The Moon that Embraces the Sun

The Moon that Embraces the Sun (2012)

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Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom's civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she comes across Crown Prince Lee Hwon. They fall in love and Yeon Woo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon.
Before they can marry, however, the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death, in order to install Yoon Bo Gyeong, the read moredaughter of a family clan, as Crown Princess, thus securing more power for herself. She orders head shaman to cast a spell on Yeon Woo to stricken her with an unknown sickness. After dying, Yeon Woo is resurrected from her grave, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon, who refuses to love another. Eight years later, Yeon Woo returns as a shaman named Wol (meaning moon). Meanwhile the young king begins to investigate the death of his love after seeing the grown up Wol. But he is fighting against time, because the queen's powerful political clan wants him removed from power.

  • Native title:

    해를 품은 달
  • Also Known as:

    Haereul Poomeun Dal ; The Moon Embracing the Sun ; The Sun and the Moon

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Jun 4, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I watched this drama because of its good ratings and reviews. I'd say they're really well-deserved! For me, it is a great drama for many reasons. TMTETS was my first historical drama and after watching this, I would love to try more sageuks. It was truly beautiful to watch - the costumes, places, all the historical stuff, not to mention the good-looking actors! It was way too far from the boring drama read more I expected it to be.

STORY - Interesting storyline! It has great drama, touching romance, some suspense and action, (somehow annoying) politics, and humorous moments. And it gets more and more exciting as the story unfolded. I was easily moved with the story. What else could you ask for? I didn't expect to have lots of laughs from this drama. And of course, you'll see a lot of sad scenes, a lot of crying. But it wasn't until the last episode that I cried my eyes out! Really. Some were really heartbreaking. Some was just too illogical, and too sad, to happen. Other than that, the ending was lovely. (You'll laugh with still tears on your eyes.)
However, I can't get away with its downsides. I think the drama lost some of its energy on the second half. (Or I guess the first episodes were just too good!) I won't say there was no boring moment because there was some time that I just wanted to skip episodes and proceed to the last, I just find it predictable. (But I'm glad I didn't or else I could have lost the story.) BTW, I hate it when one character just can't move on, being so martyr, when he deserves to be happy.

ACTING/CAST - I loved to watch this drama bec. of Jung Il Woo. But in the end, I also learned to love Kim Soo Hyun. For his superb acting, and looks. He gave justice to his role as the King. (Young Lee Hwon was equally amazing.) I couldn't say any flaw. As for Il woo, he has always been good. Though I think I love his character here less. Han Ga In was a real beauty, but I honestly thing the younger Yeon Woo did her role better. I also enjoyed watching the side characters, each of them. The younger actors also did a great job that I quite got sad when their characters got older.

MUSIC - I love Back in Time and the instrumentals. I thinks they we're all perfect for the diff. moods of the series. But to be honest, I didn't get to appreciate its OST until I listened to it after finishing the drama.

REWATCH VALUE - I'm not into rewatching but I suppose I will still watch it in the distant future. :)

OVERALL - I give it a 9 overall. I love it to bits. Definitely a must-see. =))
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Mar 19, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I have always found it hard to finish dramas, but this one was super easy for me! I was checking every week for new episodes ;) It kept me interested throughout the whole series and I can safely say this is my favourite drama ;) Okay, on to the review!

Story - 10/10 I loved the storyline, it was a mix of everything. Sweet, Romantic, Tragedy, Comedy, etc. The only thing that read more I thought sucked was that a lot of the characters led a really sad life ;( And I won't spoil, but they did take out a love storyline that I would've been very interested in watching!

Acting/Cast - 10/10 One word: AMAZING. This is the best cast I have ever seen... they all had lots of chemistry with each other. Even the young cast was overflowing with potential and I missed them so much when they left! Everyone played their role perfectly. I had decided to watch this drama mainly because of my love for Kim Soo Hyun (since WISFC days, he was genius there), Jung Il Woo, Yeo Jin Goo & Kim Yoo Jung (I LOVED THEM IN ILJIMAE!) and pretty Han Ga In. However, I fell in love with all the other actors too! Lee Won Geun and Song Jae Rim...I found myself wanting them to come on screen every second! They're both such hotties lol~ now I'm a huge fan of the both of them! I also loved Siwan, he did a great job and he was so adorable! I think he even looks better in sageuks than in reality. LOL. Hands down, best cast, I wouldn't change a thing :) *I also loved the eunuch!* lol~

Music - 10/10 Even when I wasn't watching the drama, I had the OST as replay, shuffle, you name it. :) All the songs fit the drama perfectly, even the lyrics. The instrumentals were amazing, just like a lullaby :)

Rewatch Value - 10/10 I would love to watch it again!!! Since it's my favourite drama :) keke~

Overall - 10/10 It was perfect! :) Please go watch it ;)
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Both male protagonists have lost their Crown Princess at the beginning of the drama, there is no time travel, but it is an historical romance
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Same genre different pretense but same feel.I enjoyed both in different ways but both love saheuks.
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    hdef 17 days ago

    quit honestly push through the first few episodes, the story is really good. yes i thought god how much crying, but try to put yourself in the times, women were not considered equals, salves and low cast were considered properties. i liked it.

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    Brownie 19 days ago

    Only managed to watch 2 episodes before dropping. I just couldn't get into it and felt bored through both episodes. I gave it multiple times but this drama just wasn't for me.

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    Ekteneia 28 days ago - edited
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    Cherry Quin 29 days ago

    Can't help but say, their tears all look fake.... to much unrealistic amount of tears! ;-)

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    Cherry Quin Jul 12, 2017 - edited

    What episode are they all going to be grown ups?

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    noelhoi Jun 29, 2017 - edited

    Just watched this in 2017 recommended by a friend, first few eps when it involves younger actors/actresses were better overall than the rest of the grown-up side. It had more chemistry romantically, acted better... Han Ga In is a pretty babyface but her acting was bland, instead of acting it was more like reading a script.. Loved that Hyeong Seon (King's Eunuch) he is probably my fave character in here lol. I believe it's overrated here at MDL.

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    LadyVengeance Jun 19, 2017 - edited

    Princess Min Hwa T_T <3

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      Jaylan 30 days ago
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      Jaylan 16 days ago - edited
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    jesy Jun 13, 2017 - edited

    I have always liked kim soo hyun. you'll get swayed away when he cries. he has this charming aura in crying and cute. and jung il woo, you're so charming. i really like this drama though i just dont like how my jung il woo turns out in the end.

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      Cherry Quin Jul 16, 2017

      What happenee to JIL? ;-( did he die?

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      jesy Jul 17, 2017

      i dont want to become spoiler cherry quin..but this is it.. happy ending to main lead . sad to second lead.. jejeje

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      Cherry Quin 29 days ago

      Huhuhuhu Jesy pls?! Am on ep18 now,,, pls let me know if JIL died,, huhuhu

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    Amiri Jun 9, 2017

    everything was good about this this drama until Han Ga In start acting and ruined it all.

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    WiseLemon May 26, 2017 - edited

    One question- what was Yeon Woo's gift in the end? Hwon just gets up and leaves! What did she hide?

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    Docta Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    I really adored this drama. I don't know why I didn't watch it before.
    The story was well developed and the OST was simply amazing.
    Didn't like Han Ga In's acting at all, she was somewhat emotionless. She wasn't compatible with Kim Soo Hyun. It would have been amazing with another actress.
    Kim Soo Hyun and Jung Il Woo were wonderful, as well as the main child leads (didn't noticed before that she actually was the girl of Love in the Moonlight).

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    Nana8 Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    I finished this drama in two days lol, I felt like something was missing but still, I really like it.

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    Cherry Quin Mar 20, 2017 - edited

    Is jung iL Woo the main guy or no?

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      ThaisMoulin Mar 26, 2017
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      Cherry Quin Mar 31, 2017

      Thank u.. I might pass watching this drama then.. ;-(

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      Cherry Quin 29 days ago

      I passed back in March coz back in March am so inlove with JIL, though I am still. Now after watching My love from another star am in love now with KSH. Hihihi. I super lile this drama ep18 now!

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      ThaisMoulin 20 days ago

      It is my favorite drama so I'm glad you decided to give it a chance.

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      Cherry Quin 18 days ago

      I loved it my dear ...

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      TeenMaleModel Faces Mar 26, 2017

      ty for explaining. and taking me seriosly. it just seems so easy to do it. or it gave me the impression of that is easy. cuz its a drama. reality i it must be like that....

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    kurage Feb 4, 2017

    I watch this in 2017 and the only thing I can say is Han Ga In's acting sucks big time


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jan 4, 2012 to Mar 15, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


  • Score:

    8.6 (scored by 11,004 users)
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