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The Book of the Three Hans 

Jumong (original title)
An epic based on the myth of Jumong, founder of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo in 37 B.C.




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Series cast summary:
Il-guk Song ...  Jumong 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Hye-jin Han ...  So-suh-no 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Seung-su Kim ...  Prince Tae-so 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Kwang-ryul Jun ...  Kum-wa 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Yeon-su Oh ...  Lady Yu-hwa 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Mi-ri Gyeon ...  Wan-hu 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Hee-kyung Jin ...  Yeo Mi-eul 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Jae-yong Lee ...  Bu Deuk-bul 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Ho-bin Jeong ...  Woo-tae 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Jung-hoon Ahn Jung-hoon Ahn ...  Ma-ri 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Gye-in Lee Gye-in Lee ...  Mo Pal-mo 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Ji-Hyo Song ...  Ye Soya 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Won-jae Lee Won-jae Lee ...  Do-chi 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Yong-woon Kwon Yong-woon Kwon ...  Moo-song 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Do-hwan Bae Do-hwan Bae 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Soo-bin Bae ...  Sa-yong 81 episodes, 2006-2007
So-yeong Dan So-yeong Dan ...  Yu-Seong 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Kyeong-seon Han Kyeong-seon Han 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Bo-yeong Kim Bo-yeong Kim 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Byeong-ki Kim Byeong-ki Kim ...  Ta-bal Yeon 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Kyeong-hwan Park Kyeong-hwan Park ...  Bu Boon-no 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Kwi-hyeon Song Kwi-hyeon Song 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Wok-suk Song 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Ki-Jun Won Ki-Jun Won ...  Min-woo 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Ho-min Yeo Ho-min Yeo ...  Oi 81 episodes, 2006-2007
Jun-ho Heo ...  Hae Mo-su 53 episodes, 2006


An epic based on the myth of Jumong, founder of the ancient Korean kingdom of Goguryeo in 37 B.C.

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Release Date:

15 May 2006 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Book of the Three Hans See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »


Box Office


$31,000,000 (estimated)
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(81 episodes)


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2007 43rd Baeksang Awards: Highest Award for a TV Drama. See more »


Referenced in I-Witness: I Really Hallyu (2011) See more »

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Fine Korean Costume Drama
12 June 2007 | by ewmayerSee all my reviews

I became addicted to this fine Korean drama series in the late spring of 2007, when I got sick of paying my cable company over $50 a month for premium service and switched back to the Limited Basic package for less than $20/month. As a result I was forced to look through some of the foreign-language-network offerings, and lo and behold, found this gem of a quasi-historical Korean epic costume drama on AZN.

Now admittedly, there is a fair bit of pretty silly stuff going on in this series (see the Minuses section below), but the good far outweighs the bad. I especially like the humorous character vignettes, for instance the Iron Chamber master Mo Palmo always cracks me up. :)


  • Gorgeous costumes;

  • Good acting, especially from the actors who play the following characters:

* Emperor Kumwa - The MacBeth of Jumong; carries much of the first 50 episodes of the show. Watching the actor who plays him, I can't help being reminded a little bit of Toshiro Mifune.

* Prime Minister Unavoidable - with a name like that, how can you not like this guy?

* Sorceress Yeo Mieul (I admit she took a while to grow on me)

* Sosuhno - Love those take-charge gals who can do it without being nasty

* Prince Taeso - Every great drama needs a quality bad guy, and the conflicted Taeso is a worthy foil to Jumong.

* Prince Youngpo - The feckless prince #2. I love it when he does his "evil scheming" face. :D

* Keru Troop Chief Yuntabal - Like the name says, this guy has major, um, guts, I love it when he (literally) laughs in the face of the bad guys. Also just plain a fine dramatic actor.

* Oi, Mari, Hyoppo: Jumong's 3 Musketeers. Especially like the "forbidden love" subplot involving tough-guy Hyoppo and someone from Sosuhno's Keru troop. The later addition of the reformed bandits as their 3 counterparts and oft-times rivals makes for a great ongoing source of tension and humor.

* Mo Palmo and his friend, the chief of the Guards - absolutely hilarious pair, they're like the Laurel and Hardy of Korean Costume drama.

  • Gorgeous Women (I'm a guy, so I admit I was looking more at the ladies ;): Sosuhno, Ye Soya, Buyong and Lady Yuhwa are all major hotties. Even the bad girls have their moments. :) And did I mention the costumes?


  • Jumong: I know I'm probably going to catch a lot of flak for his, but Song Il-Guk's portrayal just lacks something. Perhaps this is partly the fault of the series writers, but it's just not as convincing as it should be.

  • Too many royal people sitting at fancy carved tables doing nothing at the start of scenes - I mean, don't these people read, or do needlework, or paint, or play board games? A missed opportunity for adding depth and texture to the series.

  • Fight scenes way too unrealistic (at least for my taste) - OK, I realize you probably can't have severed heads, limbs and guts flying around without alienating a large part of the audience, but could we maybe occasionally have a little *blood*? (And not just a dab on the tip of some guy's sword). And, all these good guys fighting brutal battles and coming out without a scratch? (except for "designated manly upper arm wound guy".) Or even breaking a sweat...

But as I said, the negatives are far outweighed by the good stuff - unless you're the kind of person who insists on "realism" (whatever that means) in all aspects of a show.

All in all, excellent entertainment for the whole family - highly recommended. 8/10

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