Contemporary K-dramas are related, and historical K-dramas are always so stunning. Modern series represent our everyday life, while historical series provide great fashion and classic romances. What if you could combine these two amazing genres to create the perfect K-drama? “Mr. Queen”, “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo”, “Splash Splash Love” and many more made this wish a reality! Contemporary and historical mash-ups combine elements you love to give you the most satisfying K-drama .
Now let’s find out a little more about these K-dramas.
1. “Lord. Queen”
The soul of a modern chef mysteriously finds a new home in Queen Kim So Young (Shin Hye Sun) and experiences life through her eyes. The kingdom turns upside down with her husband, who is King Cheol Jong (Kim Jung Hyun), unofficially deprived of power by the late king’s widow.
“Mr. Queen” is the perfect K-drama for fans of “Come Back Alive” or even enthusiasts of supernatural shows reminiscent of “Oh My Ghostess.” It’s fun to see another person adapt to life in a new body. It provides the best kind of comedy through their simple mistakes and everyday awkwardness.
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2. “The Queen in Hyun’s Man”
Yoo In Na and Ji Hyun Woo star in a shocking tale of art that imitates life. Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na) is an actress who stars as the historical queen who travels back in time to the Joseon Dynasty. Noble scholar Kim Bung Do (Ji Hyun Woo) tries to restore the queen of the same name to the kingdom. Of course, the couple get together and a love story that goes beyond time begins.
The mysterious talisman is Choi Hee Jin’s method of supernatural transport. Many K-dramas feature an incarnate version of the characters, but we rarely see a royal star play and face reality in another century! It’s fun to watch the show on the show, and Queen In Hyun’s Man provides a good version of it. It’s wonderful to watch the authentic chemistry of the major stars on your screen in this modern, historic mash-up!
3. “Scarlet Heart: Goryeo”
A 21st century woman named Hae Soo (IU) is magically transported to the Goryeo Dynasty during a total solar eclipse. Her incarnate self engages in the struggle of several princes for power to become the next king of Goryeo. He even falls in love with a future king!
Scarlet Heart: Goryeo is totally captivating. Gorgeous clothes, stunning photos and handsome princes are just three reasons why this series is unforgettable. Clothing from the Goryeo dynasty makes any of today’s costumes pale in comparison. Her traveling from one era to another will leave you speechless. You’ll never think of solar eclipses the same way again. It was also based on the Chinese series “The Scarlet Heart”!
Now watch the C-drama “The Scarlet Heart”:
4. “Splash of love”
Puddles on a rainy day turn into mystical things as it helps a restless teenager to travel back in time to the Joseon Dynasty. A teenager named Dan Bi (Kim Seoul Gi) is currently struggling with mathematics but in a glorious past becomes a mathematical scientist. During her short visit, King Lee Do (Yoon Doo Joon) is taken by Dan Bi and swears to love her forever.
Dan Bi uses a puddle to travel from one century to the next. He visits the past and returns to the present day using a puddle. It seems the king is using the same magic to find it in the present. This fantasy series really opens everyone’s imagination. Thanks to “Splash Splash Love” we start to see magic in the smallest things in life. Even puddles become beauty. The fact that this series only has two episodes and features talented actors makes it a must-see! Their acting talent goes far beyond their youth.
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5. “Saimdang, Diary of Light”
This is one of the most closely related K-dramas of the modern historical mash-up. Lee Young Ae plays an art history professor who begins reading an ancient diary. The diary gives her a detailed history of the painting from the Joseon Dynasty. Uncovering the truth about the love story of Saimdang (Lee Young Ae) and Lee Gyeom (Song Seung Heon) could help her career and personal life.
It’s such a pure love story! “Saimdang, Light’s Diary” allows Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon to present the first love that never dies. They do an amazing job of showing viewers an example of unconditional love, even when Saimdang marries someone else.
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6. “Live according to your name”
Traditional and modern medicine collide in this fantastic series about two doctors from different eras. The stars Kim Ah Joong and Kim Nam Gil play the roles of surgeon Choi Yeon Kyung and traditional medicine doctor Heo Im, respectively. Just before drowning in the Joseon Dynasty, Heo Im travels hundreds of years to the present day where he meets Choi Yeon Kyung and their story begins.
Fans of Kim Ah Joong and Kim Nam Gil are sure to fall in love with the roles they play. They are talented veterans who have done a great job over the years playing many different characters. In Live Up to Your Name, the couple play as medical experts and you will be anxious and excited to see them compete with each other. Who will get the most patients and heal them in record time? You will have fun watching them argue and work together.
Hey Soompiers, which contemporary historical mash-up is your favorite? Is there any actor who stands out from the crowd?
KMoody is a writer for Soompi who is a longtime fan of Korean drama. Her favorite dramas are “Boys Over Flowers”, “Dream High” and “Love Alarm”! For more information on her personal and professional writing journey, follow her on Instagram at BTSCelebs.
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