Time travel is not possible yet but Kdramas with time travel concepts have a different charm about them. Korean dramas are infamous for different genres, and time travel is one of them.
It's hard to predict which was the most successful or the first time travel Kdrama, but here are the best 11 Kdramas with time travel plots worth watching.
11. Sisyphus: The Myth
The 2021 JTBC Kdrama starring Park Shin Hye and Cho Seung Woo is a must watch time travel Korean drama.
Sisyphus: The Myth was a bold attempt to explore the concept of quantum mechanics and time travel with the concept of uploaders and downloaders.
Park Shin Hye played the role of Gang Seo Hee, who came from a dystopian future where Seoul and the rest of the world got engulfed in the nuclear war due to the invention of the downloader.
The genius behind the concept of time travel was Han Tae Sul played by Cho Seung Woo. His creation destroyed the world and in the process killed his brother and Seo Hee’s mother.
Can the duo fight against the person manipulating from the shadows?
10. Rooftop Prince
2012 was probably the year of time travel Kdramas with 3 particular dramas, out of which 2 are on this list.
Faith, Rooftop Prince and Queen In Hyun’s Man were based on the time travel concept, however, Faith was quite a disappointing drama. So moving on, Rooftop Prince showed the story of the crown prince who transported to 300 years in the future and reaches present-day Korea.
The crown prince Lee Kak (Park Yoo Chun) was investigating his wife’s death and somehow ends up in the future when chasing the criminals.
But what was the mystery behind the death and why did he end up transported to the future? Does the future hold the answer to his past?
Rooftop prince was one of the early time travel Kdrama shows that was quite well made giving us a decent ending.
9. Queen In Hyun's Man
The 2012 Kdrama Queen In Hyun’s Man was one of the earliest masterpieces from TvN. The Korean drama starring Ji Hyun Woo and Yoo In Ah is a must watch time travel Kdrama.
One of the best things about the drama was that the main character went back and forth between the Joseon dynasty and the present day to fix things up.
Kim Boong-Do was a scholar in King Sukjong’s court. He openly supported the reinstatement of Queen In Hyun but had to face the schemes of Heebin.
With the knowledge of the future, and accidentally meeting an aspiring actress Choi Hee Jin, falling in love was not part of his plan.
Choi Hee Jin was playing the role of Queen In Hyun in a drama and somehow they fall in love with each other.
8. The King: Eternal Monarch
The 2020 Kdrama showed the concept of the parallel world and used time travel as a major plot device to help the male protagonist not once but twice.
The legendary flute has the power to control the past, present and future along with the parallel worlds. The King of Corea accidentally ends up in Korea in search of the person who saved him when he was a child.
The King: Eternal Monarch starred Lee Min Ho, Kim Go Eun, and Woo Do Hwan in the main roles.
7. Live Up to Your Name
Another time travel Kdrama from TvN. The 2017 Kdrama starring Kim Nam Gil and Kim A Joong is one of the highly recommended Korean dramas.
The drama shows the conflict between the two doctors one practising oriental medicine and another believing in modern medicine.
Heo Im is a genius oriental medicine doctor from the Joseon dynasty who ended up 400 years in the future. Due to his low status in the Joseon dynasty, he fails to climb the social ladder.
In the future, he meets Choi Yeon Kyung who finds him weird. Due to an accident, together they end up back in Joseon again.
The real question is why they keep travelling back and forth in Joseon. Watch Live Up to Your Name to find out!
6. Hit The Top
Maybe 2017 was the year of time travel or time skip Kdramas. The KBS drama used the time travel plot to create two versions of the ML.
The popular idol 1993 mysteriously ended up in the future where he meets his manager and his son. Hit the Top stars Yoon Si Yoon, Cha Tae Hyun, Kim Min Jae, Lee Se Young and others.
5. Scarlet Heart Ryeo
Scarlet Heart Lovers need no introduction. The 2016 Kdrama starring Lee Joong Gi, IU and others was a multicast drama.
The female protagonist ended up in the Goryeo dynasty during an eclipse when trying to save a person from drowning.
She transmigrated into the body of Hae Soo and falls in love with the merciless Wang So. Is there a happy ending possible?
4. Splash Splash Love
The two-episode drama special Splash Splash Love is one of the best time travel Kdramas. The FL ends up being transported to the Joseon period due to her ability. She ran away from her university entrance exam due to pressure.
She meets the king in the Joseon dynasty and learns about different things. How will this experience shape her life, do check out the drama?
3. Tomorrow With You
At this point, TvN can be declared as the master of making time travel Kdramas. TvN has an aesthetic vibe and their dramas can never go wrong. The 2017 Korean drama shows the concept of time travel using a subway.
The cast is perfect with Lee Je Hoon and Shin Min Ah. The protagonists travel back and forth in the future to collect information and become successful.
He learned that his future self is unhappy and the love of his life can get hurt. What will he do to fix the future? Can he really change the future?
The 2017 OCN Kdrama Tunnel used the time travel plot to solve the mystery of the serial killing. Park Gwang Ho (Choi Jin Hyuk) was a detective who was investigating a case in 1986 and ended up in the future through a tunnel.
In 2017, he meets a new partner Kim Sun Jae (Yoon Hyun Min) where the serial killer resumed killing after 30 years. Can the duo catch the culprit?
1. Mr Queen
Another spectacular masterpiece from TvN in 2020-21. Mr Queen was the most entertaining time travel Kdrama and is highly recommended. The descendant of the Joseon queen ends up back in Joseon in the body of his ancestor.
Can the Chef who was wrongly framed in the present fix the things in the past and deal with king Cheoljong who is hostile towards the queen?
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