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River Where the Moon Rises

Title: 낮에 뜨는 달 / River Where the Moon Rises
Also known as: The Moon that Rises in the Day / Moonlit River / Moon Rising River
Previously known as: 평강, 마음에 베이다 / Pyung Kang, Cut to the Heart
Genre: Historical, Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast Period: 2021-Feb-15 to 2021-Apr-20
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:30 (2 episodes back-to-back)


The drama is based on the 2010 novel “평강공주/Princess Pyung Kang” by a film director and screenwriter, Choi Sagyu and Based on the webtoon “낮에 뜨는 달/The Moon That Rises in the Day” by “헤윰/ Yoom”.

It retells the love story between Princess Pyung Kang and On Dal, who are characters in a classic Goguryeo folktale. Princess Pyung Kang (Kim So Hyun) who was born as a princess but raised to be a person who killed a sinner also known as Yeom Ga Jin, an ambitious woman who dreams to re-establish the status of Goguryeo and be the first female Taewang of Goguryeo. However, she uses On Dal’s (Ji Soo) feelings for her to achieve her goals.


Main Cast

Kim So Hyun as Princess Pyung Kang / Yeom Ga Jin
Heo Jung Eun as Princess Pyung Kang (young)
Ji SooNa In Woo as On Dal
Seo Dong Hyun as On Dal (young)
Lee Ji Hoon as Ko Kun
– Park Min Sang (박민상) as Ko Kun (young)
Choi Yoo Hwa as Hae Mo Yong

Imperial Palace

Kim Bup Rae as King Pyeongwon
Cha Kwang Soo as Jin Pil
Kim Jung Young as Gong Son
Kim So Hyun as Queen Yeon
Son Woo Hyuk as chief eunuch
Ahn Shin Woo as Kim Pyung Ji
Wang Bit Na as Jin Bi
Ki Eun Se as Hyun Bi
Park Sang Hoon as Prince Ko Won

Soonno Tribe

Kang Ha Neul as General On Hyup (On Dal’s father)
Hwang Young Hee as Madame Sa
Jung Wook as Sa Woon Am
Kim Dong Young as Sa Poong Gae
Kim Hyun Bin as Sa Poong Kae (young)
Oh Ah Rin as Wol Yi
Lee Sang Chan (이상찬) as Suk Goo
Won U (원우) as Pil Goo
Yoon Ah Jung as Hong Mae

Gyeru Tribe

Lee Hae Young as Go Won Pyo
Yoon Joo Man as Ko Sang Chul

Sono Tribe

Jung In Kyum as Hae Ji Wol


Han Jae Young as Doo Joong Seo
Ryu Ui Hyun as Tara San
Kim Hee Jung as Tara Jin
Moon Jin Seung (문진승) as Ma Tae Mo
Jung Eun Pyo as Yeom Deuk


Jasper Cho as Wol Kwang
Ahn Soo Bin (안수빈)
Jo Bok Rae
Kim Seung Soo as King Jinheung (The King of Silla)
Choi Kwang Je as Yang Chaek (Hwang Joo fortress)

Production Credits

Production Company: Victory Contents
Director: Yoon Sang Ho
Screenwriter: Han Ji Hoon


On March 5, 2021, actor Ji Soo was dismissed from the cast because of a school violence controversy. He was replaced by Na In Woo from episode 9 onwards.

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2021-02-15 1-1 5.5 - 6.5 (16th) -
2021-02-15 1-2 7.5 - 9.4 (5th) 8.8 (8th)
2021-02-16 2-1 5.8 - 5.8 (16th) -
2021-02-16 2-2 8.3 - 9.7 (7th) 8.9 (7th)
2021-02-22 3-1 6.4 - 6.4 (13th) 6.3 (13th)
2021-02-22 3-2 8.7 - 9.2 (5th) 8.4 (10th)
2021-02-23 4-1 6.3 - 6.3 (14th) 6.2 (13th)
2021-02-23 4-2 9.4 - 10.0 (6th) 9.8 (4th)
2021-03-01 5-1 6.1 - 6.5 (18th) -
2021-03-01 5-2 8.2 - 8.8 (6th) 7.9 (10th)
2021-03-02 6-1 6.0 - 6.6 (9th) 6.3 (14th)
2021-03-02 6-2 8.6 - 9.2 (6th) 8.6 (6th)
2021-03-08 7-1 6.1 - 6.7 (12th) 6.3 (15th)
2021-03-08 7-2 7.8 - 8.7 (6th) 8.2 (6th)
2021-03-09 8-1 5.9 - 6.1 (14th) 5.8 (15th)
2021-03-09 8-2 8.2 - 8.3 (6th) 7.3 (6th)
2021-03-15 9-1 7.4 - 6.6 (13th) 6.1 (15th)
2021-03-15 9-2 9.0 - 8.4 (6th) 7.8 (7th)
2021-03-16 10-1 6.8 - 7.2 (8th) 7.0 (9th)
2021-03-16 10-2 8.9 - 9.1 (5th) 9.0 (4th)
2021-03-22 11-1 7.0 - 7.3 (12th) 6.6 (12th)
2021-03-22 11-2 8.4 - 8.7 (6th) 7.6 (9th)
2021-03-23 12-1 6.4 - 6.8 (12th) 6.1 (14th)
2021-03-23 12-2 7.8 - 8.1 (6th) 7.1 (8th)
2021-03-29 13-1 7.0 - 6.8 (12th) 5.9 (18th)
2021-03-29 13-2 9.0 - 8.7 (5th) 7.4 (9th)
2021-03-30 14-1 7.6 - 6.4 (13th) 5.7 (13th)
2021-03-30 14-2 8.9 - 8.4 (5th) 7.6 (5th)
2021-04-05 15-1 6.1 - 6.7 (9th) 6.2 (10th)
2021-04-05 15-2 7.9 - 7.8 (6th) 7.2 (6th)
2021-04-06 16-1 6.3 - 6.0 (12th) 5.1 (18th)
2021-04-06 16-2 8.2 - 7.8 (6th) 6.5 (6th)
2021-04-12 17-1 7.1 - 6.7 (14th) -
2021-04-12 17-2 8.6 - 8.4 (7th) 6.7 (7th)
2021-04-13 18-1 6.7 - 6.6 (11th) 5.7 (13th)
2021-04-13 18-2 8.4 - 8.4 (6th) 7.5 (6th)
2021-04-19 19-1 6.8 - 6.8 (10th) 5.7 (15th)
2021-04-19 19-2 8.5 - 8.3 (5th) 6.9 (8th)
2021-04-20 20-1 7.0 - 6.8 (9th) 5.6 (16th)
2021-04-20 20-2 8.8 - 8.3 (6th) 7.3 (6th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea


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  1. 1 : Edge - Says:

    Kang Ha Neul one of My best ❤️
    Good luck Dear 🌷 love U 😍

  2. 2 : annmasae Says:

    Enjoying the series. Almost didn’t recognize Kang Ha Neul. He did a great job as the father of Ji Soo. Love Kim So Hyun. From Child star to great actress. Hope ratings increase even more.

  3. 3 : Cheorin Says:

    I loved they used the Celtic tune “She Moved Through the Fair” as theme of the two lovers; the theme played as she walked up to On Dal laying on the ground in the aftermath of the battle and when On Dal buried his father’s broken sword. Here is Ms. Loreena McKennitt singing: https://youtu.be/c-7nNSBfJmM

  4. 4 : N Says:

    Interesting. The first 2 episodes gave a strong impression. Excited to see how the story unfolds.

  5. 5 : Cheorin Says:

    Loving it!!

  6. 6 : Surya Says:

    Am I gonna watch this drama because I dont like male lead. Keep thinking. Eventhough he is the brother of my favourite Singer/band Taeyang/BigBang. I like female lead btw…

  7. 7 : Simon K Says:

    So far a very entertaining drama, highly recommended. The story line move fast.

  8. 8 : Zeedah Says:

    I don’t want them to change the lead actor ji soo😒
    I will quit watching the drama if it happens

  9. 9 : Precious Says:

    I love the leads ,I will keep watching even if jisoo had a past

  10. 10 : pop Says:

    I love about Historian drama and yes I love the lead actress coz she is playing Love alarm . After I heard about changing lead actor I will watching this drama. Yesssss .

  11. 11 : Cheorin Says:

    Sa Poong Gae has that look he’s going to betray On Dal and the Princess.

  12. 12 : Cheorin Says:

    Ji Soo who plays On Dal is no longer in the drama. He was replaced by Na In-Woo as of episode 7. He is accused of bullying during his school days.

  13. 13 : AnCe Says:

    They still have not changed the lead..I think they should just note it.

  14. 14 : Surya Says:

    Honestly, i am not watching this drama because of Ji Soo. And only knowing they change the male lead on KBS Drama IG. Na In Woo – I gonna watch it. Yey!!!

  15. 15 : K Says:

    Ji Soo was playing much better than Na In Woo.
    I’m really sorry they changed it. It’s a very bad tradition to change the lead actor.
    What happened in the past belongs to the past. If you want to change the actors under this pretext, everyone has a dark oil in their lives, so no one should play and no film should be made.

  16. 16 : Pedro Azinhais Says:

    I agree with K……Na In Woo is a great actor but it was a shame the replacement….the past belongs to the past

  17. 17 : nischuu Says:

    Please change the main actor of On Dal to be Na In Woo start from ep. 7th @admin

  18. 18 : Lindsay Putt Says:

    UGH! Really?!? Are you kidding me right now?! Ji Soo was the reason I even started watching this drama. His replacement looks like a plain nobody stuntman filling in. Not to mention zero chemistry.
    I’m over it, I can’t even finish.

  19. 19 : Crystal Says:

    I dont like jisoo…. so when na in woo takeover Ondal character i start to watch this drama

  20. 20 : chrisler Says:

    i hope they didn’t change the lead…. I watch this because of Ji Soo… replacing him is kinda odd…. no chemistry.. in respect to Na In Woo who is the great actor…. the continuity of the lead character is gone….. It is a big question why those to who complain about Ji Soo past wrong doings come out now where his popularity is rising…… I can’t finish this series.. I Lost my interest already…

  21. 21 : nischuu Says:

    nahh Na In Woo portrays perfectly of OnDal and make great chemistry with Gajin/Princess Pyeonggang, his explanatory character is sky-rooted and not expect he could be this good. It suit him so much than previous leads.

    I knew there might be pros and cons about the changes, but at least try to appreciate the artist and crews who was work hard for this replacement and re-take of the whole scene, but they act faster and adapt the set perfectly, not for once misses and fill in the gap in between. All kudos to the team. Will watch them onwards.

  22. 22 : Cheorin Says:

    Oh man . . . I hate it when the translators use “skies” instead of “heaven(s)”, the two are not the same thing in English. The “sky” can’t respond to a human’s petition for help because it isn’t sentient. It’s the atmosphere around the f*cking planet`.

  23. 23 : Jay11 Says:

    Don’t read the history Princess Pyeonggang and On Dallooks like a tragic ending….

  24. 24 : Hanako Says:

    I love this drama, it has it all. Romantic, Comedian, sad, happy, tragedy, violence, and best main actress and actor and all the actors in here act really good . Hoping it will get an award for all those main actor actresses and the one who produced it as well as the screen writer

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