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  • 2015
  • 1 Season
  • 6.8  (131)

Hwajung is a 2015 South Korean historical drama series that is based on the life of Queen Inhyeon, a prominent figure in the Joseon dynasty. The show features an all-star cast including Seung-Won Cha, Yeon-hee Lee, and Jae-won Kim. It was produced by MBC and ran for 50 episodes from April to October in 2015.

The story is set during the 16th century, a time when the Joseon dynasty was at its peak. At the center of the show is Princess Jungmyung (played by Lee), a daughter of King Seongjong who had been erased from history due to court politics. She returns to the court years later, as a young woman, and seeks to reclaim her rightful position as a princess of Joseon.

Along the way, Princess Jungmyung encounters a number of different characters, both friends and foes. The most important of these is her long lost brother, Prince Gwanghae (played by Kim), who has risen to become one of the most powerful figures in the dynasty. Together, they navigate court politics and try to overcome the many obstacles that stand in their way.

One of the most interesting aspects of the show is its portrayal of historical events and figures. The show does a fantastic job at recreating the look and feel of the Joseon dynasty, which is both visually stunning and historically accurate. Additionally, the show is full of famous historical figures such as King Seongjong and Queen Inhyeon, who are brought to life by the talented cast.

Another aspect of Hwajung that is worth mentioning is its nuanced depiction of the various characters. The show does not shy away from showing the darker side of court politics, and many of the characters are shown to be flawed in various ways. However, the show also demonstrates that even the most power-hungry characters have emotions and vulnerabilities, which makes them more relatable and realistic.

Overall, Hwajung is a must-watch for fans of historical dramas. The show features a great story, talented cast, and stunning visuals that bring the Joseon dynasty to life. Despite its somewhat slow pace, the show manages to maintain a sense of intrigue and excitement throughout its 50-episode run. Highly recommended for anyone looking for a deep dive into the politics and culture of one of Korea's most fascinating periods of history.

Hwajung is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (50 episodes). The series first aired on April 13, 2015.

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Episode 50
50. Episode 50
September 29, 2015
Princess Jungmyung must make a decision on the future of Joseon.
Episode 49
49. Episode 49
September 29, 2015
In an effort to avoid yet another war with Qing, Princess Jungmyung uses Kim Ja Jeom against his old ally Kang Joo Seon.
Episode 48
48. Episode 48
September 22, 2015
The 17th King of Joseon is crowned, and immediately a challenger appears.
Episode 47
47. Episode 47
September 21, 2015
With King Injo suffering from poor health, the politicians around him scramble to take up power as soon as he lets it go.
Episode 46
46. Episode 46
September 15, 2015
Kim Ja Jeom and Kang Joo Seon have begun plans to take down the Princess and the new Crown Prince.
Episode 45
45. Episode 45
September 14, 2015
Kim Ja Jeom attempts to install his own choice as Crown Prince while King Injo is distracted by the death of his son.
Episode 44
44. Episode 44
September 8, 2015
Following the Crown Prince returning from a forced stay in Qing, King Injo fears that his son is after his throne.
Episode 43
43. Episode 43
September 7, 2015
Princess Jungmyung and the Qing General come together to take down Kang Joo Seon.
Episode 42
42. Episode 42
September 1, 2015
The Crown Prince must make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure Joseon's survival in a second war against the Qing dynasty.
Episode 41
41. Episode 41
August 31, 2015
As Qing attackers approach Joseon, selfish ministers work to ensure they will be on the winning side.
Episode 40
40. Episode 40
August 25, 2015
Later Jin wants Joseon to renounce their allegiance to Ming, and bow down to the new Qing dynasty.
Episode 39
39. Episode 39
August 24, 2015
Ten years have passed, and Joseon and Later Jin have an uneasy and fragile alliance after their first war.
Episode 38
38. Episode 38
August 18, 2015
Alliances are created and destroyed as the royal army attempts to take the castle back from insurgents.
Episode 37
37. Episode 37
August 17, 2015
With a new power-balance in play, King Neungyang frets about his legacy as king while Princess Jungmyung makes plans.
Episode 36
36. Episode 36
August 11, 2015
Former Police Chief Lee Gwal returns to the capital with an army in tow, intent to get his revenge on the king who cast him out.
Episode 35
35. Episode 35
August 10, 2015
Princess Jungmyung has regained the initiative, and a reeling King Neungyang must plan his next move.
Episode 34
34. Episode 34
August 4, 2015
The city rallies around their princess and fights to parry Court Maid Jo's blow.
Episode 33
33. Episode 33
August 3, 2015
Court Maid Jo has initiated a plot that will implicate Princess Jungmyung and remove her once and for all.
Episode 32
32. Episode 32
July 28, 2015
As Princess Jungmyung becomes more and more of a thorn in his side, King Neungyang pledges to remove her.
Episode 31
31. Episode 31
July 27, 2015
King Neungyang still does not feel he has a proper hold on the throne after a months rule.
Episode 30
30. Episode 30
July 21, 2015
When Prince Neungyang takes power, attempts to wipe out everything Gwanghae held dear.
Episode 29
29. Episode 29
July 20, 2015
King Gwanghae throws up his last effort at keeping the rebels away from his throne, and protecting his people.
Episode 28
28. Episode 28
July 14, 2015
Joo Won is being held in Later Jin, and King Gwanghae must decide between protecting his thrown and protecting his sister.
Episode 27
27. Episode 27
July 13, 2015
In a desperate attempt to turn the tide of the political battle, Princess Jungmyung obtains an interesting proposal.
Episode 26
26. Episode 26
July 7, 2015
After the tide turns in the war with Later Jin, Joseon must scramble to ensure it has a future.
Episode 25
25. Episode 25
July 6, 2015
Joo Won tries to balance his loyalty to Gwanghae's orders with trying to protect him from the danger that waits back home.
Episode 24
24. Episode 24
June 30, 2015
Joseon soldiers are ready to go to battle along with Ming, while King Gwanghae puts contingency plans in place.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
June 29, 2015
King Gwanghae can only watch as Prince Neungyang whips Joseon into a fury over Gwanghae refusing to become involved in the upcoming battle between Ming and Later Jin.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
June 23, 2015
Prince Neungyang has come back to face Gwanghae and attempt to force his hand on the topic of sending Joseon troops to Ming.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
June 17, 2015
King Gwanghae decides to unveil to the country that Princess Jungmyung has come back, despite the power this would give his detractors.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
Gyosan plan is foiled so he endes up on on the run and Gwanghae closes in on his conspirators.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
June 15, 2015
Hwa Yi chooses to help King Gwanghae root out Gyosan's treasonous plot by acting as a double-agent.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
June 9, 2015
Hwa Yi reveals her identity to King Gwanghae as Queen Dowager Inmok faces punishment for allegedly plotting treason.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
June 8, 2015
Fair Princess Jungmyung lives a life of the highest privilege, until her half-brother Prince Gwanghae executes the rightful crown prince and usurps the throne. Exiled from court, Jungmyung goes under disguise as a man and le
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
June 2, 2015
The Queen Dowager finds the beads she left her deceased daughter on her own doorstep.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
June 1, 2015
The Queen Dowager discovers the beads she left her deceased daughter on her own doorstep.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
May 26, 2015
Following the poisonous gas incident, Joo Won has to take responsibility for bringing an outsider into the weaponry bureau.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
May 25, 2015
All production comes to a halt when an accident occurs at the weaponry bureau. Hwa Yi must flee or risk being condemned as a Japanese spy.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
May 19, 2015
Hwa Yi proves her worth at the weaponry bureau by demonstrating the Japanese method of sulfur smelting.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
May 18, 2015
Princess Jungmyung continues to pose as Hwa Yi so she can work for the weapons bureau and attempt to get closer to King Gwanghae.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
May 12, 2015
Joo Won must choose between retrieving the sulfur that is his mission, or rescuing the stranger that saved his life.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
May 11, 2015
Hwa Yi helps Joo Won set up a business deal to obtain sulfur, in the hope that he will be able repay her.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
May 7, 2015
Hwa Yi goes to Edo to assist in a sulfur-related business deal. Hong Joo Won is on the same mission, for his post as head of the weaponry bureau.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
May 6, 2015
Princess Jungmyung arrives in Japan and becomes Hwa Yi in order to protect her identity. King Gwanghae learns the truth about his father's death.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 29, 2015
Court Lady Choi makes a sacrifice for Princess Jungmyung to escape. Haneum has launched his own investigation into the death of the late king, and isn't shy about sharing his findings.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 28, 2015
When the people around King Gwanghae begin to eliminate potential threats to Gwanghae's throne on his behalf, the citizens of Hansung can only look on in dismay as their King turns into a tyrant
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
April 28, 2015
Prince Imhae's plot to frame Yeongchang and the Western faction comes to fruition, as King Gwanghae must choose between being the ruler he promised to be, and solidifying his power.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 21, 2015
Princess Jungmyung and Grand Prince Yeongchang secretly venture outside the palace on First Full Moon Day and learn of the city gossip that King Gwanghae plans to murder them.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 14, 2015
Crown Prince Gwanghae must persuade Queen Mother to pass the throne to him rather than to her baby, Grand Prince Yeongchang. A quarrel over power immediately threatens to harm the royal court.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 13, 2015
Prince Gwanghae has been Crown Prince for 16 years without being confirmed. As the son of a concubine, he lacks the safety that his new-born brother has. As King Seojo contemplates rescinding Gwanghae's title, the nation is divided on who they support.
Where to Watch Hwajung
Hwajung is available for streaming on the MBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Hwajung on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    April 13, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    6.8  (131)