’ve listed other dramas under multiple kings (like The King and I), I think it should go under both.

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  • March 30, 2016 at 1:56 am
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    Watching Kingdom of the Winds and wondering if you have a chart for pre Joseon.

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  • May 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm
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    I am not fond of historical dramas or sajeuk but because Goddess of Fire has Moon Geun Young as the character where the story revolves, I watched it full and complete and never regretted doing so. Your chart here made me appreciate more Korean (Joseon) history and the many interesting stories of the rulers, royal family, and the events of a particular period or era. However, the first drama I watched was Jumong, I shall save this website/ page for better understanding of future historical dramas or movies. My next movie is “The Throne” because MGY is also a lead actress there. She is a great and lovely character in any kind of drama. More power to DRAMASROK for this kind of information/ chart which I know will be updated from time to time. Thanks a lot!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 11:00 pm
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    Six Flying Dragons primarily covers the establishment of the Joseon Dynasty and covers more of King Taejo’s reign than Taejong’s. Taejong’s was just covered in the last part of the last episode.

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  • March 9, 2017 at 11:03 pm
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    A vry recent sageuk Jan Yeong Sil is set during King Taejong and King Sejong’s time. It is about the famous slave who later became Joseon’s most important scientist.

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    • March 27, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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      thanks for your suggestions for the Chart of the Joseon Kings. They have been added to the chart!

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  • March 9, 2017 at 11:18 pm
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    I believe Jang Nok Soo, a series from 1995 is set during Yeongsangun’s time

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