This is one of those dramas that I watched a few times in a year for my own traditional kdrama celebration, and if I’m under major emotional stress, typically another failed relationship or when my favorite basketball team didn’t get the championship again.
Crown Prince Lee Shin and Crown Princess Chae-gyung’s love story is the typical I-was-not-meaning-to-fall-for-you-but-I-fell-anyway romance. You will love how the marriage for convenience and ancestor’s promise to marry their future descendants paved the way to one of Korea’s most endeared romance tale of young love.
The first episodes introduced us to the characters and prepared us to switch and familiarize ourselves between modern times and palace life. Chae-gyung is your usual high school girl and her fate changes when due to financial problems she succumbed to an arranged marriage to Korea’s modern time Crown Prince for her to save her family from financial problems. Lee Shin who was rejected when he proposed to his girlfriend Min Hyo-rin agreed to the marriage talk which originated from his late grandfather’s wish to marry his descendant to the descendant of a palace worker who saved his life, who turned out to be Chae-gyung’s grandfather. On their wedding day, Hyo-rin was trying to reach her ballerina dream, changed her intention and realized too late that she wanted Lee Shin more than anything in her life.
Chae-gyung entered the Palace and proceeded with her princess training while she often bickered with Lee Shin. Eventually though and without realizing it, she soon found herself falling in love with him, which she tried to restrict because she knew he liked Hyo-rin. The second male lead completing the love quadrangle is Prince Yul, who was Prince Shin’s cousin, and who eventually grew fond of the princess. He was supposed to become the Crown Prince if not for the death of his father.
The main conflicts I say would be the how the lead couples had the difficulty of admitting their teue feelings to each other and the quest to prove who really deserved the throne per Yul’s mother’s obsession.
What I loved here is I saw how the loved progressed from nothing at all to “I want you to be always beside me” kind of adoration. They matured as the romance grew, and they grew as the romance matured. The heart-felt lines were superbly delivered and left me feeling the pain and the bliss at that moment.
There were a few lag time and scenes that were not really necessary and were just there to fill up the minutes, but like a package, it’s so pretty outside, you have to take time to unwrap it and feel happy at what a beautiful gift it was. It’s the same thing with Goong, it slowly moves, but then it will leave you breathless in depicting a stunning and heartfelt love picture.
I still get heart flutters on that scene after Lee Shin’s Thailand escapade with the ex-gf when the princess confronted the ex and she fainted and then Lee Shin carried her and nursed her back to life. And that love admittance back hug scene after the fire conflict… I remembered how I was holding my teddy bear’s hand and swaying it like crazy because I was so elated that at last they finally realized they loved each other for real. *giggles
Any princess story appeals to most girls right away. With a distant and yet secretly warm prince portrayed nicely by Joo Ji Hoon oppa, I can’t help but love the nines on the clouds of high when I was watching Lee Shin and Chae Kyung’s royal love story.
My pillows suffered a lot of strangulation on the emotional and heart fluttering scenes. Actually Goong had mostly melodramatic tones, but it was neutralized by the lead girl’s vibrant presence and optimism to survive in the arranged marriage she was forced to take for the sake of her family.
This is one youth drama you should not miss as it is one of the kdrama staple classics. -jediprincess♡♡♡