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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 (To Be Confirmed)
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 Soo 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

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
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


Park Sang Hoon as Prince Go won

Production Credits

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

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 (13th) 6.3 (13th)
2021-02-22 3-2 - - 9.2 (5th) 8.4 (10th)
2021-02-23 4-1 - - 6.3 (14th) 6.2 (13th)
2021-02-23 4-2 - - 10.0 (6th) 9.8 (4th)
2021-03-01 5-1        
2021-03-01 5-2        
2021-03-02 6-1        
2021-03-02 6-2        
2021-03-08 7-1        
2021-03-08 7-2        
2021-03-09 8-1        
2021-03-09 8-2        
2021-03-15 9-1        
2021-03-15 9-2        
2021-03-16 10-1        
2021-03-16 10-2        
2021-03-22 11-1        
2021-03-22 11-2        
2021-03-23 12-1        
2021-03-23 12-2        
2021-03-29 13-1        
2021-03-29 13-2        
2021-03-30 14-1        
2021-03-30 14-2        
2021-04-05 15-1        
2021-04-05 15-2        
2021-04-06 16-1        
2021-04-06 16-2        
2021-04-12 17-1        
2021-04-12 17-2        
2021-04-13 18-1        
2021-04-13 18-2        
2021-04-19 19-1        
2021-04-19 19-2        
2021-04-20 20-1        
2021-04-20 20-2        

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.

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