King the Land

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King the Land
Promotional poster for King the Land
Promotional poster
Hangul
킹더랜드
Revised RomanizationKingdeoraendeu
McCune–ReischauerK'ingdŏraendŭ
GenreRomantic comedy[1]
Created byCheon Sung-il[2]
Written byChoi Rom[3]
Directed byIm Hyun-wook[3]
Starring
Music byMoon Seong-nam[4]
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producers
  • Cho Seong-hoon
  • Kim Do-kyun
  • Han Jae-hoon
Producers
  • Kim Tae-kyung
  • Ahn Ji-eun
Production locations
  • South Korea
  • Thailand[5]
Production companies
Original release
NetworkJTBC
ReleaseJune 17 (2023-06-17) –
August 6, 2023 (2023-08-06)

King the Land (Korean킹더랜드) is a 2023 South Korean television series starring Lee Jun-ho and Im Yoon-ah. It aired on JTBC from June 17 to August 6, 2023, every Saturday and Sunday at 22:30 (KST) for 16 episodes.[6] It is also available for streaming on TVING in South Korea and on Netflix in selected regions.[7][8]

Synopsis[edit]

King the Land tells the story of Gu Won (Lee Jun-ho) who is the heir of The King Group, a luxury hotel conglomerate, who was thrown into an inheritance war, and Cheon Sa-rang (Im Yoon-ah), a hotelier who always has a smile on her face till she meets Gu Won.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

The heir and head general manager of King Hotel.
A hotelier and the "smile queen" of the King Hotel.

Supporting[edit]

People around Gu Won[edit]

Gu Won's father who is the chairman of King Group.
  • Kim Seon-young as Gu Hwa-ran[11]
Gu Won's older half-sister and the eldest daughter of King Group.
  • Kim Dong-ha as Yoon Ji-hoo[12]
Hwa-ran's son.
Gu Won's friend and secretary.

People around Cheon Sa-rang[edit]

Sa-rang's best friend who is a flight attendant of King Air.
Sa-rang's friend and a working mother who is a "sales king" of Alanga, a duty-free store affiliated with King Group.
Sa-rang's grandmother.

Employees at King Group[edit]

A flight attendant of King Air who has a crush on Pyeong-Hwa.
  • Gong Ye-ji as Kim Soo-mi[17]
The manager of King Hotel. She took a disliking to Sa-rang because of her talents and her status.
  • Kim Jung-min as Jeon Min-seo[17]
The general manager of King the Land, King Hotel's VVIP Lounge.
  • Choi Ji-hyun as Ha-na[17]
A member of King the Land's team.
  • Kim Chae-yun as Doo-ri[17]
A member of King the Land's team.
  • Lee Ho-seok as Se-ho[17]
A member of King the Land's team.
  • Lee Ji-hye as Do Ra-hee[17]
A supervisor of Alanga, King Group Fashion.

Others[edit]

Da-eul's husband.
  • Lee Ye-joo as Seo Cho-rong[12]
Da-eul's only daughter.
  • Jo Won-jo as Professor Yoon[12]
Hwa-ran's husband.

Special appearances[edit]

Gu Won's mother.
Sa-rang's ex-boyfriend.

Original soundtrack[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Released on June 18, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Yellow Light"
  • Humbler
  • Kim Ah-hyun
  • Lee Chang-woo
  • Humbler
  • Kim Ah-hyun
  • Lee Chang-woo
Gaho3:30
2."Yellow Light" (Inst.) 
  • Humbler
  • Kim Ah-hyun
  • Lee Chang-woo
 3:30
Total length:7:00

Part 2[edit]

Released on June 25, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Confess To You"
  • Park Jeong-jun
  • Naiv
  • Park Jeong-jun
  • Naiv
Lim Kim3:08
2."Confess To You" (Inst.) 
  • Park Jeong-jun
  • Naiv
 3:08
Total length:6:16

Part 3[edit]

Released on July 2, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Get To You" (너에게 닿을게)
  • Kim Ah-hyun
  • Humbler
HumblerJung Seung-hwan3:27
2."Get To You" (너에게 닿을게; Inst.) Humbler 3:27
Total length:6:54

Part 4[edit]

Released on July 8, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Dive"LuckyClover (Avec)LuckyClover (Avec)Kim Woo-jin3:39
2."Dive" (Inst.) LuckyClover (Avec) 3:39
Total length:7:18

Part 5[edit]

Released on July 9, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Keep Me Busy"
  • Sarah.J
  • Glody
  • Sarah.J
  • Kim Min-cheol
  • Earn
  • Glody
Punch3:32
2."Keep Me Busy" (Inst.) 
  • Sarah.J
  • Kim Min-cheol
  • Earn
  • Glody
 3:32
Total length:7:04

Part 6[edit]

Released on July 15, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You Are My" (그대는 나의)Lee Da-heeLee Da-heeHynn3:02
2."You Are My" (그대는 나의; Inst.) Lee Da-hee 3:02
Total length:6:04

Part 7[edit]

Released on July 16, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Fall in Love"
  • Yoda
  • Charles
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Hyunki
Jeong Se-woon3:28
2."Fall in Love" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Se-jin
  • Hyunki
 3:28
Total length:6:56

Part 8[edit]

Released on July 23, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Perhaps Love" (사랑인걸까)
  • Kim Yeong-seong
  • Seo Jae-ha
  • Kim Yeong-seong
  • Seo Jae-ha
Minseo3:54
2."Perhaps Love" (사랑인걸까; Inst.) 
  • Kim Yeong-seong
  • Seo Jae-ha
 3:54
Total length:7:48

Part 9[edit]

Released on July 30, 2023
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Everyday With You"Park Ho-kyung
  • Park Ho-kyung
  • Baek Chang-jae
Kyoungseo2:50
2."Everyday With You" (Inst.) 
  • Park Ho-kyung
  • Baek Chang-jae
 2:50
Total length:5:40

Reception[edit]

Viewership[edit]

King the Land : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678910111213141516
11.1191.8352.0392.3312.2732.9092.5212.9852.5712.6162.1792.5882.3182.4962.7773.4042.435
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Korea.[24]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
(Nielsen Korea)[24]
Nationwide Seoul
1 June 17, 2023 5.075% (1st) 5.344% (1st)
2 June 18, 2023 7.544% (1st) 8.255% (1st)
3 June 24, 2023 9.145% (1st) 10.671% (1st)
4 June 25, 2023 9.645% (1st) 10.003% (1st)
5 July 1, 2023 9.672% (1st) 10.590% (1st)
6 July 2, 2023 12.017% (1st) 12.607% (1st)
7 July 8, 2023 10.607% (1st) 11.496% (1st)
8 July 9, 2023 12.317% (1st) 13.427% (1st)
9 July 15, 2023 10.196% (1st) 11.174% (1st)
10 July 16, 2023 11.303% (1st) 12.351% (1st)
11 July 22, 2023 9.003% (1st) 10.062% (1st)
12 July 23, 2023 10.977% (1st) 11.552% (1st)
13 July 29, 2023 9.388% (1st) 9.506% (1st)
14 July 30, 2023 10.651% (1st) 10.965% (1st)
15 August 5, 2023 11.943% (1st) 13.583% (1st)
16 August 6, 2023 13.789% (1st) 14.534% (1st)
Average 10.205% 11.008%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This series aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC, and EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee / Work Result Ref.
Asia Artist Awards 2023 Grand Prize (Daesang) – Actor of the Year Lee Jun-ho Won [25]
Popularity Award (Actor) Won
APAN Star Awards 2023 Best Character Won [26]
Best Couple Lee Jun-ho and Im Yoon-ah Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Jun-ho Won
Popularity Award (Actor) Won
Popularity Award (Actress) Im Yoon-ah Won
Consumer Rights Day KCA Culture & Entertainment Awards 2023 Viewer's Choice – Actor of the Year Won [27]
Viewer's Choice – Drama of the Year King the Land Won
Fundex Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Jun-ho Won [28]
Top Excellence Actress (Drama) Im Yoon-ah Won
Korea Drama Awards 2023 Best Supporting Actor Ahn Se-ha Won [29]

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