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Sageuk Timeline

Inspired by Curio’s amazing list and this topic on MyDramaList.com’s forum, this is for my own reference as well as a way to keep track of the historical dramas, which are getting more recognition and gaining popularity on big and small screens alike. Maybe I can challenge myself to watch as many sageuk dramas and movies too?

I’ve also added those featuring the period after Korean Empire, including creative works of Korea under colonial period, Korean War, and military rule, because my interest is growing on the history of that era. This page will be updated from time to time 🙂

(Last Update: 26/02/2017)

Prehistoric

Gojoseon

Proto-Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms (Goguryeo, Silla, Baekje, Gaya)

 Year  Ruler  Drama/Movie
 37 BC~  Jumong (Goguryeo)  주몽 – Jumong (MBC, 2006)
 4-18 AD  Yuri, Daemusin (Goguryeo)  바람의 나라 – Kingdom of the Wind (KBS2, 2008)
 18-44  Daemusin (Goguryeo)  자명고 – Princess Ja Myung Go (SBS, 2009) 
 Early 1st c.  Kim Suro (Gaya)  김수로 – Kim Su Ro (MBC, 2010)
 341-375  Gogugwon (Goguryeo), Geunchogo (Baekje)  근초고왕 – King Geunchogo (KBS1, 2010)
 Late 4th c.  Gogugyang (Goguryeo)  태왕사신기 – The Legend (MBC, 2007)
 Late 4th c.  Gogugyang (Goguryeo)  광개토대왕 – King Gwanggaeto the Great (KBS1, 2011)
 501-523  Dongseong, Muryeong, Seong (Baekje)  제왕의 딸, 수백향 – King Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang (MBC, 2013) 
 551~  Jinheung (Silla)  화랑 – Hwarang: the Poet Warrior Youth (KBS2, 2016)
 Late 6th c.  Wideok, Hye, Beop (Baekje)  서동요 – Ballad of Suh Dong/ Seodongyo (SBS, 2005)
 Late 6th c.  Jinpyeong (Silla)  선덕여왕 – Queen Seondeok (MBC, 2009)
 7th c.  Uija (Baekje),Yeongnyu (Goguryeo), Taejong Muyeol (Silla)  삼국기 – Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms (1992, KBS1)
 598-666  Yeongyang, Yeongnyu, Bojang (Goguryeo)  연개소문 – Yeongaesomun (SBS, 2006)
 Early 7th c.  Yeongnyu, Bojang (Goguryeo)  칼과 꽃 – Sword and Flower (KBS2, 2013)
 7th c.  Mu, Uija (Baekje)  계백 – Gyebaek (MBC, 2011)
 7th c.  Jinji – Taejong Muyeol (Silla)  대왕의 꿈 – The Great King’s Dream (KBS, 2012)
 660  Bojang (Goguryeo), Uija (Baekje), Taejong Muyeol (Silla)  황산벌 – Hwangsanbeol/ Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield (2003)
 668  Bojang (Goguryeo), Uija (Baekje), Munmu (Silla)  평양성 – Pyeongyang Fortress/ Battlefield Heroes (2011)

Fictional Goguryeo: 드라마 화평공주 체중감량사* – Princess Hwapyung’s Weight Loss (KBS2, 2010);

North and South States (Balhae & Unified Silla)

Year Ruler Drama/Movie
 645-719  Dae Jo Young (Balhae)  대조영 – Dae Jo Young (KBS1, 2006)
 Late 8th c.  Heungdeok (Unified Silla)  해신 – God of the Sea (KBS2, 2004)

Later Three Kingdoms & Goryeo

Year Ruler Drama/Movie
 870-936  Gyeon Hwon (Later Baekje),Gung-ye (Taebong), Taejo (Goryeo)  태조 왕건 – Emperor Wang Geon (KBS1, 2000)
 941-969  Taejo, Hyejong, Jeongjong, Gwangjong (Goryeo)  달의 연인 – 보보경심: 려 – Moon Lovers/ Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (SBS, 2016)
 943-949  Taejo – Gwangjong (Goryeo)  빛나거나 미치거나 – Shine or Go Crazy (MBC, 2015)
 943-975  Hyejong, Jeongjong, Gwangjong (Goryeo)  제국의 아침 – Dawn of the Empire (KBS1, 2002)
 955-1031  Gwangjong – Hyeonjong (Goryeo)  춘추태후 – Empress Chunchu (KBS2, 2009)
 1170-1219  Uijong – Huijong (Goryeo)  무인시대 – Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
 1215-1268  Gojong (Goryeo)  무신 – God of War (MBC, 2012)
 1320-1370  Chungsuk – Gongmin (Goryeo)  기황후  – Empress Ki (MBC, 2013) 
 1348-1374  Gongmin (Goryeo)  신돈 – Shin Don (MBC, 2005)
 1375  Gongmin (Goryeo)  무사 – Musa/ The Warrior (2001)
 1351-1379  Gongmin (Goryeo)  신의 – Faith (SBS, 2012) 
 1351~  Gongmin (Goryeo)  쌍화점 – A Frozen Flower (2008)
 1351-1392  Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejo (Joseon)  개국 – Foundation of Joseon Dynasty (KBS, 1983)
 1351-1392  Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejo (Joseon)  대풍수 – The Great Seer (SBS, 2012)
 1374-1398  Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejong (Joseon)  정도전 – Jeong Do Jeon (KBS1, 2014)
 1375-1410  U (Goryeo) – Taejong (Joseon)  육룡이 나르샤 – Six Flying Dragons (SBS, 2015-2016) ❤

Fictional Goryeo: 협녀, 칼의 기억 – Memories of the Sword (2015);

Joseon & Korean Empire

Year Ruler Drama/Movie
 1388-1422  Chang (Goryeo) – Sejong  용의 눈물 – Tears of the Dragon (KBS1, 1996)
 1392  Taejo  해적 – Pirates (2014)
 1392-1910  Taejo – Sunjong  조선왕조 오백년 – 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty (MBC, 1983)
 1398  Taejo  순수의 시대 – Age of Innocence/ Empire of Lust (2015)
 1400  Taejong  하녀들 – Maids (jtbc, 2015)
 1400~  Taejong, Sejong  장영실 – Jang Yeong Sil (KBS1, 2016)
 1409-1446  Taejong, Sejong  대왕세종 – The Great King Sejong (KBS1, 2008)
 1409-1446  Taejong, Sejong  뿌리깊은 나무 – Tree With Deep Roots (SBS, 2011) 
 1418  Taejong, Sejong  나는 왕이로소이다 – I am the King (2012)
 1418-1446  Sejong  신기전 – The Divine Weapon (2008)
 1450-1506  Munjong – Yeonsangun  한명회 – Han Myung Hoe (KBS2, 1994)
 1452-1457  Danjong, Sejo  파천무 – Pacheonmu (KBS2, 1990)
 1452-1468  Munjong, Danjong, Sejo  공주의 남자 – Princess’ Man (KBS2, 2011) 
 1452-1468  Munjong, Danjong, Sejo  관상 – The Face Reader (2013)
 1452-1506  Danjong – Yeonsangun  왕과 비 – King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
 1452-1506  Danjong – Yeonsangun  인수대비 – Queen Insu (jtbc, 2011)
 1452-1506  Danjong – Yeonsangun  왕과 나 – The King and I (SBS, 2007)
 1469~  Seongjong  불온* – Unrest/Rebellious (MBC, 2013)
 1476-1506  Seongjong, Yeonsangun  장녹수 – Jang Nok Su (KBS2, 1995)
 1482-1545  Seongjong, Yeonsangun, Jungjong  대장금 – Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003)
 1504-1506  Yeonsangun  왕의남자 – The King and the Clown (2005)
 1504-1506  Yeonsangun  간신The Treacherous (2015)
 1506  Jungjong  전우치 – Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009)
 1506-1544  Jungjong  황진이 – Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006) 
 1506-1544  Jungjong  황진이 – Hwang Jini (2007)
 1506-1565  Jungjong, Injong, Myungjong  여인천하 – Women of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
 1522-1562  Jungjong, Injong, Myungjong  임 꺽정 – Im Kkeok Jeong (SBS, 1996)
 1540~  Jungjong  옥중화 – Okjunghwa/The Flower in Prison (MBC, 2016)
 1544  Jungjong, Injong  천명 – Mandate of Heaven (KBS2, 2013) 
 1550~  Myungjong  마녀보감 – Mirror of the Witch/Witch Exemplar (jtbc, 2016)
 1554-1598  Myungjong, Seonjo  불멸의 이순신 – The Immortal Yi Sun-shin (KBS1, 2004)
 1559-1615  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  허준 – Heo Joon (MBC, 1999)
 1559-1615  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  구암허준 – Gu Am Heo Joon (MBC, 2013)
 1569-1618  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  천둥소리 – Roll of Thunder (KBS2, 2000)
 1570-1598  Seonjo  구가의 서 – Gu Family Book (MBC, 2013)
 1572  Seonjo  천군 – Heaven’s Soldiers (2005)
 1575-1608  Seonjo  불의 여신, 정이 – Goddess of Fire, Jung-yi (MBC, 2013)
 1583-1623  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  서궁 – Western Palace (KBS2, 1995)
 1589-1608  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  왕의 얼굴 – King’s Face (KBS2, 2014)
 1590s  Seonjo  구름 을 벗어난 달처럼Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds/Blades of Blood (2010)
 1591-1623  Seonjo, Gwanghaegun  왕의 여자 – King’s Woman (SBS, 2003)
 1592  Seonjo  임진왜란 1592 – Imjin War 1592 (KBS1, 2016)
 1592~  Seonjo  징비록 – Jingbirok/Book of Corrections/Memoir of Imjin War (KBS1, 2015)
 1597  Seonjo  명랑 – Myeongnang/ The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)
 1600s  Seonjo  청풍명월Sword in the Moon (2003)
 1608-1645  Seonjo – Hyojong  화정 – Hwajung/ Splendid Politics (MBC, 2015)
 1616  Gwanghaegun  광해 – Masquerade/ Gwanghae: the Man Who Became King (2012)
 1619  Gwanghaegun  혈투The Showdown (2011)
 1623-1649  Injo  일지매 – Iljimae (MBC, 1993)
 1623-1649  Injo  일지매 – Iljimae (SBS, 2008)
 1623-1649  Injo  돌아온 일지매 – Return of Iljimae (MBC, 2009)
 1623-1649  Injo  탐나는도다 – Tamra the Island (MBC, 2009)
 1623-1649  Injo  명가 – The Reputable Family (KBS1, 2010)
 1636  Injo  삼총사 – Three Musketeers (tvn, 2014)
 1636-1637  Injo  최종병기 활War of the Arrows (2011) 
 1637  Injo  마귀* – The Devil Rider (KBS2, 2013)
 1637-1649  Injo  궁중잔혹사 – 꽃들의 전 – Cruel Palace: War of the Flowers (jtbc, 2013)
 1637~  Injo  최강칠우 – Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
 1645~  Injo  추노 – Chuno/ The Slave Hunter (KBS2, 2010)
 1649  Hyojong  봉이 김선달 – Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016)
 1649~  Hyojong  대명 – Great Vocation (KBS1, 1981)
 1659~  Hyeonjong  마의 – Horse Doctor (MBC, 2012)
 1670-1701  Hyeonjong, Sukjong  장희빈 – Jang Hee Bin (SBS, 1995)
 1680~  Sukjong  궁녀 – Shadows in the Palace (2007)
 1674-1701  Sukjong  장옥정, 사랑에 살다 -Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love (SBS, 2013)
 1681-1701  Sukjong  장희빈 – Jang Hee Bin (KBS2, 2002)
 1681-1724  Sukjong  동이 – Dong Yi (MBC, 2010)
 1693-1728  Sukjong  대박 – Daebak/Jackpot (SBS, 2016)
 1674~  Sukjong  다모 – Damo (MBC, 2003)
 1674~  Sukjong  장길산 – Jang Gil San (SBS, 2004)
 1724  Yeongjo  1724 기방난동사건 – The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (2008)
 1724~  Yeongjo  대왕의 길 – Path to Great Dynasty (MBC, 1998)
 1724~  Yeongjo  어사 박문수 – Inspector Park Moon Soo (MBC, 2002)
 1735-1762  Yeongjo  사도 – Sado/The Throne (2015)
 1742-1778  Yeongjo, Jeongjo  무사 백동수 – Warrior Baek Dong Soo (SBS, 2011)
 1750~  Yeongjo  붉은 달* – Red Moon/Crimson Moon (KBS2, 2015)
 1754-1762  Yeongjo  비밀의 문 – Secret Door (SBS, 2014)
 1762-1800  Yeongjo, Jeongjo  이산 – Yi San (MBC, 2007)
 1776  Yeongjo, Jeongjo  바람과 함께 사라지다 – The Grand Heist/Gone with the Wind (2012)
 1776  Jeongjo  역린 – The Fatal Encounter/King’s Wrath (2014)
 1776~  Jeongjo  왕도 – The Royal Way (MBC, 1991)
 1776~  Jeongjo  홍국영 – Hong Guk Young (MBC, 2001)
 1776~  Jeongjo  바람의 화원 – Painter of the Wind (SBS, 2008) 
 1776~  Jeongjo  미인도 – Portrait of a Beauty (2008)
 1776~  Jeongjo  거상 김만덕 – Merchant Kim Man Deok (KBS1, 2010)
 1776~  Jeongjo  소설 목민심서 – Novel Admonitions on Governing Officials
(KBS2, 2000)
 1776~  Jeongjo  성균관 스캔들 – Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2, 2010)
 1793  Jeongjo  조선명탐정: 각시투구꽃의 비밀Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (2011)
 1795  Jeongjo  조선명탐정: 사라진 놉의 딸Detective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015)
 1795  Jeongjo  정조암살미스터리 – 8일 – Eight Days: Mystery of Jeongjo’s Assassination (CGV, 2007)
 1800  Jeongjo  한성별곡-정 – Conspiracy in the Court/Seoul’s Sad Song (KBS2, 2007) 
 1803-1840  Sunjo, Heonjong  상도 – Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
 1808  Sunjo  혈의 누 – Blood Rain (2005)
 1827~  Sunjo  구르미 그린 달빛 – Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/ Love in the Moonlight (KBS2, 2016)
 1837-1900  Heonjong, Cheoljong, Gojong  태양인 이제마 – Man of the Sun, Lee Je Ma (KBS2, 2002)
 1843-1897  Heonjong, Cheoljong, Gojong  취화선 – Chwihwaseon/ Painted Fire (2002)
 1849~  Cheoljong  군도: 민란의 시대Kundo: Age of the Rampant (2014)
 mid-19th century  Cheoljong  짝패 – The Duo (MBC, 2011)
 mid-19th century  Cheoljong, Gojong  고산자, 대동여지도 – The Map Against the World (2016)
 1850~  Cheoljong  장사의 신-객주 2015 – The God of Trade-Gaekju (KBS2, 2015-2016)
 1857-1898  Cheoljong, Gojong  풍운 – Poongwoon (KBS1, 1982)
 1861-1898  Cheoljong, Gojong  명성황후 – Empress Myeongseong (KBS2, 2001)
 1863-1895  Gojong  찬란한 여명 – Dazzling Dawn (KBS1, 1995)
 1863~  Gojong  조선총잡이 – Joseon Gunman (KBS2, 2014)
 1863~  Gojong  조선 과학수사대 별순검 – Chosun Police (MBC, 2005)
 1863~  Gojong  별순검 시즌1 – Chosun Police Season 1 (MBC, 2007)
 1863~  Gojong  별순검 시즌2Chosun Police Season 2 (MBC, 2008)
 1863-1910  Gojong, Sunjong  독립문 – Dokripmun/ Independence Gate (KBS1, 1984)
 1866~  Gojong  불꽃처럼 나비처럼The Sword with No Name (2009)
 1867  Gojong  도리화가 – The Sound of A Flower (2015)
 1876~  Gojong  제중원 – Jejoongwon (SBS, 2010)
 1896  Gojong  가비 – Gabi (2012)
 1910  Sunjong  그림자 살인 – Private Eye/ Shadow Murder (2009)

Fictional Joseon:

  • 홍길동 – Hong Gil Dong (SBS, 1998)
  • 대망 – Daemang/ Great Ambition (SBS, 2002)
  • 형사 – Duelist (2005) 
  • 음란서생 – Forbidden Quest (2005)
  • 홍길동 – Hong Gil Dong (KBS2, 2008)
  • 방자전 – The Servant (2010)
  • 미련* –  Lingering Affection (KBS2, 2011)
  • 강철본색* – The True Colours of Kang and Cheol (KBS2, 2012)
  • 해를 품은 달 – The Moon Embracing the Sun (MBC, 2012)
  • 후궁: 왕의 첩 – The Concubine (2012)
  • 아랑사또전 – Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, 2012)
  • 전우치 – Jeon Woo Chi (KBS2, 2012)
  • 상놈탈출기* – Swine Escape/ Escaping Slavery (MBC, 2013)
  • 곡비* – The Dirge Singer (KBS2, 2014)
  • 조선미녀 삼총사The Huntresses (2014)
  • 야경꾼 일지 – The Night Watchman’s Journal (MBC, 2014)
  • 간서치열전* – The Tale of the Bookworm (KBS2, 2014)
  • 상의원 – The Royal Tailor (2014)
  • 형영당 일기* – Hyeongyeongdang’s Diary (MBC, 2014)
  • 원녀일기* – Diary of a Resentful Woman (MBC, 2014)
  • 밤을 걷는 선비Scholar Who Walks the Night (MBC, 2015)
  • 조선마술사 – The Magician (2015)

Japanese Annexation & Provisional Government [1910–1945; 1919–1948]

 Year  President  Drama/Movie
 Early 20th c.  백범일지 – Journal of Baekbeom (MBC, 1989)
 Early 20th c.  김구 – Kim Gu (KBS1, 1995)
 1911-1969  최승희  – Choi Seung Hee (MBC, 1995)
 1912~  덕혜옹주 – Princess Deokhye/ The Last Princess (2016)
 1918-1972  야인시대 – Rustic Period (SBS, 2002)
 1920s  밀정 – Secret Agent/ The Age of Shadows (2016)
 1920s-1930s  각시탈 – Bridal Mask (KBS2, 2012) 
 1920s-1930s  좋은 놈, 나쁜 놈, 이상한 놈 – The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
 1925   대호 – The Tiger (2015)
 1928-1948  마이 웨이 – My Way (2011)
 1930  원혼* – Vengeful Spirit (KBS2, 2014)
 1930s  절정* – The Peak (MBC, 2011)
 1931-1932  자유인 이회영 – Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young (KBS1, 2010)
 1930s  경성스캔들 – Capital Scandal (KBS2, 2007) 
 1930s  이상 그 이상* – Lee Sang That Lee Sang (MBC, 2013)
 1930s  감격시대: 투신의 탄생 – Inspiring Generation (KBS2, 2014)
 1930s  아가씨 – Agasshi/ The Handmaiden (2016)
 1930s-1940s  눈길 – Snowy Road (2015)
 1930s-1940s  동주 – Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016)
 1930s-1940s  귀향 – The Spirits’ Homecoming (2016)
 1930s-1950s  동양극장 – Orient Theater (KBS1, 2001)
 1933  암살 – Assassination (2015)
 1938  경성학교: 사라진 소녀들 – The Silenced/ Gyeongseong School: The Lost Girls (2015)
 1940s  전쟁과 사랑 – War and Love (KBS2, 1995)

Independence, 1st & 2nd Republic [1948–1961] (Korean War 1950-1953)

 Year  President  Drama/Movie
 1930-1950  Syngman Rhee  서울 1945 – Seoul 1945 (KBS1, 2006)
 1930s-1950s  Syngman Rhee  국희 – Kukhee (MBC, 1999)
 1930-2004  Syngman Rhee – Roh Moo-hyun  영웅시대 – The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
 1940s-1970s  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  불꽃 속으로 – Into the Flames (TV Chosun, 2014)
 1943  Syngman Rhee  해어화 – Haeeohwa/ Love, Lies (2016)
 1943-1953  Syngman Rhee  여명의 눈동자 – Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 1991)
 1945-1960  Syngman Rhee  제1공화국 – The First Republic (MBC, 1981)
 1945-1987  Syngman Rhee – Chun Doo-hwan  삼김사대 – Samgimshidae (SBS, 1998)
 1950s  Syngman Rhee  경숙이 경숙 아버지 – Kyung-sook’s Father (KBS2, 2009)
 1950s  Syngman Rhee  하늘재 살인사건* – Haneuljae’s Murder (MBC, 2013)
 1950s  Syngman Rhee  손님 – Guest/ The Piper (2015)
 1950s  Syngman Rhee  서부전선 – Western Front/ The Long Way Home (2015)
 1950s  Syngman Rhee  오빠생각 – A Melody to Remember (2016)
 1950  Syngman Rhee  작은 연못 – A Little Pond (2009)
 1950  Syngman Rhee  인천상륙작전 – Operation Chromite (2016)
 1950-1951  Syngman Rhee  로드 넘버원 – Road Number One (MBC, 2010)
 1950-1953  Syngman Rhee  태국기 – Taegukgi (2004)
 1950-1953  Syngman Rhee  웰컴 투 동막골Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005)
 1950-1953  Syngman Rhee  포화 속으로71: Into the Fire (2010)
 1950-1953  Syngman Rhee  전우 – Comrades (KBS1, 2010)
 1951~  Syngman Rhee  국제시장 – Ode to My Father (2015)
 1953  Syngman Rhee  고지전The Front Line (2011)
 1952-1970  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  순금의 땅 – Gold Land (KBS2, 2014)
 1957-1963  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  제2공화국 – The Second Republic (MBC, 1989)
 1950s-1970s  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  삼생이 – TV Novel Samsaengi (KBS2, 2013)
 1950s-1970s  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  은희 – TV Novel Eunhee (KBS2, 2013)

3rd Republic – 6th Republic [1961–Today]

 Year  President  Drama/Movie
 1958-1972  Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee  제3공화국 – The Third Republic (MBC, 1993)
 1960s  Yun Bo-seon – Park Chung-hee  패션 70’s – Fashion 70s (SBS, 2005)
 1960s-1970s  Yun Bo-seon – Park Chung-hee  복희 누나 – TV Novel Dear My Sister (KBS2, 2011)
 1960-2002  Yun Bo-seon – Kim Dae-jung  에덴의 동쪽 – East of Eden (KBS2, 2011)
 1961-1982  Yun Bo-seon – Chun Doo-hwan  제4공화국 – The Fourth Republic (MBC, 1995)
 1968-1971  Park Chung-hee  실미도 – Silmido (2003)
 1970s-1980s  Park Chung-hee – Chun Doo-hwan  사랑아 사랑아 – Love, My Love (KBS2, 2012)
 1970s-1980s  Park Chung-hee – Chun Doo-hwan  빛과 그림자 – Lights and Shadows (MBC, 2011)
 1970s-1990s  Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam  모래시계 – Sandglass (SBS, 1995)
 1970s-1990s  Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam  쎄시봉 – C’est si bon (2015)
 1970-2010  Park Chung-hee – Lee Myung-bak  자이언트 – Giant (SBS, 2010)
 1970s-1990s  Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam  끝없는 사랑 – Endless Love (SBS, 2014)
 1971  Park Chung-hee  님은 먼곳에 – Sunny/My Dear is Far Away (2008)
 1972  Park Chung-hee  알 포인트 – R-Point (2004)
 1972-1994  Park Chung-hee – Roh Tae-woo  나의 독재자 – My Dictator (2014)
 1977-1979  Park Chung-hee  코리아게이트 – Korea Gate (SBS, 1995)
 1979-1997  Choi Kyu-hah – Kim Young-sam   제5공화국 – The Fifth Republic (MBC, 2005)
 1980s  Chun Doo-hwan  인간시장 – Human Market (MBC, 1988)
 1980s-2011  Chun Doo-hwan  써니Sunny (2011) 
 1982  Chun Doo-hwan  피끓는 청춘 – Hot Young Bloods/ Blood Boiling Youth (2014)
 1983~2015  Chun Doo-hwan 시간이탈자 – Time Renegades (2016)
 1988-1995  Chun Doo-hwan  응답하라 1988 – Reply 1988/ Answer Me 1988 (tvn, 2015)
 1989  Roh Tae-woo  수사부반장-왕조현을 지켜라!*- Save Wang Jo Hyun! (MBC, 2013)
 1990s  Roh Tae-woo – Kim Dae-jung  2014 인간시장 – New Human Market (SBS, 2004)
 1990s-2000s  Roh Tae-woo – Roh Moo-hyun  황금의 제국 – Empire of Gold (SBS, 2013)

Other Sources: here here here here

My personal favourites are marked with ❤

Titles marked with asterisk(*) are parts of Drama Special (KBS ) or Drama Festival (MBC)

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35 thoughts on “Sageuk Timeline

  1. I love watching historical drama and to have this list, thumbs up! It’s really nicely done. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Mind if you share your fave historical dramas / movies also? 🙂

  2. Thank you so much. I have some favourite sageuks and it’s nice to have an idea of where they all fit in. You’ve worked hard.

  3. I am new fan of ur blog. It’s lovely. The contents, especially this one. It’s a good idea. Thx for ur hardwork. Hug hug hug i love you

  4. Awesome.. thank you so much. Huge help in watching in order, and putting things in perspective. Please do add “Into the Flames” drama about the man who created POSCO, and hence brought about modern steel mill to S. Korea. It was an amazing drama.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Into_the_Flames

  5. OK, so based on your recommendation, I finally watched Faith and I REALLY liked it. The whole time travel thing turned me off which is why I was hesitant from the get-go. But it worked. Thank you!
    Anyway, based on what I gathered, I would say the drama ended in the year 1379. Without giving too much away to those who haven’t seen it, 1379 would have been 5 years into the reign of King U 우왕 who followed King Gongmin.

  6. HI,

    This is LACruiser from the Sageuk Channel on Viki.com. I added a link to your site there.

    There is one sageuk from 1996 called Tears of the Dragon that I would really like to find where I can watch it online. I am hoping you or one of your fans will know. You have it listed from Sejong’s time but I have never been able to find a place to watch it.

    Thanks for all you do!

  7. I really love Ja Myung Go. I recommend it to anyone that liked Queen Seon Deok and Empress Ki. That drama was so underrated

  8. This is a really great list – extremely comprehensive. Here are some more you might want to add on the list:
    1) 아랑사또전 – Arang and The Magistrate (MBC 2012) – Perhaps this one was an oversight. This was a great drama – I loved it! Although there is not a specific date in the drama, it is based on a Korean folktale called “The Tale of Arang” that was set during the reign of King Myeongjong (1545-1567).

    The following are sageuks are part of KBS’s “Drama Special” Series. They can be viewed on YouTube or on the KBS app on AppleTV.
    2) 마귀-The Devil Rider (KBS2 2013) 1-episode – drama starts in the year 1637 (during the reign of Injo)
    The following have no specific dates, but are Joseon Era:
    3) 강철본색 The True Colors of Gang and Cheol (KBS2 2012) – 4 episode (very cute comedy!)
    4) 곡비 – Dirge Singer (KBS2 2014) 1 Espisode
    5) 간서치열전 – The Tale of the Bookworm (KBS2 2014) 1 episode

    And one super tiny correction: Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young takes place from 1931-1932 (with some occasional flashbacks to early times in Joseon).

    • Hi! Thank you so much for the addition and correction! I tend to miss lots of shows O.O

      Regarding Arang, I’m torn in between listing it as a story set in fictional Joseon because it’s a folklore, or putting it according to the year it is published. Ahh yes, the drama specials! Gotta make time to watch them~ Thanks again 😉

      • Arang…..yeah, that’s a tough one. Since we know the time period based on the actual folktale then perhaps it should go on the actual list…but then it again it is totally fictional. I trust you’ll make the best decision. 💕💕💕

    • Talking about drama specials, there are some drama specials depicting sageuk.
      Like Story of Hyang Dan (Hyang Dan Jeon) starring Siwon.

      Btw Mimi, I love your list.. Very comprehensive. Thank you so much for pouring your effort into this! Gotta catch some dramas and movies as well!

      • Thank you for the lead Kanz! I love the story of Chun-hyang. Can’t wait to watch it. It’s only 2 episodes, so I can bang it out this weekend. 🙂

      • Awww you’re welcome! It won’t be complete without the help I received from fellow fans. If you happen to see any that I haven’t included in the list, feel free to leave a comment!

        Oh, KBS has a recent sageuk drama special, Crimson Moon (붉은 달) about Crown Prince Sado ^^

  9. Hey Mimi,

    I LOVE your list! It has some elements that I’ve been meaning to add to mine but have never gotten around to doing. Maybe someday. Cheers!

  10. thanks for sharing all that

  11. I’m a sageuk addict…love the history….I was just thinking how cool it would be to have a comprehensive collated list….and what do you know…I found it in ‘The Cupboard’!
    I’m sure I’ll pick up some more interesting things from your site….THANK YOU for the great effort you put in, you’ve worked hard!

  12. thanks again…currently im in love in korean historical drama….. u help me more

  13. This post helps me so much! I can tell you’ve been work really hard to make this! Thanks!

  14. Wow! This needs to go on every drama site and wiki. Good job!

  15. Thanks for such a dandy list of sageuks. It’s a wonderful reference! I’d like to return the favor with another entry (unless I somehow failed to see it listed already).

    DER YALU FLIESST aka AMNOK RIVER FLOWS (2008-09) 3 eps.; joint production of Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) and SBS.

    A touching and evocative account of the winds of change observed by the Confucian scholar Li Mi Reuk (Maitreya). Born around the turn of the 20th Century, he came of age after the last Joseon monarch abdicated to the Emperor of Japan. On the lam following a student demonstration, he made his way to Weimar Germany and eventually became a professor of Oriental philosophy. He was encouraged to write his memoirs, which were published as an autobiographical novel in German after the Second World War.

    I was left with a peculiar, peaceful feeling after watching this drama. I’d never heard of Li Mi Reuk before, and was intrigued to learn of his connection with Weimar Germany… and the White Rose, who opposed the National Socialists. His translation of Lao Tse provided ethical support for the resistance movement.

  16. I’m so glad I came across this list!! Extremely helpful especially for people who are truly interested in Sageuk dramas.

    By the way, I’m just really curious, hope you’d reply…. have you already watched everything in this list? :O

  17. The Duo ? They named an insurrection at a specific location, but for the life of me I can’t remember the name of the location now. I looked it up at the time though, and it did really happen. I remember thinking it was earlier than I thought it would be given the types of guns they had.

  18. Wow, I’ve been looking for a list like this for so long! Thanks. Question: Where can I watch “The Railroad” with Kim Kang Woo? I think it takes place around DMZ. Should it be added to the list?

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