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Seoyoung, My Daughter
My Daughter Seo-young-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Seoyoung, My Daughter
Also known asMy Daughter, Seo-young
Written bySo Hyun-kyung
Directed byYoo Hyun-ki
StarringLee Bo-young
Chun Ho-jin
Lee Sang-yoon
Park Hae-jin
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes50
Executive producer(s)Moon Bo-hyun
Producer(s)Hwang In-hyuk
Production location(s)Korea
Running timeSaturdays and Sundays at 19:55 (KST)
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original release15 September 2012 (2012-09-15) –
3 March 2013 (2013-03-03)
Preceded byMy Husband Got a Family
Followed byYou're the Best, Lee Soon-shin
External links
Korean name
Revised RomanizationNae Ttal Seo-yeong-i
McCune–ReischauerNae Ttal Sŏ-yŏngi

Seoyoung, My Daughter (Korean내 딸 서영이; RRNae Ttal Seo-yeong-i) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Lee Bo-young, Chun Ho-jin, Lee Sang-yoon and Park Hae-jin.[1][2] The family drama focuses on the broken relationship between Seo-young and her father, who later reunite with the help of her twin brother.[3][4] It aired on KBS2 from September 15, 2012 to March 3, 2013 on Saturdays and Sundays at 19:55 for 50 episodes.

It recorded a peak viewership rating of 47.6%, making it the highest rated Korean drama of 2013.[5]




Lee Seo-young (Lee Bo-young) and Lee Sang-woo (Park Hae-jin) are twin siblings who often suffered hardships along with their mother due to their father Lee Sam-jae's (Chun Ho-jin) poor financial decisions and getting conned out of his money led by his own ambitions. Desperate to survive, the twins have taken various odd jobs while Seo-young studies law and Sang-woo studies medicine in their small rooftop house in Seoul. When the twins' mother dies in Jeju-do, Seo-young reaches her limits, holds Sam-jae responsible for her death, and decides to walk out of his life. Things become complicated once more when Lee Sam-jae returns to live with them and causes more trouble for Seo-young. However, her life will take a dramatic change when she is hired by the wealthy Kang family as a live-in tutor of their youngest son, Kang Sung-jae (Lee Jung-shin).

Kang Woo-jae (Lee Sang-yoon), the eldest son of the Kangs, returns home after being discharged from the army. Woo-jae, despising politics within his own house, plans to stay for a short while and then to go to the United States. After meeting Seo-young and spending time with her, he falls in love and secretly begins aggressively chasing her. However, despite the two having feelings for each other, Seo-young is resistant during the whole courtship due to her low social status and personal insecurities. When the Kang family finds out the secret relationship between Seo-young and Woo-jae, it is met with great resistance. However, after much pleadings and compromises, Kang Woo-jae makes a deal with his father: if his father allows Lee Seo-young to enter the Kang family, he'll stay behind South Korea and enter the family business empire. Because Woo-jae's father, Kang Ki-beom (Choi Jung-woo), had always been desperate for his son to enter the family business, he accepts the terms and convinces everyone else to relent to this marriage. However, fearing that the Kangs would reject her upon learning about her troublesome father, Seo-young lies about his death towards her future in-laws. Unfortunately, such a lie causes a rift with the twins, as Sang-woo finds it unacceptable for his sister to leave her family for a man. Despite rough transition into the Kangs, she successfully enters the family. Seo-young keeps her marriage a secret from Sam-jae and falsely tells him she is going to the United States for long-term studies. To his shock, he accidentally attends his own daughter's wedding as a paid phony guest. Realizing that she kept her marriage a secret, he hides his face to avoid being identified.

Meanwhile, Choi Ho-jung (Choi Yoon-young), a wealthy naïve girl, is saved by Lee Sang-woo. Although their encounters was innocent at first, Ho-jung falls in love with Sang-woo. However, he does not reciprocate those feelings and makes it clear he wants his space to be respected. Despite being told to be given space, Ho-jung cannot help herself and always finds an excuse to see Sang-woo. However, her controlling mother sends her away to study overseas. Ho-jung makes a tearful vow to see Sang-woo once again, despite the awkwardness.

2012–13: Three years later[edit]

Three years have passed. Seo-young is now an accomplished judge and lawyer; she has earned her place in the family. Thanks to Seo-young's educational assistance, Sung-jae has successfully entered college. However, Cha Ji-sun (Kim Hye-ok), the Kang's matriarch, continues to be resistant towards Seo-young (because, to Ji-sun, Seo-young is too perfect of a daughter-in-law, making Ji-sun herself feel inferior). Sang-woo is now a doctor and dating Kang Mi-kyung (Park Jung-ah), not knowing that she is the middle child and the only daughter of the Kang family. Due to Kang Ki-beom's loveless marriage, he has had a secret three-year affair with a younger woman, which he is ending, and has been avoiding his wife. Choi Ho-jung has returned from her overseas studies and resumes her one-sided chase after Sang-woo, not knowing he has a girlfriend. As for Lee Sam-jae, even though he knows his daughter lied to him about moving away to the United States, he quietly accepts the situation and secretly watches over her. Seo-young secretly has watched over her family as well. Despite momentary peace, the past begins to unravel against everyone's secrets.

Worlds would begin to collide when people unknown of the secrets begin developing unusual bonds. During one of Sam-jae's secret visits to see Seo-young, Sam-jae saved Woo-jae from getting hit by a car. Woo-jae feels an unusual link with Sam-jae, and the two befriend each other without Woo-jae realizing he is bonding with his father-in-law, a secret Sam-jae continues to maintain. As for Mi-kyung, she has been always chased down by suitors for her money and not for her; she has consistently maintained a public lie that she is a poor orphaned-nobody and maintains the façade to Sang-woo. However, things became complicated as the established lies revealed themselves. In gratitude, Woo-jae lands Sam-jae a security job at the company, but Sam-jae displays unusual behavior to Woo-jae whenever Seo-young was around. After Sam-jae quits his security job to avoid discovery of their relations, Woo-jae discovers Sam-jae's photo of Seo-young at his locker. Therefore, Woo-jae researches Sam-jae and is shocked to discover his savior is his father-in-law.

Another shocking moment is Sang-woo discovering Mi-kyung's true identity. Sang-woo and Mi-kyung fall in love and want to marry each other, but when Sang-woo discovers Mi-kyung is not an orphan but the wealthy heir to the Kangs, he realizes it would risk exposing his sister. Despite his anger against Seo-young's life choices, he still loves Seo-young and decides to give up on Mi-kyung. When Sang-woo confronted Mi-kyung about the truth, she regretfully admits that she lied only because she wanted a true love and not someone after her fortune. While Sang-woo was angry, he also uses this chance to break up with Mi-kyung, citing their social class differences is too great and that his heart changed after learning about her real identity. Mi-kyung has great difficulty accepting Sang-woo's reasoning(s) and is greatly depressed. Woo-jae at first does not know who Sang-woo is, but when he realizes Sang-woo is his brother-in-law, Woo-jae realized Sang-woo is doing this to protect his wife's secret and tries to convince Mi-kyung to let go of the relationship. However, Mi-kyung does not give up on Sang-woo, and the two often exchange painful looks of regret and sadness.

In hopes to get Mi-kyung to give up on their love, Sang-woo pulls an unusual hasty move by proposing to Choi Ho-jung, who has been desperate for Sang-woo's love. Without even dating, Sang-woo promises to be a good husband to her. The marriage shocks Mi-kyung, Sam-jae (thinking Ho-jung cheated her way into this marriage), and the people who knew Sang-woo and Mi-kyung's relationship. Still not giving up, Mi-kyung enters Sang-woo and Sam-jae's (formerly Seo-young's) rooftop house and discovers photos of Seo-young inside the Lee family's photo album and instantly has clarity over the situation. Mi-kyung confronts Sang-woo about protecting his sister's lies. Despite having the truth out in the air and no longer having a reason to continue his phony engagement to Ho-jung, Sang-woo still goes on with the wedding to honor his word to Ho-jung. At the same time, Woo-jae tests his wife Seo-young and has her attend her own brother's wedding without realizing it. Having similar events to her father, Seo-young runs off to avoid being identified with Sang-woo and is saddened to know her lies prevented her from attending her own brother's wedding.

Although the wedding is a public event, walking Ho-jung down the aisle was a façade as they have not legally signed marriage papers. Despite sleeping together, they never consummate their marriage and maintained a "platonic marriage". However, over time, Sang-woo learns more about Ho-jung and more of her qualities rather than see her as just a love-crazed girl. Eventually, he slowly realizes his feelings for Ho-jung but feels awkward to court his supposed wife. Despite the charade, Ho-jung told Sang-woo that she will wait as long as it takes for him to finally love her as a true wife.

Meanwhile, the Kangs suffered a series of major blows. Mi-kyung is still on the rebound. Woo-jae continues to covertly cover for Seo-young while also harbouring anger for her lies. Deep down, he always believes Seo-young had a good reason for lying about her own family, and he also does not want to lose her if the truth came out. However, Mi-kyung gets too drunk and accidentally hints enough of the truth for her best friend, Kelly Jung Sun-woo (Jang Hee-jin), a childhood friend who covets Woo-jae, to uncover the truth. Even before then, Woo-jae, desiring to become a father, finds out that Seo-young secretly has been taking birth control pills behind his back, revealing her unwillingness to be a mother. Enough of her lies, he demands a divorce.

Meanwhile, Sung-jae discovers that he is not only adopted but also the illegitimate son of Kang Ki-beom and his secretary, Yoon So-mi (Jo Eun-sook), with whom he had one-night-stand. Unable to support him and give Sung-jae a happy life, Secretary Yoon decided to give him up to the Kangs as he is technically a Kang. Although his affair with the other woman was never exposed, this indiscretion lead Ki-beom and his wife to separate. Sung-jae himself is confused as he is not sure how to react to his adoptive mother and his biological mother. With the help of Seo-young, he is able to be at peace with himself and with his mothers.

Although Woo-jae and Seo-young are in the middle of separation, Seo-young continues to perform her duties as a family member to the Kangs. Eventually, Sun-woo confronts Seo-young about her lies. However, seeing how they are already in the midst of divorcing each other, Seo-young asks Sun-woo to keep the secret long enough for her to finalize the divorce and to leave the Kangs peacefully without inciting family strife. However, Seo-young's mother-in-law, Ji-sun, realizes a rift between Woo-jae and Seo-young and accuses Sun-woo of causing Seo-young to suffer. Sun-woo could not help correct Ji-sun over her good perceptions of Seo-young. Once Woo-jae's parents discover the truth, there was no recourse, but divorce and Seo-young assured her in-laws that she's already in the process to rectify the situation.

When the Lees discovered that Seo-young was getting divorced, both the brother and father feel guilty as each believed this event was somehow triggered by themselves (which both technically did in different time frames). In his own attempts to fix the situation, Sam-jae invited Woo-jae for a drink and to hear a story involving Seo-young's past. Sam-jae revealed his personal dark history and how his selfishness caused so much pain and suffering for Seo-young. After learning about the truth, Woo-jae was overcome with guilt over mistreating his wife. However, he realizes there is little he could do at this point but to grant Seo-young their divorce.

Some time later, Seo-young moves out of the Kangs and rents her own apartment. She stops working for Jung Sun-woo's law firm, where she quit as a judge and work as a lawyer instead, and decides to open her own private law firm to focus on cases of personal interest. Despite starting things over alone, Woo-jae always remains close as he still loves Seo-young, but she resists his advances and transparent ploy to "just be friends." Eventually, the full scale of the truth comes forth, and the Kangs now understand her reasons and even welcomed her back as they felt she has done many great things for the family, despite no longer affiliated with them. However, Woo-jae does not want his parents to interfere in their relationship since they are effectively divorced. Ho-jung herself becomes increasingly worried after realizing Sang-woo left Mi-kyung for the sake of his sister's secret, but with that exposed, she fears Sang-woo would leave her. However, Sang-woo now loves Ho-jung, assures her he is not leaving her, and finally embraces her as his wife.

After everything that has happened, Seo-young takes deep reflection upon herself as well as the actions of the people around her, especially her father. She avoids her family the entire time because she fears Sam-jae would bring new troubles for her and she dreads the consequences of covering for her father. However, she now realizes that Sam-jae is a changed man and that he has an honest hard-working man for the past three years without relapsing to bad investments and gambling. After realizing all of his efforts for her and in combination of her desire to have her family back, the Lees reconciled in their past troubles and are okay with each again.

The final event would be Sam-jae's near death experience. Sam-jae previously saved Woo-jae from getting hit by a car, but Sam-jae at the time denied to be medically checked to avoid detection from his daughter. Because of that car impact to his abdomen, his internal injuries begin to cause serious pains in his stomach, and it eventually lands him the hospital. His internal injuries are severe, and he might not make it. Woo-jae is wrought with guilt over the matter as he felt responsible, but Sam-jae absolves him, telling him it is nobody's fault. Meanwhile, Seo-young admits to Woo-jae that she loves him greatly and needs him; the two are reunited. Shortly, Sam-jae recovers from his injuries, and Seo-young proposed to Woo-jae for them to remarry. To make this a special moment, the twins would officially hold a second wedding ceremony with Sam-jae present together with his children.

Two years later[edit]

Two years has passed, and everyone has moved on in peace. Seo-young is once again Mrs. Kang and now have a baby girl with Woo-jae. Sang-woo and Ho-jung are now a true couple. Ho-jung now runs her own arts and crafts doll-making shop and is pregnant with twins. Sung-jae always wanted to be an actor, but he had limited success and ended up as a successful talent manager for Ho-jung's father. After resolving things between Ji-sun and Ki-beom, the two found a new appreciation for each other. They did not divorce and remain together. Mi-kyung landed a special internship program in the US and is now studying to be a skilled internist. As for Sam-jae, he has moved on from his kids, feeling it is his time to let go and for him to focus on his life. He now works at a woodwork company, making wooden furniture and made a special rocking-chair for Seo-young. They would later show Seo-young living a blissful life, no longer chained by her past sufferings.


Filming was cancelled temporarily on December 18, 2012 when 30 actors who were members of the Korea Broadcasting Actors Union (KBAU) joined the strike to protest the network's non-payment of overdue salaries.[14]


In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings AGB Nielsen
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 September 15, 2012 23.4% (1st) 23.4% (1st) 19.3% (1st) 19.3% (1st)
2 September 16, 2012 29.1% (1st) 28.9% (1st) 26.2% (1st) 25.9% (1st)
3 September 22, 2012 25.7% (1st) 24.9% (1st) 23.3% (1st) 23.7% (1st)
4 September 23, 2012 31.3% (1st) 31.8% (1st) 29.1% (1st) 29.8% (1st)
5 September 29, 2012 25.0% (1st) 25.9% (1st) 21.2% (1st) 22.1% (1st)
6 September 30, 2012 24.8% (1st) 24.9% (1st) 22.2% (1st) 22.0% (1st)
7 October 06, 2012 28.9% (1st) 28.9% (1st) 26.3% (1st) 26.2% (1st)
8 October 07, 2012 33.8% (1st) 34.9% (1st) 31.5% (1st) 32.2% (1st)
9 October 13, 2012 29.9% (1st) 29.2% (1st) 27.5% (1st) 27.8% (1st)
10 October 14, 2012 34.4% (1st) 34.9% (1st) 31.2% (1st) 31.4% (1st)
11 October 20, 2012 32.0% (1st) 33.2% (1st) 27.7% (1st) 28.0% (1st)
12 October 21, 2012 32.9% (1st) 33.7% (1st) 32.6% (1st) 33.2% (1st)
13 October 27, 2012 32.5% (1st) 32.4% (1st) 29.6% (1st) 30.0% (1st)
14 October 28, 2012 36.7% (1st) 36.1% (1st) 33.3% (1st) 33.8% (1st)
15 November 03, 2012 30.9% (1st) 31.6% (1st) 28.3% (1st) 28.1% (1st)
16 November 04, 2012 34.0% (1st) 35.6% (1st) 32.9% (1st) 33.8% (1st)
17 November 10, 2012 29.8% (1st) 30.1% (1st) 28.2% (1st) 28.9% (1st)
18 November 11, 2012 36.6% (1st) 36.4% (1st) 32.7% (1st) 33.4% (1st)
19 November 17, 2012 29.2% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 27.9% (1st) 27.9% (1st)
20 November 18, 2012 32.8% (1st) 33.8% (1st) 31.1% (1st) 30.8% (1st)
21 November 24, 2012 28.8% (1st) 28.1% (1st) 26.1% (1st) 25.7% (1st)
22 November 25, 2012 35.2% (1st) 35.2% (1st) 31.6% (1st) 31.0% (1st)
23 December 01, 2012 30.0% (1st) 29.2% (1st) 26.4% (1st) 26.2% (1st)
24 December 02, 2012 35.8% (1st) 36.9% (1st) 32.6% (1st) 33.3% (1st)
25 December 08, 2012 30.3% (1st) 30.0% (1st) 28.6% (1st) 29.1% (1st)
26 December 09, 2012 33.8% (1st) 35.0% (1st) 32.2% (1st) 32.0% (1st)
27 December 15, 2012 31.3% (1st) 32.0% (1st) 27.1% (1st) 26.6% (1st)
28 December 16, 2012 33.0% (1st) 34.5% (1st) 29.6% (1st) 31.2% (1st)
29 December 22, 2012 32.4% (1st) 33.2% (1st) 29.0% (1st) 29.2% (1st)
30 December 23, 2012 39.8% (1st) 40.2% (1st) 35.6% (1st) 35.0% (1st)
31 December 29, 2012 35.5% (1st) 35.2% (1st) 33.9% (1st) 33.8% (1st)
32 December 30, 2012 39.9% (1st) 38.7% (1st) 37.2% (1st) 36.6% (1st)
33 January 05, 2013 39.9% (1st) 40.6% (1st) 36.3% (1st) 36.1% (1st)
34 January 06, 2013 41.3% (1st) 41.4% (1st) 40.2% (1st) 39.8% (1st)
35 January 12, 2013 38.1% (1st) 39.4% (1st) 36.8% (1st) 36.0% (1st)
36 January 12, 2013 45.0% (1st) 44.8% (1st) 42.3% (1st) 42.7% (1st)
37 January 19, 2013 38.5% (1st) 38.1% (1st) 38.1% (1st) 38.2% (1st)
38 January 20, 2013 44.7% (1st) 47.4% (1st) 42.2% (1st) 42.2% (1st)
39 January 26, 2013 39.5% (1st) 41.1% (1st) 39.8% (1st) 40.5% (1st)
40 January 27, 2013 47.2% (1st) 47.5% (1st) 45.6% (1st) 46.1% (1st)
41 February 02, 2013 42.6% (1st) 44.2% (1st) 38.8% (1st) 38.5% (1st)
42 February 03, 2013 46.9% (1st) 47.9% (1st) 43.4% (1st) 43.5% (1st)
43 February 09, 2013 38.6% (1st) 39.0% (1st) 34.6% (1st) 34.5% (1st)
44 February 10, 2013 38.5% (1st) 38.8% (1st) 34.6% (1st) 34.7% (1st)
45 February 16, 2013 42.7% (1st) 43.4% (1st) 41.1% (1st) 41.8% (1st)
46 February 17, 2013 48.5% (1st) 49.3% (1st) 46.0% (1st) 45.8% (1st)
47 February 23, 2013 41.7% (1st) 42.9% (1st) 41.3% (1st) 41.7% (1st)
48 February 24, 2013 46.3% (1st) 48.3% (1st) 44.6% (1st) 45.0% (1st)
49 March 02, 2013 43.7% (1st) 43.8% (1st) 39.0% (1st) 39.7% (1st)
50 March 03, 2013 46.7% (1st) 47.6% (1st) 47.6% (1st) 47.7% (1st)
Average 35.8% 36.3% 33.3% 33.5%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
Popularity Award, Actor in a Drama Lee Sang-yoon Won
KBS Drama Awards
Best Couple Award Lee Sang-yoon and Lee Bo-young Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Chun Ho-jin Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Lee Bo-young Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Lee Sang-yoon Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Lee Bo-young Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Park Hae-jin Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Park Jung-ah Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Jung-shin Nominated
Best New Actress Choi Yoon-young Nominated
Best Young Actress Lee Hye-in Nominated
2013 Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actor Lee Sang-yoon Nominated
Best Actress Lee Bo-young Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Jung-shin Nominated
Best New Actress Choi Yoon-young Nominated
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Drama Star, Female Lee Bo-young Nominated
Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama Seoyoung, My Daughter Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST "Like Back Then" by Melody Day Nominated
"Quietly" by Go Yoo-jin Nominated
2013 Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize/Daesang Lee Bo-young Won
Best Drama Seoyoung, My Daughter Won
Excellence Award, Actor Lee Sang-yoon Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Jung-shin Nominated
Best Writer So Hyun-kyung Nominated
2013 APAN Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actress Lee Bo-young Won
Best Writer So Hyun-kyung Won
Excellence Award, Actor Lee Sang-yoon Nominated
Acting Award, Actor Chun Ho-jin Nominated


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