Moon Embracing the Sun

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Moon Embracing the Sun
The Moon Embracing the Sun poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Moon Embracing the Sun. L to R: Yoon Bo-kyung, King Lee Hwon, Heo Yeon-woo/Wol, Prince Yang-myung
Also known as The Sun and the Moon
The Moon that Embraces the Sun
The Moon Embracing the Sun
Genre Romance
Period drama
Based on Moon Embracing the Sun 
by Jung Eun-gwol
Written by Jin Soo-wan
Directed by Kim Do-hoon
Lee Seong-jun
Starring Kim Soo-hyun
Han Ga-in
Jung Il-woo
Kim Min-seo
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20 + 2 special
Producer(s) Oh Gyeong-hun
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Pan Entertainment
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release 4 January 2012 (2012-01-04) – 15 March 2012 (2012-03-15)
Preceded by Me Too, Flower!
Followed by The King 2 Hearts
External links
Korean name
Revised Romanization Haereul Pum-eun Dal
McCune–Reischauer Haerŭl P'umŭn Dal

Moon Embracing the Sun (Hangul해를 품은 달; RRHaereul Pum-eun Dal, also known as The Sun and the Moon) is a 2012 South Korean television drama series, starring Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo and Kim Min-seo. It aired on MBC from January 4 to March 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

The historical/fantasy drama is adapted from the novel of the same name written by Jung Eun-gwol. It tells of a secret, poignant love story between a fictional king of the Joseon Dynasty and a female shaman against the backdrop of Korean traditional palace; and the conflicts and conspiracy of vying political powers.

The series won for Best Drama and Best Actor in the television category at the 48th Baeksang Arts Awards, and multiple awards at 2012 MBC Drama Awards, including Drama of the Year.


Shaman Ari hears a strange noise in the night and gets up to investigate. She unwittingly witnesses a murder, and is seen by the perpetrators. The next day, Ari is pursued, arrested, and thrown in jail. Her friend and fellow shaman, Jang Nok-Yeong, comes to visit her in jail. Being a shaman, Ari has had a clairvoyant episode in which she has seen a child or young woman who has a "noble fate," and is connected in some way to the Joseon royal house. Ari, knowing that her time on earth is short, begs Nok-Yeong to watch over this child, but Ari is unable to offer any clues to the identity of the child. Nok-Yeong promises, even though she doesn't know who or where the child is. The next day, Shaman Ari is deemed to be guilty of treason and is seen being tortured; she refuses to lie about what she saw the previous night, and so is horribly killed via a primitive form of dismemberment. Years pass.

The modest, stable, and loving Heo family includes two children: a son, Heo Yeom, and a daughter, Yeon-woo (which means, "misty rain"). Both children are well educated, intelligent, attractive, and kind. Yeon-woo is special, exhibiting wisdom beyond her years. The children's father is the Joseon king's Chief Scholar. One fateful day, thirteen-year-old Yeon-woo accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother Heo Yeom's civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. During this visit to the palace, Yeon-Woo wanders away from the ceremony and has a chance encounter with Crown Prince Lee Hwon. As a result of their chance encounter, Lee Hwon and Yeon-woo fall irretrievably in love.

Bo-kyung, daughter of the Prime Minister and maternal blood relative to the Queen Dowager, is chosen along with Yeon-woo to act as companions for the prepubescent Princess Min-Hwa, younger sister of Crown Prince Lee Hwon. Min-Hwa is a young girl of mercurial moods, crying, whining, and screaming when she does not get her way. Upon seeing her brother's handsome "Teacher Heo" (whose outstanding scholarship caused him to be immediately engaged as a tutor for the Crown Prince), Min-Hwa becomes obsessed with Heo Yeom. Princess Min-Hwa discovers that Yeon-woo is Teacher Heo's sister and expresses her preference for Yeon-Woo's company. Bo-kyung, who is all but ignored by the princess, feels slighted and jealous about the princess's favoritism toward Yeon-woo. Min-Hwa soon asks her father the king to allow her to marry Heo Yeom. The king refuses, for reasons that are reasonably rooted in tradition, political strategy and socio-cultural correctness. Enraged and devastated, Min-Hwa throws a terrible temper tantrum.

Shaman Jang Nok-yeong incidentally sees Yeon-woo one day and is immediately struck by the knowing that Yeon-woo is the child whom Ari begged her, so many years ago, to protect.

Some time later, Yeon-Woo is demonstrated to be the superior choice (over Bo-kyung and another young woman) to wed Lee Hwon and become the Crown Princess of Joseon. This upsets Prince Yang-myung, the Crown Prince's freewheeling, illegitimate half-brother, who has also met and fallen in love with Yeon-woo. The decision also upsets the ambitious and two-faced Bo-kyung, and her father, the Prime Minister.

Yeon-Woo undertakes her training to become the Crown Princess; she is seen to be a bit physically clumsy at first, but is also lovingly courted by Crown Prince Lee Hwon during the training period.

Before Lee Hwon and Yeon-Woo can marry, however, the Queen Dowager secretly orders head shaman Jang Nok-yeong of Royal Star Mansion (Royal Astrology House) to cast a spell on Yeon-woo to afflict her with a sickness that will lead to her death. The Queen Dowager wants instead to install her blood relative, Bo-kyung, as Crown Princess. Shaman Jang Nok-yeong breaks her promise to protect Yeon-woo, feeling that she has no choice but to obey the Queen Dowager. The Queen Dowager uses Princess Min-Hwa as a conduit to intensify the effect of the shaman's spell, as it is known that a young virgin with strong desires and motivations will lend a great deal of power to the spell. The Queen Dowager promises Min-Hwa that if she participates in the spell, Min-Hwa can have what she wants (that is, to marry Heo Yeom). Min-Hwa's selfish immaturity and obsession with Heo Yeom lead her to participate willingly, though it is also clear that she is being manipulated by the Queen Dowager. Min-Hwa does not truly understand the implications of her decision to participate in black magic.

Yeon-woo becomes ill, and the physicians are unable to identify her illness or cure her of it. Yeon-woo is thus expelled from the palace, losing her title as Crown Princess. As Yeon-woo inches closer and closer to death, Nok-young secretly visits Yeon-woo's father and gives him a special potion for his daughter, which she tells him will allow Yeon-woo to die in peace. Yeon-woo's father gives her the potion and she dies, as her death is the only way to release her from the spell. After burial, Shaman Jang and a Heo family manservant hurry to dig up the grave and retrieve Yeon-Woo, knowing that she will awaken from the potion. Yeon-woo is deeply traumatized by dying and waking up buried alive, and has lost all memories of her previous life. With assistance and support from a Taoist priest, Shaman Jang, Yeon-woo, and Seol (the Heo family's loyal former maidservant) go into hiding in a distant location.

Crown Prince Lee Hwon is soon married to Bo-kyung. Lee Hwon flatly refuses to consummate the marriage with Bo-kyung; he repeatedly feigns illness in order to avoid physical intimacy, and further, tries to avoid any interactions at all with Bo-kyung. The only people Lee Hwon allows near him are the eunuch who serves him, and the handsome and deadly swordmaster Woon. Woon's ever-presence with the prince leads some in the palace to quietly question Lee Hwon's sexuality, not understanding that Lee Hwon's heart belongs to a woman presumed dead. Bo-kyung becomes progressively more humiliated and bitter about the Crown Prince's obvious distaste for her. The king dies, and Crown Prince Lee Hwon becomes king of Joseon. With the former king's death, the need for Lee Hwon to produce an heir to the throne becomes more and more urgent. For this reason, the people around Lee Hwon are willing to try anything to help him recover from his "illness."

Eight years later, it is learned that the flow of the universe has shifted and the three "exiles" in hiding are sent back to the capital city. It is learned that Yeon-woo was adopted as a "spiritual daughter" by Shaman Jang and Yeon-woo herself has become a shaman. Shaman Jang has sworn Seol to secrecy about Yeon-woo's true identity. Yeon-woo must try to understand her slowly returning memories, while at the same time contending with Queen Bo-kyung, the Queen's Father (who is still the Prime Minister), and the Queen Dowager in order to claim her rightful place as Queen of Joseon. Yeon-woo, as Shaman Weol (which means "moon") returns to the palace as a living talisman—a "bad-luck-absorbing shaman"—suggested by Shaman Jang as a way to cure the king's "illness." The king awakens one night to find Shaman Weol sitting by his bedside, and her unmistakable resemblance to his true love, Yeon-woo, causes the young king to start asking questions about what really happened eight years ago. Lee Hwon quietly launches a thorough investigation. Yeon-woo suffers many indignities, even ultimately being branded as a criminal ("lewd woman"), as a result of her service to King Lee Hwon. Yeon-woo is exiled to work as a slave at the West Infirmary. Prince Yang-myung finds her there and offers to take her away, as he did many years ago. Political intrigue continues to build and comes shockingly to a head as King Lee Hwon fights for his throne, fights for the woman he loves, and fights for his very life.


Main Cast[edit]

'Sun Reaching for the Moon': Destined to be the first Sun. An intelligent Crown Prince of Joseon who seeks for a change. He experiences love for the first time when he meets Yeon-woo, but unfortunately she suddenly falls ill and dies. Eight years after her death, he has become a King who hardly smiles. One day, he encounters a shaman who resembles Yeon-woo. Naming her Weol, he starts to have doubts about Yeon-woo's death and decides to investigate.
'Moon Embracing the Sun': Destined to be the first Moon, she was born in the interim of Ari's execution. The daughter of a noble family who is gaining power in the royal court, who is smart, bright and well-loved. Chosen as the Crown Princess, she mysteriously fell ill and died before the royal wedding ceremony. Just when she was believed to be dead, she was saved by Jang Nok-young, the head shaman upon the request from her late friend Ari. However, Yeon-woo lost all her memories. Eight years later, she returns to the palace as a shaman, who is named Wol by Lee Hwon, which means the Moon.
'Overshadowed by the Sun': The second Sun, he is the elder half brother of Lee Hwon. He always seems to be unfairly treated by his father, King Seongjo. However his father reveals that while Yang-myung is still his beloved son, the harsh treatment he receives must keep up appearances in order to protect Lee Hwon. Seemingly a carefree man, and fiercely loyal to those he loves, he must struggle to reconcile his long, unrequited love for Yeon-woo with the filial love he has for his royal brother Lee Hwon.
The second Moon who enters the palace as a playmate for Princess Minhwa. She was used as a tool by the Dowager Queen to achieve more power by trying to make her the Crown Princess, which was successful after Yeon-woo's supposed death. Later, she became Lee Hwon's queen. Although she's been in love with Lee Hwon all her life, his only true love remains Yeon-woo.

Heo clan[edit]

Yeom and Yeon-woo's father. Trusted by King Sungjo for his loyalty. He is viewed by Yoon Dae-hyung as an opponent.
Yeom and Yeon-woo's mother. Mother-in-law of Princess Min-hwa. She is a very warm person but because of her daughter and husband's death, she is at the edge of losing her vitality. Princess Min-hwa's charm and childlike manner help Madam Heo her to recover her smile.
Yeon-woo's older brother and Hwon's tutor, he is a high-ranking official scholar. Females swoon when he passes by because of his good looks. He has a close friendship with Hwon whom he mentored and later when Hwon become the king he become his loyal subject. After Yeon-woo's death, he becomes the husband of Princess Min-hwa, though he waits a long time to consummate his marriage.
A servant who was cared about and treated well by the kind Heo family, she was named Seol by Heo Yeom and harbors an unrequited love for him. Later, as a swordswoman, she protects Yeon-woo during her time as shaman Wol.

Royal household[edit]

Mother of King Sungjo and Grandmother of Lee Hwon who has political relationship with Yoon Dae Hyung. The death of crown princess Yeon-woo was orchestrated by her. This wily and calculating woman committed grave sins to secure the throne of Lee Hwon to the benefit of her own her family/clan.
Father of Hwon, Yang-myung and Min-hwa. A king with both intellect and military ability. The involvement of his beloved brother Prince Uiseong, in conspiracy which brought the latter death, is a faded memory that can make him shed tears. At the same, he loves his son Yang-myung deeply, but never shows it.
  • Kim Sun-kyung as Queen So-hye
Mother of Lee Hwon; not of noble birth.
Mother of Yang-myung. The concubine of Great King Sungjo. Similar to Great Queen Han, she has no political ambition and has a quiet and gentle nature. After the death of King Sungjo, she retires to live quietly in a Buddhist monastery as a religious ascetic. She was made concubine by the King Sungjo because he pitied her.
Lee Hwon's younger sister. As a child, she became obsessed with Yeon-woo's older brother, Heo Yeom, and was determined to marry him at all costs.
A 23-year-old young warrior. He is the top swordsman in Joseon and is the loyal bodyguard of Hwon. He is blessed with the stunning good looks of his mother, and physical prowess and sword talent of his nobleman father. In spite of these things, Woon holds low rank and low social status because his mother was a kisaeng. Woon was cared for as a child by his father's legitimate wife. He has deep friendship with Yeom and Yang-myung. His loyalty to Lee Hwon later strains his friendship with Yang-myung.
Chief of Neasi eunuchs. By the side of Lee Hwon since he is crown prince. Very close friendship with Lee Hwon, functioning as his aide. He watched the growth of Lee Hwon and understands him better than anyone else. He is often used by Hwon to accomplish many antics in the palace. The character is also used as comic relief during intense scenes.
  • Kim Min-kyung as Court Lady Min
From Yeom family in Bukcheon, she is a lady-in-waiting to Princess Min-hwa. It is revealed she dies later.
  • Chu Gwi-jung as Court Lady Jo
Queen Bo-kyung's gungnyeo (lady-in-waiting) since entering the palace as a Crown princess.

Star Mansion (Seungsucheong)[edit]

She was gungmu, the head of shamans for the state of Joseon. Her spirit allies make her magic so strong that people even avoid staring at her so she won't cast a curse on them for giving offense. Shamans, because they are exclusively female, hold a low social rank in Joseon, in spite of their powerful abilities. The shamans of Joseon face continual opposition from the scholars and intellectuals of Joseon, all of whom are males. Partly to keep Seongsucheong from being completely marginalized by the scholars, she decides to help the Great Empress Queen Dowager.
  • Kim Ik-tae as Hye Gak
A Taoist priest and Guru of Sogyeokseo. He helped Jang Nok-young to escape with Yeon-woo. The Taoist order of Sogyeokseo was spiritually allied with the shamans of Seungsucheong, in that both groups practiced the sorcerous arts.
  • Bae Noo-ri as Jan-shil
    • Jo Min-ah as young Jan-shil
As a child, Jan-shil was taken in as a charity case by Jang Nok-yeong. Since childhood, Jan-shil has walked with one foot in the Otherworld, and sometimes appears crazy or out of her senses. She has the gift of Sight and is often used by the spirits to prophesy. She generally earns her keep as a servant, but because of her strong spiritual gifts, she also becomes a shaman and ultimately succeeds Jang Nok-young as head of Seungsucheong.
A shaman who is friends with Jang Nok-young. She has strong divinatory powers, and can be seen having visions of the future. She was aided by Yeon-woo's mother to evade her potential captors. Though the effort was ultimately unsuccessful, Ari solemnly promised in gratitude to aid Madam Heo and her descendants, even from beyond the grave.

Yoon clan and officials[edit]

Father in-law of Hwon, the Father of Bo-kyung and the leader of consort clan. He is an experienced politician and would stop at nothing to gain money and power, even if it means he would lose his family.
  • Jang Hee-soo as Mrs Kim
Wife of Yoon Dae-hyung and Mother of Bo-kyung. Unaware of the evils behind Yoon Dae Hyung.
  • Seo Hyun-chul as Shim San
From deputy minister of personnel elected to Chief Royal Secretary.
Elected from mayor to Minister of Defense.
  • Kim Seung-wook as Yoon Soo-chan
Ministry of taxation promoted to minister oat ministry personnel.
Guru at Uigeumbu (royal guard and secret police), formerly President of the student body at Sungkyunkwan. He is favored by King Hwon and becomes the king's secret investigator.


Based on the novel by Jung Eun-gwol, the screenplay was written by Jin Soo-wan (writer of Capital Scandal); and directed by Kim Do-hoon (who previously directed Royal Family) and Lee Seong-jun (who previously directed Gyebaek).

This production marked Han Ga-in's first historical drama and return to television since Bad Guy in 2010.[6] It is also Jung Il-woo's second historical drama following The Return of Iljimae in 2009.[7]

Filming began in November 2011 with child actors for the first six episodes, followed by the script reading session with their adult counterparts on December 25 at MBC Dream Center in Ilsan.[8]

In February 2012, there were talks of an extension of four episodes to the 20-episode drama. The production company, Ten Entertainment later confirmed that there would be no extension and the series was to end on its original date of March 8, 2012.[9][10] However it did not end till March 15, 2012, because director Kim Do-hoon joined the MBC strike leading to the last two episodes being delayed for a week, and replaced with two special episodes.[11]

The shooting period spanned over the cold months in Korea, which added to the actors' difficulties as there were quite a number of outdoor scenes.[12]

Filming locations[edit]

Most of the royal palace scenes were filmed on location at MBC Dramia located at Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si in Gyeonggi Province, where other historical dramas such as Dong Yi, Jumong and Queen Seondeok were also filmed.[13] The House of Choi Champan was used as Yeon-woo's childhood home, and the Korean Folk Village was used for local markets, private residences of commoners, and night scenes.[14]


According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, the premiere episode achieved a nationwide rating of 18 percent and by the third episode the series was ranked first with a nationwide rating of 23.2 percent in viewership, ahead of its rivals Take Care of Us, Captain on SBS and Wild Romance on KBS.[15] The series finale recorded its highest ratings with a viewership of 42.2 percent nationwide, and an average of 45.8 percent in the Seoul National Capital Area.[16]

Episode Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[17] AGB Nielsen[18]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 4 January 2012 15.0% 16.9% 18.0% 19.7%
2 5 January 2012 17.3% 20.8% 19.9% 22.2%
3 11 January 2012 19.4% 22.3% 23.2% 26.1%
4 12 January 2012 20.6% 25.1% 23.4% 26.0%
5 18 January 2012 21.6% 24.9% 24.9% 28.3%
6 19 January 2012 25.9% 28.6% 29.3% 32.9%
7 25 January 2012 25.5% 28.8% 29.7% 33.8%
8 26 January 2012 26.2% 29.4% 31.7% 35.3%
9 1 February 2012 28.4% 32.3% 34.5% 38.9%
10 2 February 2012 30.5% 35.1% 37.1% 40.5%
11 8 February 2012 34.3% 38.6% 37.1% 41.7%
12 9 February 2012 33.7% 37.8% 37.1% 40.8%
13 15 February 2012 34.6% 39.3% 38.4% 42.9%
14 16 February 2012 37.2% 42.0% 37.6% 42.1%
15 22 February 2012 37.7% 42.6% 39.1% 43.1%
16 23 February 2012 39.8% 45.5% 41.3% 46.1%
17 29 February 2012 33.3% 36.1% 36.0% 39.7%
18 1 March 2012 40.7% 47.0% 41.2% 45.8%
19 14 March 2012 38.9% 42.9% 38.7% 41.8%
20 15 March 2012 42.3% 46.5% 42.2% 45.8%
Average 30.1% 34.1% 33.0% 36.7%
Special 7 March 2012 24.7% 26.0% 24.5% 26.9%
Special 8 March 2012 19.8% 21.7% 19.2% 20.1%

Original soundtrack[edit]

Moon Embracing the Sun:
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 15, 2012
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack
Label VDCD-6385
  1. 시간을 거슬러 (Back in Time) – Lyn
  2. 달빛이 지고 (Under the Moonlight) – HeOra
  3. 눈물길 (Trail of Tears) – Wheesung
  4. 그림자 (Shadow) – Monday Kiz
  5. 해를 품은 달
  6. 숨은 달
  7. 꽃잎처럼, 불꽃처럼
  8. 애지애가(愛之哀歌)
  9. 장명루
  10. 저자거리
  11. 위령제
  12. 두 개의 태양과 하나의 달
  13. 은월각
  14. 연우 내리다
  15. 태양의 눈물
  16. 궁의 아침
  17. 달빛의 노래
  18. 흑주술
  19. 나비의 춤
  20. 그대 한 사람 (Only You) – Kim Soo-hyun[19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
48th Baeksang Arts Awards[20]
Best Drama Moon Embracing the Sun Won
Best Director (TV) Kim Do-hoon & Lee Seong-jun Nominated
Best Actor (TV)[21] Kim Soo-hyun Won
Best New Actor (TV) Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Jung Il-woo Nominated
Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
Yim Si-wan Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Han Ga-in Nominated
Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
6th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Drama Star – Male Kim Soo-hyun Won
Upcoming 20's Yeo Jin-goo Won
Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
39th Korea Broadcasting Prize
Best Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
18th Shanghai Television Festival
Magnolia Awards[22]
Silver Award for Best Foreign TV Series Moon Embracing the Sun Won
7th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Han Ga-in Nominated
14th Mnet Asian Music Awards[23][24]
Best Original Soundtrack Back in Time - Lyn Nominated
4th Pierson Movie Festival
Best Child Actor Yeo Jin-goo Won
Best Child Actress Kim Yoo-jung Won
5th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Best Drama Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress Jeon Mi-seon Nominated
Best New Actor Yim Si-wan Nominated
Best Young Actor/Actress Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
Kim So-hyun Nominated
Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
Best Original Soundtrack Back in Time - Lyn Won
1st K-Drama Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Han Ga-in Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
Acting Award, Actress Jeon Mi-seon Nominated
Best Young Actress Kim Yoo-jung Won
25th Grimae Awards
Best Achievement for a Production, Drama category Kim Sun-il, Jung Seung-woo (cinematographers) Won
3rd Remarkable Awards[25]
Best Drama Moon Embracing the Sun Nominated
Best Actor Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Best Actress Han Ga-in Won
Best Drama OST Back in Time - Lyn Nominated
The One and Only You - Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
MBC Drama Awards
Grand Prize Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Han Ga-in Nominated
Drama of the Year Moon Embracing the Sun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Han Ga-in Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jung Il-woo Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor Kim Eung-soo Nominated
Jung Eun-pyo Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actress Yang Mi-kyung Won
Jeon Mi-seon Nominated
Best New Actor Yim Si-wan Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Min-seo Nominated
Nam Bo-ra Nominated
Best Young Actor Yeo Jin-goo Won
Lee Min-ho Nominated
Best Young Actress Kim Yoo-jung Won
Kim So-hyun Won
Jin Ji-hee Nominated
Writer of the Year Jin Soo-wan Won
Popularity Award Kim Soo-hyun Won
Han Ga-in Nominated
Yeo Jin-goo Nominated
Jung Il-woo Nominated
Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
Kim So-hyun Nominated
Yim Si-wan Nominated
Best Couple Award Kim Soo-hyun & Han Ga-in Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun & Jung Eun-pyo Nominated
Yeo Jin-goo & Kim Yoo-jung Nominated
46th WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival[26]
Special Jury Award Moon Embracing the Sun Won
1st DramaFever Awards
Drama of the Year Moon Embracing the Sun Won
Breakthrough Performance Yeo Jin-goo Won

International broadcast[edit]

In March 2012, the drama's broadcast rights were sold to eight Asian countries, including Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. At that time it set the record as the most profitable drama for MBC, which was later surpassed by Arang and the Magistrate in August 2012.[27][28]

  • Japan Japan: NHK - special program on January 13, 2013, followed by its premiere on January 20, then aired every Sunday thereafter.[29] Reruns aired in July 2014.[30]
  • Philippines Philippines: GMA Network - aired from August 13, 2012 to November 2, 2012, on Monday to Friday nights.[31]
  • Iran Iran: IRIB TV3 - aired from February 14, 2015 to March 15, 2015, everyday 20:45 in 30 episode.
  • Myanmar Myanmar: - Skynet International Drama.

Musical theatre[edit]

A stage musical adaptation was performed at the Seoul Arts Center from July 6 to July 31, 2013, with succeeding runs in 2014.[34] Kim Da-hyun, Jeon Dong-seok and Cho Kyuhyun alternated as Lee Hwon, and Jeon Mi-do, Ahn Shi-ha, Lina, Jung Jae-eun and Seohyun alternated as Yeon-woo.[35][36]


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