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A young noble heir named Jeon Nok Du (Jang Dong Yoon) has just discovered that his parents have arranged for him to marry a woman against his will. Jeon Nok Du has no intention of marrying at his parents’ behest and runs away from home.

He finds a village to take refuge in, but there is a twist – the village is populated entirely by widows! Jeon Nok Du is forced to go undercover, disguising himself as a woman in order to evade detection.

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When he becomes king, Lee Soo (Seo Ji Hoon) hires the Flower Crew matchmaking agency to make a noble woman out of his first love, Gae Ddong (Gong Seung Yun). Ma Hoon (Kim Min Jae), Young Soo (Park Ji Hoon) and Do Joon (Byun Woo Suk) try to fulfill their client's request.

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Set up in the early reign of King Sejong (Han Suk Kyu), this drama started when Shim Ohn, the King's father in law, and his whole household were framed to execution by the former King Taejong. Two young slaves survive (Jang Hyuk / Shin Se Kyung) and continue the living with the aim of getting revenge for the innocents' deaths. While King Sejong feeling guilty for not being able to rescue his people, he is determined to create hangul through a secret organization. However, the obstacles started when one by one of his people got involved in serial murder.

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This drama tells the story of three siblings who grew up in the 1970's. Lee Kang Mo (Lee Bum Soo), his older brother Sung Mo (Park Sang Min) and younger sister Mi Joo (Hwang Jung Eum) were separated at a young age when their father was killed in a smuggling scheme and their mother also died subsequently. When they are able to reunite years later, they had all reached adulthood and are determined to exact revenge upon the people responsible for their misery.

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Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Yong (Lee Jun Ki) acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor. After each robbery, he left behind a painting depicting a plum tree branch to make his mark and was thus named Iljimae. His main purpose was not so much to rob but to search for the owner of a specially designed sword which he saw as a child was used to kill his father, a loyal subject of the emperor. Eun Chae (Han Hyo Joo) is a government official's daughter who despite her upbringing has a lot of empathy towards the poor. She met Iljimae by chance and couldn't help admiring him for what he stood for even though she had never seen his face.

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Born as a concubine's child, Gwang Hae (Seo In Gook) was proclaimed as an heir to the throne. Gwang Hae suffered from the threats of dethronement and assassination for 16 years because of his background.

This drama is the epic of Prince Gwang Hae who used face-reading skills as his weapon to overcome his destiny and become the king.

And there is a woman (Jo Yoon Hee), beloved by both Gwang Hae and his father King Seon Jo (Lee Sung Jae), who denied himself to qualify for the throne.

Because Prince Gwang Hae was able to read others' faces, he succeeded to govern the Joseon Kingdom.

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The drama tells the story of two men who were switched at birth. A twist of fate results in Chun Doong (Chun Jung Myung), who is of noble birth, living his life as a slave and later becoming a heroic outlaw, while Gwi Dong (Lee Sang Yoon) was born as a beggar but lives Chun Dong's life as a nobleman, growing up to become a police chief. They both fall in love with the same girl, Dong Nyeo (Han Ji Hye).

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Sungkyunkwan Scandal is set in Sungkyunkwan University in the late Joseon era during the reign of King Jeongjo, revolving around the exploits and love stories of four youths. When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money, Kim Yoon Hee (Park Min Young) enters the school under his name, disguised as a boy in her desperation to support him. There, she becomes friends with the intelligent and upright Lee Sun Joon (Micky Yoochun), the playboy Goo Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki) and rebellious Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In).

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The story of Kang Ki Tae (Ahn Jae Wook), the first national entertainer for soldiers in war fields starting from the 1960s during the Vietnam War.

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The story is about a man (Jung Il Woo) fighting against the selfish and corrupt government to save the ordinary peasants. Iljimae was abandoned by his birth father and adopted by a Chinese couple. He returns to Korea to find his birth family and realizes how unjust the world really is. He watched as his first love, Dal Yi (Yoon Jin Seo), was wrongfully put to death. Iljimae then vows to help the commoners from the corrupt government officials.

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The life of Queen Insoo (Chae Si Ra) from her childhood to adulthood as she ruled Joseon alongside her mother-in-law, Queen Jeonghee (Kim Mi Sook). The drama spans from King Moon Jong (Sun Woo Jae Duk) to Yeon San (Jin Tae Hyun), Insoo's grandson.

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A drama set in 1997, depicts a story of office men who try to make Oh Ji Young (Lee Yun Hee) Miss Korea, in order to save their cosmetic company from bankruptcy. Oh Ji Young is elevator girl who was the most popular girl back in high school also the best looking girl in the neighborhood.

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A gripping tale of love, ambition, and tragedy, with four characters whose destinies are intertwined fighting for what they want in the city of Arthdal.

Tagon (Jang Dong Gun) is the eldest son of San Woong, leader of the Arthdal Union. A celebrated war hero, he has paved the way for Arthdal to become a very prosperous nation, and is the most powerful person in Arthdal. Nobody ever dares to question him, and he is admired as he is feared. He long dreams of becoming the first king of Arthdal.

Eunseom (Song Joong Ki) was born with the destiny of bringing destruction to Arthdal. Because his mother fought to save him, he goes through all sorts of adversities as he grows up. Years later he returns to Arthdal to fulfill his destiny.

Tanya (Kim Ji Won) was born with the same fate as Eunseom, their fates both intertwined. She is the daughter of Yul Son and the anointed successor of the next Great Spiritual Mother of the Wahan people of Iark.

Taealha (Kim Ok Bin) is the daughter of the Hae Tribe Chief, Mi Hol, a woman whose ambition knows no bounds.

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Set in Kyungsung, while the country is under Japanese colonial rule, and Shanghai, China.

Lee Young Jin (Lee Yo Won) is Korean, but she was raised by Japanese people. Lee Young Jin is now a surgeon, but she becomes an intelligence agent for the provisional government of Korea. She gets involved with turmoil during the Pacific War.

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Set during the period of the 1894 Donghak Peasant Revolution against the Japanese, the drama tells the story of two half-brothers, one illegitimate and low born, and one, part of the pro-Japanese ruling elite, who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

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Set in the Goryeo dynasty, it tells the story of a young and ambitious monarch Won (Im Shi Wan) with a desire to conquer, and two people who shape his destiny; childhood friend Rin (Hong Jong Hyun) and a beautiful woman named San (Im Yoon Ah). A tragic romance involving love and ambition ensues between the three characters.

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Set during the reign of famous tyrant King Yeonsangun (Kim Ji Suk), it tells the story of Hong Gil Dong (Yoon Kyun Sang), who stole from the rich and gave to the poor. Hong Gil Dong is the second son of a servant, Ah Mo Gae, and he is known as the Mighty Child and has incredible power. This drama embarks his journey in becoming Joseon's first revolutionary activist.

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Deok Man (Lee Yo Won) was born a twin but was sent to a place far away by her father, King Jin Pyung (Jo Min Ki) in order to protect her from the royal court lady, Mishil (Uee / Ko Hyun Jung) who tries to snatch away the throne from the royal successor. Deok Man was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister Princess Chun Myung (Park Ye Jin) to oppose Mishil. However, Mishil devised sinister plans to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and in a secretive battle, Princess Chun Myung was accidentally killed. But Princess Deok Man shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yu Shin (Uhm Tae Woong) and eliminated her archenemy Mishil. She then became Queen Seon Deok, the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom. This drama is about a story of a beautiful queen, who has to give up her love to save the people and thus, leaving behind many brilliant achievements.

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A historical drama about Yoo Jung (Moon Geun Young), also known as Jung Yi, the first female potter in the Joseon Dynasty and regarded as the dojo of Shintaro porcelain. ‘Yoo Jung’ is based on the real historical figure ‘Baek Pa Sun’, the lady porcelain maker who lived a life of intense love and artistic spirit.

Yoo Jung is a girl who dreams to be the top porcelain artist of the Joseon Dynasty. She is gifted with the born talent and skill in porcelain making. She develops her dream, builds up her skill, and endeavors to live a life as the best porcelain artist. The drama is set in a porcelain workshop ‘Boon Won’ in Joseon Dynasty. The porcelain produced in the Joseon Dynasty is evaluated to have the highest quality of the 16th century in Asia. Porcelain culture is known to be a mixture of science and art. This drama tells about Jung Yi early life in Joseon instead of Japan, where a shrine is dedicated to her.

This drama also depicts the love story of Jung Yi and Kwang Hae (Lee Sang Yoon). Prince Kwang Hae is a sad prince whose life was like a wild storm. He had to let go of Jung Yi no matter how deep his love. He will go through a lonely struggle because he could not put out a flame in his heart toward a woman he loved.