Ballad of Seodong
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • Ballad of Suhdong
  • Seodong's Song
  • Song of the Prince
Genre
Written byKim Young-hyun
Directed byLee Byung-hoon MBC
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes55
Production
ProducerKim Kyung-min
Production companyKim Jong-hak Production
DistributorSBS
Release
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original release5 September 2005 (2005-09-05) –
21 March 2006 (2006-03-21)
External links
Website

Ballad of Seodong (Korean서동요; Hanja薯童謠; RRSeodong-yo) is a South Korean television series starring Jo Hyun-jae, Lee Bo-young, and Ryu Jin. It aired on SBS from September 5, 2005 to March 21, 2006 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 55 episodes.[1][2]

The period drama is based on Seodong-yo, said to be one of Korea's oldest folk songs and its first hyangga. According to the Samguk Yusa ("Memorabilia of the Three Kingdoms") from the Silla Kingdom, the song was written by Seodong, a commoner from the Baekje Kingdom. Hearing that Princess Seonhwa, daughter of King Jinpyeong of Silla, was beautiful, he writes a song saying that the princess visits Seodong's room every night, and it quickly spreads throughout the kingdom and beyond, until it reaches the palace in Silla. When her father hears the song, he condemns the innocent princess to exile. Seodong finds Seonhwa, marries her and takes her to Baekje, and they become the royal rulers of the country.[3]

Plot

Seodong is just a commoner, a technician who grew up in Baekje's prestigious science and technology institute Taehaksa, but his life is on the brink of extraordinary change. He meets and falls for Princess Seonhwa of the rival kingdom Silla, and his love for her transcends social position. Seodong also carries a secret that could alter the fate of the Baekje kingdom, but his rival Sataek Giru plots with Buyeo Seon to disrupt his plans.[4]

Cast

Main:

Supporting:

Ratings

In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share (TNmS Ratings)
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 5 September 2005 16.8% 18.2%
2 6 September 2005 17.6% 19.0%
3 12 September 2005 18.8% 21.6%
4 13 September 2005 17.8% 20.1%
5 20 September 2005 17.9% 19.8%
6 26 September 2005 18.5% 19.8%
7 27 September 2005 19.6% 21.6%
8 3 October 2005 18.6% 19.5%
9 4 October 2005 17.8% 18.6%
10 10 October 2005 19.6% 21.6%
11 11 October 2005 20.0% 21.6%
12 17 October 2005 16.7% 17.4%
13 18 October 2005 17.2% 18.1%
14 24 October 2005 16.9% 18.2%
15 25 October 2005 16.9% 17.7%
16 31 October 2005 15.2% 16.6%
17 1 November 2005 16.4% 17.5%
18 7 November 2005 16.8% 17.6%
19 8 November 2005 13.7% 12.9%
20 15 November 2005 16.4% 17.7%
21 21 November 2005 15.6% 17.7%
22 22 November 2005 14.6% 15.8%
23 28 November 2005 16.5% 17.8%
24 29 November 2005 16.9% 17.4%
25 5 December 2005 17.4% 19.3%
26 6 December 2005 17.1% 18.5%
27 12 December 2005 16.5% 17.8%
28 13 December 2005 16.8% 17.7%
29 19 December 2005 17.1% 18.2%
30 20 December 2005 18.1% 19.5%
31 26 December 2005 18.7% 19.8%
32 27 December 2005 19.3% 20.9%
33 2 January 2006 20.9% 22.4%
34 3 January 2006 23.1% 24.3%
35 9 January 2006 21.2% 22.2%
36 10 January 2006 23.8% 25.7%
37 16 January 2006 23.0% 24.0%
38 17 January 2006 22.9% 23.7%
39 23 January 2006 21.6% 22.0%
40 24 January 2006 24.1% 24.8%
41 31 January 2006 23.7% 24.6%
42 6 February 2006 22.2% 23.2%
43 7 February 2006 22.9% 24.2%
44 13 February 2006 21.3% 22.0%
45 14 February 2006 25.4% 26.6%
46 20 February 2006 23.3% 24.1%
47 21 February 2006 23.6% 24.3%
48 27 February 2006 22.9% 23.1%
49 28 February 2006 25.3% 26.5%
50 6 March 2006 25.2% 25.9%
51 7 March 2006 26.7% 27.2%
52 13 March 2006 23.3% 24.5%
53 14 March 2006 23.9% 25.1%
54 20 March 2006 24.0% 25.5%
55 21 March 2006 25.0% 26.0%
Average 19.8% 21.0%

References

  1. ^ "Drama Shows Ancient Technology". The Korea Times via Hancinema. 2 October 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  2. ^ Jeong, Hyeon-mok (21 December 2005). "Couch potatoes get up and make own shows". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ "King Mu of Baekje, the Hero of Seodongyo (The Song of Seodong) Spirit". KBS World. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Korean TV Dramas: Seodongyo". Korea Tourism Organization. Retrieved 25 May 2014.