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  • Drama: Ballad of Seo Dong
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 55
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: SBS
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated


  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 146 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2868
  • Members: 594
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Ratings: 7.9/10 from 146 users
# of Members: 594
Reviews: 3 users
Ranked #99999
Popularity #2868
Members 146

This drama is loosely based on one of Korea's oldest folk songs. Suh Dong was the illegitimate son of the Baekje king and with the help of Princess Sun Hwa, the daughter of the king of the Silla, he went on to become the king of Baekje against all odds.

  • Native title: 서동요
  • Also Known as: Seodongyo; Seo Dong Yo; Seo Dong's Song; Ballad of Suh Dong; Song Of The Prince
  • Screenwriters: Kim Young Hyun
  • Genres: Historical, Romance
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 55
  • Aired: Sep 5, 2005 - Mar 21, 2006
  • Aired On: Monday, Tuesday
  • Network: SBS
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 146 users)
  • Ranked: #99999
  • Popularity: #2868
  • Rating: Not Yet Rated

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20 people found this review helpful
Feb 24, 2013
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10
This drama has left a big impact on me.
The storyline was well written and beautifuly interpreted. As it is based on an old Korean folk story, it started to interest me even more, beacause those kind of stories I love the most.

Actors were amazing; every one of them so alive in their roles. The three main actors did especially good job, because you could just immerse yourself in their acting, and enjoy the whole time.

Music was beautiful, and appropriate for the plot. I immediately downloaded the OST and am stuck with it, repeating it over and over again.
The funny thing is, when you watch a lot of historical dramas, you can hear that there are some melodies that repeat but are changed a bit, so you can reminiscence on other dramas too.

All in all, I give the Ballad of Seo Dong/Seo Dong Yo, a pure 10/10, because I will definitely watch it again some day, and enjoy in it like I am watching it for the first time.

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6 people found this review helpful
Feb 22, 2014
Overall 5.0
Story 7.0
Acting/Cast 5.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 1.0
Possibly the most uninteresting sageuk I have ever watched. What could have been a most poignant, emotionally stirring story of forbidden love between the prince and princess of two enemy kingdoms, turns into a horribly messed up, half-hearted attempt at making a great historical drama! The plot progresses at a snail's pace and right after it advances 5 steps, it takes 10 steps back and this keeps on going till the last episode. Casting is shoddy and the acting is either over-the-top exaggerated or too mellow. Jo Hyun Jae as Seo Dong/Prince Mookang possibly features in his worst role ever. He doesn't act, emote, mouths dialogues like a robot and he has no chemistry at all with Lee Bo Young.
Worst part is, right when you reach the happy resolution of all conflicts, they ruin the ending by trying to make it tragic and serious. Sheesh! I cannot believe the writer of this drama is the same person who wrote Queen Seon Deok, which is near flawless in every aspect.

The saving grace of this drama are Lee Bo Young as Princess Seonhwa, Ryu Jin as Giroo and Heo Young Ran as Princess Wooyoung (she, specially, shows astonishing character growth and integrity towards the end and does a fine job) who instill some vigour into a lifeless drama with their nuanced performances.

Otherwise this is simply a terrible drama. I hope the folksong 'Ballad of Seo Dong' is dramatized again by a better production house with more talented writers who shun mindless cliches and actors who can translate this extremely powerful story of forbidden love into a worthwhile onscreen adaptation.

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