Goong (2006)

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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, read moreLee 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 cant 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.

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    Gung; Palace; Princess Hours; Imperial Household; 宮;

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Jun 9, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
I have finished this Kdrama on it's first airing. It was quite a sensation back then. Goong has 24 episodes all in all. The setting was beautiful, you can see the Korean culture in a splendid way. The cast were also great, sound track just perfect for every scene and the palace was definitely nice. This drama was taken off from a Manhwa which is considered as the Korean comics. They have read more used the plot almost similar to the original story line, I say almost because as the usual way of every drama/movie makers which takes stories from books, they mangle a lot of things and change it unnecessarily. I hate it when they do a lot of changes from the original story. It ruins the original writer's thoughts.

The beginning of the show was really cute, and Yoon Eun Hye as Shin Chae-gyung the leading lady role was just funny. Her character 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 and over hearing him propose marriage to a girl. Then she was thrown into an arranged marriage with the crowned prince after finding out the marriage agreement which was done by her grand father and the king's father when they were born.

This is a show where I started liking Eun Hye as an actress. 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. I still liked his character, the seemingly uncaring guy, but deep inside he just thinks too much of others.

Kim Jeong Hoon who acted as Lee Yul (Shin's supposedly cousin who wants to take his throne away) 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. Lasty Song Ji Hyo who acted as Min Hyo Rin was just perfect. 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.

As the story progressed, there where some draggy moments that I have overlooked because the setting and music was just beautiful, and I can't just help my self but watch it even if the lines have been too redundant. The ending was gorgeous for me because of the setting once again, but story line 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 for compensating with other areas in the drama that I have already mentioned which is also essential for making this a top rated Kdrama.
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Apr 5, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
I often read that this drama was too long, and I can easily understand why. But to me, the length of this drama has its place and its reason. It let the characters evolve slowly in a subtle and almost natural way. We get to perfectly understand the too leads. It also permit for their relationship to be more complicated that a simple "why don't you love me, I love you, even read more if at first I hated you!".

The story is actually very original, there is place for cuteness, drama, comedy, a great second female lead, and beautiful couple scenes. What's not to love ?

I gave a 9 in acting because I beleive the second male lead lacked nuance on his part, but the two leads are doing an amazing job.

Anyway it's a good drama, so go watch it ^^ lol !
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    CatoCat Apr 15, 2016 - edited

    What a Journey GOONG is. Yeah 1st i was thinking should i watch this show and then i also saw 1st page comments and i wasn't sure. I had no other Tv show to watch so i picked GOONG UP.

    I have given 8.5 to GOONG.

    Music and especially Back ground music is too good. Story lacked a bit of direction as many times scenes started and ended randomly and then new scene in new location was started.

    1st Episode was simple and i was attracted to Shin Chae Kyung and Yoon Eun Hye.

    From episode 2 i really started to like the show and I just kept watching episode after episode.

    At first i thought actors needed to show more acting skills but later on Actors did well.

    I Watched Episode 23 Yesterday and i was uneasy upset tears in my eyes. My rose started to run. I was totally Emotional. I can say I love GOONG and its characters and i have feelings for them.

    Today i watched episode 24 and a Happy End brought made me really happy BUT I wanted to see much more. I think this is what most of the viewers wanted too.

    Lee Shin and Shin Cahe Kyung cried and cried and so did i and We got Few Minutes of Happy moments. WOW .

    Then Marriage is attended by only Grandma and Choi Sang.

    I wanted to see What Yul and Hyorin are doing these days. Where are the parents of Shin Chae Kyung. what are female friends of Shin Chae Kyung doing.

    I wanted to see marriage life of Lee Shin and Shin Chae Kyung. I wanted to see their new born child son and how they are celebrating it.

    I wanted to see Much more.

    Lee Shin's Elder and most sensible Sister taking the Crown was the best Thing that happened.

    Overall A Must Watch Show.

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    MinaVIP Jan 29, 2016 - edited

    This was a total disaster! The manhwa is 100 times better -.-* this almost felt like a parody of the original story and not an "adaption". Such a mess!

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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016

    I watched it occasionally when it was aired on tv so I missed many episodes. I like the soundtracks by the way!

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    Noura Jan 21, 2016

    I wished better end :(

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    tsukichi Dec 24, 2015

    omg the beggining of this drama was soo good but then it just went downhill in the middle kinda end, it got pretty boring and the ending was so unsatisfying.
    if anyone read the manhwa pls discuss with me how frustrating the ending of the manhwa was cuz wow do i feel trolled

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    OppaHasLongLegs Aug 30, 2015

    just finished it, lots of love brings a lot of tears

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    lorrainesong Aug 20, 2015 - edited

    still watching this in 2015>

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    lorrainesong Aug 20, 2015

    please 2015 yoon eun hye and ju ji hoon worked agan! please? please directors? it would be so great!

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    GhengPacamarraTan Jun 15, 2015 - edited

    I've watch it twice and I really like the story! Lead characters are really good together! :)

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    Yoon Eun Hye Jun 9, 2015

    This drama is so perfect!!!

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    Kikyostarr May 25, 2015 - edited

    I have a hard time finishing this drama and I WANT to finish, but at this point I feel that this drama is dragging way more then it needs to be. Would of been better if it was 16 episodes.

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    heartbreaker17 Jan 5, 2015

    A bit draggy in the end.

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    CmgKpop Nov 26, 2014

    It's a good drama. The plot is cute, although a little dragging at times. I think the series could have been shortened a little and it would have been better. I really liked the love square, though. As a Yoon Eun Hye fan, I enjoyed seeing her so young and cute :)

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    Carmen alexandra Sep 2, 2014

    I stopped at ep 7. Idk why it was a little boring at some parts... and i just wanted to sleep. Should i finish it ?


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    South Korea
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    Jan 11, 2006 to Mar 30, 2006
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 12,727 users)
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