Secret Garden (2011 TV series)

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Secret Garden
Secret garden korean drama.jpg
Promotional poster for Secret Garden
Genre Romance
Written by Kim Eun-sook
Directed by Shin Woo-chul
Kwon Hyuk-chan
Starring Ha Ji-won
Hyun Bin
Yoon Sang-hyun
Kim Sa-rang
Opening theme Secret Garden opening title
Ending theme Appear by Kim Bum-soo
That Woman by Baek Ji-young
That Man by Hyun Bin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Lee Min-jeong
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 (KST)
Production company(s) Hwa & Dam Pictures
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original release 13 November 2010 (2010-11-13) – 16 January 2011 (2011-01-16)
Preceded by Life Is Beautiful
Followed by New Tales of Gisaeng
External links
Korean name
Hangul 시크릿 가든
Revised Romanization Sikeurit Gadeun
McCune–Reischauer Sik'ŭrit Katŭn

Secret Garden (Hangul: 시크릿 가든; MR: Sikeurit 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]

Secret Garden was a big ratings success,[5][6] and won a number of awards at both the 2010 SBS Drama Awards and the 47th Paeksang Arts Awards.[7][8]


A stuntwoman who dreams of becoming a stunt director and a department store CEO who has nothing to lose, fall in love due to crazy and hilarious circumstances. Though they live in two different worlds, Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-Won) and Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) meet in a twist of fate that brings them together. Gil Ra-im just wants a modest life. Since she was left alone in the world at a young age, she gave her all to martial arts, eventually becoming an acknowledged stuntwoman. Kim Joo-won couldn't care less about romance; all he wants is a beneficial marriage that can increase his power and advantages. He's handsome, rich, and insensitive, the perfect combination for a world class jerk that women want to date. Oska is a playboy who wants to lead a hedonistic life and resume his popular status as a hallyu star. Then he reunites with his former love Yoon Seul, who has made a successful directing career for herself. But Yoon Seul wants nothing to do with Oska, rather she has her eyes set on Joo-won. The four become tangled in a love square, that becomes more confusing when Ra-im and Joo-won begin switching bodies.


Main characters[edit]

Tough but secretly lonely, the spunky Gil Ra-im works as a stuntwoman for an action school run by director Im Jong-soo. As for her ideal type, she prefers men who can throw punches faster than her, and she prefers throwing men over her shoulders than awkwardly flirting with them. Due to her father dying 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. Though she wasn't looking for romance, switching bodies with the rude CEO Kim Joo-won brings about confusing feelings.
Bossy, impertinent, and quite arrogant, the handsome CEO Kim Joo-won is used to wearing a million dollar training suit and being the smartest man in the room. His habit is saying, "Is this the best? Are you sure?" and making sure everyone's lives revolve around him. This sharp and calculating man who was afraid of no one is floored when he meets Gil Ra-im. She's not an heiress with a good social status, and works as a stunt woman. In fact, he treats her like a nuisance. So why does he want to see her again and again?
A famous Hallyu star who is slowly losing his popularity, Oska is not only Joo-won's cousin but his fiancée Yoon Seul's first love. He has an almost childish competition with his cousin. He used to rely on his charming looks and money, but seeing Seul again and discovering new talent in a young man named "Sun" triggers something inside him to change.
Oska's first love and Kim Joo-won's fiancée. She comes from a privileged family and is gifted with gorgeous looks and a smart brain. Unable to forgive Oska, she is bent on making him hurt as much as possible. This also includes getting engaged to his cousin Joo-won, who she finds quite attractive.
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, at first he 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.
  • Park Joon-geum as Moon Boon-hong
Joo-won's mother.
  • Kim Ji-sook as Moon Yeon-hong
Oska's mother.
Joo-won's long-suffering assistant who has a crush on Im Ah-young.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Choi Yoon-so as Kim Hee-won
  • Kim Sung-kyum as Moon Chang-soo
  • Lee Byung-joon as Park Bong-ho
  • Sung Byung-sook as Park Bong-hee
  • Kim Gun as Yoo Jong-heon
  • Yoon Gi-won as Choi Dong-kyu
  • Jang Seo-won as Hwang Jung-hwan
  • Yoo Seo-jin as Lee Ji-hyun
  • Kim Dong-gyun as director
  • Jung In-gi as Gil Ik-seon, Ra-im's father
  • Baek Seung-hee as Park Chae-rin
  • Kim Mi-kyung as guest house ajumma
  • Ryu Seung-hoon as cutlassfish group
  • Min Joon-hyun as smoking man
  • Kevin Were as Ryan Jackson
  • Nam Hyun-joo as Department head Nam
  • Shim Ho-seong as 6 Gisaeng
  • Choi Young-shin as assistant director
  • Heo Tae-hee as Hyeong-min
  • Han Ye-won as Cherry
  • Lee Tae-woo as Ra-im's son
  • Yoo Il-han as Hong-cheol
  • Kang Chan-yang
  • Min Dong-ho
  • Yoon Joo-man
  • Jang Ma-cheol
  • Fabien
  • Sahee
  • Seo Ho-cheol
  • Kim Bo-ri
  • Baek So-mi
  • Song Yun-ah as top star at giveaway event (cameo, ep 2)
  • Beige (cameo)
  • Lee Joon-hyuk as Joon-hyuk, Oska and Seul's friend (cameo, ep 8)
  • Baek Ji-young as concert singer (cameo, ep 13)
  • Son Ye-jin as herself (cameo, ep 20)



Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[9] AGB Nielsen[10]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
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%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
SBS Drama Awards[7]
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
47th Baeksang Arts Awards[8][11]
Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV Hyun Bin Won
Best Drama Secret Garden Won
Best Actor (TV) Hyun Bin Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Ha Ji-won Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Kim Sung-oh Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Yoo In-na Won
Best Director (TV) Shin Woo-chul Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Kim Eun-sook Won
6th Seoul International Drama Awards[12]
Outstanding Korean Actor Hyun Bin Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actress Ha Ji-won Nominated
Outstanding Korean Director Shin Woo-chul Won
Outstanding Korean Screenwriter Kim Eun-sook Won
Outstanding Korean Drama OST "That Woman" - Baek Ji-young Won
4th Korea Drama Awards
Grand Prize (Daesang) Secret Garden Won
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 Director Shin Woo-chul Nominated
Best Writer Kim Eun-sook Won
13th Mnet Asian Music Awards
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

International broadcast[edit]

  • In January 2011, SBS Contents Hub announced that the drama had been purchased by a number of countries across Asia and the Americas: Peru and the United States. Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar, Cambodia and Indonesia.[13]
  • In Japan, it first aired on cable channel KNTV from August 29 to September 23, 2011.[15] Reairings followed on cable channel BS Premium in 2012,[16] and on major network NHK in 2013.[17]
  • In Malaysia, it aired on 8TV (dubbed in Mandarin with Malay subtitles); Astro Prima (in original Korean with Malay subtitles); Astro Shuang Xing (in both original Korean and dubbed in Mandarin, with Malay and Chinese subtitles); and ONE TV ASIA (in original Korean and dubbed in Mandarin or Malay, with English, Chinese and Malay subtitles).
  • In the United States, it was dubbed in Spanish and aired on MundoFox retitled as Jardin secreto.
  • In Cuba, it aired on the state-run network Canal Habana in 2014.[18]


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  2. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (9 December 2010). "Secret Garden Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won speak on switching bodies - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  3. ^ Kang, Hye-ran (27 January 2011). "Ha reflects on the success of Secret Garden". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  4. ^ Kwon, Mee-yoo (9 January 2011). "Secret Garden soundtrack live in concert". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
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  8. ^ a b Hong, Lucia (27 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win top prizes at Paeksang". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-10.
  9. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). 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). Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  11. ^ Park, Min-young (29 May 2011). "Hyun Bin, Lee Byung-hun win Paeksang awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  12. ^ Hong, Lucia (1 September 2011) "Chinese series Three Kingdoms wins grand prize at Seoul Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  13. ^ Hong, Lucia (19 January 2011). "Korean drama Secret Garden sold to 13 countries". 10Asia. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
  14. ^ "Owen and Jamie's body swap finally happens in Secret Garden". Philippine Entertainment Portal. 16 May 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-18. 
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  16. ^ "Secret Garden goes to Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  17. ^ "More Korean soap operas on Japan channels despite strained ties". Yonhap. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  18. ^ "Korean Wave Makes Splash in Cuba". The Chosun Ilbo. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 

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