I just watched the 2006 MBC Korean drama Goong (궁) a.k.a. Princess Hours. The drama, adapted from a popular manhwa, is a fairy tale of sorts. In the story, modern day Korea is a constitutional monarchy. The plot revolves around the Royal Family and two princes vie for the affections of the heroine (portrayed by Yoon Eun Hye). If you can’t imagine Korea having a Royal Family, just imagine England’s Royal Family and the lives of Prince William and Prince Harry.
I am writing this entry because while watching the drama (it has 24 episodes), at one point, i could not decide who i wanted the heroine to end up with more. The antagonist proved to be very formidable and had strengths and qualities of his own. It wasn’t as clear cut for me as say…like in Stairway to Heaven (2003) where there was no contest!
Those who have seen the drama would probably know what i am talking about. Did you feel the same? To those who have not seen the drama yet, let me tell you about both the princes.
Prince Lee Shin
Crown Prince Lee Shin
Next in line to the throne, tall and handsome Prince Lee Shin (aged 19) has been groomed to be the next King since the age of five. He has a quiet and steely disposition. At times, he might even appear emotionless and heartless. However, under that stubborn exterior, this young man has a pure and good heart.
He is also one of the loneliest persons on earth – much lonelier than you or me because he has not truly experienced the love of a mother or a father. The royal household is conducted in a very formal manner and there is much protocol. Hugs are not given freely. His best friend in the whole world is a small teddy bear given to him when young.
Despite the luxuries the life of a Prince has to offer, he is the loneliest person you’ve ever met
Most of the time Prince Shin is misunderstood because he cannot find the words to express what he feels in his heart. ‘Tis not easy to win his affections, but if you can melt the outer glacier, you will have him faithful and loyal, by your side forever.
Favourite past time – fencing. This prince also loves movie making and has ambitions to become a director.
Prince Shin has a penchant for wearing pink and polka dots. He is a walking fashion disaster most of the time. In the final episode, pairing a buttoned down formal shirt, jacket and peddle pushers was just too absurd.
26-year old Joo Ji Hoon assumes the role of Prince Lee Shin
Prince Lee Yul
Destiny took the crown away from him…
Originally the Crown Prince, the position was robbed from him after his father’s death. He and his mother were then banished from the Palace. Prince Lee Yul spent the next 14-years in London, secretly groomed by his mother to one day reclaim his rightful position.
Prince Lee Yul is soft spoken, gentle and sensitive. He is most attentive to your needs and is always a good listener and companion. Whenever you feel sad or depressed, he’s there to comfort you. He will whisk you away from your troubles and be your shoulder to cry on. He is also a hopeless romantic and knows how to treat a lady.
Prince Yul Goon – the hopeless romantic
Nineteen year old Prince Yul loves to read fantasy books and you will see him with the Lord of the Rings or a Harry Potter book whenever he is relaxing.
This prince has a penchant for women’s accessories and his signature piece is a looped gold necklace. At times, he might pair it with stud earrings.
28 year-old actor, singer and model Kim Jeong Hoon plays the role of Prince Lee Yul. He even wears his Tiffany & Co. Feathers lariat necklace off screen.