Dong Yi (TV series)

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Dong Yi
Dong Yi.jpg
Promotional poster for Dong Yi
Genre Romance
Written by Kim Yi-young
Directed by Lee Byung-hoon
Kim Sang-hyub
Starring Han Hyo-joo
Ji Jin-hee
Lee So-yeon
Bae Soo-bin
Opening theme "Walking on a Dreamy Road" by Jang Na-ra
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 60
Executive producer(s) Kim Ho-young
Ahn Seung-gak
Producer(s) Lee Se-joong
Location(s) Korea
Running time Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original run 22 March 2010 (2010-03-22) – 12 October 2010 (2010-10-12)
Preceded by Pasta
Followed by Queen of Reversals
External links
Korean name
Revised Romanization Dong-i
McCune–Reischauer Tong-i

Dong Yi (Hangul: 동이; hanja: 同伊) is a 2010 South Korean historical television drama series, starring Han Hyo-joo, Ji Jin-hee, Lee So-yeon and Bae Soo-bin.[1] About the love story between King Sukjong and Choi Suk-bin, it aired on MBC from March 22 to October 12, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 60 episodes.[2][3]

Dong Yi recorded solid viewership ratings in the mid-20% to 30% range,[4] and Han won acting awards for her performance.


Set during the reign of King Sukjong in the Joseon dynasty, the series is based on real-life historical figure Choi Suk-bin.

Dong-yi is an orphaned slave maid working in the Bureau of Music. Her warm personality, sincerity and exceptionally keen mind help her in solving difficult court intrigues.

While solving a case, she meets the king who introduces himself as a court judge. He enjoys her treatment of him as an ordinary person, and falls in love with her. She also gains the favor of Queen Inhyeon and becomes her trusted confidante, then meets Jang Hui-bin, a concubine who is first her ally but later a bitter enemy.

In her quest to survive in court and bring justice to lowborn commoners like herself, she makes many allies such as her devoted protector Cha Chun-soo (whom she considers an older brother despite not being blood-related), the police chief Seo Young-gi, and the court ladies Jung and Bong.

Dong-yi becomes a royal concubine with the rank of Suk-bin, then bears a son who, under her tutelage, later becomes the 21st king of Joseon, Yeongjo, the father of Crown Prince Sado and grandfather of Yi San.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Kim Yoo-jung as young Dong-yi
  • Park Ha-sun as Queen Inhyeon
  • Jung Jin-young as Seo Young-gi
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Oh Tae-suk
  • Lee Kye-in as Oh Tae-poong
  • Choi Cheol-ho as Oh Yoon
  • Kim Yoo-suk as Jang Hee-jae
  • Son Il-kwon as Hong Tae-yoon
  • Shin Guk as Do Seung-ji
  • Na Sung-kyoon as Jung In-gook
  • Kim Dong-yoon as Shim Woon-taek
  • Park Jung-soo as Queen Myeongseong, Sukjong's mother
  • Kim Hye-sun as Court Lady Jung
  • Kim So-yi as Court Lady Bong
  • Ahn Yeo-jin as Court Lady Jo
  • Im Sung-min as Court Lady Choi
  • Jeong Yu-mi as Jung-eum
  • Kang Yoo-mi as Ae-jong
  • Oh Eun-ho as Shi-bi
  • Han Da-min as Eun-geum
  • Choi Ha-na as Mi-ji
  • Lee Jung-hoon as Lee Jong-ok
  • Choi Jae-ho as Park Do-soo
  • Yeo Ho-min as Oh Ho-yang
  • Lee Hee-do as Hwang Joo-shik
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Yeong-dal
  • Jung Sung-woon as Choi Dong-joo
  • Jung In-gi as Kim Hwan
  • Jung Ki-sung as Kim Hwan's disciple
  • Lee Sook as Lady Park
  • Kim Hye-jin as Seol-hee
  • Choi Ran as Lady Yoon, Jang Hui-bin's mother
  • Yeo Hyun-soo as Ge Dwo-ra, Dong-yi's childhood friend
    • Choi Soo-han as young Dwo-ra
  • Jung Eun-pyo as Ge Dwo-ra's father
  • Jung Sun-il as Park Doo-kyung
  • Kwon Min as Cha Soo-taek
  • Choi Jong-hwan as Jang Mu-yeol
  • Lee Hyung-suk as Geum / Prince Yeoning
  • Yoon Chan as Crown Prince, later King Gyeongjong
  • Heo Yi-seul as Young-sun
  • Maeng Sang-hoon as Kim Goo-sun
  • Oh Yeon-seo as Queen Inwon
  • Chun Ho-jin as Choi Hyo-won (cameo)
  • Lee Jae-yong as Jang Ik-heon (cameo)
  • Choi Il-hwa as Seo Jung-ho (cameo)
  • Min Joon-hyu


Dong Yi was written by Kim Yi-young and directed by Lee Byung-hoon. Lee previously directed the hit 2003 period drama Jewel in the Palace.[8]

It was filmed at MBC Dramia located at Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si in Gyeonggi Province, where other historical dramas such as Moon Embracing the Sun, Jumong and Queen Seondeok were also filmed.[9]


2010 3rd Korea Drama Awards
2010 MBC Drama Awards[10]
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards[11]

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s) Series premiere Title
 Thailand Channel 3 November 2011 ทงอี จอมนางคู่บัลลังก์ (Dong Yi Cxm Nāng Khū̀ Bạllạngk̒)
 Burma Myawaddy TV February 2012 နန္းတြင္ပံုျပင္ (A Tale in the Palace)
 Turkey TRT 1 February 2012 Sarayın İncisi
 Mongolia TV5 (Mongolia) November 2012 Дун-И (Dun-i)
 Sri Lanka Rupavahini February 2013 අභිත දියණිය (Abhitha Diyaniya)
 Iran Channel 3 2012 دونگی (Dungi)
 Philippines GMA Network November 2011 Dong-Yi


  1. ^ Lee, Ji-hye (7 May 2010). "Han Hyo-joo says she "hold fast" to her role in Dong Yi". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  2. ^ Han, Sang-hee (21 March 2010). "Will Dong-yi Become Next Jewel in the Palace?". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  3. ^ Oh, Jean (22 March 2010). "Upbeat rom-com vs. court romance". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (13 October 2010). "Giant places on top and Dong Yi finishes run". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  5. ^ "Han Hyo-joo Changes Tack in Costume Drama". The Chosun Ilbo. 13 April 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  6. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (7 May 2010). "Ji Jin-hee says "happy to break stereotype" as a king". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  7. ^ Kim, Jessica (5 January 2010). "Bae Soo-bin joins cast of drama Dong Yi". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  8. ^ Kim, Jessica (9 June 2010). "INTERVIEW: Dong Yi director says Ji Jin-hee "mischievous"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  9. ^ Lee, Cin Woo (16 March 2012). "Beyond Seoul: 19 reasons to explore Korea". CNN Go. Retrieved 2012-05-06. 
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (31 December 2010). "Kim Nam-joo, Han Hyo-joo win grand prize at MBC Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (27 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-07. 

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