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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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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

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148 Responses to “Hwarang: The Beginning”

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  1. 51
    Robin Says:

    The princess looks cool in preview ep 11, i think if she were with moo myung, it s gonna be okay..

  2. 52
    Hwarang: The Beginning Ep 11 Eng Sub Says:

    […] Hwarang: The Beginning » Korean Drama KBS2 […]

  3. 53
    Pam Says:

    Actors are good
    Princess looks cool
    The main actress is overacting , not cute , not smart character
    Why the King had to like her
    Boring actress

  4. 54
    Henry Says:

    I knew it, that this drama will capture the heart of the viewers and will make it to the top soon. Ep. 11 is really entertaining and hilarious to watch,

  5. 55
    Hannah Says:

    Finally at the end of ep 11, I can see that this drama is finally catching up with real deals which are about the King and the establishment of Hwarang. I am kinda sick of the love line story portrayed in this drama between Sun Woo, Ah Ro and the King. I also don’t like how Su Ho has a crush on Queen, that’s just ew. I can only accept Ban Ryu and Soo Yeon couple at the moment as they don’t have that many scenes together.

    I also don’t really like Ah Ro’s character in here. She’s too weak and always depend on her “brother.” AND she always cry to the point it’s getting annoying. I like the princess instead though she’s a little bit cold-hearted just like the Queen, but at least she’s tough and knows martial arts even though she has weak lungs.

    The ratings say it all, no matter how much KBS marketed the drama, yes, it’s widely spread, but people are getting bored with unnecessary scenes. Only now, after 11 episodes, the issue of King is brought up and Hwarang is becoming more serious in ep 12 (in the preview). All these while, I only see them as a group of young lads who just have fun in the Hwarang house, not as men who know martial arts that will protect the King.

  6. 56
    Shakti Says:

    Seo Ye Ji (Princess Sukmyung) was hilarious in Potato Start. I liked her character who’d switch to speaking fake Spanish, and because she has the Spanish look, people believed she was authentic.

  7. 57
    Romaya Irving Says:

    I’m half-way watching episode 7 and about to give up the whole series. It’s boring and annoying Ah Ro. Reading the comments from episode 7 on, I’ll skip the rest of episode 7 and jump to episode 11. If it’s still boring, I’ll abandon the whole series.

  8. 58
    Henry Says:

    Yesssss, finally Ep.12 become athriller episode. The last scene during the sparring of Sun Woo was really breathtaking. Good job guys!

  9. 59
    Romaya Irving Says:

    Watched part of episodes 11 & 12 and still were uninteresting, giving up this drama!

  10. 60
    deer Says:

    AARRGGHH!!! CAN’T WAIT FOR EPISODE 13!!! IT MAKES ME INTERESTING!! Moo myung please kill the king as your wish! but….. how about sooho when he had call the queen?????? did sooho will planning to do something bad for moo myung?? T______T

  11. 61
    tigerb Says:

    the first 10 episodes set up the prelims. eps. 11&12 start to be interesting so can’t wait for the following ones. moo myung will not kill the king (it’s too early for the second lead to die!) and soo ho will have second thoughts of killing moo myung after what he witnessed in ep. 12. or is that what the queen wanted for soo ho to do? the queen’s commandant said that if people think that moo myung is the king, then the real king is safe for the time being, except that in ep. 12, moo myung now believes ji dwi is the king. monday/tuesday come sooner!

  12. 62
    Hannah Says:

    I don’t think that Moo Myung @ Sun Woo will kill the King. Even if he attempts to kill, I don’t think the King will die easily as the King’s death is what the antagonists, which are the group of royal officials want. With the King’s death, there won’t be much story left. Of course we don’t want Ban Ryu to be the King as what Master Young Shil wants. Who would be the King then? Moo Myung? Even if he has secret birth of him being royal blood, (I said “if”) he doesn’t have what it takes to be the King as he’s way too emotional. And it’s not entirely the King’s fault that the real Sun Woo died as it was the Queen’s order. Plus, in the history, King Jinheung is considered as one of the greatest kings in Silla. I really want to see Sam Mek Jeong as the ruler. I love the scene when the Chief Of Hwarang bow to him after knowing he’s the King.

  13. 63
    kiki Says:

    who will be Mishil here?
    evil Mishil
    or annoying Aro?
    I prefer Mishil, she’s evil but she’s strong and smart. I hate whiny,crying main female leads.

  14. 64
    Simon K Says:

    I watch this drama just to kill time, it is a disappointing one even though I like Go Ah Ra, that is not enough to save this drama. The story plot is just bad. It is hard to like any of the main characters, especially Moo Myung. He is supposed to be the hero but I see him as a stupid annoying jerk. The remaining Hwarangs are mainly weird punks. The only one that I don’t dislike so much is the young King. Unless you are die hard fan of any of the male actors, don’t expect too much from this drama. It is appropriate that the rating of “romantic doctor”, which air at the same time, got about 3 times the rating. Simply put together a bunch of young idols is not good enough to generate good rating if the story sucks.

  15. 65
    Lupita Says:

    On the whole, there is nothing to this show. It looks more like a continuation of a bunch of pop idols prancing about though on a different setting and in old traditional garb. Most times the hwarangs act like they are still, well basically pop idols. Watch their acting, mannerisms, and facial expressions. Warriors? What warriors? Sssh … yikes!

    And 10 episodes wasted on this frivolous drama start-up. Should have done away with these early episodes. Instead make a substantial and meaningful 10 episodes drama only instead of 20 episodes.

    Somebody mentioned that the actress who plays the character Aro is over acting. Cant agree more. With her kind of acting, somehow it just seems so out of place with the story’s setting.

    This drama is nothing but full of hype only.

  16. 66
    Era Says:

    its not recommended, i prefer watch Rebel. The same timeslot

  17. 67
    deer Says:

    it makes me frustrating, but still watching this until last episode. fighting!!!

  18. 68
    kiki Says:

    if the story centers around the king, then, i think the ratings will be higher. i love park seojoon and go ara, but their characters here (esp. ARo) are pretty lame. i still want them here in Hwarang, but just as supporting characters, not the main. i think, everyone wants to know how king jinheung came to be one the the greatest ruler of silla. it’s episode 13 already and he’s still weak.

  19. 69
    flo Says:

    Make up artis why…you make park seo joon like that
    worst make up i’ve seen ever

  20. 70
    Hannah Says:

    I knew it! I knew it that the writer will let Sun Woo admit that he’s the King at the end of ep 14 and I really really hate that plot. Sun Woo’s stealing the real King’s spotlight. Come on, it’s already ep 14 and Sam Mek Jeong still hasn’t given a chance to lead his nation and build his empire!!!

    People are interested to watch saeguk drama to learn a lil bit of the history and to see how a King build his empire with great intelligence of politics or destroy his empire by mistakes and greeds. But this drama, I don’t know how to say it. I know it’s something different because Sun Woo is not from royal blood, but it’s the kind of different that I don’t like (maybe some people don’t like it too from what I read from the comments above). I don’t think that Sun Woo is a great leader. Sorry, I’m not convinced with his leadership. All I see sometimes from him is a rebellious character. AND he doesn’t give a damn about Silla, he just wants to protect his girl.

  21. 71
    deer Says:

    Sam maek jong was so weak…. he’s too late to saying that he’s the king in Hwarang 😭. Why should moo myung / sun woo??? 😭😭

  22. 72
    Ryoseum Says:

    The king should have confessed… Why did the plot made him so pitiful… Park HyunkSik 😭😭😭

  23. 73
    Pam Says:

    The main character should be the King
    Not the guy
    All are garbage
    They should protect Shilla not the girl
    Fighting not for their country but for the girl , the doctor
    The doctor , acting poor
    She supposes to be smart and strong

    Only the princess is smart

  24. 74
    Nani Says:

    Somehow I think the writer is mocking the King Jinheung’s history. I know this is all fictional, but you make the King look pathetic and weak when he’s known as one of the greatest kings in Silla. What a shame, writer-nim.

  25. 75
    tigerb Says:

    all this is fiction per the disclaimer. that said, would you rather that the real king reveals himself and gets killed as what yong shil wants the baekje crown prince to do? sun woo suspects ji dwi as the real king, so he is not only protecting his ‘sister’ and love interest but also the king. the writer would not want the king killed, right? what is so wrong if the young king does not have that much confidence to make bold and right decisions at the moment. he has not been brought up to be king, thanks to his mother. the hwarangs are between the rock and the deep blue sea. sun woo being brought up, independent, and had faced hardships and death in his youth could not be more confident to say something trying to save more than one person.

  26. 76
    Yaya Says:

    Some ppl said tht sun woo claimed to be the king bcause apart of saving ah ro, hes trying to protect jidwi as well, but I dont believe it. his life is all about ahro bcause hes guilty tht the real sunwoo died. Im with the princess, what she yelled at them are the truth. they neglected their duty as hwarangs who need to protect the princess or royals. both sunwoo & jidwi immediately ran to save ahro, and suho just followed sunwoo bcause he promised queen to protect sunwoo. ban ryu just played along as hes still under pressured of his stepdad so he already did what he needed to do and didnt care abt the princess. how stupid can you be when u are in someone else’s land, u attack the jail guards without actually talking to the higher authority to negotiate. as conclusions, all of them are stupid. and

  27. 77
    Yaya Says:

    yeah ji dwi might die if he claimed to be the king. but the writer could also make him good enough to negotiate & play politics to make deals with the crown prince. better yet, he could talk to the king of baekje himself and brings the good news @amity or diplomatic relationship deal between baekje and silla to his nations. its all about how the writer wants it looks like. I kinda agree with @Nani tht the writer is making the king looks weak and trying so hard to make sunwoo the hero of this story. there’s just something off there tho the main character here is sunwoo/mooyong. it doesnt seem fit.

  28. 78
    Kim Says:

    The King is weak and have no self confident because of the Queen fault. Pity the faceless King. 🙁 Fighting Sam Mek Jong! Hope the next next next episode will have better plot and focus on how King Jinheung be the greatest ruler of Silla.

  29. 79
    SUE Says:

    F.Y.I, Sun Woo also have a Royal Blood, he also can be a king…
    but still i like him to be a Leader Hwarang..

    k bye

  30. 80
    Arlene Says:

    I think something is peculiar with the drama. most people are having a second lead syndrome which is very strange . the drama is about Hwarang and Sun Woo is the main lead. the drama is not about the King. I believe the rating is low because this drama portrays the main lead character as someone who is abandoned by his family, no name, no education and no background. the adopted father Woo Ruk does not teach him anything even he is a musician and good at shooting arrows. SW does not know how to dance and using the arrow. he does not even know how to write or read. my goodness. He has to learn everything by himself. he is also have illness. I feel very sorry for the main lead. now, going to episode 14 we still don’t know his identity. Then, the second lead even he is abandoned by his mother and live his life with a lot of fear, he is still the king with a lot of silver and gold. he has someone who take care of him all the time. he knows how to use his sword, he was trained to shoot an arrow since he was young and have bodyguard. So, the second lead was portrayed as a normal main lead in most korean drama. Therefore, most ppl is having a second lead syndrome. Very very strange drama. Park Seo Joon should take a different kind of drama. It is such a waste on his talent.

  31. 81
    Eke Says:

    I hope there will be another drama with Hwarang plot that focus more on establishment and foundation of Hwarang as well as the greatness of King Jinheung. Something that is obviously not portrayed in this drama. I hate how the writer is making Hwarang dancing like they’re a bunch of pop idols. Wth, it’s rubbish.

  32. 82
    Rachel Says:

    To my eyes, park hyungsik 😍 is a perfect mixer of JiSung, KimSoHyun and KimBum

  33. 83
    Sue Says:

    Arlene….. AGREED WITH U… Park Seo Joon should choose better drama….

  34. 84
    Lupita Says:

    Why the second lead is more popular than the lead? In a nut shell, its because the second lead out-shines the main in every way.

    Writer too has the second lead syndrome. Thats how this drama turns out lopsided.

  35. 85
    Sue Says:

    Who is si wooooo exactly….. ?

  36. 86
    Sue Says:

    Why everyone like 2nd lead… i love main lead.. it keep me waiting to know who exactly he is…. love him more in ep15… so manly… 😍😍😍

  37. 87
    Tyras Says:

    Hi writer, wanna know why the ratings drop? Because you made the male lead character unlikable and annoying female lead who only cries most of the time.

  38. 88
    Simon K Says:

    For some reason I find the main lead incredibly annoying, I just can’t watch him any more, prepare to fast forward or abandon this show. It is so frustrating, the story just getting more and more ridiculous and now it is near the end, I still don’t understand what is the point of the Hwarang, twenty young soldiers that can dance is going to change the fortune of the nation, how? I don’t see anything that make them so special, they are not commanders, they are just foot soldiers and body guards.

  39. 89
    syu Says:

    why the rating is drop??????????? why!!!!!!!!!!

    rebel (MBC) and Defendant (SBS) got highest rating….

    Sorry Park Seo Joon cant help you…. bu i will stay watching this drama…

  40. 90
    Henry Says:

    I like this drama!

  41. 91
    Shakti Says:

    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.

  42. 92
    Ryoseum Says:

    Suffering from #SecondLeadSyndrome badly… N the plot continues to make the king weak so i dont wanna watch anymore… But i cant!! Cos of #ParkHyungSikSyndrome i gonna watch and support this drama till the end

  43. 93
    job Says:

    hwarang is one of my favorite series…its just that i have a feeling that moo myung will be dead in the end because sam will be later king jinheung…i hope it wont happen…great beginning should ends great …afterall ths is just a fiction…

  44. 94
    Limo Says:

    Aro is so annoying… why she alway cry like that… feel like she want to cry but dont want to cry…her face like that when she cry?…
    4 ep left.. but why the storyline and in this ep 16 so bored…

  45. 95
    Sparkling Says:

    Dissapointed drama! PSJ is great actor, PHS is good also. its such a waste for them to play on this drama. Go Ara’s acting was a joke! This drama only sell the great actors, the story is boring. Just a waste.

  46. 96
    Lupita Says:

    There is a strong basic core to the story, i.e. the secret lineage of the main and second leads’ characters. I believe they are tied to the present Queen and Dr Ahn. Of the two guys, one is weak and the other is of king material, and the whole gamut of court intrigue, politics, etc..

    If only the Writer could have focused and expanded on this, the story would have come out much better. But somehow Writer seemed to be drunk whilst writing the script, resulting in the whole drama being taken all over the place. Till finally, this drama became sober enough to reach 15 episodes before there is a semblance of stability, and the audience get to see where this drama’s story is heading.

    What a waste of time, money, effort, loss of ratings points, etc.

  47. 97
    tigerb Says:

    happy now? the true king is taking steps on revealing himself and acting as king.

  48. 98
    Lupita Says:

    If Jidwi really had it in him to want to be king (or was it all wishful thinking or are delusions only), the chance came for him to declare his real identity as the King of Silla and fight the Bakje crown prince and take then his chances from thereon. But no, he’s still pondering and hesitating, waiting for the right moment for the world to be ready with the red carpe to receive him. Come on man. If he is truly the man, any moment is the right moment. The situation thst he and his entourage are in as prisoners, makes the decision to declare himself easier because either he tells or not, there is nothing to lose. But Jidwi still waits…and waits ………

  49. 99
    Man Overboard Says:

    So true #Lupita. The faceless king Sam Maek Jong (Jidwi) was about to step forward but the years of practised procrastinations imposed by the politics underpinning his birth, all culminated in that moment when fate intervened, revealing a more capable individual in Moo Myung.

    I grew tired of the story line til this episode. I told myself this recent episode signals a needed change in the pace.

  50. 100
    CJ Says:

    @ Simon K: For your information, they only put on one dance performance as a way of entertaining and introducing them to the public! It’s not like they danced every other day, puhlease. I can see that you are such a pessimistic, narrow-minded, and tasteless person. Your comments certainly show it. There are better ways to criticise a drama. Keep such stupid opinions to yourself in the future. It really puts one off. This is a to give u a mirror of urself. So ugly.

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