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Title: 화랑 / Hwarang: The Beginning
Chinese Title: 花郎
Also known as: Flowering Knights / The Beautiful Knights / Flower Knights: The Beginning / Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
Genre: Historical, Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2016-Dec-19 to 2017-Feb-21
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00


This drama was fully pre-produced before airing which is a departure from the live-shoot production format that characterizes most Korean dramas. The Filming Began on 2016-March-31 and Completed on 2016-Sep-01. The series will be simulcast in China.

The drama revolves around a group of youths who grow through passion and love in Seorabeol, the capital of the Kingdom of Silla.


Main Cast

Park Seo Joon as Moo Myung
Kim Ye Joon as Moo Myung (Child)
Go Ah Ra as Ah Ro
Kang Joo Ha as Ah Ro (Child)
Park Hyung Shik as Sam Maek Jong (later King Jinheung of Silla)
– Son Jang Woo (손장우) as Sam Maek Jong (Child)

Hwarangs (Flowering Knights)

Choi Min Ho as Kim Soo Ho
Do Ji Han as Park Ban Ryu
Kim Tae Hyung (V) as Suk Han Sung
Jo Yoon Woo as Kim Yeo Wool
Lee Pung Woon as one of hwarangs
Park Ki Hoon (박기훈) as Joo Gi
Jin Joo Hyung as Kim Jang Hyun
Jun Bum Soo as Kim Shin
OOON as Kim Ki Bo
Lee Do Hoon (이도훈)


Kim Hyun Joon as Suk Dan Se (Han Sung’s half-brother)
Jang Se Hyun as Kang Sung

Royal Capital People

Sung Dong Il as Master Ui Hwa (Chief of Hwarang)
Choi Won Young as Master Kim Ahn Ji (Kim Ah Ro & Kim Sun Woo’s father)
Kim Kwang Kyu as Pi Joo Ki (informant / owner of general store & tea house)
Lee Da In as Kim Soo Yun (Su Ho’s sister)
Uhm Seo Hyun as Soo Yun (child)
Yoon Jin Ho as chief assistant of Hwarang (Queen’s messenger)

Ministers of Silla

Kim Chang Wan as Park Young Sil (Ban Ryu’s adopted-father)
Lee Byung Joon as Ho Kong (Ban Ryu’s biological father)
Go In Bum as Kim Seub (Soo Ho & Soo Yun’s father)
Kim Jong Goo as Suk Hyun Je (Han Sung & Dan Se’s grandfather)
Song Min Hyung as Kim Hyung Won

Mang Mang Chon’s people

Lee Kwang Soo as Mak Moon / Kim Sun Woo (Ah Ro’s brother)
Park Min Soo as Mak Moon (child)
Kim Won Hae as Master Woo Reuk

Royal Family of Silla

Kim Ji Soo as Queen Ji So (Sam Maek Jong’s mother, founder of Hwarang)
Seo Ye Ji as Princess Sook Myung (Queen Jiso’s daughter, Sam Maek Jong’s half-sister)
Song Young Kyu as Prince Hwi Kyung (Queen Ji So’s brother)

Royal Guards / Warriors

Yoo Jae Myung as Pa Oh (Sam Maek Jong’s bodyguard)
Lee Kwang Hoon as Commandant Hyun Chu (Queen’s male bodyguard)
Oh Eun Ho as Mo Young (Queen’s female bodyguard)


Lee Kyu Hyung as Do Go
Lee Min Ho (이민호) as So Gam
Kang Dong Woo (강동우) as Moo Chul
Han Jung Hoon (한정훈)
Lee Chae Yoon (이채윤) as So Yoon
Baek Jae Jin as liquor shop owner
Cha Hae Rim (차해림) as woman from Okta House
Song Bo Eun as noble woman around the city
Ban Min Jung as Mi Roo
Park Ha Yan (박하얀) as Yoo Ji
Kim Jung Jin (김정진)
Jang Yoo Tae (장유태)
Kim Joon Young (김준영)
Kim Min Joon as Crown Prince of Baekje (ep 14, 15)
Jo Yun Ho as the mute child

Production Credits

Production Company: Oh! Boy Project
Chief Producer: Choi Ji Young
Producers: Kim Sang Hwi, Kim Hyung Suk, Lee Young Bum, Park Sung Hye
Director: Yoon Sung Shik, Kim Young Jo
Screenwriter: Park Eun Young
Music Composer: Oh Joon Sung

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2016-12-19 1 7.9 (18th) 8.5 (11th) 6.9 6.8
2016-12-20 2 6.9 (19th) 6.5 (18th) 7.2 (16th) 6.7 (17th)
2016-12-26 3 11.1 (6th) 11.0 (4th) 13.1 (5th) 13.8 (4th)
2016-12-27 4 7.4 (19th) 7.8 (15th) 7.5 (17th) 7.2 (17th)
2017-01-02 5 7.4 (18th) 7.6 (14th) 7.6 (19th) 7.4 (20th)
2017-01-03 6 7.6 (18th) 8.0 (16th) 8.0 (16th) 7.2 (18th)
2017-01-09 7 7.2 (19th) 7.5 (17th) 6.9 7.2 (18th)
2017-01-10 8 7.2 (20th) 8.0 (15th) 7.6 (19th) 7.7 (15th)
2017-01-16 9 6.2 6.8 (20th) 6.7 7.2
2017-01-17 10 7.1 (18th) 7.5 (18th) 8.3 (12th) 8.2 (12th)
2017-01-23 11 9.3 (14th) 9.8 (7th) 11.0 (5th) 11.1 (5th)
2017-01-24 12 8.7 (15th) 8.9 (11th) 10.5 (5th) 10.2 (5th)
2017-01-30 13 6.9 7.9 9.7 (16th) 9.1 (16th)
2017-01-31 14 7.0 7.6 (17th) 9.1 (12th) 8.8 (12th)
2017-02-06 15 6.8 (20th) 6.9 (18th) 8.6 (14th) 8.2 (15th)
2017-02-07 16 6.4 (18th) 5.8 7.9 (13th) 7.4 (14th)
2017-02-13 17 6.2 6.7 (20th) 8.2 (17th) 8.6 (13th)
2017-02-14 18 6.4 (20th) 6.5 (20th) 7.7 (17th) 7.6 (15th)
2017-02-20 19 6.0 6.8 7.6 (19th) 7.4 (17th)
2017-02-21 20 6.2 (20th) 5.9 (20th) 7.9 (16th) 8.0 (16th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


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Official Site

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Trailer I & Trailer I (english sub)
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV
Trailer V
Trailer VI
Trailer VII
Trailer VIII
Trailer IX
Trailer X
Trailer XI

Music Video:-
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149 Responses to “Hwarang: The Beginning”

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  1. 101
    CJ Says:

    PS I cant stand comments like yours. I wish ppl like u would keep their mouths SHUT, who can’t respect other people’s works and the fans who like it. If you hate it, then DONT WATCH. Anyone is free to dislike and free to criticise, but better people do it within the bounds of considering others’ feelings and opinions also. NOT LIKE YOU STUPID IDIOT. Reducing a perfectly good drama to nothing but “just pop idots prancing around”. At least they can dance better than u for sure. simply b/c it doesn’t suit YOUR taste. How hateful. F OFF

  2. 102
    CJ Says:

    oh that was to simon k or whatever loser.

  3. 103
    namfar Says:

    i love park hyungsik and go ara of hwarang love them

  4. 104
    Sue Says:

    Why monday tooooooo long….

    Park seo joon

  5. 105
    simon k Says:

    @ CJ, I read your comments and my own comments a few more times before writing for my response. I hope the site admin can join in if he or she is reading. It is my understanding that users are allowed to express their opinion in the discussion forum whether the comment about a drama is good or bad. However, most web site discourage users from attacking other users or use profanity.
    To your specific comments, what did I say that is “hateful” and who decide that I should “shut up”? I am challenging you to print my comment and your own two comments and show them to your parents or school teachers and let them decide who is “hateful”.
    I do look into the mirror and agree with you that I am “so ugly” but do you care to explain why does that make my opinion of the drama wrong?
    I do respect people having different opinion and I will be happy to listen to you why I am wrong and what is so awesome about Hwarang. All you have to do is spend some time to explain your view point, calling me “stupid idiot” is not going to change my mind. I am at peace with myself and accept the fact that I am an ugly stupid idiot, you don’t really need to waste your energy to tell me something so obvious.

  6. 106
    wang2 Says:

    @simon k 105

    Good on you !!!

    Sock it to CJ, and real good at it !

    You are right in all that you have said.

    Wish that CJ would learn a thing or two from you. But doubt that this will happen, with a head full of nothing but crap like his.

  7. 107
    Simon K Says:

    I am commenting here obviously because I am still watching this drama. I am frustrated that how the story was told in this drama. King Jinheung was one of the great ruler of the Silla empire and eventually Silla beat the other two countries to form the predecessor of modern Korea. Hwarang was supposed to play an important role in this history, therefore I am expecting the Hwarang and King Jinheung to turn into something that worth their places in history. Through 16 episodes already, there is nothing special about the whole group. In the drama Queen Seonduk, the Hwarang are much more remarkable than this group. For those who love Hwarang, good for you. For others, I highly recommend the older drama Queen Seonduk, which is much much better than Hwarang.

  8. 108
    Dol Says:

    Go Ara – always jaw tightened – so boring

  9. 109
    Henry Says:

    Waiting and love to watch episode 17 & 18!!!

  10. 110
    Hannah Says:

    @Simon K
    I always like to read your comments regardless if it’s positive or negative because you always give your opinions with solid arguments. Keep it coming, don’t mind about other people who are butthurt when you give negative comments on their favorite dramas.

  11. 111
    John Says:

    Cj please shut the fuck up. You sound like a real bitch who got offended because someone offended ur favorite actor. Simon has the right to express his thoughts and opinions her. That’s what this page is created for. Also the people who financed this drama could hear feedback from us.

  12. 112
    Henry Says:

    I really love watching Hwarang coz I love the casts. Cheers!!!

  13. 113
    Henry Says:

    Am so excited to watch next episodes 17 & 18…can’t wait!!

  14. 114
    Sue Says:

    Yeah.. it true… moo myung have right to the throne.. he also can be king… but i think he give d throne to sam mek jong…

  15. 115
    Hannah Says:

    I’ve enough of this drama. Like people mentioned above, the writer seemed to be drunk when she wrote the script. But I’m still gonna watch this drama til the end just to support PSJ and PHS, as well as DJH. If this drama were to be acted by rookie actors, I think I’d drop this drama long time ago because it’s completely crap.

  16. 116
    sheng Says:

    oh my ep. 18 broke my heart.. 😭 but then again, nice episode as well.. i’ll keep on watching it till the end.. park hyung sik is the most good looking king i’ve ever seen.. hahaha 😍😘

  17. 117
    Hannah Says:

    Well I don’t see Prince Hwi Kyung’s intention to make his son a King is for people of Silla; it’s merely for his own selfishness and hatred toward his sister, the Queen. And just because Sun Woo is also a sacred-boned, but that doesn’t mean he can become a King as Sam Mek Jong is the previous King’s grandson and nephew. Sunwoo/Moo Yung? Just the previous King’s grandson and from the prince that the previous King exiled. I mean, the weight of the royals lineage? Hmm

    I think the writer is trying so hard to make Sunwoo/Moo Yung the hero of this drama. Look at the time when he saved Ah Ro in the beginning, the King also helped to save her, but Ah Ro only grateful toward SunWoo. And from ep 17, when most of the Hwarang helped to get the medicine, but the note he left made it look like the credit is all to him. Yes, I get it, he’s the main character. But if the writer makes him more appealing or likable, maybe I’d root for him until the end. But NO. His character is super annoying to me which is why I support the real King instead. And this has nothing to do with my bias towards the actors as I love both PSJ and PHS.

    So now, Sun Woo might be thinking of being a King, just because he’s mad at what the Queen did to his “sister”/lover and to his life and his friend, the real SunWoo. So he wants to be a King for his own desire being in power, not for the people of Silla. This is the reason why I find him so annoying. From what I see, he only cares about Ah Ro and the writer makes it looks like, their love is so big that he’d anything for her. Blergh.

  18. 118
    stab it Says:

    ANDWAEE!!!! HAN SUNG-RANG WAEEE???!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

  19. 119
    Joy Says:

    Watching this drama because of Park Hyung Shik. He’s acting as king is commendable. I like Park Seo Joon but I hate the character he’s potraying…The story should make him as the strength of the king and not his rival… well that’s just my opinion though… Love you HYUNG SHIk. I’ll be watching you again on your next TV series….

  20. 120
    Henry Says:

    I love this drama, thanks for the subbed eps. 17 & 18!

  21. 121
    noname Says:

    hwarang fighting, i love this drma, i like park hyun sikk

  22. 122
    kiki Says:

    ep17 skip. watch. skip. watch. skip (mostly aro’s scenes). watch. skip. watched the preview

    ep18 skip. watch. skip (still aro’s scenes… and her father. they’re so irratating! must run in their blood). watch. skip (some dogbird scenes too & the queen! ahhhh! they’re so frustrating!). watched the end coz finally, the real king revealed himself. but then i saw the preview… is this still hwarang? or should they just change the title to iljimae or hmmm… “rebel”? wait, that title’s taken! arrggghhhh!

  23. 123
    tigerb Says:

    ep. 18: i hope the last scene is not one of those queen’s dreams, afraid to give up the throne in the pretext of protecting her son. it’s about time that ji dwi reveals himself to everyone and take a stand as a leader. if i were the king, i’d banish both the queen and the princess, two peas in a pod not worth anything.

  24. 124
    sheng Says:

    much excited for the last 2 episodes! park hyung sik you are my king no matter! 😊 i will definitely miss this drama.. 😢

  25. 125
    Sue Says:

    Park seo joon.. even though u are not become king.. but u got everything… ah ro.. ur father and LEADER of Hwarang.. gonna miss dis drama.. park seo joon… Saranghae.. I will wait ur next drama/film… 1 more ep…

  26. 126
    deer Says:

    sunwoorang, you’re not the king, but you’ve been everything from your life. Ahro, your father, leader of hwarang, makmoon and hansung…. i’m gonna miss this drama, but I’ll waiting for your project drama and Hyungsik’s new drama

  27. 127
    Dhenuk Says:

    It’s going to be a rushed ending.

  28. 128
    Hwarang Says:

    According to the history of Silla, King Jinheung established Hwarang in 576 the same he died at the age of 51. He was about 14 when he took the throne from his mother who was holding it till he was old enough.

  29. 129
    Henry Says:

    I love ending of Hwarang, a happy one. Good job guys!!!

  30. 130
    Henry Says:

    Aww, I’m gonna miss this casts. Love you guys, love your harmony during the last episode, bravo!!!

  31. 131
    Sue Says:

    Gonna miss u park seo joon

  32. 132
    Daisy Vega Says:

    HWARANG: THE BEGINNING/THE POET WARRIOR YOUTH is a wonderful drama with an excellent cast and a fantastic plot! I was NOT disappointed by this drama. I think it’s well worth sitting through the 20 episodes. I actually cried when Suk HanSung died protecting his friend, SunWoo. Everyone did an awesome job. Thank you all!

  33. 133
    nihal Says:

    Amazing amazing drama..i’ll miss all the great cast
    i was not bored at all, not even in a single episode.
    Park Seo Joon, OMG, he never disappoints, one of my top korean actors, i started watching Hwarang becoz of him, but i ended up loving Park Hyung Sik as well.
    Gomapseumnida Hwarang team, much much love from Morocco

  34. 134
    jessy Says:

    Thank u HWARANG Cast n Team… I am enjoying watching the shows… i like historical drama and the friendship goals in this line…Love all the cast esp Park Seo Joon. I recognized u in Hwarang so I will wait for your next project… Your acting was good..I give credit to PSJ as the 2nd Gong Yoo..Both of you has the same charisma..

    And Tq to Go Ara for cheer in here…no matter what people been critics about her, she’s already did a good job here so as Park Hyung Shik.. Btw, i give credits to all the OST Hwarang…I love all the OST…Esp “Our Tears” by Hyolyn n PSJ..
    I am waiting for HWARANG 2nd seasons…perhaps…

  35. 135
    she Says:

    Such a great kdrama! I will definitely miss this series! great and good looking cast.. My ultimate hwarangs.. Hoping for the part 2! 😊 my king jinheung ur d best! saranghae.. 😍😘😘 waiting for your next drama..kamsahamida hwarang’s
    .so proud to all of you.. 👍😊

  36. 136
    Marie Says:


    Why are you making personal attacks on others just because their opinion is different from yours? This is a public forum and open to all points of view concerning the drama. I have found that people resort to personal attacks when their argument is weak.

    This drama did not live up to the hype and turned out to be nothing but a love story…how disappointing. The writer had a wealth of material she could have used; however, she chose to abuse her creative license. I do not knock the romances in the drama. However, the romance should not have been the focal point. I think the actors did a great job with the material given them. This drama was a waste of their time and talents.

    You know CJ ugliness cannot always be seen by a mirror because sometimes it is in the heart. Perhaps instead of attacking others you should reflex on your behavior and see it it is appropriate and look within your own heart and see if you can find beauty there.
    This is just a drama and we are only commenting on characters, not the actors themselves.

    @ Shakti

    This drama revolves around a group of historically serious kick-ass warriors. But as the story progressed, they appeared more and more like diaper bound emotional dipshits. We’ve had a good serving of romance, but an injection of testosterone would balance things out. They are warriors after all.

    I totally agree with your sentiments. I was hoping to see more bonding of the Hwarang, the King ascending to the throne earlier in the drama and perhaps a scrimmage to show of their skill.

  37. 137
    Simon K Says:

    It is my personal preference and I like this drama less and less when the story move on. The final two episodes I spent about 30 min total with all the skipping. It may be an OK drama if I only want to see pretty faces doing fun things together. When I actually try to follow the story, it hurt my head. The writer spent 18 episodes to set up the challenge that the king face, and he solve the problem basically by doing almost nothing (or just show up). And the Hwarang help him by doing, nothing. I think the rating backup my impression, this drama serve the fan base of the actors/actresses but cannot reach outside of that core audience. For historic drama, MBC is a much better choice.

  38. 138
    Winnie Says:

    The actors are great but the drama is 7 out of 10 max. I liked the actress in older dramas, but here she has repetitive actions like the puppy eyes and mouth clinching that make her boring.
    The drama is only talk no real action or excitement, no history, no real bromance, no fun scenes … many many missing elements to be a good drama. And by the way, does anyone know why Sun Woo keeps fainting? Shouldn’t it be addressed at the end?

  39. 139
    Hannah Says:

    Finally I’ve finished watching Hwarang. It took me 1 day to finish the last two episodes because I kept on pausing the video and did something else as it’s quite boring. The ending is OK and predictable, but a little bit childish as the solution to eliminate Young Shil is by making the leader of Hwarang threaten him to kill him as he has done a treason. Uh, what? If it’s that easy, why didn’t Pa Oh or the Queen’s guard killed him for treason before? All of sudden the other officials were scared as well. Hmm, “interesting”.

    This drama is merely a love story drama that set during King Jinheung’s period. That’s it. It doesn’t really show the historical parts of it.

    Nevetheless, I appreciate all the actors and actresses effort in this drama as I watched the bts of this drama and they acted this drama during summer and it was really hot.

    Anyway, I’ve been realizing this long time ago, but just had the thought to say it here. Am I the only one who thinks the background music of this drama is quite annoying? Sometimes the transition of the music is awkward. But the OST of this drama are superb. I love most of their OST.

  40. 140
    tigerb Says:

    it wasn’t that bad, but then, to each his own! on to the next series, that i could drop midway, or finish.

  41. 141
    Gonjeng Says:

    My prediction in first comment section is coming true LOL

  42. 142
    sangadati Says:

    I need to know all member of Hwarang haha

    I’m still thinking of Oh-Oon 오온 He was on Sassy Go Go n Hwarang, I’ve watch all eps. but don’t remember his face😅 miane.. Jang Yeonghoon, lol

    Choi Minho : Kim Taehyung, Kim Hyunjoon, Jin Juhyeong(Sirius), Ki Hoon,
    Do Jihan : Jang Young hoon/O-oon(Sassy go go), Jeon Bumsoo(Blood), Jang Sehyun, (who is Yeongshin?,’Lee Pungun?’)
    Other : Dohun,
    Jo Yoonwoo is alone😅

  43. 143
    silverswan Says:

    I do not know why have some negative comments on this drama. To me I love the whole drama, with all great young actors/actress even the older ones who were good in many other dramas were in this drama. I love the story line , and a superb ending, great music and all elegant main actors.
    Park Soo Yong very different from the drama “She’s Pretty”. But you were good in this drama as well as “She’s Pretty”

    You did a great job for this drama. Thanks to
    Production Company: Oh! Boy Project
    Chief Producer: Choi Ji Young
    Producers: Kim Sang Hwi, Kim Hyung Suk, Lee Young Bum, Park Sung Hye
    Director: Yoon Sung Shik, Kim Young Jo
    Screenwriter: Park Eun Young
    Music Composer: Oh Joon Sung

  44. 144
    Christian coffi Says:

    Hwarang ,Hwarang,Hwaranga💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪

  45. 145
    Neelima Says:

    Park Hyungshik ssi all the way ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  46. 146
    sandy Says:

    There are many unanswered questions in this drama that it needs a SEASON 2! Hwarang: The Beginning.. is precisely just the beginning.. There needs a sequel or continuation to the story.. It’s a beautiful narrative that historically plays a very important role in the making of Korea as a nation. Producers, please consider making a second season for Hwarang!

  47. 147
    lee Says:

    I didn’t watch it yet.but I guess this drama is Daebak because there’s a lot of OPPA here.hahaha I will watch it soon!

  48. 148
    Hwarang Review: Watch It For The Bromance Of Six Handsome Warriors | AlphaGirl Says:

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  49. 149
    lclarakl Says:

    Thanks for all the comments concerning this drama. I love historical dramas, especially those based on history. However, based on the comments of some who I think I could better relate to, I’m going to give this drama another pass. I like a number of the actors, but it appears the story is not as tightly written as it should be; maybe there will be a season two to close those gaps.

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