There is no doubt that South Korea is one of Asia’s top exporter of music, movies, and television series nowadays. But when did this start and what really launched the so-called Korean Wave, also known as “Hallyu”, or the global popularity of South Korean culture and entertainment to its present status? The year 1999 is often cited as the year that the Korean Wave started to land on foreign soil, the year when several Korean dramas aired in China. But there are several researches that point to years earlier than that.
Endless Love is among the works of Yoon Seok-ho, a South Korean television drama director. It is a set of four television drama series that are named after the four seasons. It includes Autumn in My Heart (2000), Winter Sonata (2002), Summer Scent (2003), and Spring Waltz (2006). The series contributed to the surge of the Korean Wave or the global popularity of South Korean culture and entertainment. Yoon won the Baeksang Arts Awards for Best Director (TV) in 2002 for Winter Sonata.
There is no doubt that South Korea is the top entertainment powerhouse in Asia nowadays. From music to films to television series, there is no stopping the East Asian country from conquering parts of the world. We have put together a list of the ten best historical TV series from South Korea which we are sure even people not into Korean entertainment will love watching.
The Heaven Trilogy is among the works of Lee Jang-soo, one of South Korea’s most prolific television director and producer. It is a group of television series that he directed from 2001 to 2006. The trilogy includes Beautiful Days (2001), Stairway to Heaven (2003), and Tree of Heaven (2006).