Are you a fan of Sageuk or Historical period korean dramas? If you are, then you must have noticed that aside from aesthetic sceneries, fabulous clothes and grandiose palaces, Korea has a long and interesting political history.
Sageuk drama is a great way to learn about Korea’s fascinating history and culture. Thus, we listed each of the historical periods and popular kdramas that took place in that reign. Join us as we travel and learn about the past!
1. Three Kingdoms Of Korea
This period started when the Korean Peninsula was divided into three Ancient Kingdoms namely Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla. Each of the Kingdom has their own unique distinction.
Located on the Northernmost part and was the largest of the three kingdoms. It was founded by Jumong who was known for his archery skills and who was believed to be the grandson of the water god Habaek.
It is the kingdom located in the Southwest part of the Peninsula. It was founded by the third son of Jumong, Onjo. Baekje was known for its naval power.
Located in the Southeast portion of the peninsula. Silla dynasty was known for its heavily decorated costumes and palaces. They were known to wear plenty of accessories. Thus, this dynasty is known as the glittery nation. This era gave birth to the Hwarangs, a group of male warriors who studied art, martial arts, and swordsmanship. Silla is known for their hierarchical system called the bone rank system. This is a rigid lineage-based system that will rank you according to your position in the society.
2. Unified Silla and Balhae
With the help of China, Silla defeated Goguryeo and Baekje and was able to unify the three kingdoms in the South, the peninsula was later called the Unified Silla. Meanwhile in the North, Dae Jo Yeong founded Balhae as a successor state of Goguryeo.
The dynasty that ruled over for centuries. Established by King Taejo. The name Goryeo inspired the name of Korea.
Most of historical kdramas took place in this period because of its rich advancement in arts, science, and literature but among all the significant achievements in this reign was the birth of Hangul which was invented by King Sejong.
5. The Japanese Occupation
Japan officially took control of Korea in 1910 and renamed it Chosen. Japanese reign was often quite harsh. For the first ten years Japan ruled directly through the military, and any Korean dissent was ruthlessly crushed. Japanese occupation of Korea lasted until 1945 when the Japanese were defeated in World War II. Following the war, Korea was divided by Western powers.
The Korean War was a war between North Korea and South Korea. The war started on June 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea following a series of clashes along the border. As a product of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, Korea had been split into two sovereign states.
That was a long trip! If you were given the chance to travel back in these periods, which dynasty would you like to go?