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
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

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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Trailer I & Trailer II

OST – here or here

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1,481 Responses to “The Moon That Embraces the Sun”

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  1. 1376
    zhao Says:


    I think the polling above, it is not supposed to be “Called” or “Named” the best KOREAN DRAMA, to be honest this drama much deserved than those drama listed!

    I have watch all the Top 10 drama in the list, this one is more deserved to be labeled “the best Korean drama”. Many people in Korea love this drama.

    Can you considered to change it to “The Most favorite” drama?

  2. 1377
    admin Says:

    @zhao (1376),

    do you think you will ask us to change the name if ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun’ go into the Final Round? I don’t think so. This is the normal request from the fans when their favorite drama lose the poll.

  3. 1378
    mickey Says:

    nice !! i love it ! i love the plot, i got hook on it right away ! i have a tendencie to fast forward a lot and this is i didnt even do it once ! great story !

  4. 1379
    sheena Says:

    we need atleast 200 so that this drama can participate in the 2nd round of voting…pls vote, i really love this drama. you just remember those latest darama.. pls support…

  5. 1380
    malagu Says:

    guys vote this drama. we all know that the moon that embraces the sun is the best korean drama this year. it’s currently on 9th place, come on!


  6. 1381
    evzln666 Says:


  7. 1382
    sydney garcines Says:

    sana babalik ang moon embrasing the sun my favorite korean drama in GMA <3

  8. 1383
    kimchilee Says:

    aish! so sad! this drama is out of the preliminary rounds.. completely out! the top ratings here meant nothing! aiiiiggoooooo! :'(

  9. 1384
    yesha Says:

    I miss this drama. so sad it didn’t make it to the 2nd round of voting. every time i watch any fan made video, ost etc etc. I regret for not making extra effort to support it.

  10. 1385
    malagu Says:

    Best Drama of the year!

  11. 1386
    mamegi Says:

    I’m agree with you zhao… No doubt, This drama deserved a better ratings !!
    Becoz this drama was much more better than those other dramas on the top 10 list.

    Honestly I also like some of those top 10 dramas too such as :
    – Faith; because Lee Min Ho was there, and I am his fans either.
    – Arang and the Magistrate; because of the unique plot.

    But if I have to compare them all… surely I will vote for this to be The Best.
    Why…. ??? Becoz This is The Best Drama I have ever watched !!

    The Storyline was really Great, Thrilling just from the beginning till the end.
    But they could still maintain the Romantic side of it…
    So Unpredictable…. what will happened in the next episode…
    Besides that, The Casts were Great also !!

    Kim Soo Hyun really played his role just in a perfect way!!
    So charismatic as a King and also very touching as a faithful lover.
    Instead, Yeo Jin Goo & Kim Yoo Jung deserved thumbs up for their superb acting skill.
    The Chemistry between them was just so great!!
    Unfortunately, Han Ga In failed to play her role here. But Kim Min Seo played better than she did. They really should replaced her with Moon Chae Won for better !!

  12. 1387
    tigerb Says:

    it’s a shame this drama is not one of the top contenders to be the best for 2012. guess that happens when the voting demographics only care for their idols and not the dramas per se. i am not voting for the final round as i will not be objective with the fact that i failed to watch the other dramas in the final round.

  13. 1388
    Kdramafan Says:

    I cannot believe that The Moon That embraces the sun is not in the 2nd round of voting. This drama is a lot better than most of the dramas in top 10. I’m a Lee Min Ho fan, but TMTETS deserves the first place more than
    Faith does. The poll is named -THE BEST korean drama- and I think we should judge dramas as a hole, not cuz our bias is in it. TMTETS fans, don’t worry, we know that our drama is the best, we don’t need to win a poll for knowing it.

  14. 1389
    cocol Says:

    Best drama of the year lhah yaow~~

  15. 1390
    kimchilee Says:

    Totally agree KDramafan.

    TMTETS certainly should be in the top 8.. Love Rain and Dr Jin shld not have been there and even Faith.. storylines were rather weak and yet in top 8. Anyway.. too late to say much now.. its sad that while we are fans of certain actors and actresses, no one seem to care much about the storyline or view the drama as whole but only see the actors. Perhaps one should judge a drama by the ending.. Faith and Dr Jin have the weakest ending.. disappointing abrupt ending. :(

  16. 1391
    bella Says:

    Congratulation TMTETS! the best hstorical kdrama that broke my heart, the story simply amazing, …. deserved to win for the best drama of the year 2012…happy new year everyone…

  17. 1392
    Anni Says:

    Hey guys, don’t make it difficult for the Admin. This drama didn’t make it to the final round because of lack of votes. The Admin put online poll as the base of judging. You can not ask them to change it just because you think it’s the best drama. It’s not for the admin to judge also because the result will be base on VOTES. :) .. Be fair OK? We love this drama. and i think that’s enough.

  18. 1393
    MBC Drama Awards 2012 Nominees and Winners Revealed! | EnteRvrexWorld Says:

    […] The Moon That Embraces the Sun […]

  19. 1394
    tigerb Says:

    congratulations for this drama for getting an award! thought it really deserved it, so kudos to the production staff and cast! cheers!

  20. 1395
    j-zanno joanjadjuli Says:

    i love it super!! !!!!!

  21. 1396
    j-zanno joanjadjuli Says:

    congratulation on this fantastic,beautiful,and court romance drama!!!
    conratulation for getting an award too!!! and i think you really deserved it so congratulation again and more power to all of you!!!!! and F.Y.I WE REALLLLLLLLLYYYYYY LOVE ITTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!


  22. 1397
    j-zanno joanjadjuli Says:

    part 2 plz!!!!!

  23. 1398
    crecentya Says:

    i like it, safe on korean drama story this, whew quite romantic once and comic, I like drama as it
    requisition from me can at display back at indosiar or television broadcasting which only

  24. 1399
    rain Says:

    yang myong goon~

  25. 1400
    asiandaddict Says:

    It is may be too late but late is better than never. I was disappointed upon knowing that this was not included in the Top 8 best korean drama of this site because the ratings will prove that this is indeed one of the best drama of 2012. Though, I was not surprised of the result since I was expecting that only those who have bigger fans will won. As I observed it through the years, winners of this site were not really the best of all if it would be judge fairly. They only won because the leading stars were famous. If you noticed, 2 awards were of Jang Geun Suk’s Drama. Only in 2011 where he doesn’t have one and I bet, if Love Rain was much better that it is then surely, it will win.

    I am not against Jang Geun Suk, surely I am one his avid fan. This is just to say that don’t get hurt so much if your bet did not won the award. What matter most is that you have showed your support but you have to accept also that it wasn’t enough to beat the others.

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