A Thousand Days' Promise

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A Thousand Days' Promise
A Thousand Days' Promise poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asA Promise of a Thousand Days
Written byKim Soo-hyun
Directed byJung Eul-young
StarringSoo Ae
Kim Rae-won
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes20
Production location(s)Korea
Running timeMondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original release17 October (2011-10-17) –
20 December 2011 (2011-12-20)
Preceded byWarrior Baek Dong-soo
Followed byHistory of the Salaryman
External links
A Thousand Days' Promise
Revised RomanizationCheonileu yaksok
McCune–ReischauerCh‘ŏnil ŭi yaksok

A Thousand Days' Promise (Korean천일의 약속; RRCheonileu yaksok) is a 2011 South Korean traditional melodrama about a woman (Soo Ae) who is losing her memory and the loving man (Kim Rae-won) who stands by her side. Written by famed drama writer Kim Soo-hyun, it aired on SBS from October 17 to December 20, 2011 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.[1][2]


Lee Seo-yeon, a free-spirited woman, is having a secret affair with Park Ji-hyung, an architect who has a fiancée. Upon hearing that Ji-hyung's parents set the date for his wedding, Seo-yeon splits up with him. But she has no time to lament over her painful breakup, as she gets diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer's, a very unlikely disease for a 30-year-old woman. Ji-hyung happens to learn the shocking fact, and he breaks off his engagement only two days before the wedding to return to his ex-girlfriend. Despite vehement opposition from his parents and even from Seo-yeon herself, he never gives up on her and marries her without delay. The doting husband is devoted to taking care of his ailing wife, who is losing her ability to remember. Despite her distressing condition, the couple tries to hang on to love and experience it to the end. They have a baby girl and find happiness in their married life from time to time, even though both are well aware that a tragic end awaits them.[3]



  • Title: 천일의 약속 OST / A Thousand Days' Promise
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Language: Korean
  • Release Date: 2011-Nov-29
  • Number of Tracks: 15
  • Publisher: KT Music (KT뮤직)
  • Agency: Yeinmoonhwa (예인문화)
Track Listing
No. Song Title Artist
1. It Hurts Here (Ver. 1)
여기가 아파 (Ver. 1)
Baek Ji-young
2. Like Words Being Said for the First Time
처음 하는 말처럼
Shin Seung-hoon
3. One Love
한번의 사랑
Sung Si-kyung
4. One Person
한 사람
5. Don't Love
Park Ji-hee
6. It Hurts Here (Ver. 2)
여기가 아파 (Ver. 2)
Baek Ji-young
7. Pain (Main Title) Various Artists
8. Blessing Various Artists
9. Sky Garden
하늘 정원
Various Artists
10. Time of Solitude
고독의 시간
Various Artists
11. Despair Various Artists
12. Pain Various Artists
13. Doubt
Various Artists
14. Disease Various Artists
15. Smile Again Various Artists


Date Episode Nationwide Seoul area
2011-10-17 01 12.1% (8th) 14.8% (3rd)
2011-10-18 02 13.0% (7th) 16.2% (4th)
2011-10-24 03 14.3% (7th) 16.8% (4th)
2011-10-25 04 14.9% (3rd) 17.2% (3rd)
2011-10-31 05 14.9% (3rd) 17.3% (3rd)
2011-11-01 06 16.4% (3rd) 19.4% (3rd)
2011-11-07 07 15.8% (3rd) 19.3% (1st)
2011-11-08 08 16.9% (4th) 19.5% (2nd)
2011-11-14 09 15.8% (4th) 19.0% (2nd)
2011-11-15 10 16.2% (4th) 19.4% (2nd)
2011-11-21 11 15.2% (3rd) 17.7% (3rd)
2011-11-22 12 15.7% (3rd) 19.0% (2nd)
2011-11-28 13 14.6% (4th) 17.6% (3rd)
2011-11-29 14 14.4% (5th) 18.2% (3rd)
2011-12-05 15 14.1% (4th) 17.1% (3rd)
2011-12-06 16 15.0% (4th) 18.5% (3rd)
2011-12-12 17 14.7% (3rd) 18.4% (3rd)
2011-12-13 18 15.4% (4th) 18.5% (3rd)
2011-12-19 19 15.7% (1st) 19.3% (1st)
2011-12-20 20 19.6% (2nd) 23.5% (1st)
Average 15.2% 18.3%

Source: TNmS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
SBS Drama Awards[10]
Best Drama A Thousand Days' Promise Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Kim Rae-won Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Soo Ae Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lee Sang-woo Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Jeong Yu-mi Nominated
Special Acting Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Lee Mi-sook Won
New Star Award Jeong Yu-mi Won
Top 10 Stars Soo Ae Won
Kim Rae-won Won
48th Baeksang Arts Awards[11]
Best Actress (TV) Soo Ae Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Park Yu-hwan Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Jeong Yu-mi Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards
Best Screenwriter Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
5th Korea Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Soo Ae Nominated
Best New Actor Park Yu-hwan Nominated

International broadcast[edit]



  • Channel: MRTV
  • Currently airing


  • Channel: RTM2
  • Aired October 9, 2012


  • Channels: ABS-CBN and Jeepney TV
  • Aired May 27, 2013 - July 12, 2013 and February 29 - April 1, 2016

See also[edit]

  • A Moment to Remember, a 2004 South Korean film in which the female protagonist has early-onset Alzheimer's.


  1. ^ Oh, Jean (11 October 2011). "Kim Rae-won returns in melodramatic sob fest". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  2. ^ Han, Yeo-wool (17 October 2011). "PREVIEW: SBS TV series Thousand Days Promise". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  3. ^ "A Thousand Days' Promise". KBS World. Retrieved 2012-07-11.
  4. ^ "Fear No Barrier for Actress Su-ae After All". The Chosun Ilbo. 7 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  5. ^ Hong, Lucia (12 October 2011). "Kim Rae-won says melodramas are a new genre for him". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  6. ^ Lee, In-kyung (4 January 2012). "Interview: Jung Yu Mi is More Like Hyang Gi Than She Realizes". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 19 April 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  7. ^ Kim, Jessica (4 January 2012). "Jung Yu-mi: I was told Hyang-gi is like the dew that trickles down the petal of a lotus flower". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  8. ^ Lee, Ga-on (28 December 2011). "INTERVIEW: Actor Park Yu-hwan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  9. ^ Lee, Ga-on (28 December 2011). "Park Yu-hwan: I thought of a lot of my memories of me and my brother for filming Thousand Days Promise". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
  10. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 January 2012). "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  11. ^ Lee, Kyung-nam (25 April 2012). "Park Yoo Chun and Park Yoo Hwan Both Nominated for Paeksang Arts Award". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 16 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-16.

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