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Title: 해를 품은 달 / The Moon That Embraces the Sun
Chinese Title: 月亮怀抱太阳
Also known as: The Sun and The Moon / The Moon Embracing the Sun
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period
Episodes: 20 + 2 Special
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2012-Jan-04 to 2012-Mar-15
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


“The Moon Embracing The Sun” tells a love story between King Lee Hwon and a female shaman named Wol. Wol was born from a noble family and became the crown princess, but she was entrapped and faced execution. Finally, she lived as a shaman.


Main Cast

Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
Yeo Jin Goo as Lee Hwon (young)
Han Ga In as Wol / Heo Yeon Woo
Kim Yoo Jung as Wol / Heo Yeon Woo (young)
Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
Kim Jin Sung as Yang Myung (child)
Lee Min Ho (1993) as Prince Yang Myung (young)
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
Kim So Hyun as Yoon Bo Kyung (young)

The Palace

Kim Young Ae as Queen Jeonghui (Lee Hwon’s grandmother)
Ahn Nae Sang as as King Sung Jo (Lee Hwon’s father)
Kim Sun Kyung as Queen So Hye (Lee Hwon’s mother)
Nam Bo Ra as Princess Min Hwa (Lee Hwon’s sister)
Jin Ji Hee as Princess Min Hwa (young)
Jung Eun Pyo as Hyung Sun
Song Jae Rim as Kim Chae Woon
Lee Won Geun as Kim Chae Woon (young)
Yoon Hee Suk as Hong Kyu Tae as Hong Gyu Tae
Kim Ye Ryung as Lady Park (Yang Myung’s mother)
Seo Hyun Chul as Shim San
Lee Seung Hyung as Han Jae Gil
Chu Gwi Jung as Court Lady Jo
Kim Min Kyung as Court Lady Min
Kang Chan Yang as palace maid
Hong Hyun Taek as royal prince (cameo, ep.20)

The Sungsuchung

Jun Mi Sun as Female shaman Jang Nok Young
Kim Ik Tae as Hye Gak
Bae Noo Ri as Jan Shil
Jo Min Ah as Jan Shil (young)
Jang Young Nam as Ali (cameo, ep 1)

Heo Family

Sun Woo Jae Duk as Heo Young Jae (Yeon Woo and Yeom’s father)
Yang Mi Kyung as Shin Jung Kyung (Yeon Woo and Yeom’s mother)
Song Jae Hee as Heo Yeom
Si Wan as Heo Yeom (young)
Kim Jin Woo as Yeom (child)
Yoon Seung Ah as Seol
Suh Ji Hee as Seol (young)

Yoon Family

Kim Eung Soo as Yoon Dae Hyung (Bo Kyung’s father)
Jang Hee Soo as Mrs. Kim (Bo Kyung’s mother)
Kim Seung Wook as Yoon Soo Chan


Park Gil Soo
So Hee Jung
Lee Young Suk

Production Credits

Director: Kim Do Hoon
Screenwriter: Jin Soo Wan


2012 MBC Drama Awards: Golden Actress Acting Awards, Yang Mi Kyung
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Best Child Actress Acting Awards, Kim Yoo Jung
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Best Child Actress Acting Awards, Kim So Hyun
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Best Child Actor Acting Awards, Yeo Jin Goo
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Popularity Actor Awards, Kim Soo Hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Writer of the Year, Jin Soo Wan (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actress Awards (Mini Series): Han Ga In (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Top Excellence Actor Awards (Mini Series): Kim Soo Hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
2012 MBC Drama Awards: Drama of the Year
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards: Top Excellence Actor: Kim Soo Hyun (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)
2012 48th Baeksang Arts Awards: Best Drama (The Moon That Embraces the Sun)


– Based on the novel 해를 품은 달 (The Moon That Embraces the Sun) by Jung Eun Gwol (first published December 29, 2005), who is also the author of the novel that Sungkyunkwan Scandal was based on.

– Actor Joo Won was originally cast as Prince Yang Myung, but dropped out of the show due to Ojakgyo Brothers being extended. Actor Jung Il Woo has been replaced for this role.

– Actor Kim Jeong Hoon scheduled to play Heo Yeom but dropped out the series prior to filming due to his album being released early 2012 in Japan. Song Jae Hee has been replaced for this role.

– The Ratings for this drama dropped significantly on 29/Feb/2012 due to the Live Broadcasting of FIFA World Cup Qualification of Asia Region on the same time.

– On 6/March/2012, MBC confirms that Episode 19 & 20 will not air this week and will air Special Episodes in its place due to the MBC labor strike. (Source)

Kim Soo Hyun sings the song “You Are The One” for this drama series’ OST which will be released 13/March/2012 in Korea.

Episode Title & Episode Preview

Epsiode Title Preview
1 Two Suns and a Moon NA
2 Two Moons and a Sun Preview
3 Like Petals, Like Fireworks Preview
4 One Sun, one Moon Preview
5 Fallen Moon Preview
6 Hidden Moon Preview
7 Shaman Wol – Moon Preview
8 Shaman Who Absorbs Adversity Preview
9 Moon That Is Hidden Beside The Sun Preview
10 Correspondence Of The Dead Preview
11 Secret Love Preview
12 Road Of Tears Preview
13 Witch Hunt Preview
14 Why Am I DEad? Preview
15 Once Again Two Suns and Two Moons Preview
16 True Identity Of The Moon Preview
17 The Sun Embracing The Moon Preview
18 Bloody Precursor Preview
19 Rebellion Preview
20 The Moon Embracing the Sun Preview

Episode Ratings (TNmS Media Korea)

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2012-01-04 1 15.0 (3rd) 16.9 (3rd)
2012-01-05 2 17.3 (3rd) 20.8 (2nd)
2012-01-11 3 19.4 (2nd) 22.3 (1st)
2012-01-12 4 20.6 (2nd) 25.1 (1st)
2012-01-18 5 21.6 (2nd) 24.9 (1st)
2012-01-19 6 25.9 (1st) 28.6 (1st)
2012-01-25 7 25.5 (1st) 28.8 (1st)
2012-01-26 8 26.2 (1st) 29.4 (1st)
2012-02-01 9 28.4 (1st) 32.3 (1st)
2012-02-02 10 30.5 (1st) 35.1 (1st)
2012-02-08 11 34.3 (1st) 38.6 (1st)
2012-02-09 12 33.7 (1st) 37.8 (1st)
2012-02-15 13 34.6 (1st) 39.3 (1st)
2012-02-16 14 37.2 (1st) 42.0 (1st)
2012-02-22 15 37.7 (1st) 42.6 (1st)
2012-02-23 16 39.8 (1st) 45.5 (1st)
2012-02-29 17 33.3 (1st) 36.1 (1st)
2012-03-01 18 40.7 (1st) 47.0 (1st)
2012-03-07 Special 1 24.7 (1st) 26.0 (1st)
2012-03-08 Special 2 19.8 (3rd) 21.7 (1st)
2012-03-14 19 38.9 (1st) 42.9 (1st)
2012-03-15 20 42.3 (1st) 46.5 (1st)

Episode Ratings (AGB Nielson)

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2012-01-04 1 18.0 (3rd) 19.7 (2nd)
2012-01-05 2 19.9 (2nd) 22.2 (1st)
2012-01-11 3 23.2 (1st) 26.1 (1st)
2012-01-12 4 23.4 (2nd) 26.0 (1st)
2012-01-18 5 24.9 (1st) 28.3 (1st)
2012-01-19 6 29.3 (1st) 32.9 (1st)
2012-01-25 7 29.7 (1st) 33.8 (1st)
2012-01-26 8 31.7 (1st) 35.3 (1st)
2012-02-01 9 34.5 (1st) 38.9 (1st)
2012-02-02 10 37.1 (1st) 40.5 (1st)
2012-02-08 11 37.1 (1st) 41.7 (1st)
2012-02-09 12 37.1 (1st) 40.8 (1st)
2012-02-15 13 38.4 (1st) 42.9 (1st)
2012-02-16 14 37.6 (1st) 42.1 (1st)
2012-02-22 15 39.1 (1st) 43.1 (1st)
2012-02-23 16 41.3 (1st) 46.1 (1st)
2012-02-29 17 36.0 (1st) 39.7 (1st)
2012-03-01 18 41.2 (1st) 45.8 (1st)
2012-03-07 Special 1 24.5 (1st) 26.9 (1st)
2012-03-08 Special 2 19.2 (2nd) 20.9 (2nd)
2012-03-14 19 38.7 (1st) 41.8 (1st)
2012-03-15 20 42.2 (1st) 45.8 (1st)

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


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1,489 Responses to “The Moon That Embraces the Sun”

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  1. 151
    Jennie Says:

    @KDaddict No problem, I can get it done for you except that I’ll be doing it from MY as I will be here for the next 3 weeks with my in laws. Let me check if it’s available here. Otherwise it’ll have to wait until I go back to SG. Will keep you informed.

  2. 152
    KDaddict Says:

    Many thx. Have a wonderful holiday w your family.
    Sa Hae Bok Ma Ni Ba Deu Se Yo!

  3. 153
    Mic Says:

    Happy Lunar New Year to admin and everybody on the forum!

  4. 154
    archeRidz Says:

    this drama so cool!!!
    so touching… T_T
    so far it very nice…
    like it so much…

  5. 155
    Mia Says:

    seoul : 28.6 % !!!

    WTF !! o_O

  6. 156
    Charlie Says:

    To everyone,

    새해 복 마이 바다서요!
    Happy Lunar New Year!

  7. 157
    Mic Says:

    Watched episode 5 with a lot of fast-forwarding to escape the sad parts!

  8. 158
    Mic Says:


    If her (Kim Min Seo) performance in Baby Faced Beauty is any indication, she can act vicious! 🙂

  9. 159
    KDaddict Says:

    I do that too sometimes. Another way is to watch the sad parts w/o sound! Nothing is v sad w/o sound! Then may be 3rd time around, u can watch at normal speed w sound. Hahahaha!
    I’m glad to hear the she can act vicious. I’m sure she’ll have to do nasty things after King meets Wol, n she feels threatened. I’m just happy that when she 1st appears in ep 6, she doesn’t immediately look evil, so that we don’t hate her outright. I almost (but not quite) feel sorry for BoK becos it seems to be her fate to occupy that position since she is born in the clan of the Wicked Witch. I want to be able to see her as human. Did u see Sparkling? Like Lee Yuri did a fantastic job as the evil sister becos all the while she made me hate her char while appreciating her. Added enjoyment!

  10. 160
    KDaddict Says:

    Is Bach’s Veg Store any good? 10 eps have aired now. Ratings rather unsteady. Should I watch it?
    I’m liking Bad Family, only role for Nam Sang Mi that I like her in.

  11. 161
    KDaddict Says:

    At its highest pt during that ep (6), rating was 31.5%! Occurred during JIW’s presence on screen!

  12. 162
    Neno Says:

    waaaw it got the 1st place!!! aaaa kim soo hyun 🙂

  13. 163
    chR15 Says:

    like i said before..it gonna be >30%..

  14. 164
    Mic Says:


    I like Bach Veg Store. The first episode was dark but after that it gets better. I never really like Ji Chang Wook when I watched Smile, Dong Hae but in here I start to feel his charm. This drama has its funny moments but I won’t really call it a comedy. If you want I can give you more detail about the storyline, but I don’t want to ruin your fun if you’re going to watch it. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

    The fast forwarding really helped, though I probably missed out on the great performances of the youngsters. Just really amazed by how good they are at this young age!

  15. 165
    KDaddict Says:

    Do tell me the story line. If in doubt, I like to know b4 jumping in.
    The young actors, tho teenagers, have many years of acting experience under their belts. You Must return to watch them later, after YW comes back to life! Don’t miss out on it!

  16. 166
    lovebound Says:

    love…love…love…love it!!!

  17. 167
    princess Says:

    why r u guys have a chat in here -___- ??

    just comment about the movie please -____-

    i like this drama, deep curiosity in each episode…that’s why the ratings is very high,,,i hope this drama have a happy ending….and keep beat up the ratings


  18. 168
    KDaddict Says:

    This is called a “Chat Board”.
    Did u NOT notice that the messages were addressed to specific ppl by name? They r not meant for u. So don’t read them. Just becos u name yourself “princess”, doesn’t mean u own this website. Now don’t be a pain n just comment.

  19. 169
    anna Says:

    when the dvd wiil ou???t…curious… i wanna buy…

  20. 170
    jessie lou bullecer Says:

    omooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wow!!! ratings are so high…. chukahae ^^

  21. 171
    kanha Says:

    Happy Lunar New year to everyone 🙂

  22. 172
    hallyu lover Says:

    so far so good…I’m liking this drama…Han Ga In looks so fine…..she doesn’t look like 30 years old at all…she looks like a 21

  23. 173
    Nine@35 Says:


  24. 174
    andu go dady Says:

    I really love this drama…….

  25. 175
    aqua238 Says:

    This drama awesome..The number of episodes must be increased..i think it must be at least 24-26 ep..

  26. 176
    RoseIntheRain Says:

    “Kids are really rocking”……. super acting !!!!love this drama

  27. 177
    Nine@35 Says:

    Kids great acting skill!!!!

  28. 178
    kk Says:

    Though it was so sad watching ep5, but I couldnt skip any part of it (I always did when it comes to heart-breaking moments). The young cast was so great. Just enjoyed and appreciated every moment of it. And of course after finished ep6, feelings changed again, really looking forward to the development of the story and the adult cast, so excited and cant wait for the next ep.

    @KDaddict Thank you for the recap, and looking forward to the next one…

  29. 179
    KDaddict Says:

    Ahh……finally ppl are watching ep 5! I guess the Eng subs come out at last!
    Isn’t it fantastic? Just absolutely fantastic? The young cast tho only 12, 14, 18, have all had many years of acting experience under their belts. I love them!
    So far, only Kim Soo Hyun and JIW are as great to watch as their younger versions. The other members of the adult cast I’m not yet sure. We’ll see when they have more screen time.
    I wrote that recap to show ppl that while sad, ep 5 is full of other emotions too, n they need not fear it. I didn’t want anyone to miss out on such a wonderful ep n show! 🙂
    Ep 7 n 8 are coming in a day or two. We’ll see Han Ga In’s rendition of Wol, n see the lovers meets. Exciting!

  30. 180
    rian Says:

    kids acting i really like it…

  31. 181
    julieee Says:


    Hangul: 해를 품은 달
    romanization: Haereul Poomeun Dal
    literal title: The Moon Embracing The Sun not The Moon That Embracing the Sun ot The Sun and The Moon

  32. 182
    utahaha Says:

    love this new drama 😀

  33. 183
    KDaddict Says:

    Re #147:
    One more thing, tho Yeom tells Woon that Seul is interested in Woon n has been emulating his martial arts style, I’m not convinced. I still think that the one Seul is in love is Yeom, becos 2 out of 3 times we saw her, was when she was hiding in a corner, looking at Yeom fr a distance. When do you see her looking only at Woon? I mean if you grow up in a household with Yeom, as played by Si Wan, wouldn’t you be drooling over him too?

    Something must have happened to Yeom while growing up. He has lost his stunning good looks as the most handsome man in the land! Even the shape of his face has changed! I’m having problems accepting this new actor as Yeom. He seems much older than the others too, esp. his wife!

  34. 184
    Charlie Says:

    To be honest, after the casting switch near end of ep6, I only enjoyed Jung Il woo’s appearance All others were so so, not as impressive as the young casts. I already started to miss those young casts. It appears that there are many big shoes to fill for the grownup casts.
    I like the leasing actress in The Bad Guy, but isn’t she a little too old for the young king and the prince?! The age differences are too big.
    I can’t wait for next ep.

  35. 185
    KDaddict Says:

    Korean netizens have been extremely unreceptive of the adult cast. So have Chinese audiences on the mainland. Who would have thought that a group of child actors completely steal the lime light? They utterly deserve it! I miss them already!
    I think the problem is that the child actors have been uniformly well-cast n their quality high, whereas the adults r more unevenly cast. The age differences r an impediment for some viewers: Han GI is 30. The guy playing Yeom is 33! To KimSH’s 23, n JIW’s 24. In the drama, Wol is supposed to be 18, to Yeom’s 21, to Min Hwa’s 17! The nos. don’t bother me per se, but actors do need to look their parts, not to mention act as well as the child actors did. 😉

  36. 186
    KDaddict Says:

    Ep 6:
    This ep’s big deal is really in the transition to the adult cast. Plot-wise not a lot happens in ep 6:
    YW comes back to life, inside the coffin no less. She is taken to live w Sha-woman, Seul, and the little girl whom she saved in the market. She lost her memory, so Sha-woman conveniently makes up a story that she was abandoned by her parents, n has been raised as a sha-woman apprentice. They call her Wol, meaning Moon. They go off to live in a secluded location.
    Poor Hwon is forced to marry BK, as he has been blackmailed by Dowager to accept whatever is arranged (by the heavens more like by her, that evil witch!).
    We see the guys grow up; they continue to miss YW. Meanwhile, Hwon’s father has died, so he has become King. KimSH is so fine as the King, n I love the way he plays w his court officials n w his queen, BK. He leaves no doubt in their minds that he is no puppet! For years now, he has refused to consummate the marriage on the pretense of sickness. Haha! I don’t doubt that he is sick at the sight of her, thinking of what could have been w YW!
    Yeom has married Princess MH, an act that saves his family fr banishment or obliteration, for the crime of supposedly hiding YW’s illness fr the court when he presented her to be chosen as Prince consort.
    YangM comes back fr another one of his long absences. JIW appears n the screen lights up. He hallucinates seeing YW, who tells him to go visit Hwon, who is lonely in the palace.
    Minister Yoon n Dowager r plotting to send Hwon away for some rest at the “Vacation Palace”, to let him take his mind off matters n for them to tighten their grip on the court, as if it is not tight enough already.
    Sha-woman is notified by her friend? colleague? teacher? of the upcoming change in nature’s forces, that their chance has come….
    Ep 7 should send Hwon right into the presence of Wol!

  37. 187
    Nine@35 Says:

    Next ep…..!!!!!!!! wow I can’t wait!!!!

  38. 188

    did you know that moon geun young of cinderella sister was first offered as the role of ha ga in but did not accept because kim soo hyun is not that famous?? huh!!! i wonder what moon feels now that the rating is so high… why?? isn’t she enough to capture the hearts of the viewers being already a good actress at that… does she need a famous actor also… Huh…

  39. 189

    i agree to kdaddict… the age difference really matters…
    but.. in fairness… though ha gain is 30 and kim soo hyun is 23… but still ha gain is really a baby face… lol… we will just wait on ep 7… because of the transition…

  40. 190
    KDaddict Says:

    @Angel Loscin-189,
    Hi there, in fairness, I said that the age difference in Numbers itself does not bother me, But I think it is important that they look their part.
    Therefore, I just want them to look like whatever age that they r playing, Next to the lover, wife, brother, who is whatever age they are supposed to be.
    The adult Yeom definitely looks too old to be 21, n he looks too old next to his wife;
    Han Ga In looks younger than her real age of 30, but her chemistry w KSH is yet to be seen.
    While MoonGY is famous n cute; she has quite a different feel than HanGI, n would have given the drama a diff vive. Not better or worse, just diff. 🙂

  41. 191
    hARLOW Says:

    Love the this drama…:)

  42. 192
    hARLOW Says:

    looking forward for the episode 7…….

  43. 193
    aLpha Says:

    Daebak….!!! Figthing….

  44. 194
    Sarah Says:

    This drama is so good. But! People say park bo young will suit the place better than han ga in. is this true?

  45. 195
    KDaddict Says:

    Ep 7:
    Rating reached 37% at its Highest point in this ep!

    I fell in love tonight, watching Kim Soo Hyun. I thought he was a young idol star. But he is hot and he really can act! As JIW! 2 Suns indeed! Love them both, but in ep 7, KSH owns the screen.

  46. 196
    Lita Says:

    honestly i love this drama..the story, and i love KSH so much
    he is so amazing
    but unfortunately the his co-star is Han ga in..i cant see the chemistry between them.KSH too handsome and too young for Han gain, eventhough han gain’face is babyface still cant cover the amazing KSH..
    i dont like her acting in badguy..she is not pretty enough for her role..bad choice Pdnim..BUT still i love this drama i will continue watching this for the sake of KSH!!!!!

  47. 197
    KDaddict Says:

    Ep 7:
    I liked HanGI in Witch Amusement. That role suited her. Whereas everyone agreed that the young girl was perfect as YW, HanGI seems just OK as Wol. At least in ep 7, she is not captivating. Her big eyes r always opened WIDE, to the pt of distraction. I think it is rightly said in #196 that KSH is so perfect as Hwon that next to him, she is not.

  48. 198
    Mia Says:

    the drama gonna be extended by 10 more episodes !

  49. 199
    Girl Says:

    i like this drama so much

  50. 200
    gilvey mutya Says:

    hi i hope there isa new episode in this drama..i love to watch it…

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