Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

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Synopsis

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth tells the story of beautiful looking young men called Hwarang in Silla, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. Only a few of them are recorded in history and many people today do not really know about them. This drama shows how they begin and live during the 6th century.

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General Information

  • Status: COMPLETED
  • Drama Title: Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
  • Other Titles: N/A
  • Genre: Historical, Romance
  • Director: Yoon Sung-jik, Kim Yeong-jo
  • Writer: Park Eun-yeong
  • No. of Episodes: 20
  • Broadcast Period: Dec 19, 2016- February 21, 2017
  • Time Slot: 22:00 Korean Standard Time, Mon & Tue
  • Runtime: 60 minutes
  • TV Network: KBS (free-to-air)
  • Production Company(s): Hwarang SPC, Oh!Boy Project
  • Preceded by: Sweet Stranger and Me
  • Followed by: Perfect Wife

Main Cast & Characters

main cast of Korean drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Park Seo-joon as Seonu. Seonu is an energetic young man who have a fatal disease. Despite his good looking face, he doesn’t have much experience with girls. He meets Aro by chance and falls in love with her eventually. Even though he knows that she doesn’t see him as more than a brother, his love becomes bigger and bigger. Wondering what to do, he discovers some secrets that should never be revealed.

Go Ara as Aro. Having a father from a noble family and a mother with a poor background, Aro’s not fully nobly born. As her family gets ruined, she’s the only one to take care of herself and she becomes an independent woman. In the midst of this lonely reality, her only joy on earth is reading romantic novels. She even starts to tell out love stories.

Park Hyung-sik as Sam Maek-jong. Sam Maekjong, the only heir to the throne, is used to getting attacked by an assassin. He lives his life in secrets to hide his identity. No matter how hard he tries, however, his stunning face draws public attention. One day he happens to meet Aro when he wanders around the streets as usual. She’s the first girl to capture his attention.

main cast of Korean drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Choi Min-ho as Suho. Suho is the son of Kim’s noble family. Having everything he wants, his childhood was a life of plenty. With his positive personality and abilities, he’s a good role model for young men. One day, he meets Seonu who happens to leave a huge influence on his life. He begins to wake up and open his eyes to the real world. He realizes that there are many people out there suffering because of his father. As his friendship with Seonu gets deeper, he has to make his own choice.

Do Ji-han as Banryu. Banryu always has people next to him. What’s sad, though, is that they are nice to him because of his powerful father. He’s sick of those who bow down to power, but he doesn’t express it. With his handsome face, excellent abilities and self-reverence, he is one of the top Hwarangs. Even he has a secret crush on a girl. It’s Suho’s sister, Suyeon. Nevertheless, their families are enemies just like Romeo and Juliet.

Kim Tae-hyung as Hanseong. Hanseong is the youngest Hwarang. His warm and friendly personality helps him create harmonious relationships all the time. He loves his Hwarang brothers, especially Seonu. When focusing on something, he gets so into it that he can’t see or hear other things. This tender-hearted man is to shoulder a heavy burden for his family.

Jo Yu-nu as Yeoul. Yeoul doesn’t know who his father is. Thanks to his powerful mother, he grew up in abundance. However, as he is aware that he can’t advance his career, he has to adorn himself. He is particular about his appearance more than girls on average. Although he has no greed for power, he is really on the ball. At first, he puts his friends into danger, but later, he becomes their lifelong friend and helper.

Ratings

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth Viewership Ratings Data
The orange and green numbers indicate the lowest and highest ratings, respectively.
Episode # Broadcast date Nielsen Korea TNMS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 Dec 19, 2016 6.9 6.8 7.9 8.5
2 Dec 20, 2016 7.2 6.7 6.9 6.5
3 Dec 26, 2016 13.1 13.8 11.1 11.0
4 Dec 27, 2016 7.5 7.2 7.4 7.8
5 Jan 2, 2017 7.6 7.4 7.4 7.6
6 Jan 3, 2017 8.0 7.2 7.6 8.0
7 Jan 9, 2017 6.9 7.2 7.2 7.5
8 Jan 10, 2017 7.6 7.7 7.2 8.0
9 Jan 16, 2017 6.7 7.2 6.2 6.8
10 Jan 17, 2017 8.3 8.2 7.1 7.5
11 Jan 23, 2017 11.0 11.1 9.3 9.8
12 Jan 24, 2017 10.5 10.2 8.7 8.9
13 Jan 30, 2017 9.7 9.1 6.9 7.9
14 Jan 31, 2017 9.1 8.8 7.0 7.6
15 Feb 6, 2017 8.6 8.2 6.8 6.9
16 Feb 7, 2017 7.9 7.4 6.4 5.8
17 Feb 13, 2017 8.2 8.6 6.2 6.7
18 Feb 14, 2017 7.7 7.6 6.4 6.5
19 Feb 20, 2017 7.6 7.4 6.0 6.8
20 Feb 21, 2017 7.9 8.0 6.2 5.9
Average 8.4 8.3 7.3 7.6

Official Posters

Original Soundtrack

  • OST Part 1
    • No. 1: Anywhere by Han Dong-geun
    • No. 2: Anywhere (instrumental)
  • OST Part 2
    • No. 1: Even If I Die, It’s You by V & Jin (BTS)
    • No. 2: Even If I Die, It’s You (instrumental)
  • OST Part 3
    • No. 1: Dream by Bolbbalgan4
    • No. 2: Dream (instrumental)
  • OST Part 4
    • No. 1: I Can Only See You by Seulgi & Wendy (Red Velvet)
    • No. 2: I Can Only See You (instrumental)
  • OST Part 5
    • No. 1: Our Tears by Hyolyn (Sistar)
    • No. 2: Our Tears (instrumental)
  • OST Part 6
    • No. 1: A Move of God by Yoseob (BEAST)
    • No. 2: A Move of God (acoustic version) by Kim Juna
    • No. 3: A Move of God (instrumental)
    • No. 4: A Move of God (acoustic version, instrumental)
  • OST Part 7
    • No. 1: I’ll Be Here by Park Hyung-sik
    •  No. 2: I’ll Be Here (instrumental)
  • OST Part 8
    • No. 1: Memories of Miracle by Jeon Woo-sung (Noel)
    • No. 2: Memories of Miracle (instrumental)
    • No. 3: Hwarang The Beginning
    • No. 4: Hwarang Spirit
    • No. 5: Cloud Of Love
    • No. 6: Night Story Princess
    • No. 7: Open The Gate
    • No. 8: Victory March
    • No. 9: Blossom
    • No. 10: Chorus of Hwarang
  • OST Part 9
    • No. 1: Our Tears by Park Seo-joon
    • No. 2: Our Tears (instrumental)
  • OST Part 10
    • No. 1: Don’t Leave Me Alone by Jung Dong-ha
    • No. 2: Don’t Leave Me Alone (instrumental)

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