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Hwajung 04

Title: 화정 / Hwajung
Chinese Title: 華政
Also known as: Splendid Politics
Previously known as: Princess Jungmyung
Genre: Historical, political, romance
Episodes: 50
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Apr-13 to 2015-Sep-29
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00


This interpretation tells of Gwanghae (Cha Seung Won) as the son of a concubine and secondary heir, who in his thirst for power, usurps the Crown and ousts his half-sister Jungmyung (Lee Yeon Hee) from the palace. Gwanghae is then deposed in a coup by the Westerners, who replace him with Injo (Kim Jae Won). Extremely paranoid and wanting to stabilise his position, he is also out for Jungmyung’s life.


Main Cast

Cha Seung Won as Prince Gwanghae
Lee Tae Hwan as Gwanghae (teen)
Lee Yeon Hee as Princess Jungmyung
Jung Chan Bi as Jungmyung (teen)
Heo Jung Eun as Jungmyung (child)
Kim Jae Won as King Injo
Seo Kang Joon as Hong Joo Won
Yoon Chan Young as Hong Joo Won (young)
Choi Kwon Soo as Hong Joo Won (child)
Han Joo Wan as Kang In Woo
Ahn Do Kyu as Kang In Woo (young)
Lee Tae Woo as Kang In Woo (child)

Royal Family & Associates

Shin Eun Jung as Queen Inmok
Kim Min Seo as Jo Yeo Jung, Consort Jo
Baek Sung Hyun as Crown Prince Sohyeon
Kim Hee Jung as Consort Kang (Kang Bin)
Lee Seung Ah as Queen Inyeol
Chae Bin as Queen Jangnyeol
Jun Jin Seo as Grand Prince Yeongchang
Choi Jong Hwan as Prince Imhae
Park Young Gyu as King Seonjo
??? as Prince Heung An
??? as Prince Inseong
Kim Gyu Sun as Princess Junghye
Lee Min Ho as King Hyojong
Jang Seung Jo as Prince Jungwon

Gunpowder Associates

Park Won Sang as Jang Bong Soo
??? as Jo Hyun
Kim Kwang Kyu as Lee Young Boo
Kwak Dong Yun as Lee Eui Rib
Jo Jae Ryong as Bang Geun
Lee Seung Hyung as Lee Seo
Kang Dae Hyun as Soo Duk
Hwang Young Hee as Ok Joo
Hyun Seung Min as Eun Sul

Court & Associates

Jo Sung Ha as Kang Joo Sun (Kang In Woo’s father)
Kim Yeo Jin as Kim Kae Shi
Jo Jung Eun as teen Kim Kae Shi
Jung Woong In as Lee Yi Chum
Jo Min Ki as Kim Ja Jeom
Uhm Hyo Sup as Hong Young
Lee Sung Min as Lee Deok Hyung
Nam Da Reum as Deok Hyung (child)
Ahn Nae Sang as Heo Gyun
Kang Moon Young as Lady Yoon (Kang Joo Sun’s wife)
Park Joon Gyu as Kim Ryu
Yoo Ha Bok as General Yi Gwal
Im Ho as Choi Myung kil
Kim Chang Wan as Lee Won Ik
Jung Hae Kyun as General Gang Hong-rip
Nam Myung Ryul as Chung In Hong
Kim Seung Wook as Lee Hang Bok
Yoo Seung Mok as Yoo Hee Boon
??? as Kim Kyung Jin
Jang Kwang as YiGwi
Lee Seung Hyo as Yi Shi Baek
Kim Seo Kyung as Yi Shi Bang
??? as Yi Ye Soon
??? as Yi Jung Pyo
Kim Hyung Bum as Kim Sang Hyun
??? as Yoon Do Ha (Joo Sun’s lackey)
Kyung Kyu Su (경규수) as Yi Chum’s minion


Gong Myung as Ja Kyung (Jung Myung’s bodyguard)
Kang Chan Hee as Ja Kyung (young)
Baek Soo Ryun as Soo Ryeon Gae
??? as Yi Eui Shin
Jang Hyuk Jin as Ma Roo Noh
Otani Ryohei as Idachi (Japanese merchant)
Kim Ki Bang as Goo Bok
Lee Jae Goo as Chief Eunuch
Song Joon Hee
Kim Ik Tae
Jung Sung Woon as Hong Taiji
Park Min Soo
Choi Bum Ho
Jun Moo Song

Production Credits

Production Company: Kim Jong Hak Productions
Director: Kim Sang Ho and Choi Jung Kyu
Screenwriter: Kim Yi Young


2015 MBC Drama Awards: Top Ten Star Awards – Cha Seung Won (Hwajung)
2015 Korea Drama Festival Award – Hot Star Award: Seo Kang Joon (Hwajung)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2015-04-13 1 10.0 (17th) 12.3 (9th) 10.5 (14th) 12.0 (8th)
2015-04-14 2 10.5 (14th) 12.4 (8th) 11.8 (6th) 12.8 (7th)
2015-04-20 3 9.0 (20th) 10.6 (11th) 10.9 (11th) 12.6 (6th)
2015-04-21 4 10.4 (10th) 12.6 (7th) 10.8 (8th) 12.1 (7th)
2015-04-27 5 9.7 (14th) 12.1 (8th) 9.9 (12th) 11.2 (7th)
2015-04-28 6 10.0 (14th) 12.0 (9th) 10.9 (9th) 11.6 (7th)
2015-05-04 7 9.2 (14th) 10.9 (10th) 9.4 (9th) 10.2 (6th)
2015-05-05 8 9.9 (11th) 12.0 (8th) 10.3 (9th) 11.7 (6th)
2015-05-11 9 8.3 (19th) 9.8 (11th) 9.5 (15th) 10.8 (11th)
2015-05-12 10 9.3 (15th) 10.6 (12th) 10.1 (11th) 11.4 (8th)
2015-05-18 11 8.2 (16th) 9.9 (11th) 10.6 (9th) 12.4 (5th)
2015-05-19 12 9.2 (12th) 11.2 (10th) 11.4 (7th) 13.0 (5th)
2015-05-25 13 8.3 (15th) 10.2 (10th) 10.4 (6th) 11.5 (6th)
2015-05-26 14 8.9 (12th) 10.2 (10th) 11.0 (7th) 12.2 (5th)
2015-06-01 15 8.4 (16th) 9.9 (13th) 10.6 (10th) 12.5 (5th)
2015-06-02 16 9.1 (13th) 11.2 (9th) 10.2 (8th) 11.6 (7th)
2015-06-08 17 8.8 (17th) 11.1 (10th) 10.2 (11th) 11.9 (4th)
2015-06-09 18 11.0 (9th) 13.4 (4th) 11.0 (6th) 12.7 (4th)
2015-06-15 19 10.3 (11th) 12.1 (7th) 10.7 (10th) 12.4 (4th)
2015-06-16 20 9.3 (12th) 11.1 (8th) 11.0 (8th) 12.5 (4th)
2015-06-22 21 10.1 (11th) 11.8 (4th) 11.6 (6th) 13.3 (3rd)
2015-06-23 22 9.9 (11th) 12.1 (5th) 10.7 (6th) 12.2 (5th)
2015-06-29 23 9.2 (12th) 10.8 (8th) 10.0 (9th) 10.8 (6th)
2015-06-30 24 9.7 (16th) 12.0 (5th) 9.8 (11th) 10.8 (5th)
2015-07-06 25 8.0 (17th) 9.8 (11th) 8.9 (13th) 9.8 (8th)
2015-07-07 26 8.4 (15th) 10.3 (9th) 8.8 (13th) 9.8 (8th)
2015-07-13 27 8.3 (18th) 10.6 (10th) 9.1 (14th) 10.2 (9th)
2015-07-14 28 7.6 (18th) 9.2 (13th) 9.8 (7th) 10.8 (4th)
2015-07-20 29 7.8 (19th) 9.8 (12th) 9.9 (12th) 10.9 (7th)
2015-07-21 30 9.4 (14th) 10.9 (8th) 11.4 (4th) 12.3 (4th)
2015-07-27 31 7.5 (20th) 9.2 (14th) 10.3 (9th) 11.5 (7th)
2015-07-28 32 9.2 (11th) 10.4 (8th) 10.3 (8th) 11.5 (4th)
2015-08-03 33 7.9 (15th) 9.3 (9th) 9.1 (12th) 10.7 (7th)
2015-08-04 34 9.2 (9th) 9.9 (7th) 9.8 (9th) 11.0 (5th)
2015-08-10 35 8.0 (15th) 9.5 (10th) 9.0 (13th) 10.5 (7th)
2015-08-11 36 8.6 (15th) 9.6 (10th) 10.7 (7th) 12.4 (4th)
2015-08-17 37 8.1 (18th) 9.6 (12th) 9.6 (12th) 10.4 (9th)
2015-08-18 38 8.8 (15th) 10.7 (9th) 9.7 (12th) 10.6 (10th)
2015-08-24 39 7.9 (18th) 8.7 (16th) 8.8 (14th) 10.5 (11th)
2015-08-25 40 8.2 (19th) 8.7 (15th) 9.0 (16th) 9.9 (12th)
2015-08-31 41 7.3 7.3 (18th) 8.5 (16th) 9.5 (14th)
2015-09-01 42 8.5 (17th) 10.1 (10th) 8.9 (14th) 9.6 (12th)
2015-09-07 43 7.3 7.6 (19th) 8.1 (19th) 9.3 (11th)
2015-09-08 44 7.3 (19th) 7.8 (14th) 8.3 (15th) 9.1 (13th)
2015-09-14 45 7.1 8.5 (14th) 8.1 (18th) 8.7 (13th)
2015-09-15 46 8.7 (17th) 10.3 (11th) 10.8 (11th) 12.2 (7th)
2015-09-21 47 7.4 (20th) 7.7 (20th) 9.7 (13th) 10.9 (10th)
2015-09-22 48 8.3 (17th) 9.3 (12th) 10.5 (11th) 12.1 (9th)
2015-09-28 49 5.6 (<7.0) 5.7 (<7.3)
2015-09-29 50 (<7.4) (<7.8) 7.8 (20th) 8.8 (15th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


Hwajung Poster 1 Hwajung Poster 2

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79 Responses to “Hwajung”

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  1. 51
    tigerb Says:

    splendid politics? up to ep. 28, i saw the usual cr—-ly dirty kind. am i right? it’s interesting though.

  2. 52
    rian Says:

    happy birth day suna!!!

  3. 53
    Rose Says:

    I feel bad for Gwanghee – I feel he wants to do good for his people and his country. It seems to be a high concern for him, but so many people are against him. Plus he has bad people all around him.

    I think the hateful guy’s name is – Kyson?? Not sure as I can’t find his name in the line up. He called himself a “snake” to the Princess when he set her up and set up the supposed coup with her mother, and is working with the other evil guy – Kang Jo Sun – In Woo’s father. Anyway, I thought the snake guy was on King Gwanghee’s side??? I thought Gwanghee met him one night on the sneak and the snake guy gave him a book. I forgot what was in the book which the King was looking for. Now he is against him with Kang Jo Sun.

    Besides hating Lord Yi and Gae Shi, I also hate this “snake guy, and Kang Jo Sun. I hope somehow they get caught in their evil schemes soon and are punished.

  4. 54
    tigerb Says:

    up to ep. 30, gwanghae is exiled, gae shi and lee yi chum are beheaded. they were bad influence to the king so rightly they are punished. so let’s see what this new king can do. he does not look very bright and only wants the position and power that goes with it. what can the princess do? history recorded what happened, let’s see what this drama tells and entertains us. i like the guy who portrayed lee yi chum, i find him a very good actor. he should not have shaved or plucked his eyebrows for this role though.

  5. 55
    Rose Says:

    I love the music that they play at the beginning of this drama, and at times when something dramatic happens — those drums are so great. Great drama. I feel bad for Gwanghae – I think his intentions were good, but he had the wrong crazy people around him, and he started out on the wrong foot. The actor = Cha Seung Won is really good in this role.

  6. 56
    tigerb Says:

    ep. 32: a b__ch and a stupid king, good combination for power!

  7. 57
    Rose Says:

    I would hope that Kim Jae Won did not lose any weight. From the dramas, reality shows, etc. I have seen him in, he was already thin. When people get too thin, they look anorexic.

    He is a good looking guy and is a favorite of mine.

  8. 58
    rr Says:

    please change the main photo and please kindly less the episodes.i begging this program please please…

  9. 59
    Rose Says:

    @Aduel and tigerb —- sorry to say that Kim Jae Won lost weight. I saw him tonight on his current affairs program and I was surprised on how bad he looks. He was so cute His face is very thin and looks long due to the thinness and his cheeks kind of look sunk in somewhat. I don’t know if he lost weight on purpose, but he looked 100 times better before. Not a good thing whatever happenend.

  10. 60
    Rose Says:

    I saw Kim Jae Won in Ep 21 tonight and when he was kneeling to support the Ming – with that long hair, he looked terrible. His nose looks so long and his checks are not as full as they were. He doesn’t look good. I don’t know why he is thinner, but hope he puts the weight back on he lost. He is not the good looking Kim Jae Won that he was.

    Hawi should have gone back to Japan with cute Jagong and forget her previous life. She should have listened to her mother.

  11. 61
    Rose Says:

    I like King Gwanghee better. Don’t miss Yi Chum or evil Gae Shi though.

    What happened to Gwanghee’s son??? I only saw him once.

    King Injo — needs to go – he is nuts.

  12. 62
    tigerb Says:

    @Rose #60: i saw a picture posted of KJW at his wedding. it seemed he had already lost weight then. i wonder if he purposely did it for this role?

    i think in most dramas there are twists of historical facts for dramatic purposes, but i think the writers cannot make her go back to her old life in japan.

  13. 63
    tigerb Says:

    i like the background music at the end part of ep. 34 when the princess went to the palace and confront the king. i don’t understand a word sung but the music is apt.

  14. 64
    Onovughe Ejiro Says:

    I hope they make Gwanghea come back towards the end!Love him so much!I hope the princess gets the throne and rule joseon along with hong jo won!love all three(gwanghea,princess and jo won)!fighting!

  15. 65
    RR Says:


  16. 66
    Rose Says:

    @tigerb Says —

    I saw KJW’s wedding photos when he got married. He was starring in Scandal, A Shocking and Wrong Incident. His cheeks were fuller than and he looked much better than he does now. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I watch his current affairs program, and you can see the drastic change in his facial features when he lost the weight. You could be right that maybe he lost it for this show, but why would he???

    If you click on his name above, it brings you to his photo and he definitely was more handsome prior to losing weight. Time will tell if he puts any back on.

    Anyway, he is crazy in this show.

  17. 67
    Rose Says:

    I just saw Ep 30 – where Gwanghee abdicated the throne and now maniac Injo takes over with his crazy henchman – is it Imhae? who helped him become the King?

    What happened to Gwanghee’s wife and son?? I only saw his wife once when she was questioning evil Gae-shi about giving the concubines something in their drinks so they could not get drunk. Like did not Gwanghee know about that??? Or didn’t he care?? Gwanghee seemed to have feelings for Gae-shi!! Icks. And his son – I only saw him twice. Did they go into exile with Gwanghee also????

  18. 68
    Rose Says:

    Another question- was Gwanghee that bad of a King???

    He did do some terrible things to get the throne, but so do all the others. He seemed to care about his people though.

  19. 69
    colo Says:


  20. 70
    colo Says:


  21. 71
    Rose Says:

    I love the music in this drama. It is beautiful.

    When you are a “concubine,” do they call her “your grace?” The concubine I am re erring to is “So Jong Jo.” She was a concubine one month – didn’t waste anytime moving in with the crazy king – and they call her “your grace?!” She is a good actress “Kim Min-Seo” – I have seen her in several dramas – she is good in the roles where she is an evil person – Rosy Lovers, The Goddess of ire.

  22. 72
    rr Says:

    happy birth day manbenben

  23. 73
    Rose Says:

    Hello out there — is anyone still watching this drama? I have a question.

    When So Yong Jo- the evil creep who continues to scheme, now wanting to get rid of besides the Princess, the Crown Prince and King Injo, who she helped get to power —

    when she set up Princess Jeongmyoung and they found it was her that set her up, I think King Injo’s wife was going to have her go to trial, etc.????

    So what happened, nothing? Did she ever go to trial? Oh, so she could not move up in rank was that it??

    Why is So Young-jo still allowed to stay by the King and get away with her evil deeds. Why couldn’t they remove her from him??? I don’t understand why she is still with him.

  24. 74
    willy Says:

    Pangeran “Neungyang” orang idiot, bahkan setelah ngambil tahta jadi Raja.
    Dari Mukanya aja udah keliatan idiot, pengecut, pemikirannya dangkal bahkan kayaknya ga punya otak!

  25. 75
    Mia Andriyani Says:

    I have watched this drama. It’s so great historical drama which is ever I watched, the drama which is consist of 4 The Kingdom of the Joseon Dinasty with the different Kings and different goverment, especially the character of Princess Jungmyung who smart, brave, and humble, doing just for her people. Then it made me crying when prince Sohyeon died, because I ever watched a drama about his story before, I think he will be happy ending with his wife, Kang Bin. The last, Hwajung is wonderful drama, actress and actors are so totaly, hardwork, n good acting, so make me joining in the feelling of the story. Bravo

  26. 76
    Mia Andriyani Says:

    I have watched this drama. It’s so great historical drama which is ever I watched, the drama which is consist of 4 The Kingdom of the Joseon Dinasty with the different Kings and different goverment, especially the character of Princess Jungmyung who smart, brave, and humble, doing just for her people. Then it made me crying when prince Sohyeon died, because I ever watched a drama about his story before, I think he will be happy ending with his wife, Kang Bin. The last, Hwajung is wonderful drama, actress and actors are so totaly, hardwork, n good acting, so make me joining in the feelling of the story. Bravoo

  27. 77
    Rose Says:

    I was sorry to see In Woo pass away – shot by his evil father. It is sad that he didn’t find anyone else to love and to love him. I liked him (Han Jo Wan) in his role in this drama and in other dramas I have seen him in.

    I was surprised that in the end the Princess would not help out the King that she helped to get to power. She has a right to be a Princess, I was surprised she would not be his ally and went back to the army division. The King needed her help going towards the future.

    So many useless killings in this show — The Crown Prince Sohyeon (Baek Hyun Kang) was killed for trying to good things for Joseson. His father, the idiot King, didn’t trust him. He believed the evil guys who lied to him and his evil concubine who had his son killed so her so could be King. And the idiot King even had children with her, knowing that she set up the Princess.

    Those guys that stand outside the King’s Palace to protect the King are worthless. Those guys – are they Ninja Warriors – whatever – in black are really experienced and just kill them.

    I thought it was a good show, loved the music and the cast of characters. At least most of them.

  28. 78
    Mimi Says:

    I think http://star.koreandrama.org/song-young-kyu/ played Jo Hyun from the Armory.

  29. 79
    buki Says:

    please can somebody tell me the link to which I can read it episode by episode.

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