Unforgettable historical K-dramas: Round 1

If you haven't already experienced the addictiveness of historical (or "sageuk") Korean Dramas, now is the time to start. With epic battles waged by fearless warriors, hidden spy plots, and scandals inside the royal court, learning history has never been more exciting. Of course, these dramas are only loosely based on historical facts -- but that shouldn't stop us from enjoying them to the fullest!

A Tree with Deep Roots (뿌리깊은 나무) was a huge hit in 2011, with its final episode capturing a #1 rating across South Korea. It tells the story of the great King Sejong, a kind and brilliant ruler who struggles to improve his kingdom while under pressure from the royal court. A palace guard, played by Chuno (추노) star Jang Hyuk, plans to avenge his dead father by killing the King, but is recruited to investigate a series of murders inside the palace gates. With intense fighting scenes and suspenseful mystery, this drama bring the Joseon era to life; and it is available to viewers in the North and South America.

A Tree With Deep Roots

The Great Merchant Kim Man Deok (거상 김만덕) is a sageuk drama with a smart and resourceful female hero, played by Lee Mi Yeon. Kim Man Deok was a lowly citizen of Jeju island, a place for exiles during the Joseon era. Using her sharp mind and business skills, she became not only a successful merchant, but a noble lady of the court. This is a classic rags-to-riches story that should not be missed. It's also available to viewers in the Americas.

The Great Merchant Kim Man Deok

If you already know what all the sageuk hype is about, "성은이 망극하옵니다" ("Your grace is immeasurable," a phrase I learned on Viki!) And stay tuned -- we'll be bringing you more historical K-dramas soon!