Painter of the Wind

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Painter of the Wind
Painter of the Wind-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Painter of the Wind
Also known as The Painter of Wind
Garden of the Wind
Genre Romance, Drama, Historical
Based on Painter of the Wind
by Lee Jung-myung
Written by Lee Eun-yeong
Directed by Jang Tae-yoo
Jin Hyuk
Starring Moon Geun-young
Park Shin-yang
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Lee Young-joon
Location(s) Korea
Cinematography Bae Hong-soo
Running time Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 (KST)
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 24 September (2008-09-24) – 4 December 2008 (2008-12-04)
Preceded by Working Mom
Followed by Star's Lover
External links
Korean name
Hangul 바람의 화원
Hanja 바람의
Revised Romanization Baram-ui Hwa-won
McCune–Reischauer Paramŭi Hwawon

Painter of the Wind (Hangul바람의 화원; Hanja바람의畫員; RRBaram-ui Hwawon) is a 2008 South Korean historical television series starring Moon Geun-young and Park Shin-yang. Based on the bestselling historical fiction novel by Lee Jung-myung that took artistic license with the premise that perhaps the Joseon painter Shin Yun-bok had really been a woman,[1][2][3] it centers on Yun-bok, a talented young painter who disguises herself as a boy to search for her father's murderer. She meets Kim Hong-do, a master painter who guides her into becoming a great artist, and they develop a strong friendship of mentor and disciple.[4][5][6]

The drama has won numerous awards, including the Asian TV Series Special Award at the 2010 Shanghai Television Festival,[7] while actress Moon Geun-young received the grand prize at the 2008 SBS Drama Awards, as well as Best TV Actress at the 2009 Baeksang Arts Awards and 2008 Grimae Awards for her role.


In 1766, Kang Su-hang, a painter and senior member of Dohwaseo, the Academy of Painting, was found killed after being secretly commissioned by the son of the crown prince who would later become King Jeongjo (1752-1800, the 22nd King of the Joseon Dynasty). The commission was to paint a portrait of the crown prince. Seo Jing, another member of Dohwaseo, was found dead while investigating the death of Kang Su-hang. In addition, Seo Jing's wife was murdered and his daughter went missing. Ten years later, Kim Hong-do, a senior member of Dohwaseo, discovers Shin Yun-bok, a new student. Hong-do discovers great talent in Yun-bok and tries to protect the student from conspiracies that surround him. King Jeongjo also discovers Yun-bok's enormous talent. Kim Hong-do and Shin Yun-bok serve as the eyes of the king, depicting the true reality of the common people. However, powerful palace officials conspire to get rid of the two painters, and soon afterwards, they are kicked out of Dohwaseo. Then, the king secretly orders the pair to find the portrait of his father painted by Kang Su-hang ten years prior. Kim Hong-do and Shin Yun-bok are successful in recovering the portrait, overcoming hurdles and dangerous traps set up by enemies. The recovery of the painting also helps reveal the secret behind the death of Seo Jing, who is actually Shin Yun-bok's father. In the process, Kim Hong-do realizes that he is truly in love with Shin Yun-bok. However, he tries to leave him because he knows that the affair would be an impossible one. But to everyone's surprise, the truth is revealed. Shin Yun-bok is actually a woman. She had disguised herself as a man to enter Dohwaseo, an institution limited only to males, in order to uncover the truth about her father's death.


Original soundtrack[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Song of the Wind (바람의 노래)" Jo Sung-mo  
2. "Line of Sight (눈 길)" Young Ji  
3. "Tears (눈물꽃)" HowL  
4. "Yearning (Impossible Dream...) (그리움 [이루어질 수 없는...])" Jo Sung-mo  
5. "Still Thinking of You (그리고 그리며)" Kim Hyuna  
6. "Yearning (Love Theme) (그리움 [Love Theme])"    
7. "Dohwaseo (도화서)"    
8. "The Painter of the Wind (Title Theme) (바람의 화원 [Title Theme])"    
9. "Ink (Tension Theme) (墨 (먹) [Tension Theme])"    
10. "The Secret Painting (비밀의 그림)"    
11. "Laughing and Crying (울다가 웃다가)"    
12. "Aged Paulownia Hides Its Melody (동천련로 항장곡)"    
13. "Street Market Scenes (저잣거리 풍경)"    
14. "Student Wears Blue in the Morning (생도청의 아침)"    
15. "Moonlight Lovers (月下情人 [월하정인])"    
16. "Long Waves (장 파 형)"    
17. "Mountain Tiger (묘향산의 호랑이)"    
18. "The Aged Paulownia Hides Its Melody (Freestyle Ver.) (동천련로 항장곡 [산조 Ver.])"    
19. "Dancing Child (舞童 [무 동])"    
20. "Student Wears Blue in the Morning (Korean Classical Ver.) 생도청의 아침 [Korean Classical Ver.]"    
21. "Competition of the Workmen (필선의 대결)"    
22. "Youth Enjoying Nature (年少踏靑 [연소답청])"    

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2008-09-24 1 11.6% (8th) 11.7% (8th)
2008-09-25 2 12.6% (9th) 12.8% (9th)
2008-10-01 3 10.7% (11th) 10.6% (13th)
2008-10-02 4 11.7% (11th) 11.4% (10th)
2008-10-08 5 12.7% (9th) 12.7% (8th)
2008-10-09 6 12.1% (9th) 11.7% (10th)
2008-10-15 Special 12.2% (8th) 12.6% (7th)
2008-10-16 Special 9.6% (15th) 10.0% (11th)
2008-10-22 7 12.6% (8th) 12.6% (8th)
2008-10-23 8 16.1% (5th) 15.8% (5th)
2008-10-29 9 15.1% (5th) 15.0% (5th)
2008-10-30 10 15.0% (6th) 15.2% (4th)
2008-11-05 11 12.5% (8th) 12.0% (7th)
2008-11-06 12 15.0% (8th) 15.0% (7th)
2008-11-12 13 11.9% (9th) 11.5% (10th)
2008-11-13 14 14.4% (8th) 14.1% (8th)
2008-11-19 15 12.9% (11th) 12.8% (10th)
2008-11-20 16 13.0% (10th) 12.1% (12th)
2008-11-26 17 13.7% (9th) 13.8% (8th)
2008-11-27 18 13.4% (10th) 12.7% (10th)
2008-12-03 19 12.7% (11th) 13.0% (9th)
2008-12-04 20 14.7% (9th) 15.2% (8th)
Average 13.2% 13.1%

Source: TNS Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
21st Grimae Awards
Best Achievement for a Production,
Drama category
Bae Hong-soo
Best Actress Moon Geun-young Won
Best Lighting Director Song Wook Won
16th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
Best New Actress (TV) Moon Chae-won Won
SBS Drama Awards
Grand Prize/Daesang Moon Geun-young Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Park Shin-yang Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Moon Geun-young Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Special Ryu Seung-ryong Nominated
Top 10 Stars Moon Geun-young Won
New Star Award Moon Chae-won Won
Bae Soo-bin Won
Best Young Actress Kim Yoo-jung Won
Best Couple Award Moon Geun-young and Moon Chae-won Won
45th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Drama Painter of the Wind Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Moon Geun-young Won
Best New Actress (TV) Moon Chae-won Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Moon Geun-young Nominated
4th Seoul International Drama Awards
Best Mini-series Painter of the Wind Nominated
Best Actress Moon Geun-young Nominated
Most Popular Actress Moon Geun-young Won
43rd WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival
Silver Remi Award Painter of the Wind Won
16th Shanghai Television Festival
Asian TV Series Special Award Painter of the Wind Won

Continuity errors[edit]

  • In E09 Sang-gung uses the pen name Hyewon... before this pen name has been given (E13).[11]
  • In E15 56:28, the bad guy is plainly played by the same actor as the mysterious man (Baek Dong-soo).
  • Problems in sexagesimal cycle. When "now" is 1777 = jeong-yu 정유, then "ten years before" is 1766 = byeong-sul 병술. And not byeong-jin 병진. Both the Korean soundtrack ("everywhere") and the Chinese characters in the "secret library" (E14, 09:27) are describing 丙辰年, i.e. 1796.[12]

Artistic license[edit]

The events described by the twenty episodes are dated 1777 (=now) with flashbacks from 1766 (=ten years before). This crosscutting style between two time periods required some artistic license, with the meager historical facts known about the painters involved. Among the distortions are:

  • Painter Yi Myeong-gi was only known by 1791-1796. Painting of Seo Jik-su (E08) was drawn in 1796.
  • Portrait of Chae Jegong (E09) was drawn in 1792 by Yi Myeong-gi, not in 1777 by Kim Hong-do.
  • Gang Se-hwang lived from 1713-1791, and therefore was not murdered in 1766.
  • Portrait of King Taejo, Taejo Eojin, was painted in 1872.
  • Dasan Jeong Yak-yong lived 1762-1836. In 1766, he hadn't drawn any machine sketches.
  • Nam Gye-u lived 1811-88. His Butterflies were not painted circa 1777.

Such artistic license allowed for the screenplay to have narrative cohesion, and has been largely acknowledged by the writer. Each episode of the series begins with a foreword, stating: "The contents of this drama may not match some of the historical facts" (on the left of the text is the stylized title).


Several academics have criticized the drama due to these historical distortions. Despite that, it resulted in an increased interest for artistic topics among the general public. An exhibit at Gansong Art Museum in Seongbuk-dong attracted 200,000 visitors when it opened on October 12, 2008, who bought more than 2,000 prints of the art on display.[2]

Featured paintings[edit]

More than forty paintings were featured in the series, providing a possible context for each of them. For the paintings from the Hyewon pungsokdo, this exercise was all the more striking since the present-day titles were not given by the painter himself, but were attributed more than a century later.

외유사생 (A journey to paint from life) E01[edit]

Gang Hui-an (1417-1464)
A scholar at water
Shin Yun-bok
Kim Hong-do
Tiger under a tree
Kim Hong-do
Drunkard under a tree
A journey to paint from life [외유사생]

장파형 (Before tempest) E02[edit]

Hyewon pungsokdo
Chunsaek.manwon 춘색만원
Spring mood covers all over the places
Nine dots, four strokes
Hyewon pungsokdo
Sonyeon.jeonhong 소년전홍
Young boy plucking an azalea
Before tempest [장파형]

장파형수 (Hand crushing punishment) E03[edit]

Shin Yun-bok Gidalim 기다림
Dancheongsil-style painting
Hand crushing punishment [장파형수]

군선도 (Painting of the nineteen immortals) E04[edit]

Kim Hong-do Gunseondo, 군선도, 1777
Painting of the nineteen immortals

단오풍정 (Scenery on Dano day) E05[edit]

Hyewon yeosokdo
장옷 입은 여인
Don't recognize me !
Hyewon pungsokdo
Scenery on Dano day
Kim Hong-do
Cat watching at a butterfly
Scenery on Dano day [단오풍정]

동제각화 (One topic, two paintings) E06[edit]

Hyewon pungsokdo
Jusa.geobae 주사거배
Pillars of the tavern
Danwon pungsokdo
Jumak 주막
People at the tavern
One topic, two paintings [동제각화]

정풍 (Gathering evidences) E07[edit]

Danwon pungsokdo
Daejanggan 대장간
Iron Smiths
Hyewon pungsokdo
Munyeo.sinmu 무녀신무
Dance of a Shaman
Gathering evidences [정풍]

어진화사 1 (Imperial Master Painter) E08[edit]

Hyewon pungsokdo
Gyebeon.gahwa 계변가화
A story of a street by a stream
Danwon pungsokdo
Bbalrae.teo 빨래터
A laundry place
Yi Myeong-gi, Kim Hong-do
서직수 초상
Portrait of Seo Jik-su (1796)
Self portrait of Yun Du-seo (1668-1715)
윤두서 자화상
Three Jeongs, Five Aks
Imperial Master Painter [어진화사 1]

어진화사 2 (Imperial Master Painter) E09[edit]

Yi Myeong-gi
채제공의 초상화
Portrait of Chae Je-gong (1792)
Imperial Master Painter [어진화사 2]

어진화사 3 (Imperial Master Painter) E10[edit]

Various artists (1872)
Taejo Eojin 태조 어진
Retrospective Portrait of King Taejo
Imperial Master Painter [어진화사 3]

어진화사 4 (Imperial Master Painter) E11[edit]

Gang Se-hwang (1713–1791)
강세황의 자화상
Self Portrait (1784)
Imperial Master Painter [어진화사 4]

봉심 (Bongsim Evaluation) E12[edit]

Portrait of King Cheoljong
Bongsim Evaluation [봉심]

생과 사 (Life and Death) E13[edit]

Nam Gye-u (1811-88)
남계우 - 군접도
Life and Death [생과사]

잃어버린 예진 (Searching for the Lost Yejin) E14[edit]

Shen Quan (1682—1760)
Pine, Plum and Cranes
Okada Beisanjin (1744-1820)
Scholars under a Tree
Hyewon pungsokdo
Cheonggeum.sangryeon 청금상련
Geomungo music, lotus fragance
Searching for the Lost Yejin [잃어버린 예진]

다섯개의 초상 (Portraits of the Five Bamboos) E15[edit]

Danwon Pungsokdo
Mudong 무동
Dancing boy
Kim Hong-do
Sansuhwa 김홍도 - 산수화
Hyewon pungsokdo
Gibang.musa 기방무사
Warrior at rest
Kim Hong-do
Hahwa-Cheongjeong 하화청정도
Lotus and dragonflies
Portraits of the Five Bamboos [다섯개의 초상]

얼굴없는 초상 (The Faceless Portrait) E16[edit]

Faceless Portrait
(courtesy of Yi Jaegwan)
Hyewon pungsokdo, Weolha.jeongin 월하정인
Lovers under the moonlight

In the middle of the night,
When the moon is dark,
The two hearts are one.
Hyewon pungsokdo
Sangchun.yaheung 상춘야흥
Amusing Spring Day
The Faceless portrait [얼굴없는 초상]

십년전 여인 (The Girl from Ten Years Before) E17[edit]

Jost Amman (1539-1591)
"Das Ständebuch (1568)". 
Paper making
Hyewon pungsokdo
Yugwak.jaengung 유곽쟁웅
Hero at the Brothel
The Girl from Ten Years Before [십년전 여인]

원수 (Enemies) E18[edit]

Hyewon pungsokdo
Weolha.milhoe 월야밀회
Secret affair under the moon
Gao Qipei (1672-1734)
Crabs and Chrysanthemums
Hyewon pungsokdo
Ibu.tamchun 이부탐춘
Mistress indulges in Spring
Enemies [원수]

쟁투 (Fight) E19[edit]

Hyewon pungsokdo
Ssanggeom.daemu 쌍검대무
Double Swords Dancing
Danwon pungsokdo
Ssireum 씨름
Fight [쟁투]

미인도 (Portrait of a Beauty) E20[edit]

Shin Yun-bok
Miindo 미인도
Portrait of a Beauty
A painting meaning,
wouldn't that be of
yearning and longing for?


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