I want to provide a venue for my all time favourites! As we usher in new dramas every season, I will try to bring back the oldies-but-goodies every Thursday. It’s a long overdue project, so I’m diving in!
The first drama for Throwback Thursday’s (TBT) is no other than, Goong (Princess Hours). To date, this remained among my top favourite drama of all time. Having said that, it deserves to be the first series to be featured.
It stars Yoon Eun Hye and Joo Ji Hoon. They had one of the best on-screen chemistry. Eun Hye and Ji Hoon’s beauty comes out more overtime. They made this drama an eye candy, and brought sweetness to the story. Watching this made me swoon all over again!!
The gist, a young bubbly girl who fell deeply in love with an arrogant, soft-hearted Prince. This is a classic combo that works until today. Chae Gyung and Shin are complete opposite of each other – an extreme lonely man and an extreme bright woman. The Crown Prince have all the things one could ever wish for, but his heart isn’t happy. While Chae Gyung is close to nothing yet she has the freedom and all the love she needs to feel alive.
What made this drama a gem? IMO, the modern-day set up with a classic twist provided an amazing ambiance. Moreover the ala-sageuk, palace-ish settings and all those beautiful hanbok added incredible charm that made this drama memorable in my book.
Without further ado, join me as I reminisce. Let’s bring back old-time favourites starting now!
Shin Chae Gyung (Yoon Eun Hye) has her world evolving around art, her crazy friends and family. She’s the typical high school student that knows no work, all play. She’s gullible, uber close to her family and enjoys the company of her three friends.
The Crown Prince Lee Shin (Joo Ji Hoon) has enough trouble of his own to deal with. The Palace demands a lot in an heir to the throne. Apart from his obligations, he dealt with his first heartache. Falling for a girl, Min Hyo Rin (Song Ji Hyo), who aspires to be an international ballerina than be his Queen. Ambition over heart was the hindrance to their relationship. Add to that, the royal Prince can’t sacrifice the woman he loves to be enslaved by the Palace. The Palace is an intriguing place that is surrounded by rules that are strictly implemented. Despite the wealth, glamor and prestige, the Prince feels more like a prisoner living there.
The Crown Prince life took a different turn when Chae Gyung finally became his royal betrothed. Suddenly his dull life had a splash of color! Though it was a challenge to follow the late King’s order for an arranged marriage. Forcing yourself to be with someone is not an ideal way to fall in love. But they eventually did! Their love developed into something real in the end.
The external conflicts brought about by the ousted Queen-to-be and his Son trying to be next in line to the thrown are added spice to the story. Shin’s cousin fell in love with Chae Gyung too. But the heart of the Princess is just for one man. The 24 Episode didn’t felt long because it remained focused on Shin and Chae Gyung as a man and a woman in love, conquering everything together.
Goong was more than a fairytale. It brought an amazing experience by introducing characters that are interesting to watch and get to know. Since its a long drama, it is better if I share the scenes that stood out for me the most.
1. “home visit”: It’s the first time that the Prince visited Chae Gyung’s family and spend time with them. I enjoyed this scene because Shin was out of the palace staying in an ordinary household. He felt more at home and experienced how its is having a real family. Aww. But wait, there’s more than just having meals and playing games that happened here. What made this visit a favourite? The back hug!! I love it!! We know that Chae Gyung fell for the Prince first and she isn’t too shy to show it. AJA Chae Gyung!
2. “Thai” trip: The beautiful country of Thailand was briefly shown. Shin and Hyo Rin had a great time together. Second leads should really prepare for heartbreak but a little fun before everything crash down wouldn’t hurt.
3. “break-up”: Shin’s final words.. directly hits the heart of any woman who ever loved. This scene happened after the Taiwan trip. He finally put an end to his first love.
4. “Vacation road trip”: Shin promised Chae Gyung to be “Gone with the wind”. They had a weekend vacation. Every frame is just so sweet! From the side sea trip, to the grocery shopping, and while they cooked dinner. Aigooo. And to wrap things up, the scene where they were sleeping together is a classic snuggle done right! *giggleslikecrazy*
5. “back-to-back hug”: The Prince had a panic streak when he was told that Chae Gyun hasn’t returned to the Palace. The Princess had discovered the Thailand goodbye kiss photo at this time and decided to leave for awhile. Shin found him with Prince Yul and immediately dragged Chae Gyung out. Both talked and led to the sweetest back hug in this drama! This scene is so emotional, you can feel the Prince melting away giving Chae Gyung the warmest hug of her life.
6. kiss scenes: Yoon Eun Hye is one of the best kisser and a crowd favourite in Kdrama. There’s no further explanation needed.
7. “Seoul date” – before our couple part ways, Chae Gyung showed Shin her world. And I couldn’t find enough words to describe how sweet this experience is. I’m just gonna allow you to reminisce. Watch.
8. Proposal – Shin is completely in love with Chae Gyung that he wanted to marry her in his own will. Technically they are married as Royalties. This time, they are truly in love with each other. I love the ambiance and just had to share the beautiful screen cap of this fave scene.
9. Wedding – The Royal wedding is cold and uberly populated. But the church wedding was divine and sweet. It’s the perfect ending for this drama.
FAVOURITE OST: The soundtrack plays an essential part in providing a total drama experience. This was a start why I love listening to Korean songs! The instrumentals for Goong is a treat to the ears as well. The music above is an example. But I’ll give three more from the Goong OST.
1. Perhaps Love – the lyrics and rhythm are delightful to hear even on repeat. It brings great memories just listening to it.
2. I’m a Fool – this song hurts soon good! When I heard it for the first time, I immediately looked for the translation. I just have to understand it.
3. Two words by Jung Jae Wook – I just love the beat of this song! I just sway to the rhythm of it. Listen and enjoy!
“Long time ago, Shin said that stars have a reason to die, and so do humans. 2.5 million years. When those 2.5 million years pass, they say that you might even meet the people you know again. I may be leaving his side now but… I think in 2.5 million years, I’ll still like him.” – Chae Gyung
AAWWW. So sweet. Loving only one person even when you are given a chance to start again.
I tremendously enjoyed Goong and I didn’t realise this drama lasted for 24 Episode. Too long for my standard! But watching this, I’m back in the days were the only thing that matters in watching a Kdrama is the OTP and how they make a viewer feel giddy like a High School teen! It’s enough reason to click that repeat button over and over. It feels so good to seat back and watch sparks fly as the OTP exchange beautiful memories together.
Share your favourite Kdrama, I might choose it for the next TBT. Until next week!
FULL CREDITS: MBC, YouTube uploaders