Goong (궁 (宮)) is a drama based on a manhwa by Park So Hee that ran from January 11, 2006 to March 30, 2006. It is a story about young love in the face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In an alternate world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the royal family lives in the Goong (the Palace).

The story opens with the sudden death of the reigning King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon), is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride is the headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae Kyung (Yoon Eun Hye) who just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae Kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin's grandfather. Her grandfather saved Shin's grandfather's life, and in return, the King offered a marriage between their grandchildren (though at the time of the promise, the Crown Prince was not Shin).

After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul (Kim Jeong Hoon) comes back. He is Shin's cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae-kyung's optimistic spirit wins the heart of the internally lonely Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae Kyung's relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure?

Cast Edit

Actor/Actress Character Special Notes
Yoon Eun Hye Shin Chae Kyung Lead female, poor, betrothed to the Crown Prince
Joo Ji Hoon Lee Shin Lead male, Crown Prince (although not originally)
Song Ji Hyo Min Hyo Rin Secondary character, ballerina, Shin's first love
Kim Jeong Hoon Lee Yul Secondary character, the original Crown Prince at the time of the negotiations for the betrothal

Im Ye Jin

Kang Nam Gil

Kim Suk



Shin Chae Goon

Chae Kyung's family

Choi Sung Joon

Lee Young Joo

Uhm Sung Mo

Kang In

Ryu Wan

Jang Kyung

Shin's friends

Jun Ji Ae

Lee Eu

Dan Ji

Lee Kang Hyun

Kim Soon Youn

Yoon Hee Soong

Chae Kyung's friends

Kim Hye Ja

Yoon Yoo Sun

Park Chan Hwan

Lee Yoon Ji

Queen Mother

The Queen

The King

Princess Hyae Myeong

Shin's family; ruling family of Korea
Shim Hye Jin Lady Hwa Young Yul's mother

Production credits Edit

  • Original Work: Manhwa by Park So Hee
  • Production Company: Eight Peaks
  • Director:Hwang In Roe
  • Writer:In Eun Ah

Awards Edit

  • 1st Seoul Drama Awards: Best Art Director
  • 42nd Baeksang Awards nominated for
Best New Actor, Joo Ji Hoon
Best New Actress, Yoon Eun Hye
  • 2006 MBC Drama Awards for:
New Actor Award, Joo Ji Hoon

New Actress Award , Yoon Eun Hye


Princess Hours (Goong) online with English subtitles:

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