Time travel dramas are generally a lot of fun to watch because they have an intriguing premise that adds spice to what might have been an ordinary plot. Whether the characters have to re-learn how the unfamiliar world works, solve crimes, or facilitate events in history, having a time travel aspect puts an interesting spin on the drama. Now, let’s dig into some of the best Kdramas in this genre.
Queen In Hyun’s Man (2012)
Queen In Hyun’s Man is the first time travel drama I watched. Since it usually takes me quite awhile to get into historical dramas, this was a good stepping stone. It follows Scholar Kim Boong Do (Ji Hyun Woo) from the Joseon era as he travels into the future. Teaming up with modern day actress Choi Hee Jin (Yoo In Na), Boong Do must navigate his way through an unfamiliar world. His traveling back and forth makes it easy to digest the historical part of the story as well.
Splash Splash Love (2015)
This charming drama may be short, but it’s full of impact. We follow ordinary high school student Jang Dan Bi (Kim Seul Gi) as she gets transported back to the Joseon dynasty, where she meets King Lee Do (Yoon Doo Joon) and becomes his loving eunuch due to her modern day knowledge. Both lead characters are fun and well-rounded, and the awesome chemistry between them make the drama a must-watch. Even with only four episodes, the drama gives us a proper storyline, refreshing characters, and a concrete resolution.
Rooftop Prince (2012)
Rooftop Prince follows Prince Lee Gak (Park Yoo Chun) and his loyal yet goofy attendants into the future after his wife mysteriously died. In the beginning, their attempts to understand the modern world around them are comedic and fun to watch. But as the drama goes on, we see that every key character has a reincarnation, and their lives are tied to one another. As they attempt to solve the mystery of the prince’s wife’s death, we realize that characters may not be what they seem on the surface. This drama is a perfect mix of comedy, romance, and mystery.
Tomorrow With You (2017)
This drama is currently airing, but is already worth mentioning here. Yoo So Joon (Lee Je Joon) can travel into the future via a subway, but finds that he can’t move forward past a certain date — the day he dies. But what’s more is that a girl he’s initially annoyed by is with him during his death, and he soon finds out that she’s his wife. The mystery surrounding his impending death is what I’m most invested in, although there a lot of sweet and heartfelt moments throughout the drama that also make it engaging to watch.
Nine: Nine Time Travels (2013)
Nine: Nine Time Travels follows anchorman Park Sun Woo (Lee Jin Wook), who by chance gains nine magical incense sticks that allows him to travel 20 years back. He attempts to change his past and protect his family to better their future, but are met with grave consequences to his actions. This drama does a particularly good job of explaining the rules of the time traveling aspects, giving it a well thought out and coherent plot line. It’s a thoughtful and sweet drama, both in terms of its writing and the overall tone.
Signal is one of the most popular dramas of 2016 and with good reason. Its time travel element is unique where there’s no physical transport of the body in time, but rather, the past and the present are connected through a walkie talkie for brief moments at a time. This sense of time urgency, coupled with the crime mysteries that our detective Lee Jae Han (Cho Jin Woong) from the past, and profile Park Hae Young (Lee Je Joon) from the present must solve, made it very captivating to watch. We see the risks they take in trying to solve cold cases from the past, and the consequences they must cope with each time something’s changed.
God’s Gift: 14 Days (2014)
God’s Gift: 14 Days depicts the lengths a mother will go through to save her child. Kim Soo Hyun (Lee Bo Young) and private investigator Ki Dong Chan (Jo Seung Woo) are able to go back 14 days, just before Soo Hyun’s daughter gets kidnapped and murdered. The two races against time to save Soo Hyun’s daughter before she dies again, but uncovers secrets far more treacherous than they can imagine. The tense build up throughout the drama is fascinating, and the adrenaline rush, coupled with convincing emotional acting make it a memorable time traveling drama.
Operation Proposal (2012)
On a more lighthearted note, this is a story about a young man named Kang Baek Ho (Yoo Seung Ho) who is attending his best friend’s wedding. He’s been in love with her since they were young, and finds a letter from her admitting that she used to like him too. With the help of a strange man, Baek Ho is able to travel back in time in hopes to confess his love and change the outcome. This drama has a lot of comical, heartwarming, and romantic moments that make it an adorable and fun watch.
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)
Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo tells the story of a 21st century woman who gets transported back in time into the body of a Goryeo era woman named Hae Soo (IU). She soon finds herself entangled with the eight princes of the Goryeo dynasty, namely Fourth Prince Wang So (Lee Joon Gi) and Eighth Prince Wang Wook (Kang Ha Neul). Hae Soo rewrites the history of Goryeo through her interactions with them, in love and war. The drama is a perfect blend of fiction and historical facts, ideal for someone who appreciates sageuk.