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The Moon That Embraces the Sun

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

1Two Suns and a MoonNA
2Two Moons and a SunPreview
3Like Petals, Like FireworksPreview
4One Sun, one MoonPreview
5Fallen MoonPreview
6Hidden MoonPreview
7Shaman Wol – MoonPreview
8Shaman Who Absorbs AdversityPreview
9Moon That Is Hidden Beside The SunPreview
10Correspondence Of The DeadPreview
11Secret LovePreview
12Road Of TearsPreview
13Witch HuntPreview
14Why Am I DEad?Preview
15Once Again Two Suns and Two MoonsPreview
16True Identity Of The MoonPreview
17The Sun Embracing The MoonPreview
18Bloody PrecursorPreview
20The Moon Embracing the SunPreview

Episode Ratings (TNmS Media Korea)

2012-01-04115.0 (3rd)16.9 (3rd)
2012-01-05217.3 (3rd)20.8 (2nd)
2012-01-11319.4 (2nd)22.3 (1st)
2012-01-12420.6 (2nd)25.1 (1st)
2012-01-18521.6 (2nd)24.9 (1st)
2012-01-19625.9 (1st)28.6 (1st)
2012-01-25725.5 (1st)28.8 (1st)
2012-01-26826.2 (1st)29.4 (1st)
2012-02-01928.4 (1st)32.3 (1st)
2012-02-021030.5 (1st)35.1 (1st)
2012-02-081134.3 (1st)38.6 (1st)
2012-02-091233.7 (1st)37.8 (1st)
2012-02-151334.6 (1st)39.3 (1st)
2012-02-161437.2 (1st)42.0 (1st)
2012-02-221537.7 (1st)42.6 (1st)
2012-02-231639.8 (1st)45.5 (1st)
2012-02-291733.3 (1st)36.1 (1st)
2012-03-011840.7 (1st)47.0 (1st)
2012-03-07Special 124.7 (1st)26.0 (1st)
2012-03-08Special 219.8 (3rd)21.7 (1st)
2012-03-141938.9 (1st)42.9 (1st)
2012-03-152042.3 (1st)46.5 (1st)

Episode Ratings (AGB Nielson)

2012-01-04118.0 (3rd)19.7 (2nd)
2012-01-05219.9 (2nd)22.2 (1st)
2012-01-11323.2 (1st)26.1 (1st)
2012-01-12423.4 (2nd)26.0 (1st)
2012-01-18524.9 (1st)28.3 (1st)
2012-01-19629.3 (1st)32.9 (1st)
2012-01-25729.7 (1st)33.8 (1st)
2012-01-26831.7 (1st)35.3 (1st)
2012-02-01934.5 (1st)38.9 (1st)
2012-02-021037.1 (1st)40.5 (1st)
2012-02-081137.1 (1st)41.7 (1st)
2012-02-091237.1 (1st)40.8 (1st)
2012-02-151338.4 (1st)42.9 (1st)
2012-02-161437.6 (1st)42.1 (1st)
2012-02-221539.1 (1st)43.1 (1st)
2012-02-231641.3 (1st)46.1 (1st)
2012-02-291736.0 (1st)39.7 (1st)
2012-03-011841.2 (1st)45.8 (1st)
2012-03-07Special 124.5 (1st)26.9 (1st)
2012-03-08Special 219.2 (2nd)20.9 (2nd)
2012-03-141938.7 (1st)41.8 (1st)
2012-03-152042.2 (1st)45.8 (1st)

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


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