A legendary scholar from the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) is reborn as a charismatic detective through cable channel OCN's "Jeong Yak Yong". The eight-episode television mini-series is aimed at attracting crime film and drama fans with colorful characters and a traditional backdrop. "There are so many frightening things happening these days, and I wanted to portray them with traditional characters in a traditional backdrop", Kim Hong-sun, the director, said at a press conference Monday in central Seoul. Jeong (1762-1836) was a successful scholar and an avid believer of practical learning. He also worked as a royal commissioner and wrote numerous reports of cases he worked on during his term. The 45-minute-long episodes will show various cases, including theft, adultery and even murder, with handsome Park Jae Jeong playing the role of the smart and dynamic Jeong, the "Sherlock Holmes of the Joseon Kingdom".

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  • Jun 22, 2012 8 of 8 episodes seen
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    • Rewatch Value  10
    I really liked this drama. It's short, only 8 episodes, but it's fun while it lasts. Since this drama is so short and each episode is truly its own entity, it's completely re-watchable.

    Each episode deals with a different case, and there isn't really much of a multi-episode arc. It's fun to watch Joseon-era crime solving techniques. Now, whether or not those are true to the period, I don't know, but it was good, old fashion sleuthing. A couple of cases seemed similar, but they were different enough to be entertaining. One case, though, actually gave me nightmares the night I watched because the culprit was especially creepy and calculating.

    There are also plenty of laughs, and a hint of romance in the drama. Not much,
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  • Lylina Dec 6, 2012
    I wish Kwon Hyuk had more than 5mins of screentime and 2 lines per episode but overall it's a good drama altho half of the episodes are predictable, the way the story goes on and the characters make it really entertaining

    It's not a drama i'd re-watch but if there was a second season i'd definitely watch it
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Jung Yak Yong

Jung Yak Yong


  • Main Title: Jung Yak Yong
  • Native title: 조선추리활극 정약용
  • Also Known as: Jeong Yak Yong; Joseon Choori Hakgeuk Jeong Yak Yong; Korean Mystery Detective, Jung Yak Yong

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: November 27, 2009 to January 15, 2010
  • Airs On: Friday
  • # of Episodes 8
    Average Duration 45 min. per episode
  • Genres: Historical, Mystery


  • Score: 7.59 (scored by 39 users)
  • Ranked: #NA
  • Popularity: #2135
  • Members: 172
  • Favorites: 0
3.8 stars - based on 39 votes

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