This drama portrays the life of the 19th king of Goguryeo, Hwanwoong, who was sent from the heavens to make the world a better place. He falls in love with Saeoh and gives her the joojak necklace; however, Kajin becomes jealous since Saeoh has given birth to Hwanwoong's son. She takes the baby and throws him off a cliff. Saeoh, thinking that her son had died, is overcome with grief and turns into the black joojak to destroy the world. Hwanwoong is the only one who could stop her. Afterwards, Hwanwoong returns to the Heavens and prophecizes that 2000 years later, the true Joo Shin king will come to Earth. With the help of the four gods, he will rebuild Joo Shin.

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  • Feb 12, 2012 24 of 24 episodes seen
    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  9
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    • Acting/Cast  9
    • Music  8
    • Rewatch Value  9
    what I have to say?? I really enjoy watching period drama and in this story there is the addition of fantasy and also adds mythical elements. I don't know why but I wasn't interested in the beginning. It didn't seem to me a remarkable story, only later I realized that I was beginning to like it. I hoped in more scenes of affection. I prefer romantic stories even so I was impressed by scenes of war, so I can't say that the romance is the central theme (who is looking for a love story in the past I suggest trying another drama). The music is not less than the story (composed by Joe Hisaishi) and some actors were really good in acting.
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  • Jan 4, 2013 24 of 24 episodes seen
    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    This drama was epic! The timeline, characters, locations, sets, costumes, special effects, everything. Myth, legend and history rolled up into one awesome package. Clearly, this drama had a huge budget. The main thread of the story is to get the prehistoric mythology of the origins of Korea to line up in the end with the historical figure of Gwanggaeto the Great of Goguryeo. To do this requires much help from supernatural forces, most especially from the Four Gods from Heaven said to reanimate for the true Joo Shin King. Fine, just go along for the ride. If you want a big romantic payoff in the end and that’s the reason you’re watching, then you’ll most likely be disappointed. There will be no sullying the purity of read more
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  • Because they are both period drama's. They both have another similarity, which is prophecy. Other than that not much is alike, but they are both good.
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  • They both have a large dynamic and powerful feeling as well as both being period dramas. Everything is eye candy, story lines and characters are very well written, actors are amazing, some similarities in their plots but not enough to make complaints.
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  • Lyrical Nov 22, 2013
    Is there Romance too?
  • algelic Nov 10, 2013
    Favorite Korean drama ever. I rewatched it 2 or 3 times and it's still great. A+
    1 ❤
  • LadyHeeHeeXP Nov 6, 2013
    I loved this drama :D I found the legend of how the world was founded very interesting, and the acting was perfect. There's just one thing that left me unsatisfied. The ending. After 24 episodes of CGI blood and wars, narration and not-enough-romance (according to me :D), the ending left me feeling like the writers had cut the plot off and just left you hanging without answering a lot of questions. For a drama this interesting, the ending just didn't seem up to par.
  • kamani Sep 22, 2013
    Very good drama.. Bae Young Joon's acting as king Damdeok was excellent.. like it very much.
  • LMitsuki Aug 27, 2013
    It seems Im the only one who's not enjoying this. I watched 8 episodes already but can't find sth that makes me excited. I only like the actor :/
    3 ❤
  • charyto Aug 10, 2013
  • Bodea Jul 6, 2013
    This was my first historical drama and it was a great mix of fantasy,suspense, and romance. I loved everything except the ending. it felt really rushed.
  • WeAreOneExotics Jun 23, 2013
    To be honest I really just wanted to see more of Sujini and DamDuk together... I always smile on the Scenes where they're together! I love Historical Dramas!!! And I love Bae Yong Juns acting in this! :) <3
    2 ❤
  • RoseRouge Mar 1, 2013
    It was epic ! However, I craved for more Sujini/DamDuk scenes, it's wasn't enough !
    ... I wish there were more episodes, 24 is too short for such an epic drama.
    3 ❤
  • Madame-B Feb 11, 2013
    i don´t like historical dramas at all. but this show was awesome!Bae Yong Jun has something special. i can´t explain what is it, but because of him and his good acting skills i was looking forward.now i like him very much wtf xDD
    2 ❤
  • sakurahain Oct 16, 2012
    Will someone please tell me if the ending of this show is worth it?
    • anglachelle Dec 22, 2012
      Sadly no. At least for me. I was really disappointed. But I after I finished the drama I looked up some information about it and found an alternative ending that was considered, I found it better so I just imagined it ended like that (however, I have already forgot what it was. Oops...) But apart from ending there is a lot of great stuff. I watched it more than year ago and I still remember some great characters and interactions. Especially between Damduk and Sujini. Those parts were really lovable. Oh, and it is visual feast :-)
      2 ❤
    • sakurahain Dec 30, 2012
      Thank you.
    • zzz_x3 Nov 28, 2013
      I totally agree... the ending was not quite that good unfortunately :/ but overal it was worth it ;)
  • bossmama Sep 25, 2012
    At the end of episode 2 I actually shouted 'what an uninteresting cliffhanger!' with one big smile and excited heart. I was eager to keep going, I was pleased by anything's going on in the drama, wihtout knowing why. It wasn't the 'what will happen next' that kept me going, I just loved it, I don't care with whatever flaw it had, I WANTED to watch EVERYTHING it delivered so badly. Even though it was very anime-like, and I couldn't stand that DD, Sujini, and Ho Gae were supposed to be 17 years old when they were introduced in the drama (well Sujini was kinda fine). Yet it was the drama that make me try very hard to make any spare time I could so I can watch it. I like, favor, cheer on, and sympathize with some characters, but when they died I actually don't care. When the drama ended badly I still don't care. Was it an illusion that I like it at all?
  • princessofsummer Sep 14, 2012
    I've read somewhere that the actual ending is different from what they originally intended to. Although I'm initially fine with the ending, now that I know what I know... I say they could have done better with it.
    1 ❤
  • luluhouse7 Aug 6, 2012
    MUSIC BY JOE HISAISHI = fsdaiojfdslkak EARGASM
    3 ❤
  • haru7 Feb 12, 2012
    even if I didn't like the ending much, I loved this drama.
    4 ❤


The Legend

The Legend


  • Main Title: The Legend
  • Native title: 태왕사신기
  • Also Known as: The Story of the First King's Four Gods ; Tae Wang Sa Shin G ; Taioshijinki

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: September 11, 2007 to December 5, 2007
  • Airs On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • # of Episodes 24
    Average Duration 1 hr. 5 min. per episode
  • Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Historical


  • Score: 8.18 (scored by 734 users)
  • Ranked: #144
  • Popularity: #383
  • Members: 1,767
  • Favorites: 0
4.1 stars - based on 734 votes

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