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Title: 왕은 사랑한다 / The King Loves
Also Known as: King in Love
Chinese Title: 戀愛中的王
Genre: Historical, Romance, Melodrama
Episodes: 40 (35 minutes/episode)
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2017-July-17 to 2017-Sep-19
Air time: Mondays & Tuesdays 22:00 (2 episodes back-to-back)


This is a 100% Pre-produced drama. Filming began on 2016-November and finished on 2017-June-15. It’s based on the novel of the same title by Kim Yi Ryung which was first published on 2011-Aug-19 by Paranmedia.

Wang Won (Im Shi Wan) is the Crown Prince during the Goryeo Dynasty who harbors an extreme lust for power. His childhood friend, Wang Rin (Hong Jong Hyun), is his trusted ally and bodyguard. When they meet Eun San (Im Yoon Ah), the beautiful daughter of the wealthiest man in the country, they become inseparable friends. But when both Won and Rin fall in love with Eun San, what will happen to their ambitions and friendship?


Main Cast

Im Shi Wan as Wang Won
Nam Da Reum as Wang Won (young)
Im Yoon Ah as Eun San
Lee Seo Yeon as Eun San (young)
Hong Jong Hyun as Wang Rin
Yoon Chan Young as Wang Rin (young)

People around Wang Won

Kim Jung Wook as Eunuch Kim
Bang Jae Ho as Jin Kwan
Ki Do Hun as Jang Hee

People around Eun San

Lee Ki Young as Eun Young Baek
Uhm Hyo Sup as Lee Seung Hyoo
Park Ji Hyun as Bi Yeon
Song Soo Hyun as Bi Yeon (young)
Kim Jung Hak as Goo Hyung

People around Wang Rin

Kim Ho Jin as Wang Young
Park Hwan Hee as Wang Dan
Yoon Jong Hoon as Wang Jeon

People around Song In

Oh Min Suk as Song In
Choi Jong Hwan as Song Bang Young
Choo Soo Hyun as Ok Boo Yong
Park Young Woon as Moo Suk

Royal Family & Palace people

Jung Bo Suk as King Chungnyeol
Jang Young Nam as Queen Jangmok
Kim Byung Choon as Choi Se Yun
Kim Jae Woon as Hooratayi
Min Young Won as Court Lady Jo
Baek Song Yi


Ahn Se Ha as Gae Won
Kim Kyung Jin as Yeom Bol

Production Credits

Production Company: U-Story9, Tencent
Chief Producer: Im Hwa Min
Producer: Jang Jae Hoon, Kim Sang Woo
Director: Kim Sang Hyup
Screenwriter: Song Ji Na


– The drama is invested by Chinese company Tencent.

– This is Im Shi Wan‘s last project before he enlists in the military in 2017.


2017 MBC Drama Awards: Best Child Acting Awards – Nam Da Reum (The King in Love)
2017 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Acting Actor (Mon-Tue Drama) – Jung Bo Suk (The King in Love)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2017-07-17 1 8.0 (18th) 8.0 (16th) 7.8 (20th) 9.0 (10th)
2017-07-17 2 8.6 (16th) 9.3 (10th) 8.1 (18th) 9.1 (9th)
2017-07-18 3 6.0 (<6.3) 5.1 5.5
2017-07-18 4 6.5 (20th) (<6.3) 6.0 6.3
2017-07-24 5 6.9 7.6 6.2 6.9
2017-07-24 6 7.0 7.2 7.0 7.3 (18th)
2017-07-25 7 6.9 6.7 (19th) 7.0 (19th) 7.5 (13th)
2017-07-25 8 7.6 (17th) 7.2 (16th) 7.2 (17th) 7.6 (12th)
2017-07-31 9 6.5 6.7 5.9 6.1
2017-07-31 10 7.3 (18th) (<6.7) 6.8 7.3 (19th)
2017-08-01 11 6.5 (20th) (<6.1) 6.3 (20th) 6.1 (19th)
2017-08-01 12 6.7 (19th) 6.1 (20th) 6.9 (17th) 7.1 (16th)
2017-08-07 13 6.6 6.7 (20th) 5.6 5.7
2017-08-07 14 7.0 (19th) (<6.7) 6.3 6.9 (17th)
2017-08-08 15 7.0 (18th) 6.9 (19th) 6.2 (20th) 6.4 (18th)
2017-08-08 16 7.5 (17th) 7.4 (15th) 7.2 (15th) 7.5 (13th)
2017-08-14 17 7.0 (<6.8) 6.5 (<6.5)
2017-08-14 18 7.0 (<6.8) 6.6 (<6.5)
2017-08-15 19 6.6 6.5 (20th) 6.5 (<7.4)
2017-08-15 20 6.5 (<6.5) 7.4 (17th) (<7.4)
2017-08-21 21 7.1 (<6.8) 6.2 (<6.9)
2017-08-21 22 7.1 (<6.8) 7.0 7.4 (16th)
2017-08-22 23 7.5 (18th) 7.0 (17th) 7.2 (16th) 7.1 (15th)
2017-08-22 24 8.1 (17th) 7.7 (11th) 7.7 (12th) 7.6 (10th)
2017-08-28 25 6.4 6.0 6.4 (<6.6)
2017-08-28 26 6.3 6.4 6.4 6.6 (20th)
2017-08-29 27 7.3 (18th) 7.0 (17th) 6.9 (18th) 6.9 (17th)
2017-08-29 28 7.4 (17th) 6.9 (18th) 7.1 (15th) 7.2 (15th)
2017-09-04 29 6.3 (<6.5) 5.7 (<6.5)
2017-09-04 30 5.6 6.3 6.0 6.4
2017-09-05 31 5.7 5.9 6.6 6.8 (19th)
2017-09-05 32 6.3 (18th) 6.8 (14th) 7.3 (17th) 7.7 (14th)
2017-09-11 33 5.6 5.8 5.8 6.0
2017-09-11 34 6.3 6.7 6.4 6.8
2017-09-12 35 6.6 (18th) 5.9 (19th) 6.6 (15th) 7.0 (15th)
2017-09-12 36 6.2 5.8 (20th) 7.2 (12th) 7.4 (14th)
2017-09-18 37 6.1 (<6.6) 5.8 (<6.7)
2017-09-18 38 6.2 (<6.6) 6.8 6.9 (19th)
2017-09-19 39 7.3 (18th) 6.9 (16th) 7.2 (16th) 7.4 (14th)
2017-09-19 40 7.6 (17th) 7.3 (14th) 7.6 (14th) 7.7 (12th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


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161 Responses to “The King Loves”

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  1. 51
    Noya Says:

    @Nonuts. Rin’s brother was involved in the plot that had her mother killed. When she learns of that she isn’t likely going to want to have anything to do with Rin and his family.

  2. 52
    Hannah Says:

    Another underrated saeguk drama. I kinda wish more people would recognize this drama.

  3. 53
    sathish Says:

    It is saying, this video is not availabe in my country now a days
    but I was watching these drama since the beginning..
    Msy i know why?

  4. 54
    Reca Says:

    This drama so good and I don’t know why ratings look down

  5. 55
    tigerb Says:

    @sathish: i don’t know where you are, or how you used to watch it, but you can watch it online. good luck!

  6. 56
    Wonsan Says:

    Many people disappoint width San cause it seem like San loves Rin & make won feel sad. San still confuce which one of them get her heart. It’s make me broken heart. I like this drama if San confess his love to Won. Cause it isn’t fair to won that loves her more than his self. Dan more prettier than San and have great heart, but I’m still wanna happy ending between San and Won

  7. 57
    Santa Says:

    Love this drama because of great actor Siwan (Won) and her love (EunSan)… Make romantic scene between Wang Won and Eun San please !!!!

  8. 58
    Bam Bam Says:

    @Noya, Interesting because not only was Rin’s brother involved in the attack which took San’s mother’s life, but what Rin was doing for San he did so on behalf of the Crown Prince. You’d think San would know that. Her gratitude was somewhat misdirected and it must cut the Crown Prince when she said it all to him.

    Nevertheless our good hearted Crown Prince took it all and decided to move ahead with plans to restore San’s status. I suspect he means to let her pursue her own heart. Selfless love on his part? So it seems.

  9. 59
    Kinginlove Says:

    Love to see Won San together__It will be more interesting if San’s heart goes to Won__the drama didn’t good enough if San love Rin_cause Won love San first and he take care of her anytime.

  10. 60
    Bliss Says:

    So loving this….Don’t care about the rating….I just love the leads

  11. 61
    Wonsan Says:

    I’m looking forward to see Won and San together.. Won san are perfect couple..

  12. 62
    Unny Says:

    Love the handsome, cute and smart crown prince ; Love the beauty San, Love the kind & pretty Dan, Love the loyal Won. GOOD TEAM. love to see happy ending for the king

  13. 63
    Juliet Says:

    This is the king loves..not San loves or Ring loves.
    Poor my handsome crown prince.. Hope he will get his love..

  14. 64
    Bam Bam Says:

    It’s looking like San is in love with Rin and Rin is in love with her. The heart goes where it will go.

  15. 65
    Wonsan Says:

    Yeah, I think they falling in love. But I’m still hope that San will love Won. I think it would be more interesting if San love Won in the end. People said in the novel, it’s about San and Rin love story. That’s make me broken heart !!

  16. 66
    Leah Says:

    Desperatly to see Rin and San together. Rin’s personality resemble Hong Jong Hyun. He’s so sweet and adorable. Can Jong Hyun and Yoon A bring Rin-San love life to be Hong-Im love life for real? They both are korean sweet heart.

  17. 67
    Thyaline Says:

    I prefer to choose Won than Rin. Won trust his friend, but his friend deceive him. It’s unfare if San with Rin. I know Dan will become a queen crown, but I hope San always be with Won forever. Only San can make Won happy. Actually Dan is the most pretty in this drama, but she isn’t main actress. And Won doesn’t love her too

  18. 68
    Yaeri san Says:

    I don’t like San cause she make my lovely crown prince broken heart. I don’t like Rin either cause he falling in love with San (the one who loved by Won). Dan much better than San. Dan is more pretty than San. I LOVE DAN AND WON. I wish Won love Dan in the end cause San not good enough for Won

  19. 69
    caisso Says:

    Ok, people, please go back and watch some of the episodes again because your assessments of Rin are way off. Rin was not being disloyal, he has held his love for San the whole time, tries not to look at her, tries to act as cold as possible. The CP could have told Rin that he was going to talk to Rin’s father to get approval for his marriage to Dan, Rin told San to speak to the CP and tell him the truth, that it will make him very happy. He also had already made a deal with the DEmpress to go in place of his sister, sacrificing his live for Dan, the CP and San. The Prince’s impetuous nature has caused much of the trouble everyone has been in, he lacks maturity.

    There is a great difference in their approach to love, the CP is obsessive and wants her by his side all the time, wants to build a big cage for her while Rin is more laid back and realizes that some birds can not live in a cage.

    I am for Rin and San. If she does not fall truly in love with the CP and stays with him out of obligation or pity, they will both be miserable and his jealousy will destroy all three.

  20. 70
    Winny Says:

    Love Won & Dan the most.
    Wang Dan very kind and she deserve to get his love.
    I didn’t like San and Rin

  21. 71
    Kinglovers Says:

    Why San always looking at Rin? I’m not happy with San and Rin. So glad that the audience notice. That’s why the ratting goes down. If Won and San together maybe the ratting will grow up

  22. 72
    Leah Says:

    Agree w/ caisso. Try to watch previous eps and you will understand how hard Rin did try his best to makes things right without hurting anybody. He caught in the middle, but still try to protect people he loves, Won, San, Dan. It’s so unfair after all he has done, Rin has to responsible for his hyung wrongdoing. I hope Eun San will realize that from Rin’s perspective, and finally see who Rin really is. I hope this drama will ending happy for all of them.

  23. 73
    Yuri Lin Says:

    Can’t wait for next episode. I only love Won’s character in this drama. Won loves his friend and San. He tell every thing to his friend, and he trust Rin so much. Rin is kind but he doing wrong thing by not telling the truth to his friend (the crown prince). That’s why I only like the crown prince.

  24. 74
    Idyl Ray Says:

    Yup, me too.
    Until ep 26 I only like Wang Won.
    He is the best always try to protect his love, his friend and his people.
    He know everything now, but he keep silent to protect his innocent people.

  25. 75
    Wonsan Says:

    I don’t like san if she make Won broken heart. That I know Won always care about her and he loves her so much. She always make Won promise to agree with her request but she never accept for his request. I think she is so selfish. Pity Wang Won. When I watch this drama, won looks so sad. He have no one beside him that can he trust. His best friend decieve him and love San. Please don’t make me to hate this drama. I love to see Won happy with is love

  26. 76
    Isabelle Says:

    Very disappointed with the writer!!!
    Why only focus on San’s problem and her love.
    It makes me very sad.
    It is unfair for Won.
    I’m very disappointed !!!!
    I hate San more and more..
    Love Won more and more..

  27. 77
    Windy Says:

    Agree. When I watch it I think its all about feature king love. But I don’t think so. It is about rin and san love. VERY DISAPPOINTED TOO ! Main lead become second lead. I hate it !

  28. 78
    Won loves Says:

    Lovely Won
    Lonely Won
    Won didn’t get love from his parents
    He have no one that can he trust
    His best friend decieve him and took his love
    Won, you took my heart in this drama
    I’m looking foward to see him in next ep

  29. 79
    Ryan Anny Says:

    Wang won my favorite actor in the king loves
    Fighting Siwan… your love will come to you (^_^)

  30. 80
    Philip Says:

    I don’t get it why the author not fair with the crown prince. Won didn’t have love from the king and the king. He love a girl n ready to give up everything he have for her. But San doesn’t love him. I tought this drama as good as moon lovers or the moon that embrace the sun. Wish Won and San love each other in the end.

  31. 81
    Mshak Says:

    Early in the drama, San says she has strong feelings for both Won and Rin and feels torn. I think they are both good men, but I can’t help it. I will not be happy if San ends up loving Rin the most. I read that in the novel this is based on, it’s a love story about San and Rin. I am hoping the writer of this drama changes it. I want to see the crown prince happy. He does love San and Rin. Very sad if he ends up alone. He told Rin he loved San since the beginning, but it does seem San loves Rin more, so far in the drama. It seems Rin is trying to hold himself back, but can’t help he loves San. I am not enjoying seeing the cp hurt. I will not like this drama if San doesn’t end up loving Won. Maybe they should not have picked the actor who plays won if Because he makes people want him to be the one San loves with his expressions. It is making it very tough on the fans of the cp.

  32. 82
    Raisa Says:

    I don’t understand why so many people against Rin-San love. Obviously Rin has pure and kind heart. Even 8 years ago, for the very first time he knew that So Hwa is Eun San, he keeps push her to be with CP, and try to laid back. It’s not his fault that San falling in love with him. Apposite to what Rin ask her to reveals her true identity, on behalf of Eun San, So Hwa told CP that her heart belongs to someone else. CP is not stupid, but still selfishly force her to stay by his side, or lock her up in the palace. In other hand Rin, gave up everything since they were kids, sacrificing his life, stay away from them, covered up for CP’s mistakes, ask CP to make San happy and move on with her life, still CP wouldn’t do the same even once. Poor Rin.

  33. 83
    Onny Says:

    Love to see Won and San together.. Rin is good people but he always get so much love from his father and his sister.. Won so lonely in the palace.. I think the author need to make Won happy with his love (San). Cause it is the king loves not San loves.. Please make my lovely crown prince happy with his love

  34. 84
    Ruth Says:

    My hero Wang Won_Hope you will get your love San Agassi

  35. 85
    Ruby Says:

    I believe that Won will be a great king and Dan will be the queen. San will be confess her love to the king n become concubine. Rin give up his love n he will be the right hand of the king.

  36. 86
    Jane mary Says:

    Love WONSAN stay together and happy ending

  37. 87
    Jane mary Says:

    Love WONSAN stay together and happy ending. But I think it only happend in my dream.
    WONSAN fighting !!!!

  38. 88
    Lisa Says:

    It’s funny how people want San to love Won just because he’s lonely and needs some love. What’s wrong with (if) San loving Rin more? You can’t really help who you’d fall in love with. Rin has been trying to leave and push So Hwa/Eun San to be with Won, but it may or may not be happening. After all, it’s up to San to choose who’s the person in her heart. I don’t like how Won is being a bit force-y and asked San to stay by his side in the palace even though it’s clearly that San doesn’t want to stay in the palace. And to those who said Won doesn’t receive any love, well I think he did receive love from the Queen and Rin. The Queen might seem evil, but she has her own layers and her own way of loving Won. Rin, on the other hand, is willing to do anything to make sure Won’s safe and Won gets what he wants. Even though Rin clearly has feelings on San, he never tried to pursue her because of Won. But now that he knows how San is, a woman who likes to live freely, Rin might understands that San will not be happy to be in the palace, which clearly something that Won can’t understand because Won’s too blinded on making sure San to be on his side. Of course, he wants everything to be his way, he’s the prince after all. *eye rolls*

    I’m on board for RinSan as endgame couple, but even if San ends up with Won, I’d need a clear explanation on how San’s feelings suddenly change from Rin to Won.

  39. 89
    Hannah Says:

    If you watch this drama solely because of romance and to see if your OTP will be the endgame, then clearly this drama is not for you since some of you’re willing to drop this drama just because your OTP might not be the endgame. This drama offers so much more than just love triangle. It’s the kind of drama that focus more on character-driven rather than plot-driven. You can see that each characters has their own values, motivations and layers. It’s hard to pick side which character is the righteous one.

    After watching ep 28, I think San is the most pitiful character in this drama. She had worse compared to Won. Maybe viewers don’t really notice her pain as she always put a big smile on her face and try to be positive on a lot of things. Let’s face it, Rin’s brother played a big role on her mother’s death, so it’s understandable when she said she can’t face Rin and his family anymore. Won also played a part of her mother’s death. Won and Rin could have prevented it, but Won was immature enough to look at it as for his own entertainment. Because of that, San had to live separately from her dad for 7 years. She tried to gain her own happiness along the way being Teacher Lee’s pupil, but she’s still full of revenge in her heart. And now what? San’s life has turned complicated once again largely because of Won. He’s one who wants to be involved in San’s life. It’s like a chain of effect: San being the centre of attention because of Won. Song In had an interest on San because she’s closed with Won. Then he knew the truth and made San as Jeon’s bride. I know Rin’s involved in stopping the marriage. Rin might partly stop the marriage because of San and his own feelings, but he also did it because of Won. If he only thought about himself, he’d have just admitted that he likes San when his father asked him because San’s father also asked about Rin, and Rin could end up easily with San, but Rin’s not selfish enough to use such dirty trick to win over San. After the that, San is like a rolling ball for Won, the King and Queen to play just so that they all could achieve their own agenda. So now, San’s dad is dead also mainly because of the King, Won and Queen, I don’t see how San would forgive the royal family (including Rin’s family) for ruining her whole family. I’d be happy if San ends up with Rin, but if she ends up with neither Rin nor Won, I’d be totally agree with her decision because the damage of what Won and Rin’s brother had done to San’s family is beyond fixable.

  40. 90
    Ginie Says:

    I’m personaly like Won cause he is kind and care with other people (include his servant). I know he have great heart when he was defend San infront of King without knowing that she was San. I agree that Won did mistake in the past during San’s mother. But it was not all because of Won’s mistake. In that time he has no power to stop them. Rin is kind and deligent too but he never see or care about his servant. Now Won always thinking to get his goal without hurting his people. That’s make me to choose Won rather Rin to be with San.
    Wonsan…wonsan…wonsan !!!!!

  41. 91
    Tyne Says:

    Me too. I love Won the most. He will be the greatest king. WONSAN fighting \(*×*)/

  42. 92
    Suzy A Says:

    Can’t wait for next ep…can’t wait to see Won…can’t wait to see Won & San together…

  43. 93
    Lily Says:

    I hope this drama will end happy for all of them. Even when Won become the king, he will let Rin has his happiness. He deserves to be happy. Otherwise, I will never watch this drama again if Rin dies eventualy. I want to see San come closer to Rin willingly without any doubt, that would be happy ending worth to watch.

  44. 94
    Zizy Tan Says:

    Yes, I hope this drama make happy ending between Won & San & Rin and Dan.
    It would be nice if Won and San together in the end !!!!
    The cute Dan will be the queen and Rin will be King’s right hand !!!!
    Great team !!!!

  45. 95
    Nonuts Says:

    Some folks expressed disappointment as they were expecting Won and San to be the lovers. But I think it’s clear that the romance is really between San and Rin. I think the problem was in naming the drama in a misleading way making us believe the subject is the (would be) King and his romance.

  46. 96
    Bliss Says:

    I love Siwan’s acting… superb!!!😍😘😗

  47. 97
    Naila Says:

    Amazed by Hong Jong Hyun’s acting skill. He’d improved so much. From adorable ‘ Ji Sub ‘ in Mama, to cunning ‘ prince Wang Yo ‘ in Scarlet, Jong Hyun shows his total immerse in every character he played. Now as Wang Rin’s character, a sweet and delicate person, I can see Rin is Jong Hyun. Many variety shows reveal his true personality, laid back, shy and delicate. I believe he will be a great actor soon. Waiting for your new project Jong Hyun ssi..

  48. 98
    Lizzie Says:

    The prince try so hard to protect his friend and his love. His friend didn’t realize that. His friend take his love away. But Won still try to trust Rin. Won always think the best way so his best friend family and san will not getting hurt.

  49. 99
    Lizzie Says:

    Love to see San with Won together. And happy ending !!!!

  50. 100
    Falciny Says:

    I don’t like the way of Rin to get San and kiss her. I prefer to choose Won than Rin.. Can’t wait to see Song in and bu yong go to jail. Can’t wait to see San n Won love each other and make sweet memories together in the end.

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