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 πŸ™‚

(Last Update: 17/11/2019)

Prehistoric

Fictional Prehistoric : μ•„μŠ€λ‹¬ μ—°λŒ€κΈ° – Arthdal Chronicles (tvn, 2019);

Gojoseon

Proto-Three Kingdoms

Three Kingdoms (Goguryeo, Silla, Baekje, Gaya)

 Year Ruler Drama/Movie
 37 BC~ Jumong (Goguryeo) μ£Όλͺ½ – Jumong (MBC, 2006)
 4-18 AD Yuri, Daemusin (Goguryeo) λ°”λžŒμ˜ λ‚˜λΌ – Kingdom of the Wind (KBS2, 2008)
 18-44 Daemusin (Goguryeo) μžλͺ…κ³  – Princess Ja Myung Go (SBS, 2009) β€
 Early 1st c. Kim Suro (Gaya) κΉ€μˆ˜λ‘œ – Kim Su Ro (MBC, 2010)
 341-375 Gogugwon (Goguryeo), Geunchogo (Baekje) κ·Όμ΄ˆκ³ μ™• – King Geunchogo (KBS1, 2010)
 Late 4th c. Gogugyang (Goguryeo) νƒœμ™•μ‚¬μ‹ κΈ° – The Legend (MBC, 2007)
 Late 4th c. Gogugyang (Goguryeo) κ΄‘κ°œν† λŒ€μ™• – King Gwanggaeto the Great (KBS1, 2011)
 501-523 Dongseong, Muryeong, Seong (Baekje) μ œμ™•μ˜ λ”Έ, 수백ν–₯ – King Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang (MBC, 2013) β€
 551~ Jinheung (Silla) ν™”λž‘ – Hwarang: the Poet Warrior Youth (KBS2, 2016)
 Late 6th c. Wideok, Hye, Beop (Baekje) μ„œλ™μš” – Ballad of Suh Dong/ Seodongyo (SBS, 2005)
 Late 6th c. Jinpyeong (Silla) μ„ λ•μ—¬μ™• – Queen Seondeok (MBC, 2009)
 Late 6th c. Pyeongwon (Goguryeo) λ§ˆμ΄ 온리 λŸ¬λΈŒμ†‘ – My Only Love Song (Netflix, 2017) ❀
 7th c. Uija (Baekje),Yeongnyu (Goguryeo), Taejong Muyeol (Silla) μ‚Όκ΅­κΈ° – Chronicles of the Three Kingdoms (1992, KBS1)
 598-666 Yeongyang, Yeongnyu, Bojang (Goguryeo) μ—°κ°œμ†Œλ¬Έ – Yeongaesomun (SBS, 2006)
 Early 7th c. Yeongnyu, Bojang (Goguryeo) μΉΌκ³Ό 꽃 – Sword and Flower (KBS2, 2013)
 7th c. Mu, Uija (Baekje) κ³„λ°± – Gyebaek (MBC, 2011)
 7th c. Jinji – Taejong Muyeol (Silla) λŒ€μ™•μ˜ 꿈 – The Great King’s Dream (KBS, 2012)
 645 Bojang (Goguryeo) μ•ˆμ‹œμ„± – Ansi Fortress/The Great Battle (2018)
 660 Bojang (Goguryeo), Uija (Baekje), Taejong Muyeol (Silla) ν™©μ‚°λ²Œ – Hwangsanbeol/ Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield (2003)
 668 Bojang (Goguryeo), Uija (Baekje), Munmu (Silla) ν‰μ–‘μ„± – Pyeongyang Fortress/ Battlefield Heroes (2011)

Fictional Goguryeo: λ“œλΌλ§ˆ 화평곡주 μ²΄μ€‘κ°λŸ‰μ‚¬* – Princess Hwapyung’s Weight Loss (KBS2, 2010);

North and South States (Balhae & Unified Silla)

YearRulerDrama/Movie
 645-719 Dae Jo Young (Balhae) λŒ€μ‘°μ˜ – Dae Jo Young (KBS1, 2006)
 Late 8th c. Heungdeok (Unified Silla) ν•΄μ‹  – God of the Sea (KBS2, 2004)

Later Three Kingdoms & Goryeo

YearRulerDrama/Movie
 870-936 Gyeon Hwon (Later Baekje),Gung-ye (Taebong), Taejo (Goryeo) νƒœμ‘° 왕건 – Emperor Wang Geon (KBS1, 2000)
 941-969 Taejo, Hyejong, Jeongjong, Gwangjong (Goryeo) λ‹¬μ˜ 연인 – 보보경심: λ € – Moon Lovers/ Scarlet Heart: Ryeo (SBS, 2016) ❀
 943-949 Taejo – Gwangjong (Goryeo) λΉ›λ‚˜κ±°λ‚˜ λ―ΈμΉ˜κ±°λ‚˜ – Shine or Go Crazy (MBC, 2015)
 943-975 Hyejong, Jeongjong, Gwangjong (Goryeo) μ œκ΅­μ˜ μ•„μΉ¨ – Dawn of the Empire (KBS1, 2002)
 955-1031 Gwangjong – Hyeonjong (Goryeo) μΆ˜μΆ”νƒœν›„ – Empress Chunchu (KBS2, 2009)
 1170-1219 Uijong – Huijong (Goryeo) λ¬΄μΈμ‹œλŒ€ – Age of Warriors (KBS1, 2003)
 1215-1268 Gojong (Goryeo) λ¬΄μ‹  – God of War (MBC, 2012)
 1290s Chungryeol – Chungseon (Goryeo)왕은 μ‚¬λž‘ν•œλ‹€ – The King Loves (MBC, 2017)
 1320-1370 Chungsuk – Gongmin (Goryeo) κΈ°ν™©ν›„  – Empress Ki (MBC, 2013) β€
 1348-1374 Gongmin (Goryeo) μ‹ λˆ – Shin Don (MBC, 2005)
 1375 Gongmin (Goryeo) λ¬΄μ‚¬ – Musa/ The Warrior (2001)
 1351-1379 Gongmin (Goryeo) μ‹ μ˜ – Faith (SBS, 2012) β€
 1351~ Gongmin (Goryeo) μŒν™”점 – A Frozen Flower (2008)
 1351-1392 Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejo (Joseon) κ°œκ΅­ – Foundation of Joseon Dynasty (KBS, 1983)
 1351-1392 Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejo (Joseon) λŒ€ν’μˆ˜ – The Great Seer (SBS, 2012)
 1374-1398 Gongmin (Goryeo) – Taejong (Joseon) μ •λ„μ „ – Jeong Do Jeon (KBS1, 2014)
 1375-1410 U (Goryeo) – Taejong (Joseon) μœ‘룑이 λ‚˜λ₯΄μƒ€ – Six Flying Dragons (SBS, 2015-2016) ❀
 1388 Chang (Goryeo) λ‚˜μ˜ λ‚˜λΌ – My Country (JTBC, 2019)

Fictional Goryeo: ν˜‘λ…€, 칼의 κΈ°μ–΅ – Memories of the Sword (2015);

Joseon & Korean Empire

YearRulerDrama/Movie
 1388-1422 Chang (Goryeo) – Sejong μš©μ˜ 눈물 – Tears of the Dragon (KBS1, 1996)
 1392 Taejo ν•΄μ  – Pirates (2014)
 1392-1910 Taejo – Sunjong μ‘°μ„ μ™•μ‘° μ˜€λ°±λ…„ – 500 Years of Joseon Dynasty (MBC, 1983)
 1398 Taejo μˆœμˆ˜μ˜ μ‹œλŒ€ – Age of Innocence/ Empire of Lust (2015)
 1400 Taejong ν•˜λ…€λ“€ – Maids (jtbc, 2015)
 1400~ Taejong, Sejong μž₯μ˜μ‹€ – Jang Yeong Sil (KBS1, 2016)
 1409-1446 Taejong, Sejong λŒ€μ™•μ„Έμ’… – The Great King Sejong (KBS1, 2008)
 1409-1446 Taejong, Sejong λΏŒλ¦¬κΉŠμ€ λ‚˜λ¬΄ – Tree With Deep Roots (SBS, 2011) β€
 1418 Taejong, Sejong λ‚˜λŠ” μ™•μ΄λ‘œμ†Œμ΄λ‹€ – I am the King (2012)
 1418-1446 Sejong μ‹ κΈ°μ „ – The Divine Weapon (2008)
 1443-1446 Sejongλ‚˜λžλ§μ‹Έλ―Έ – The King’s Letters (2019)
 1450-1506 Munjong – Yeonsangun ν•œλͺ…νšŒ – Han Myung Hoe (KBS2, 1994)
 1452-1457 Danjong, Sejo νŒŒμ²œλ¬΄ – Pacheonmu (KBS2, 1990)
 1452-1468 Munjong, Danjong, Sejo κ³΅μ£Όμ˜ λ‚¨μž – Princess’ Man (KBS2, 2011) β€
 1452-1468 Munjong, Danjong, Sejo κ΄€μƒ – The Face Reader (2013) ❀
 1452-1506 Danjong – Yeonsangun μ™•κ³Ό λΉ„ – King and Queen (KBS1, 1998)
 1452-1506 Danjong – Yeonsangun μΈμˆ˜λŒ€λΉ„ – Queen Insu (jtbc, 2011)
 1452-1506 Danjong – Yeonsangun μ™•κ³Ό λ‚˜ – The King and I (SBS, 2007)
 1462 Sejo κ΄‘λŒ€λ“€: ν’λ¬Έμ‘°μž‘λ‹¨ – Jesters: The Game Changers (2019)
 1469 Yejong μž„κΈˆλ‹˜μ˜ μ‚¬κ±΄μˆ˜μ²© – The King’s Case Notes (2017)
 1469~ Seongjong λΆˆμ˜¨* – Unrest/Rebellious (MBC, 2013)
 1476-1506 Seongjong, Yeonsangun μž₯λ…Ήμˆ˜ – Jang Nok Su (KBS2, 1995)
 1482-1545 Seongjong, Yeonsangun, Jungjong λŒ€μž₯금 – Dae Jang Geum (MBC, 2003)
 1482- 1506 Seongjong, Yeonsangun μ—­μ : 백성을 ν›”μΉ˜ 도적 – /Traitor: The Thief Who Stole for the People /Rebel Hong Gil Dong (MBC, 2017)
 1499-1506 Yeonsangun, Jungjong 7일의 μ™•λΉ„ – Seven Day Queen/ Queen of Seven Days (KBS2, 2017)
 1504-1506 Yeonsangun μ™•μ˜λ‚¨μž – The King and the Clown (2005) ❀
 1504-1506 Yeonsangun κ°„μ‹  – The Treacherous (2015)
 1506 Jungjong μ „μš°μΉ˜ – Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (2009) ❀
 1506-1544 Jungjong ν™©μ§„이 – Hwang Jin Yi (KBS2, 2006) β€
 1506-1544 Jungjong ν™©μ§„이 – Hwang Jini (2007)
 1506-1565 Jungjong, Injong, Myungjong μ—¬μΈμ²œν•˜ – Women of the Palace (SBS, 2001)
 1522-1562 Jungjong, Injong, Myungjong μž„ κΊ½μ • – Im Kkeok Jeong (SBS, 1996)
 1522-1551 Jungjong, Injong, Myungjong μ‚¬μž„λ‹Ή, λΉ›μ˜ 일기 – Saimdang, Light’s Diary (SBS, 2017)
 1527 Jungjong λ¬Όκ΄΄ – Monstrum (2018)
 1540-1565 Jungjong μ˜₯쀑화 – Okjunghwa/The Flower in Prison (MBC, 2016)
 1544 Jungjong, Injong μ²œλͺ… – Mandate of Heaven (KBS2, 2013) β€
 1550~ Myungjong λ§ˆλ…€λ³΄κ° – Mirror of the Witch/Witch Exemplar (jtbc, 2016) β€
 1554-1598 Myungjong, Seonjo λΆˆλ©Έμ˜ μ΄μˆœμ‹  – The Immortal Yi Sun-shin (KBS1, 2004)
 1559-1615 Myungjong, Seonjo, Gwanghaegun ν—ˆμ€€ – Heo Joon (MBC, 1999)
 1559-1615 Myungjong, Seonjo, Gwanghaegun κ΅¬μ•”ν—ˆμ€€ – Gu Am Heo Joon (MBC, 2013)
 1562~ Myungjong μ‘°μ„ μƒμ‘΄κΈ° – Joseon Survival (TV Chosun, 2019)
 1569-1618 Seonjo, Gwanghaegun μ²œλ‘₯μ†Œλ¦¬ – Roll of Thunder (KBS2, 2000)
 1570-1598 Seonjo κ΅¬κ°€μ˜ μ„œ – Gu Family Book (MBC, 2013)
 1572 Seonjo μ²œκ΅° – Heaven’s Soldiers (2005)
 1575-1608 Seonjo λΆˆμ˜ μ—¬μ‹ , 정이 – Goddess of Fire, Jung-yi (MBC, 2013)
 1583-1623 Seonjo, Gwanghaegun μ„œκΆ – Western Palace (KBS2, 1995)
 1589-1608 Seonjo, Gwanghaegun μ™•μ˜ μ–Όκ΅΄ – King’s Face (KBS2, 2014)
 1590s Seonjo κ΅¬λ¦„을 λ²—μ–΄λ‚œ λ‹¬μ²˜λŸΌ – Like the Moon Escaping from the Clouds/Blades of Blood (2010)
 1591-1623 Seonjo, Gwanghaegun μ™•μ˜ μ—¬μž – King’s Woman (SBS, 2003)
 1592 Seonjo μž„μ§„μ™œλž€ 1592 – Imjin War 1592 (KBS1, 2016)
 1592 Seonjo λŒ€λ¦½κ΅° – Warriors of the Dawn (2017) ❀
 1592 Seonjo λͺ…λΆˆν—ˆμ „ – Live Up to Your Name, Dr Heo (tvn,2017) ❀
 1592-1607 Seonjo μ§•λΉ„둝 – Jingbirok/Book of Corrections/Memoir of Imjin War (KBS1, 2015)
 1597 Seonjo λͺ…λž‘ – Myeongnang/ The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)
 1598 Seonjo ν‘Έλ₯Έ λ°”λ‹€μ˜ μ „μ„€ – The Legend of the Blue Sea (SBS, 2016) ❀
 1600s Seonjo μ²­ν’λͺ…μ›”Sword in the Moon (2003)
 1608-1645 Seonjo – Hyojong ν™”μ • – Hwajung/ Splendid Politics (MBC, 2015)
 1613 Gwanghaegun κ°„μ„œμΉ˜ μ—΄μ „* – The Tale of the Bookworm (KBS2, 2014) ❀
 1615-1623 Gwanghaegun μ‘°μ„ λ‘œμ½” – 녹두전 – The Tale of Nokdu (KBS2) ❀
 1616 Gwanghaegun κ΄‘ν•΄, 왕이 된 λ‚¨μž – Masquerade/ Gwanghae: the Man Who Became King (2012) ❀
 1619 Gwanghaegun ν˜ˆνˆ¬The Showdown (2011)
 1623-1649 Injo μΌμ§€λ§€ – Iljimae (MBC, 1993)
 1623-1649 Injo μΌμ§€λ§€ – Iljimae (SBS, 2008)
 1623-1649 Injo λŒμ•„μ˜¨ 일지맀 – Return of Iljimae (MBC, 2009)
 1623-1649 Injo νƒλ‚˜λŠ”도닀 – Tamra the Island (MBC, 2009)
 1623-1649 Injo λͺ…κ°€ – The Reputable Family (KBS1, 2010)
 1636 Injo μ‚Όμ΄μ‚¬ – Three Musketeers (tvn, 2014) ❀
 1636 Injo λ‚¨ν•œμ‚°μ„± – The Fortress/ Namhan Fortress (2017)
 1636-1637 Injo μ΅œμ’…병기 ν™œWar of the Arrows (2011) β€
 1637 Injo λ§ˆκ·€* – The Devil Rider (KBS2, 2013)
 1637-1649 Injo κΆμ€‘μž”ν˜Ήμ‚¬ – κ½ƒλ“€μ˜ μ „ – Cruel Palace: War of the Flowers (jtbc, 2013)
 1637~ Injo μ΅œκ°•μΉ μš° – Strongest Chil Woo (KBS2, 2008)
 1641 Injo ν™˜ν–₯-μ₯λΆˆλ†€μ΄* – Return Home (KBS2, 2012)
 1645~ Injo μΆ”λ…Έ – Chuno/ The Slave Hunter (KBS2, 2010)
 1649 Hyojong λ΄‰μ΄ 김선달 – Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River (2016)
 1649~ Hyojong λŒ€λͺ… – Great Vocation (KBS1, 1981)
 1659~ Hyeonjong λ§ˆμ˜ – Horse Doctor (MBC, 2012)
 1670-1701 Hyeonjong, Sukjong μž₯희빈 – Jang Hee Bin (SBS, 1995)
 1680~ Sukjong κΆλ…€ – Shadows in the Palace (2007)
 1674-1701 Sukjong μž₯μ˜₯μ •, μ‚¬λž‘μ— μ‚΄λ‹€ -Jang Ok Jung, Live In Love (SBS, 2013)
 1681-1701 Sukjong μž₯희빈 – Jang Hee Bin (KBS2, 2002)
 1681-1724 Sukjong λ™μ΄ – Dong Yi (MBC, 2010)
 1693-1728 Sukjong, Gyeongjong, Yeongjo λŒ€λ°• – Daebak/Jackpot (SBS, 2016)
 1674~ Sukjong λ‹€λͺ¨ – Damo (MBC, 2003)
 1674~ Sukjong μž₯κΈΈμ‚° – Jang Gil San (SBS, 2004)
 1719-1728 Sukjong, Gyeongjong, Yeongjo ν•΄μΉ˜ – Haechi (SBS, 2019) ❀
 1724 Yeongjo 1724 κΈ°λ°©λ‚œλ™μ‚¬κ±΄ – The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (2008)
 1724~ Yeongjo λŒ€μ™•μ˜ κΈΈ – Path to Great Dynasty (MBC, 1998)
 1724~ Yeongjo μ–΄μ‚¬ λ°•λ¬Έμˆ˜ – Inspector Park Moon Soo (MBC, 2002)
 1728 Yeongjo μ—­λͺ¨-λ°œλž€μ˜ μ‹œλŒ€ – The Age of Blood (2017)
 1735-1762 Yeongjo μ‚¬λ„ – Sado/The Throne (2015) β€
 1742-1778 Yeongjo, Jeongjo λ¬΄μ‚¬ λ°±λ™μˆ˜ – Warrior Baek Dong Soo (SBS, 2011)
 1750~ Yeongjo λΆ‰μ€ 달* – Red Moon/Crimson Moon (KBS2, 2015)
 1754-1762 Yeongjo λΉ„λ°€μ˜ λ¬Έ – Secret Door (SBS, 2014)
 1762-1800 Yeongjo, Jeongjo μ΄μ‚° – Yi San (MBC, 2007)
 1776 Yeongjo, Jeongjo λ°”λžŒκ³Ό ν•¨κ»˜ 사라지닀 – The Grand Heist/Gone with the Wind (2012)
 1776 Jeongjo μ—­λ¦° – The Fatal Encounter/King’s Wrath (2014)
 1776~ Jeongjo μ™•λ„ – The Royal Way (MBC, 1991)
 1776~ Jeongjo ν™κ΅­μ˜ – Hong Guk Young (MBC, 2001)
 1776~ Jeongjo λ°”λžŒμ˜ 화원 – Painter of the Wind (SBS, 2008) β€
 1776~ Jeongjo λ―ΈμΈλ„ – Portrait of a Beauty (2008)
 1776~ Jeongjo κ±°μƒ κΉ€λ§Œλ• – Merchant Kim Man Deok (KBS1, 2010)
 1776~ Jeongjo μ†Œμ„€ λͺ©λ―Όμ‹¬μ„œ – Novel Admonitions on Governing Officials
(KBS2, 2000)
 1776~ Jeongjo μ„±κ· κ΄€ μŠ€μΊ”λ“€ – Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2, 2010) β€
 1793 Jeongjo μ‘°μ„ λͺ…탐정: κ°μ‹œνˆ¬κ΅¬κ½ƒμ˜ λΉ„λ°€Detective K: Secret of the Virtuous Widow (2011)
 1795 Jeongjo μ‘°μ„ λͺ…탐정: 사라진 λ†‰μ˜ λ”ΈDetective K: Secret of the Lost Island (2015)
 1795 Jeongjoμ‘°μ„ λͺ…탐정: 흑혈괴마의 λΉ„λ°€ – Detective K: Secret of the Living Dead (2018)
 1776~ Jeongjo μ„±κ· κ΄€ μŠ€μΊ”λ“€ – Sungkyunkwan Scandal (KBS2, 2010) β€
 1800 Jeongjo ν•œμ„±λ³„곑-μ • – Conspiracy in the Court/Seoul’s Sad Song (KBS2, 2007) β€
 1803-1840 Sunjo, Heonjong μƒλ„ – Sangdo (MBC, 2001)
 1808 Sunjo ν˜ˆμ˜ λˆ„ – Blood Rain (2005)
 1827~ Sunjo κ΅¬λ₯΄λ―Έ κ·Έλ¦° 달빛 – Moonlight Drawn by Clouds/ Love in the Moonlight (KBS2, 2016)
 1830-1843 Sunjo, Heonjong λͺ…λ‹Ή Fengshui (2018)
 1837-1900 Heonjong, Cheoljong, Gojong νƒœμ–‘인 이제마 – Man of the Sun, Lee Je Ma (KBS2, 2002)
 1843-1897 Heonjong, Cheoljong, Gojong μ·¨ν™”μ„  – Chwihwaseon/ Painted Fire (2002)
 1847 Heonjong ν₯λΆ€: κΈ€λ‘œ 세상을 λ°”κΎΌ 자 – Heung-boo: The Revolutionist (2018)
 1850s Cheoljong μ§νŒ¨ – The Duo (MBC, 2011)
 1850s Cheoljong, Gojong κ³ μ‚°μž, λŒ€λ™μ—¬μ§€λ„ – The Map Against the World (2016)
 1850s Cheoljong μž₯μ‚¬μ˜ μ‹ -객주 2015 – The God of Trade-Gaekju (KBS2, 2015-2016)
 1857-1898 Cheoljong, Gojong ν’μš΄ – Poongwoon (KBS1, 1982)
 1861-1898 Cheoljong, Gojong λͺ…μ„±ν™©ν›„ – Empress Myeongseong (KBS2, 2001)
 1863-1895 Gojong μ°¬λž€ν•œ μ—¬λͺ… – Dazzling Dawn (KBS1, 1995)
 1863~ Gojong μ‘°μ„ μ΄μž‘이 – Joseon Gunman (KBS2, 2014)
 1863~ Gojong μ‘°μ„  κ³Όν•™μˆ˜μ‚¬λŒ€ λ³„μˆœκ²€ – Chosun Police (MBC, 2005)
 1863~ Gojong λ³„μˆœκ²€ μ‹œμ¦Œ1 – Chosun Police Season 1 (MBC, 2007)
 1863~ Gojong λ³„μˆœκ²€ μ‹œμ¦Œ2Chosun Police Season 2 (MBC, 2008)
 1863-1910 Gojong, Sunjong λ…립문 – Dokripmun/ Independence Gate (KBS1, 1984)
 1866~ Gojong λΆˆκ½ƒμ²˜λŸΌ λ‚˜λΉ„μ²˜λŸΌThe Sword with No Name (2009)
 1867 Gojong λ„리화가 – The Sound of A Flower (2015)
 1871-1909 Gojong, Sunjong λ―ΈμŠ€ν„° μ…˜μƒ€μΈ – Mr Sunshine (tvN, 2018) ❀
 1876~ Gojong μ œμ€‘원 – Jejoongwon (SBS, 2010)
 1893-1896 Gojong λ…Ήλ‘κ½ƒ – Nokdu Flower/ Mung Bean Flower (SBS, 2019)
 1896 Gojong κ°€λΉ„ – Gabi (2012)
 1896 Gojong λŒ€μž₯ κΉ€μ°½μˆ˜ – Man of Will (2017)
 1910 Sunjong κ·Έλ¦Όμž 살인 – Private Eye/ Shadow Murder (2009)

Fictional Joseon:

  • 홍길동 – Hong Gil Dong (SBS, 1998)
  • λŒ€λ§ – Daemang/ Great Ambition (SBS, 2002)
  • ν˜•μ‚¬ – Duelist (2005) ❀
  • μŒλž€μ„œμƒ – Forbidden Quest (2005)
  • 홍길동 – Hong Gil Dong (KBS2, 2008)
  • λ°©μžμ „ – The Servant (2010)
  • λ―Έλ ¨* –  Lingering Affection (KBS2, 2011)
  • 강철본색* – The True Colours of Kang and Cheol (KBS2, 2012)
  • ν•΄λ₯Ό ν’ˆμ€ 달 – The Moon Embracing the Sun (MBC, 2012) ❀
  • 후ꢁ: μ™•μ˜ 첩 – The Concubine (2012)
  • μ•„λž‘μ‚¬λ˜μ „ – Arang and the Magistrate (MBC, 2012) ❀
  • μ „μš°μΉ˜ – Jeon Woo Chi (KBS2, 2012)
  • μƒλ†ˆνƒˆμΆœκΈ°* – Swine Escape/ Escaping Slavery (MBC, 2013)
  • 곑비* – The Dirge Singer (KBS2, 2014)
  • μ‘°μ„ λ―Έλ…€ μ‚Όμ΄μ‚¬The Huntresses (2014)
  • μ•Όκ²½κΎΌ 일지 – The Night Watchman’s Journal (MBC, 2014)
  • μƒμ˜μ› – The Royal Tailor (2014)
  • ν˜•μ˜λ‹Ή 일기* – Hyeongyeongdang’s Diary (MBC, 2014)
  • 원녀일기* – Diary of a Resentful Woman (MBC, 2014)
  • 밀을 κ±·λŠ” μ„ λΉ„Scholar Who Walks the Night (MBC, 2015)
  • μ‘°μ„ λ§ˆμˆ μ‚¬ – The Magician (2015)
  • 엽기적인 κ·Έλ…€ – My Sassy Girl (SBS, 2017)
  • κ΅°μ£Ό: κ°€λ©΄μ˜ 주인 – Ruler: Master of the Mask (MBC, 2017)
  • ꢁ합 – The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)
  • λŒ€κ΅°: μ‚¬λž‘μ„ 그리닀 – The Grand Prince (TV Chosun, 2018)
  • 창ꢐ – Rampant (2018)
  • 여곑성 – The Wrath (2018)
  • 왕이 된 λ‚¨μž – The Man Who Became King/The Crowned Clown (tvn, 2019) ❀
  • μ‹ μž…μ‚¬κ΄€ ꡬ해령 – Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung (MBC, 2019)
  • 기방도령 – Homme Fatale (2019)

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

 Year President Drama/Movie
 Early 20th c. λ°±λ²”일지 – Journal of Baekbeom (MBC, 1989)
 Early 20th c. κΉ€κ΅¬ – Kim Gu (KBS1, 1995)
 1910s~ μžμ „μ°¨μ™• 엄볡동 – The Cyclist King/ Race to Freedom: Uhm Bok Dong (2019)
 1911-1969 μ΅œμŠΉν¬  – Choi Seung Hee (MBC, 1995)
 1912~ λ•ν˜œμ˜Ήμ£Ό – Princess Deokhye/ The Last Princess (2016)
 1918-1972 μ•ΌμΈμ‹œλŒ€ – Rustic Period (SBS, 2002)
 1919~ ν•­κ±°:μœ κ΄€μˆœ 이야기 – A Resistance/ Yu Gwan Sun’s Story (2019)
 1920s λ°€μ • – Secret Agent/ The Age of Shadows (2016)
 1920s-1930s κ°μ‹œνƒˆ – Bridal Mask (KBS2, 2012) β€
 1920s-1930s μ’‹μ€ λ†ˆ, λ‚˜μœ λ†ˆ, μ΄μƒν•œ λ†ˆ – The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008)
 1920λ΄‰μ˜€λ™ μ „νˆ¬ – The Battle: Roar to Victory (2019)
 1921-1926 μ‚¬μ˜ μ°¬λ―Έ – Hymn of Death (SBS, 2018)
 1923-1926 λ°•μ—΄ – Park Yeol/ Anarchist from Colony (2017) ❀
 1925 λŒ€ν˜Έ – The Tiger (2015)
 1926 κ°•λ•μˆœ μ• μ • λ³€μ²œμ‚¬* – Kang Deok-sun’s Love History (KBS2, 2017)
 1928-1948 λ§ˆμ΄ 웨이 – My Way (2011)
 1930 μ›ν˜Ό* – Vengeful Spirit (KBS2, 2014)
 1930s μ ˆμ •* – The Peak (MBC, 2011)
 1931-1932 μžμœ μΈ 이회영 – Freedom Fighter, Lee Hoe Young (KBS1, 2010)
 1931-1933 μ΄λͺ½ – Different Dreams (MBC, 2019)
 1930s κ²½μ„±μŠ€μΊ”λ“€ – Capital Scandal (KBS2, 2007) β€
 1930s μ΄μƒ κ·Έ 이상* – Lee Sang That Lee Sang (MBC, 2013)
 1930s κ°κ²©μ‹œλŒ€: νˆ¬μ‹ μ˜ 탄생 – Inspiring Generation (KBS2, 2014)
 1930s μ•„가씨 – Agasshi/ The Handmaiden (2016)
 1930s μ‹œμΉ΄κ³ νƒ€μžκΈ° – Chicago Typewriter (tvn, 2017) ❀
 1930s-1940s λˆˆκΈΈ – Snowy Road (2015)
 1930s-1940s λ™μ£Ό – Dongju: The Portrait of a Poet (2016)
 1930s-1940s κ·€ν–₯ – The Spirits’ Homecoming (2016)
 1930s-1950s λ™μ–‘κ·Ήμž₯ – Orient Theater (KBS1, 2001)
 1933 μ•”μ‚΄ – Assassination (2015) β€
 1937 λͺ¨λ˜ 보이 – Modern Boy (2008)
 1937 λ§Œλ‚˜κ²Œ ν•΄, 주였* – Let Us Meet (KBS2, 2017)
 1938 κ²½μ„±ν•™κ΅: 사라진 μ†Œλ…€λ“€ – The Silenced/ Gyeongseong School: The Lost Girls (2015)
 1940s μ „μŸκ³Ό μ‚¬λž‘ – War and Love (KBS2, 1995)

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

 Year President Drama/Movie
 1930-1950 Syngman Rhee μ„œμšΈ 1945 – Seoul 1945 (KBS1, 2006)
 1930s-1950s Syngman Rhee κ΅­ν¬ – Kukhee (MBC, 1999)
 1930-2004 Syngman Rhee – Roh Moo-hyun μ˜μ›…μ‹œλŒ€ – The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
 1940s-1970s Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee λΆˆκ½ƒ μ†μœΌλ‘œ – Into the Flames (TV Chosun, 2014)
 1940s Syngman Rhee λ§λͺ¨μ΄ – MALΒ·MOΒ·E: The Secret Mission (2019)
 1943 Syngman Rhee ν•΄μ–΄ν™” – Haeeohwa/ Love, Lies (2016)
 1943-1953 Syngman Rhee μ—¬λͺ…μ˜ λˆˆλ™μž – Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 1991)
 1945 Syngman Rhee μ„μ‘°μ €νƒ 살인사건 – The Tooth and the Nail (2017)
 1945 Syngman Rhee κ΅°ν•¨λ„ – The Battleship Island (2017)
 1945-1960 Syngman Rhee μ œ1곡화ꡭ – The First Republic (MBC, 1981)
 1945-1987 Syngman Rhee – Chun Doo-hwan μ‚ΌκΉ€μ‚¬λŒ€ – Samgimshidae (SBS, 1998)
 1950s Syngman Rhee κ²½μˆ™μ΄ κ²½μˆ™ 아버지 – Kyung-sook’s Father (KBS2, 2009)
 1950s Syngman Rhee ν•˜λŠ˜μž¬ 살인사건* – Haneuljae’s Murder (MBC, 2013)
 1950s Syngman Rhee μ†λ‹˜ – Guest/ The Piper (2015)
 1950s Syngman Rhee μ„œλΆ€μ „μ„  – Western Front/ The Long Way Home (2015)
 1950s Syngman Rhee μ˜€λΉ μƒκ° – A Melody to Remember (2016)
 1950 Syngman Rhee μž‘은 μ—°λͺ» – A Little Pond (2009)
 1950 Syngman Rhee μΈμ²œμƒλ₯™μž‘μ „ – Operation Chromite (2016)
 1950 Syngman Rheeμž₯사리: μžŠν˜€μ§„ μ˜μ›…λ“€ – The Battle of Jangsari (2019)
 1950-1951 Syngman Rhee λ‘œλ“œ λ„˜λ²„μ› – Road Number One (MBC, 2010)
 1950-1953 Syngman Rhee νƒœκ΅­κΈ° – Taegukgi (2004)
 1950-1953 Syngman Rhee μ›°μ»΄ 투 동막골Welcome to Dongmakgol (2005) β€
 1950-1953 Syngman Rhee ν¬ν™” μ†μœΌλ‘œ71: Into the Fire (2010)
 1950-1953 Syngman Rhee μ „μš° – Comrades (KBS1, 2010)
 1951~ Syngman Rhee κ΅­μ œμ‹œμž₯ – Ode to My Father (2015)
 1951 Syngman Rhee μŠ€μœ™ν‚€μ¦ˆ – Swing Kids (2018)
 1953 Syngman Rhee κ³ μ§€μ „The Front Line (2011)
 1952-1970 Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee μˆœκΈˆμ˜ λ•… – Gold Land (KBS2, 2014)
 1957-1963 Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee μ œ2곡화ꡭ – The Second Republic (MBC, 1989)
 1950s-1970s Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee μ‚Όμƒμ΄ – TV Novel Samsaengi (KBS2, 2013)
 1950s-1970s Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee μ€ν¬ – TV Novel Eunhee (KBS2, 2013)

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

 Year President Drama/Movie
 1958-1972 Syngman Rhee – Park Chung-hee μ œ3곡화ꡭ – The Third Republic (MBC, 1993)
 1960s Yun Bo-seon – Park Chung-hee νŒ¨μ…˜ 70’s – Fashion 70s (SBS, 2005)
 1960s-1970s Yun Bo-seon – Park Chung-hee λ³΅ν¬ λˆ„λ‚˜ – TV Novel Dear My Sister (KBS2, 2011)
 1960-2002 Yun Bo-seon – Kim Dae-jung μ—λ΄μ˜ 동μͺ½ – East of Eden (KBS2, 2011)
 1961-1982 Yun Bo-seon – Chun Doo-hwan μ œ4곡화ꡭ – The Fourth Republic (MBC, 1995)
 1968-1971 Park Chung-hee μ‹€λ―Έλ„ – Silmido (2003)
 1969 Park Chung-hee κ·Έν•΄, 여름 – Once in a Summer (2006)
 1970s-1980s Park Chung-hee – Chun Doo-hwan μ‚¬λž‘μ•„ μ‚¬λž‘μ•„ – Love, My Love (KBS2, 2012)
 1970s-1980s Park Chung-hee – Chun Doo-hwan λΉ›κ³Ό 그림자 – Lights and Shadows (MBC, 2011)
 1970s-1990s Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam λͺ¨λž˜μ‹œκ³„ – Sandglass (SBS, 1995)
 1970s-1990s Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam μŽ„μ‹œλ΄‰ – C’est si bon (2015)
 1970-2010 Park Chung-hee – Lee Myung-bak μžμ΄μ–ΈνŠΈ – Giant (SBS, 2010)
 1970s-1990s Park Chung-hee – Kim Young-sam λμ—†λŠ” μ‚¬λž‘ – Endless Love (SBS, 2014)
 1970s Park Chung-hee λ§ˆμ•½μ™• – The Drug King (2018)
 1971 Park Chung-hee λ‹˜μ€ 먼곳에 – Sunny/My Dear is Far Away (2008)
 1972 Park Chung-hee μ•Œ 포인트 – R-Point (2004)
 1972-1994 Park Chung-hee – Roh Tae-woo λ‚˜μ˜ λ…μž¬μž – My Dictator (2014)
 1977-1979 Park Chung-hee μ½”λ¦¬μ•„κ²Œμ΄νŠΈ – Korea Gate (SBS, 1995)
 1978 Park Chung-hee κ΅­λΉ„μˆ˜μ‚¬ – The Classified File (2015) ❀
 1979 Choi Kyu-hah λž€μ œλ¦¬ μ†Œλ…€μ‹œλŒ€ – Girls’ Generation 1979/Lingerie Girls’ Generation (KBS2, 2017)
 1979-1997 Choi Kyu-hah – Kim Young-sam  μ œ5곡화ꡭ – The Fifth Republic (MBC, 2005)
 1979~2017 Choi Kyu-hah λΉ™κ΅¬* – Ice Mound (MBC, 2017) ❀
 1980s Chun Doo-hwan μΈκ°„μ‹œμž₯ – Human Market (MBC, 1988)
 1980s-2011 Chun Doo-hwan μ¨λ‹ˆSunny (2011) β€
 1980~ Chun Doo-hwan κ½ƒμžŽ – A Petal (1996)
 1980-1999 Chun Doo-hwan λ°•ν•˜μ‚¬νƒ• – Peppermint Candy (1999)
 1980-2006 Chun Doo-hwan μ˜€λž˜λœ 정원 – The Old Garden (2016)
 1980 Chun Doo-hwan ν™”λ €ν•œ νœ΄κ°€ – A Splendid Holiday/May 18 (2007)
 1980-2006 Chun Doo-hwan 26λ…„ – 26 Years (2012)
 1980 Chun Doo-hwan νƒμ‹œμš΄μ „사 – A Taxi Driver (2017)
 1982 Chun Doo-hwan ν”Όλ“λŠ” 청좘 – Hot Young Bloods/ Blood Boiling Youth (2014)
 1983~2015 Chun Doo-hwan μ‹œκ°„μ΄νƒˆμž – Time Renegades (2016)
 1985~1987 Chun Doo-hwan λΉ¨κ°„ μ„ μƒλ‹˜* – The Red Teacher (KBS2, 2016)
 1985~2015 Chun Doo-hwan λ‹Ήμ‹ , κ±°κΈ° μžˆμ–΄μ€„λž˜μš” – Will You Be There (2016) β€
 1986~2016 Chun Doo-hwan μ‹œκ·Έλ„ – Signal (tvn, 2016) β€
 1986~2017 Chun Doo-hwan ν„°λ„ – Tunnel (OCN, 2017)
 1987 Chun Doo-hwan 1987 – 1987: When the Day Comes (2018) 
 1988-1995 Chun Doo-hwan μ‘λ‹΅ν•˜λΌ 1988 – Reply 1988/ Answer Me 1988 (tvn, 2015) β€
 1989 Roh Tae-woo μˆ˜μ‚¬λΆ€λ°˜μž₯-μ™•μ‘°ν˜„μ„ μ§€μΌœλΌ!*- Save Wang Jo Hyun! (MBC, 2013)
 1990s Roh Tae-woo – Kim Dae-jung 2014 μΈκ°„μ‹œμž₯ – New Human Market (SBS, 2004)
 1990s-2000s Roh Tae-woo – Roh Moo-hyun ν™©κΈˆμ˜ 제ꡭ – Empire of Gold (SBS, 2013)

Other Sources: here here here here

My personal favourites are marked with ❀

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

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? πŸ™‚

    1. You’re welcome! Glad the list can be of help to you πŸ˜‰

      Hmmm maybe I should put some asterisks indicating my favourites but for now, here are some of them: Tree with Deep Roots, Princess’ Man, King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang, and War of the Arrows.

  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. 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 μš°μ™• who followed King Gongmin.

  5. 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!

  6. This is a really great list – extremely comprehensive. Here are some more you might want to add on the list:
    1) μ•„λž‘μ‚¬λ˜μ „ – 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) λ§ˆκ·€-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) 곑비 – Dirge Singer (KBS2 2014) 1 Espisode
    5) κ°„μ„œμΉ˜μ—΄μ „ – 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).

    1. 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 πŸ˜‰

      1. 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. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

    2. 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!

      1. 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 (뢉은 달) about Crown Prince Sado ^^

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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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