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The Great King Sejong (대왕 세종)

대왕 세종 (Dae-wang Se-jong)

Directed by Kim Seong-geun (김성근), Kim Won-seok (김원석)

Screenplay by

Drama Historical

KBS | Airing dates :

100 episodes

Alternative title : "Daewang Sejong"


“Sejong the Great “is a full scale politic drama describing how King Sejong and his loyal retainers cooperate and contrive to make his dynasty a better place. While King Sejong was in throne, the Chosun Dynasty enjoyed the most fortunate and happy age ever.
The drama shows the dramatic processes of how so many new cultural heritages have been devised. At that time, “Hangul”, the native phonemic alphabet system for Korean language was first invented and introduced. Before it was made up, Chinese characters had been used for a written communication, which makes it extremely difficult for ordinary people to learn and use. “Hangul” is easy to learn for its simple and scientific principles, so wide-spread people instantly use the alphabet. Other than “hangul” itself, there had been so many cultural heritages created during his regime including a rain gauge, a sundial, an hourglass to name a few.
Also, King Sejong’s pragmatic diplomacy is concentrated in the drama. Then, the Chosun Dynasty was facing a powerful Myoung Empire of China, and King Sejong demonstrates the essence of pragmatism with dignity.
The drama location is a real palace such as Kyungbok Palace, Changduk Palace with touches of King Sejong, so the sceneries will give much more authentic fun to the King Sejong’s historical drama.


Kim Sang-kyeong (Se-Jong)
Se-jong the Great is the fourth king of the Joseon Dynasty. He is best remembered for creating the native Korean alphabet hangul, despite strong opposition from the scholars educated in hanja.

Kim Young-cheol (Tae-Jong)
Tae-Jong is the father of King Se-jong and the third king of the Joseon Dynasty.

Choi Myeong-gil (Queen Won-Kyung)
Queen Won-Kyung is the mother of Se-jong and King Tae-jong's wife.

Lee Yoon-ji (Queen So-Hyun)
The first wife of King Se-jong.


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  • [Interview] Kim Sang-kyeong, "I knew Kim Woo-bin would succeed"

    2015/03/05, Source,
    Actor Kim Sang-kyeong is like the guy next door. We met him in a café for this interview and he had a laugh loud enough to ring the entire café and was very humorous. He knows each and everyone's names on site when he's at work and he also uses the reporter's name when addressing one. He seems just like Moon Tae-joo, one of the characters in the record breaking 40% KBS 2TV drama "This Is Family". However, he is already famous for his seriousness. He's known to be one of the most sincere actors as he played a detective in the movies "Memories of Murder" and "Montage" and a king in the drama "The Great King Sejong",...More
  • What's in a Name? Introducing the new "Create Your Korean Name" Facebook Application!

    2011/12/24, Source,
    Go find the app on Facebook here! "What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet". I'm sure we are all familiar with this quote from Shakespeare's, "Romeo and Juliet". A name can weigh much on the lives for many, for Romeo and Juliet, their family names held the entire tragic love story. I'm sure many of us have once questioned the origin of our own names and its meaning; What does my name mean? Who gave me my name? Etc. But the name game runs a bit differently here in Korea than other parts of the world. In celebration of the launch of our new Facebook application entitled "Create Your Korean Name", team AT&D Korea will take this time to shed more light on the unique way names in the Korean Language (or Hangul) is done,...More
  • Modern feng shui in Korea

    2011/11/19, Source,
    By Janet Shin Where can we find the perfect answer about our life or future? Not only the future itself but the way to be happy and successful is humans' ultimate pursuit. People used to say that success is made neither by one's effort nor by talent. The right time, the right place and the right person, all have to come together to be successful. The right person can also be someone who supports and sponsors success both spiritually and materially,...More
  • Eight chilling days of 'White Christmas'

    2011/01/25, Source,
    Actors of "Drama Special - White Christmas" pose for a photo at a press conference in Seoul, Monday. / Yonhap By Kwon Mee-yoo Late Sunday evenings will become spine-chilling at an isolated high school on KBS' "Drama Special: Drama Special - White Christmas" from this week. Set in a private, elite high school deep in the mountains, the drama deals with a series of deaths, including murder and suicide that take place over eight days,...More
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 Yoon Chang-beom (윤창범)
60 min HD 16/9
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Airing dates : 2008/01/05~2008/11/16

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