[2006] Jumong Prince of Legend - Song Il Wook, Han Hye Jin - Synopsis and Recap

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  • Drama: Prince of the Legend
  • Revised romanization: Jumong
  • Hangul: 주몽
  • Director: Lee Joo-HwanKeun-hong Kim
  • Writer: Wan-kyu ChoiJung Hyung-Soo
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 81
  • Release Date: May 15, 2006 - March 6, 2007
  • Runtime: Mon. & Tues. 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot

Meet a hero bigger than the myth.Alexander, Genghis Khan, we have the hero who overwhelmed his generation and changed history, Jumong! Up to now we have been used to dramas dealing with the history of kings and knights but now we are about to challenge in creating a drama with the birth of a true hero. A name only remembered as a myth. Get ready to meet Jumong, the hero who opened up the skies of the Old Joseon, which was once ours, by fighting thousands and thousands of armies.Meet the love even bigger than the history.‘Love’ seems to be the one common denominator across people of all generations and nations. ‘Love’ gets swept away with the waves of time and also gets hurt with biased views in societies, but it also creates a new kind of history by wrestling against adversity and the trials of time. True love, which is uncommonly seen in history, is re-drawn through the drama of our once forgotten history.Through the wisdom and courage of Korea’s first queen So Seo-no... -- MBC

Cast

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Song Il-Kook Han Hye-Jin Kim Seung-Su Jeon Kwang-Leol Oh Yeon-Su
Ju Mong So Seo-No prince Dae-So Kum-Wa Yu-Hwa
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Ahn Jung-Hoon Lim Dae-Ho Yeo Ho-Min Lee Gye-In Seo Beom-Sik
Ma-Ri Hyop-Bo Oh-I Mo Pal-Mo Moo-Kol
Prince of the Legend-Kim Min-Chan.jpg Prince of the Legend-Cha Kwang-Soo.jpg Prince of the Legend-Kyeon Mi-Ri.jpg Prince of the Legend-Jin Hee-Kyung.jpg Prince of the Legend-Lee Jae-Yong (1963).jpg
Kim Min-Chan Cha Kwang-Soo Kyeon Mi-Ri Jin Hee-Kyung Lee Jae-Yong
Mook-Keo Jae-Sa Won-Hoo Yeo Mi-Eul Boo Deuk-Bool
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Won Ki-Jun Park Nam-Hyeon Park Tam-Hee Lim So-Young Heo Jun-Ho
Yeong-Po Na-Ro Yang Seol-Ran Boo-Young Hae Mo-Su
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Kim Byeong-Ki Kang Eun-Tak Jung Ho-Bin Bae Soo-Bin Yoon Dong-Hwan
Yeon Ta-Bal Chan-Su Woo-Tae Sa-Yong Yang Jeong
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Song Ji-Hyo
Ye So-Ya

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Prince of the Legend/ep. 1-20 Plot Synopsis

Eps. 1

In 180 B.C., after enjoying its golden age for 2100 years, the Gochosun Kingdom finally falls as the result of a year-long war with the Han Empire. The Emperor of the Han Dynasty divides the territory that previously belonged to Gochosun into four different administrative districts (Nak Rang, Jin Beon, Im Doon and Hyeon To) and deploys his military. People of Gochosun strongly stand against the Han Dynasty. Hae Mo Soo is the central figure of the resistance. The king of Bu Yeo, Hae Bu Roo, is very pleased with the fact that people of Gochosun are settled in Bu Yeo with the help of Hae Mo Soo. However, he’s deeply concerned when Bu Deuk Bool tells him that protecting people of Gochosun might invite the Emperor’s anger. Meanwhile, Yeo Mi Eul, oracle of Bu Yeo, sees a three-legged crow appear in the Sun. She knows that the two legs represent Hae Bu Roo and Geum Wa, but she isn’t sure who the other person is. The governor-general of Hyeon To calls a meeting for all the tribal chiefs. Geum Wa goes to the meeting in place of his father. There, he meets Yu Hwa. The governor-general warns that whoever harbors Hae Mo Soo will be severely punished. He kills innocent Gochosun refugees in front of the tribal chiefs. Geum Wa gets enraged, but for the fear of future troubles, he can’t do anything. All of a sudden, Yu Hwa comes in and calls out to the governor-general to stop.

Eps. 2

Accused of harboring Hae Mo Soo, everyone in Yu Hwa’s tribe members gets killed except her. However, Hae Mo Soo manages to sneak away. He happens to meet Yeon Ta Bal and his group. He’s shocked to hear that the whole tribe was murdered because of him. Yeon Ta Bal Soon realizes that the man who seems very shocked about the news is Hae Mo Soo. In order to turn him in, he hires Hae Mo Soo as his help. Later, someone attacks Yeon Ta Bal and his group, but Hae Mo Soo helps them escape danger. That night, Geum Wa rescues Yu Hwa and runs away with her. She tells him that Hae Mo Soo is still alive. Meanwhile, Yeon Ta Bal’s wife gives birth to a baby girl. Yeon Ta Bal names her So Seo No. He pledges that he’ll raise his daughter stronger and wiser than any other man in the world.

Eps. 3

Geum-wa hears from Bu Deuk Bool that his father lured Hae Mo Soo into a trap. He is devastated. He plans to help Hae Mo Soo escape. With the help of Geum-wa and his soldiers, Hae Mo Soo manages to escape. However, he’s struck by an arrow and falls from a cliff. Yoo Hwa gives birth to a boy. She names the boy ‘Ju Mong’. She tries to leave Bu Yeo with her baby. However, Geum-wa insists that she stay and raise Ju Mong in Bu Yeo. In order to protect the baby, whose father is Hae Mo Soo, Geum-wa decides to raise him as his own son. Meanwhile, Yeo Mi Eul has a vision that the three-legged crow in the Sun flew away. She believes that it’s an ominous sign. She tells Bu Deuk Bool about the omen. He suddenly realizes that Yoo Hwa’s baby might be the son of Hae Mo Soo. He orders Jeok Chi to kill the baby. Yoo Hwa becomes aware of the danger and flees with the baby. Soon, she’s caught by the Han soldiers. Jeok Chi shows up and gets rid of the Han soldiers. However, he tells Yoo Hwa that it was Hae Bu Roo the king of Bu Yeo who wanted Hae Mo Soo dead. He’s about to kill Yoo Hwa and Ju Mong with a sword raised overhead. Twenty years later… King Geum-wa’s continuous conquest almost doubles Bu Yeo’s territory.

Eps. 4

King Geum-wa realizes that Ju Mong didn’t attend Young Go Je (a ritual when people celebrate the harvest and thank God). He finds out that Ju Mong is locked in a barn for harassing Bu Young. He’s very disappointed with Ju Mong. He orders that Ju Mong receive twenty lashes. However, Dae So asks the king reduce the punishment, saying that the following day Ju Mong and he are supposed to go looking for Dae Mool Hwal (a legendary bow that the founder of Bu Yeo always carried with him). Geum-wa grants Dae Soh’s request. Ju Mong promises himself that he won’t do anything inappropriate. He also promises that he’ll never disappoint his mother. Dae Soh, Young Po and Ju Mong leave the palace to look for Dae Mool Hwal. Ju Mong takes the lead. While passing the foggy mountain paths, Ju Mong gets separated from his friends and gets lost. He tries to look for his friends, but he gets stuck in a swamp. So Seo No and her group pass by and help Ju Mong. Ju Mong is surprised that the leader of the group is a woman. He’s very impressed by her leadership and beauty. Meanwhile, Dae Soh and Young Po arrive at the Founder’s Mountain. They find an old poem on the map indicating the location of Dae Mool Hwal. However, they can’t figure out the meaning of the poem. After dark, they manage to understand the meaning and rush to the cave where Dae Mool Hwal is located.

Eps. 5

Dae Soh is surprised to see Ju Mong alive. He orders Young Po to keep an eye on Ju Mong’s every move. Yoo Hwa tells Ju Mong that he should become the king of Bu Yeo and accomplish a very important task. She introduces Moo Song, a master of martial arts to Ju Mong. Seeing Ju Mong’s baby-like soft hands, Moo Song tells Ju Mong to climb up and down the mountains. Ju Mong gets impatient and annoyed because Moo Song only makes him climb the mountains instead of teaching him real martial arts. One day when he confronts his master, Moo Song takes him to a prison cell located inside a dark cave. Ju Mong finally starts learning the basic moves of the martial arts. His skills are improving every day. King Geum-wa hears that they successfully made a new weapon from iron. Excited by the news, Bo Deuk Bool and the king go to see the new weapon. When they’re about to test the new weapon, Dae Soh volunteers. He suggests that Ju Mong and he fight with the new swords. Hesitant at first, Ju Mong agrees to fight with him. Meanwhile, So Seo No and the group of merchants come back to Jol Bon from Ok Jeo. Yeon Ta Bal is very happy about his daughter’s successful deal. He tells So Seo No, Gye Pil and Woo Tae that he will make every effort to obtain Boo Yeo’s secret method of iron weapon manufacturing. He emphasizes that it’ll be the only way for Jol Bon to survive among other surrounding countries.

Eps. 6

Bu Deuk Bool hears that Hae Mo Soo is still alive. Yeo Mi Eul and he go see Hae Moo Soo who is locked in a prison. When Moo Song brings them to the prison, Ju Mong hides himself and overhears their conversation. After confirming that Hae Mo Soo is alive, Bu Deuk Bool asks Moo Song not to tell anyone that he came. Dae Soh finds out that Ju Mong secretly leaves the palace every night. He takes Ju Mong to the training field and gives him a sword. He volunteers to teach Ju Mong how to become a good swordsman. Ju Mong is surprised, but he accepts Dae Soh’s proposal. In the middle of the night, Ju Mong visits Mo Pal Mo at the weapon manufacturing yard. Ju Mong asks Mo Pal Mo to make him a sword as strong as Dae Soh’s. Mo Pal Mo doesn’t know what to do because he knows he needs the king’s permission to do so. Meanwhile, the Xianbei (nomadic people residing in modern Manchuria and eastern Mongolia), who acquired the steel weapons, keep invading Hyeon To. King Geum-wa hears that the newly appointed general-governor of Hyeon To will visit Bu Yeo. He has a bad feeling about his visit and calls up all the statesmen.

Eps. 7

Yang Jeong, new general-governor of Hyeon To, sends King Geum Wa a letter. In the letter, he informs the king that he’ll regularly check on Bu Yeo’s weapon manufacturing facility to make sure that it remains closed. Insulted by Yang Jeong’s arrogance, King Geum Wa orders to burn the letter. Beol Gae suggests that the king proclaim the Prince Royal to the throne as soon as possible, in order to strengthen the royal authority. However, King Geum Wa tells him that this isn’t the right time yet. He orders not to bring up the same subject again. Won Hoo hears that the king delayed Ju Mong’s investiture. He believes that King Geum Wa is hesitant because Ju Mong isn’t qualified to become the king. Young Po decides to get rid of Ju Mong. He sends an assassin. Ju Mong is stabbed by the assassin in the street. Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo and O Yi happen to find Ju Mong who is injured and unconscious. They take him to Bu Young. Meanwhile, Yeon Ta Bal plans to raid the smuggler, Do Chi, in order to seize control of the salt market. However, while making a surprise attack on Do Chi, So Seo No is kidnapped by Do Chi.

Eps. 8

Ju Mong finds out that So Seo No is captured by Do Chi. He helps So Seo No escape. At first, So Seo No didn’t trust Ju Mong, but she soon realizes that he’s trying to help her. Yeon Ta Bal and his soldiers come to rescue So Seo No, as well. O Yi, Ma Ri and Hyeo Bo find out that Ju Mong released So Seo No. They try to kill him. To save Ju Mong’s life, Bu Young can’t help but tell everyone that Ju Mong is the Prince of Bu Yeo. King Geum Wa gives Dae So and Young Po access to the weapon manufacturing facility. He orders them to find out the secret method of iron weapon manufacturing. While looking for a place to hide, Ju Mong remembers the prison inside the cave. Searching for Ju Mong, Lady Yoo Hwa and Moo Deok finally find him in the cave.

Eps. 9

Carried away by Hae Mo Soo’s splendid demonstration of swordsmanship, Ju Mong begs Hae Mo Soo to teach his swordsmanship to him. Hae Mo Soo, getting Ju Mong seated near, sweeps Ju Mong from head to waist. With his hand on Ju Mong’s back, Hae Mo Soo asks him to stop breathing. The moment Hae Mo Soo takes his hand off Ju Mong’s back, Ju Mong gets his breath back but falls on the ground unconscious. Dae So and Young Po, with their soldiers, head for the cave prison to murder Ju Mong when King Geum Wa, at the same time, under escort leaves for the prison to see it for himself. Into the prison where Hae Mo Soo and Ju Mong are in training move Dae So and Young Po launching harsh attacks. Ju Mong’s tensed look becomes dismayed when the disguised assassins, including Young Po, reveal themselves. In the meantime, King Geum Wa’s guards, who arrived at the cave prison later, report to the king on the site of the scattered corpses and he furiously gives an order to investigate the case thoroughly.

Eps. 10

King Geum Wa after hearing the news that Hae Mo Soo is still alive looks up in the air and falls into a deep thought. Lady Yoo Hwa visits king Geum Wa and breaks into tears thinking of Hae Mo Soo, when the king starts to drink and talk about him. Gye Pil approaches Mo Pal Mo, who was drinking alone, and treats him to free drinks. While Mo Pal Mo strolls outside the Bu Yeo Palace, Ju Mong appears and asks if any swords are available. Hae Mo Soo takes out a bamboo letter, hands it over to Ju Mong and tells him to deliver it to King Geum Wa without revealing his status. Ju Mong calls for Moo Deuk’s help to deliver the bamboo letter, and King Geum Wa, while reading wooden letters from Yeon Ta Bal, finds the bamboo letter and gets nervous.

Eps. 11

Ju Mong visits So Seo No and asks her to take O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeo Bo in Yeon Ta Bal’s commerce band, but So Seo No refuses. Dae So and Na Ro visit the commerce band to Ju Mong’s surprise, but Ju Mong greets them with courtesy. While Ju Mong, Dae So and So Seo No together have a tea break at Yeon Ta Bal’s office, Dae So treats Ju Mong as if nothing has happened between them. After asking So Seo No to excuse himself for a while, Ju Mong approaches Dae So, kneels down before him and begs for his life. Dae So, infuriated by the past 20 years of miserable memories of Won Hoo and himself, promises not to forgive the insolence again. King Geum Wa calls General Heuk Chi and an orders him to find Hae Mo Soo, the runaway from the cave prison. Bu Deuk Bool, from a distance, watches with a worried look. Meanwhile, Hae Mo Soo suddenly pulls out his sword toward an approaching object.

Eps. 12

Hae Mo Soo reunites with Yu Hwa as arranged by Yeo Mi Eul. Yu Hwa tells him everything she had kept buried deep in her heart during the years past as tears keep flowing from her eyes. After an emotionally charged meeting with Yu Hwa, Hae Mo Soo returns to his mountain hideout to find Ju Mong soundly asleep. As he quietly lays his hand on Ju Mong’s cheek, tears fall from his face. Back at the Palace, Yu Hwa confesses to Geum Wa that she has met Hae Mo Soo. Utterly shocked, Geum Wa tells her that he, too, has been desperately looking for Hae Mo Soo and asks her to tell him Hae Mo Soo’s whereabouts… Ju Mong learns archery from Hae Mo Soo in the grasslands near his mountain hideout. Saying a master archer must be a fast shooter, Hae Mo Soo astonishes Ju Mong by firing a second arrow even before the first arrow reaches the target. Determined to leave Buyeo, Hae Mo Soo sends off Ju Mong telling him to go visit his mother. Meanwhile, Dae Soh approaches Hae Mo Soo’s hideout on the mountain leading some two hundred soldiers as Geum Wa and Yu Hwa in disguise leave the Royal Palace secretly, under the protection of armed guards.

Eps. 13

Ju Mong hurries back to the Palace at the news of his mother’s critical condition. Tears well up in his eyes the moment he sees Yu Hwa’s thin and haggard figure... Meanwhile, Dae So and Won Hu are struck speechless when they hear from Young Po that Geum Wa personally brought Ju Mong back to the Palace from outside, but they struggle to get their poise back. Mo Pal Mo says he has something very important to tell Ju Mong and takes him to his quarters, where he says Young Po and the palace messenger are smuggling weapons out of the iron workshop. Stunned by the news, Ju Mong mulls over for a moment and suggests that they had better pretend that they know nothing about it as divulging the fact would endanger their lives. King Geum Wa calls Ju Mong to his quarters. He asks Ju Mong for the identity of the assassin who tried to kill Ju Mong, but Ju Mong answers he doesn’t know…A moment later, Geum Wa inquires Ju Mong about his exceptional martial arts skills, and Ju Mong answers that he acquired them from a teacher named Hae Mo Soo while he was living outside the Palace. Meanwhile, King Geum Wa calls up all the statesmen, Won Hu, Yu Hwa, Ju Mong, Dae Soh and Young Po to his quarters, and drops a bomb that he convened the meeting because he wanted to discuss what they should do about proclaiming the Crown Prince.

Eps. 14

Ju Mong leaves the Palace and goes to Yeon Ta Bal, and asks him to hire him. Yeon Ta Bal, in response, says he needs some time to think it over, and collect the opinions of So Seo No, and Woo Tae. Oh Ma Hyeop, who thought Ju Mong’s return to the Palace would give him an opportunity to get a good position in the Palace, is disappointed by Ju Mong’s sudden announcement… Upon hearing that Ju Mong is working for Yeon Ta Bal, King Geum Wa relays the news to Yu Hwa who becomes worried about Ju Mong, not knowing what her son’s motive is. Dae Soh and Bu Deuk Bul go to Hyeon To’s Palace to settle the salt trade matter on behalf of King Geum Wa. Yang Jeong says that he has nothing to say to the two and that the only way to resolve the issue is for King Geum Wa to come to him and receive the order of Han’s Emperor…To this, Bu Deuk Bul suggests to Dae Soh that they should return to Buyeo and seek other options rather than endure such insult, but Dae Soh is determined to resolve the case before returning. Meanwhile, Yeo Mi Eul visits Geum Wa after much deliberation and expresses her resentment at Geum Wa’s sole decision on how to install the Crown Prince. Geum Wa says he can’t discuss state affairs of Buyeo with Yeo Mi Eul, for she is responsible for Hae Mo Soo’s incarceration for twenty years and his death.

Eps. 15

Yeo Mi Eul summons the priestesses from Buyeo’s all four regional districts and says that King Geum Wa is trampling on the authority of the oracle, stressing that they must stop him. Hyeon Mu, one of the priestesses listening to Yeo Mi Eul, relays the unbelievable news that she has seen the Da Mul Bow (a legendary bow that the founder of Buyeo always carried with him) broken in the cave in the Mountains. Yeon Ta Bal has been watching Ju Mong practicing with his bow and says he has never seen a better archer than Ju Mong in his whole life. Remembering Hae Mo Soo who once saved him from trouble with his superb martial arts skills, Yeon Ta Bal is quite surprised to find out Ju Mong was trained by none other than Hae Mo Soo himself. Meanwhile, So Seo Noh, upon hearing the news that Dae Soh has returned after settling the conflict with the Han Empire, visits him in his quarters. Delighted by her visit, Dae Soh brings out a wooden box on to the table. Precious stones are inside the box.

Eps. 16

So Seo Noh pleads to her father Yeon Ta Bal to let her and Ju Mong lead the merchants to the nation of Go San, and Yeon Ta Bal decides to see what his daughter is capable of. Ju Mong, So Seo Noh, Oh Ma Hyeop and Sa Yong make their preparations for the journey to Go San. Ju Mong visits his mother in her quarters and tells her that he is going to Go San for the salt trade. After thinking for a moment, Yu Hwa takes off the jade ring that she wore around her neck and hands it to Ju Mong, telling him to give it to the woman he loves. Yeo Mi Eul sits at the same table with So Ryeong, the youngest priestess in Bu Yeo, who says that she’s been pressed under a mysterious power ever since she entered the Palace and Yeo Mi Eul remembers how Byeo Ri Ha fainted in front of Ju Mong.

Eps. 17

Ju Mong and So Seo No fight off masked men who raided the group. So Seo Noh gets mixed feelings after discovering that one of the fallen men was a military official whom she often encountered while trading weapons with the nation of Haeng In. While Hyeop Bo and Ma Ri insist on continuing the journey, Ju Mong says he will follow So Seo No’s decision since she is the leader. Geum Wa is troubled by the Han Empire’s request to dispatch Bu Yeo’s 10,000 soldiers for its battle against the southwestern barbarians. To prevent his achievement from being wasted in vain, Dae Soh proposes negotiations to Yang Jeong, saying that Bu Yeo will send its troops conditionally, but Geum Wa decides to prepare a war with the Han Empire. So Seo Noh is determined to abort the journey but decides to wait on account of Ju Mong who asks her to give him two days of time. To carry on the journey, Ju Mong sneaks into the mountain hold of the bandits, but ends up getting caught, and So Seo Noh enters the hold to make a deal with the bandit leader.

Eps. 18

Risking her own life, So Seo Noh jumps into the enemy hideout to rescue Ju Mong and proposes a deal to Bae Mang. Ju Mong and Oh Ma Hyeop, both locked in a cell, are dumbfounded to see So Seo Noh so unexpectedly. Upon hearing from Do Chi that Ju Mong and other members of the merchant group will be soon killed by Bae Mang, Young Po runs to Won Hoo’s quarters and relays the news with a huge smile on his face. However, Dae Soh scolds Young Po for blabbing about things he has only heard at second-hand. Bu Young meets with Yu Hwa, and tells her that Ju Mong is in grave danger. Driven by misgivings, Yu Hwa decides to report the situation to Yeon Ta Bal. Meanwhile, as people crowd each and every street of Bu Yeo to get salt, and fights amongst them ensue, Geum Wa feels increasingly troubled…

Eps. 19

Ju Mong and So Seo Noh stand before King Geum Wa. Ju Mong proudly says that Bu Yeo does not need to go to war with Ok Jeo now that he has found a salt mountain that will ensure a sufficient salt supply for generations to come. Highly delighted by Ju Mong’s announcement, Geum Wa says he will hold a banquet to celebrate. Dae Soh and Young Po watch them with a devastated look on their faces. So Seo Noh says she should go back to the merchant group but Ju Mong suggests that she pay a short visit to his mother with him. The two and Yu Hwa talk over tea at Yu Hwa’s residence. Ju Mong says that So Seo Noh saved his life by striking a deal with the bandits and it was also So Seo Noh who helped him get out of a swamp long ago. Quite impressed, Yu Hwa smiles warmly as she looks at So Seo Noh.

Eps. 20

Dae Soh is troubled to hear from Oh Yi that Ju Mong is trying to figure out the secret of making stronger iron. Young Po goes to Do Chi to thank him for saving his face. Ju Mong, back at the Bu Yeo Palace from Hyeon To where he was dispatched as King Geum Wa’s special envoy, says he has delivered Geum Wa’s message to Yang Jeong that the Han Empire has frequently intervened with Bu Yeo’s affairs and Bu Yeo will be prepared to go to war if it continues to meddle with Bu Yeo’s business. While all statesmen are stunned at Ju Mong’s announcement, King Geum Wa laughs heartily and praises Ju Mong. Dae Soh calls in the blacksmith’s assistant director Dok Gu to ask him on the progress of the iron weapon manufacturing. Trembling with fear, Dok Gu confesses that not long ago, he accidentally made a sword that could easily stand comparison with the strong iron swords of the Han Empire… 

Prince of the Legend/ep. 21-40 Plot Synopsis

Eps. 21

Ju Mong pretends that he let slip some important information in front of Young Po. King Geum Wa has his three sons compete their martial arts skills against one another. The three princes practice their skills for the upcoming match. Dae Soh invites Soh Seo Noh to the contest. At the archery contest, the first round of the competition, Ju Mong shoots arrows with his eyes blindfolded. At the second round, a fistfight and sword contest, Ju Mong and Dae Soh are evenly matched. After the competition, Ju Mong earns trust from the statesmen who used to regard Ju Mong as a mere headache of the royal family. Depressed, Dae Soh visits So Seo Noh and demands an answer for his proposal. Dae Soh, enraged by So Seo Noh’s answer, reports to King Geum Wa that it was Ju Mong who broke the Da Mul Bow. Won Hu’s plan is foiled because of Yeo Mi-eul.

Eps. 22

Under orders of Young Po, Han Dang kidnaps Bu Young. O Yi loses his temper and says he will beat Do Chi to death and rescue Bu Young at once. Ju Mong, Ma Ri and Hyeop Bo dissuade him, saying that they shouldn’t act recklessly at a critical time like this. Yu Hwa and Ju Mong are very worried to hear the news that an assassin broke into the Shrine and that Yeo Mi Eul’s safety is unknown at the moment. Geum Wa is furious with the Shrine’s poor security. Geum Wa orders General Heuk Chi to ascertain Yeo Mi Eul’s whereabouts and track down the assassin.

Eps. 23

Yeo Mi Eul discloses the secrets of Ju Mong’s birth. Utterly confused, Ju Mong talks to Yu Hwa and King Geum Wa. Using Bu Young as his hostage, Young Po threatens Ju Mong to withdraw from the contest, which will eventually determine who becomes the Crown Prince of Bu Yeo. Ju Mong says to King Geum Wa that he wants to drop out of the contest.

Eps. 24

Ju Mong decides to leave Bu Yeo for a while to track his late father’s activities with Oh Ma Hyeop. After telling his mother about his plans, Ju Mong embarks on a journey to locate the Da Mul troops. In his sleep, King Geum Wa sees Hae Mo Su chased after by the heavy cavalry and hit with arrows. Disturbed by his dream, Geum Wa goes to Yu Hwa’s quarters. Yu Hwa was having trouble sleeping as she keeps thinking about what Ju Mong had said to her. She is surprised to see Geum Wa visiting her… Yu Hwa is taken aback when Geum Wa asks if Ju Mong resigned from the Crown Prince contest because of Hae Mo Su. Bu Deuk Bul and all the statesmen suggest that Dae-so must be designated as the Crown Prince, since the contest between the remaining two princes is meaningless now that Ju Mong has dropped out, but Geum Wa emphatically states that he will wait and see. While Dae So’s face goes rigid at the king’s remarks, Young Po smiles with relief.

Eps. 25

The Han’s heavy cavalry march captures the Gojoseon people when Ju Mong and Oh Ma Hyeop appear on the scene, vanquishes the troops and sets the people free. Yang Jeong, the governor-general of Hyeon To hears from his security officer that the Han’s troops were annihilated and the displaced people were set free. Enraged, Yang Jeong orders to send troops immediately to catch all of the prisoners back. Dae So is back in the Han Empire to make a deal with Yang Jeong. Yang Jeong says that he will transfer Han’s iron weapon manufacture techniques to Bu Yeo by dispatching the head of his armory. Dae So beams and expresses his gratitude. At that moment, Yang Jeong’s daughter Yang Seol Ran who has incredible beauty and poise comes into the room and the two exchange greetings. Meanwhile, priestess So Ryeong visits Yu Hwa in her quarters with Byeo Ri Ha, and tells her that Ju Mong must leave Bu Yeo at once. Surprised, Yu Hwa says Ju Mong is not in Bu Yeo at the moment, but to Yu Hwa’s shock, Byeo Ri Ha warns that if Ju Mong does not leave Bu Yeo, he could get killed…

Eps. 26

Dae Soh and Na Ro test the sword newly crafted by a blacksmith of the Han Empire. The two compete against each other with one holding the new sword and the other the old one. Bu Yeo’s sword breaks in two by the new sword. Watching the match, King Geum Wa is very impressed and pleased, and gives an order to have a banquet to commend the workers at the armory. Young Po’s face becomes rigid with jealousy and envy. Discovering that Young Po has taken away all the trade records while Yeon Ta Bal was away with the merchant group, So Seo Noh goes to Dae Soh to demand that he tell her why on earth he wanted to put her family through such a humiliation. Completely taken aback, Dae Soh seeks Young Po out and asks him with fury what was on his mind when he acted so thoughtlessly. Dae Soh tells Young Po to settle the situation because it was Young Po who caused the mess in the first place. Ju Mong and Oh Ma Hyeop are back in Bu Yeo. Ju Mong first goes to his mother and then to King Geum Wa’s sleeping quarters. With Ju Mong, King Geum Wa reminisces about Hae Mo Su and brings up what it was like when he and Hae Mo Su were in the Da Mul troops. Ju Mong listens to Geum Wa without saying a word and confesses that while he is eternally grateful to Geum Wa for having raised him, he can’t forgive Dae Soh and Young Po who hurt his innocent father, Hae Mo Su …

Eps. 27

King Geum Wa once again rejects the statesmen’s request to designate Dae Soh as the Crown Prince. Overwhelmed with anger, Won Hu can’t suppress her rage despite Dae Soh and Ma Wu Ryeong’s efforts at dissuading her. Yu Hwa advises Ju Mong to take extra caution because the Queen and Dae Soh are extremely distressed and Ju Mong could become an innocent victim of their rage.

Eps. 28

Ju Mong says he will attack Jin Beon and Im Dun to rescue Gojoseon refugees. King Geum Wa expresses his apprehension over Ju Mong’s determination, saying that Ju Mong will face strong opposition from the statesmen. Ju Mong tells Geum Wa that if the king opposes his plan, he will leave Bu Yeo along with his mother. Mo Pal Mo shows Yeon Ta Bal the sword manufactured at Gye Ru’s armory. Ju Mong evaluates the sword to be either equal or slightly superior to the one developed by Dae So. Mo Pal Mo pledges that he will soon make much stronger swords than those of the Han Empire, now that he has found a clue to making stronger iron. Meanwhile, So Seo Noh asks Ju Mong to take extra caution with the ironworkers whom Dae Soh brought along, since Dae Soh made a deal with Yang Jeong on the condition that he would marry Yang Jeong’s daughter. So Seo Noh seeks her father out and entreats him to let her lead a merchant band for military supplies if Bu Yeo decides to go to war with Jin Beon and Im Dun.

Eps. 29

Sa Chul Do’s Ma Ga sends a messenger to King Geum Wa, who delivers the head of the official dispatched to Sa Chul Do under Geum Wa’s orders and a message that Ma Ga won’t send a single solder from Sa Chul Do for Bu Yeo’s war. Geum Wa and Ju Mong are appalled to see the head. Overwhelmed with rage, Geum Wa orders the general to make preparations to go to war immediately but is soon faced with rather formidable opposition from the statesmen. Yang Jeong sends a note to spies that he planted in Bu Yeo. Their faces turn serious after reading the note, and they throw the note into an incinerator soon after. Ju Mong and Oh Ma Hyeop are out in the market to investigate sentiments of the people. Passengers are in groups of twos and threes, talking about how the people at Sa Chul Do decapitated the official from Bu Yeo. Right then, the displaced people of Gojoseon, whom Ju Mong and Oh Ma Hyeop rescued before approach them, saying that they heard about the impending war, and ask the two to let them join in. Moreover, dozens of Da Mul troops flock to the Bu Yeo Palace to make an earnest request to Geum Wa to let them fight for Bu Yeo…

Eps. 30

Dae So declares to King Geum Wa on bended knee that he will lead the campaign against Jin Beon and Im Doon. Geum Wa names Ju Mong commander of the vanguard, and directs Dae So and Young Po to aid Ju Mong in achieving certain victory in the war. Ju Mong goes to King Geum Wa and asks him to withdraw the appointment, saying he cannot have his older brothers serving under him. But Geum Wa stresses that the treasonous ambitions of Sa Chul Do and the Queen’s relations can only be quieted if he and Ju Mong lead this war together. Later, Yeon Ta Bal, accompanied by So Seo No, visits King Geum Wa and offers his services as a military supplier. When Geum Wa asks how in the world he plans to purvey enough food and munitions for the entire Bu Yeo army, So Seo No replies that they have long known about the impending war through Ju Mong and that all preparations have already been completed. Greatly pleased by So Seo No’s explanation, Geum Wa asks her and Yeon Ta Bal to make sure everything proceeds according to plan...

Eps. 31

Having learned the attack route of the vanguard troops through Dae So, Yang Jeong busily prepares a countermeasure. While leading his men across the fields, Ju Mong observes that their movements have likely become known to the enemy and searches for a new position. As Bu Yeo’s soldiers engage in close combat, Dae So appears in full battle regalia and personally leads them in combat. After watching awhile, Geum Wa orders Dae So to take over the main force until Ju Mong arrives to join them. Meanwhile, Yeon Ta Bal’s merchant band assiduously prepares for war. So Seo No and Sa Yong suggest that it would be better to move before the main force and establish a camp; Yeon Ta Bal assents and declares that he will go to the palace to discuss the matter. Dae So suddenly appears and threatens So Seo No, saying that he will not be made to wait forever. At Yu Hwa’s orders, Moo Song rounds up the fortunetellers from the market streets. Yu Hwa discovers that the Queen and Priestess Ma Wu Ryeong are behind all the fortunetellers who have stirred up the populace with the same lie. She summons the Queen and Ma Wu Ryeong. She declares that inciting the people in wartime is tantamount to treason and warns that she will not tolerate another such attempt from them...

Eps. 32

Yeo Mi Eul seeks out Bi Ryu’s leader Song Yang in order to free So Seo No. Declaring that Bu Yeo will come out victorious in the war, she tells him to release So Seo No immediately and reconcile with Yeon Ta Bal. But Song Yang, blinded by his own obstinacy, turns a deaf ear to her words. When the appointed hour arrives with no word from Yeon Ta Bal, Song Yang resolves to execute So Seo No. Just as Song Yang’s man lifts up his sword to kill So Seo No, Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo appear on the scene and rescue her. Stepping toward So Seo No, Ju Mong rests his gaze upon her, and her eyes overflow with tears. Meanwhile, Dae So hears that the supply unit captured by Song Yang has returned safely. He rejoices, believing the unit to have been rescued by Na Ro. With hurried footsteps, he goes looking for So Seo No, but is astonished to find Ju Mong by her side instead of Na Ro...

Eps. 33

Ju Mong and his advance troops use kites to turn Han’s camp into a raging inferno. Bu Yeo’s main army, led by Geum Wa, advance with a war cry and wreak havoc on the camp, which has been torn by internal confusion. Flustered, Yang Jeong flees the spot with a handful of his soldiers. Geum Wa spots Yang Jeong’s party and pursues them on his horse with lifted sword. After cutting a swath through the enemy troops, Geum Wa gets off his horse and continues to fell the soldiers of Han on foot. Suddenly, an arrow strikes him on the left side of his chest, and he falls unconscious to the ground. Yang Jeong receives word that the governor of Jin Beon has been killed. With an ashen face, he orders his army to retreat. Meanwhile, Ju Mong begins his pursuit of the governor of Im Doon, who has taken flight...

Eps. 34

Geum Wa lies unconscious on his bed. Ma Wu Ryeong musters her divine power in order to heal his wounds, but the attempt proves unsuccessful. Even the royal physician states that Geum Wa’s fate is in the hands of the gods. Bu Deuk Bul, observing that the king’s illness must not create a gap in the affairs of state, declares that Dae So should take over Geum Wa’s responsibilities for the time being. The ministers and officials convene a meeting and decide to have Dae So take on all the affairs of state until Geum Wa recovers. Dae So appoints Na Ro as the head of the Royal Guard, a post that had been left vacant. Yearning for Ju Mong, So Seo No sits in a daze with tears brimming in her eyes as Woo Tae looks on in concern. Meanwhile, Dae So and the Queen begin to mercilessly execute all the ministers and officials who are loyal to Geum Wa, in order to cement their power...

Eps. 35

To assuage the Queen’s rancor, Dae So places Yu Hwa under house arrest and prevents her from going to see Geum Wa. He also instructs his troops to strictly prohibit Yu Hwa from leaving her quarters and prevent anyone from coming near. Meanwhile, Ma Wu Ryeong, Yu Seong, and Hyeon Mu hold a sacred rite at the altar. Throughout the ceremony, they feel a pressing on their hearts and speculate that Yeo Mi Eul must have returned to Bu Yeo. The Queen directs Young Po to find out if Yeo Mi Eul has indeed returned to Bu Yeo, and if so, to speedily seek her out and eliminate her without fail. O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo decide to get Mo Pal Mo, who is under threat from Dae So, out of the ironworks. Risking danger to themselves, they extract Mo Pal Po and steal him away to Gye Ru. Upon learning about Mo Pal Mo’s escape, Dae So flies into a rage at Na Ro and demands that he recapture Mo Pal Mo at any cost...

Eps. 36

With great effort, Geum Wa finally recovers consciousness. All the ministers and officials flock to him and express concern for his health. Meanwhile, Dae So is plunged in anxiety, for fear that his father might find out how he has killed off Geum Wa’s devoted servants, placed Yu Hwa under house arrest, and even married Seol Ran. O Yi visits Yeon Ta Bal’s merchant band and apprises him of Geum Wa’s recovery. Yeon Ta Bal worries that an internal war might break out within Bu Yeo Palace, and Woo Tae recommends that it would be best to lead the band back to Gye Ru. Yeon Ta Bal suggests to So Seo No that she wait with them back in Gye Ru, but she resolutely replies that she will remain in Bu Yeo. At Yeo Mi Eul’s summons, Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song visit the Shrine, where they hear the incredible news that Ju Mong may be alive still. Accompanied by several soldiers, they set out in search of Ju Mong...

Eps. 37

Geum Wa’s plan fails, and General Heuk Chi and the troops surrender to Dae So. Appointed by Geum Wa as regent in his stead, Dae So makes new changes to the government. Yeon Ta Bal is apprehended by Dae So on the charge of being a war profiteer... Meanwhile, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo hear from Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song that Ju Mong is still alive. They set out to rescue him...

Eps. 38

O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo, along with Mo Pal Mo, rescue Ju Mong while he is being transferred to Hyeon To. They are overcome with emotion at finding Ju Mong alive. Ju Mong and his three friends hasten to the village of the Han Baek clan and rescue So Ya in the blink of an eye. Hearing of Yeon Ta Bal’s banishment, Geum Wa calls him in and expresses his regret. Yu Hwa begs So Seo No for forgiveness in Ju Mong’s stead, telling her to forget him and move on. But all So Seo No can do is shed tears of heartbreak in Yu Hwa’s arms. In a corner of the palace, Young Po harasses the ladies-in-waiting, as Dae So looks on with displeasure written on his face. Dae So takes Young Po to task for his inappropriate behavior. When the enraged Young Po accuses him of committing incest, Dae So has his brother thrown in prison. Meanwhile, Yang Jeong discovers that Ju Mong is alive, and orders Dong Seon to immediately convey the news to Dae So...

Eps. 39

Sneaking into Bu Yeo Palace, Ju Mong goes to his mother’s quarters. Yu Hwa is stunned to see Ju Mong, whom she had thought dead. As if unable to believe that her son is alive after all, Yu Hwa sheds endless tears. She begs Ju Mong not to show his face before Dae So until Geum Wa comes up with a plan. Na Ro receives a report that there’s an intruder in the palace. He reinforces the security outside Dae So’s bedchamber and orders his men to find the intruder as soon as possible. Accompanied by the Royal Guard, Na Ro barges into Yu Hwa’s quarters and searches the room. Angered by his insolent behavior, Yu Hwa slaps him. Meanwhile, banished from Bu Yeo, Yeon Ta Bal’s merchant band returns to Gye Ru. Yeo Mi Eul and So Ryeong welcome them back. Before So Seo No, Woo Tae, Sa Yong, Chae Ryeong and company, Yeon Ta Bal announces his intention to appoint So Seo No as his successor...

Eps. 40

Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song are abducted and imprisoned by Song Yang, who decides to hand his prisoners over to Dae So and prepares to transport them to Bu Yeo. To rescue Mo Pal Mo, Ju Mong turns to Yeon Ta Bal for help. However, his rescue attempt ends in failure due to Yeon Chae Ryeong and Yang Tak’s betrayal. Yu Hwa goes to Geum Wa’s bedchamber and introduces Ye So Ya to him. She suggests arranging for Ju Mong to become engaged to Ye So Ya in order to restore his peace of mind. Geum Wa assents to Yu Hwa’s suggestion, saying a daughter of Ye Cheon must surely be blessed with both grace and goodness. Meanwhile, Dae So summons Ju Mong and tells him to persuade Mo Pal Mo, with whom he has a longstanding relationship, to forge a steel sword. He adds that Ju Mong must kill Mo Pal Mo if the latter should refuse. After much hesitation, Ju Mong calls Mo Pal Mo and orders him to create a steel blade, as Mo Pal Mo, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo stare at him in disbelief.

Prince of the Legend/ep. 41-60 Plot Synopsis

Eps. 41

As the rumor that Ju Mong will be taken to Han as a hostage spreads throughout the palace, Geum Wa, Yu Hwa, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo, and Ye So Ya are plunged into grief. But they are unable to devise a feasible alternative. Bu Deuk Bul observes to Dae So that it would be safer to keep Ju Mong inside the palace than to send him to Han, where he could pose a greater threat, and recommends that he send Young Po instead. When Young Po learns that there has been talk of sending him to Han as a hostage, he becomes infuriated and seeks out Bu Deuk Bul. He warns Bu Deuk Bul that the latter will soon pay the price for disdaining him. Young Po and Do Chi secretly gather a group of fighters and train them rigorously in order to overthrow Dae So. O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo watch from afar and inform Ju Mong of the fact. Recalling what Young Po once said to him, Ju Mong leaps to his feet and goes looking for Young Po.

Eps. 42

Thanks to Ju Mong’s aid, Dae So barely escapes with his life from the threat posed by Young Po’s rebellion. Unable to suppress his anger, he kills Do Chi and Han Dang with a single stroke and aims his sword at Young Po’s throat. Han sends an envoy to escort Ju Mong, who is the hostage for Bu Yeo’s security. Ju Mong prepares to leave Bu Yeo, but O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo volunteer to accompany him to Han. Yu Hwa advises her son that it would be best to go through with his wedding to Ye So Ya and go with her. Meanwhile, So Seo No learns that Chae Ryeong has been in league with Song Yang. She goes to Chae Ryeong and warns him that she will not stand by and watch if such a thing ever happens again...

Eps. 43

Hearing that Ju Mong is inviting the heads of tribes and merchant bands to his wedding, Woo Tae is thrown briefly into distress. However, So Seo No declares that she will attend in order to shake off the bonds of her past relationship with Ju Mong. Ju Mong professes his intention to send the expatriated refugees to Han as slaves. Shocked by his dramatic change, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo bid farewell to Ju Mong. Meanwhile, Ju Mong leads the troops from Han, Jin Beon, and Im Doon in hunting down refugees. At this complete turnaround in Ju Mong’s attitude, even the Queen begins to have doubts...

Eps. 44

Surveying the refugee camp under the guidance of the guards, Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo are busily making preparations to lead the refugees in escaping Bu Yeo. At that moment, news arrives that Man Ho was caught trying to escape the camp at the head of some refugees. Ju Mong and his cohort hurriedly visit Man Ho in his tent. Saying that he can see Hae Mo Soo and asking Ju Mong to restore their lost kingdom, Man Ho draws his last breath. Seol Ran’s bodyguard Hahu Cheon is discovered by Ju Mong in the act of tailing him under Seol Ran’s orders. Ju Mong goes to Seol Ran’s sleeping quarters with his knife at Hahu Cheon’s throat. He warns that if she tries to put him under surveillance one more time, he will consider Hahu Cheon a spy of Han and cut his throat. Unable to suppress her rising anger, Seol Ran trembles. After hearing from Ma Wu Ryeong that the three-legged bird’s energy is covering all of Bu Yeo, the Queen tells Dae So to beware of Ju Mong as he seems to be planning something. However, Dae So has already placed his trust in Ju Mong, who saved his life and does not shirk hardships...

Eps. 45

Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo, who visited the refugee camp, lead the refugees and leave Bu Yeo. After watching from afar, Song Ju goes to the tent where Geum Wa and Yu Hwa are sojourning and tell them the news, which greatly relieves them. In order to prevent Na Ro and other generals from joining the pursuit, Geum Wa summons Na Ro, who is serving as his guard, and demands that they leave for the hot springs in Mt. Taebong, far away from Bu Yeo Palace. While Ye So Ya and her attendant are busily walking with their eye on their surroundings, Hahu Cheon and his soldiers block their path and take them to Seol Ran. She demands to know who Ye So Ya was planning to meet outside the palace, but she refuses to answer. In response, Seol Ran confines Ye So Ya in her room and orders her men to keep strict watch. After waiting for Ye So Ya, Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song see soldiers guarding her chamber and realize that something has gone wrong. Perplexed, they are forced to flee Bu Yeo on their own. Meanwhile, Dae So and the ministers receive the report that Ju Mong is heading for Hyeon To with a group of refugees. In great consternation, they try to assess the situation. Learning that Ye So Ya was captured while attempting to escape and that Mo Pal Mo and the ironsmiths have disappeared, Dae So raises his troops and sets out in pursuit of Ju Mong...

Eps. 46

Ju Mong, who has decided to attack the Han Baek clan, hastens the production of steel swords. He busily prepares for the impending campaign, building watch towers and beacons in covert locations. Yu Hwa learns of Ye So Ya’s pregnancy. She goes to Geum Wa and stresses that they must get her out as soon as possible. Geum Wa summons Dae So to his quarters and tells him that it is inhuman for him to keep the pregnant Ye So Ya in prison. After much consideration, Dae So calls Na Ro and tells him to move Ye So Ya from the jail to her own quarters. On the outskirts of the Han Baek settlement, a burning arrow soars into the night sky and the Da Mul Forces, led by Ju Mong, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo and Moo Song, begin their assault. Seol Tak, who receives the report of Ju Mong’s attack while drinking with his men, begins to flee in great alarm...

Eps. 47

Dae So, who arrives at Mt. Bon Gye with the Cavalry in order to strike at Ju Mong, sends a reconnaissance force to ascertain if there is an ambush in wait. Na Ro reports back to Dae So that there is no ambush, and Dae So begins to climb the Mt. Bon Gye valley with the Cavalry as the advance force. Ju Mong, who has been lying in wait in the forest for the enemy to arrive, shoots a flaming arrow into the sky. With the arrow as their signal, O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo and the Da Mul Forces, who had also been hiding in the forest, attack Dae So’s troops. Dae So, who barely escapes the assault with his life, is set upon once more by Jae Sa, Mu Gol, and Muk Geo, who have prepared an ambush in another location. Meanwhile, Chae Ryeong calls So Seo No, who is with child, and makes the unreasonable request for her to lead the merchant band on a trip to Ok Jeo. After considering at length, So Seo No decides to embark on the long journey to accumulate wealth.

Eps. 48

At the news that Bu Yeo plans to ferret out the remaining refugees and send them to Han as slaves, Ju Mong leads the Da Mul Forces in order to rescue them. At that moment, Mo Pal Mo and Moo Song arrive on their horses and convey Yeo Mi Eul’s instruction to suspend the attack. Yeo Mi Eul herself, who arrives shortly thereafter, observes that the roundup of the refugees may be a trap and bears further investigation. Ju Mong confirms that the Cavalry is following the procession of refugees that Na Ro is leading. Determined to completely break Dae So’s spirit at this opportunity, Ju Mong attempts a surprise attack. Meanwhile, So Seo No, who arrives at the Hwang Ryong at the head of her band, strikes a successful deal...

Eps. 49

Dae So sends Ju Mong a letter declaring that he will execute Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya if Ju Mong does not appear at Bu Yeo Palace. After debating lengthily over the letter, O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo decide not to inform Ju Mong but plan a covert rescue of the two women instead. Ju Mong sets off on a reconnaissance mission with Jae Sa, Mu Gol, and Muk Geo in order to subjugate the Chang Cheon Gok clan. He captures an envoy headed for Hyeon To in order to survey the situation in Bu Yeo and finds the letter he is carrying. While reading the letter, Ju Mong asks after Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya and is shocked to hear that Dae So is planning to execute them both if Ju Mong does not show himself at Bu Yeo Palace. Meanwhile, Yu Hwa succeeds in sneaking Mu Deok out of the palace and getting a letter to Ju Mong, with the aid of the royal physician...

Eps. 50

So Seo No meets Dae So for the deal in Bu Yeo. She implores his magnanimity, saying there’s nothing left for her now except for her merchant band, and Dae So permits the sale with a faint yet cold smile on his lips. Yu Hwa lies in bed, nursed by Ye So Ya and the Royal Physician. Hearing the news, Dae So decides, after much consideration, to release Geum Wa from confinement in his quarters and allow him to visit Yu Hwa. In Yu Hwa’s bedchamber, Geum Wa is struck silent with concern and weeps with Yu Hwa’s hand in his… Meanwhile, Ju Mong, who has obtained through Sa Yong a map revealing a secret passageway into Bu Yeo Palace, resolves to rescue Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya. Accompanied by O Yi, Ma Ri, Hyeop Bo, and Jae Mu Muk, he sneaks into the palace…

Eps. 51

Young Po, who has returned to Bu Yeo, visits Geum Wa in his quarters. Geum Wa observes that Dae So’s power will not last long, and entreats Young Po never to get into conflict with his brother again. Meanwhile, Dae So orders his men to keep a close watch over Young Po’s every move, since he may be planning something. Yang Jeong leads the Steel Cavalry and his troops to the Changcheongok clan and pressures them to increase their production of iron ore. The clansmen respond in dismay, explaining that everyone except for children and the old have been put to work in the iron mine. Ju Mong, upon visiting Changcheongok to expand his power base, learns of Yang Jeong’s visit. He stages an ambush on Yang Jeong’s party as they head for Jung San. Caught helpless by Ju Mong and his Damul Forces, Yang Jeong flees along with a handful of Steel Cavalry soldiers…

Eps. 52

As the sun is overtaken by shadow and the world is plunged in darkness, the people in Bu Yeo Palace and on the streets of Bu Yeo tremble with anxiety. Soon, the sun comes out again and light returns, but the frightened populace finds it difficult to regain their peace of mind. Ma Wu Ryeong, who had fallen unconscious at seeing the sun disappear, raises herself with difficulty. When the Queen asks what the eclipse might portend, Ma Wu Ryeong replies that it is surely a sign of impending disaster. Ju Mong gathers the Damul troops and the refugees, telling them that the eclipse signifies the beginning of a new nation. He emphasizes that the three-legged bird will soar into the newly-risen sun. Meanwhile, Dae So receives the report that the common people have been greatly disturbed by the eclipse. Furious, he declares that he will execute anyone, whether lowly or exalted, who confuse the populace with unfounded rumors…

Eps. 53

Dae So assigns troops to General Heuk Chi and orders him to capture Ju Mong. However, the general, who has resolved to spearhead the restoration of Geum Wa, leads the troops to Ju Mong and requests his aid. The surprised Ju Mong informs Yeo Mi Eul that Geum Wa is plotting a return to power, at which a shadow comes over Yeo Mi Eul’s face. Recalling Bu Deuk Bul’s entreaty that once he has regained power, he must improve Bu Yeo’s relations with Han and abandon Ju Mong, Geum Wa falls deep into thought. Bu Deuk Bul convenes a meeting of all ministers and officials and proposes that Geum Wa be restored to the throne, as Dae So’s lunacy has reached its peak. Everyone present becomes overwhelmed with apprehension, but is unable to raise any objections against the adamant Bu Deuk Bul…

Eps. 54

Bu Deuk Bul tells General Heuk Chi that Ju Mong must be eliminated if he refuses to give up his Damul troops. Hearing that the Damul forces pose an obstacle to Bu Yeo’s stability, Heuk Chi makes his decision. He instructs Geum Wa’s guard to keep a close watch on Ju Mong and his cohort, saying that they might need to be eradicated. Ju Mong informs Yu Hwa that Geum Wa has asked him to disband the Damul forces and return to Bu Yeo. Yu Hwa replies that she will support him in whatever decision he makes, but that the Damul forces are already a part of him. Meanwhile, So Seo No and Yeon Ta Bal meet Bu Deuk Bul to request that the relationship between Bu Yeo and Gye Roo be restored and await his reply. Ju Mong resolves to stand with the Damul forces and leave Bu Yeo. Yu Hwa urges Ye So Ya to depart with him, but Ye So Ya declares that she will stay by Yu Hwa’s side until the baby is born. At that moment, they hear the news that Ju Mong has been captured by Bu Yeo’s soldiers...

Eps. 55

Geum Wa throws Ju Mong and his cohort in prison, pronouncing it an act of treason against himself and Bu Yeo for Ju Mong to found a new kingdom with the Damul troops. When Bu Deuk Bul tells him that Ju Mong must be killed for the sake of Bu Yeo, Geum Wa is assailed with pain and distress. Meanwhile, Bu Deuk Bul, who has kidnapped Yeo Mi Eul, asks her to convince Ju Mong to return to Bu Yeo. When she refuses, he cuts her down before Ju Mong’s very eyes. Seeing her fall, Ju Mong is provoked to extreme anger...

Eps. 56

Time passes. Ju Mong, at the head of the Damul troops, wages war against other clans and continues to expand his territory. Famine and disaster strike Bu Yeo for many years after Geum Wa regains power. The people of Bu Yeo become increasingly destitute and even the royal coffers begin to be depleted. At meetings with the state ministers and officials, Geum Wa continually receives reports of Bu Yeo’s deteriorating circumstances, but is unable to come up with a solution. Meanwhile, Dae So, who has been banished to a remote region of Bu Yeo, wastes his days in drink and depravity...

Eps. 57

Ju Mong finds himself in deep thought at So Seo No’s suggestion that they move the Damul troops’ base camp to Jol Bon and form an alliance. Accompanied by O Yi, he infiltrates the market streets of Hyeon To in order to discover Bu Yeo and Han’s movements. He discovers Dae So, Seol Ran and company there, and begins to keep a close watch on them. At the party thrown in Dae So and Seol Ran’s honor, Dae So asks Yang Jeong why he wishes to attack Jol Bon. The latter replies that after he helps Song Yang vanquish Gye Ru, he will immediately eliminate Song Yang and subjugate Jol Bon. He asks Dae So to lead Han’s reinforcements, but after some consideration, Dae So answers that he cannot abandon Bu Yeo. Meanwhile, Na Ro finds Ju Mong and company in the market. Leading Han’s soldiers, he surrounds the inn where Ju Mong and O Yi are staying...

Eps. 58

Along with O Yi, Ju Mong returns to the ancestral mountain to see the Damul Bow he once broke. At the mountain, there is a flash of radiant light and Heavenly Lady Bi Geum Seon appears. She bows deeply to Ju Mong and declares that the master of the Damul Bow is not Bu Yeo but the Damul forces and Ju Mong. Pondering Bi Geum Seon’s words, Ju Mong searches for records of Old Joseon. Together with Jae Sa, he seeks out Cheon Dae In, who informs him that even though all records were lost in the fire when Wang Geom Seong fell, he still possesses an invaluable relic from Old Joseon. In return, he asks Ju Mong to protect his merchant band. Meanwhile, bad omens continue to appear in Bu Yeo. Geum Wa’s face breaks out in black spots, and lightning and thunder split the sky even though it is still daylight...

Eps. 59

Despite Yeon Ta Bal’s objections, So Seo No takes a handful of soldiers including Sa Yong and infiltrates the enemy camp to strike Song Yang. Meanwhile, Bu Bun No sneaks into the Damul forces’ camp to spy on Ju Mong’s movements. He is assailed by fear when he sees the ardent looks of devotion filling the eyes of the Damul troops. When the Queen tries to bring in Jae Bu Jo Ui’s daughter as Dae So’s concubine, Seol Ran’s eyes fill with hatred for Ye So Ya. At that moment, Yu Hwa visits Seol Ran in her bedchamber and warns her never to try to harm Ye So Ya and Yu Ri again. Seeing Geum Wa in his quarters, Yu Hwa informs him that someone tried to poison Yu Ri and asks him to let Ye So Ya and Yu Ri leave Bu Yeo. However, Geum Wa refuses. Instead, he sends guards to Yu Hwa’s and Ye So Ya’s respective chambers and orders them to keep a tight watch over them...

Eps. 60

As Chan Su is heading for So Seo No’s hideout with medicine for her wounds, a dozen or more of Song Yang’s men block his path and attack him. Ju Mong and his friends rush into Song Yang’s camp to rescue So Seo No. They defeat the enemy soldiers and get So Seo No to safety in Gye Ru. While Ju Mong and company are away from the Damul forces’ base camp, Dae So attacks Mt. Bon Gye. The main force and the refugees have already departed for the new base camp, leaving only old men and children at the mountain camp, but the enraged Dae So slaughters them without mercy. Meanwhile, Ju Mong sets up an ambush along the path that the Han troops, on the way to assist Song Yang, will take...

Prince of the Legend/ep. 61-81 Plot Synopsis

Eps. 61

Na Ro and the royal guards search each and every street for signs of Yu Hwa and company. Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya, with Yu Ri in her arms, flee into the mountains. Spotting Cheon Dae In’s merchant band from afar, they appeal for help. With Yu Ri hidden in a cart, Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya disguise themselves as men and attempt to cross the border. But the border guards sense that something is amiss and block their way. Dae So, who has come to see Song Yang, offers to send reinforcements to Jol Bon to fight off the Damul forces, but demands that Song Yang pay tributes to Bu Yeo in exchange. Song Yang replies that tributes are out of the question, since the military’s entire food supply was incinerated in Gye Ru’s surprise attack and even the common people are dying from starvation.

Eps. 62

To keep his promise to Song Yang, Ju Mong goes to the latter’s camp by himself. Song Yang’s chief officer tells him he must disarm before seeing the commander; after some hesitation, Ju Mong complies. At that moment, dozens of soldiers appear and begin to attack Ju Mong at the chief’s orders. Hearing the news that Ju Mong has subjugated Song Yang, chaos breaks out at Bu Yeo Palace. Geum Wa takes to bed from the shock, and the Queen seeks out Ma Wu Ryeong for advice. Ma Wu Ryeong tells her that the only way out of the crisis is to request help from Han. Seol Ran also urges Dae So to initiate an alliance between Han and Bu Yeo...

Eps. 63

In the dead of night, Bu Bun No sneaks into Gye Ru to assassinate Ju Mong. Taking a gleaming dagger out of his shirt, he steals toward Ju Mong’s quarters. At that moment, he hears a noise and quickly hides himself. He sees So Seo No and Sa Yong approach Ju Mong’s bedchamber and urgently wakes him. His opportunity lost, Bu Bun No unsheathes his dagger and departs... When Bu Yeo joins forces with Han and orders a ban on all trade with Gye Ru, the latter faces a serious crisis. Song Yang and the heads of Hwan Na, Gwan Na, and Yeon Na all come clamoring to Gye Ru and demand that the situation be rectified at once. Receiving no word from Bu Bun No, Dae So sends Se Jak for an update on the situation. Infiltrating Gye Ru, Se Jak is puzzled to find Bu Bun No dressed in the outfit of a Jol Bon soldier and warns him not to forget his family back in Bu Yeo...

Eps. 64

Ju Mong decides to go south and enlist the help of Eup Ru’s pirates in transporting grain to Jol Bon. Ju Mong and company, who depart on their journey without informing Jol Bon, fight through numerous perils and finally succeed in meeting Bu Wi Yeom, the pirate captain. Meanwhile, Dae So gathers his ministers together and announces his intention to strike Jol Bon. Alarmed, the ministers, including Bu Deuk Bul, object to the proposed campaign, citing Bu Yeo’s current plight. But Dae So stresses that preparing for a war will not be so difficult if all the nobles and government officials contribute their wealth.

Eps. 65

When news spreads that Bu Yeo will attack Jol Bon once Ju Mong is dead, the chiefs of the various clans become deeply anxious. Late at night, Ju Mong visits Song Yang in his bedchamber. He explains the reason why he left Jol Bon in secret, and promises victory in the coming war. Dae So puts the spurs on the preparations for war, forming an advance force to strike at Jol Bon and assigning the safeguarding of the supply troops to the border guard. Yeong Po expresses his desire to join in the campaign, but Dae So flatly refuses. Meanwhile, Bu Bun No, who has been assigned to the advance force by Dae So, cuts down the guards stationed in the mountains and hastens toward Jol Bon...

Eps. 66

When an unexpected natural disaster causes an epidemic to sweep through Jol Bon, Ju Mong prays to the heavens for days on end, kneeling in the rain with his face set in stern desperation. Suddenly, he falls unconscious and O Yi, Ma Ri, and Hyeop Bo run to his side, crying in consternation. Dae Soh, who has been seething since his crushing defeat at Ju Mong’s hands, asks Geum Wa to grant him troops for an attack on Jol Bon. But Geum Wa turns him down at once. Calling Ma Wu Ryeong into his office, Dae Soh draws a sword and aims it at Ma Wu Ryeong’s throat. The Queen, who happened to be entering the room at that moment, takes alarm and restrains her son... Geum Wa resolves to put pressure on Jol Bon by initiating local warfare using allied forces. He sends Dae Soh and Young Po to attack the villages of Jol Bon, while dispatching Bu Deuk Bul on an errand to persuade Ju Mong to surrender.

Eps. 67

Once the allied forces of Bu Yeo and Han, which had cut off Jol Bon’s borders, withdraw, peace returns to Jol Bon. Ju Mong conveys to So Seo No his wish to aid the people of Bu Yeo, who are dying as a result of the continuing onslaught of catastrophes. After brief deliberation, she decides to go to Bu Yeo herself. Geum Wa and Dae Soh are taken aback when So Seo No comes to them as an envoy of Jol Bon even before the war has ended. So Seo No communicates Ju Mong’s desire to provide grain and medicine to the starving people of Bu Yeo, and Geum Wa, after he gets over his initial confusion at the offer, replies that he will seriously consider it. Meanwhile, Sa Yong meets Song Ju and hands him a bundle to give to Yu Hwa. Song Ju, though uneasy, consents in consideration of his past relationship with Ju Mong. He visits Yu Hwa in her chambers and delivers the bundle...

Eps. 68

Ju Mong is traumatized by the news that Yu Hwa and Ye So Ya lost their lives while attempting to escape from Bu Yeo. He sheds endless tears over the memory of his mother and his wife, while So Seo No looks on in distress from afar. Geum Wa announces that he will lay Yu Hwa’s body to rest on the Ancestral Mountain, traditionally reserved only for the remains of Bu Yeo’s kings and queens. His decision enrages the Queen and causes her to suffer a fainting fit. Young Po, also angered by Geum Wa’s decision, barges into the latter’s chambers to voice his complaint, but is unable to utter a word when he sees his father ravaged by grief and on the verge of madness. Meanwhile, Ju Mong risks considerable danger by heading to the Ancestral Mountain, his mother’s final resting place...

Eps. 69

Ju Mong declares a campaign to drive out the forces of Hyeon To. The Damul troops engage in intensive combat training, while Ju Mong makes meticulous preparations for war by contacting the heads of the Malgal and Huns tribes to prevent the joining of Liaodong forces. Meanwhile, Dae Soh learns through a spy that Jol Bon is preparing to wage war on Hyeon To. He convenes the ministers and officials in an emergency meeting, as the alarmed Seol Ran sends an urgent message to Hyeon To...

Eps. 70

Ju Mong is tormented by the words of Young Po, who wishes to make a deal with Ye So Ya and Yu Ri as hostages. Ju Mong calls So Seo No, Ma Ri, and others to discuss their choices. In the end, they decide to accept Young Po’s offer, but to ascertain Ye So Ya and Yu Ri’s safety first. Ma Ri embarks on his mission to find out whether Ye So Ya and Yu Ri are indeed alive. Ma Jin orders the soldiers guarding the storehouse to bring Ye So Ya and Yu Ri, but they gingerly report that the two have escaped... Meanwhile, Dae Soh declares to his ministers, despite their objections, that he will deploy a force of 500 to Hyeon To and that he will lead the force himself. Bu Deuk Bul instructs General Heuk Chi to pick only the most elite soldiers for the campaign, stressing that ensuring Dae Soh’s safety is important above all things.

Eps. 71

As Ju Mong’s strike force and the refugees pour into Hyeon To palace, Han’s forces fall helplessly. Lord Hwang, sensing the direness of the situation, attempts to flee but is surrounded by Damul soldiers led by O Yi and Mu Gol. Even Seol Ran and company are captured by the Damul forces. Aghast at the news that Ju Mong has taken Hyeon To palace and that Seol Ran’s survival is uncertain, Dae Soh and Yang Jeong struggle to come up with a countermeasure. Bu Deuk Bul comes to Geum Wa, informing him of Hyeon To’s defeat by Jol Bon and proposing an infusion of reinforcements. However, Geum Wa remarks that Ju Mong’s rout of Hyeon To has been decreed by fate, and suggests that they search instead for ways to ensure Bu Yeo’s survival...

Eps. 72

When Ju Mong declares victory, the people explode into joyful cheers and So Seo No throws a victory celebration. Dae Soh and Na Ro, who have barely escaped with their lives, informs the Queen and the ministers of Bu Yeo, to their utter dismay, that Ju Mong has killed Yang Jeong and taken over Hyeon To palace. Gye Pil and Chae Ryeong meet in secret and bond over their mutual agreement that the master of Goguryeo must not be Ju Mong and his Damul forces but Gye Ru. They decide to gather the heads of the various tribes to discuss the matter. Sa Yong and Chan Su, in turn, go to So Seo No and inquire just who should reign as king in Goguryeo... Meanwhile, Seol Ran, catching on that Geum Wa’s health is declining, calls in a doctor and devises a plan to poison the ailing king...

Eps. 73

Ju Mong, who has laid the foundations for a new nation by driving out Hyeon To’s forces, announces that he will establish new laws of governance and jurisprudence and declare the birth of Goguryeo to the world. Sa Yong, who wishes So Seo No to be crowned, attempts to persuade Yeon Ta Bal to his view by claiming that the heads of the various tribes are also of the same mind. Alert to the danger, O Yi and company watch their suspicious movements with a keen eye. Bu Deuk Bul discovers that Geum Wa’s medicine contains poison. He informs Dae Soh of the fact and enjoins him to take a stern measure. Summoning Seol Ran, Dae Soh executes the conspiring doctor before her very eyes and warns her that he will not forgive her a second time.

Eps. 74

On the outskirts of North Ok Jeo, Ye So Ya and Yu Ri scrape by on what Ye So Ya earns at a market tavern and the money Yu Ri obtains by taking part in risky black market activities with a merchant band. Ye So Ya is distressed by the shady activities her son engages in for money. After founding Goguryeo, Ju Mong personally leads campaigns on the surrounding territories to expand his power base. General O Yi, who marched out on a war against Haeng In in Ju Mong’s stead, returns home victorious and a celebration ensues...

Eps. 75

When Jang, who attacked the merchant band led by Goguryeo’s Prince Bi Ryu, is captured, Yu Ri senses impending danger and takes his mother out of Jang Ryeong. O Yi and his troops come to Jang Ryeong to find the recreants who attacked the merchant band, but Yu Ri and Ye So Ya have already fled... Meanwhile, the leader of the Liaodong forces, Hwang Ja Gyeong, visits Bu Yeo. He proposes that Bu Yeo join forces with Han in attacking North Ok Jeo, but Dae Soh and Bu Deuk Bul flatly refuse, stating that Goguryeo has not once impinged on Bu Yeo’s borders since its founding.

Eps. 76

The delegation from Goguryeo, arriving in Bu Yeo to attend the coronation, is taken aback by Na Ro’s demand that they disarm themselves. Despite the objections of his entourage, Ju Mong complies. Paying his respects to Geum Wa, Ju Mong proposes an alliance with Bu Yeo and asks him to persuade Dae Soh. But Geum Wa replies that he will not intervene in Dae Soh’s decisions. Meanwhile, a fighting contest in commemoration of the coronation takes place in Bu Yeo and both Bi Ryu and Yu Ri register to compete...

Eps. 77

Yu Ri rescues the injured Bi Ryu. Geum Wa leaves Bu Yeo Palace, turning his back on the recriminations of Dae Soh and the Queen. Ju Mong returns to Bu Yeo Palace and takes Dae Soh to task regarding the assassin. When armed Goguryeo troops deploy at the border, Bu Yeo blames everything on Han’s machinations. After forging an alliance with Bu Yeo, Ju Mong decides to launch a campaign against Liaodong. When Yu Ri returns after finding the token left by his father, Ye So Ya tells him the secret of his lineage. Geum Wa arrives at Cheon Mu Mountain, and his eyes fill with tears at the thought of Hae Mo Soo and Yu Hwa. In bewilderment, Yu Ri heads to Goguryeo to discover the answer. In front of Goguryeo Palace, Yu Ri hands the token to Mo Pal Mo, asking him to show the object to King Ju Mong. Ju Mong bursts into tearful joy at having his son restored to him, but Yu Ri remains reproachful of his father.

Eps. 78

As Yu Ri pours out his pent-up anger for the past years, Ju Mong looks at his son with tears streaming down his face, powerless to utter a single word. Unable to watch any longer, Hyeop Bo explains the inevitable circumstances at the time, and Yu Ri also ends up shedding a torrent of tears. Hearing that Ye So Ya remains in Bu Yeo, Ju Mong takes his two top generals and hastens to Bu Yeo. Discovering the reason for Ju Mong’s absence from Goguryeo, So Seo No is deeply troubled, sensing the unrest that will soon plague the kingdom...

Eps. 79

When the ironsmith’s quarters, where Yu Ri is staying, goes up in flames, Moo Song and the soldiers try to douse it with water, but the conflagration rages on. Ju Mong and his retinue arrive belatedly on the scene. O Yi tries to enter the burning building to save Yu Ri, but Ju Mong restrains him, saying it is already too late. Ju Mong discovers that the culprit for the arson is an assassin sent by Han. He holds the head of the Royal Guard, Chan Soo, accountable for the incident and imprisons him after stripping him of his title. Chan Soo’s mother Chae Ryeong goes to So Seo No and asks her for help, but is met by the latter’s firm refusal...

Eps. 80

With Chan Soo in prison, Chae Ryeong plots treason with Yang Tak while Ju Mong and his generals are out patrolling. Learning of the scheme, So Seo No, accompanied by Yeon Ta Bal and Sa Yong, suppresses Chae Ryeong’s mercenaries and banishes her and Yang Tak from Goguryeo. Pained at discovering that Bi Ryu was involved in the treasonous plot, So Seo No sends him and On Jo away at the helm of a merchant band headed to the south, telling them to see the wide world. Meanwhile, Geum Wa falls under the sword of Han’s spies. His dying words are for Ju Mong to join hands with Dae Soh in driving out the forces of Han...

Eps. 81

The allied forces of Goguryeo and Bu Yeo prepare to march against Han. Ju Mong takes Mo Hyun Castle. Mu Gol runs after the Liadong leader, who tries to escape in the midst of confusion. Ju Mong kills the Liadong leader and gets revenge for Mu Gol. Ju Mong is overjoyed to win the war but his injuries show no sign of healing as time passes. So Seo No resolves to leave Goguryeo with Bi Ryu and On Jo and Ju Mong persuades Mo Pal Mo to go with her. Ju Mong gazes at So Seo No leaving, with sorrow in his eyes…

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

“Jumong” synopsis (Episodes 1-81, no spoilers) with video recaps of memorable scenes





“Jumong, Prince of the Legend” is a Korean historical period drama series that aired on MBC network from 2006 to 2007 as its 45th anniversary special. Originally scheduled for 60 episodes, it was extended to 81 episodes because of its popularity. (Wikipedia)

“Jumong” has been broadcast in Iran, Turkey, Romania, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Armenia, Japan, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Fiji, Malaysia, Philippines, Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, United States, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

In Korea, “Jumong” had an average viewership rating of 41.83% and ranked 1st from Episode 5 to 81. According to “The Korea Herald,” the most popular episodes of “Jumong” attracted over 90% of the Iranian audience.
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How I wrote these episode summaries with no spoilers


1. I assumed that you will be reading these summaries and watching the videos chronologically.

2. I narrated the main actions in each episode without revealing the plot’s twists and turns.

3. At the beginning of some summaries, I placed in a table a recap of the twists and turns of the previous episode (or episodes). But because you have already watched the video of the previous episode (or episodes), they aren’t spoilers anymore.

I used this same structure in my synopses of “Six Flying Dragons,” “Dong Yi,” “The King’s Doctor,” “The Flower in Prison,” “Moonlight Drawn by Clouds,” “Rebel: Thief Who Stole People,” “Saimdang, Light’s Diary,” and “A Jewel in the Palace.”)

4. Take note, however, that I embedded videos of some selected scenes at the end of some synopses. The videos and my descriptions of what the scenes are all about may contain spoilers.

Episodes 1-3


Haemosu is the leader of the Damul Army that’s fighting the tyranny of the Han Empire over the Ancient Joseon people. Helping him is his blood brother Kumwa, the Crown Prince of Buyeo.

Haemosu meets and falls in love with Lady Yuhwa, the daughter of the Habaek tribal leader. Soon, she becomes pregnant.

Buyeo’s High Priestess Yeo Mi Eul sees a vision of a three-legged crow and interprets it as an evil omen against Buyeo. Meanwhile, Buyeo’s Prime Minister warns the King that welcoming the Ancient Joseon refugees will anger the Han Empire. The King thus decides to betray Haemosu.

On the run, Haemosu meets Lord Yuntabal, who’s the leader of the Gyeruh nation and a prosperous traveling merchant. One night, Lord Yuntabal’s troop is attacked by bandits.

When Haemosu is captured by the Han Iron Army and taken to Hyunto, Kumwa and some survivors of the Damul Army rescue him. But as they’re escaping, Kumwa and Haemosu get separated.

Kumwa, who has also fallen in love with Lady Yuhwa, tries to persuade her to raise her baby in Buyeo. But the Prime Minister sends an assassin to kill Lady Yuhwa and her baby.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are some videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Haemosu, Kumwa, and the Damul Army infiltrate the Hyunto capital.



As Kumwa and his men search for Haemosu, Yuhwa finds Haemosu floating on the river, and their romance begins.


Episodes 4-5

Eps. 1-3 recap: Twenty years later ...

Kumwa is now the Emperor of Buyeo, and Lady Yuhwa is his beloved concubine. He has told everyone that Jumong (Lady Yuhwa’s son with Haemosu) is his biological son.

Emperor Kumwa has showered Lady Yuhwa with love but has neglected the Empress. Jumong, meanwhile, has grown up to be an easy-go-lucky guy who’s always harassing the court ladies, especially the shrine maiden Buyoung.
Emperor Kumwa’s real sons — Prince Daeso and Prince Young Po — hate Jumong, and on their way to the Sacred Mountain, they carry out their revenge against Jumong.

Jumong ends up as a captive in the trade troop of So Seo No, Lord Yuntabal’s only child. So Seo No takes Jumong along, thinking of selling him as a slave, but later on, her trade troop is double-crossed in a transaction with Haengin soldiers.

Later, Daeso and Young Po report to Emperor Kumwa that they reached the Sacred Mountain and saw the Damul Bow. Jumong, on the other hand, denies ever having reached the Sacred Mountain.

In fear after Jumong confesses what really happened at the Sacred Mountain, Lady Yuhwa asks her attendant’s brother, Musong, to teach Jumong martial arts and sword fighting. But Musong, who’s a former palace guard and now a prison director, turns out to be always drunk.

To gain Emperor Kumwa’s attention and favor, Lord Yuntabal introduces himself to High Priestess Yeo Mi Eul. Later, he visits her at the palace, with gifts of silk and rubies.

When the director of Buyeo’s iron chamber, Mopalmo, makes a new sword that he claims is stronger than the Han sword, Emperor Kumwa quickly schedules a demonstration at the drill hall. Daeso volunteers to test the new sword.

When Emperor Kumwa later dreams of Haemosu, he asks Yeo Mi Eul what the dream means. Although Yeo Mi Eul tells him that it’s only his deep friendship with Haemosu that caused the dream, Emperor Kumwa becomes determined to revive his goal of defeating the Han Empire.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 4 and Episode 5 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve written a short description of what the scene is all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong finds out that So Seo No is a woman. If you listen closely to the Korean dialogue, Jumong talks down or informally (“ban-mal”) to So Seo No by using “ya” at the end of his sentences. Because she is the trade troop’s leader (and not knowing that Jumong is a prince of Buyeo), So Seo No expects to be formally addressed (“jon-daet-mal”) by someone using the formal “mida” or respectful “yo” at the end of that person’s sentences; she’s thus offended by Jumong’s informal way of talking to her. She answers Jumong back by talking down (using “ya”) to him. But since he is a prince, Jumong is offended, and the conflict escalates. (Watch these YouTube videos for more information on Korean formalities or politeness levels, honorifics, and “ban-mal.”) In contrast, So Seo No finds out in Ep. 10 that Jumong is a prince, and thus, as you can hear in the embedded video of a scene from Ep. 11, she speaks formally (respectfully) to Jumong using “yo” or “mida” at the end of her sentences.

Episodes 6-7

Eps. 4-5 recap: In the Sacred Mountain, Jumong breaks the Damul Bow.

Yeo Mi Eul confesses to the Prime Minister that she has locked up Haemosu in the secret cave-prison for the last 20 years.
As Jumong trains with Musong in the secret cave-prison, the Prime Minister and Yeo Mi Eul arrive to see Haemosu.

Jumong befriends Mopalmo, the director of Buyeo’s iron chamber; later, he asks Mopalmo to teach him how to make a sword.

Hyunyo’s new governor, Yangjung arrives in Buyeo; despite his past friendship with Emperor Kumwa, he demands that Buyeo must stop manufacturing steel swords. Emperor Kumwa orders the Prime Minister to shut down the iron chamber and to hide it from Yangjung’s men. But Jumong messes everything up.

Out on the capital’s streets, Jumong gets robbed by pickpockets, and later on, he’s attacked by several men.

In the prison, Haemosu listens with concern as Musong recounts to his men the story about Lady Yuhwa that he heard from a storyteller in the market.

Yeo Mi Eul calls Lord Yuntabal to the palace for a meeting with Emperor Kumwa. So Seo No tags along with her father, and as she wanders around the palace on her own, she meets Daeso.

Lord Yuntabal and his trade troop soon run into opposition from Dochi, a crafty and ruthless merchant who controls the black market in Buyeo.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 6 and Episode 7 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong sneaks into the iron chamber, and after Mopalmo teaches him the basics of making a sword, Jumong begins working on his very first sword. But unknown to him, Naro is watching him and then reports him to Young Po.



Jumong gets scammed by the pickpockets (Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi).



So Seo No meets Daeso for the first time, and they fight.

Episodes 8-9

Eps. 6-7 recap: Jumong has been kicked out of the palace, and on the streets, he gets scammed by a trio of pickpockets — Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi.

Jumong survives an assassination attempt. Through Buyoung, he begins working at Dochi’s headquarters. There, he learns that Dochi has kidnapped So Seo No.
Jumong rescues So Seo No, but Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi catch up with him and beat him up.

Jumong ends up in the secret cave-prison where Musong hides him in a cell that has been occupied for the last 20 years by a blind, old man (whom he doesn’t know is his real father Haemosu).

Jumong shows kindness to Haemosu by giving him food and wine. In return, Haemosu shows Jumong sword fighting techniques that are unlike anything that Musong has taught him.

Learning where Jumong is hiding, Daeso, Young Po, and their men attack the prison. But at that same time, Emperor Kumwa and his entourage are also on their way there.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 8 and Episode 9 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong meets (his father) Haemosu in the secret cave-prison.



Daeso, Young Po, and their men attack the cave where Jumong is hiding.

Episodes 10-11

Eps. 8-9 recap: Emperor Kumwa gives important government positions to Daeso (foreign affairs) and Young Po (military training). He also gives them access to the iron chamber.

Daeso is severely wounded, and Young Po confesses to Yeo Mi Eul and the Prime Minister that he and Daeso attacked the prison.

In their mountain hideout, Jumong tells Haemosu that he is Emperor Kumwa’s third son.
Yeo Mi Eul and the Prime Minister confess to Emperor Kumwa that Haemosu has been locked up in the secret prison for the last 20 years.

So Seo No tells Sayong to find out who Jumong really is; later, on Lord Yuntabal’s suggestion, she visits Daeso in the palace.

Kephil continues to befriend Mopalmo and later brings him to Lord Yuntabal.

Haemosu sends a letter to Emperor Kumwa, asking for a face-to-face meeting.

In their hideout in Mount Chungmoo, Jumong continues to train in swordsmanship, and Haemosu begins teaching him archery.

The Prime Minister warns Yeo Mi Eul (and Daeso later on) of the dire consequences for Buyeo if Emperor Kumwa and Haemosu ever meet again.

After finding out that Haemosu is hiding in Mount Chungmoo, Yeo Mi Eul goes there and pleads with him to leave Buyeo. But Haemosu insists on meeting Emperor Kumwa.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 10 and Episode 11 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve written a short description of what the scene is all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

As Jumong pleads with So Seo No to take Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi into her trade troop, Daeso arrives. Trying to gain So Seo No’s favor, Daeso asks her to help Jumong in any way she can. After asking So Seo No to leave, Jumong begs on his knees for Daeso to stop trying to kill him.

Episodes 12-13

Eps. 10-11 recap: So Seo No finally finds out that Jumong is the third prince of Buyeo.

On their way to meet Emperor Kumwa, Haemosu and Jumong are attacked by the Prime Minister’s men.

The Empress tells Daeso that Jumong may possibly not be Emperor Kumwa’s real son.

Yeo Mi Eul asks Haemosu to leave Buyeo to prevent another war with the Han Empire. When Haemosu tells her that he will leave Buyeo once he meets Lady Yuhwa, Yeo Mi Eul arranges a meeting between him and Lady Yuhwa.
Haemosu and Lady Yuhwa are reunited, and Emperor Kumwa learns about it later on.

Besides sword fighting, Jumong learns archery from Haemosu.

Daeso and Young Po mobilize some 200 soldiers, and they march towards Jumong’s mountain hideout. At that same time, Emperor Kumwa and Lady Yuhwa are on their way there too.

Emperor Kumwa recalls Jumong to the palace to take care of his ailing mother. But Jumong refuses to reveal to Emperor Kumwa who tried to kill him; he also tells Mopalmo to keep quiet about what’s happening at the iron furnace.

Emperor Kumwa calls to an assembly all of the ministers, the Empress, Daeso, Young Po, Lady Yuhwa, and Jumong.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 12 and Episode 13 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Haemosu and Lady Yuhwa are reunited after 20 years; Haemosu learns that Jumong is his son.



Jumong learns archery from Haemosu, who tells him that a good archer must be accurate and fast.



Daeso, Young Po, and their 200 soldiers attack Haemosu.

Episodes 14-15

Eps. 12-13 recap: Using overwhelming force and treachery, Daeso and Young Po kill Haemosu.

After Haemosu’s death, Jumong drowns himself in gambling, women, and wine.

Emperor Kumwa orders a competition between Daeso, Young Po, and Jumong so that he can choose who will be the Crown Prince.
Jumong asks Lord Yuntabal to take him in as an ordinary worker in the trade troop. But Lady Yuhwa, Mopalmo, and Jumong’s men don’t understand his motivations. When So So Neo confronts him, Jumong says that he doesn’t have what it takes to be the Crown Prince.

Daeso and the Prime Minister go to Hyunto to try and settle the conflict between Buyeo and the Han Empire. But Hyunto’s governor Yangjung dismisses them.

High Priestess Yeo Mi Eul confronts Emperor Kumwa about being left out in his decision-making. Rebuffed by Emperor Kumwa, she calls the other High Priestesses from all over Buyeo to a meeting.

Dochi orders Buyoung to deliver a letter to Lord Yuntabal’s headquarters, and there, she meets So Seo No.

So Seo No urges Lord Yuntabal to help ease Bu Yeo’s burden by bringing in Gyeruh’s salt, but Lord Yuntabal refuses. On the other hand, Dochi offers Youngpo a way of getting salt despite the Han embargo.

After Daeso returns from Hyunto, So Seo No visits him in the palace.

After one of the High Priestesses reveals that the Damul Bow has been broken, Yeo Mi Eul brings into the palace Byuriha, a young but powerful mystic.

After meeting with Yeo Mi Eul, Mauryung (High Priestess of Sachooldo province), visits the Empress.

Jumong gathers Mopalmo, Musong, Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi in a secret meeting.

Daeso and his men raid Dochi’s headquarters, and later, assassins attack Mopalmo and Musong.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 14 and Episode 15 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 16-17

After Jumong tells her about a salt mountain in faraway Gosan, So Seo No tries to persuade Lord Yuntabal to allow them to go. But Sayong questions her about what she will do if a conflict arises between Gyeruh and Buyeo.

On their way to Gosan, bandits from Haengin attack So Seo No in her quarters. Sayong recognizes one of the assailants as an officer in the Haengin army unit led by Baemang, the man who So Seo No tried to kill after he double crossed her in a business deal. So Seo No begins thinking of aborting their trade trip to Gosan.

Meanwhile, in Buyeo, the conflict between Emperor Kumwa and Yeo Mi Eul escalates, and Daeso finds out that Jumong lied about not being able to reach the Sacred Mountain. To make matters worse, Hyunto governor Yangjung demands that Buyeo send 10,000 soldiers to reinforce the Han Empire in its war against the southwestern barbarians.

Jumong and his men (Mari, Hyubo, and Oi) decide to infiltrate the camp of the Haengin bandits and kill their leader.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 16 and Episode 17 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episode 18

Young Po finds out that Jumong has been captured by bandits and is about to be killed. He happily reports the news to Daeso and the Empress.

Buyoung musters up her courage and enters the palace to try and talk to Lady Yuhwa about Jumong’s plight.

Lord Yuntabal sends Woo Tae and his men to rescue Jumong.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 18 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 19-22

Ep. 18 recap: So Seo No successfully negotiates Jumong’s release.

In Gosan, the High Priestess learns that Jumong is a descendant of the Habaek tribe. She has been guarding the salt mountain all these years so that she can give the mountain in gratitude to the Habaek tribe.
Jumong and So Seo No triumphantly return to Buyeo with good news about the salt mountain. Emperor Kumwa orders his army to demobilize and later rewards Jumong, Lord Yuntabal, and So Seo No.

Emperor Kumwa sends Jumong, along with General Heuk Chi, on a special mission to Hyunto. But conflict arises between Jumong and Oi over Buyoung.

Back in Buyeo, Jumong and Mopalmo focus on making steel swords that are as strong as the Han Empire’s swords. But Daeso orders Naro to spy on them.

While visiting Lord Yuntabal’s headquarters, Mopalmo and Musong meet Yuncheryung, Lord Yuntabal’s sister.

The Empress tries to widen the gap between Emperor Kumwa and Yeo Mi Eul, suggesting that High Priestess Mauryung should replace Yeo Mi Yeul. But when Yeo Mi Eul finds out about it, she summons Lord Yuntabal to the shrine.

So Seo No faces a dilemma when Daeso tells Lord Yuntabal that he wants to marry her. That night, she visits Jumong at his quarters.

Woo Tae tells Jumong that Dochi did not sell Buyeong to the Han slave traders.

Emperor Kumwa orders Daeso, Young Po, and Jumong to compete in a martial arts contest in front of all the ministers.

Embarrassed before everyone, Young Po seeks to redeem himself — he kidnaps Buyoung and sends assassins to attack Yeo Mi Eul at the shrine.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 19, Episode 20, Episode 21, and Episode 22 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

So Seo No meets Lady Yuhwa for the first time. Jumong tells Lady Yuhwa about how So Seo No saved him not only from the Haengin bandits but also when he was on his way to the Sacred Mountain. After So Seo No leaves, Lady Yuhwa asks Jumong if he has given So Seo No the jade ring.


Emperor Kumwa rewards Lord Yuntabal, So Seo No, and Jumong. He tells Jumong that he can have anything he wants, which alarms the Prime Minister, Daeso, and Young Po. But Jumong says that the reward belongs to So Seo No. So Seo No impresses everyone when she doesn’t ask for riches but asks Emperor Kumwa for peace and friendship between Buyeo and her Gyeruh tribe.


Pressured by Daeso to marry him, So Seo No visits Jumong at his quarters at night. She tells him that she has already made up her mind to reject Daeso’s proposal, but she’s afraid of the consequences for Gyeruh. She asks Jumong, “Will you help me stand strong?” Jumong reminds her of what they promised each other when he was locked up by the Haengin bandits: “I will place my life in your hands.” He also tells her what Haemosu told him to always remember, that is, he cannot protect thousands if he cannot protect the person closest to him. He assures So Seo No that he will protect her and Gyeruh from Daeso.


Jumong practices for the martial arts competition.


Episodes 23-24

Eps. 19-22 recap: After escaping from the assassins sent by Young Po, Yeo Mi Eul decides to leave Buyeo.
Yeo Mi Eul reveals to Jumong that Haemosu is his real father. Confused, Jumong talks to Lady Yuhwa and Emperor Kumwa to confirm what Yeo Mi Eul told him.

In Dochi’s headquarters, Young Po tells Jumong his condition for releasing Buyoung.

Jumong decides to leave Buyeo in order to learn more about Haemosu and the Damul Army. He visits So Seo No but doesn’t tell her why he’s leaving.

Strange things begin happening in Buyeo — bloody water fills a well and rock statues wail at night — frightening the people and prompting the priestesses to look for someone to blame.

The planned visit of the Han Dynasty’s Steel Officer to Hyunto and nearby commanderies alarms Emperor Kumwa and his ministers. On the other hand, Lord Yuntabal sees it as an excellent opportunity.

Jumong and his men (Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi) battle the Han Iron Army as they try to save the Ancient Joseon refugees.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 23 and Episode 24 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action or emotional scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong says goodbye to So Seo No and gives her the jade ring that Haemosu gave to Lady Yuhwa.


Jumong and his men battle the Han Iron Army for the first time.


3. The first picture below shows Buyoung rushing to find Jumong after she has been released by Dochi and Young Po (Ep. 23). The second picture below shows Dong Yi running to the thatched-roof house of deposed Queen Inhyeon in the drama “Dong Yi” (2010). These two scenes were shot on the same street; notice the house on the right and the mountain in the background. Read below for more information on the Samhanji Theme Park where “Jumong” was filmed.



Episodes 25-26

Jumong and his men set the Ancient Joseon refugees free, but Hyunto governor Yangjung immediately sends reinforcements to recapture the refugees.

After Daeso agrees to marry his daughter Yangsullan, Yangjung strikes a deal for Buyeo to learn how to make steel swords.

The young High Priestess Suryong and the mystic Byuriha warn Lady Yuhwa that Jumong must leave Puyo permanently.

Daeso brings back to Puyo several blacksmiths from Hyunto, and they immediately make steel swords that are stronger than Puyo’s swords.

After Lord Yuntabal and So Seo No return from Hyunto, they find out that Young Po has raided their headquarters and taken their sensitive documents.

Jumong returns to Buyeo, and after meeting Emperor Kumwa, he is appointed as commander of the palace guards.

Young Po plans to use Jumong against Daeso so that he can be the Crown Prince.

Dejected by how the Hyunto blacksmiths easily made the steel sword that Emperor Kumwa has always wanted, Mopalmo leaves Buyeo.

In Gyeruh, Songyang, chief of the Piryu tribe, becomes offended when So Seo No presides over a meeting of the Jolbon tribal chiefs.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 25 and Episode 26 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 27-28

With Jumong back in Buyeo and despite pressure from the Empress and the ministers, Emperor Kumwa refuses to invest Daeso as the Crown Prince.

Jumong orders Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi to spy on what the Hyunto blacksmiths are doing.

Emperor Kumwa becomes concerned with how the people are frightened by the omens of disaster, but Jumong reminds him of the sad plight of the Ancient Joseon refugees.

Yeo Mi Eul ends her pilgrimage and goes to Gyeruh.

On her way back to Buyeo, So Seo No is ambushed by Songyang’s men.

Jumong begins planning to attack the neighboring nations of Jinbeon and Imdon to rescue the Ancient Joseon refugees.

As more blacksmiths from Hyunto come to Buyeo, Jumong continues to train the royal guards on how to fight the Han Iron Army.

Yangsullan visits Daeso in Buyeo, bringing with her Yangjung’s message for Emperor Kumwa.

With Emperor Kumwa’s approval, Jumong presents to the ministers his plans to wage war on Jinbeon and Imdon. But the Empress enlists the help of Priestess Mauryung and her uncle Maga, one of the leaders of Sachooldo (a prominent and populous province of Buyeo), to oppose Jumong and Emperor Kumwa’s plans.

So Seo No asks Lord Yuntabal to consider being the supplier for Buyeo’s needs in case of a war.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 27 and Episode 28 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve written short description of what the scene is all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

So Seo No visits Jumong at the palace and tells him that she will be at the battlefield for him. Jumong says no, but So Seo No says that she will die of a broken heart if she’s not with him. They embrace tenderly. (I just love this corny stuff!)


Episodes 29-30

With the Empress urging them on, the leaders of Sachooldo (a prominent and populous province of Buyeo) reject Emperor Kumwa’s request for soldiers to fight against Jinbeon and Imdon. The ministers also continue protesting the proposed war. But men begin flocking to the palace asking to join the coming war.

Hyunto governor Yangjung activates the spies he sent to Buyeo and orders them to attack the palace.

Emperor Kumwa orders Daeso thrown into jail and Jumong to investigate what really happened.

While the Empress does all she can to save Daeso, Lady Yuhwa takes this opportunity to support Emperor Kumwa against his political enemies.

As Woo Tae recovers from his injuries, he returns to Buyeo and begins expressing his emotions for So Seo No.

Lord Yuntabal and So Seo No ask Emperor Kumwa to let their trade troop supply all of Buyeo’s military provisions, but the Palace Emissary (brother of the Empress) questions their ability to provide for Buyeo’s needs.

Finding out that Daeso’s blacksmiths produced less than one hundred swords and didn’t teach Buyeo’s blacksmiths, Emperor Kumwa recalls Mopalmo from Gyeruh.

As Hyunto governor Yangjung decides to send reinforcements to Jinbeon and Imdon, Songyang promises that his Piryu army will help fight against Buyeo.

Jumong continues to train Buyeo’s soldiers day and night, but he realizes that he needs more experienced horsemen to defeat the Han Iron Army.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 29 and Episode 30 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Yangjung’s assassins (who have masqueraded themselves as blacksmiths) attack the Buyeo palace.

Episodes 31-32

While Jumong leaves with a hundred men as the advance unit, Daeso betrays Buyeo’s war plans to Hyunto governor Yangjung.

So Seo No and Sayong lead their supply troop to establish a forward base camp before Buyeo’s army arrives on the battlefield.

Shamans begin spreading the rumor that Buyeo’s people will all perish if the war pushes through.

Jumong and his advance unit find themselves trapped, while the Piryu army under Songyang attacks So Seo No’s supply troop.

Bad news reaches Emperor Kumwa – the Liaodong army is marching to reinforce Yangjung’s forces; when it reaches the battlefield, the Buyeo army will be outnumbered.

As Daeso sends Naro and his men to rescue So Seo No, Yeo Mi Eul offers her help to Lord Yuntabal.

A Damul Army veteran teaches Jumong about the explosive (“sotan”) that Haemosu and the Damul Army used. But Jumong’s men tell him that, with the defenses around Yangjung’s camp, their archers cannot come close enough to shoot fire arrows laden with the explosive.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 31 and Episode 32 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Yeo Mi Eul fails to convince Songyang to release So Seo No, but Jumong comes to her rescue.

Episode 33

Jumong and his archers wreak havoc among Yangjung’s soldiers, and despite being warned, Emperor Kumwa himself wades into the raging battle.

Daeso secretly informs Yangjung that Jumong has left the main Buyeo camp and is pursuing the Imdon governor.

In Buyeo, High Priestess Mauryung gets a vision of Daeso surrounded by bright lights. And in Gyeruh, the mystic child Byuriha receives a disturbing sign.

At the iron furnace, Mopalmo engages Musong in a sword fight and then prepares to go to the battlefield.

While helping tend to the wounded among the Buyeo soldiers, So Seo No receives news that disaster has stricken the Buyeo army.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 33 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong and his men rain havoc on Yangjung’s army by using kites loaded with “sotan” (the Damul Army’s explosive). Emperor Kumwa himself joins the battle.


Episode 34

Ep. 33 recap: Jumong goes missing in battle, while Emperor Kumwa is critically wounded.

As Jumong’s men and So Seo No desperately search the battlefield for Jumong, the Prime Minister urges Daeso to take command of the Buyeo army.
Having done all they can, High Priestess Mauryung and the Royal Physician say that Emperor Kumwa’s recovery is all up to the gods.

With Jumong missing and presumed dead, Woo Tae urges Lord Yuntabal to leave Buyeo. On the other hand, Jumong’s men (Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi) decide to stay in the palace.

With the Prime Minister’s support, Daeso and the Empress seize power in Buyeo. Daeso wreaks vengeance against all of Emperor Kumwa’s loyal subjects, including Mopalmo.

The commander of the Liaodong army urges Yangjung to attack Buyeo, but Yangjung refuses.

Afraid that Daeso and the Empress might harm Emperor Kumwa, Lady Yuhwa begins taking care of him, day and night.

Despite being warned by her attendants and Priestess Soryung, Yeo Mi Eul goes to Buyeo and asks for So Seo No’s help in sneaking into the palace to see Emperor Kumwa.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 34 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 35-36

Daeso confines Lady Yuhwa to her quarters.

Mopalmo is given a choice by Daeso – make a steel sword stronger than the Han sword within five days or be executed. But having lost all hope over Jumong, he simply mopes around the heavily-guarded iron furnace, despite Musong’s pleas for him to comply with Daeso’s order. He also refuses when Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi try to offer to help him escape.

After High Priestess Mauryung informs the Empress that Yeo Mi Eul could be in Buyeo, Young Po orders Dochi and his men surround Lord Yuntabal’s headquarters and watch for any sign of Yeo Mi Eul. When Woo Tae and his men lead a closed palanquin out of the headquarters and head towards the palace, Dochi’s men attack them.

After threatening Lord Yuntabal and So Seo No, Daeso goes to Hyunto to fetch Yangjung’s daughter, Yangsullan. With the fates of her trade troop and Gyeruh’s people at stake, So Seo No faces a dilemma on whether to accept becoming Daeso’s concubine.

The mystic Byuhira sees in a vision that the three-legged crow has come back.

Emperor Kumwa begins to recover, and a civil war looms with his remaining loyal forces against Daeso and the ministers.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 35 and Episode 36 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 37-38

General Heuk Chi leads his soldiers in an uprising to restore Emperor Kumwa to power.

Mopalmo, Musong, Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi find out where Jumong is being held captive. But the Han Iron Army arrives to take Jumong as prisoner to Hyunto.

Daeso throws Young Po into prison and banishes Lord Yuntabal, So Seo No, and their trade troop from Buyeo.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 37 and Episode 38 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Mopalmo and Jumong’s men attack the Han Iron Army unit that’s taking Jumong to Hyunto.


Jumong and his men rescue Yesoya.


Lady Yuhwa tells So Seo No that as a mother, she cannot forget Jumong. She advises So Seo No to move on with her life.

Episodes 39-40

Eps. 37-38 recap: Jumong was found wounded and floating on the river by Yesoya, a tribal chief’s daughter. But Sultak, Yesoya’s avid suitor, has seized power and imprisoned Jumong.
Jumong takes Yesoya to Buyeo, and later, he sneaks into the palace to see Lady Yuhwa.

Lord Yuntabal and his trade troop are welcomed back into Gyeruh by High Priestess Yeo Mi Eul and priestess Suryong. During a meeting with his staff, his sister Yuncheryung, and interim leader Yangtak, he announces that he is stepping down and appointing So Seo No as Gyeruh’s next leader. But Yuncheryung secretly opposes Lord Yuntabal’s plan, and she reaches out to Songyang.

So Seo No finally finds out that Jumong is still alive.

To gain Daeso’s favor, Songyang orders his soldiers to snatch Mopalmo from Gyeruh.

Jumong asks help from Lord Yuntabal to rescue Mopalmo, but Lord Yuntabal hesitates.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 39 and Episode 40 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve written a short description of what the scene is all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

So Seo No bids farewell to Jumong, saying: “I can’t afford to cling to the past and dwell in sadness. What’s the use of lamenting over our crossed fate? It won’t be easy to forget about us, but I’m going to try. Please give up on me and go on with your life.”

Episodes 41-43

Eps. 39-40 recap: Jumong fails to rescue Mopalmo when Yuncheryung and Yangtak betray him.

Acting on Daeso’s order, Jumong tells Mopalmo that he will kill him if he refuses to make the steel sword that Daeso wants.
When Buyeo’s people begin grumbling that Jumong is being sent as a hostage to the Han capital, the Prime Minister tells Daeso that it will be better if Young Po is sent rather than Jumong.

In anger, Young Po orders Dochi to gather warriors and comes up with a plan to kill Daeso without implicating himself.

In Gyeruh, So Seo No becomes suspicious of her aunt Yuncheryung’s loyalty and actions.

After Jumong rescues Yesoya again, their marriage is arranged by Lady Yuhwa and Emperor Kumwa. Yangsullan tells Daeso to hurt and humiliate So Seo No by inviting her to the wedding.

Acting on Daeso’s order, Jumong begins chasing down and rounding up the Ancient Joseon refugees to send them back to the Han Empire.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 41, Episode 42, and Episode 43 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but I’ve written short descriptions of what the scene are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Dressed as Gyeruh soldiers, Young Po’s men ambush Daeso, but Jumong comes to Daeso’s rescue.


With So Seo No watching, Jumong marries Yesoya.

Confused with Jumong’s change of heart towards the refugees that made his men abandon him, So Seo No consults Yeo Mi Eul. She’s reassured by Yeo Mi Eul who tells her that Jumong is Haemosu’s son and that he will soon leave Buyeo. Yeo Mi Eul also predicts that So Seo No and Jumong will get back together again.

Episode 44-45

Eps. 41-43 recap: With Jumong’s apparent change of heart towards the refugees, Mari, Hyubo, and Oi abandon him.

Jumong rescues Daeso from Young Po’s assassins, who are all dressed as Gyeruh soldiers.

Out of gratitude to Jumong, Daeso sends Young Po instead to the Han capital; he also appoints Jumong as the commander of the entire Buyeo army.
Jumong visits the camps that are holding the refugees to be sent back to the Han Empire.

Because of Songyang’s burdensome demands for tributes, So Seo No thinks of using the Gosan salt mountain to take the pressure off Gyeruh. She sends Woo Tae to talk with Jumong in Buyeo and orders Sayong to bring Baemang (the former bandit leader from Haengin) to her.

With High Priestess Mauryung’s warning about the three-legged crow, the Empress warns Daeso to be careful about Jumong’s true intentions.

As Jumong prepares to leave Buyeo, he assigns different tasks to Mopalmo and Musong. But Yangsullan’s bodyguard begins following his every move; worse, Daeso tells him that Naro will now take over in bringing the refugees to the Han capital.

Yeo Mi Yeul tells Lord Yuntabal that she will soon be leaving Gyeruh.

As Emperor Kumwa and Lady Yesoya go on a vacation outside of the palace, Jumong sets his plan into motion.

Notes:

1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 44 and Episode 45 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scene is all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong and his men wait for the last boat that will take them across the river, but Daeso and the Buyeo soldiers are closing in on them fast.

Episodes 46-48

Eps. 44-45 recap: With Daeso chasing after them, Jumong and his men help the refugees to escape from Buyeo.

Mopalmo and Musong have to leave Buyeo without Yesoya as she gets caught by Yangsullan trying to escape the palace.

So Seo No craftily corners the supply of salt to Buyeo, and Daeso can’t do anything about it.
Jumong strengthens the defenses in his mountain hideout; he also trains the refugees as soldiers for the attack he’s planning against Sultak and the Hanbaek tribe.

Songyang mobilizes the soldiers from the three other tribes of Jolbon to attack Gyeruh. As Woo Tae and Sayong prepare their men to fight, So Seo No remembers Yeo Mi Eul’s prophecy.

Yeo Mi Eul relocates from Gyeruh to Mount Bongye; she advises Jumong that he needs more capable men to train and lead the migrants into becoming soldiers for the Damul Army.

After finding out that Jumong is hiding out in Mount Bongye, Daeso leads the Buyeo army to attack Jumong.

With more refugees streaming into Mount Bongye, Jumong and his officers worry about how to feed them all. Yeo Mi Eul suggests a solution that angers the Han Empire and threatens Buyeo.

In Buyeo, King Kumwa pleads with Daeso to release Yesoya from prison now that she’s pregnant.

The Prime Minister suggests to Daeso to use the devious plan that he and the late king used against Haemosu more than 20 years ago.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 46, Episode 47, and Episode 48 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Daeso leads his men into a narrow canyon leading to Jumong’s hideout. When the Han Iron Army hesitates, Daeso mocks them. As Mopalmo delivers steel-tipped arrows that can penetrate the Iron Army’s armor, men and women in the Mount Bongye hideout all help in making more weapons. Jumong prepares an ambush in two locations.

Episodes 49-50

Eps. 46-48 recap: Keeping in mind Yeo Mi Eul’s prophecy about her and Jumong reuniting in the future, So Seo No accepts Songyang’s demands that Gyeruh demobilize its army and that Chansoo replace her as Gyeruh’s chief. And as Yuncheryung demands of her later, she begins to lead her trade troop again, although she’s already pregnant.

Looking forward to the day when Gyeruh unites Jolbon, So Seo No asks Lord Yuntabal to start building a palace.

With Yeo Mi Eul’s warning about how Haemosu was trapped by fake refugees, Jumong changes his plan on how to attack the Buyeo soldiers.

Agreeing with Mari’s decision not to tell Jumong about Daeso’s threat, Yeo Mi Eul orders him, Hyupbo, and Oi to rescue Lady Yuhwa and Yesoyah.
Jumong finds out that Daeso is threatening to kill Lady Yuhwa and Yesoya if he doesn’t surrender by the full moon. Despite his men’s protest, he goes to Buyeo.

Emperor Kumwa threatens Daeso and then later pleads with the Empress to release Lady Yuhwa and Yesoya.

To warn Jumong to stay away from Buyeo, Lady Yuhwa sneaks her attendant Mudeuk out of prison.

After trading in Hwangryeong, So Seo No leads her trade troop into Buyeo. There, she finds out about Lady Yuhwa and Yesoya’s plight. Unsure about whether she’s doing the right thing, she sends Sayong with a secret map for Jumong.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 49 and Episode 50 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 51-52

Eps. 49-50 recap: Yesoya refuses to escape with Jumong because of Lady Yuhwa’s sickness.

Jumong breaks a short sword into two and gives one half to Yesoya; their future child can use the broken sword to identify himself or herself to Jumong.
Young Po returns to Buyeo from his exile in the Han capital.

With his soldiers and the Han Iron Army, Yangjung demands that the Changcheongok tribe must increase their production of iron ore.

While Jumong and his men have come to Changcheongok to expand the Damul Army’s power base, So Seo No and her trade troop are also there to secretly recruit mercenaries.

When Daeso refuses to heed her appeal to send soldiers to retake Joongsan from the Damul Army, Yangsullan vents her anger on Yesoya.

In Mount Bongye, Jumong organizes the Damul Army by designating the responsibilities of his officers. He also sends Mari and Hyupbo to talk to So Seo No in Gyeruh.

A solar eclipse engulfs Buyeo in total darkness, sending the ministers, the people, and even the priestesses into panic. In Mount Bongye, Jumong — who has never experienced an eclipse — cries out to Yeomieul why the sun has disappeared.

In Jolbon, Songyang finds out that Jumong has contacted So Seo No.

Daeso’s brutality reaches new heights. And misled by High Priestess Mauryung’s interpretation of the eclipse, he orders General Heukchi and the Buyeo army to attack Jumong and the Damul Army.

The Prime Minister tells Emperor Kumwa that he must be reinstated to the throne.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 51 and Episode 52 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong and his men ambush Yangjung and the Han Iron Army.


A solar eclipse engulfs Buyeo in total darkness, sending everyone into panic.

Episode 53

Eps. 51-52 recap: Yeomieul tells Jumong that the eclipse is a sign that his new nation will now be established.
General Heukchi asks for Jumong’s help in overthrowing Daeso. But despite the possibility that Lady Yuhwa and Yesoya can finally be freed, Yeo Mi Eul has doubts about this alliance.

Yangsullan continues to humiliate Yesoya; meanwhile, in Jolbon, So Seo No visits Woo Tae in prison.

Emperor Kumwa remembers the two conditions that the Prime Minister has imposed on him.

The Prime Minister meets all of the ministers in secret. Later, as General Heukchi attacks Sachooldo, masked men sneak into the prison and set Emperor Kumwa’s bodyguard free.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 53 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 54-55

Ep. 53 recap: With Jumong’s Damul Army joining General Heuk Chi’s troops, Daeso is ousted from power.

Emperor Kumwa invites Jumong and his officers to come to Buyeo.
Emperor Kumwa offers the kingdom of Buyeo to Jumong if he disbands the Damul Army. Unknown to Emperor Kumwa, however, the Prime Minister has told General Heukchi to be ready to kill Jumong.

In Mount Bongye, the young mystic Byuriha warns Yeo Mi Eul about a dark cloud hanging over her.

Lord Yeontabal and So Seo No arrive in Buyeo, seeking Emperor Kumwa’s help against Songyang.

After starving for several days in the capital’s streets, Young Po decides to go back to the palace and ask for Emperor Kumwa’s forgiveness. On his way there, however, the Prime Minister meets him with a warning.

When Jumong refuses to disband the Damul Army, Emperor Kumwa orders him and his men thrown into prison.

The Prime Minister releases the Empress and her brother from their confinement; meanwhile, in Gyeruh, Yuncheryung slaps a defiant So Seo No and orders Lord Yuntabal locked up in his quarters.

After being pressured by the Han emissary, Youngpo suggests to the Prime Minister and Emperor Kumwa that Jumong should be brought to the Han capital as a captive.

Finding out that Yeo Mi Eul has been kidnapped and that the Mount Bongye hideout is vulnerable to an attack, Jumong and his men decide to break out of prison.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 54 and Episode 55 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written a short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong and his men escape from their jail cell in Buyeo, but they’re confronted by General Heuk Chi and the palace guards.


Episode 56

Eps. 54-55 recap: The Prime Minister kills Yeo Mi Eul.

Jumong and his men escape from Buyeo.

Daeso and Yangsulllan are exiled by Emperor Kumwa to the remote eastern frontier garrison.
Three years later ...

While Jumong and his Damul Army continue to expand their territory by conquering other tribes and forming alliances with others, Buyeo suffers from famine and other disasters.

The Empress tries to make Emperor Kumwa lift Daeso’s exile, but at the eastern frontier garrison, Daeso leads a wasted life that angers Yangsullan.

When Songyang demands that Gyeruh increase its food tributes, Lord Yuntabal and So Seo No decide that it’s time to act. At night, they visit Woo Tae who has secretly been training hundreds of mercenaries.

When Songyang threatens Gyeruh by forming an alliance with Yangjung, So Seo No reaches out to Jumong for help.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 56 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Woo Tae and the Gyeruh mercenaries attack Songyang.

Jumong and So Seo No meet each other again after not having seen each other for several years. So Seo No asks Jumong to move his Damul Army to Jolbon, saying, “I will help you establish your nation.”

Episodes 57-58

Ep. 56 recap: Woo Tae dies in the ambush against Songyang; So Seo No regains power in Gyeruh.

Jumong’s officers become divided on whether to accept So Seo No’s proposal for an alliance between the Damul Army and Gyeruh.
Jumong leaves Mount Bongye with Oi and goes to Hyunto and Buyeo.

To seek guidance on how Buyeo can survive the famine, Emperor Kumwa goes to the Sacred Mountain to meet Priestess Bi Geum Sun.

After visiting Yangjung in Hyunto, Daeso goes back to Buyeo, even without Emperor Kumwa’s permission.

Embarrassed by the Empress, Yangsullan retaliates against Yesoya’s son Yuri.

In the Sacred Mountain, Priestess Bi Geum Sun tells Jumong that he’s the rightful owner of the Damul Bow. Later, Jumong begins researching through a prosperous, traveling merchant what kind of nation Ancient Joseon was.

Emperor Kumwa is suddenly stricken with a wretched curse.

With Hyunto governor Yangjung joining forces with Songyang to attack Gyeruh and with Jumong still giving no answer to her proposal, So Seo No selects 50 of Gyeruh’s best warriors for a preemptive strike.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 57 and Episode 58 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is a video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also a written short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Daeso finds out that Jumong is in Hyunto; with his men and the Han soldiers, he lays siege to the inn where Jumong is staying.

Episode 59

Eps. 57-58 recap: Inspired by the map showing the vast extent of Ancient Joseon’s territory that includes Jolbon, Jumong decides to move the Damul Army and join So Seo No in Gyeruh.
So Seo No and her warriors sneak into Songyang’s headquarters hoping to destroy Piryu’s military supplies and to kill Songyang.

As Jumong and the Damul Army march towards Gyeruh in Jolbon, a squad of Buyeo soldiers follow them from afar.

Jumong and his men (Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi) rush to Songyang’s headquarters to help So Seo No.


Episode 60

With the Han Iron Army and Yangjung’s 2,000 soldiers rushing to aid Songyang’s all-out attack on Gyeruh, Jumong and the Damul Army prepare to do battle.

While Emperor Kumwa gets ready for a heavenly rite for his curse to be lifted, Daeso and the Buyeo army attack Mount Bongye.

Using the map and other historical records from Buyeo’s library, Jumong shares with So Seo No his vision for regaining the former territories and glory of Ancient Joseon.

When Emperor Kumwa finds out about the alliance between the Damul Army and Gyeruh, he plans to send soldiers to help Songyang.

Lady Yuhwa decides to cut off completely her ties with Emperor Kumwa after she finds out that Jumong has joined forces with Gyeruh and when Emperor Kumwa said that Yesoya and Yuri are Buyeo’s hostages.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 60 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong rescues Chansoo and So Seo No when they get trapped in Piryu.


Jumong shares with So Seo No his vision of regaining the former territories and glory of Ancient Joseon.

Episodes 61-63

As the royal guards chase them, Lady Yuhwa, Yesoya, Yuri, and their attendant hurry to the border between Buyeo and Gyeruh. There, they meet and ask for help from the merchant who brought Jumong’s letter to them.

Daeso goes to Piryu to talk with Songyang about Buyeo’s offer to send its soldiers to help in the war against Gyeruh and the Damul Army.

With the famine becoming worse, people begin leaving Buyeo and crossing the border into Gyeruh. But with provisions needed for the coming war, Yuncheryung, Yangtak, and Khepil refuse to give out any more food for the refugees.

Remembering High Priestess Soryung’s words, Jumong tells Lord Yuntabal and So Seo No about how he plans to unite the five tribes of Jolbon.

Songyang demands that Jumong must come to his headquarters alone, but So Seo No and the Damul Army officers warn Jumong about Songyang’s treachery.

Daeso sends to Gyeruh several spies to monitor the Damul Army and Jolbon; he also sends a highly-skilled Buyeo army officer to kill Jumong.

Buyeo forms an alliance with the Han Empire, and together, they begin to impose a total blockade against Jolbon, prohibiting all tribes from trading with Jolbon.

As food and other supplies become scarce in Jolbon, more problems arise when a plague hits. In an emergency meeting with So Seo No and the Damul Army officers, Jumong proposes a way to break the blockade.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 61, Episode 62, and Episode 63 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but I’ve written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong peacefully unites the five tribes of Jolbon. Together with So Seo No and the other tribal chiefs, he holds a blood compact to symbolize their unity; he also unfurls the Koguryeo banner for their new nation.
Mugol tests how good Bubonno is with his fighting skills.

Episodes 64-65

Ep. 61-63 recap: Bubunno tells Daeso that he killed Jumong; Jumong then disappears from Jolbon, giving credence to Bubunno’s story.

Jumong wants to use the Eupru pirates to sail south and get the provisions that Jolbon desperately needs.
Jumong, So Seo No, and their officers break through one of Buyeo’s border outposts. But in Eupru, they can’t find Bu Wi Yeom (the pirate leader) because the Okjeoh army has been cracking down on the pirates.

Daeso tells Buyeo’s ministers and the Sachooldo Jaegas that they should prepare for war against Jolbon. When the Prime Minister and General Heuk Chi disagree with his plans, Daeso tells them that Jumong is dead.

Daeso later goes to Hyunto to strike a deal with Yangjung for his planned attack on Jolbon. While there, he meets Young Po who has become good friends with Master Hwang, a relative of the Han Empire’s Prime Minister.

Lady Yuhwa asks Emperor Kumwa if the rumors about Jumong’s death are true. Later, she goes on a hunger strike to pressure Emperor Kumwa to release her, Yesoya, and Yuri.

When rumors spread among the Jolbon people that Jumong is dead, dissension breaks out with Songyang and the other tribal leaders walking out of their meeting with Lord Yuntabal.

Daeso meets with Songyang and asks him to stand down once Buyeo attacks Gyeruh.

When Daeso assigns him to lead a squad to spy on Gyeruh and the Damul Army, Bubunno takes the opportunity and asks Lady Yuhwa and Yesoya to escape with him.

As the blockade continues, Jolbon’s problems mount as the plague spreads from one tribe to another. Under the rain and snow, Jumong begins to hold a heavenly rite, seeking for answers.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 64 and Episode 65 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. The first video posted below is from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve written a short description of what the scene is all about. The second video is from a YouTube channel that provides English subs and is available in 720 HD. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Jumong, So Seo No, and their officers break through one of Buyeo’s border outposts.


So Seo No has volunteered to go with the pirates on the dangerous voyage to the south to find food and other provisions for Jolbon; she assures Jumong that she will return unharmed.

Episode 66

Eps. 64-65 recap: Yangsullan wants to take Yuri away from Yesoya and raise him as her own child.

The pirate leader Bu Wi Yeom agrees to serve Jumong and help establish Koguryeo. Despite the inclement weather, he and his ships take So Seo No to the south to look for provisions for Jolbon.

Jumong ambushes Daeso’s advance troops with fire arrows.
Jumong collapses after being exposed to the rain and snow for several days.

Emperor Kumwa increases the pressure by ordering Daeso and Young Po to attack Jolbon’s border garrisons and massacre people in the outlying villages. He also sends the Prime Minister to ask Jumong to surrender.

Even after more than a month, SoSeo No hasn’t returned with Bu Wi Yeom and the Eupru pirates with food and other provisions. In desperation, Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi tell Jumong that they will infiltrate the Buyeo camp and kill Daeso.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 66 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episode 67

Ep. 66 recap: The blockade against Jolbon breaks when So Seo No and the pirates arrive with food and other provisions.
Jumong requests So Seo No to give their excess provisions to the starving people of Buyeo. So So Neo agrees and volunteers to negotiate with Emperor Kumwa.

As So Seo No meets with Emperor Kumwa, Sayong tries to see Lady Yuhwa.

Emperor Kumwa finally agrees to meet Jumong in a neutral place to talk about how the provisions offered by Jolbon can be transferred to Buyeo.

Before going back to the Han capital, Master Hwang tells Young Po to make sure that Emperor Kumwa and Jumong do not form an alliance between Buyeo and Jolbon.

Fearing for Jumong’s life, Lady Yuhwa, Yesoya, and Yuri escape from the palace.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 67 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. The video posted below is from a YouTube channel that provides English subs and is available in 720 HD. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Lady Yuhwa’s final moments with Emperor Kumwa

Episode 68

Ep. 67 recap: So Seo No secretly gives to Lady Yuhwa the map showing the escape route from the palace.

Emperor Kumwa kills Lady Yuhwa.

Yesoya and Yuri are taken captive to Hyunto by Master Hwang.
Jumong’s men search the mountains day and night for Yesoya and Yuri.

With Lady Yuhwa’s death, Emperor Kumwa and Jumong both sink into despair. Lord Yuntabal and Jumong’s men fear for Jolbon’s future, while in Bueyo, the ministers propose that Daeso take over as regent.

Emperor Kumwa angers the Empress, Daeso, and Young Po when he orders that Lady Yuhwa be buried in the Sacred Mountain.

Despite the dangers, Jumong goes to the Sacred Mountain to pay his last respects to Lady Yuhwa.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 68 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 69-71

Ep. 68 recap: Emperor Kumwa allows Jumong to pay his last respects to Lady Yuhwa.

Priestess Bi Geum Sun gives to Jumong an Ancient Joseon armor and the secret code to making the lightweight and yet impenetrable armor.

As Yesoya and Yuri are brought back to Master Hwang’s residence after they try to escape, Young Po arrives.

With the new armor, Jumong rallies his officers and the Jolbon chiefs to attack Hyunto.
To drive off the Hyunto army, Jumong gathers and trains 7,000 soldiers from the Damul Army, the Jolbon forces, and mercenaries.

Emperor Kumwa couldn’t care less about the coming Hyunto-Jolbon conflict, but the Prime Minister, the Empress, and Yangsullan urge Daeso to help Hyunto.

Young Po snatches Yesoya and Yuri from Master Hwang. He then goes to Jolbon and stuns Jumong by saying that Yesoya and Yuri are alive.

Oi and Mugol infiltrate into the Han forced labor camps, hoping to organize the Ancient Joseon refugees into a fighting force.

With the battle lines now drawn between the combined Jolbon forces and the Hyunto-Buyeo alliance, Jumong leads the advance guard to free the refugees and to attack the Hyunto capital.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed video of “Jumong” Episode 69, Episode 70, and Episode 71 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below are videos from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but the action scenes speak for themselves. I’ve also written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Everyone in Jolbon prepares for the coming war with Hyunto — old men and teenagers helping Mopalmo with the weapons, the soldiers being trained, So Seo No and the women making arrows.

Jumong, the advance guard, and the refugees attack the Hyunto capital.

Episodes 72-73

Eps. 69-71 recap: Jumong kicks Young Po out of Jolbon after Mari fails to find Yesoya and Yuri in Hyunto.

Yangjung wants to use the refugees as human shields, but his plan backfires when Jumong and the advance guard rescue the refugees. Jumong then attacks the Hyunto capital, where he captures Master Hwang and Yangsullan.

Yangjung and Daeso’s forces face a dilemma — to fall back and retake the Hyunto capital or to attack the Jolbon forces.

When the planned ambushes against Jumong’s forces fail, Yangjung and Daeso are forced to retreat. But Jumong and the advance guard cut off their escape route, while So Seo No and the Jolbon forces attack them from the rear.
Jumong, So Seo No, and the combined Damul Army-Jolbon forces enter Hyunto in triumph.

Both Jumong and Youngpo search for Yesoya and Yuri, but they’re nowhere to be found. Rejected in Buyeo, Young Po decides to go to the Han capital.

In Buyeo, Yangsullan wants to get rid of the seriously-sick Emperor Kumwa so that Daeso can be enthroned.

An old man leads Jumong to the third and final treasure of Ancient Joseon.

Lord Yuntabal goes to the Han capital to negotiate a prisoner exchange — the captured Han nobles and Hyunto officials for the enslaved Ancient Joseon refugees.

The conflict on who will be Koguryeo’s monarch — Jumong or So Seo No — intensifies between the Damul Army officers and the Jolbon forces, with both sides just about ready to go to war against each other.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 72 and Episode 73 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. The first and third videos posted below are from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but I’ve written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. The second video is from a YouTube channel that provides English subs and is available in 720 HD. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Because So Seo No loves Jumong, she wants him to reign as monarch. But Jumong’s and So Seo No’s officers and soldiers are just about ready to battle each other on this issue.

To solve the impasse, Jumong asks So Seo No to marry him so that they can rule Koguryeo together as Emperor and Empress. But at first, Jumong makes the mistake of not looking at So Seo No when he asks, “Will you marry me?” But on the second time around, Jumong finally looks into So Seo No’s eyes and repeats his proposal.

At the 4:33 mark, Lord Yuntabal tells So Seo No that she and Jumong should get married. When So Seo No protests that it cannot be a marriage for political convenience, Lord Yuntabal assures her that the gods have given her and Jumong a second chance at love.

At the 6:01 mark, Mopalmo pleads with Jumong that he should marry So Seo No.

Here’s the English-subbed video of Jumong’s marriage proposal to So Seo No. I just love this corny stuff! Mopalmo’s earnest plea for Jumong to marry So Seo No is at the 5:02 mark

As Jumong and So Seo No get married, Yesoya watches from afar.

Episodes 74-76

Eps. 72-73 recap: Jumong and So Seo No preserve Koguryeo’s unity by getting married, thus becoming Emperor and Empress.

Yesoya leaves with Yuri for parts unknown.
Fifteen years later ...

So Seo No’s sons are now grown up, with Piryu the Crown Prince willing to prove himself to the ministers and Onjo an eager apprentice to Mopalmo. They have both grown up knowing only Jumong as their father.

Koguryeo continues expanding its territories with its victory against Haengin. The ministers now urge Jumong to conquer North Okjeoh.

In a border village near North Okjeo, Yesoya has been living a destitute life, trying to raise Yuri as an educated young man. But, wanting to earn money, Yuri and his friends work as thugs for a North Okjeo smuggler.

Master Hwang is now governor of Liaodong; to help him against Jumong and Koguryeo, Young Po goes back to Buyeo, flaunting his enormous wealth. Rebuffed by Daeso, Young Po goes to North Okjeo and hires thugs to carry out his plan to drive Buyeo to an alliance with the Han Empire.

Jumong sends Oi to North Okjeo to find out what really happened to the Koguryeo trade troop led by Prince Piryu. While there, Oi sees Yesoya on the street.

When Emperor Kumwa abdicates in Daeso’s favor, Jumong decides to attend the coronation, despite objections from Koguryeo’s ministers.

As part of the coronation festivities, a martial arts contest is announced. Prince Piryu joins the contest and so does Yuri.

Yesoya tells Yuri that he can meet his father if he can find the proof inside Buyeo’s palace.

When Emperor Kumwa advises Daeso not to be blinded by his hate against Jumong, Liaodong Governor Hwang becomes alarmed with the possibility of a Koguryeo-Buyeo alliance against the Han Empire. But Young Po assures Governor Hwang that he will take care of Jumong once and for all.

Note: Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 74, Episode 75, and Episode 76 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

Episodes 77-79

Eps. 74-76 recap: Jumong finds out that Yesoya and Yuri are still alive.

Koguryeo’s ministers and So Seo No begin thinking that Buyeo might revive its alliance with the Han Empire. They urge Jumong to immediately attack Buyeo. But Jumong wants to form an alliance between Koguryeo and Buyeo against the Han Empire.

After Yuri wins the contest against Prince Piryu, Daeso appoints him as a trainee with the palace guards.

While visiting Mount Chungmoo (where he trained with Haemosu), Jumong and his men are attacked by Young Po’s assassins.
Young Po’s plan backfires as the Prime Minister counsels Daeso to blame the Han Empire for attacking Jumong.

After Yuri finds the broken sword, Yesoya tells him that Jumong is his father.

In Koguryeo, Jumong and Yuri finally meet, and later, Jumong rescues Yesoya in Buyeo.

So Seo No finds out that Yesoya and Yuri are both alive and now in Koguryeo.

Just as So Seo No feared, the old conflict between the Jolbon forces and the Damul Army officers arises. Yuncheryung and Yangtak order Chansoo to watch Mari and Jaesa closely.

When Governor Hwang learns about the Koguryeo-Buyeo alliance, he throws Young Po and his tactician into jail.

Before starting the war against Koguryeo, Governor Hwang sends some highly-skilled warriors to infiltrate Koguryeo.

When Chansoo is held responsible for the Han warriors breaking into the palace, Yuncheryung and Yangtak plan to move against Jumong by playing on Prince Piryu’s fears.

Daeso deviously plays Koguryeo and the Han Empire against each other, thus receiving provisions from both. As part of his agreement with Jumong, he sends his blacksmiths to Koguryeo.

On Yuri’s suggestion, Jumong attacks a contingent of Han soldiers led by Governor Hwang’s brother.

When So Seo No finds out that Yuncheryung and Yangtak have hired mercenaries, she mobilizes her troops.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 77, Episode 78, and Episode 79 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. Posted below is video from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The video does not have English subs, but I’ve a written short description of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

Fire engulfs the quarters of the blacksmiths where Yuri has been sleeping.

Episodes 80-81

Eps. 77-79 recap: Yuri escapes from the fire that burns down the iron chamber.

Yuncheryung and Yangtak manipulate Crown Prince Piryu into staging a revolt against Jumong.
So Seo No thwarts the ambush set by Yuncheryung and Yangtak against Jumong, but she’s shocked to find out that Prince Piryu is involved.

In Buyeo, Yangsullan pressures High Priestess Mauryung to hold a heavenly rite cursing Jumong.

Caught in a dilemma between her love for Jumong and her responsibility to her sons, So Seo No sends Piryu and Onjo on a long and difficult journey.

When Governor Hwang sends assassins to attack Emperor Kumwa, Daeso agrees to form an alliance with Koguryeo against the Han. But Governor Hwang immediately attacks Buyeo.

Jumong and Daeso’s combined forces meet the Han armies on the battlefield.

So Seo No decides to step down as Empress and leave Koguryeo. But all the ministers — from the Damul Army and the Jolbon forces — protest her decision.

Notes:
1. Watch the full, English-subbed videos of “Jumong” Episode 80 and Episode 81 in the Dramacool website. (This website’s URL frequently changes.) The KissAsian website also has English-subbed videos of “Jumong”; see the links to the episodes below.

2. The videos posted below are from the official MBC Classic YouTube channel. The videos do not have English subs, but I’ve written short descriptions of what the scenes are all about. (When you click the “Play” button, the video will open directly to the relevant scene.)

So Seo No foils the ambush set by Yuncheryung and Yangtak against Jumong.

Mogul’s final battle

Jumong pleads with his dearest friend Mopalmo to go with So Seo No as she leaves Koguryeo to begin a new life.


Historical backgrounders and other information

1. From “Imagine Your Korea, Visit Korea” (Jumong’s filming locations):

The drama’s filming location attracts more than 5000 tourists daily.

The Buyeogung Palace, and Buyeo period scenes in Jumong are mostly filmed in Samhanji, the theme park in Naju. Samhanji Theme Park is about 148,762 square meters in size, and is a large film set which costs almost 20 billion won to build. The authentic looking castle walls and the castle, the tile-roofed houses, and the surrounding natural environment all come together to create an amazing location.

The cave from which Haemosu was rescued by Jumong and was taken care of in is a famous destination for migratory birds located at Hwangmaesan Mountain. Haemosu trains Jumong in martial arts at this location, and the two characters share some good memories as teacher and student. The final death scene of Haemosu was also filmed here on the wide grassy field, where it is especially beautiful on the mountaintop.

The armies of Jumong, Byeoldongdae and Cheolgigun, fight fierce battles at the Seolmaejae Natural Park located at Yumyeongsan Mountain. This is also the filming location for the scene where Jumong falls into a pit.

2. Free download HD wallpapers of “Jumong



3. From “Iranians hooked on Korean TV drama” (2009)

Visiting family members as often as possible is a well-established tradition in Iranian society. Usually nights are spent sipping freshly brewed tea and eating fresh fruits and salted nuts. This goes on for long hours into the night, especially in summertime when children and college students are free from school schedules.

Things have changed, however, since state TV started broadcasting a Korean TV drama called “Jumong.”

Now, in many homes after dinner, whole families race to huddle around the TV. Photos of the main characters grace everything from stationary to serving trays. Fans have set up blogs and forums to exchange news and discuss episodes.

4. From “Jumong actor thrills Iranian fans”



5. From “Jumong: founder of Goguryeo Kingdom is man of legend, history” (Korea.net, Gateway to Korea):

MBC aired a drama based on Jumong in 2006, simply called Jumong. They eliminated most of the traditional mythology, making his biological history fully human instead of divine, and focused mainly on Jumong’s role in resisting the Han Chinese and uniting the ancient Gojoseon people under a new empire, Goguryeo.

History, however, is never without controversy. Because Goguryeo expanded into what is now China, Chinese researchers are now claiming that Goguryeo history belongs to China, not Korea. After founding the Northeast Project in 2002, Chinese researchers have since claimed that the people of Goguryeo should actually be classified as ancient Chinese, and that the kingdom of Goguryeo has no direct relation to the later Korean dynasties of Goryeo, Joseon, or any other Korean nation.

6. From “The Soseono Masterpost” (L.J. Writes)

Soseono (pronounced so-suh-no. 소서노 [召西奴]; 66 B.C.- 6 B.C.) was a part of the founding of two kingdoms in ancient Korea, Goguryeo and Baekje. She was the queen of the first king of Goguryeo and the mother of the first king of Baekje, but according to some she was far more than a wife and mother of founders but a founder and even ruling queen in her own right. The purpose of this post is to reconstruct the life of this remarkable woman based on reliable historical information.

In the year 37 B.C. the kingdom of Goguryeo was founded. Soseono would have been twenty-nine years old at this time, and Chumo twenty-two. This is one reason historians tend to give weight to the daughter-of-Yeontabal record that states she was a widow, since it strains suspension of disbelief that a woman in her late twenties was unmarried in the first century B.C.

In the second-princess-of-Jolbon record, Chumo inherited his father-in-law’s kingdom because the king of Jolbon had no sons. Under the Soseono-daughter-of-Yeontabal record, this founding was due in great part to the wealth and power of Yeontabal’s house and Soseono’s support in addition to Chumo’s considerable leadership and martial prowess.

No matter which record you believe, though, two things are clear: First, Chumo was able to found his kingdom due to the influence and power of his second wife and her house. Second, he greatly expanded the power and territory of whatever kingdom or tribe he inherited through a series of conquests.

7. Relevant videos

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8. From “Which 2007 dramas were the most watched?” (Dramabeans):

And as the drama with the highest recorded viewership in 2007, we have Jumong’s March 6 episode (55.9%), averaging a 45.5% for its entire monster run.

9. From “How Korean dramas hook global viewers” (The Korea Herald)

Korean period dramas have had people of diverse nationalities take an interest in Korean traditional culture, costume, food and landscape, eventually attracting a growing number of tourists to Korea.

Korean dramas are very popular in East Asia and Southeast Asia, where Asians viewers easily relate to the Asian traditional values and features of an hierarchical society that are depicted in Korean dramas.

Links to English-subbed videos of “Jumong” from KissAsian website

Episode 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15; 16; 17; 18; 19; 20; 21; 22; 23; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 29; 30; 31; 32; 33; 34; 35; 36; 37; 38; 39; 40; 41; 42; 43; 44; 45; 46; 47; 48; 49; 50; 51; 52; 53; 54; 55; 56; 57; 58; 59; 60; 61; 62; 63; 64; 65; 66; 67; 68; 69; 70; 71; 72; 73; 74; 75; 76; 77; 78; 79; 80; 81

“Jumong” music videos and OST


Jumong and Kingdom of the Winds - Memories of Love(Eng sub)



Jumong Dear Heaven with Lyrics Final Episode



Insooni - Heaven, please (Jumong Original Soundtrack)



Ending Theme [Full Song] (Jumong Original Soundtrack)



Jumong OST - Sarang Ei Giyuk (Lyrics In Description)



Lessons in photography from “Jumong”




Lessons in photography: selective or differential focusing, shallow depth of field, compressed or stacked perspective. (In this heartbreaking scene from Episode 40, So Seo No says goodbye to Jumong. Thinking that Jumong had been killed in battle, So Seo No married her bodyguard to escape Prince Daeso’s harassment.)





Lessons in photography: rack focus, selective or differential focusing, compressed or stacked perspective. (In this scene from Episode 73, Jumong asks So Seo No to marry him in order to preserve Koguryeo’s unity.)



Lesson in photography: high angle shot



Lesson in photography: low angle shot (from Ep. 67 when Emperor Kumwa kills Lady Yuhwa)



Lessons in photography: rim lighting, shooting at night, direction of light (from Ep. 65 when So Seo No volunteers to go with the pirates on the dangerous voyage to the south to find provisions for Jolbon)



Lessons in photography: line of direction, focus on the eyes (from Ep. 65)



Lesson in photography: linear perspective



Lesson in photography: natural frames



Lesson in photography: conveying depth through overlapping forms (from Ep. 62 during the blood compact and unification ceremony between the Damul Army and the Jolbon tribes)



Lesson in photography: silhouette (from Ep. 64 when Jumong, So Seo No, and their officers break through the Buyeo army blockade)



Lesson in photography: odd-numbered groups are easier to shoot



Lesson in photography: local frame



Lessons in photography: aerial perspective, contrast of horizontals and verticals (from Ep. 72 after Jumong, So Seo No, and their combined forces overrun the Hyunto capital)



Lesson in photography: low angle shot or low angle point of view (from Ep. 73 when Jumong proposes to So Seo No)



Lesson in photography: natural frame



Lesson in photography: conveying depth through overlapping forms



Lessons in photography: color temperature, emotional content of color, red is a dominant color



Lesson in photography: compressed or stacked perspective



Lessons in photography: diagonal lines, converging lines



Lessons in photography: patterns, diagonal lines, conveying depth through overlapping forms



Lesson in photography: high angle shot



Lesson in photography: high key lighting



Lesson in photography: low key lighting



Lessons in photography: conveying depth through light and shadow, line of direction



Lessons in photography: scale, linear perspective, red is a dominant color



Lesson in photography: aerial perspective (from Ep. 76 after Emperor Kumwa abdicates in favor of Daeso, and he goes on a personal voyage of repentance)



Lesson in photography: color temperature



Lessons in photography: diagonal lines, conveying depth through overlapping forms



Lesson in photography: partial frame (from Ep. 67 when Emperor Kumwa kills Lady Yuhwa)



Lessons in photography: focal point of interest, shallow depth of field (from Ep. 67 when Emperor Kumwa kills Lady Yuhwa)



Lessons in photography: visual weight and balance, aspective view



Lessons in photography: sidelighting, line of direction, focus on the eyes, conveying depth through light and shadow



Lesson in photography: shallow depth of field



Lessons in photography: shooting at night, sidelighting, backlighting (from Ep. 79 when fire engulfs the quarters of the blacksmiths where Yuri has been sleeping)



Lesson in photography: linear perspective



Lesson in photography: low angle shot (low angle point of view)



Lesson in photography: odd-numbered groups are easier to shoot (from Ep. 51 during So Seo No’s trade trip to the Changcheon tribe)



Lessons in photography: Dutch tilt (Dutch angle), natural frames



Lesson in photography: conveying depth through overlapping forms



Lesson in photography: low angle shot or low angle point of view (from Ep.7 during the first meeting between So Seo No and Yeo Mi Eul)



Lessons in photography: low angle shot, Dutch tilt or Dutch angle (from Ep.7 during the fight between So Seo No and Daeso)



Lesson in photography: odd-numbered groups are easier to shoot



Lesson in photography: odd-numbered groups are easier to shoot



Lesson in photography: rule of thirds



Lessons in photography: foreground blur, differential or selective focusing (from Ep. 8 when Jumong finds out that Dochi has captured So Seo No)



Lesson in photography: direction of light (from Ep. 8 when Jumong begs So Seo No to believe him and to escape from Dochi’s headquarters)



Lessons in photography: high key lighting, sidelighting



Lessons in photography: low key lighting, sidelighting, direction of light (from Ep. 28 when So Seo No visits Jumong at the palace and tells him that she will be at the battlefield for him)



Lessons in photography: low key lighting, sidelighting, direction of light (from Ep. 28)



Lesson in photography: conveying depth through overlapping forms (from Ep. 12 after Mari, Hyupbo, and Oi become bodyguards for Lord Yuntabal’s troop)



Lessons in photography: linear perspective, shallow depth of field, background blur



Lesson in photography: Dutch tilt (Dutch angle)



Lesson in photography: shallow depth of field



Lessons in photography: golden hours, silhouette, shooting against the sun (from Ep. 12 when Jumong and Haemosu start hiding out in a mountain, and Haemosu begins teaching archery to Jumong)



Lessons in photography: sidelighting, center the dominant eye



Lessons in photography: golden hours, rule of thirds, armature of the 1.5 rectangle (from Ep. 12 when Lady Yuhwa reunites with Haemosu after 20 years)



Lessons in photography: high angle shot (high angle point of view), strong vertical lines



Lessons in photography: linear perspective, aerial perspective (from Ep. 12 when Haemosu bids a final goodbye to Jumong, before he’s attacked by Daeso and Young Po)



Lessons in photography:aerial perspective, strong vertical line



Lessons in photography: foreground blur, partial frame (from Ep. 11 when Jumong asks So Seo No to take his men into her trade troop, and Daeso arrives)



Lesson in photography: partial frame



Lesson in photography: bokeh or the aesthetic quality of the blurred areas (from Ep. 19 after the banquet when So Seo No is asked by Naro to meet Daeso)



Lessons in photography: diagonal lines, patterns (from Ep. 19 during the banquet honoring Jumong, So Seo No, and Lord Yuntabal)



Lesson in photography: high angle shot



Lessons in photography: high angle shot, background blur



Lessons in photography: linear perspective, background blur



Lesson in photography: natural frames



Lessons in photography: diagonal lines, shooting odd-numbered groups is easier



Lessons in photography: partial frame, sidelighting



Lesson in photography: shooting against the light



Lessons in photography: background blur, compressed perspective



Lessons in photography: foreground blur, linear perspective (from Ep. 23 when So Seo No thinks that Jumong quit the Crown Prince competition because of Buyoung)



Lesson in photography: high key lighting (from Ep. 21 during the martial arts competition)



Lesson in photography: light and shadows



Lesson in photography: low angle shot or low angle point of view (from Ep. 21 during the martial arts competition)



Lessons in photography: golden hours, conveying depth through overlapping forms



Lessons in photography: partial frame, compressed or stacked perspective



Lesson in photography: shooting against the light



Lesson in photography: strong verticals



Lesson in photography: natural frames



Lesson in photography: shallow depth of field



Lessons in photography: shallow depth of field, compressed perspective



Lessons in photography: compressed perspective, high key lighting, shallow depth of field



Lessons in photography: shallow depth of field, background blur (from Ep. 28 when So Seo No meets Daeso and Yangsullan in the Buyeo palace)



Lessons in photography: rim lighting, sidelighting



Lessons in photography: foreground blur, background blur
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Korean Drama Jumong : Synopsis Episode 1 (삼한지-주몽 편/The Book Of Three Han)
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Jumong (Korean Drama) : Episode 1 (Synopsis)

It is the reign of the great Chinese Han empire in 108 B.C. during the dwindling time of the Gojoseon, descendants of ancient Choseon, who have been fighting against the oppression for many years. The Han round up thousands of migrants to condemn as criminals or slaves, and the remaining hope for the Gojoseon people is the Tameul Army, freedom fighters led by the infamous hero Hae Mosu (Heo Jun-ho), who has set up base near Puyeo.

During a gladiator fight before the the Han Imperial family inside the chief city, Hyeonto, a bloody battle erupts as one of the exhibitors reveals himself as Hae Mosu, come with his warriors to free migrant prisoners and kill the Han overlords. His "opponent" in the ring is none other than the Crown Prince Keumwa (Jeon Kwang-yeol) of Puyeo, the two sharing ideals and a close friendship. With a minor success, the rebels flee back to Puyeo, the Crown Prince suffering an injury.

Keumwa's heroic deeds are unknown to his royal family, headed by the sickly King, Haepuru, and guided by the devious Royal Military Advisor, Budeukbul (Lee Jae-yong), as he continues to play the demure son. Despite his injury, he asks to be the one to return the Han Emperor's summons for a gathering of the Nobles back in Hyeonto. Once there, Keumwa is disheartened to find a childhood friend, taken as a migrant slave, working as an Army official for Han. But his spirits are lifted as he sees the beautiful Lady Yuhwa (Oh Yeon-su) of Habaek Village. During their council with the Han regent, they are given a warning not to help Hae Mosu and are forced to watch as the Han's brutal elite warriors, the Iron Army, massacre migrant escapees from the previous assassination. Yuhwa displays great strength as she defies the Han regarding the devastation; she's imprisoned, but released thanks to Keumwa, who is by now totally smitten with her.

Keumwa uses the Han's threat against Puyeo as a springboard to hasten their make of new iron weapons, which he supplies to the Tameul Army. Unfortunately he is discovered in his attempts by Budeukbul, who informs the King of what his son has been doing. Keumwa pleads with his father to join Hae Mosu, and he finally agrees to meet with the rebel hero. However, the Tameul Army has just taken up arms against the Han, unwittingly going against the Iron Army itself. Many escape the assault, but Hae Mosu is hit and falls unconscious into the river.

With both Keumwa and the Iron Army looking for his whereabouts, Hae Mosu is rescued by Lady Yuhwa, who nurses him back to health outside her village. Not quite certain who the hurt stranger is, the Lady devises to use him against her father's efforts to marry her off by saying he's her sweetheart. With much bad luck, the Iron Army gets to the village where news of the stranger has already reached the Lord's ears. After hearing of the threat - and that Yuhwa has indeed grown fond of the man she saved, her longtime idol - Hae Mosu flees in an attempt to spare the Habaek people ...

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Korean Drama Jumong : Synopsis Episode 2 (삼한지-주몽 편/The Book Of Three Han)

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Jumong,Prince of The Legend : Synopsis Episode 2

Accused of harboring Hae Mo Soo, everyone in Yu Hwa’s tribe members gets killed except her. However, Hae Mo Soo manages to sneak away. He happens to meet Yeon Ta Bal and his group. He’s shocked to hear that the whole tribe was murdered because of him. Yeon Ta Bal Soon realizes that the man who seems very shocked about the news is Hae Mo Soo. In order to turn him in, he hires Hae Mo Soo as his help. Later, someone attacks Yeon Ta Bal and his group, but Hae Mo Soo helps them escape danger. That night, Geum Wa rescues Yu Hwa and runs away with her. She tells him that Hae Mo Soo is still alive.

Meanwhile, Yeon Ta Bal’s wife gives birth to a baby girl. Yeon Ta Bal names her So Seo No. He pledges that he’ll raise his daughter stronger and wiser than any other man in the world.

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