The Moon That Embraces the Sun 해를 품은 달 [2012]

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MBC from January 4 to March 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes
Also known as The Sun and the Moon, The Moon that Embraces the Sun, The Moon Embracing the Sun
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Period drama
Based on Moon Embracing the Sun by Jung Eun-gwol
Written by Jin Soo-wan
Directed by Kim Do-hoon, Lee Seong-jun
Starring:

Kim Soo-hyun as Crown Prince/King Lee Hwon
Han Ga-in as Heo Yeon-woo / shaman Wol
Jung Il-woo as Prince Yang-myung
Kim Min-seo as Yoon Bo-kyung

Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old Heo Yeon-woo, the daughter of a high-ranking official, accompanies her mother to the royal palace to attend her brother, Heo Yeom’s civil service examination congratulatory ceremony. By chance, she comes across Crown Prince Lee Hwon in the midst of his escape attempt to see his older half brother, Prince Yang-myung. They fall in love and Yeon-woo is chosen as the Crown Princess of Joseon. This upsets Prince Yang-myung, who also loves Yeon-woo.

Before they can marry, however, the Dowager Queen secretly orders her death, in order to install Yoon Bo-gyeong, the daughter of a family clan, as Crown Princess, thus securing more power for herself. She orders head shaman Jang Nok-yeong of Royal Star Mansion (Royal Astrology House) to cast a spell on Yeon-woo to stricken her with an unknown sickness.

However, before Yeon-woo was born, her mother saved a shaman named Ari, who promised to repay her kindness by providing protection for Yeon-woo. Before she died, Ari asked Nok-young to fulfill the promise. Nok-young secretly visits Yeon-woo’s father and gives him a special potion for his daughter, which she tells him will allow Yeon-woo to die in peace. After dying, Yeon-woo is resurrected from her grave, but loses her memories. All believe her to be dead, including the Crown Prince Lee Hwon, who refuses to love another.

Eight years later, Yeon-woo returns as a shaman named Wol (meaning moon). She has not been forgotten by those she left behind, and her fate is still intertwined with Lee Hwon, who is now the king. She must contend with the current Queen of Joseon, the Queen’s Father, and the Queen Dowager in order to reclaim her rightful place as Queen of Joseon. Meanwhile the young king begins to investigate the death of his love after seeing the grown up Wol. But he is fighting against time, because the queen’s powerful political clan wants him removed from power. Wiki.

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