Princess Hours

Many are aflutter today over the marriage of Britain’s Prince William to Kate Middleton. While 30 years ago, the marriage of Diana and Prince Charles was so high on my agenda that I got up at 3 a.m. to watch, I must admit that I just caught the highlights of William and Kate’s wedding on the morning shows. But the whole royal hysteria got me thinking about a Korean drama.

Princess Hours cast (from Wikipedia)

There are many K-dramas about Korean royalty, most of them from a historical perspective. But Princess Hours (aka, 궁 or Goong) is different; it’s set in modern-day but in an alternate reality in which Korea’s royal family regained the throne upon the country’s liberation in 1945. The plot centers around Crown Prince Lee Shin and the woman who is set to be bride, Chae-kyeong.

The series begins with Lee Shin and Chae-kyeong being in high school together. When the king becomes ill it’s imperative for the Crown Prince to marry, which sets off the wild story that brings the two students together. Along the way, we learn of the Crown Prince’s brother who with his mother left the palace many years ago on order of the king. And a wild subplot begins to emerge.

We have yet to make it through this whole series. While we love that our library has so many K-dramas, the one drawback is having to return a series before you’re finished. That’s what happened with this one. But the parts we saw were so interesting that I want to see the rest.

So on this day filled with a royal wedding consider watching Princess Hours and what Korea could be like today if the royal line had been reinstated.


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