Goong (Princess Hours)

Goong’s JJH and YEHThis drama fuelled my unexplained likeness to Korea (drama, culture, music etc.) and that watching 12 hours straight from 9pm to 9am became a usual weekend for me.  This is the first K-drama that I watched via DVD and I am certainly happy I did. 

I watched Goong 2 days non-stop peeing and eating time are my only breaks.  I just had 3 hours of sleep.  I was liked ‘possessed’ with this drama… certainly a Cinderella type of story that will leave a smile on your face after finishing the drama.

Synopsis:

The story is mainly about re-living the monarchy in South Korea in this modern times.  The Emperor (Pheya) needs to have a succesor as his health conditions worsens.  His son Lee Shin, the Taeja Jeona (Prince) who will be sucessor to the throne  is just 19 years old.  Shin is not in a relationship known to the Palace, this sparked the idea of fulfilling the wish of the former emperor (grandfather to Shin).  The former emperor in honor of his very best friend who has been on his side, made a pact to have their grandchildren married when the time comes.  The grandaugther happens to be the common and free spirited girl named Shen Caijing.   Shin hopeless and also unwilling to be married to someone he doesn’t know decided to propose to a girl she is secretly meeting named Hyorin.  Coincidentally, Caijing overheard the Prince proposing to Hyorin (they were attending the same school) She likewise knew how she rejected the proposal from Shin. .  Hyorin is a good ballet dancer and projects an image more suitable to become a Princess.

Initialy Caijing is hesitant to accept her fate, thinking it’s foolish to be married to someone whom you do not love and most of all someone who is inlove with somebody else.  She only submitted herself on getting engaged and eventually be married to Shin after her family suffered financial difficulties.  During her initial meeting with the Queen, without any bad or selfish intention, Caijing agreed to be married to Shin and hopes that the Queen helps her family.  This painted a ‘bad impression’  of Caijing to the Queen, thinking she is only after the money. 

Shin thinks that it would be fun to marry Caijing as he thinks that it will bring shame to the Royal Family.  After the traditional ceremony of their union, Shin started to make Caijing feel like a puppet princess in the Palace… constantly ignoring her or criticizing her ways.  He even insulted Caijing in one of their lunches that Caijing married him for the money.  This event triggered Caijing to burst out her feelings which somehow softened the insensitive Prince.

Caijing is having a hard time coping with the rules and ways in the Palace but seems the Palace itself is adjusting to her.  Her good nature made her likeable by the Queen Mother and even the servants.  But her relationship is tangled with Shin’s friends continuously ridiculing her and siding on Hyorin who later on felt she should have not rejected Shin.  This is one of the major conflicts in the story, when Hyorin tries to win Shin by playing the role of Camilla in what she thought as Prince Charles and Princess Diana case in Korea. 

Caijing who is always pure, true and happy with her ways slowly captured the heart of the Prince.  Hyorin failed to gain the love she lost.  But the conflict is just half way as the second prince named LV (Daegon is his title) falls in love with Caijing.  He happens to be the original heir to the throne if only his father did not die on an accident.  Her mother (given the TaeHu Mama title later on) who is too ambitious made the situation even worse by plotting so many things just to redeem the throne.  She has a relationship with Shin’s dad but gave up on it because the prince then (Shin’s uncle) liked her.  She marries him only to become the Queen.  They were sent abroad by the Emperor then after knowing the story behind the secret relation between the Queen and Second Prince (who later on marries through an arranged one–a marrriage without love)

Several scandal courtesy of the TaeHu Mama hit the Palace.  The pinnacle of which is when Shin has been accused of putting the palace to fire. At this point, Shin and Caijing realized that they love each other but the Palace has to redeem its image so they have decided to send Caijing temporarily to Macau.  They have to part ways while Shin is undergoing the investigation.

LV’s conscience led him to take on the responsibilities on the crimes that her mother made.  He realized that he can never have Caijing thinking everything was a bad karma of her mom’s past.  Shin cleared himself and joined Caijing in Macau where they renewed their love by getting married in church.  The story ended with a hint of the princess being pregnant.

My Fearless Review:

Overall, the drama production is great.  The design has been carefully crafted.  I think this made the viewers appreciate Korea.  There were a lot of scenes taken on good backgrounds.  The costume were extravagant and detailed. 

There was relatively strong chemistry between Joo Ji Hoon (Shin) and Yoon Eun Hye (Caijing).  They were good in their debut acting.  More than their acting, I think they look good together.  Ji Hoon suits the role of a cold hearted Prince with a deadly smile while Eun Hye was equally good as the duck turned swan Caijing.  Kim Jeong Hoon who played the role of LV did a good performance too, though he looked too nice to be ambitious.

What makes this drama such a hit… the kissing scenes were taken in hot but good taste.  For the longest time in the drama,  Shin could only express his love to Caijing by doing her favors that are sometimes unknown to the latter.  He was distant to her and with very little instance of touches and hugs, as such the first true kiss became one of the highlights in the story.

I just thought the Palace became too weak with the evil TaeHu Mama around but there are so many scenes that are too good to miss and probably will leave a mark in your heart (i will try to enumerate them later as i am sleepy now hehehe).

 I am GOONGnified

Goong-Future 1st Family

The memorable scenes from Goong are like lightning that suddenly strikes my head.  In such cases the lightning leaves an irreversible smile on my face.  These scenes, in my opinion, are the best.  They are not necessarily happy but it either made you cry, felt lonely or made you fall-in love with the characters:

  • Marrying the Prince for Money – this scene is shown on the early part of the drama, just after the marriage.  Though it was an arranged marriage and that Caijing is clear of Taeja having his ‘real love interest’, she tried to make Shin feel that she is someone he can be comfortable with.  In their lunch together, Shin’s phone rang. As expected it was Hyorin who is on the other line.  Shin was obviously awkward to talk to Hyorin infront of his wife.  Caijing told him not to worry about it, he can talk to Hyorin even in front her because they are friends.  The proud Taeja replied in great sarcasm that he is not in any manner will be affected on how others would feel.  What hit the bigung mama is when he mentioned that he will not be ashamed specially in front of her whom he known has agreed to marry just because of money.  (There was an event when Caijing went to the palace first time that she asked the Queen to help her family who is in big debt–the Prince knew about it).  Shin even asked him to continue having the dessert which is so sarcastic.  At that point Eun Hye burst into tears and delivered some lines.  She married a shit for the money and in full emotions asked that she wants all his money then went to leave the Taeja.   This highlights the start of a troubled Caijing inside the Palace.  Her feeling of being friends with her husband banished.  This scene also previews on the Taeja’s curiousity over his wife… that she is afterall not the materialistic girl that he perceives her to be.
  • The Princess is the Wife – Who will not like the scene when Taeja admitted he needed Bigung beside him?  This is when he hugged her as Caijing was about to leave him.  Prior to this, Daegon was little by little injecting to Caijing’s mind that she is not the ‘type of girl’ of the Prince.   Caijing who is struggling to the changes in her life could seem not to take all the issues about her being a commoner and the arranged marriage she had with the Prince.   On the day she decided to unload her emotional baggages to Daegon,  her whereabouts was unknown to the Palace.  This stirred everyone from the Palace.   At the height of looking for Caijing, Shin met Hyorin, only to ask if she has seen the Bigung.  This made Hyorin felt unimportant but instead of Shin consoling her, he said that more than anything else Caijing is his wife.  I think this is one of those ‘it’ scenes.  The impact of the lines from Shin and the reaction it left from Hyorin put the emotions high.  After all, Caijing whom is not the first love, is someone very important to the Prince at that very moment.
  • A Falling In-love Bigung and Confused Taeja- After the Thailand visit of the Prince there were couple of events to look forward.  Caijing attempted to hide how she was miserable when the Taeja was away but her face and physical condition could not hide the longing.   There are so many highlights on this chapter that you should not miss seeing each.  On my opinion this where the Taeja has fully understood his responsibilities as husband to the Bigung Mama.  That there is someone who waits for him and most importantly is the need to protect Caijing.  When Caijing confronted Hyorin regarding the Thailand trip, she suddenly fainted after confirming that she and the Prince met there.  Taeja coming from nowhere was there to rescue Caijing.   I specially like the fact that Hyorin has realized she is lost her power over Shin which was further confirmed when he said that what happened in Thailand was sort of a send off.
  • Switching of Situation – Taeja for the longest time just kept on mentioning that he wants Caijing to stay with him until he is ready to set her free.  Obviously he could not express his love to Caijing.  The Bigung who was always beside him felt like she is waiting in vain.  Then the scandal on the Bigung having an affair came out.  Unaware of the bad perceptions against her, Caijing only thought of moving out of the Palace.   During the press conference to clear the scandal, the Taeja publicly expressed his feelings towards the Bigung (after she expressed the divorce thing).  Still Caijing was in doubt of the Taeja’s sincerity.  Now its the Prince who feel so betrayed with the situation and was inclined to believe that Bigung and Daegon are getting along well.   The confrontation inside their Palace has confirmed everything.  Every line of the Taeja was enough to bring tears to the audience.  The table has turned… now the Prince who has fallen in love seem to be at the losing end.
  • Taeja and Bigung are Destined to be Together- when fire broke in the Palace and the Taeja has been named as primary suspect, the love story slowly began to fall into places.  This is when Caijing is 100% sure that he cannot leave the Taeja.  This is also when the most passionate kiss happened.  More than anything else, the scene when Bigung has mentioned to Taeja that she is willing to sacrifice for the Royal Family brought him to tears.  It can no longer be denied… they are truly in-love with each other.   At this point, I also did like the scene when Caijing directly expressed to Daegon that their relationship will never be more than friends.   Even on a re-incarnated life it would still be Shin and Caijing no matter if they belong to royal family or not.

This drama has truly made the Joo JiHoon and Yoon Eun Hye, a chemistry to beat.  They look so good together that the kissing scenes they had were unfrogettable to all the fans.  Who will forget these:

  • The Most Passionate Kiss – This is the longest and the most passionate kiss, when Caijing asked Shin if he wants her to stay (after the fire incident). 
  • The Fiery Kiss – When Daegon was celebrating his birthday in Royal Villa, another great misunderstanding between Caijing and Shin happened.  Caijing thought the Prince is still in-love with Hyorin while Shin on the other hand, thought Bigung is choosing Daegon over him.  Taeja gave the Bigung one big forceful kiss. 
  • The I Care Kiss – Caijing is still sick after the Taeja went back from the visit to Thailand.  She shared the bed with Shin as his bed is warmer than hers.  Caijing fell asleep… the Taeja gave her a slight peck at the forehead as if he wants to say that he married the Bigung not just because it was arranged but it was destiny… 

82 Comments »

  1. amerahtul jannah Said:

    hay anyong esiyo!!

    saranghe joo ji hooon and ur babay

    and last but not the list

    eun yoon hye!!

  2. amerahtul jannah Said:

    aNYoNg

  3. mary joy Said:

    I hope that they will get the original cast.

  4. chocodipsy Said:

    …meron na bang Goong 2?…wala kazi sa you tube,e!…pwede mahingi ung websyt?…haha..adik kz aq dun…

    • d3eana Said:

      hahaahah meron bang goong 2 alam ko goong S pero iba na ung mga characters :((

  5. janeybei Said:

    There is no Goong 2 yet :-) Merong Goong S or Goong Special which stars se7en its a spin off from Goong. You can check mySoju.com its uplaoded in that site. Look for Goong S. It’s not a sequel but a spin off.

  6. nina-nana Said:

    hay anyong esiyo!!

  7. katya Said:

    i was recomended by my korean friend to watch goong and i didn’t sleep for 2 nights because i couldn’t stop watching it…. its the best drama ever and i would recomend it to everyone….

    goong rules….

    ^_^

    • liane Said:

      hay… super fanatic talaga ako sa goong!
      im a certified goong adik!>>
      haha but its real!

  8. katya Said:

    i have been going to bed at 5 and wacking up at 6 …. i was sooooo addicted to goong,,,, my korean friend said that i should really watch it and i was glad i did…. i recomend it to everyone this is the best drama in the whole wide world….

    shin russia loves u…… ^_^

  9. chankchank Said:

    I’m from vietnamese but I think we realy like this movie

  10. jayna Said:

    mayrun pla ung my family n cla? palabas na sana!!!!

    • d3eana Said:

      tlga meron???!!!!! anung title tska kailan ipapalabas?!?!?!?

  11. anne Said:

    I’m so excited 2 watch the sequel……i’m sure marami na nmang maggang adik xa knila………i love you janel& gian

  12. fatma Said:

    Atkileyici bir dizi ve senaryo

  13. jazmin Said:

    me parecio la novela muy bonita por la drama y algunas comedias gracias alos koreanos podemos ver aun la esencia del amor ……V

  14. Hülya Said:

    princess hours too good… :)

  15. celine Said:

    sana may second edition pa pero dapat mas pina kilig

  16. angelica rejano Said:

    The movie is so nice and interesting.
    I hope that they make Princess Hours 2….

  17. azizah Said:

    wowww wonderful i ope joo ji hoon and yoon eun hye is a sweet girl and fakta and my name azizah from indonesia im your fans i want you call me because you the best movies

  18. azizah Said:

    anyong im azizah from indonesia please give me your biodata because i m your fans

  19. anniezha olha Said:

    iwanna said im real like princess hours , i wanna princess hours season 2 ,

  20. Fanie Said:

    I very.. very… love princess hours..

    Joo ji hoon I love u..

    Sarang hae…
    Saranghae..
    Sarang hae..

    Ji hoon come in Indonesia..
    Ok??

  21. ghille Said:

    i really love this drama,,

    i watched it for 5 times but still i’m not tired of watching it…

    it’s my most favorite among all dramas i watched,, whether korean,, japanese or taiwanese

    i was so depressed when i learned that there will be no sequel to this drama,, instead goong s was introduced…

    i really love ji hoon and eun hye…

    too bad they don’t date on real life,, instead ji hoon and the girl that played hyo rin…

    xoxo

  22. aurora Said:

    ihhhhh. . . . . . . . .
    delicious your film .. . . . .
    ehmmmm. . . . . its very cute….
    beautiful aabiesssssszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ok! thankz!!!!!

  23. marla Said:

    meron pa bang goong2????????????i really love that ……………………the story,cast and environment……….owesome

  24. coleen Said:

    i love goong so much..wish they could make the sequel soon!!

  25. Diana Said:

    where did you get that photo!!!! because i wanted to saw this drama before because i tought they will get a baby! but that doesn’t mean i didn’t adore this drama

  26. princess Said:

    I wAnt tO bE a pRincEss tOo….

    iT sTart wHen i fIrst wAtch thE pRincEss hOurs mOvie!!

    THats wHy sOmetimEs!!!

    I wAs wOnderIng iF I cOuld gO tO kOrea!!

    bUt thEirs nO emPerors iN thEre aNymoRe!!

    I reAlly lOve thAt mOvie!!!

    IT sO swEet!!

    and I lEarn a Lot fRom iT!!

    I lOve sHencaIjing!!
    and xInjun!!

    Muahh sArAheyo!!

    amira

  27. Anisa Said:

    I like goong.
    Because GOONG so sweet and very-very good

  28. danica Said:

    you rock

  29. danica Said:

    i love it

  30. nadia Said:

    this show is awesome!!!!!!
    I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  31. cha-cha Said:

    i really,really like this film.

    chae gyong is unbeatable lucky girl!!

  32. maribel Said:

    love…^^

  33. liara Said:

    flim GOONG asyiis bisk… n romant

  34. liara Said:

    hiiii

  35. betül Said:

    gonng very very good

    joo ji hoon very very pretty
    and kim jeong hoon
    ı live in me turkey

  36. fnoOo Said:

    hi

    thanks a lot

    Islam is the right way

  37. Merycor Said:

    That was 1 of my favorite movie i watched, a combination of drama, comedy, and kilig, ever! I dreamed 2 be a princess, even if it’s impocble 2 happen. Hope there will be a part 2 4 that movie..

  38. YASHA Said:

    PRINCESS HOURS IS THE BEST MOVIE

    I VERY…..VERY LOVE SHIN AND PRINCESS HOURS

    SARANG HAE………………
    SARANG HAE……………..
    SARANG HAE………………..

    JOO JI HOON WHEN YOU COME IN INDONESIA????

  39. sofea Said:

    comel mase tido..romatis….i love princess hours..

  40. Rosalie Said:

    to the director of goong, ur a cruel cliffhanger, how could you just leave the audience just hanging there? y did u just end it w/ da hint dat the princess is pregnant? couldnt u just put a little more in it?
    ur so cruel…..
    ok now im done,
    I LOVE THIS DRAMA, SECOND TO BOYS BEFORE FLOWERS. *SIGH* MAN I WISH THIS HAPPENED TO ME, MINUS THE INTENSE DRAMA.

  41. . raniy . Said:

    w Ww , their song is very amazing..

  42. rAisYa Said:

    pRinceSS hOuRs Is tHe bEsT

    I LikE dRamA rOmantic,n cOmeDy

  43. nitha Said:

    perfectttt i like it heeeeeeee

    ??????

  44. Jessie Said:

    me too!! I also liked this Korean Drama.
    hmmm… but I think the girl’s name is not Caijing, but: Shin Chae-gyung..

  45. renz Said:

    i think you need to create again the goong same casting here in the phillipines their waiting for the secong of goong i hope you create that drama thanks

  46. renz Said:

    i think you need to create again the goong same casting here in the phillipines their waiting for the secong of goong i hope you do that drama thanks

  47. foe Said:

    hebat deh mereka

    terusin aja pasangan nya m

  48. sittie Said:

    where is the part 2?cant wait to see it………….

    • janey_bei Said:

      there is no part 2 sad to say but there is a spin off version called Goong S starred by different set of actors and actresses.

  49. rofllolxdlol Said:

    the first K-novela i ever loved ;) this brings back the memories :))

  50. NoeYnY Said:

    I love goong . I watched it in thailand because I am THAI

  51. liane Said:

    uiui its goong time

  52. liane Said:

    im a certified goong adiks>>
    weeew!

  53. belle Said:

    I’m curious about the picture.. the one with the baby..haha

  54. nessa Said:

    where does the baby come from in the picture???

  55. reejean Said:

    .. goong is really a very nice korean drama!!!

    it’s so heartwarming…

    bawat eksena are worth to be treasured!!!

    SUUUUUUUUUUUPEERRRRRRR!!!

    i love it reallY!!!

    sana may part 2 na!!!

    i can”t wait to see them again!!!

    • nickol Said:

      i love you mr.joo jin hoon
      i wish you com in U.S.A thanks
      nickol

  56. novia Said:

    JOO JI HOON
    saranghe yo
    saranghe yo

    i wish you come in indonesia
    >_< wkwkwkwkwk

  57. BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Said:

    Da dRaMa WaS A wRAp!!!!!!!! It mADe Me Cry iN The END! I did not sleep enough just 2 watch it.

  58. BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Said:

    Yeah,I agree WITH tHeM.Where did the photo came from?Well, IT doesn’t matter,they look good together especially with the cute BABY!

  59. BELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL Said:

    actually me part 2 sna yan kaso lang d natuloy kc umayaw cla.

  60. Venice Said:

    this is so true!!!! Goong so incredibly addictive. i am planning to watch it again marathon this coming christmas break!!!! yey!

  61. precious Said:

    i really love goong.. wish there’s part 2 already..

  62. nickol Said:

    i miss you
    nickol

  63. Your real fan Said:

    I want to know if part two is out or not if yes please let me know someone. It would be my very great pleasure to know that Missing the show :) it’s the first Korean series that I watched and really touched hope the second part comes out soon <3

    • janey_bei Said:

      no there is no part 2 but there is Goong Spin off which is Goong S but it doesn’t have the same set of characters.

  64. Annn Said:

    The best drama & the best couple & the best cast! I hope there will be part 2 of this drama but they have misunderstandings so I hope everything will be settled. Plus, the actor who played the role of Shin joined the army & I don’t know when will he comeback & be a TV personality again.

  65. صبا Said:

    i love u this the title of this drama for me

  66. anita bun Said:

    hi ! i like this movie very much! i wish there is part 2. (^_^)

  67. weni budiarty Said:

    princess hours 2 please!!!!!

  68. rendika Said:

    i like it this movie

  69. Indah Said:

    So..beautifuuuuuull

  70. Vick Pierre (VP) Said:

    Ladies and gents, fans of Goong :)

    Salut,

    It is certainly a great pleasure, as un Haïtien-né Canadien, living within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Yorkville, to have accidentally acquainted with such a well-defined fusion-extravaganza nectar of humanity — culture, wisdom, romance, sympathy, empathy, noble human spirits, etc., and become a or passionate fans of “Goong,” the faaaabulous South Korean TV Drama, the Princess Hours.

    As results, it should be more than interesting to further enlighten one within the Korean eclectic cultural affairs, if not, as equally important to one the Bioethics and Law scenarios of South Korea throughout the GTA. Indeed, it one has had the privilege of living in Asia Pacific RIM for five years based in Bangkok and galvanised through the prettily region, but Korea was one of the very few states that was not visit.

    Certainly the Goong, although a TV drama, has helped Korean to reach out to foreigners conveying xénophile sort of charm. Korea shall be visited and appreciated in person by hundred of thousands soon, including one, who have come to have a l’ttle glance of the people through the lends and narration of Goong. Goong does not only fortify Koreans but any fellow species who values bona fide nature of human spirits, cultures and wisdom.

    In the interim, it should be interesting to further sustain sensible accolades through l’ttle espresso-time rendez-vous, if you kindly will, here in the GTA. Well, I would like to read from you and fellow audience as well.

    Hye, salutations distinguées from Toronto :)

    VP, the Sage-punk

  71. Jen4Men Said:

    I wish that there would be one when like there is an after life…

  72. safaa Said:

    hay cava kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  73. fritz Said:

    2011 nA!! but here i am …………….still waiting for goong 2.!!.=( i want to see eun hye and joo ji hoon together on screen..

  74. mildred Said:

    i LOve thIS movIE “PrINCess hOURS”
    The cAST of is Sovery i LIke IT!!
    thE BEst IS Gian ANd jANNElle!!
    lOVE U guixx!!
    i Hope u HAVE in PArt two!guixx!!

    im vERy EXCIted!!1
    love you jOO ji Hoon (Goong)

  75. inah Said:

    i’m from Philippines and love being 1 :) i’m a fan of local movies and celebrities but after watching princess hours i started to love the characters especially the royal couple and i also want to learn how to speak Korean language and explore the country :) this movie gave me all the reasons why to love other countries.

  76. Goh Jun Ling Said:

    I’m still confused on how long between her acceptance of marriage proposal at the end and her wedding. I mean, if there was a huge gap of time in between, why would there only be the queen granny and the servant lady? Since shin mentioned that he’s going to leave on the day she accepted his proposal, one can only instinctly think that the wedding was on same day. then….how did she got pregnant though? no pun intended, even on 2 days before Shin was arrested and that they are finally in peace with each other again, the long kissing that ended up on the couch, their conversation revealed that the princess accidental peek of the prince’s naked body was the closest intimacy they ever had. And then for the next 2 nights, the prince has been alone thinking and go all emo. So..mm..from a logical sense… (actually as a guy wondering. LoL) when did it happened? hahaha. Still, great drama, watched it many times and still touched my heart. I can only related though, with similar situation, except that I don’t have an accepting member in the family like the granny and probably the stubbornness of the prince to go against the family in keeping the girl. Oh well.


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