In this list, we are talking about some of the strongest queens portrayed in historical K-dramas. There are several historical K-dramas dedicated to the monarchy. However, there are a few K-dramas that give us badass Queen, so let's talk about them.
1. Mr. Queen
In this series, we follow Jang Bong-Hwan, who works as a well-known and respected chef at the President’s Blue House. However, due to an incident, Bong-Hwan's soul gets transferred into the body of a queen in the Josen period. This queen is named Kim So-Young, who is married to King Cheoljong. We see how Jang Bong tried to adjust to his new life as queen. We also see the comedic ways he tries to re-enter his old body. Along the way, we also see the blossoming relationship between the King and the new Kim So-Young.
2. Queen For Seven Days
In this series, we follow Chae-Kyung, a woman from a noble family who marries the crown prince, Lee Yuk. Kyung belonged to an influential political family in the Joseon Dynasty. She falls in love with and marries Lee Yuk, the crown prince. She eventually becomes Queen Dan Kyung. However, as a result, she is caught between several political conflicts and between the conflicts of the two brothers, Lee Yuk and his half-brother Yeon San.
3. The Last Empress
In this series, South Korea is ruled over by a constitutional monarchy. We follow Ssu-Ni, a bright young woman who aspires to become an actress. Her life changed when she married the emperor of South Korea - Emperor Lee Hyuk. Everything turns downhill when she eventually finds out the emperor’s true nature. Ssu-Ni must learn how to survive in the royal family.
4. The King’s Affection
In this series, we follow Lee Hwi. As a child, she was born alongside her twin brother. However, twins were a bad sign, and as a child, Lee Hwi was sent out of the palace. Her brother was raised to be the crown prince. He however had unexpectedly died. Lee Hwi therefore must take the place of her brother and was presented as the new heir. When Prince Lee Hwi becomes the crown prince, she is anxious that her real identity will be revealed.
5. Under The Queen’s Umbrella
In this series, we follow Queen Hwaryeong, the queen who should act with grace and honor. However, she has her hands filled with her sons, who are troublemakers. Her sons are the young princes who will soon become heirs however they act immature and are not yet suitable for the role of princes. The queen therefore decides to take matters into her own hands as she tries to transform her sons into eligible princes.
6. Empress Ki
In this series, we follow Ki Seung-Nyang or Empress Ki. We see that Ki is a Korean warrior sent to the Yuan court in Mongolia as a servant. We see how she perseveres in a new land and slowly rises in power and status. We eventually see her become the empress of the land.
7. My Sassy Girl
In this series, we follow Princess Hyemyung who is a beautiful and quick-witted princess. She is also considered to be a troublemaker. We see her as she meets and eventually falls in love with the callous and cold-hearted Gyun-Woo.
8. The Moon Embracing The Sun
In this series, we follow a woman named Wol, who is a female shaman. We see how King Lee Hwon falls in love with the mysterious Wol. Later we learn that Wol was born into a noble family and was a crown princess. She however was trapped and forced to face execution. Somehow, she was able to escape and become a shaman. She returns to the royal court to take her rightful place as the empire’s queen.
9. Jang Ok Jung, Living By Love
In this series, we follow Jang Ok-Jung, who is also referred to as Lady Jang Hui-Bin. She was a well-known concubine in the royal court during the Joseon Dynasty. We see her as a court lady who enjoys creating and stitching clothes.
10. Jang Hee-bin
In this series, we follow Jang Hee Bin, the protagonist, who is a young lady in waiting. Her intense beauty attracts the King of the empire, King Sookjong, who wants Jang to become her concubine. We see her quickly rising in status and power. She becomes ambitious and desires to become the Queen of the empire.