Secret Garden (South Korean TV series)

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Secret Garden
Secret garden korean drama.jpg
Promotional poster
Written byKim Eun-sook
Directed byShin Woo-chul
Kwon Hyuk-chan
StarringHa Ji-won
Hyun Bin
Yoon Sang-hyun
Kim Sa-rang
Opening themeSecret Garden opening title
Ending themeAppear by Kim Bum-soo
That Woman by Baek Ji-young
That Man by Hyun Bin
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20
ProducerOh Se Kang
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companyHwa&Dam Pictures
DistributorSeoul Broadcasting System
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i HDTV
Original release13 November 2010 (2010-11-13) –
16 January 2011 (2011-01-16)

Secret Garden (Korean시크릿 가든; MRSikeurit Gadeun) is a 2010 South Korean television drama starring Ha Ji-won, Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun, and Kim Sa-rang. It aired on SBS from November 13, 2010 to January 16, 2011 on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.[1][2][3][4]

The drama received positive response from critics and audience for its story, comedy, performance of cast especially of leads Hyun Bin, Yoon Sang-hyun and Ha Ji-won and production values. Secret Garden was a huge ratings success, with an estimation of more than 20 billion won worth of economic effect. Hyun Bin's portrayal as Kim Joo-won created a "Hyun Bin Syndrome" as his name and face were plastered everywhere, from newspapers to television and the internet.[5][6] It won a number of awards at both the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Baeksang Arts Awards, including "Grand Prize (Daesang)" for Hyun Bin.[7][8]


A rationalizing Cinderella story between Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-won), a stuntwoman, and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin), a high-end department store CEO. While trying to resolve a scandal involving Joo-won's cousin, Oska (Yoon Sang-hyun), (a famous singer), Ra-im and Joo-won meet and he finds himself stunned by her coolness. Joo-won does not understand why Ra-im is constantly on his mind, and decides to pursue her. Though she initially is repelled by him, Ra-im gradually starts reciprocating his feelings.

As two different worlds collide, Ra-im and Joo-won gradually learn about each other's worlds. Joo-won's mother does not want them to love each other. Despite his mother's objections, they get married.

Meanwhile, Oska reunites with his first love, Yoon Seul (Kim Sa-rang), who has made a successful directing career for herself. However, Yoon Seul wants nothing to do with Oska, and instead has her eyes set on Joo-won. The story gets even more complicated and when Ra-im and Joo-won magically start switching bodies.



Tough but secretly lonely, Gil Ra-im works as a stunt woman for an action school that is run by director Im Jong-soo. Due to her father's death when she was in high school, she works hard and doesn't like relying on other people. Her one obsession is Oska, a famous Hallyu star. She meets the arrogant CEO, Kim Joo-won and although she initially dislikes him, their body swap brings about confusing feelings.
The CEO of a high-end departmental store, he is good-looking but arrogant. A childhood trauma caused him to have a defective memory and claustrophobia, causing him to be unable to take lifts. As a rational person, he always seeks answers and solutions to explain things that happen to him. When he meets the spunky Gil Ra-im, he is left confused as he does not understand why she is constantly on his mind. He also finds it hard to accept that she does not seem to care about him or what he is going through because of her.
A famous Hallyu star who is slowly losing his popularity. He is Joo-won's cousin, as well as the first love of Yoon Seul. Frivolous and free-spirited, Oska used to rely on his charming looks and money, but seeing Seul again and discovering new talent in a young man named Tae-sun triggers something inside him, causing him to change.
Oska's first love. She is a music video director. Unable to forgive Oska, she is bent on making him hurt as much as possible. However nearing the end of the series, they decided to give each other a chance to make dreams happen.


The director of an action school. Having studied abroad, Im Jong-soo speaks English fluently and is well connected with Hollywood. Despite his gruff and rough exterior, he cares about his stunt actors deeply and looks out for them. He holds a soft spot for Ra-im, who is oblivious to his feelings.
A young genius musician discovered by Oska in Jeju Island. Prickly and cold, he initially rebuffs Oska's attempts to recruit him. It is later revealed that he is gay and Oska becomes his muse.
Ra-im's best friend who shares a loft with her. She works at the department store Joo-won owns.
Joo-won's long-suffering assistant who has a crush on Im Ah-young.
Joo-won's mother.
  • Kim Ji-sook as Moon Yeon-hong
Oska's mother.
Joo-won's sister who has a crush on Jong-soo.
  • Kim Sang-kyum as Moon Chang-soo
Joo-won's grandfather. Chairman of Loel Department Store.
Joo-won's subordinate as well as great grand uncle. He aims to overthrow Joo-won as president and take over his position.
  • Sung Byung-sook as Park Bong-hee
Moon Chang-soo's fourth wife, Park Bong-ho's sister.
  • Yoon Ki-won as Choi Dong-kyu
Oska's long-suffering manager.
  • Kim Gun as Yoo Jong-hun
Oska's assistant.
  • Yoo Seo-jin as Park Ji-hyun
Joo-won's psychiatrist and long-term friend.
  • Jang Seo-won as Hwang Jung-hwan
Ra-im's senior (sunbae) at the action school.
Park Bong-ho's assistant.
  • Moon Woong-ki as Sang-min
Member of action school.

Special appearance[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Secret Garden
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2010 (2010)
LabelSony Group
Achieve Group DN
Disc 1
1."That Woman"Baek Ji-young4:34
2."You are my Spring"Sung Si-kyung4:29
4."Here I Am"4men3:55
5."Appear"Kim Bum-soo4:04
6."A Woman"BEN4:21
7."I Can't"MIIII4:27
9."Appear (Ballad ver.)"Yoari4:03
10."You are my Everything"Jung Ha-yoon3:36
11."Here I Am (Piano ver.)"MIIII3:55
Disc 2
1."That Man"Hyun Bin4:33
2."Tears Stain"Yoon Sang-hyun4:17
3."Liar"Yoon Sang-hyun3:33
5."Watching"Yoon Sang-hyun4:30
6."Here I Am(Piano Ver.)"Yoon Sang-hyun2:13
7."Main Title"Various Artists1:46
8."Lovely Oscar"Various Artists1:24
9."Guardian Angel"Various Artists2:09
10."Mysterious Garden"Various Artists2:22
11."Love Potion"Various Artists1:21
12."My Darling Lime"Various Artists1:31
13."Secret Garden"Various Artists2:44
14."Confusion"Various Artists1:26
15."My Daddy"Various Artists1:52
16."Virgin Love"Various Artists1:20


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

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[9] AGB Nielsen[10]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 13 November 2010 16.1% 16.5% 17.2% 18.3%
2 14 November 2010 15.0% 15.6% 14.8% 16.0%
3 20 November 2010 17.9% 18.9% 18.2% 19.8%
4 21 November 2010 20.0% 20.8% 21.5% 24.1%
5 27 November 2010 25.4% 26.3% 23.6% 25.5%
6 28 November 2010 25.2% 25.6% 20.9% 22.9%
7 4 December 2010 24.2% 24.7% 22.2% 24.1%
8 5 December 2010 24.6% 24.8% 22.3% 24.3%
9 11 December 2010 27.0% 27.8% 24.7% 27.0%
10 12 December 2010 28.0% 28.7% 25.1% 27.5%
11 18 December 2010 27.0% 28.2% 23.7% 25.3%
12 19 December 2010 28.2% 29.2% 24.7% 27.3%
13 25 December 2010 24.4% 25.0% 22.1% 23.3%
14 26 December 2010 26.5% 27.1% 24.1% 26.1%
15 1 January 2011 23.0% 29.3% 26.6% 29.5%
16 2 January 2011 23.9% 29.9% 26.9% 29.9%
17 8 January 2011 23.8% 30.0% 28.1% 30.5%
18 9 January 2011 27.4% 34.1% 30.6% 33.0%
19 15 January 2011 29.1% 35.0% 33.0% 35.3%
20 16 January 2011 31.4% 38.6% 35.2% 37.9%
Average 24.4% 26.8% 24.3% 26.9%
Ratings in the Philippines

It aired on GMA Network from May 2, 2011 to July 29, 2011, on weeknights at 10:00 PM PST.[11] Each episode runs 45 minutes including commercial breaks. The entire series was dubbed in Filipino.

Kantar Media National TV Ratings
Pilot Episode Final Episode Peak Average Ref.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Hyun Bin Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Ha Ji-won Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Special Kim Sa-rang Nominated
Netizen Popularity Award - Drama Secret Garden Won
Netizen Popularity Award - Actor Hyun Bin Won
Netizen Popularity Award - Actress Ha Ji-won Won
Top 10 Stars Hyun Bin Won
Ha Ji-won Won
Best Couple Award Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won Won
2011 Grand Prize Hyun Bin Won
Best Drama Secret Garden Won
Best Director Shin Woo-chul Nominated
Best Actor Hyun Bin Nominated
Best Actress Ha Ji-won Nominated
Best New Actor Kim Sung-oh Nominated
Best New Actress Yoo In-na Won
Best Screenplay Kim Eun-sook Won
6th Seoul International Drama Awards[14] Outstanding Korean Director Shin Woo-chul Won
Outstanding Korean Actor Hyun Bin Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Ha Ji-won Nominated
Outstanding Korean Screenwriter Kim Eun-sook Won
Outstanding Korean Drama OST "That Woman" - Baek Ji-young Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Secret Garden Won
Best Director Shin Woo-chul Nominated
Best Actress Ha Ji-won Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim Sung-oh Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Park Joon-geum Nominated
Yoo In-na Nominated
Best Writer Kim Eun-sook Won
Best OST "That Woman" - Baek Ji-young Won
24th Grimae Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Heo Dae-sun, Lee Seung-chun
(camera directors)
Best Actress Ha Ji-won Won
Best Lighting Director Park Man-chang Won
Korea Content Awards
Prime Minister's Award in the Field of Broadcasting Kim Eun-sook Won


Big Bang made a parody based on this drama with the title Secret Big Bang, starring by G-Dragon as Ji Ra-im and T.O.P as Kim Joo-tap.[15]

In China, a film remake with the same title is released in 2012 starring Wallace Chung, Tan Weiwei and Korean singer Kangta.

In Thailand, a remake with the title Secret Garden Thailand is released in 2016 starring Ananda Everingham and Pimchanok Luevisadpaibul.[16]


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  9. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
  10. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
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  14. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 September 2011) "Chinese series Three Kingdoms wins grand prize at Seoul Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  15. ^ "'더빅뱅쇼' 빅뱅, 2년 3개월만에 공중파 첫 선··'강렬+파격'". Asiae (in Korean). February 28, 2011.
  16. ^ "ล้างตารอ!! อนันดา เปิดตัว ใบเฟิร์น ประกบคู่ลงซีรี่ส์ Secret Garden Thailand". dara.truelife (in Thai). 2016-11-25. Retrieved 2016-11-26.

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