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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
  • 'Proper Sounds for the Instruction of the People'

    2014/12/28, Source,
    "Hunminjeongeum" is a guide to the Korean alphabet, commonly called Hangul. It is written by prominent scholars of Jiphyeonjeon (Academy of Worthies, a royal research institute established by The Great King Sejong), such as Jeong In-ji. It was written by the order of The Great King Sejong himself in the 28th year of his reign during the Joseon Dynasty (1446). It has a total of 33 chapters divided into three parts,...More
  • Interview: Kim Sang-kyeong sheds solemn side

    2014/11/17, Source,
    Since actor Kim Sang-kyeong debuted in 1998, he has built up a solemn image for himself by acting in serious films like "Memories of Murder" and "May 18" as well as the drama series "The Great King Sejong". However, the 43-year-old actor has unexpectedly attempted to take a goofier route lately. In the KBS weekend drama "This Is Family", which recently recorded an average viewership rating of 30 percent, Kim plays Tae-joo, a manager of a large company who is far from sharp,...More
  • Pop culture resurrects Prince Sado

    2014/07/18, Source,
    A portrait of Crown Prince Sado by U Seung-u, Yoo Ah-in, Lee Je-hoon Crown Prince Sado (1735-62) is known as the "Tragic Prince" because he died after being trapped in a rice bin for eight days due to the wrath of his father, who threw him in there. Because many consider this to be the Joseon Dynasty's most shocking scandal, pop culture has covered the subject extensively in films such as "Crown Prince Sado" (1956) and dramas such as "Sky Sky" (1988), where Sado was depicted as a weakling or a maniac,...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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