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Hanboks galore at press conference for Moon That Embraces the Sun
by | January 2, 2012 | 86 Comments

Can you be in love with a press conference? Because I love everything about the press conference for The Moon That Embraces the Sun, the fusion-sageuk fantasy-romance drama premiering this Wednesday.

Maybe it’s the cast, whose members are both talented and charismatic, not to mention easy on the eyes. But more than that, I’m swooning over the gorgeous hanboks on display — rich, colorful, and vibrant. I love that everybody got to shine in his or her own colors. I’m particularly drooling over Jung Il-woo‘s bright jewel tones, although Nam Bo-ra’s electric yellow is a close second.


Above is the entire main cast, assembled onstage to make their bows. Let’s cut right to the chase and take a look at each cast member individually —

Kim Soo-hyun plays the fictional young Joseon king. He wears the royal vestments well.

Han Ga-in is the woman who falls for the king, who was raised in an aristocratic family but apparently has no recollection of her upbringing presently, now living as a shaman.

Jung Il-woo plays the king’s older brother (half-brother, I believe). Do you enjoy his puing-puing aegyo pose?

Kim Min-seo plays a woman who looks innocent on the outside, but harbors secret ambitions. She definitely looks the part of the nice, aristocratic lady here, fresh-faced and smiling, but based on Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Baby-Faced Beauty we know she’ll have no problem giving the character an aura of mystery.

Yoon Seung-ah plays the warrior/bodyguard who watches over Han Ga-in:

Where four pretty young men are gathered, there must be an F4. This group has attracted that term, but we’ll have to watch the drama to figure out if it’s apt. The two sidekicks are played by Song Jae-hee in pink and Song Jae-rim in officer’s clothes. I’m sure those names’ll never get confusing.

Nam Bo-ra looks so young! I would’ve guessed she’s in her mid-teens, but she’s already 22, just a year younger than Kim Soo-hyun.

And here’s the cast together:


86 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Fasiris Fay

    So cute! Can’t wait for this 😀

  2. tovand2

    you could probably make very beautiful banners from screencaps of this drama

  3. starrynighttt

    YAYY! CAN’T WAIT~^___^

  4. ditdut

    I was shocked when I first learned Nam Bora’s age. She played high school girl in Sunny and Once Upon a Time Saengchori, and TOTALLY looks the part. Girl could pass for being 16.

    • 4.1 swanprincess

      Nam Bora is so stunningly pretty! I kind of wished she played the main girl cause she’d look terrific besides Kim Soo Hyun!

      • 4.1.1 Kgrl

        Agree. But Han probably has the better acting experience to portray such a conflicted character.

    • 4.2 Jo

      IKR! I thought she was in middle school…like 13 or something! In saengchori wasn’t she like…in elementary school?!
      I cannot believe this!

      Anyway, the whole cast is so good looking. I love Song Jae-rim’s eyes.

      • 4.2.1 Porcelain

        I love Nam Bora in Sunny… I love that she whacks everything in site being the violent bookworm! Love it!

        Oooh cast is flawless here…

  5. YBisTOP

    Yay! I can’t wait!!

  6. tweetsfromheaven

    They all look great looking forward to this one, haven’t seen a period drama since SKKS.

  7. molyP

    I am so excited for this one! How Gorgeous is Jung I’ll Woos outfit!! I’m going to an indian wedding soon and I am definitely getting my clothes made in those colours! Sigh. Everyone is so pretty!

  8. Ace

    I actually thought this was on for tonight. Was waiting patiently for the first raw episode. Got too excited. I read the first 3 chapters as summarized by blue in her blog. Hope they don’t veer off much from what I read.

    (Also waiting for Wild Romance). Ah, can’t wait for Wednesday!

  9. Noemi

    Awesome! I am beyond excited 😀

  10. 10 hongshiminmin

    locked and loaded for this drama!!

  11. 11 snow

    everyone looks awesome! can’t wait for this drama, hope it’ll be good!

  12. 12 Fiercediva

    Oh Jung Il-woo, bless you for bringing some levity and pot-boiling metaphors to these press conferences. May we not have to see your hair up in a sangtu for the entire series (yes, I’m shallow).

    Press conference excerpt: http://youtu.be/jld0aEx65o0

    • 12.1 tarianantatoer

      Amen to that. His hair is still short, though. And about the pot-boiling metaphor, clearly like the majority of us, he’s not over FBRS yet.

    • 12.2 polly

      Its in korean…can u roughly translate what he said?

    • 12.3 gg

      oooh Jung Il Woo, puing puing!!

  13. 13 alua

    Just gorgeous. Yeah, I’m in love with this press conference too 🙂

  14. 14 boobae

    Nam Bo-ra and Han Ga-In look like sisters or mother-daughter.

  15. 15 Andre

    hey girls sorry to disappoint you but i’ve seen the 2nd preview for this drama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZZqbYjokTQ) and it doesn’t look like songkyunkwan scandal at all :))))))) it looks more like a serious drama with teen cast . They probably used the name SKK to promote this series ,nothing more really .

    • 15.1 Ace

      It’s associated with SKKS because the writer (Jung Eun Gwol) of the novel this was based on also wrote the novel that SKKS was based on. Just not sure if the screenwriter’s the same.

    • 15.2 Ace

      just googled: different scriptwriter and director for this one. hope that’s a good thing.

  16. 16 aardvarksmile

    Hmmm… Lots of excitement can I see around. But I just can’t bring myself to watch a sageuk. Can you help me find any arguments to give it a shot? And I have to say Jung Il Woo is not one. On the other hand I do not want to miss a good bandwagon…

    • 16.1 Ace

      It’s fusion.
      It’s shorter than most sageuks (20 episodes, not 50+).
      Most probably will have a lovely soundtrack. *crossesfingers*

      I’m 99.99% sure this will be recapped here so you might want to read the first few recaps first before deciding if you like the story enough to watch.

      • 16.1.1 aardvarksmile

        Thanks for the length thing, it surely matters.
        As for the fusion – I’m not a fantasy person, either 😉 so there must be loads of romance.
        Thank you for thoughts! 🙂

    • 16.2 alua

      You haven’t tried one. What’s the loss of trying for one episode? (Although, who knows, it might be better to jump in when the adult storyline starts in this case.)

      Are you say KSH isn’t an argument either? 😉

      And how about an argument for expanding your cultural horizons? I mean, as a genre, sageuks are something uniquely Korean (although I imagine there might be some parallels to other historical Asian dramas – do they ever do flying people like in Chinese/Taiwanese ones?). You’re bound to learn something about Korean culture and history as well – in terms of life they lived, clothing they used to wear, etc.

      This will be my first sageuk, so I might have more arguments once I watch this.

      • 16.2.1 aardvarksmile

        Nope, KSH is surely an eye candy and not a wooden one, which I respect, but I am not curious of his performance.

        I have caught some films set in ancient Korea, but you’re right, I haven’t seen any sageuk series.
        You’re right about the cultural issue, too – it is definitely good to learn about other cultures . I might have seen no series, but I read about Korean culture, and I can honestly say, I am not totally ignorant in that matter.

        Korean culture and history is interesting but on intellectual level. It may be difficult to connect to the characters on emotional level.
        Here arises another question – how dilligent are the writer/director in portraying the historic background?

        • dramabliss

          I have watched the following sageuks so far (in the order I watched them);

          Sungkwunkwan Scandal
          The Return of Iljimae
          Warrior Baek Dong Soo
          The Princess’s Man
          Dong Yi
          Tree with Deep Roots
          The Painter of the Wind

          I assure you that these dramas have a lot going for them for any drama lover – cinematography, directing, soundtrack, acting, production values, etc. usually above par. I also find them well-written, although my rating is most likely affected by the quality of the subbing. I do not know Korean and watch kdramas with English subs. Except for Painter of the Wind (the English subs for which were horrible), I find the screenplays engaging, literary but not stilted, often laced with humor and the dialogue can be as contemporary as any trendy drama.

          There is a lot of history and culture, yes, but the human experience as reflected in each individual character’s story and how these interweave with each other in the context of the era, is what drives the narratives in sageuks. Therefore, the emotional experience that results in watching them are both intellectual and affective.

          Tree with Deep Roots and The Princess’s Man are the most recent sageuks in the list. Both have brought the standards of the genre to a level that is difficult to match, imho. I hope Moon that Embraces the Sun will be able to do this.

          Jung Il Woo did very well in The Return of Iljimae but what I especially look forward to is how Kim Soo Hyun’s acting chops will show in the genre, as he has proven his ability in all the other dramas he has appeared in so far. You might say I am a KSH watcher. I want to see this kid grow and develop into another Han Su-Kyu. That might be far into the future yet, but for the moment, I hope that at least he shows the caliber of Song Jong Ki’s performance in TwDR.

      • 16.2.2 ...

        yep! there are ppl flying everywhere in the china/taiwan/hk ones! china is after all the country of wuxia and wushu.

  17. 17 shereebaby

    may i ask what is Nam Bora’s role? thanks!

    • 17.1 Ace

      Princess Minhwa.

  18. 18 Mystisith

    I’m not in the mood for sageuks right now, but i must admit costumes are splendid.

    • 18.1 WM

      I have to agree with you, Mystisith. The costumes are so gorgeous I keep rolling up the screen to see them over and over again. Kudos to the wardrobe department if they keep this up.

  19. 19 all4movies

    Jung Il Woo, why are you so adorable?

    I love this guy and will definitely check out anything he’s in.

  20. 20 Trina

    fyi, there is more pictures in the facebook too… yes.. I go to their facebook every other day… XD

  21. 21 Daemul

    Who does Nam Bo Ra play?

  22. 22 VanillaSalt

    Woah! Nam Bo ra looks like she’s 12!

  23. 23 Rai-Rai

    The cast is amazing…this may have to be the first saeguk I watch. And the costumes are just beautiful…

  24. 24 cjmfan

    isn’t HGI a little old for KSY? *ducks* *peace*

    • 24.1 mardie


    • 24.2 YY

      That’s my exact question….I’m confused….is she meant to be older? A woman falling in love with a young charming prince?

  25. 25 anotheraddict

    Haha– I love how JIW turned a “Hwaiting!” into a “puing puing”– such a Jung Il Woo-ish thing to do. It looks like 2012 is getting off to a great start in K-dramaland. 😀

  26. 26 Banu

    I sooooo love the lead cast.. but I dying to see Il Woo as a player/ once again..XD..
    Wait that warrior/bodyguard girl looks interesting I soooo want her to romance with Il Woo’s character that would be fun..XD

  27. 27 mariam

    more than the cute pictures I LOVE YOUR TOPIC especially the word Galore. i cant stop laughing for some reason. this site rocks

  28. 28 me

    lovely & colourful hanboks, han ga in looks very young in these photos, woah JIW is quite in demand these days!
    i dunno if i’ll watch this, i’m still feeling some kinda withdrawal syndrome from Princess Man, i think that would be one of my favorites of all time!
    i’m not really into sageuks but PM just won’t leave my mind for a while!

  29. 29 Cam

    WHAT?? O_O Nam Bo Ra is 22 years old…??!! My goodness….I agreed with you, Javabeans….I thought she’s in her teenager age, haha. ^__^ She seem sooo young to opposite her real age, ofc!

    Yay! These pictures of Moon that Embraces the Sun conference are very fantastic <3 <3 😀 Oohhh, I will be rooting for Yoon Seung-ah ~ Hwaiting!! Also, it's same as whole MTETS casts, too. 😉

  30. 30 Karola

    Bwhahaha ~ Look at this adooorable guy, Jung Il Woo, hehe!

    Moon That Embraces The Sun, you all do your best & Fighting!

  31. 31 churasan

    Really excited to see Jung Il Woo again – I’m glad I didn’t have to wait to long after his last drama! Not too thrilled with the main female cast though. Han Ga In seems more maturer than the rest of the cast because she is usually paired with older actors in her other dramas. But looking forward to how the chemistry works out.

  32. 32 craziluver

    i love Jung-iL Woo’s hanbook. It stands out among all the hanbooks wore by the cast.
    I only hoped the main lady was a bit younger than Han Ga-In to match Kim Soo Hyun’s baby face, I’m not saying Han Ga-In is not baby face but she looks older than Kim Soo Hyun.

  33. 33 Heelie

    Everyone is so pretty! I can’t wait for this!!

  34. 34 Cynthia

    What an abundance of the Pretty!

    KSH in his kingly garb is just precious – he looks so excited (they all do – what a happy gathering of a cast!), but why do I want to see him sporting his “K” medallion and holding a tuning fork? 🙂

    Haven’t watched a saguek since WBDS – am ready to go for this one!

  35. 35 lovedramas

    WOW – loving all the color there!!! Only HGI’s outfit is a little plain, due to her character. So it’s her character that falls for the king? Or the other way around, or I guess both.

    JIW — oh, I can’t wait.

    Is one of them playing a Queen? (since we have a king)

    • 35.1 lovedramas

      never mind… i just read a synopsis for the plot – now, I’m really into it. I don’t know if I can take anticipating, waiting every week for 2 episodes! And 3 weeks before we can see the adult actors!

  36. 36 kbap

    *o* Jung Il-woo…
    Love his aegyo x)

  37. 37 Autumn

    I will be watching this for Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Min-seo.

  38. 38 asianromance

    Hanboks- failsafe outfits for any press conference! They all look amazing!

    • 38.1 Fiercediva

      So true! No one has to come onstage in a too-short skirt and then put a tablecloth over their knees to avoid a Sharon Stone moment while seated.

  39. 39 Noelle

    HAHAHAHAHA Han Ga In has crazy eyes in every picture!

    • 39.1 tanya

      I’ve noticed her strange eyes too…they’re so starey and unblinking

  40. 40 ...

    KSH’s smile never fails to be cute… obvious who i’m watching this for! doesn’t hurt that it has Jung Il-woo either 😉

  41. 41 shapby

    Everyone looks so… YOUNG. O_O

  42. 42 Arhazivory

    The cast certainly is very pretty. I’ve never seen such a colourful press conference before. XD

  43. 43 MinUHwanja

    ohh yah!! me too! Jung Il Woo definitely captured me!! and yes 2nd is NAM BO RA!! i love her since GJ!! I think someday she’ll become a great actress!!1 she reminds me alot of MOON GEUN YOUNG!!! 😛

  44. 44 theedie

    I’m pretty much here for the costume eye candy. From the looks of it, they’ve got the same costume designer from Yi San/Dong Yi, which means I totally approve. You can tell this drama is guaranteed to be visually beautiful.

  45. 45 haru

    My only complaint is that there is no two-shot of KSH and JIW ONLY:)

  46. 46 Francesca Sophia

    Looks adorable! Can’t wait to fall in love with KSH in this. =)

  47. 47 karan

    yoon sung ah and nam bo ra…. the potential 3G of hallyuwave

  48. 48 minhoswife

    I love a guy with nice, straight teeth and beautiful smile! Which is why I love Joong Il Woo! Can’t wait for this! 🙂

  49. 49 girlatsea

    Ahh, I can’t wait for this! Kim Soo-hyun, you have never looked more handsome.

    • 49.1 girlatsea

      p.s. Okay so I had to google this but heukrip (??? I think I’m wrong) the headwear the officers wear are my absolute favorites. I love the beads and feather.

      I also really like their hanboks as well. I couldn’t get enough of the officers clothing in The Princess’ Man.

  50. 50 soserious

    javabeans and girlfriday. i now know why you guys are infatuated with jung il-woo. the man is breathtaking in return of iljimae. can’t wait for him in this sakeuk.

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