After Jewel in the Palace sparked my interest in Korean dramas, I was not disappointed in my next choice–Dong Yi, a Korean historical drama shown in 2010. Dong-yi is about the love story between King Sukjong (Joseon dynasty) and Dong-yi (Choi Suk-bin) and tells it all in 60 episodes.
The drama traces the life of Dong-yi, an orphaned slave who found her way into the Royal palace Bureau of Music and because of her ability to solve court cases, becomes a palace investigator. She later became a royal concubine with the rank of Suk-bin, then bears a son who, under her tutelage, later becomes the 21st king of Joseon, Yoengjo, the father of Crown prince Sado and grandfather of Yi San. Throughout her life, she has protected the lowborn commoners. Dong-yi met King Sukjong, who introduced himself as a court judge and enjoyed his treatment as an ordinary person.
I enjoyed watching Dong-yi because its plot was made interesting through a combination of romance, comedy, history, Korean culture and court life, suspense, intrigue, magic and even sword fights. In this sense, it is similar to Jewel in the Palace.
Han Hyo-joo won a major best actress award as the optimistic and determined Dong-yi. I loved the way Jin Ji hee portrayed the character of King Sukjong–especially when Dong-yi treated him as an ordinary person and even stepped on his back to climb a wall during one of her investigations. I think Jin Ji hee looks better with a beard and in period costumes. I saw him in Perhaps Love but I think he looks more handsome in Jewel and in Dong Yi.
The theme song is also very memorable -“Walking on a Dreamy Road” by Jang Na-ra. It has a simple yet sad melody.
After Dong-yi, I have not yet found another interesting historical drama that I would like to watch. A candidate is Jumong, said to be the most popular of all. But when i watched the trailer, I sensed a heavy kind of drama. Any recommendations?