One of the korean dramas that I am (or was) crazy about was Goong (a.k.a Princess Hours in some areas known as The Palace). It was shown in the Philippines about 2 years ago. Of course this drama (like all other Asian dramas shown on TV) was dubbed in Filipino. I clearly remembered wanting to go home early from work to catch up on the next episode (it was shown on daily, 30 minutes on primetime with commercial breaks in the local television network). And everytime I missed an episode, I would log on to crunchyroll to watch the episodes that I missed (at that time it was still available on the site).
The story of the drama is based on the mahwa by Park So Hee.
Goong is a story about young love in face of tradition, politics, and intrigue. In the imaginary world, modern-day Korea is a constitutional monarchy and the Royal Family lives in a grand Palace, the Goong. Story opens with the sudden death of the reigning the King. Faced with the decreasing popularity among the public for the Royalty, a grand wedding for the Crown Prince, Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon), is decided to be the best publicity move to improve the image of the Royalty and at the same time prepare Shin for immediate succession. The intended bride? The headstrong, awkward, and sweet spirited Shin Chae-kyung (Yoon Eun Hye) that just happens to go to the same exclusive art school. Chae-kyung was betrothed to become the next Crown Princess by her grandfather and Shin’s grandfather.
After 14 years of living in England with his mom, Lee Yul (Kim Jeong Hoon) appears all of a sudden. He is Shin’s cousin as well as the former Crown Prince. Everything seemed to be going normally until Chae-kyung’s optimistic spirit wins the heart of internally lonely, Yul. As the Crown Prince Shin and simple-minded Chae-kyung’s relationship appear to developing deeper feelings, a series of scandals are exposed to the public right after the pair were officially announced married. Will love prevail all in a world of political pressures and martial hardships? Or will being in the spotlight of the public be too much for the young newlyweds to endure? (http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Goong)
The drama starred Yoon Eun Hye (Coffee Prince, Vineyard Man) as the princess, Shin Chae-kyung and Joo Ji Hoon (The Devil, Antique Bakery) the crown prince Lee Shin. This was the first drama for both of them. This drama also starred Kim Jeong Hoon (Witch Yoo Hee, and formerly from the group UN) who played the crown prince’s cousin and rival Lee Yul and Song Ji Hyoo (Sex is Zero 2) who played the ballerina and Shin’s ex-girlfriend Min Hyo-rin.
The reason why I liked this drama is because of its light hearted story. The story is fictional as kings and queens are no longer ruling Korea. It had the right amount of drama and the right amount of “kilig” moments. Also I loved the soundtrack of this drama as their songs really fit the story (though I had to google the meaning of the song :D). The song Perhaps Love, is probably my favorite Korean song — i love the melody and its lyrics. I also liked the way they ended the episodes, teddy bears depicting the scenes of the episodes. Seeing those teddy bears makes me want to go to the teddy bear museum which (surprise surprise) is in Korea. Until now, I am still watching the my goong videos and I never get bored of them
It is a little difficult to find streaming videos of Goong online as this drama is a licensed one. So you could either buy the original DVD (which is sold online) or you may go to this site.
Since I have uploaded the song Perhaps Love, I will be uploading all the others later..
This drama is a must see, especially if you’re a beginner with the Asian addiction.