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Joseon Survival

Title: 조선 생존기 / Joseon Survival
Genre: Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Time-travel
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: CSTV
Broadcast period: 2019-June-08 to 2019-Aug-17
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 22:50


This drama is about Han Jung Rok (Kang Ji Hwan), a former national archer and current deliveryman from 2019. He ends up traveling to the past with his first love, Lee Hae Deun (Kyung Soo Jin) and meets Im Kku Jung (Song Won Suk), a famous thief from the Joseon dynasty. Together, they struggle to survive, put their lives at stake for the people they love, and share a strong friendship.



Kang Ji Hwan as Han Jung Rok (Ep. 1-10)
Seo Ji Suk as Han Jung Rok (Ep. 11-16)
Kyung Soo Jin as Lee Hye Jin
Park Se Wan as Han Seul Ki
Lee Jae Yoon as Jung Ka Ik


Kim Kwang Sik as Oh Yong Jin

Joseon Era 16th Century

Song Won Suk as Im Kkuk Jung


Han Jae Suk as Yoon Won Hyung
Yoon Ji Min as Jung Nan Jung
Lee Kyung Jin as Queen Moon Jung

People in Sanchae

Wi Yang Ho as Wang Chi


Shin Yi as gisaeng
Jung Han Hun
Kang Ji Sub
Choi Jung Hun
Jang Jung Yun

Production Credits

Production Companies: Huayi Brothers Entertainment, Lotte Cultureworks, HIGROUND
Director: Jang Yong Woo
Screenwriters: Kim Sol Ji, Park Min Woo


  • Actor Kang Ji Hwan has dropped out of this series. The production company are currently looking for an actor to replace the main character of Han Jung Rok who was played by Kang Ji Hwan. Korean media reported yesterday, July 10, 2019, that Kang Ji Hwan was arrested at his house in Gwangju on July 9, 2019 for rape and sexual molestation of 2 women. During the investigation, Kang Ji Hwan stated that he drank alcohol with 2 female staff members at his house, but he doesn’t remember what happened afterwards. He woke up and found himself in a room with the 2 women sleeping. Due to Kang Ji Hwan’s exit from the drama series, the two episodes scheduled to air on Saturday, July 13th & Sunday, July 14th have been postponed.

  • On 15/July, it has confirmed that Seo Ji Suk will be taking on Kang Ji Hwan’s role in the drama. After finalizing the casting, this series will begin filming as soon as possible, and we will resume airing episode 11 starting 27/July.

Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2019-06-08 1 1.288 -
2019-06-09 2 1.255 -
2019-06-15 3 1.740 -
2019-06-16 4 1.399 -
2019-06-22 5 1.459 -
2019-06-23 6 1.256 -
2019-06-29 7 1.447 -
2019-06-30 8 1.439 -
2019-07-06 9 1.214 -
2019-07-07 10 1.428 -
2019-07-27 11 1.204 -
2019-07-28 12 1.050 -
2019-08-03 13 1.038 -
2019-08-04 x - -
2019-08-10 14 0.948 -
2019-08-11 15 0.921 -
2019-08-17 16 0.852 -

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea (Nationwide)

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

*** Note: This drama is aired on Pay-TV channel which has fewer viewers than Free-TV channels. So, please don’t be surprised with the low rating. ***


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Official Site

Official Trailer
Trailer I
Trailer II
Trailer III
Trailer IV

Watch Online in Viki.com (Coming Soon)


  1. 1 : Park jun sung Says:

    Kang ji hwan is back… 😍😍😍

  2. 2 : TW Says:

    How can she be first love; she’d be a 10 year-old when he was a 20 year-old. She’d be 15 when he’s a 25 year-old. First love usually happens during those early years.

    I’ll watch cos I like Soo Jin in any drama. Ji Hwan . . . meh. Too gay for my kind of leading man.

  3. 3 : OK OK OK Says:

    hope the drama is interesting and exciting with happy ending.

  4. 4 : Cheo Says:

    Yay! Kang Ji Hwan hwaiting 🤗

  5. 5 : Pjs Says:

    Where can i watch / download it?

  6. 6 : aznative Says:

    On Demand Korea has the drama available for residents of the USA.

  7. 7 : tigerb Says:

    it’s an interesting series, will follow through. not much of viewers because the leads are older? tsk, tsk!

  8. 8 : Jordan Says:

    Seul Ki is a cliche. Can’t writers come up with something original?

  9. 9 : Marlexis Says:

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    p.s. i have been this drama and so far I like it. I like time travel drama for some reason

  10. 10 : Kay Says:

    I really love time travel dramas as well as historicals, so Joseon Survival sounds like a fun mix 🙂

  11. 11 : Fado Revere Says:

    Shakespear was read in Joseon society? Lol!

  12. 12 : Fado Revere Says:

    Lee Jae Yoon (Jung Ka Ik) was well cast as the perfect asshole and slime bucket. He is the perfect villain; I’m perturbed that all that sleaze might take hours of scrubbing to remove from Hae Deun’s (Soo Jin) body. I bet he smells worse than the boys locker-room at a high school gymnasium . . . Lol!!!

  13. 13 : Fado Revere Says:

    The Queen Dowger asks Ka Ik who his teacher is. Ka Ik named the late Italian Umberto Eco. However, unless Ka Ik is an academic or a student studying semiotics, or enjoys medieval murder mysteries, he probably isn’t likely to know the name Umberto Eco.

    Ka Ik is a psychopath with a penchant for chopping up the bodies of his murder victims. His material success it seems is entirely due to his thug approach to life. He has no problem disposing of people who get in his way. The body parts in the boot of his car are proof enough.

    My main beef with the drama is whoever wrote the story watched one too many Disney/Netflix flicks because the character of Seul Ki is horrible . . . bloody awful typical of Disney pandering ti a young audience of a bygone era.

    Me thinks Gen Zs will hate Seul Ki while Millennials won’t mind because they are on the whole the brainwashed generation (shudder).

  14. 14 : Nana Ama Says:

    I hope the rumors concerning kang ji hwan is false .

  15. 15 : JL Says:

    I also hoped it not true.

  16. 16 : Cheo Says:

    I pray things will turn out fine for Kang Ji Hwan.

  17. 17 : tigerb Says:

    just read the bad news about kang ji hwan. too bad, i thought he was doing a good job in his role here. i hate to say this but in s.k., they should cut down on drinking alcohol, and yes, they should not depict it in a lot of dramas. high school kids drinking soju! tsk, tsk. not that it is not happening where i am, but depicting it in dramas is, in a sense, saying that it’s okay, everybody does it! one drama should also depict that too much alcohol can cause cirrhosis. just saying. by the way, you might wonder why i am mentioning alcohol? read the news about kjh.

  18. 18 : Thomas Says:

    Episodes are reduced to 16 episodes instead of 20.

  19. 19 : mon Says:

    Seo Ji Suk do great work here.. thank you Seo Ji Suk , it not easy to replace other… but you do it,,,,

  20. 20 : rima Says:

    this drama became bad atfer change the actor why i wish his back again seo ji suk dont give up 🙂 😉

  21. 21 : rima Says:

    this drama became bad atfer change the actor why i wish his back again kang ji hwan dont give up 🙂 😉

  22. 22 : Sejung Says:

    Rima did you drink alcohol, you commented 2 times with 2 different actors.

  23. 23 : Claudia Panaitoiu Says:

    If Kang Ju Hwan is not returning i don’t look anymore to this drama, I don’t like the replacement

  24. 24 : rima Says:

    i write worng names for frist commet and i dont drink i am muslime girl 😉 🙂

  25. 25 : tigerb Says:

    anyone knows where i can watch episodes 11 onwards, english subbed? much obliged.

  26. 26 : dauntless Says:

    looking forward for english sub of lst 6 episodes (Seo Ji Suk take over)

  27. 27 : JC Says:

    I am curious as to why the English subtitles stopped from Episode 11 onward.

  28. 28 : tigerb Says:

    my guess is the translator is a fan of kjh and since kjh is out, that person does not feel like translating it anymore! too bad! hope that person changes mind and will do us the favor so we know the rest of the story.

  29. 29 : happyfriday Says:

    i really want to watch this drama to the end, but no subs. I’ve been searching everywhere for subs.

  30. 30 : tigerb Says:

    @happyfriday#29: guess you can’t be as happy anymore without the subs! just joking! i’ve been looking for subs too, and coming to this page to find any clues. well, we are in the same boat. if i do find the subbed episodes, i’ll let you know here.

  31. 31 : tigerb Says:

    ‘anyone who had a heart’ could let me know where i can find the subs, please!

  32. 32 : Nishamani Says:

    Tigerb….. try subscene.com…… type the name and search

  33. 33 : Nishamani Says:


  34. 34 : tigerb Says:

    @Nishamani #32, 33: thanks so much for helping and the link, but that web site has episodes 1 to 10 only. am looking for eps. 11-16.

  35. 35 : Berry Says:

    Subtitle ep 11 to ep 16 plz….

  36. 36 : Ajibola Says:

    12 and 13 subtitle is available on dramacool9.co

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