First episode date
15 May 2006
Number of episodes
Country of origin
Final episode date
13 March 2007
Also known as
Prince of LegendThe Book of the Three Hans
Historical period dramaRomanceAction
Choi Wan-kyuJung Hyung-soo
Song Il-gookHan Hye-jinKim Seung-sooSong Ji-Hyo
PaekSang Arts Award Grand Prize in Television, PaekSang Arts Award for Best TV Script
Song Il‑gook, Han Hye‑jin, Song Ji‑hyo, Oh Yeon‑soo, Kim Seung‑soo
The Kingdom of the Winds, Dong Yi (TV series), Queen Seondeok (TV series)
Jumong (Hangul: 삼한지-주몽 편; Hanja: 三韓志-朱蒙篇주몽; RR: Samhanji-Jumong Pyeon; lit. "The Book of the Three Hans: The Chapter of Jumong") is a South Korean historical period drama series that aired on MBC from 2006 to 2007 as the network's 45th anniversary special. Originally scheduled for 60 episodes, MBC extended it to 81 because of its popularity.
- Jumong araro
- International broadcast
- Hong Kong broadcast controversy
The series examines the life of Jumong, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo. Few details have been found in the historical record about Jumong, so much of the series is fictionalized. The fantastic elements surrounding the original Jumong legend (such as those concerning his birth) have been replaced with events more grounded in reality. Jumong is considered part of the Korean Wave (Hallyu), with viewership in Iran exceeding 80 percent.
Following the conquest of Gojoseon by Han China in 108 BC, the surviving tribes and city-states of Manchuria and the northern Korean Peninsula are harshly subjugated as tributaries to the Han, who are portrayed as ruling with an iron fist from the Four Commanderies. Haemosu, the leader of the local resistance in the form of the Damul Army, covertly teams up with Prince Geumwa of Buyeo to defend and rescue Gojoseon refugees throughout the land. After being injured in a battle, Haemosu is rescued by Lady Yuhwa of the Habaek tribe (to whom Geumwa has taken a fancy), and they fall in love. Haemosu is subsequently ambushed and captured by Han forces (and after falling off a cliff is presumed dead by the outside world), and the now-pregnant Yuhwa is forced to seek shelter in Buyeo, where she becomes Geumwa's concubine and gives birth to Haemosu's son, Jumong.
Twenty years later, the young Jumong is a weak and cowardly prince overshadowed and scorned by his elder half-brothers Daeso and Youngpo, who are vying for inheritance of the Buyeo throne from their father (the now-King Geumwa). After escaping an assassination attempt by his half-brothers, Jumong leaves the palace and by a twist of fate, encounters his father, the now-elderly Haemosu in the wild. Jumong becomes skilled in combat under Haemosu's covert tutelage, but is unaware of their father-son relationship. At the same time, Jumong forms a close relationship with Lady Soseono of the Gyeru trading clan of Jolbon. Following Haemosu's assassination by Daeso and Youngpo, Jumong learns the truth and vows to avenge his father and drive out the Han. He returns to Geumwa and leads the Buyeo army in a campaign against Lintun and Zhenfan Commanderies, but is reported missing in Action and presumed dead following an injury in battle. Subsequently, Daeso seizes power in Buyeo by colluding with Xuantu Commandery and forces Soseono to be his queen. In desperation, Soseono weds her trading partner Wootae (not knowing Jumong is still alive). Jumong, however, is rescued by the Hanbaek tribe and nursed back to health by Lady Yesoya, whom he weds. They return to Buyeo and Jumong feigns servitude to Daeso, thereby earning his trust. With Daeso's guard down, Jumong and his lieutenants manage to intercept and lead a large group of Gojoseon refugees into the wilds of Mount Bongye, where they establish a fortress and re-form the Damul Army, against Geumwa's wishes. In despite, Geumwa holds Yesoya and her son Yuri hostage in the palace, after regaining power from Daeso.
Over the next three years, the Damul Army grows and begins uniting various local tribes, to the discomfort of Buyeo and Han. Following Wootae's death in battle, Jumong and Soseono form an alliance and unite the five clans of Jolbon and the Damul Army into a single powerful entity, which succeeds in conquering Xuantu Commandery and establishing the Kingdom of Goguryeo. When Yesoya and Yuri are reported missing from Buyeo (and presumed dead), a grieving Jumong weds Soseono and they become king and queen of the new nation.
After ruling Goguryeo for fifteen years, Jumong succeeds in reuniting with Yesoya and Yuri (who had been living in exile after escaping from the palace). Following Geumwa's assassination by Han mercenaries, the newly-crowned King Daeso forms an alliance with Jumong, and the combined armies of Goguryeo and Buyeo succeed in conquering Liaodong Commandery with utter annihilation of the Han army in Manchuria. With Jumong's lifelong mission finally complete and in order to prevent internal strife due to Yuri's return, Soseono departs from Goguryeo and heads south with the pro-Jolbon faction and her teenage sons (with Wootae) Biryu and Onjo, who subsequently found the Kingdom of Baekje on the Korean Peninsula. Buyeo eventually collapses following the battlefield death of Daeso at the hands of Jumong's grandson Muhyul. Jumong continues battling against Han China to consolidate his realm, and dies at age 40 after passing the crown of Goguryeo to Yuri.
Jumong received the highest viewership ratings of all the Korean dramas that aired in 2006.
Broadcast rights for Jumong were sold to Iran (Channel 3), Turkey, Romania (Channel TVR1), Kazakhstan, Armenia, Japan (Fuji TV), Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam (VTV1), Singapore (MediaCorp Channel U), Indonesia, Thailand (Channel 3), Malaysia, Brunei Daresalaam, Philippines (GMA Network), Fiji (Fiji One), Kurdistan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Cambodia (Cambodian Television Network), United States (AZN Television).Myanmar(Myawaddy TV), Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation )
Hong Kong broadcast controversy
Asia Television bought the Hong Kong broadcast rights; however, controversy surrounding its translation escalated debate about ATV's editorial independence in news and drama. The controversy primarily surrounded the cutting of certain segments, the mistranslation of place names and the mistranslation of a character's occupation. The changing of the word "nation" (in reference to Goguryeo) to "tribe" and the translation of the Han Dynasty as the "heavenly dynasty" has generated controversy about the station's editorial independence. This is related to controversies involving the governments of China and South Korea over the history of Goguryeo.