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The Merchant: Gaekju 2015

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Title: 장사의 신 – 객주 2015 / The Merchant: Gaekju 2015
Chinese Title: 生意之神 – 客主2015
Also Known as: God of Commerce: Gaekju 2015
Previously known as: 객주 (The Innkeeper)
Genre: Period, Romance
Episodes: 36+5
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2015-Sep-23 to 2016-Feb-18
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00


Based on the ten-volume original novel “Gaekju” by Kim Joo Young which was published from 1979-June to 1983-Feb through daily newspaper “The Seoul Shinmun”.

A drama that tells the story of tradesmen in the late years of the Joseon era. Cheon Bong Sam (Jang Hyuk), the descendant of a merchant family, starts off in the market as a barker and makes his way up to become a wealthy merchant.


Main Cast

Jang Hyuk as Cheon Bong Sam
Jo Hyun Do as Cheon Bong Sam (child)
Yoo Oh Sung as Gil So Gae
Park Gun Tae as So Gae (young)
Kim Min Jung as Mae Wol
Han Chae Ah as Jo So Sa

Chun Family Merchant Group

Park Eun Hye as Cheon So Rye
Seo Ji Hee as Cheon So Rye(child)
Im Hyung Joon as Oh Deuk Gae
Im Dae Ho as a peddler
Song Young Jae as Mung Gae
Park Hyo Joon as Ahm Mang Chi

Songpa Stables

Jung Tae Woo as Seon Dol
Ryu Dam as Gom Bae
Kim Myung Soo as Jo Sung Joon
Park Sang Myun as Song Man Chi
Yang Jung Ah as Bang Geum
Lee Dal Hyung as Choi Dol
Bang Hyung Joo as Wang Bal

Yuguijeon Merchant Group

Moon Ga Young as Wol Yi
Lee Duk Hwa as Shin Suk Joo
Kim Il Woo as Maeng Goo Bum
Kim Gyu Chul as Kim Bo Hyun
Kim Hak Chul as Kim Hak Joon
Kim Jong Kook as Park Seo Gi
Im Ho as Min Gyum Ho


Jun Hun Tae (전헌태)
Kim Seung Wook
Kim Ha Kyoon
Kim Duk Hyun
Jun Jin Gi
Seol Ji Yoon
Gi Yun Ho (기연호)
Go Kyu Pil
Go In Bum
Kim Jin Tae
Jung Dong Kyu
Lee Ji Hyun
Lee Ki Yeol
Choi Ji Na
Ahn Jae Mo
Jo Duk Hyun
Woo Hyun
Kim Ki Doo
Park Yoo Seung
Song Bo Eun
Kim Yong Woon as king’s bodyguard


Kim Seung Soo as Chun Oh Soo (Chun Bong Sam’s father)
Lee Won Jong as Gil Sang Moon (Gil So Gae’s father)
Choi Joo Bong

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Kang Byung Taek
Producer: Kim Min Kyung (김민경), Park Woo Ram (박우람), Ahn Chang Hyun (안창현), Han Hye Yun (한혜연)
Director: Kim Jong Sun, Kim Dong Hwi
Screenwriters: Jung Sung Hee and Lee Han Ho


– The word “Gaekju” was used during the Joseon Dynasty period and has not been used in the present days and the meaning is “Broker” or “Commission Merchant”.

– The drama was initially announced as a 36-episode drama. Due to the high ratings of this drama, the production team decided to increase 5 more episodes to total of 41 episodes. (source)


2015 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Awards – Jang Hyuk & Han Chae Ah (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actor – Park Bo Gum (I Remember You) & Kim Gyu Chul (The Merchant: Gaekju & Jingbirok)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actress (Medium Series): Kim Min Jung (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)
2015 KBS Drama Awards: Excellence Actor (Medium Series): Jang Hyuk (The Merchant: Gaekju 2015)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2015-09-23 1 5.2 (<6.7) 6.9 7.3 (18th)
2015-09-24 2 4.5 (<7.2) 5.9 5.8
2015-09-30 3 4.1 4.0 6.0 5.8
2015-10-01 4 4.3 (<7.8) 6.7 6.7
2015-10-07 5 6.9 (18th) 7.2 (20th) 7.8 (17th) 8.2 (15th)
2015-10-08 6 7.4 (19th) 7.7 (18th) 9.5 (12th) 10.0 (12th)
2015-10-14 7 8.7 (14th) 9.1 (9th) 11.1 (7th) 11.5 (7th)
2015-10-15 8 8.4 (19th) 9.2 (16th) 10.0 (11th) 9.8 (13th)
2015-10-21 9 8.1 (17th) 9.1 (11th) 9.9 (10th) 10.5 (9th)
2015-10-22 10 8.0 (19th) 8.5 (18th) 10.9 (10th) 11.2 (10th)
2015-10-28 11 8.2 (17th) 8.5 (15th) 10.1 (14th) 9.9 (13th)
2015-10-29 x Posponed For Baseball Game
2015-11-04 12 7.7 (17th) 8.2 (16th) 11.1 (7th) 11.3 (8th)
2015-11-05 13 7.8 (20th) 8.3 (17th) 10.2 (12th) 10.2 (13th)
2015-11-11 14 7.9 (17th) 8.7 (14th) 11.3 (8th) 11.7 (7th)
2015-11-12 15 9.5 (13th) 10.2 (8th) 12.1 (6th) 11.6 (6th)
2015-11-18 16 Not Available 12.0 (6th) 11.9 (7th)
2015-11-19 17 8.0 (19th) 8.9 (12th) 11.7 (7th) 11.6 (6th)
2015-11-25 18 8.6 (16th) 8.9 (11th) 12.2 (6th) 12.2 (6th)
2015-11-26 19 9.2 (14th) 9.6 (9th) 13.0 (6th) 12.8 (5th)
2015-12-02 20 8.1 (15th) 8.7 (12th) 12.4 (6th) 12.6 (7th)
2015-12-03 21 9.7 (14th) 10.6 (8th) 12.2 (6th) 12.3 (6th)
2015-12-09 22 8.4 (15th) 9.2 (9th) 11.6 (7th) 11.8 (6th)
2015-12-10 23 8.5 (14th) 9.4 (9th) 11.4 (7th) 11.6 (7th)
2015-12-16 24 8.4 (17th) 8.7 (12th) 10.6 (12th) 10.1 (10th)
2015-12-17 25 7.4 (20th) 7.6 (16th) 11.6 (8th) 10.9 (9th)
2015-12-23 26 7.7 (18th) 8.2 (11th) 11.7 (6th) 11.0 (8th)
2015-12-24 27 7.6 (18th) 8.0 (11th) 11.0 (8th) 11.1 (7th)
2016-01-06 28 7.7 (19th) 8.5 (12th) 9.8 (7th) 9.7 (8th)
2016-01-07 29 8.8 (19th) 9.6 (12th) 11.4 (7th) 11.6 (9th)
2016-01-13 30 8.0 (19th) 8.5 (17th) 10.7 (11th) 10.4 (11th)
2016-01-14 31 9.2 (17th) 9.5 (15th) 11.4 (8th) 11.5 (8th)
2016-01-20 32 8.4 (20th) 8.1 (19th) 10.8 (12th) 10.2 (11th)
2016-01-21 33 9.8 (18th) 9.3 (15th) 11.5 (8th) 11.0 (10th)
2016-01-27 34 9.1 (18th) 9.1 (14th) 10.2 (11th) 9.9 (11th)
2016-01-28 35 9.9 (16th) 9.6 (13th) 11.8 (10th) 11.0 (10th)
2016-02-03 36 9.1 (18th) 9.0 (14th) 11.2 (9th) 11.1 (9th)
2016-02-04 37 9.9 (15th) 10.1 (11th) 11.4 (11th) 10.6 (12th)
2016-02-10 38 8.7 (20th) 8.9 (20th) 10.4 (16th) (<10.0)
2016-02-11 39 8.4 8.5 (17th) 11.1 (10th) 10.4 (13th)
2016-02-17 40 8.5 (20th) 8.5 (16th) 10.4 (12th) 9.7 (15th)
2016-02-18 41 8.8 (20th) 9.4 (13th) 11.2 (10th) 10.9 (10th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here


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Trailer I & Trailer II & Trailer III & Trailer IV & Trailer V & Trailer VI

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  1. 1 : V Says:


  2. 2 : kez Says:

    I am really satisfied with the cast right now, I’m about to scream! Really looking forward to this drama, though 25 days is a bit far……. FIGHTING!!

  3. 3 : tigerb Says:

    this i’d like to watch because of jang hyuk. he’s one actor who does justice to a role given to him, although i’ve only watched three. this should be the fourth.

  4. 4 : tigerb Says:

    the note on ‘gaekju’ – can it mean a ‘wheeler dealer’? that would be fun if that is jh’s role.

  5. 5 : dramakid Says:

    Sounds like Merchant of the sea(Sea god).I really hope this will be interesting…jang hyuk is the only reason why I’m willing to check this drama,don’t know the other casts,nor do I like the writer’s previous works

  6. 6 : Birddybuddy Says:

    OMG I can’t wait 😆 I’m really addicting to his laugh 😂 it’s Daebak 👍

  7. 7 : pineapple Says:

    Welcome back Jang Hyuk Oppa ^^

  8. 8 : prettysup Says:

    Jang Hyuk in a sageuk is daebak! (rhymes so well lol)

  9. 9 : Pearl Says:

    ALWAYS looking forward to Jang Hyuk’s new drama projects. He is the real King of dramas, top notch actor who portrays his role with heart and soul, daebak! 赞!

  10. 10 : KimHaRa Says:

    I know this is going to be a great drama simply because Jang Hyuk is part of it. As Jang Hyuk known from being sincere and give his heart in everything he does especially in his work that makes him a great actor..

  11. 11 : Ailee Says:

    Is Han Chae Ah the love interest of Jang Hyuk? Please someone enlights me here!!!

  12. 12 : pineapple Says:

    @Ailee : i think the love interest of Jang Hyuk is Kim Min Jung

  13. 13 : The Merchant: Gaekju 2015, o novo drama do canal KBS2 Says:

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  14. 14 : colo Says:

    I love when they show a History drama in only 16-Episode,,,Short History drama, love it love it love it..Thank you

  15. 15 : Ailee Says:

    @pineapple But, I’ve read on many articles that his love interest is Han Chae Ah and Kim Min Jung plays some kind of a villain.

  16. 16 : oneechan Says:

    Jang Hyuk (my love ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤) fighting~~~~!!!!

  17. 17 : pineapple Says:

    @AILEE : oh i see…. honestly i prefer Han Chae Ah than Kim Min Jung who is to be his lover… ^^

  18. 18 : h2 Says:

    omggg the drama seems legit. can’t wait for Jang Hyuk oppaaaaa~!!! >< <3

  19. 19 : luvKdramas Says:

    Jang Hyuk is such an amazing actor regardless who he is team up with. Look forward to this drama!

  20. 20 : Selena Says:

    Looking forward to Jang Hyuk’s new drama. No matter what drama he stars in, they are always great and I have seen them all. I don7t think I would watch this one if it weren’t for him.

  21. 21 : katherine Says:

    this drama will air 36
    epi not 16

  22. 22 : dramakid Says:

    So,who are the main OPT?
    Is it Jang Hyuk >Kim Min Jung or
    Jang Hyuk >Han chae ah???

  23. 23 : Próximo drama coreano “God of Trade – Innkeeper 2015” (Carteles, Imágenes, Vistas Previas, Teasers y Video) | Asia V.I.P. Says:

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  24. 24 : neea Says:

    36eps, 🙁

  25. 25 : Pretty Butterfly Says:

    I LOVE JANG HYUK!!!! He is THE BEST ACTOR in my list especially in period dramas and followed by OH JI HO. They’re the two most handsome and best looking men in period costumes!!! The characters they portrayed always done perfectly. True acting – 6⭐️s for them both!
    Hope to see them in a period drama together again soon with lots of action and wit. Remember them in The Slave Hunters?! Daebak!!! 👍👍👍👍👍

  26. 26 : sarahning Says:

    Can’t wait to see jang hyuk again. Love his laugh n his eyes. Great actor I’ve ever seen in korea. Not only just good looking. Fighting jang hyuk..

  27. 27 : tigerb Says:

    ep 4: the fun begins with adult chun bong sam!

  28. 28 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 8 there are unwritten but observed rules among merchants and they just need to be followed as consequences can be dire. i like this series.

  29. 29 : Dav Says:

    This is like a drama where the old folks are acting younger characters..

    Bong sum his sister his adversary all the veterans actors acting young folk

    Hard to digest

  30. 30 : tigerb Says:

    @Dav: i think this is a drama where good acting skills can not be entrusted to young and ‘lacking acting experience’ actors. if the actors have to portray roles of their younger selves, then very good ‘make-up’ should do that, like make-up can also do their older versions. that’s where i find lacking in most korean dramas, but make-up can be expensive specially if prosthetics
    are used. i’ve learned to ‘take’ what is presented to enjoy! cheers!

  31. 31 : LoveK Says:

    JANG HYUK is simply the best! Really drawn to this commitment to acting. It’s so inspiring just to see his working on each new character. Actors like him deserves our support, actors like him are inspiration to our kids and makes kdrama not simply senseless love dramas for ahjummas. FIGHTING OPPA!

  32. 32 : Dav Says:

    OK “killed” his own sister, the persistent lover got struck by lightning but won’t die. Will that make her storm of K X-men

    Anything else We are prepared to digest from this writer ?

  33. 33 : tigerb Says:

    the characters lives are so intertwined and complications are inevitable, that’s how the story goes. getting interesting!

  34. 34 : Ailee Says:

    Is there romance between HCA and JH or not?

  35. 35 : OK OK OK Says:

    At ep 12, Yoo Oh Sung as Gil So Gae, is the worst guy so far in this drama – which makes me very boil.
    Gil make Jang Hyuk kills his biological elder sister by not revealing who she is……. even she is Gil So Gae sweetheart during childhood days. Just want to protect his own life 😛

    Wonder can continue to watch or not…. so much killing, arguing, scheming…..

  36. 36 : tigerb Says:

    am dying to watch eps. 14 and 15, english subbed, but can’t find it anywhere. any help is appreciated.

  37. 37 : cj Says:

    the great cast and great acting…..love love love dis drama so far

  38. 38 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 15: will bong sam die? maybe not, it’s only ep. 15!

  39. 39 : Jess Says:

    It’s now getting interesting.waiting for the next few days subtitles

  40. 40 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 16: the characters who we thought died are alive and kicking! the complications continue!

  41. 41 : tigerb Says:

    EP. 17: am glad the writer did not prolong the reunion of the siblings. the guy who portrays gil so gae, i’ve never watched him in a role other than being a conniving s.o.b. he’s good at it though, although that would be boring as an actor. there are other challenges for him, or maybe, i should watch more of his work. many want bong sam die, but three women want to save his life!

  42. 42 : tigerb Says:

    for eps. 18 & 19: guess i have to wait for kbs official english subs as shown by kbs world. have not found copies with eng subs as yet!

  43. 43 : The Merchant Gaekju Says:

    Jang Hyuk lovers must watch this drama..

  44. 44 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 20: chun bong sam’s father’s old followers’ loyalty is admirable. guess when there’s honesty and comradeship in the gaekju, members follow unquestionably.

  45. 45 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 21: chun bong sam wants to do business the righteous way, while gil so gae does the cheating, conniving faster way. both of them are really sons of their fathers.
    shin suk joo and gil so gae are birds of the same feather, while the younger one is learning tricks from the old one.
    i wonder what gae ddong has up her sleeve. the cares for bong sam but asks so gae to ruin him, so bong sam will come running to her?

  46. 46 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 22: gae ddong declares herself as the shaman, that she is destined to be with chun bong sam, and becomes bitchy because cbs loves jo jo sa. for all the hate expressed to jojosa by gae ddong because of rivalry, i find jojosa stupid enough to go to gae ddong when she is summoned, not thinking of her vulnerability of being pregnant, etc. tsk, tsk.

  47. 47 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 23: it’s frustrating when one’s honesty and hard work is envied and opponents do their best to put the person down. nothing is new in that aspect, but i want chun bong sam to win!

  48. 48 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 24: chun bong sam’s trials and tribulations made him resolve to fight his enemies with business skills. i was wondering when he would thrust his power to win.

  49. 49 : korea fan Says:

    It’s not about viewership ratings, it’s not about popularity, it’s not about awards,its all about the passion and sincerity towards every role play.Jang Hyuk – true and everlasting KING OF DRAMA , I will akways support youm keep it up! Victory is on your side😄

  50. 50 : EGShopper Says:

    I have seen Chuno, Deep Rooted Tree, Shine or go Crazy. When Jang Hyuk shines….I go crazy. What seasoned and superb actor❤️❤️❤️

  51. 51 : kdramasubindo Says:

    bagus banget filmnya nih.. semoga episodenya lebih panjang 😀

  52. 52 : korea fan Says:

    I’ll continue to support jang hyuk, he deserves the name of kibg of dramasm kudos! Fighting!

  53. 53 : maukaman Says:

    Can’t believe Jang Hyuk would accept a role of a hero who is so stupid and ignorant that he is repeatedly fooled by Gil Sogae. He repeatedly is outfitted by all the bad guys and gets all his friends and family killed. I guess some actors will take any role for money.

  54. 54 : kathlyn Says:

    i dont like this drama .

  55. 55 : dramalady Says:

    same here. I dont like the drama. very slow and with no point with script badly written. Wasted Jang Hyuk’s acting.

  56. 56 : asma Says:


  57. 57 : winnie Says:

    For me it is boring, too. Although I like period dramas a lot

  58. 58 : yosuf starship Says:

    Jang Hyuk best actor 😉

  59. 59 : rian Says:

    why extend this drama ? not interesting!!!!

  60. 60 : tncdel Says:

    I’ve watched over 200 Korean, Chinese and Taiwanese dramas over the years, including about 60 historical Korean dramas. This one was about the WORST.

    A great cast was wasted on a lousy script about subject matter presented in a boring way.

    Jang Hyuk’s talents as an action hero were wasted, playing the role of a complete idiot. And it was boring.

  61. 61 : anna Says:

    very nice web site thanks for sharing….

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