Lovers of Haeundae

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Lovers of Haeundae
Haeundae Lovers-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Haeundae Lovers
Also known asLovers in Haeundae
GenreRomance, Comedy, Action
Written byHwang Eun-kyung
Directed bySong Hyeon-wook
Park Jin-seok
StarringKim Kang-woo
Jo Yeo-jeong
Jung Suk-won
Nam Gyu-ri
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Lee Jae-young
Producer(s)Kim Eui-joon
Lee So-yeon
Lee Sun-sang
Production location(s)Korea
Running timeMondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)SSD Co., Ltd.
Timo E&M
Original networkKBS2
Original release12 August (2012-08-12) –
24 September 2012 (2012-09-24)
Preceded byBig
Followed byOhlala Couple
External links
official KBS website
Korean name
해운대 연인들
Revised RomanizationHae-undae Yeon-indeul
McCune–ReischauerHae'undae Yŏn'indŭl

Lovers of Haeundae (Hangul해운대 연인들; Hanja海雲臺戀人들; RRHae-undae Yeon-indeul; lit. Haeundae Lovers) is a 2012 South Korean television series about a prosecutor who goes undercover to infiltrate a crime family in Haeundae, Busan, and after losing his memory, falls in love with the daughter of a mob boss.[1][2][3][4]


Newly wed public prosecutor, Lee Tae-sung, goes undercover in pursuit of a gangster in Haeundae, Busan,[5][6] attacked by his quarry and thrown into the sea, he loses his memory of who he was.[7] Homeless and alone in the world he is taken in by the family of a deposed crime boss, who believe him to be his cover, a body builder and performer in a night club revue, who came to Busan after falling in love with Go So-ra, the daughter of the crime boss. Despite misunderstandings and bickering, Lee and Go marry and the two fall in love for real.[8][9] However, after he recovers his memory, he stands at a crossroads and has to decide which of his wives he will stay with; the one he married out of duty and who can help him in his career, or the one he loves.


Actor Role Notes
Kim Kang-woo Lee Tae-sung / Nam Hae / Yang Tae-sung Public prosecutor who hates gangsters with a passion. Married Lee Se-na in an arranged marriage calculated to help further his career and advance the social position of his adopted parents. Long lost son of President Yang who took control of the Haeundae Hotel from Go Joong-shik. As an amnesiac took the name Nam Hae and believed himself to be a body builder and night club performer. In order to prevent Go Joong-shik from being committed into a mental hospital, married Go So-ra after the groom failed to show for the wedding, came to love So-ra so much that he would have been happy to live out the remainder of his life as Nam Hae
Jo Yeo-jeong Go So-ra[10] Daughter of a deposed crime boss, makes a living delivering live fish to Busan eateries, and other odd jobs such as sushi chef and homestay rentals, dreams of regaining control of her childhood home, the Haeundae Hotel
Jung Suk-won Choi Joon-hyuk[11] Korean American vice-President of the Haeundae Hotel, son of the owner of Prestige Hotels which is planning an hostile take-over of the Haeundae Hotel, step-brother of Go So-ra with whom he is infatuated and is a rival of Lee Tae-sung for her love, however in the end chooses to help her and Lee Tae-sung because of it
Nam Gyu-ri Yun Se-na Lee Tae-sung's wife, footwear designer, daughter of the Minister of Justice, in an unhappy marriage with Lee Tae-sung as she loves him and knows that this love is not returned, in the end learns to let go of Tae-sung, and seeks a happier relationship with Choi Joon-hyuk
Im Ha-ryong Go Joong-shik Father of So-ra, head of what remains of the White Sands Gang, deposed mob boss and kindergarten student, brain damaged in his last gang fight and now has the mental age of a six-year-old
Lee Jae-yong Lee Soon-shin ex-gangster and fisherman, one of the last of Go Joong-shik loyal followers, Lee Gwan-soon's father
Park Sang-myun Boo Young-do ex-gangster and fisherman, one of the last of Go Joong-shik loyal followers, has a liking for all things Kawaii
Park Geon-il Lee Dong-baek ex-gangster and fisherman, one of the last of Go Joong-shik loyal followers
Choi Sang-hoon Lee Se-jo Attorney at law, Lee Tae-sung's adoptive father
Kim Young-ok Shim Mal-nyun Yang Tae-sung's nanny as a child, President Yang's last hope in finding his son
Kim Hye-eun Yook Tam-hee Second wife of President Yang, and acting President, hates Go So-ra and rivals with both the White Sands Gang and Choi Joon-hyuk
Kang Min-kyung Hwang Joo-hee Senior secretary at Haeundae Hotel, So-ra's childhood friend, and Se-na's college classmate, keeps knowledge that Nam Hae is Lee Tae-sung with the thought of having him for herself though nothing comes of these plans
Park So-yeon Lee Gwan-soon Scatterbrained daughter of one of the White Sands Gang, as a sister to Sora
Kim Tae-hyun Kang Min-goo Fraudster, became engaged to So-ra to defraud her and her family, stood her up on their supposed wedding day


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[12] AGB Nielsen[13]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 6 August 2012 8.5% 7.5% 9.8% (15th) 9.3% (16th)
2 7 August 2012 11.5% 12.4% 12.1% 12.8%
3 13 AUgust 2012 8.5% 8.2% 8.0% 8.4%
4 14 August 2012 9.9% 10.4% 8.2% 8.7%
5 20 August 2012 9.6% 9.0% 9.7% 9.9%
6 21 August 2012 10.5% 10.6% 9.3% 9.7%
7 27 August 2012 9.7% 9.2% 9.1% 9.8%
8 28 August 2012 11.2% 11.2% 9.8% 11.2%
9 3 September 2012 10.4% 11.5% 9.9% 10.5%
10 4 September 2012 10.3% 10.2% 9.3% 9.3%
11 10 September 2012 9.3% 9.0% 7.7% 8.6%
12 17 September 2012 9.9% 9.7% 9.0% 9.0%
13 18 September 2012 11.0% 10.6% 10.3% 10.9%
14 24 September 2012 10.4% 10.6% 9.2% 9.4%
15 24 September 2012 10.2% 10.6% 9.3% 9.6%
16 25 September 2012 11.5% 12.3% 11.3% 11.6%
Average 10.1% - 9.5% -

Awards and nominations[edit]

2012 KBS Drama Awards

  • Nomination - Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries - Kim Kang-woo
  • Nomination - Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries - Jo Yeo-jeong


  1. ^ Hong, Lucia (21 June 2012). "Cho Yeo-jung, Kim Kang-woo confirms main roles in new KBS drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  2. ^ Ho, Stewart (26 June 2012). "'Haeundae Lovers' Holds its First Script Reading". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  3. ^ Hong, Lucia (16 July 2012). "Cho Yeo-jung, Kim Kang-woo get intimate during drama shooting". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  4. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (3 August 2012). "First release of official poster of 'Lovers at Haeundae Beach'!". KBS Global. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  5. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (30 July 2012). "Cast member Kim Kang-woo sweeps across 'Haeundae Beach' jogging, jumping and rolling in the sand!". KBS Global. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  6. ^ "Disciple of justice, prosecutor Lee Tae-seong!". KBS Global. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  7. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (20 August 2012). "Tae-seong falls into amnesia while trying to capture a criminal". KBS Global. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  8. ^ "Sora changes to a goddess in white dress!". KBS Global. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  9. ^ Jeon, Ji-young (16 August 2012). "Tae-seong forgets his investigation to see So-ra in a bikini!". KBS Global. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  10. ^ "Jo Yeo-jeong Says Acting Lets Her Explore Her Hidden Self". The Chosun Ilbo. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  11. ^ "So-ra and Jun-hyeok Caught on Date in Busan". KBS Global. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  12. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  13. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2013-03-17.

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