Autumn in My Heart

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Autumn in My Heart
Promotional poster for Autumn in My Heart
Also known as Autumn Tale
Autumn Fairy Tale
Genre Romance
Written by Oh Soo-yeon
Directed by Yoon Seok-ho
Starring Song Seung-heon
Song Hye-kyo
Won Bin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Producer(s) Yoon Hong-shik
Location(s) Seoul
Running time 60 minutes Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Korean Broadcasting System
Original channel KBS 2TV
Picture format SDTV (480i 4:3)
PAL (576i 4:3)
DVB-T (Digital UHF)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Datasat Digital 5.1
Sony Digital 5.1
Original release September 18, 2000 – November 7, 2000
Preceded by RNA
Followed by Snowflakes
Related shows Winter Sonata (2002)
Summer Scent (2003)
Spring Waltz (2006)
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gaeul donghwa
McCune–Reischauer Kaŭl tonghwa

Autumn in My Heart (Hangul: 가을동화; hanja: 가을童話; RR: Gaeul Donghwa; also known as Autumn Fairy Tale or Autumn Tale) is a 2000 South Korean romantic television drama, starring Song Seung-heon, Song Hye-kyo and Won Bin.[1] It aired on KBS2 from September 18 to November 7, 2000 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. The series was very successful in South Korea, averaging viewership ratings of 38.6% and reaching a peak viewership of 46.1%. It can also be considered a pioneer in Korean melodramatic series, launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave".

The series is the first installment of season-themed tetralogy Endless Love drama series directed by Yoon Seok-ho.


The story begins with toddler, Yoon Joon-suh accidentally causing the switch of his sister and another baby when he drops the name cards on the two babies' cribs in the hospital's baby room. A nurse who comes in puts the name cards back incorrectly. The story then jumps forward to the teenage years of the two main characters: Yoon Eun-suh (Moon Geun-young) and Yoon Joon-suh (Choi Woo-hyuk). They are the children of a professor and believe they are biologically brother and sister until Eun-suh gets hit by a truck and needs a blood transfusion. In the beginning of the drama, Eun-suh is portrayed to be very popular in school whereas her rival, Choi Shin-ae (Lee Ae-jung), is smart but does not get the attention she craves from the teacher and classmates. Later, their situations are reversed when everyone discovers that they have been switched at birth.

After the doctor runs blood tests on Mr. and Mrs. Yoon for Eun-suh's transfusion, the Yoons find out that Eun-suh belongs to Mrs. Choi, and that Shin-ae is the Yoon's biological daughter. At first, only the parents and brother know about this, but eventually, Shin-ae discovers the truth after she gets into a fierce argument with her non-biological mother over a teddy bear she received from her biological father. Eun-suh only discovers the truth after Shin-ae begged her biological parents to take her in. In the end, the two daughters return to their original birth parents. Shin-ae moves in with the Yoon family, and Eun-suh moves in with Mrs. Choi, (her biological father is dead) who operates a small restaurant living in abject poverty.

Shortly after the switch, the Yoon family moves to the United States and Eun-suh loses touch with them. Ten years later, Joon-suh (Song Seung-heon) returns to South Korea as a successful artist. He goes back to the town he lived in, where he encounters his old friend, Han Tae-seok (Won Bin), who stays at the hotel where Eun-suh (Song Hye-kyo) works as a telephone receptionist and hotel maid. Tae-seok, (who doesn't know about the brother and sister mix-up) falls in love with Eun-suh and manipulates her until she is fired from her job. One day Eun-suh sees Joon-suh and follows him to the beach where he is with Yumi (his fiancée) and Tae-seok, and the two "siblings" finally meet again after ten years.

Eun-suh and Joon-suh pretend to have a sibling relationship in front of the others, but they meet each other secretly and fall deeply in love, though she always refers to him as "older brother." Shin-ae (Han Chae-young) finds out about their relationship and exposes the two after she finds a love letter Eun-suh wrote to Joon-suh. The two decide to stay together, but are soon forced apart again because their parents are against the union, and Yumi hurts herself and blackmails Joon-suh with suicide to hold on to him.

As a fight between Joon-suh and Tae-seok erupts over their love for Eun-suh, she discovers she has leukemia (the same fatal condition that killed her biological father). She doesn't tell anyone except Tae-seok, who offers to pay for her treatment. When her health deteriorates, the others begin finding out the extent of her condition. Eun-suh soon falls into a coma. Joon-suh finds out about Eun-suh's health and reacts with shock and fear. Tae-seok forces Joon-suh to try to wake up Eun-suh. Luckily, she does wake up, but is too weak to follow the treatment. When it is clear that there is no hope, Joon-suh takes her home so she can spend her last days with him. At this point, Yumi finally lets go of Joon-suh. Joon-suh proposes to Eun-suh and they get married. Eun-suh dies as Joon-suh carries her around the beach where they spent her birthday as teenagers.

Before Eun-suh dies, she tells Joon-suh to move on and continue living. However, Joon-suh, dazed and grief-stricken by the death of his love, is struck by a truck in the same place as Eun-suh's accident during her teenage years. Whether he lives or dies is unknown.


Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Han Chae-young as Choi/Yoon Shin-ae
  • Han Na-na as Shin Yoo-mi
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Professor Yoon (Joon-suh's father)
  • Sunwoo Eun-sook as Lee Kyung-ha (Joon-suh's mother)
  • Kim Hae-sook as Kim Soon-im (Eun-suh's mother)
  • Kim Na-woon as Housekeeping Supervisor Kim
  • Kim Hyung-jong as Ji-han
  • Seo Yoon-jae as Kang-hee


The 13-track soundtrack for Autumn in My Heart includes Jung Il-young's heartfelt ballads "Reason", "Prayer" and "In My Dream" as well as the main flute theme and the guitar and piano versions of some of the songs. "Romance", also known as "Forbidden Love" is the classic piece used for this soundtrack. It comes from a famous work of unknown authorship "Spanish Romance".

  1. Main Title (Flute ver.)
  2. Reason - Jung Il-young
  3. Romance - Choi Tae-won
  4. Gido (Prayer) - Jung Il-young
  5. Remember - Park Jung-Won
  6. Eolmana Naega (Sincerely) - Yoon Chang-gun
  7. Reason (Instrumental ver.)
  8. Romance (Piano ver.) - Lee Hong-rae
  9. Nunmul (Tears) - Lee Hong-rae
  10. Eolmana Naega (Sincerely)(Guitar ver.) - Guitar by Ham Choon-ho
  11. Kkum Sogeseo (In My Dream) - Jung Il-young
  12. Eolmana Naega (Sincerely)(Piano ver.) - Piano by Yoo Jung-young
  13. Gido (Prayer)(Piano ver.)
  14. Reason (Vocal & Instrumental) - Jung Il-young & Flute ver. (Final episode)

A song played during emotional scenes, but excluded from the soundtrack, was "Return to Love" by Kevin Kern.

International broadcast[edit]

It aired in the Philippines on the GMA Network in 2003, during which it received a peak viewership rating of 39.7%, placing it among the top ten highest rated Asian dramas to air in the country.[2]

In Sri Lanka the show aired on the Independent Television Network.

It aired in Malaysia on TV3 dubbed in Mandarin with Malay subtitles.



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