Goong: Princess Hours (Korean Drama 2006)



Chae Gyeong is an ordinary art high school student. One day, she hears totally unexpected news that, based on her grandfathers will, she must marry the unemotional Crown Prince Lee Shin who attends the same high school. Chae Gyeong resists the proposal, but reluctantly marries him to help her debt-ridden family. As she struggles to adapt herself to the proper manners and royal duties of palace life and to her disagreeable husband, Lee Shins sentimental cousin and second-in-line to the throne Yul steps into her life. She feels like she can rely on Yul to help her, but can’t help worrying about her haughty, cold-hearted husband. To help bridge this gap, the senior members of the royal family take some special measures to get them to spend the night together.

Excerpted from: Mydramalist

Words from Me:

I have finished this drama on its first airing and tt was quite a sensation back then in 2006. Goong has 24 episodes all in all. The setting was beautiful, you can see the Korean culture in a colorful and splendid way. The cast were also great while the soundtrack was just perfect for every scene and the palace was definitely looked cozy. This drama was an adaptation from a Manhwa which is considered as the Korean comics. They have used the plot which was almost the same as the original storyline, I say almost because as the usual way of every drama/movie adaptations, they mangle a lot of things and change it unnecessarily. I hate it when they do a lot of significant changes to the story because it ruins the writer’s original work.

Anyways, that being said… this is the show where I started liking Eun Hye as an actress. After watching this, I’ve followed several of the dramas she starred in and definitely enjoyed her acting style. While Joo Ji Hoon who played as Shin, her leading man was also gorgeous for a Korean guy, although his eyes is too squinty for my taste, but nonetheless I still liked him and his character. His character is a tsundere which means a person who seems uncaring and moody, but deep inside he just cares too much of others than himself. Then there’s Kim Jeong Hoon who acted as Lee Yul was cute and my heart went out for him as he was that guy who had to endure an unrequited love when all he wanted was for Chae Gyung to love him back that’s why he wanted to be the crowned prince. Lastly we have Song Ji Hyo who acted as Min Hyo Rin, and oh man was she just perfect for the role. She was the girl that Shin first proposed to before getting married to Chae Gyung, she seems to be the cold girl who acted like there was nothing that could ever bother her, but deep inside, her heart is crumbling to pieces as she watches Shin fall in love with Chae Gyung little by little.

The beginning of the show was really cute and Shin Chae-gyung’s character was just adorable and funny. She was a normal teenage high school girl who was clumsy, a bit stupid, always smiling, getting into tons of trouble and yet has a pure heart. Her life drastically changed after meeting Shin, the crowned prince after over hearing him propose marriage to a certain girl. Then she was thrown into an arranged marriage with the crowned prince after finding out the marriage agreement was done by her grandfather and the king’s father when they were born. As the story progressed, there were some draggy moments that I have overlooked because the setting and music was just beautiful and I can’t just help myself but watch it even if the lines have been too redundant. The ending was gorgeous for me because of the setting but storyline wise it was quite bland for my taste and went way off with where the whole story was really supposed to be. It gave me a sense of confusion which I didn’t really like. Although I felt this way towards the ending I am still giving it a 9/10 because it was compensated with other areas in the drama that I have already mentioned which is also essential for making this a top rated Kdrama.goong-cast-2

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