The K-Wave has taken the world by storm, with audiences from all around the globe hooked on Korean dramas and K-pop music. Through these media, they proudly showcase their colourful culture and are even able to give a glimpse into their rich history through highly-acclaimed period pieces. Although loosely-based on historical events, these shows depict a bygone era with storylines that are worthy of a binge.
1. Moon Embracing The Sun
Years after Crown Princess Yeon-woo’s death, King Lee Hwon broods over his first love and claims to be ill in order to avoid showing affection for his now-wife, Queen Bo Kyung. A shaman named Wol is tasked to stay by the king’s side as an attempt to cure him, but her striking resemblance to the Crown Princess strikes him. The series successfully conveys the ways those in power conspire to remain so, and Kim Soo-hyun’s emotional portrayal of King Lee Hwon won him Best Actor in the 2012 Baeksang Awards. The show also won Best Drama in both Baeksang and MBC Drama Awards in the same year.