Empress Myeongseong (TV series)

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Empress Myeongseong
Genre Historical
Written by Jung Ha-yeon
Directed by Yoon Chang-bum
Shin Chang-suk
Starring Lee Mi-yeon
Choi Myung-gil
Lee Jin-woo
Yoo Dong-geun
Ending theme "If I Leave" (나 가거든/Na Kakeodeun) by Jo Kwanwoo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 124
Producer(s) Yoon Yong-hoon
Location(s) Kyeongbok Palace, South Korea
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:50 (KST)
Production company(s) Samhwa Networks (ko)
GM Agency
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 480 Analog Television480 Standard-Definition Television
Original release May 9, 2001 (2001-05-09) – July 18, 2002 (2002-07-18)
External links
Website www.kbs.co.kr/end_program/drama/myungsung/
Empress Myeongseong
Revised Romanization Myeongseong Hwanghu
McCune–Reischauer Myŏngsŏng Hwang-hu

Empress Myeongseong (Hangul명성황후; Hanja明成皇后) is a 2001 South Korean television series that aired on KBS2.

Historical connection[edit]

Empress Myeongseong was considered as the last empress of Korea because of the Eulmi Incident (also called Operation Fox Hunt).


Two Empress Myeongseong Actresses[edit]

It was reported that Lee Mi-Yeon signed a contract with KBS for this drama for only 100 episodes. However, due to high viewership rates, KBS wanted to extend the episodes for more than 100 originally. Since Lee Mi-Yeon wanted to stick with the original contract, she refused to do episodes more than 100. However, KBS still extended Empress Myeongseong and had Choi Myung-Gil for the role. This will be seen as Lee Mi-Yeon's last episode was Episode 81 and Choi Myung-Gil started at Episode 82. The viewers should not be confused as Lee Mi-Yeon also had a death scene which is actually a music video for the OST.


2001 KBS Drama Awards
  • Top Excellence Award, Actress: Lee Mi-yeon
  • Best Supporting Actor: Kim Sung-hwan
  • Best Supporting Actress: Kim Bo-mi
  • PD of the Year Award: Yoon Chang-bum
2002 Baeksang Arts Awards
2002 KBS Drama Awards

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Formally known as "Lee Gwi-in of the Yeongbo House".
  2. ^ Formally known as "Hanchang, Princess Consort to the Internal Prince, of the Yi clan".
  3. ^ Formally known as "Yeoheung, Princess Consort to the Grand Internal Prince, of the Yeoheung Min clan".
  4. ^ Formally known as "Queen Sinjeong of the Pungyang Jo clan".
  5. ^ Identified as Queen Cheolin of the Andong Kim clan; Cheoljong's Queen
  6. ^ Identified as Queen Hyohyeon of the Andong Kim clan; Heonjong's Queen Consort

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