• Drama: The Merchant: Gaekju 2015
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 41
  • Aired: Sep 23, 2015 - Feb 18, 2016
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 202 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2396
  • Watchers: 1,127

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Ratings: 6.9/10 from 202 users
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In late Joseon, a poor man named Cheon Bong Sam inherits a decrepit inn and honestly works his way up to becoming a powerful merchant. As tradesmen clash against the bureaucratic powers that attempt to oppress them by rigging bad deals, Bong Sam never loses sight of his humble beginnings as a peddler even after achieving great success and eventually shapes the way that industry and business are done in his time.

  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 41
  • Aired: Sep 23, 2015 - Feb 18, 2016
  • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network: KBS2
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 6.9 (scored by 202 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2396
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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2 people found this review helpful
Oct 28, 2017
41 of 41 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 6.0
Rewatch Value 10
It is without a doubt one of the best historical dramas I've ever seen. I definetely recommend it for those who enjoy a highly political drama. It's certainly not for the romance seeking fellow drama addicts.

When it first aired I dropped it because the introduction was really bad but nothing surprising since I usually don't enjoy introductions in historical dramas (or introdutions in general), but I'm SOOOO glad I decided to give it another try even if it was just because I'd recently became a fan of Jang Hyuk but I skipped the introduction part and suddenly, when Bong Sam becomes a fully grown man, the story becomes really interesting and addicting to the point I never got bored once. It's actually hard to let go of this drama T-T

There are lots of interesting characters in this drama, specially Shin Seok Ju (believe it or not, I love him so much! He's an adorable villain!), Gil So Gae (another adorable villain with so much charisma) and of course Cheon Bong Sam (I love, love love him!). These three made confused as to whom I should cheer for LOL.  

The story is about the merchant class and one merchant who will go through all obstacles following his principles and going against anything and anyone to do what he has to do to survive and also what is right.  For fairness (and to survive), he goes against the powerful head merchant, the nobles and the palace if he has to.

Cheon Bom Sam's journey is definetely worth it. The story has a perfect pace, it's intriguing and keeps you curious through all the 41 episodes and I can't stress enough how amazing acting is.

The only con I can think of (and it is a weak one) is that it should've ended a little sooner so that the ending would've been stronger.

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5 people found this review helpful
Mar 4, 2016
41 of 41 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 1.5
Story 1.0
Acting/Cast 2.5
Music 4.5
Rewatch Value 1.0
1) The reason I watched this :
because its a HISTORY drama and " I like histories ", and being a drama that involves Merchants, makes it so interesting to watch.. new idea new concept

2) Storyline/Plot:
DISAPPOINTED ; VERY POOR, the weak point of this drama, the story was good in the first FEW EPISODES of the show, but before reaching the middle of the show it took a different unrealistic, repetitive, boring turn, with no characters developing and no real twists... the story development as a whole was very bad

* The cinematography is garbage

*Main Genres:

--->Action and politics : poor ..

--->Romance: not present

Story: 1/10.

3) Acting/Cast:

*Main Leads :
u cant feel it .. even the main actors are not in the mood and unrealistic

Cast: 5/10.
Acting: 2.5/10.

4) The ending: very bad written.

The ending: 1/10.

5) My impression (How did it affect me):
one of forgettable dramas, just passed my time watching it

*Is the drama memorable: NO

My impression: 4/10.

Rewatch :zero

6) Overall:
Overall: 1.5/10


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