Yet another side project
by | January 14, 2007 | 57 Comments

Goong S cast
(Cast of GOONG S: Kang Doo, Heo Yi Jae, Seven, Park Shin Hye)


Part of my latest set of distractions has been getting sucked into the world of kdramas… They’re so incredibly addicting! Not only are they fun as light-hearted entertainment, but what’s worse (or better?) is that I’ve had marked improvement in my Korean language skills since I started getting sucked in a year ago so I justify the time spent as “study.” (It kind of is, honest.)


I remember watching them as a kid with my parents, before the days of internet filesharing or widespread fansubbing, and I’d have to turn to my mother every other line and ask, “What’s going on? What did they say??” Needless to say, my parents got annoyed a lot, and I didn’t watch very many dramas.

But now with the wonderful wide world of internet filesharing and communities like d-addicts which aggregate fansubbing projects into lovely, bite-sized torrent-able packages (and don’t even get me started on the amount of entertainment hours enabled by clubbox)… Anything and everything you could possibly want is available, literally just minutes or hours after official release.

I’ve been part of a fansubbing team for the past few months, and although I wasn’t sure of my abilities going in, I’ve found I’m actually a lot more able than I thought I was. I can understand a lot more than I thought, and it’s a helluva lot of fun. I’m happy to give back to the community, so to speak, since I’ve leeched a lot from it previously. My latest translation project was doing the first episode for the much-anticipated Goong S (aka Palace S). I knew it would be very popular given the immense and wide-spread popularity of the original Goong (aka Palace, aka Princess Hours), plus the anticipation of seeing Seven in his debut acting gig… so I felt quite the pressure to do a good job. On top of that, it seemed like fans on a lot of sites were asking and demanding just moments after the show was aired in Korea, “When are the fansubs going to be out??” Needless to say I felt I had to do a good job, and quickly.

Superstar Seven

The subs were released today (show aired Wednesday, sub released Saturday morning, not too bad right?) and in less than 12 hours there have been more than 2,500 downloads. Wow. I’m surprised and amazed. I had no idea it would be that many, that quickly. I went back and checked to see how many downloads the subs for the original Goong episode 1 had, and it’s nearly 50,000! That’s insane. Nobody can deny the power of the Korean Wave, huh?

Goong aka Palace
(The storyline may be different from the original, but the beautiful palace scenery is still the same.)

57 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. shawn

    hi java beans,

    I’ve been watching your fansub of Goong S and I would just like to say, you are doing a good job. However, I really want to be able to download this episode but can’t seem to get the torrent at d-addicts. please help.

    thank you very much

    • 1.1 ginger

      thank you for not typing “first!” nyaha!
      (although that would’ve been epic…annoying, but epic.)

      i’ve been following DB for over a year now, and it occurred to me just recently that i ought to find out how it all started.. lol.

  2. sunset


    “but what’s worse (or better?) is that I’ve had marked improvement in my Korean language skills since I started getting sucked in a year ago so I justify the time spent as “study.” (It kind of is, honest.)”

    this is exactly how I’ve been justifying watching so many mandarin series. Korean seems to be a more challenging language to pick up though – we’ll see whether my korean will improve as much as mandarin in a year =P

  3. farnaz

    i like this website.
    thank you very much

  4. birdscout

    Hi javabeans,

    I just felt as if I needed to leave a comment on your first (I think) post, almost as if I’m visiting a shrine and rubbing a lucky monument or something. Your blog is truly awesome and has broadened my outlook so much, especially helping me appreciate and embrace my Korean background.

    With sincere and heartfelt thanks,

  5. Norme


    Thanks for the info..Awesome remarks…Love Seven and sorry but still prefer Goong aka Princess Hours…


  6. junaly

    hehe, that’s what i’m doing too! i’m not sure if this is the first post but it feels “epic” all the same. ^^

    • 6.1 tupai

      OMG! this is what i am doing too! coming to pay respect to where it all began, the very first post (that we can find anyway). i owe such a big part of my life to this site, it’s not funny.

  7. Kobe

    So this is the first ever article at DB huh? And the first ever comment is from a guy!

    • 7.1 kc

      LOL. just LOL

  8. cassie

    ItΒ΄s really strange to come back to this post. So many things happened since those days back then…I feel so nostalgic ….

  9. saraha

    I checked this website because of Dal Ja’s Spring, and I want to say that you’ve been doing a great job!

  10. 10 Lemon

    I was curious to see the first post on this site, and here i am! Although if I’m not wrong, JB had a blog before this one, before moving it here.

    I’d just like to thank Javabeans for this awesome site! It reminds me of last year when I first discovered the site to read Boys over Flowers recaps! After that, I didn’t come anymore, but decided to check it out again at the end of last year, which is when I got hooked to You’re Beautiful, as well as this blog.

    Sigh, I visit this blog everyday, and I literally squeal with delight everytime I see a recap posted. And I go nuts reading them. Nowadays I read them on my phone in school, and everytime I’m looking at my phone with glee, my friends would go, “reading your recaps again?!”

    Heheh. Love you JB, and (early) merry Xmas to you!! πŸ˜€

  11. 11 Lenita

    *bows to the first post, where it all started*

  12. 12 blue

    wow, so other dramabeans followers tried to look at the very first post too! haha. *bows to the very first post too, the start of the seemingly endless addiction*

  13. 13 Dianne

    And like everyone here, I’d thought to check out The First Post. Hehe.

    I’ve only been a lurker on this site for a few months and an occasional commentor but this has undoubtedly made my life so much happier and boring days less unbearable.. I can’t thank you enough for all your hard work JB! πŸ™‚

  14. 14 Emily

    Like others, performing the pilgrimage. I’ve loved this blog since I first stumbled upon it… Javabeans, keep up the awesome work!!!

  15. 15 Cap Rice

    Can we all pretend that we were all here from the very begining? Can we say that we knew this would grow from two post and two comments to what this blog is today: Recapping about five shows and receiving 300 or more (sometimes 1000) comments a post? Let’s pretend we can see the future. Yea!!!! Javabeans and Girlfriday.
    I try not to love your website, but I do. I read it everyday.

  16. 16 piipi

    Yeah. I have also come to pay my respects at where “it all started”.

    Love your site, JB!
    Keep up the good work!

  17. 17 Kdramavictim

    Me too!! Me to!!! Gosh, i feel like visiting a museum right now!! Did you think your blog would be as big as today, Javabeans?

  18. 18 HalfaLu

    Congrats! 5000 posts! *bows to pay respects*

  19. 19 MeeisLee

    Heh, like many, I felt the need to read the post that started it all. Your fan base has definitely multiplied and you just might be our very own Kang Ji Hwan and Lee Min Ho :).

    • 19.1 Alice

      …Javabeans is a girl, though….

      • 19.1.1 skelly

        Right. So she’s our Kim Sun Ah, then.

  20. 20 avebaroc

    Like all the others before me, i come to pay homage to the house of the great blogger javabeans, DRAMABEANS!!!

    Thank You!! Thank You!! A bunch of roses at your feet!!

    Here’s One disciple who felt she ought to visit the first post, as in the first fledgling step… it feels so historic, this going back to the past… there really is a first post…

  21. 21 crizzyville

    whoa! This First post has gotten BIG! now, it’s like a museum that fans come to when they feel like reminiscing. I’m seriously regretting not posting anything here when i first saw this post. Didn’t even read the comments then. Maybe it’s because i’m not interested with goong s. Or maybe because i cant believe this the First post EVER. haha You know i thought it could be anything that’s coffee prince-, YEH- or GY-related. Or perhaps GOONG counts?! Haha whatever.. As i always say, thanks a bunch ladies.. U changed my perspective a lot.. In life, in love, in everything.. I owe u alot

  22. 22 Leaf

    oh wow…so this is how all the magic started….so nice going back to read some of the older posts….

  23. 23 maria

    WAIT so this is how it started i honestly wish i came here earlier lol

  24. 24

    Why is it so incredibly mind-blowing that other people out there somewhere visited this page the same reason you did?
    Tribute to the (sorta) FIRST POST[:

  25. 25 Zie


    This is where it all begin… ^^

  26. 26 Byul

    As the others, I came to visit the begining of it all…amd to say thank you so much for all the recaps you’ve done!

  27. 27 Cherry

    I was searching for Lee Min Ki and then I saw posts about Dalja’s Spring and then I saw this. It’s just nice to see the very first article posted in this great site. Dramabeans has been a huge part of my Kdrama addiction. Thank you for everything, javabeans! <3

  28. 28 Katt_R

    Mihansa led me here and I am very happy to take part in these pages. Thanks!

  29. 29 kookicookie it looks like I’m the most recent 2013 post on the very first ever dramabeans blog post! xD I kind of feel like we as avid readers of this wonderful site should observe and celebrate the day of the first post. I would be really fun I think since the site has come such a long way. I don’t know if JavaBeans will see this or another member of the staff, but I hope whoever does see it, brain storms a little about my suggestion. ;3

    • 29.1 justanotheraddict

      that’s a great idea and you can directly submit it to javabeans and girlfriday.
      go to their description and there is a contact link.
      they read and reply promptly too

  30. 30 justanotheraddict

    i thought i would be the only one doing stuff like this to pass the time when i miss your posts

    great to know i’m not alone

    love you all at dramabeans

    • 30.1 elfin

      Haha. My thoughts exactly.

  31. 31 Hannah

    Fun to see how it all started! And now with an e-book and everything! As much as I love this blog, I’d have to say as a frequent visitor that I’m really greatful I didn’t know this existed while I was in college. Whew. That would have been a disaster.

    • 31.1 Hannah


  32. 32 ChoiHyeRa

    First person of 2014 to comment on the very first post of Dramabeans.
    And it really does feel like I’ve been on a pilgrimage. I really do want to thank Javabeans for starting this website, it has helped me a lot in cultivating my love for Kdramas.

  33. 33 myr

    Second pilgrim for 2014!
    Thank the drama gods for Dramabeans and its wonderful creator!

  34. 34 shinchae

    Second pilgrim for 2014!
    Thank the drama gods for Dramabeans and its wonderful creator!

  35. 35 cmak

    Wanting to see what the earliest post was, I clicked the last page and was reminded of how long it took to sub dramas back then!

    I didn’t start watching dramas till about 5-6 years ago, and I remember having to wait at least 2 days for subs to come out … and if it came out in 2 days, I want happy with how fast it was.

    Now if it’s not up within a few hours I freak out because I need to know what happens ASAP.

    So thankful for dramabeans because here I can talk about dramas as much as I want to in a community that definitely won’t judge me for it hehe thank you!

  36. 36 kdramaaddict

    Hi javabeans! I saw the article of you in a recent magazine and decided to stop by. I’m in love because I’ve been looking for blogs on kdramas. I’m a newbie and of course I’m in love. Now trying to learn Korean and will use your excuse as a reason for my addiction to all things kdrama. Thanks for the share. And I know I’ve come late to the party but better late than never. *β™‘kdramas4life*

  37. 37 mary


    So this is where it all started….

  38. 38 Renhye


    So this is where it all started.

    Thanks to Mary for linking me to this very first Dramabeans post.

    *winks winks*

  39. 39 ramyununni

    Now, I’ve paid homage!

  40. 40 Aigoooo


  41. 41 Aigoooo


  42. 42 Flin

    Dear JB, GA and dramabean’s lovely ‘minions’!

    Happy to pay homage to the first post of I think I read it somewhere that JB had a blog elsewhere before move to this site.

    There, there… My online footprint on my most favorite kdrama site EVER!

    keep up the good work please. Gamsahamnida,

  43. 43 Flin


    Sorry girlfriday… My phone keyboard is dumb.

  44. 44 SnickersπŸ‘½

    DB is still around and going strong. Congratulations. πŸŽ‰πŸŽ†πŸŽ‡πŸŽˆπŸŽŠ

    🍻🍺🍢🍷🍸🍹 Libation for JB and GF.

    • 44.1 Growingbeautifully

      I join @SnickersπŸ‘½ in congratulating JB and GF and Dramabeans for starting off the way you meant to go and for maintaining your vision and deepening it. My heart is always full of gratitude that you’ve opened up your blog as a second home for us to spazz about dramas and just be. Bless you both and all your minions!

      Eight and a half great years and counting!! Here’s to many, 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 🍸 many more!!! πŸ™‚

    • 44.2 OMG it's Healer 😱

      I’m joining in to congratulate both JB, GF and the rest of dramabeans for this blog’s success. Here’s to many more years to come! Like GB I am forever grateful that you created this blog for us all to learn and enjoy Korean culture πŸ™‚ πŸŽ‡πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸŽ†πŸŽ‚πŸ‡πŸ°

  45. 45 nomad

    Yayyy! Thank you OMG It’s Healer for posting this post in OTP again. I finally can give homage! Cheers JB, it’s 2015 and your blog is still very much loved!!

  46. 46 1worlddream

    Thank you. Simply thank you. For sharing your love, your knowledge, for having such great people join you like girl friday, headsno2, gummimochi and so many more. 2015 and still going strong.

    Sharing your love and passion and opening up a whole world many of us would not have found without you.

    Wishing you and all on this site, the best of fortune and many more years of enjoyment, sharing and love.

  47. 47 mary

    There’s a thousand pages worth of posts now. πŸ™‚

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