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3 K-drama female protagonists who break social taboos in the Joseon Dynasty 

There are many dramas featuring independent protagonists who break social taboos in the Joseon Dynasty.

Let’s take a look at the main female characters of these dramas.

KBS2TV’s Monday and Tuesday historical drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”

KBS2TV’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”
KBS2TV’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”

The drama tells the story of a woman dressed as a man to enter Sungkyunkwan in the Joseon Dynasty, which was absolutely taboo at the time.

KBS2TV’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”
KBS2TV’s “Sungkyunkwan Scandal”

The female protagonist Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-young) wonders why women cannot study and decides to dress up as a man to secretly enter the prestigious education institute Sungkyunkwan, where only men can go.

Actress Park Min-young also identifies Kim Yoon-hee in the drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” as her life-time character!

KBS2TV’s “The King’s Affection”

KBS2TV's “The King’s Affection”
KBS2TV’s “The King’s Affection”

KBS2TV Monday-Tuesday drama “The King’s Affection” is a historical drama set in the imaginary Joseon Dynasty.

It depicts the romantic relationship between Lee Hwi, a girl who dresses up as her twin brother, and Jeong Ji-woon, her teacher.

KBS2TV's “The King’s Affection”
KBS2TV’s “The King’s Affection”

Female protagonist Lee Hwi (Park Eun-bin) breaks all the male protagonist cliché in a romance drama. 

Not only does she ride a horse, shoot arrows, and fight with a sword, but she also saves Jeong Ji-woon (Ro Woon), the male protagonist, when he is in a dangerous situation!

KBS2TV's “The King’s Affection”
KBS2TV’s “The King’s Affection”

Actress Park Eun-bin portrays a princess in a woman’s body but sits in the king’s position in the form of a man. The actress perfectly depicts the character’s confused feelings between love and her country, which helped her win at the 2021 KBS Drama Award.

KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”

The drama is about the romance between a alcohol smuggler and an inspector who chases her against the backdrop of a period with a strict ban on alcohol.

KBS2TV's Monday and Tuesday drama “Moonshine”
KBS2TV’s Monday and Tuesday drama “Moonshine”

In order to make money, a woman who used to be anoble secretly makes and sells alcohol in the imaginary Joseon Dynasty where alcohol prohibition orders were issued.

Kang Ro-seo (Lee Hye-ri), the female protagonist who makes a living by working various jobs in an era where taboos became a means of rule, accidentally finds out about the world of smuggling when her brother is in debt of 100 nyang.

KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”
KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”

Instead of a colorful and beautiful hanbok, she usually appears in plain clothes, rolling around the poop field, and driving down the street with a cart larger than her body to avoid smuggling inspectors.

KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”
KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”

Sometimes, she’s reckless enough to grab a bow and a gun. Also, she is a woman with a short-tempered personality who boldly crosses the line and opposes it!

KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”
KBS2TV’s “Moonshine”

Through “Moonshine,” Lee Hye-ri is receiving favorable reviews for her portrayal of a female protagonist who tries to break the taboos by acting as a female blacksmith who we see for the first time in a historical drama!

KBS2TV’s Monday-Tuesday drama “Moonshine” airs every Monday-Tuesday at 9:30 p.m.

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