If You Liked Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat - a guide to the different historical genres out there. Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat is a historical lakorn that was a smash hit in Thailand and overseas it's one of the top rated lakorns in 2018. Traditionally, historical lakorns have tended to be subbed less, the language can be difficult for even experienced English subbers to translate and fewer fans demand them be subbed. But there have been some English subbed before and with the success of BPS, maybe more will be subbed.

So what are historical lakorns, and what are the different types of of historical lakorns? This post will walk you through the different English subbed historical lakorns out there.
If you want to find more genre info, check here and here for specific genres. This post is on marriage lakorns, and want to watch the lakorns in this post? Try here for completely subbed lakorns and here for incomplete lakorns (incomplete lakorns are in red below).

Historical lakorns take place in the Thailand's past, generally from ancient history, hundreds of years ago like in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat which takes place over 300 years ago in the Ayutthaya era (1351-1767), to more recent time periods like the 1940s, 1950s and even the 1970s (Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan) would be considered history. There is another type of historical lakorn, but it is one that is rarely subbed, called boran lakorns. 

Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan
Boran lakorns are usually set in historical times, but they often feature many magical and fantasy elements like magic powers, talking animals and so on. The language in boran lakorns can be different as well. Boran lakorns feature history, but are more likely to be about myths, legends and fairy tales, so instead I will focus on historical lakorns that aren't Boran. 

Uthaitaewee 2017
Historical lakorns can have magic and some other fantasy elements in them just like in boran lakorns. The reason being is that a lot of historical dramas are set in both past and present times, as the reincarnation of a person is a big features in a lot of Thai lakorns. A ghost or spirit, usually a female, seeks revenge against the current reincarnation of her past love is a theme that shows up in a number of different lakorns such as in Pitsawat

The last thing I want to discuss regarding historical lakorns is that most historical lakorns are heavy on the drama. In particular, historical dramas set in the ancient past almost always features a lot of tragedy, angst and drama. There are a few more lighter lakorns in more modern time periods, Neung Nai Suang, Prissana, and Wanida are more about relationships then history, but they too feature a lot of drama, even if they have more humorous moments. So if you're looking for more lighter fare, definitely check out the lakorns set in more modern times.

Neung Nai Suang
 Jao Ban Jao Ruen

Atitha, Bangkok Naruemit, Bang RajanBan Sai Thong, Botan Gleep Sudtai, Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang Athithan, Buang Banjathorn, Ching Chang, Jao Ban Jao Ruen, Jark Fun Su Nirandon

Ka Badin
Ka Badin, Kaen Sanaeha, Kehas See Dang, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013)Khun SeukKoom Nang Kruan, La Ong Dao?,  Look Tard ~ Child of a Slave, Luerd Ruk Toranong, Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Massaya/Mussaya, Meuh Dok Rak Ban/When Rak Blooms, Mongkut Saeng Jun

Naree Rissaya
Nakee/Narkee, Naree Rissaya, Nueng Dao Fah Diew, Neung Nai Suang, Neung Nai Suang 2015, Ngao Asoke,  Paap Ataan, Padivarada ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Plerng Chimplee ~ Flame of Chimplee, Prissana

Roy Mai
Rak Nakara, Reun Sawn Ruk, Reun Sawn Ruk, Rising Sun series, Roy Fun Tawan Duerd, Roy Mai, Roy Ruk Hak Liam Tawan, Sakao Duen, Sai Lohit, Sao Noi 2012, Sapai Jao ~ Royal Daughter-In-Law, Silamanee, Sroy Saeng Jan, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Tae Pang Korn, Tard RakTawipob/Tawee PopeWanida, Wiang Roy Dao
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang, Buang Athithan, Bangkok Naruemit, Devil Lover, Gae Roy Rak, Jao Ban Jao Ruen, Koom Nang KruanPaap Ataan, Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Roy Mai, Sarp Phusa, Wiang Roi Dao
If You Liked Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat
Buang 2012 - not that similar, but does feature a vengeful ghost, black magic and past and present.
Buang Banjathorn - Nang'ek travels to past through magic bed, different time period and not focused on politics as much.
Jark Fun Su Nirandon - man time travels back to past here.
Karm Wayla Tharm Ha Ruk- man travels to the future, instead of past.
Tawipop/Tawee Pope - like BPS, nang'ek travels back to past and falls in love.
Wan Sawart (2015) - twins like BPS, but no time traveling, but talks about past life.
Buang, Jao Ban Jao Ruen, Koom Nan Kruan ~ Nang Kruan Village, Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Roy Mai, Sroy Saeng Jan, Tae Pang Korn, Waen Sawaat
Suparburoot Jutathep Series
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013)Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Massaya, Nueng Dao Fah Diew, Neung Nai Suang, Neung Nai Suang 2015, Ngao Asoke, Padivarada ~ Beloved Loyal Wife, Pitsawad/Pitsawat, Prissana, Sao Noi 2012, Jan, Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Wanida
The source for some of these time periods came from this article, so check it out for more details. My thanks to the author Ceki.

Medieval Thailand
Nueng Dao Fah Diew
Ayutthaya period (1351–1767)
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat 
Nueng Dao Fah Diew

Ka Badin

Modernization of Thailand - 1855 - 1932

Sao Noi 2012

Look Tard ~ Child of a Slave

Sao Noi 2012

Modern Period - 1930s - 1970s
Luerd Ruk Toranong
Bangkok Naruemit, Ban Sai ThongChing Chang, Jark Fun Su Nirandon, 
Khu Kam/Koo Gum (2013), Luerd Ruk Toranong, Mafia Luerd Mungkorn Series, Massaya, 


Neung Nai Suang, Neung Nai Suang 2015, Ngao Asoke, Padivarada ~ Beloved Loyal Wife,  Prissana,

Sud Sai Pan, Suparburoot Jutathep Series, Wanida 
Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat, Buang Banjathorn, Jark Fun Su Nirandon, Roy Mai, Sroy Saeng Jan?, Tang Pang Korn, Tawipob, Waen Sawaat

This is by no means a complete or completely accurate list.
Sources: Asianfuse wiki, mydramalist, asaianfuse forum, as credited 



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