According to physicist Stephen Hawking, traveling back in time is physically impossible, but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to experience another time or to consider what might happen if we could fix what went wrong in the past. That “what-if” scenario makes time travel fiction so appealing, especially in K-dramas.
Haven’t seen a time travel K-drama? There are so many to choose from, so many ways to defy the boundaries of time. Here are a few that transported characters from the present to the past, delivered characters from the past to the present and reunited true lovers through reincarnation
This summer saw the release of Moon Heart: Scarlet Ryeo, a time travel K-drama starring singer-actress IU, Lee Jun Ki, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Ji Soo, Byun Baek Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk and Yoon Sun Woo. In this drama a 21st century woman travels back to the Goryeo Dynasty, where she meets several very attractive princes. She falls for the fourth prince, played by Lee Jun Ki. The prince hides his physical scars behind a mask, but also has some emotional ones that are not so easily hidden. IU’s character did not like her life in the present-day world and a fateful accident sent her to the past. Will she discover that she likes life better in the Goryeo kingdom? There will be plenty of attractive princes to look at while she decides.
In the comedy Rooftop Prince a misguided prince from the past, played by Park Yoo Chun, travels to the present, searching for his wife’s killer. He and his hapless entourage, played by Lee Min-Ho, Jung Suk Won and Choi Woo Sik, land in the present-day rooftop apartment of a woman played by Han Ji Min. They must acclimate to the modern world, with the prince fitting into the life of his missing modern-day counterpart. Han Ji Min’s character helps the time travelers adjust, only to fall in love with the prince. What she does not realize is that she has a counterpart in his past.
Nine: Nine Time Travels is a drama about the futility of trying to correct what went wrong in the past. Lee Jin Wook receives some magic incense from his brother and returns to the past to correct the tragedy that traumatized his family. But every time he tries to correct the past, something else goes wrong. He saves his family but loses the woman he loves, played by Yo Joon Hee. He must return time and time again to readjust the past. Anyone who has ever wondered, “what if things had happened differently,” might see this drama and consider just how complicated messing with the past can be.
In Queen In-Hyun’s Man, Yoo In Na plays an actress playing the real-life Queen In Hyun. Back in the year 1694, Joseon Dynasty scholar Kim Bung Di, played by Ji Hyun Woo, supports the reinstatement of then-Queen In Hyun, who was banished by her enemies. As a result he suffers political reprisals. A mysterious talisman lands him in the present and leads him to fall in love with Yoo In Na’s character. Can true love modify the laws of physical space that govern time travel? Maybe.
When the royal warrior played by Lee Min Ho enters a magical time-travel cave in Faith: The Great Doctor, he does so to find a mythical doctor to save his new queen. Landing in a present-day Buddhist temple, he visits the nearest building where a medical conference is taking place. There he spies and eventually kidnaps a plastic surgeon, played by Kim Hee Sun. She is not happy to find herself in the Goryeo kingdom and does what she can to escape until she realizes her life there might be her destiny.
If you like time travel and have not seen any of these dramas, check them out.