|Also known as||Goong|
by Park So-hee
|Written by||In Eun-a|
|Directed by||Hwang In-roi|
|Opening theme||"Palace" by Second Moon|
|Ending theme||"Perhaps Love" by HowL and J|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Production company(s)||Eight Peaks|
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 11– March 30, 2006|
|Related shows||Prince Hours|
Princess Hours (Hangul: 궁; Hanja: 宫; RR: Goong; lit. Palace) is a 2006 South Korean television series, starring Yoon Eun-hye, Ju Ji-hoon, Kim Jeong-hoon and Song Ji-hyo. It is based on Korean manhwa Goong by Park So-hee. It aired on MBC from January 11 to March 30, 2006 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.
The show was the tenth most popular drama of 2006, with a peak rating of 28.3%. It also became a hit across Asia, contributing to the Korean Wave. Due to its success, a spin-off series, Prince Hours, was broadcast in 2007.
The show is set in an alternate, 21st-century Korea which has retained its monarchy and imperial family since 1945. The series focuses on the lives of Crown Prince Lee Shin of Korea, and his new bride, Chae-kyeong.
The series starts off with the news that Shin's father, Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea, is seriously ill. There is a grim outlook on the Emperor's health, driving the imperial family to find Shin a suitable consort that will allow him to ascend to the throne if the situation requires. Despite being in love with the ambitious and talented ballerina Hyo-rin (whom he initially proposed to and was rejected), Prince Shin eventually marries a commoner to whom he was betrothed by his grandfather, the late Emperor Seongjo, in an agreement with the girl's grandfather. His new wife is the headstrong yet lovable Chae-kyeong, and despite initially feeling nothing for each other, love eventually blossoms between the couple.
Matters are further complicated with the return of Lee Yul and his mother, Lady Hwa-young, who was once Crown Princess before the death of her husband, the late Crown Prince Lee Soo, and older brother of the reigning Emperor. Yul and his mother were driven out of the palace some time after the death of his father, and it is revealed that this was because the Emperor discovered an affair between Lady Hwa-young and the current Emperor, who is his father's younger brother. Lady Hwa-young has returned to restore her son's place in the line of succession to the throne, which she believes remains rightfully his. A series of events befalls the palace with the schemes Yul's mother carries out, and these are further intensified by the various scandals involving the imperial family. Shin maintains an extramarital affair with his old flame, Hyo-rin, while Yul himself developing feelings for Chae-kyeong. Things get out of hand and the imperial family takes matters into their own hands.
- Yoon Eun-hye as Shin Chae-kyeong
- A normal high school girl, who has an interest in drawing and art. Though seemingly immature, she is kind-hearted and honest. She is betrothed to Crown Prince Lee Shin, who attends the same high school as her, by the late Emperor Seongjo of Korea, who was best friends with her grandfather. Though she was initially annoyed by her seemingly unemotional new husband, Chae-kyeong gradually falls in love with him, not knowing that he harbours similar feelings. She sees Lee Yul as a close friend. At the end of the series, Chae-kyeong is revealed to be pregnant with Lee Shin's heir.
- Ju Ji-hoon as Crown Prince Lee Shin
- A smug, indifferent and insensitive man, who is actually lonely on the inside. After getting rejected by his girlfriend Min Hyo-rin, he decides to proceed with his arranged marriage to Shin Chae-kyeong. Though he was initially annoyed by her naivete and enthusiasm, he gradually begins to open his heart to her. He owns a teddy bear called Alfred, the only 'companion' that allows him to let his guard down, and which serves as a focal point throughout the series. He quickly becomes rivals with Prince Lee Yul, who not only fights for the throne but also Chae-kyung's affection.
- Kim Jeong-hoon as Prince Lee Yul
- The son of Crown Prince Soo. After his father's death, he was exiled to the United Kingdom with his mother, Lady Hwa-young. After returning to Korea, he fell in love with Shin Chae-kyeong, whom was initially betrothed to him. A kind-hearted and gentle person, Yul was not interested in fighting for the throne. He is best friends with Prince William of Wales.
- Song Ji-hyo as Min Hyo-rin
- A talented and gifted ballet dancer. She is Shin's girlfriend, but rejected his proposal as she did not wish to give up on her dreams of becoming a star ballerina. When she sees Chae-kyeong and Shin's wedding and how much Chae-kyeong is loved by the people (similar to the rapport of Diana, Princess of Wales), she regrets her hasty decision, and does everything to win Shin back, including engineering a "chance" meeting in Thailand. She ends up hurting herself, driving her to attempted suicide by overdosing on pills. She later recognises that Shin does truly love Chae-kyeong, and ultimately concedes and instead decides to concentrate on her career as a ballerina.
- Shim Hye-jin as Lady Hwa-young
- Yul's mother, and the former Crown Princess. After being driven out of the palace, she and her son Yul were sent into exile in England. Years later, she returns with a sinister plan to restore her son's place in the line of succession to the Korean throne. She constantly schemes to bring down Lee Shin, in order to discredit him as a successful successor of the throne.
- Kim Hye-ja as the Dowager Empress/"Tae Hoo mama"
- Park Chan-hwan as Emperor Lee Hyeon of Korea
- Yoon Yoo-sun as the Empress Consort/"Wang Hoo mama"
- Lee Yoon-ji as Princess Hye-myung
- Kang Nam-gil as Chae-kyeong's father
- Im Ye-jin as Chae-kyeong's mother
- Kim Seok as Shin Chae-joon
- Jeon Ji Ae as Lee Kang-hyun
- Nah Eun-kyeong as Kim Soon-young
- Dan Ji as Yoon Hee-soong
- Choi Seong-joon as Kang-in
- Lee Yong-joo as Jang-kyung
- Uhm Seong-mo as Ryu-hwan
- Lee Ho-jae as Gong Nae-kwan
- Jeon Su-yeon as Choi Sang Gung
- Kim Sang-joong as Crown Prince Lee Soo (Yul's late father)
- Choi Bool-am as Emperor Seongjo (Shin and Yul's late grandfather, and father of Crown Prince Lee Soo and Emperor Lee Hyeon.)
|Princess Hours |
Original Sound Track
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||May 30, 2007|
|Genre||Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B|
|1.||"사랑인가요" (Perhaps Love)||HowL feat. J|
|2.||"당신은...나는 바보입니다 (Acoustic ver.)" (With You...I'm a Fool)||Stay|
|3.||"두 가지 말" (Two Words)||Jung Jae-wook feat. The One|
|4.||"Give Me a Little Try"||Seo Hyun-jin|
|5.||"난 널 사랑해 너만 사랑해Ⅱ"||Shim Tae-yoon|
|6.||"사랑인가요 (Remix ver. 가재발)" (Perhaps Love (Remix ver. 가재발))|
|7.||"1993 광화 49년"||Various Artists|
|9.||"복장 불량!"||Various Artists|
|10.||"우주 정복 #1"||Various Artists|
|11.||"Crystal Flower"||Various Artists|
|12.||"A Dancing Teddy"||Various Artists|
|13.||"내가 선택한 길이야!"||Various Artists|
|14.||"닿지 못한 마음"||Various Artists|
|15.||"꽃잎이 내린다"||Various Artists|
|16.||"우주 정복 #2"||Various Artists|
|1.||"사랑에 빠지다" (Falling in Love)||HowL feat. Luna|
|2.||"그대를 사랑합니다"||Various Artists|
|3.||"이 노래를 부를게요" (I Would Sing This Song)||Sorea|
|5.||"궁 (Piano)" (Palace (Piano))||Second Moon|
|6.||"바람에 실어" (Blow By Wind)||Sorea|
|7.||"꽃잎이 내리다 (Piano)"||Second Moon|
|8.||"너를 보면..."||Words by the Crown Princess|
|10.||"내 맘속의 너"||Words by the Crown Prince|
|12.||"닿지 못한 마음 (Acoustic ver.)"||Second Moon|
|13.||"별처럼..."||Words by the Crown Princess|
|14.||"말할 수 없어도"||Second Moon|
|2006-01-11||1||16.2% (5th)||16.6% (5th)|
|2006-01-12||2||16.0% (6th)||16.5% (7th)|
|2006-01-18||3||14.3% (9th)||14.3% (8th)|
|2006-01-19||4||15.1% (9th)||15.3% (8th)|
|2006-01-25||5||9.3% (5th)||10.5% (4th)|
|2006-01-26||6||16.5% (8th)||16.5% (7th)|
|2006-02-01||7||13.7% (11th)||14.0% (10th)|
|2006-02-02||8||18.6% (6th)||19.1% (6th)|
|2006-02-08||9||24.0% (2nd)||25.2% (2nd)|
|2006-02-09||10||25.2% (2nd)||26.3% (2nd)|
|2006-02-15||11||24.5% (2nd)||25.7% (2nd)|
|2006-02-16||12||25.6% (2nd)||27.2% (2nd)|
|2006-02-22||13||25.0% (2nd)||25.8% (2nd)|
|2006-02-23||14||26.7% (2nd)||28.4% (2nd)|
|2006-03-02||15||27.9% (2nd)||28.8% (2nd)|
|2006-03-02||16||24.3% (3rd)||25.0% (3rd)|
|2006-03-08||17||25.8% (2nd)||26.1% (2nd)|
|2006-03-09||18||26.6% (2nd)||27.1% (2nd)|
|2006-03-15||19||27.0% (2nd)||27.3% (2nd)|
|2006-03-16||20||27.1% (2nd)||26.9% (2nd)|
|2006-03-22||21||24.6% (2nd)||25.2% (2nd)|
|2006-03-23||22||24.4% (2nd)||25.5% (2nd)|
|2006-03-29||23||25.4% (2nd)||26.9% (2nd)|
|2006-03-30||24||28.3% (2nd)||28.8% (2nd)|
Source: TNS Media Korea
- 2006 1st Seoul International Drama Awards: Best Art Director (Min Eon-ok)
- 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actor (Ju Ji-hoon)
- 2006 MBC Drama Awards: Best New Actress (Yoon Eun-hye)
The US DVD release by YA Entertainment uses the title Palace.
- Japan: Aired on Fuji TV 8 and TV Tokyo 7/BS Japan under the title Goong: Love in (the) Palace (宮 -Love in Palace-).
- Indonesia: Aired in 2006 on Indosiar on Sunday starting July 16. It drew a favorable response from viewers for its beautiful costumes against a modern backdrop.
- Singapore: Aired in 2006 on MediaCorp Channel U on weekdays at 7 p.m., starting October 9.
- Philippines: Aired in 2006 on ABS-CBN on weekdays at 9 p.m from Mondays to Fridays. The series re-aired again on ABS-CBN's Kapamilya Gold (Afternoon slot) due to public demand. The series also aired on Animax Asia in 2010 with English subtitles.
- Thailand: Aired in 2006 on Channel 7 on weekends at 9.15 p.m., starting October 7.
- Malaysia: The series aired on Animax Asia with English subtitles in 2010.
- Sri Lanka: It is available to stream on Iflix with subtitles.
Remakes and spin-offs
A spin-off series, Goong S or Prince Hours, revolves around a young worker at a Chinese restaurant who suddenly discovers that he is a member of the imperial family and subsequently enters the palace. Hwang mentioned that he would be looking for Shin Chae-kyeong's male counterpart, of sorts. This spinoff has no relation to the first season, and had a new cast and plot.
In October 2006, Korean pop star Se7en was chosen to play the leading role in the spinoff. He will play the character of "Yi Hoo". The rest of the main cast are Huh E-jae (who plays the female protagonist Yang Soon-ae), Kang Doo (who plays Yi Joon), and Park Shin-hye (who plays Shin Sae-ryung). Many of the supporting cast, who played minor characters, reprised their roles. Filming started in November 2006.
The name for the spin-off changed from Goong 2 to Goong S – Prince Hours (궁 S) due to copyright infringement problems. Filming continued despite Group 8 facing lawsuits due to the unlawful use of Goong in the title. However, MBC has looked into this issue with Eight Peaks and have stated that the channel station and original production company both own the rights of the name. Goong S will still be used for this season, with the subtitle of "Prince Who". Goong S was broadcast from January 10 to March 15, 2007, to moderate success.
Goong: The Musical
This drama was later adapted into a musical titled Goong: The Musical (Hangul: 뮤지컬 궁). Producer Song Byung-joon, CEO of production company Group Eight, collaborated with the drama's screenwriter In Eun-ah for the stage rendition, and also brought in theater director Kim Jae-sung. The creative team constructed flamboyant stage sets, which were visualized through digital devices to show off the dramatic effects and fantasies on stage. A variety of music genres from traditional court music, classics, hip-hop and jazz was used, along with varying dance styles such as ballet, court dances and b-boy.
Kim Kyu-jong of SS501 played Shin during the musical's run at the Minami-za Kabuki Theater in Kyoto, Japan in June–July 2011, and Kangin of Super Junior alternated with Sungmo of Supernova to take over the role at the Gotanda U-Port Hall in Tokyo, Japan in September 2012.
In 2014, SHINee's Taemin, ZE:A's Kim Dongjun, U-KISS Soohyun and Hoon alternately played the part of Prince Lee Shin in the Japan run of Goong held from May 10 to 24 (25 stages) in Akasaka ACT Theater, Tokyo, Japan.
In 2017, Princess Hours Thailand (Thai title: รักวุ่นๆ เจ้าหญิงจอมจุ้น) is broadcast on True4U.The starring is Ungsumalynn Sirapatsakmetha as Khaning and Sattaphong Phiangphoras as Crown Prince Inn.
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