Every heard of the Three Kingdoms of Silla, Baekje and Goguryeo? The Three Kingdoms existed between 57 BC to 668 AD, where the Korean Peninsula was divided amongst the three ancient kingdoms of Silla, Baekje and Goguryeo. Although they were all part of Korea, each kingdom developed its own cultures and identity, and of course, sometimes got into war with each other.
To break it down a little using dramas, here are some examples.
Goguryeo’s image was strong and charismatic. It mostly made use of muted colors and had a strong utilitarian theme, unless you were royal of course. Some prime drama examples include Jumong and the newly premiered River Where The Moon Rises starring Kim So Hyun and Ji Soo. Note that Goguryeo is vastly different from Goryeo, a dynasty that formed later on.
Goguryeo also occupied parts of Manchuria, China. You may see several overlaps in elements of clothing in Manchurian historical dramas as well.
Moving on, Silla. Period dramas that feature Silla include Hwarang and The Queen Seonduk. Silla outfits are meant to be on the flashy side, making use of shimmery fabrics and bright colors.
Lastly, Baekje. Baekje clothing was said to be the most neat, simple and innocent looking out of the three. Here’s T-ARA‘s Hyomin in Gyebaek.
With those three in mind, how have Korean netizens categorized the visual line of K-Pop idol groups into each of the Three Kingdoms?
Keeping in mind that the theme is dark and sexy, these idols sure fit the bill!
While NCT‘s Jaehyun can look adorable whenever he smiles, his smoulder can set you on fire.
TXT‘s Yeonjun has the most unique eyes ever! He’s one of the sexiest members in the group for sure.
STAYC‘s Yoon looks like a doll with her straight bangs and dark hair.
Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri was the origin of the nickname “Black Pearl”.
THE BOYZ‘s Juyeon has been steadily rising in popularity. His charismatic looks fit Goguryeo perfectly.
9MUSES‘ Kyungri has always been known for her sexy image.
Last but not least, BTS‘s Jungkook. With his dark curls and penetrating gaze, we give him 100 marks for this one.
Baekje is clean and simple, with harmonious features.
BTS Jin‘s classic brand of innocent beauty shines.
9MUSES’ Minah was always known for her pure and clean features.
THE BOYZ’s Hyunjae looks like a character out of a manga.
What’s interesting about this choice is that Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun played a lost Baekje princess in Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart!
STAYC’s J looked extremely innocent and fresh predebut.
TXT’s Soobin is perfect for this, with his bunnylike features.
Last but not least, NCT’s Jungwoo has always been known for this refreshing, innocent image in the group.
Finally, Silla. Silla’s image was stated as flashy and glamorous, but when translated into facial features, it leans towards being fanciful. The idols under this category have prominent, outstanding features!
NCT’s Sungchan may be the new kid on the block but he’s already captured the hearts of many.
TXT’s Taehyun. I mean, have you seen his lips and eyes?
STAYC’s Seeun. She’s been known for her princess-like visuals since debut.
We know what you’re thinking, isn’t Girls’ Generation’s YoonA the epitome of innocent beauty? However, while Seohyun’s features may be more subtle, YoonA’s huge eyes and porcelain skin make her more fanciful.
His princely features make it a no-brainer that THE BOYZ’s Younghoon already starred in some dramas.
Nine Muses’ Hyunah is one of the OG visuals in K-Pop.
Last but not least, BTS’s V. Fitting as he also starred in Hwarang, a drama set in this era.
What do you think of Korean netizens’ choices?