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  • 2012
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized haereul pumeun dal
english The Moon Embracing The Sun (literal)
aka The Moon That Embraces The Sun, The Sun And The Moon

Based On

based on book
title haereul pumeun dal
author Jeong Eun Gwol (정은궐)


genres drama, history, romance, fantasy


language Korean


country Korea
type real
format TV
network MBC


date 04 Jan, 2012 - 15 Mar, 2012
episodes 20
duration 70 minutes
air day Wednesday, Thursday
at 21:55 - 23:05
status released


avg. score 4.09 of 5 by 1651 users
total users 2874
rating 6757
favorites 180



Yeon U was once chosen to become the Crown Princess of Joseon, until the Dowager Queen plotted against her and secretly ordered her death. With the help of a powerful shaman's magic, Yeon U escaped with her life, but the incident robbed her of her memories. All believed her to be dead, including the Crown Prince she was to marry, Lee Hwon. Years later, Yeon U returns, now a shaman herself, but she has not been forgotten by those she left behind, and her fate is still intertwined with the man who has since become King.




Heo Yeon U
King Lee Hwon
Prince Yang Myeong
Yun Bo Gyeong
King Lee Hwon (young)
Heo Yeon U (young)




26 Aug, 2013
If I could, I would give this a 3.5 out of 5. It's a good drama, with some very good part in it (actors, storyline, music) and some very average part too (actors, storyline).

I was always intrigued by this drama, mainly because I watch variety shows and they made a big deal of it. The theme music is terribly pretty too and it haunted me so that's how I've decided to watch this drama.

At first, I wasn't sure about it, mainly because of the fact that I'm not really into child lovestory, or even teen lovestory (I have a hard time to relate since I'm neither). But I have to say that after a few episode, I grew fond of the characters.

One of the main strenght of this drama is the acting skills of some people in it. The "vilains" are really really... you just want to smack them so hard. I was shouting at my TV all the time for someone to just kill them already. There's some part of the storyline that are really great too, maily the setting with the children and, for me, what happens to the Heo Family is deeply moving. The two actors that play the King Lee Hwon are really great, their role being the most interesting of all of the characters. I really liked the actress that played Chaman Jang, she has good acting skills too. The girl playing Seol is also really great and Kim Yu Jeong, who plays young Heo Yeon U, is just really talented for her age (I hope she continues to act after her teenage years).

On the downside, there's also actors and some part of the plot. I'm really sorry to say that Ga In does not deliver. She not a bad actress per say, but she lacks charisma and I feel like it's such a shame since the young version of Yeon U is a real moon. Ga In does not shine as much. She's okay, I wasn't bothered by her to the point I wasn't touched by the hardship her character faces, but still... she would have been better with a supporting role since the other female actresses that surround her have more charisma than her. The writer(s) have drop the ball sometimes here and there too. There was incoherence from time to time and that really bothered me, a lot. Maybe that's what happen when you have some magic in the mix... And the last episode, even though there's really great part, it's a bit "bleh" altogether, ending on a un-climax.

The transition between the children and the young adult is really smooth though. The actors all look alike there younger version... except for the one playing Heo Yeom. And it's a shame since he's supposed to be soooooo beautiful. The young version is, the older one, not so much. They don't even look the same, at all. And it's kinda weird. It's fine with radio drama since you cannot see the actor, but if you tell me "he's the prettiest", I want to be at least like "okay, he's pretty enough". But maybe it has somethign to do with taste (though I doubt it) or the fact they have their hair up all the time, putting too much attention to the shape of the face (his jawline is too harsh for the role he's playing). Some minor other stuff were distracting too : the jade belt (WHY? why are they so large and not at bit more close to what a belt is for), Woon's hair, the little line that form on the nose of the queen (the mother of Lee Hwon) when she smiles, try to have good words for someone or does whatever except being sad or crying, and the abusive use of flashbackS (at one point, there's even a flashback of a scene that is still ongoing... were not that stupid)

That said, I recommend this drama. The good part outweight the bad ones AND, I think that, somehow, it combines the awesome part of korean historical drama and european myths : am I the only one that think this drama is kinda like The Odyssey (Yeon U being Ulysses and Lee Hwon being Penelope + the opening scene of the last episode)
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11 May, 2012
Noting that this is a historical drama that is directed more towards a younger audience than most other dramas of this genre, this drama did not disappoint me and gave me just what I had been hoping for.

The child actors won me over so that I would be interested in the storyline. I was glad that they were given the amount of showtime that they were given, so that they were able to develop the characters before we see them when they are older. And what a truly lovable group of characters. There are the antagonists one expects from a Korean drama, the ones we all love to hate. One notable character that always provided entertainment was Hyung Sun.

The acting was also well done for the most part. There were only a few moments during the show in which I felt the acting may have been a bit lacking, but these were points I was willing to overlook in favour of how much I liked the rest of it. I thought Kim Soo Hyun did a good job of showing that he could play more than just a pretty boy part. His acting as the King definitely made this show more enjoyable. (Something I had not expected so much at first.)

The storyline lends itself to certain cliches, but these I were happy to accept as a part of a romance drama. The drama part of it certainly had many moments of tears, but I didn't find it too excessive. In light of the rest of the drama, I felt that the ending fit.

The set was also beautiful and the music was well chosen.

Was there anything incredibly exceptional about this drama? Certainly it wasn't one of those thought provoking dramas, nor was this a drama focused on the intricacies of politics--it had its imperfections and repetitions. However it is a story about staying true to one's ideals and it was interesting to watch a show where the King is someone young, with all the passion that comes with youth. The chemistry between the characters was also quite satisfying. But overall, I enjoyed this drama because it gave me the tears and laughter that I was looking for in a sweet romance drama, set in a historic time. Not a perfect drama, but a good one to pass the time with.
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07 Jun, 2016
They are two costume dramas with supernatural elements and are set during the Joseon dynasty. Both stories feature shamans and a female lead affected by a curse.

12 Mar, 2012
Both of the stories are about a king that meets a girl in his childhood and then, after being separated for a period of time, is reunited with her again.


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sophiets 16 Aug, 2018
It is a 3.5 stars drama.
Indeed the performances of the younger actors/actresses was amazing!!! However, as they have "grown up" the story became lame and little boring.
ally 25 Aug, 2016
I was hesitant to watch this because I'm not a big fan of saeguk, but I'm glad I gave this a chance. This was not as dramatic and tedious as other saeguk dramas I have watched, I actually really enjoyed this.

My only nitpick is that I felt very disconnected from the young and older version of each character, I don't know if it was the acting, the difference in their looks, their personalities or the fact that they were really old looking (supposedly only 8 years has passed).
ilate 01 Dec, 2015
I am not a big fan of Kim Soo Hyun, thus I tried to resist the urge to watch this drama. However, my curiosity won and I'm so glad it did!
Everything about this drama is so good I don't know how to put it in words. And even though I still think Kim Soo Hyun is highly overrated, my opinion about him as an actor got slightly better.
Below are listed all the things I've found interesting about this drama :D

- While watching the first episode, I realized how great the cast was! It was an all-star cast for me
- Also, there was a great resemblence between the young and older actors. I totally loved it! (When I first saw the older counterpart of Princess Min Hwa, I screamed because she looked exactly like the young one!)
- I love how it was funny when it was appropriate! (Especially funny was the relation between King Lee Hwon and Eunuch Hyung Sun)
- This drama was very magical. Not only literally, but also "feeling-wise"
- I think the bromance between King Lee Won and Prince Yang Myung was one of the best in all of Korean dramas!
- There were a lot of scenes that gave me goosebumps, but I was really surprised when I got chills by watching preview for episode 6th. For me, it is what stands for this drama's awesomeness!
- Even though personally, I would prefer the plot go a little bit faster, I think the pace was just fine for the drama to be this good.
- I especially loved episode 17th because it was cute, funny and "plot-breaking".
Especially the scenes when the King confronted the Spiritual Mother to find out if Wol was Yeon Woo, and then when he was sure that it was her all the time and he met Yeon Woo in the Palace for the first time since.
I think those were the scenes when I thought "Hmm..Kim Soo Hyun really is a good actor".
- And last but not least....Can we take a moment to appreciate the beauty of hanboks? <3

Now off to the bad point (big spoiler ahead):
- I think the death of Prince Yang Myung was very unncessary and I felt really betrayed by the writer. The scene itself was very awkward and the fact that he decided not to fight back was very confusing to me.

Just to summarize all of my loose thoughts... I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this drama! :)
superboink 19 Jun, 2015
Fantastic performance from the child actors and actresses. The older cast however was, at most, average, which is a real shame... For once, I was more interested in the development of the relationship of the supporting couple rather than the main.

Perhaps it's because I have previously watched the great Dong Yi that I was left very dissatisfied of this drama. The drama had a really good potential on becoming a great one but somehow the way the story dveloped, together with the so-so acting of the adults, just failed to deliver. I personally think that this drama is way overrated than it should be.
jangminhae 01 Jun, 2015
Really good drama.
I loved the child actors but I cannot say the same for the adult ones. Except my love Kim Su Hyeon everyone else looked flat older.... =[
However Han Ga In's -let's face it- awful acting was not the only flaw. The story dragged too much. I think it should be never meant to be 20 episodes long. 16 would be plenty. After the 12-13th ep I was constantly thinking to drop it, but I had nothing better to do (only my homework ='( ) so I watched it till the end.
I liked the end.
It had a sentiment of justice and I liked the main couple being cute for just one episode. It felt good that the villains got punished.
I didn't really like Prince Yang Myeong's death because it seemed unfair even though I didn't like his old self.
And Princess Min Hwa, it was too much to make her a slave, but at she got free at the end so it's ok.. I feel bad for her because she did nothing, she knew nothing, she only loved a man she couldn't have, and she was turned into a villain for other's political reasons. It was so unfair!!

The main couple was not stong enough. Even though Kim Su Hyeon did his best (except crying scenes) one by his own can't make the couple believable.. Princess Min Hwa and Heo Yeom (I loved this moustache at the ending episode!) were far better!!! I wished for them to have a baby so baaaad!!! <3
The character I LOOOOOVED was eunuch Hyeong Seon!!!!! He was the best!! <3
It was pretty good, but definately not a masterpiece. I don't know why it is praised so much. Like @089110 said if I could I would give it 3.5 stars, but I can't, so 3 is ok. It definitely isn't worth 4...
Good: 3/5
ellie7 28 Mar, 2015
I think it was a pretty good historical drama, but all in all, it was a very good drama among the Korean dramas, too. Thanks to the child actors/actors who played the younger roles of the characters my expectations went really high. They made an amazing job, and let me say, I deeply missed them after their parts ended in the drama. Surely, there is a big future ahead of Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Yoo Jung. Also, Lee Minho, Siwan and Lee Won Geun made their characters likeable. As for the adult actors, I'm a little bit disappointed in Han Gain, since she took over the role from Kim Yoo Jung, I felt like Heo Yeon Woo's character was flat, boring and just the shadow of her young self. Young Heo Yeon Woo was witty, clever, bright and innocent, while older Heo Yeon Woo was plain, controllable and too humble and nice for my taste. Her behavior made the other effect on me, it seemed like she's goody-goody to me. Also, I disliked Princess Minhwa more than the bad characters, thanks to her hypocritical behave and annoying personality. All the male actors made a good job, Kim Soo Hyun was a perfect choice as the main. At the end, I really pitied Un, he was always torn apart between his two friends and Song Jae Rim represented these feelings silently, but emotionally. As for the drama, it was good, but some part was unrealistic and unnecessary.
089110 05 Mar, 2015
If possible, I would give this a 3.5 star. I like this drama because they got to the points quickly rather than dragging out problems. I also like that you knew right off the back whether a character was a friend or foe. The betrayals in dramas, especially historical dramas, can get pretty ridiculous and annoying. However, I don't see why this drama was praised so much. It's good, but definitely not the best I have ever seen. Personally, I'm not the biggest fan of watching romances between young children even though the younger actors did do a good job playing their parts. I didn't have the urge to drop the drama from those first few episodes, but I did have an urge to just skip some parts. The only reason I didn't is because most of the time you have to pay attention to almost every little details to understand what is going on in historical dramas. Anyway, when they got older, I wish there was more to Heo Yeon Woo. Her character was just a bit flat in comparison to who she was when she was younger. She lost her memory, but when she gained it back, she did nothing. She basically just sat around and waited for everything to fold out the way she hoped it would. That was disappointing.

And the ending...
Unnecessary deaths. Yang Myung's death was the most ridiculous. How is he a threat to the throne when he doesn't even want it? I also hated how long it took for the last episode to end. I felt like the writer just inserted random scenes to fill up the time slot.
kiyoshi 20 Feb, 2015
This drama was very interesting from the begining to the end.
I didn't like the part of the drama when she lost her memory, and all the things about the magic powers.
There were very funny moments and also very sad moments.

I think that all the characters, when they grew up, look like the young characters. When I saw that it was Han Ga In, I was like ... oh noooooo why T_T It was not as bad as I thought it would be ... but it could be better with somebody else. Kim Su Hyeon was amazing, as always. And I really loved Jeong Eun Pyo !!! He was sooo funny !! <3. The young characters where amazing too !!

The story was not something special, but it's a very very good historical drama.

About the end,
nothing special too, but it was cute.