Jejoongwon’s production team at prayer ceremony
Is that not a beautiful photo? Jejoongwon [제중원], the drama also called the “Joseon-era White Tower,” held its customary opening prayer ceremony on the afternoon of October 14 as the series heads into filming.
Jejoongwon has been steadily preparing its production over the past year and is the follow-up for writer Lee Ki-won, who wrote the excellent contemporary medical drama White Tower, which starred Kim Myung-min in a standout performance as an ambitious surgical genius. Jejoongwon is the name of Korea’s first modern hospital which opened in the late 19th century, and stars East of Eden‘s Yeon Jung-hoon as a nobleman who gives up his privileged status to enter its ranks.
The drama had previously been looking at a late fall showing, but now has announced that it will air on SBS early next year, premiering January 4.
I’m a little iffy about the historical-medical drama (it does sound like an interesting backdrop), but in any case the cast and the costuming (particularly for lead actress Han Hye-jin) look gorgeous. Rounding out the main cast is Park Yong-woo, who plays a butcher’s son who becomes a physician. Han Hye-jin enters Jejoongwon as an interpreter but takes on medical training to become a doctor.