| Lee San, Wind of the Palace
|Lee Byoung-hoon, the director of the hit TV series The Jewel in the Palace, will
direct this new period drama.
In the late 18th century, Lee San became the 22nd kind of the Joseon Dynasty!
It was the most tumultuous times ever seen in the 500-year-old Joseon monarchy!
He was an open-minded, wise king who championed democratic values.
The stories of his glorious triumphs, ordeals, regrets, and historical achievements
are shown in this TV drama.
A story about Lee San’s life
The politics of Lee San (King Jung-jo)
He was a natural leader who ended vicious partisan politics and revived the
economy with his extensive knowledge of the market. He created a strong paradigm
in the 18th century and ruled with the kingdom wisely!
This biopic drama covers his dramatic life and shows the achievements of the
Silhak scholars and outstanding officials who rebuilt the kingdom’s power.
The high point of the arts in the late Joseon Dynasty.
Hwaseong Fortress was a remarkable architectural achievement during this period
and western knowledge began to seep into the kingdom. Brilliant individuals
such as Park Ji-won, Lee Ick, Jung Yak-yong, Kim Hong-do, Shin Yoon-bok, and
others are introduced in this TV drama as well.
For the first time, the art workshop of the palace will be shown along with
the Aekjung office and Seja Ikwiesa. There were 10 failed assassination attempts
made during this period alone in the 500-year history of the Joseon Kingdom
and they will be depicted as well.
Economic turning point in the 18th century
As family industries began to be replaced with a trading economy, the 18th century
was a turning point for the economy-!
The commercial trade of the times will be depicted realistically and the trading
organization that Song-yeon leads is where the latter Joseon Dynasty’s economy
originated from. The special Joseon Dynasty products that were made under the
guidance of Song-yeon were exported to the China’s Ching Dynasty.
In addition, the 30-year romance between the leading female character Song-yeon
(Eubin Sung) and King Jung-jo will also be a main theme in the drama.
The reinforcement of the army and military research
In the late 18th century, western technology began to seep into the kingdom
and many political factions that opposed the king tried to fan the flames by
starting anti-government movements. This led King Jung-jo to take a strong interest
in national security and a military buildup. This is when the king reformed
the army and began to beef up military research. One accomplishment in this
era was the publication of the Muyedobotongji, Joseon dynasty’s first martial
arts textbook to ever exist.
||Lee San | actor Lee
A wise king who created a new age of rising
prosperity and power in the Joseon Dynasty. A wise ruler
The 22nd king of the
When he was at the tender age of 11, he witnessed the slow
execution of his father, Prince Sado. But he grew up as a gentle boy with a
He is smart like his grandfather, King Young-jo but he has a
benevolent personality that makes him different.
He likes reading to expand
his knowledge but he is also well trained in weaponry and combat.
grandfather King Young-jo constantly tests his abilities and so he receives help
from Song-yeon, eunuch Nam Sa-cho, bodyguard Dae-soo, and painter Kim Hong-do to
pass them. During his short reign that spanned 24 years, he rejuvenated culture
and arts and based his rule on a humanistic philosophy. He left many great
achievements in politics, economics, and the
||Sung Song-yeon - The royal
concubine who King Jung-jo loved with all his heart | Actress Han
King Jung-jo’s royal concubine. Eubin Sung (royal
When she was a young concubine at the age of 11, she met Lee San for
the first time at Hwiryeong Pavilion in Changdeok Palace a few days before
Prince Sado was executed. She likes painting and has quite a talent in the arts
since her father is also a painter. She works as an assistant at the art
workshop in the palace and through the help of a relative she was able to become
a young palace concubine. On her first day in the palace, she meets Lee San and
they feel a connection. After meeting Lee San, she thinks about him every day
and after working at the art workshop for another 10 years as a damo, she
finally gets to meet Lee San again. Although she is aware that Dae-soo is in
love with her, she ignores him and stays blissfully in love with Lee San (King
Jung-jo). She finally becomes the royal concubine of King Jung-jo and given the
title of a royal family member (Eubin Sung) when she gives birth to his son,
||King Young-jo - Strong
leadership | actor Lee Soon-jae|
He is the father of Prince
Sado and Lee San (King Jung-jo) is his grandson.
As a perfectionist, he has a
keen intelligence and is well informed on a range of topics.
He has a quick
temper and always walks at a quick pace even when there is no need to hurry. He
regrets ordering the execution of his own son who was killed a slow death while
locked inside a small wooden rice chest with little air to breathe. He loves his
grandson but he uses a tough love approach in grooming him to become the next
||Jung Hoo-gyeom - King
Jung-jo’s archenemy | actor Cho Yeon-woo|
With a sharp mind
and natural political skills, he endears himself to Princess Hwa-wan and becomes
her adopted son. He looks gentle on the surface but has a cold, calculating
personality. With high ambitions, he passed the state examination at the age of
18 with the highest score and at the age of 19, he was given the high-ranking
government position of Saheonbu Jipyeong, which is a Jung 5-pum rank. At the age
of 20, he was promoted again to the position of Dangsangwang Seungji. He was the
youngest person to ever hold such a rank. As a trusted royal subject of King
Young-jo, he becomes an assistant to Nobleman Choi. He strongly objects in
making Lee San the proxy of King Young-jo and forges the old king’s will to
weaken Lee San, who is set to become the next king. He becomes the archenemy of
Lee San (King Jung-jo) until Lee San dies under mysterious
||Park Dae-soo - King
Jung-jo’s personal guard | actor Lee Jong-soo|
He was a young
boy when he first met King Jung-jo, who was a young prince at the time, and made
a vow to protect him for the rest of his life. He served the king for over 30
years. He is a man of few words and when he makes up his mind, he will become
obsessed with the task until he completes it. As a charismatic man, he later
becomes the naegeum commander of the Geumgun and closely guards King Jung-jo.
Together with Army Commander Baek Dong-soo, he pens the book Muyedobotongji, the
first martial arts textbook ever published in the Joseon Dynasty. He has a crush
on Song-yeon but cannot help but watch her from a distance since she is the
royal concubine of King Jung-jo.
||Princess Hwa-wan - The
daughter of King Young-jo. King Jung-jo’s aunt | actress Sung
A beautiful seductress
She is a crafty person who
breaks the rules at will. She looks down upon others and has a difficult
personality but King Young-jo is very fond of her. This emboldens her to expand
her powers in the kingdom.
She is one of the key people who orchestrated the
execution of Prince Sado.
After her husband’s death, she adopted Jung
Hoo-gyeom and grooms him as her heir. To prevent Lee San from being crowned as
the next king, she joins forces with Queen Moon Sook-eui, who is the wife of
Prince Jung-soon, and leads the effort to banish him from the
||Queen Hyo-eui - King
Jung-jo’s wife | actress Park Eun-hye|
At the age of 10, she
was betrothed to Lee San and became his queen when Lee San is later crowned as
the 22nd king of the Joseon Dynasty.
She has a calm and gentle
She is jealous of the relationship that Song-yeon has with Lee
San but she treats the nice Song-yeon without any malice. She thwarts the plot
to kill Hong Kuk-young and promotes Song-yeon as a royal concubine after she
saves her life. She is unable to bear any children and lives a lonely life
because of that. She has a fallout with Hong Kuk-young and plays a key role in
ousting him from power.