Princess Hours

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Princess Hours
Promotional poster for Princess Hours
(L to R: Min Hyo-rin, Crown Prince Lee Shin, Shin Chae-kyeong, Prince Yul)
Also known as

Genre Romance
Format Television drama
Created by Park So-hee
Written by In Eun-a
Directed by Hwang In-roi
Starring Yoon Eun-hye
Ju Ji-hoon
Kim Jeong-hoon
Song Ji-hyo
Opening theme traditional theme
Ending theme "Perhaps Love" by HowL and J
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Location(s) Korea
Bangkok, Thailand
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Eight Peaks
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original run 11 January 2006 (2006-01-11) – 30 March 2006 (2006-03-30)
Followed by Dr Kang
Related shows Benci Bilang Cinta (Indonesia Remake)
Goong S (Spin-off)
External links
Goong official MBC website
Eight Peaks Production website
Korean name
Revised Romanization Gung
McCune–Reischauer Kung

Princess Hours (Hangul: ; hanja: ; RR: Goong; lit. "Palace") is a 2006 South Korean romantic comedy television series, starring Yoon Eun-hye, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Jeong-hoon and Song Ji-hyo. It is based on Korean manhwa Goong by Park So-hee. It aired on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) from January 11 to March 30, 2006 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.

Princess Hours was one of MBC's most popular dramas of 2006, second only to Jumong.[1] Overall, the show was the tenth most popular drama of 2006, according to TNS Media. Due to its success, a spin-off series, Goong S, was broadcast on January 10, 2007.

The Goong teddy bears display at the Teddy Bear Museum in N Seoul Tower


The show is set in an alternate, 21st-century Korea which has retained its monarchy and imperial family since 1945. The series focuses on the lives of Crown Prince Lee Shin of Korea, and his new bride, Chae-kyeong.

The series starts off with the news that Shin's father, Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea, is seriously ill. There is a grim outlook on the King's health, driving the imperial family to find Shin a suitable consort that will allow him to ascend to the throne if the situation requires. Despite being in love with the ambitious and talented ballerina Hyo-rin (whom he initially proposed to and was rejected), Prince Shin eventually marries a commoner to whom he was betrothed by his grandfather, the late Emperor Seongjo, in an agreement with the girl's grandfather. His new wife is the headstrong yet lovable Chae-kyeong, and despite initially feeling nothing for each other, love eventually blossoms between the couple.

Matters are further complicated with the return of Lee Yul and his mother, Lady Hwa-young, who was once Crown Princess before the death of her husband, the late Crown Prince Lee Soo, and older brother of the reigning King. Yul and his mother were driven out of the palace some time after the death of his father, and it is revealed that this was because the King discovered an affair between Lady Hwa-Young and the current King, who is his father's younger brother. Lady Hwa-Young has returned to restore her son's place in the line of succession to the throne, which she believes remains rightfully his. A series of events befalls the palace with the schemes Yul's mother carries out, and these are further intensified by the various scandals involving the royal family. Shin maintains an extramarital affair with his old flame, Hyo-rin, while Yul himself develops feelings for Chae-kyeong. Things get out of hand and the royal family takes matters into their own hands.[2]


Shin Chae-kyeong is a very creative and outgoing, normal high school girl. Although she often seems immature and irritating, she is a kindhearted, innocent, honest person, who is often called "pig" by her younger brother. She attends the same school as Crown Prince Lee Shin of Korea, whose grandfather, the late Emperor Seongjo of Korea, was best friends with her grandfather, To honour their friendship, the King had commanded that Chae-kyeong is to become Crown Princess by marrying the incumbent Crown Prince at the designated time of marriage. Chae-kyeong eventually marries Prince Lee Shin to fulfil the agreement, and she is initially irritated at her young seemingly unemotional new husband. She gradually falls in love with him in the early on of the series, not knowing that he harbours similar feelings, which are revealed toward the end of the episodes. Although she sees Lee Yul only as a close friend and cousin-in-law, he falls in love with her. At the end of the series, Chae-kyeong becomes pregnant with Lee Shin's heir.[2]
Crown Prince Lee Shin of Korea is seen as a smug, indifferent, and insensitive young man. After getting rejected by his girlfriend Hyo Rin, when he proposes to her, he decides to proceed with his arranged marriage to Shin Chae-kyeong. At first, he is irritated by her naivete and enthusiasm, but he begins to open his heart to her and fall in love as he recognises how genuinely sweet she is. Throughout the series, it becomes apparent that he is in fact lonely, sensitive, yet warm and kind. He also owns a teddy bear called Alfred, the only 'companion' that allows him to let his guard down, and which serves as a focal point throughout the series. He quickly becomes rivals with Prince Lee Yul, who returns to Korea after years of exile in the United Kingdom, because Yul is a contender not only for the throne but also for Chae-kyeong's affections.[2]
Prince Yul left Korea at the age of five. He was supposed to succeed his father, Lee Soo, as Crown Prince but he was prevented from doing so when the latter was killed in a car accident. Yul and his mother, Lady Hwa-young were forced into exile in the England. He falls in love with Chae-kyeong and tells her that he is her true betrothed, but was only prevented by his father's death. His mother constantly schemes to get avenge their eviction and secure the throne for him. Towards the end of the series, he tells his mother to stop that feels tired. He is also best friends with Prince William of Wales; which makes them call each other "hyung".[2]
Hyo-rin is a talented and gifted ballet dancer. She is beautiful, intelligent, accomplished—basically, perfect in every way possible, but she is also poor. Prince Shin and her ballet instructor paid for her tuition fees at school. In the beginning, she is Shin's girlfriend, and he proposes to her. She rejects him, because she does not wish to give up her dreams of becoming a star ballerina. When she sees Chae-kyeong and Shin's wedding and how much Chae-kyeong is loved by the people (similar to the rapport of Diana, Princess of Wales), she regrets her hasty decision, and does everything to win Shin back, including engineering a "chance" meeting in Thailand. She simply ends up hurting herself, driving her to attempted suicide by overdosing on pills. She later recognises that Shin does truly love Chae-kyeong, being the first one to know so. Hyo-rin ultimately concedes and instead decides to concentrate on her career as a ballerina.[2]
  • Shim Hye-jin (심혜진), as Lady Hwa-young (Yul's mother)
After being driven out of the palace. she and her son Yul go into exile in England. Years later, she returns with a sinister plan to restore her son's place in the line of succession to the Korean throne. She constantly schemes, such as by releasing photos to the press of Hyo-rin and Shin in Thailand on a date and spreading numerous rumours about the Crown Prince and Princess to discredit him as a suitable successor to her former lover, the reigning King.

Extended cast[edit]

  • Kim Hye-ja (김혜자), as the Dowager Empress/"Tae Hoo mama" (Yul and Shin's grandmother, the consort of the late Emperor Seongjo)
  • Park Chan-hwan (박찬환), as Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea (Shin's father)
  • Yoon Yoo-seon (윤유선), as the Empress Consort of Korea/"Wang Hoo mama" (Shin's mother)
  • Lee Yoon-ji (이윤지) as Princess Hye-myung (Shin's sister)
  • Kang Nam-gil (강남길) as Chae-kyeong's father
  • Im Ye-jin (임예진) as Chae-kyeong's mother
  • Kim Suk as Shin Chae-joon (Chae-kyeong's younger brother)
  • Jeon Ji Ae as Lee Kang-hyun
  • Nah Eun-kyeong (나은경), as Kim Soon-young
  • Dan Ji (단지) as Yoon Hee-soong
  • Choi Seong-joon (최성준), as Kang-in (강인)
  • Lee Yong-joo (이용주), as Jang-kyung (장경)
  • Uhm Seong-mo (엄성모), as Ryu-hwan (류환)
  • Lee Ho-jae (이호재), as Gong Nae-kwan (공 내관)
  • Jeon Su-yeon (전수연), as Choi Sang Gung (최 상궁)
  • Kim Sang-joong (김상중), as Crown Prince Lee Soo (Yul's late father)
  • Choi Bool-am (최불암), as Emperor Seongjo (성조 황제) (Shin and Yul's late grandfather, and father of Crown Prince Lee Soo and Emperor Lee Hyeon.)

Awards and nominations[edit]


Goong S[edit]

A spin-off series, Goong S, revolves around a young worker at a Chinese restaurant who suddenly discovers that he is a member of the royal family and subsequently enters the palace. Hwang mentioned that he would be looking for Yoon Eun Hye's male counterpart, of sorts. This spinoff has no relation to the first season since there is a new cast and plot.

In October 2006, Korean pop star Se7en was chosen to play the leading role in the spinoff. He will play the character of "Yi Hoo", while others in the drama's second season include Huh E-jae (who plays Yang Soon-Ae), Kang Doo (who plays Yi Joon), and Park Shin-hye (who plays Shin Sae-Ryung). Many of the supporting cast, including those who played the royal family, are expected to join Goong S. Filming started in November 2006.

The name for the spin-off changed from Goong 2 to Goong S – Prince Hours (궁 S) due to copyright infringement problems. Filming continued despite Group 8 facing lawsuits due to the unlawful use of Goong in the title.[4] However, MBC has looked into this issue with Eight Peaks and have stated that the channel station and original production company both own the rights of the name.[5] Goong S will still be used for this season, with the subtitle of "Prince Who". Goong S was broadcast from January 10 to March 15, 2007, with only a few minor characters returning for this spinoff.

Goong: Musical[edit]

This popular 2006 TV drama was later adapted into a hit musical titled Goong: Musical (Hangul: 뮤지컬 궁). Producer Song Byung-joon, CEO of production company Group Eight collaborated again with TV drama writer In Eun-ah for the stage rendition, then brought in theater director Kim Jae-sung.[6] The creative team constructed flamboyant stage sets, which were visualized through digital devices to show off the dramatic effects and fantasies on stage. A variety of music genres from the traditional court music, classics, hip-hop and jazz was used, along with ballet, court dances and b-boying.[7][8]

When the musical debuted at the Yong Theater at the National Museum of Korea in September 2010,[9] the lead role of Crown Prince Lee Shin was played by U-Know Yunho of TVXQ.[10][11][12]

Kim Kyu-jong of SS501 played Shin during the musical's run at the Minami-za Kabuki Theater in Kyoto, Japan in June–July 2011,[13][14][15] and Kangin of Super Junior alternated with Sungmo of Supernova to take over the role at the Gotanda U-Port Hall in Tokyo, Japan in September 2012.[16][17][18]

Episode Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul Area
2006-01-11 1 16.2% (5th) 16.6% (5th)
2006-01-12 2 16.0% (6th) 16.5% (7th)
2006-01-18 3 14.3% (9th) 14.3% (8th)
2006-01-19 4 15.1% (9th) 15.3% (8th)
2006-01-25 5 19.7% (5th) 20.5% (4th)
2006-01-26 6 16.5% (8th) 16.5% (7th)
2006-02-01 7 13.7% (11th) 14.0% (10th)
2006-02-02 8 18.6% (6th) 19.1% (6th)
2006-02-08 9 24.0% (2nd) 25.2% (2nd)
2006-02-09 10 25.2% (2nd) 26.3% (2nd)
2006-02-15 11 24.5% (2nd) 25.7% (2nd)
2006-02-16 12 25.6% (2nd) 27.2% (2nd)
2006-02-22 13 25.0% (2nd) 25.8% (2nd)
2006-02-23 14 26.7% (2nd) 28.4% (2nd)
2006-03-02 15 27.9% (2nd) 28.8% (2nd)
2006-03-02 16 24.3% (3rd) 25.0% (3rd)
2006-03-08 17 25.8% (2nd) 26.1% (2nd)
2006-03-09 18 26.6% (2nd) 27.1% (2nd)
2006-03-15 19 27.0% (2nd) 27.3% (2nd)
2006-03-16 20 27.1% (2nd) 26.9% (2nd)
2006-03-22 21 24.6% (2nd) 25.2% (2nd)
2006-03-23 22 24.4% (2nd) 25.5% (2nd)
2006-03-29 23 25.4% (2nd) 26.9% (2nd)
2006-03-30 24 28.3% (2nd) 28.8% (2nd)
average 22.6% 23.2%

Source: TNS Media Korea


DVD release[edit]

The US DVD release by YA Entertainment uses the title Palace.[19]


  • Indonesia: Aired in 2006 on Indosiar on Mondays starting August 16. Where it drew favorable response from viewers for its beautiful costumes against a modern backdrop.[22]

Ratings (Philippines)[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d e "Princess Hours" Korea Tourism. Retrieved 2011-11-19
  3. ^ "Individual category winners - 1st SDA 2006" Seoul Drama Awards'. Retrieved 2011-10-22
  4. ^ "‘궁S’ 세븐-허이재 VS 강두-박신혜 "첫 촬영부터 비교되네~"". News En (in Korean). 27 November 2006. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  5. ^ "MBC측 "궁S의 ‘프린스 후’ 는 납품명이자 드라마 부제"". News En (in Korean). 19 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-07-04. 
  6. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (15 March 2010). "INTERVIEW: Producer Song Byung-joon of musical "Goong"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  7. ^ Chung, Ah-young (23 February 2010). "Princess Hours Goes on Stage". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ Kim, Lynn (3 February 2010). "TV series "Goong" to be made into musical production". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  9. ^ Kim, Lynn (16 June 2010). ""Goong" set on rekindling Hallyu fever with musical adaptation". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  10. ^ Kang, Seung-hun (10 June 2010). "U-Know Yunho cast as male lead in "Goong" musical". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (6 July 2010). "Official poster of musical "Goong" revealed". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (9 July 2010). "U-Know Yunho racks up ticket sales for musical "Goong"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  13. ^ Kim, Heidi (12 April 2011). "SS501 Kim Kyu-jong to star in musical "Goong"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  14. ^ Kim, Heidi (15 April 2011). "SS5501 Kim Kyu-jong poses for pictures of musical "Goong"". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  15. ^ Kim, Heidi (14 June 2011). "Korean musical "Goong" arrives in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  16. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 July 2012). "Super Junior Kang-in confirms role in musical "Goong" in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  17. ^ "Japanese Musical Version of K-drama "Goong" to Star Kang In and Sung Mo". KBS Global. 30 August 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  18. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (30 August 2012). "Boy band members take on musical". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  19. ^ "Palace". YA Entertainment. Retrieved 2011-05-21. 
  20. ^ "Goong: Love in Palace". Hanryū Alpha (in Japanese). Fuji TV. Retrieved 2012-04-26. 
  21. ^ "Goong: Love in Palace". BS Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
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