11 Korean Dramas For People Who Love The Concept Of Time Travel (2020 Update)

Where actresses meet Joseon warriors and couples try to change their past!
PHOTO: (LEFT) Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo/SBS (RIGHT) THE KING: ETERNAL MONARCH/NETFLIX

Traveling backwardand forwardin time has always fascinated audiences. There are multiple films about time travel out there, where characters use different kinds of time machines. It could be a necklace (the Time-Turner from Harry Potter), a car (DeLorean from Back To The Future), and even a telephone booth (the TARDIS from Doctor Who)! And while Western time travel stories mostly focus on sci-fi, Korean dramas never fail to give it a romantic twist! 

Here are 11 dramas that play around with the time travel genre: 

1. Queen And I (2012) 

The stars: Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Na

The sitch: In the year 1694, during the Joseon Dynasty, a scholar supports the reinstatement of ~deposed~ Queen In Hyun. Meanwhile, in 2012, an actress lands her big break when she is cast as Queen In Hyun in a K-drama! The scholar somehow time travels to 2012, where he crosses paths with the actress. They, of course, fall in love. 

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No. of episodes: 16

2. Faith (2012) 

The stars: Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun

The sitch: In this fantasy drama, Lee Min Ho stars as an elite Goryeo warrior who travels to the present just to look for a doctor to heal the queen. He ends up meeting a popular plastic surgeon with "godlike abilities." When she refuses to believe his story, he *kidnaps* her and brings her back to the past! 

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No. of episodes: 24

3. Rooftop Prince (2012) 

The stars: Han Ji Min and Park Yoo Chun 

The sitch: After the sudden death of the Crown Princess, Crown Prince Lee Gak of Joseon (Park Yoo Chun) and his loyal friends set out to investigate, but they end up in Park Ha's (Han Ji Min) rooftop house in the 21st century! 

No. of episodes: 20

4. Marry Him If You Dare (2013) 

The stars: Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun, Jung Yong Hwa, Han Chae Ah, and Choi Myung Gil

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The sitch: A woman who regrets the choices she made in life travels back to meet her 32-year-old self and tries to prevent her from making the same mistakes. One of her main blunders? Marrying the wrong person!

No. of episodes: 16

5. Splash Splash Love (2015) 

The stars: Kim Seul Gi and Yoon Doo Joon

The sitch: Jang Dan Bi (Kim Seul Gi), a high school student, wishes she can escape reality and run away from her responsibilities. One day, she is transported back in time to the 15th century! There, she's mistaken for a eunuch and she enters the royal court where she befriends King Sejong The Great (Yoon Doo Joon). 

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6. Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016) 

The stars: IU, Kang Ha Neul, and Lee Joon Gi

The sitch: Because of a solar eclipse, an ordinary 21st-century girl gets transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty! She encounters the kingdom's MANY royal princes and initially falls in love with the gentle and warm-hearted eighth prince.

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No. of episodes: 20 

7. Saimdang, Light's Diary (2017) 

The stars: Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon

The sitch: A university art history lecturer discovers the mysterious long-lost diary of a historical figure named Saimdang. Through the diary, she unravels the secret behind an ancient painting and discovers more about the renowned Joseon poet and artist. 

No. of episodes: 28

8. Somehow 18 (2017) 

The stars: Choi Min Ho and Lee Yoo Bi

The sitch: Oh Kyung Hwi (Choi Min Ho), a successful doctor, was bullied a lot in high school. Back then, a school transferee named Han Na Bi (Lee Yoo Bi) became his "rescuer", but she takes her own life. Many years later, a mysterious incident gives Kyung Hwi a chance to save his first love. 

No. of episodes: 10 

9. Go Back Couple (2017) 

The stars: Son Ho Jun and Jang Na Ra

The sitch: After almost two decades of marriage, Choi Ban Do (Son Ho Jun) and Ma Jin Joo (Jang Na Ra) realize that they just don't love each other anymore. They somehow travel to the past and find themselves as 20-year-old university students who meet for the first time. 

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No. of episodes: 12 

10. Hit The Top (2017) 

The stars: Yoon Shi Yoon, Lee Se Young, Kim Min Jae, and Cha Tae Hyun

The sitch: In the year 1993, K-pop idol Yoo Hyun-Jae (Yoon Shi Yoon) travels through time to 2017. He discovers that for some reason, he mysteriously disappears in 1994 and people think he's dead! He starts to investigate while trying to adjust to life in the future. 

No. of episodes: 32 

11. The King: Eternal Monarch (2020) 

The stars: Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun

The sitch: This drama doesn't just feature parallel universes, it also involves time travel. Emperor Lee Gon (Lee Min Ho) from the Kingdom of Corea meets detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) from the Republic of Korea. He instantly recognizes her from an ID that was left behind during his father's assassination many years ago! 

No. of episodes: 16 

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