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Dong-yi Character Stats

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Translations are not 100% accurate, but they should have the general gist of things. Character sheets are at the bottom.

General Stats

(Choi) Dong-yi
– Portrayed by Han Hyo-joo, younger self portrayed by Kim Yoo-jung
– Age in drama: 11-49
– Born 1670
– Outgoing, intelligent, compassionate, good at math
– Her father and brother were framed and killed when she was young
– Had to keep hiding from Inspector Seo for same reason
– With the help of gisaeng Seol-hee (who was in love with her brother), took shelter at one of Pyongyang’s gisaeng houses and learned the arts
– Selected for service in the palace due to her natural intellect and generous nature
– At the same time Cha Chun-soo, her brother’s good friend, did his utmost best to keep her safe
– Eventually attracted the attention of King Sukjong and became Choi Sook-bin
– Was object of jealousy for Jang Hee-bin, but a great favourite with the queen

King Suk-jong
– Portrayed by Ji Jin-hee
– Age in drama: 24-60
– 19th king of the Yi dynasty
– Reigned from 1661-1720
– Was the sovereign with the most power in Korean history
– Became king when he was just 14
– Deftly managed the slippery courts with his intelligence and ability to manipulate
– Engaged in reforms to broaden and strengthen the king’s powers
– Compassionate, paid attention to detail, idolized by his subjects

Cha Chun-soo
– Portrayed by Bae Soo-bin
– Age in drama: 20-55
– Later becomes a member of the police force, but was also covert Sword Society member
– Greatly talented at fighting, but of low birth
– When the Choi men died they passed on the care of Dong-yi to him, and he’s taken this to heart
– Has started his own ‘Sword Society’ leadership in order to fight corruption and help the lower classes
– Has never forgotten that Dong-yi once said she would marry him when she was older

Jang Hee-bin
– Portrayed by Lee So-yeon
– Age of appearance in drama: 24
– Born 1659, died 1701
– Royal concubine, second in rank to the queen and a great favourite of the king
– Was kicked out of the palace by the Daebi (king’s mother)
– Was part of the Southern faction
– After Queen Inhyeon’s status was annulled, Jang Hee-bin became queen, but after In-hyeon showed signs of remorse, she was re-instated and Jang was demoted back to her original status as Hee-bin
– Is a sworn opponent of Dong-yi
– Dies from poison by royal mandate (history indicates that she was discovered with a shaman in the middle of performing rites to curse the queen and sentenced to death by poison)

Queen In-hyeon
– Portrayed by Park Ha-seon
– Appears from age 16 onwards
– Born 1667, dies 1701
– Retiring, compliant, easily ignored
– Was victim of circumstances and chased out of court as a commoner
– After a change in politics, was reinstated as queen but quickly succumbs to illness
– Shields and helps Dong-yi, her junior by 3 years and a favourite

Seo Yong-gi
– Portrayed by Jung Jin-young
– Enters drama at 30, ages to 60
– Inspector at local police, rises to Prefectural Chief (?)
– Possesses a strong sense of fairness, right and wrong, very careful of details in everything
– Felt deeply betrayed when his mentor, Choi Hyo-won (Dong-yi’s papa) is revealed to be the head of the Sword Society and makes it his life’s mission to eradicate the group
– At the time that Dong-yi becomes a court lady he already holds a high position within the police hierarchy
– Attempts to help her when she is older – good intention, bad execution


Sources: Baidu Tieba, MBC

  1. anastassia
    Monday, May 31, 2010 at 12:04 am

    Thanks for this infos sevenses.

    I have asked you something in another post but did not received any respond.

    I hope you can help me with this one.

    What is the difference of Court Lady and Royal Court?

    Who is the young prince on the earlier episode?

    I think I did not favor the King character in this drama. He easily attached to a woman and made him a weak character on top of that.

    I have several dissatifaction with other potrayal of character and plots as well but I can slide that down for now since I enjoying this drama very much.

    Thanks in advance.

    • sevenses
      Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 10:22 pm

      1) Do you mean royal concubine and court lady? The former gets to sleep with the king, and doesn’t have to do any work, whereas the second will often be in charge of some groups of palace maids.

      2) There was no young prince, I think it might have been a nephew or something. Sukjong had no children who survived infancy until Gyeongjong (by Jang Heebin).

      • minhwa
        Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

        who is prince eun-pyung?

  2. Patty
    Wednesday, July 7, 2010 at 2:25 am

    Does anyone know the name of the actor who plays the exiled scholar Shim Eun Taek?

  3. Che Rowley
    Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Beautiful story.

  4. Anonymous
    Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 1:43 am

    this a very nice story

  5. Saturday, July 2, 2011 at 1:44 am


  6. Adriano Joshua
    Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at 5:35 am

    Nice blog and of course nice story…

  7. Fucking mama
    Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 3:30 am

    I love dong yi. want to sex with her.

    • Anonymous
      Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      eww ur so STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Sunday, December 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    ..the story is nice !
    I love Dongyi’s brother..
    what is his name, anyway ?

    • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 9:50 pm

      It’s Bae Soo Bin… But in the story it’s Cha Chun Soo..

  9. hikarihanazono
    Tuesday, December 20, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    what a beatiful story…::::::::::0

  10. Sunday, January 1, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    good…… very.l… good!!!

  11. Anonymous
    Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 12:05 am

    This is the best series I have ever seen…. Not only can it make you laugh hard and cry hard, but it also has a lot of valuable lessons in life…. ITS THE BEST!

  12. Anonymous
    Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 8:32 am

    best drama yet i have ever seen…………

  13. Anonymous
    Friday, January 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    who likes queen song duk better? i like dong yi bettter…

  14. Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    i just wanted to ask, how did dong yi really died? im curious about it. i really love this drama.

    • Wednesday, February 22, 2012 at 10:04 pm

      @Joanna Marie

      From what I gathered from other blogs, Dong yi died from epistaxis(nose bleeding). On the last episode we can see Dong Yi doing a head-up tilt when her nose is bleeding. This is can be a proof of this. Although this is not confirmed.

      • Anonymous
        Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm


        • Anonymous Kdrama Fan
          Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

          In the last episode of Dong Yi, we see Dong Yi’s son (King Yeongjo) becoming king and he going to Dong Yi’s grave with Chun Soo. So Dong Yi did actually die in the last episode of the series.

  15. Sunday, January 29, 2012 at 3:52 am

    i like this show because it his a history of chinese or korean ? im curious about it. i really love this drama “dongyi ” is the best movie ””””’

  16. Mimi
    Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I wish there would be another nice movie as nice as Dong yi.
    I wish too there would another movie with the same characters. :)))

  17. jayson Bacule
    Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Dung Yi was a nice drama movie ……………….

  18. jm
    Friday, February 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    hope to see you here in the Philippines

  19. Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 12:07 pm

    dong-yi is such a beautiful drama of all time for me. I think this is really the best. I cried and laughed and smiled while watching this drama episodes. But I was not satisfied of the ending coz it didn’t give any clear info’s what happened to dong-yi, to the king and queen and to the crown prince. How come dong-yi’s son became the next king..

  20. Nazhmita
    Friday, March 9, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I love korean drama.Its really beautiful and nice story.The loveteam of the king and dong yi was so sweet and its make me laugh especially for the king.
    I admire her brother so much.
    It was a great drama to watch.
    Hope to see another romantic drama and hope to see the cast again.
    I love u dong yi.

  21. Anonymous
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    Jang Hee-bin (Lee So-yeen) played super,i am fan of her.

  22. AngeL
    Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I love you Dong Yi..

  23. aaron domingo
    Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 6:22 am

    ang ganda ng dong yi D'” Best !!!!

  24. Lolxhavfun
    Friday, April 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Sevenes is dong yi a real story?I really want to know.Please reply me.

    • Anonymous
      Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

      yes it is a true story…

    • Anonymous Kdrama Fan
      Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:39 pm

      The characters and the major events (Jang Hee-bin becoming Queen, Queen Inhyeon being deposed) are true. However, it was never known if Dong Yi’s real name was actually Dong Yi, and if she truly shared such a romantic story with Sukjong. Furthermore, Dong Yi’s son was never raised out of the palace. It was also not proven if Dong Yi was truly a musuri, although she was definitely a lower ranking maid. These information were created by the scriptwriter to make the story more entertaining, just like any other Korean drama.

  25. angelyn garcia
    Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

    i love Dong Yi………………its the best…………….

  26. Anonymous
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 11:44 am

    was the prince son of dong yi died?how many son does dong yi have?

    • Anonymous Kdrama Fan
      Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 5:40 pm

      Dong Yi was recorded to have 3 sons. The first son who died at an early age (shown in the earlier episodes), the future King Yeongjo and most possibly another son who died early as well.

  27. Monday, April 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    yan ang bidang palaban..

  28. marivic rubio
    Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:03 am

    i really love to watch dongyi…..geum is so cute

  29. Anonymous
    Friday, May 11, 2012 at 1:39 am

    lagi lagi ako nanunuod ng donyi kasi may crush ako dun

  30. Anonymous
    Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 3:06 am

    me and my husband were a big fan of dongyi!..i love this show..

  31. Anonymous
    Friday, May 18, 2012 at 9:14 am

    i really love
    to watch dongyi kc so very handsome ung itinakdang prinsipe na sinasabi don

  32. Anonymous
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:17 am

    that is a wonderfull story..i like it from philippines 😀

  33. athan
    Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    nice story of dong yi..i really like this drama..i like this history of korean

  34. Monday, June 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

    nice korean drama i like this

  35. nicki
    Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    I have a question about cha chun soo when he joined the police, so he became as police (wearing the blue suit) then turned into a higher rank (wearing the red suit) then he became wearing the green suit, which is higher the red suit or green suit? i am confused because at the ending before episode 60, he ended up wearing the green suit, i was like, “wait, what? what happen? isnt cha chun soo wearing the red suit? why is he wearing the green one now?” can someone answer my question? thank you.

  36. Donna
    Friday, August 17, 2012 at 10:02 am

    I have now become a fan of Kdrama. We were introduced to it on national tv through Brilliant Legacy. I loved Bae Su Bin and how he treated Eun sung more than any of the other characters. I was thoroughly disappointed and more than a bit angry when Eun sung left him for Hwaan after all he did for her. I surfed and found Dong Yi with both of them starring together again. What luck! But again, he lost the girl to another man. Will somebody PLEASE, hook them up together?! I have watched Dong Yi over and over again, and can’t seem to get enough of it. I love the relationshipship between her and the king, and I admired the king’s cleverness, and how he got the upper hand of those conniving ministers. Consort Hui was really awful, though the actress was also brilliant. If Dong Yi wasn’t careful, she would have upstaged her. It was funny, serious, full of intrigue, and I hope they show it in Jamaica for everyone to see.

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  38. Hemali Janaki Perera
    Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 5:40 am

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  42. Friday, June 3, 2016 at 3:05 pm

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  43. Anonymous
    Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    ito ang pinakamaganda sa lahat ng drama sa mundo ..

    sana dongyi kayo na ang magkatuluyan ng hari habang buhay at sana may drama uli kayo…aabangan namin kayo dito sa phillipines love u……

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