empress ki

Title : Empress Ki / Hwatu
Genre: Historical, Politic, Romance
Episodes: 50
Director : Han Hee (Time Slip Dr Jin)
ScriptWriter : Jang Young Chul (Giant, Dae Jo Yeong) , Jung Kyung Soon (Shark, Thorn Birds)
Broadcast network: MBC, every Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Broadcast period: 2013-Oct-28 to 2014-April-15


The drama portrays the love and conflicts in the life of Empress Ki, a real person in Goeryeo’s history, and her influence in the Yuan Dynasty.

Note :
Yuan : Chinese Empire set up by Mongol Emperor Genghis Kahn. At that time , China was dominated by Mongol.
Goryo : Dynasty in Korea during Yuan era

After Goryo surrendered to Mongol in war, Mongol requested Goryo sent young girls as tribute for Yuan. Those girl will be serving in Yuan’s palace.
Ki was one those tribute girls

Character Description

Ki Seungnyang

She came from Goryo and became Empress in Yuan.

She was once a tribute-girl for Yuan. Since she was transferred to Yuan, she faces many harsh things. She decided to fight against her destiny.

Wang Yu

King of Goryo.
When he was the crown-prince, he was a problem in Goryo dynasty. He was a bum who likes to do much mischief with bastards-friends in street although he was the crown-prince.
But, actually, it was disguise to hide his reality from Wang Go.

Ta Hwan

Emperor of Yuan. He was the 1st son of previous emperor of Yuan. Though he was crown- prince of Yuan, because of political reason, he was once banished to far-island of Goryo.
There, he met Ki.

As he was afraid that he will be killed like the previous emperor with political reason, he disguised himself as a fool. During his hard days, his life was saved many times by Ki.

Several years later, he came back to Yuan as the emperor. Then, he found out that Ki was forced to be a maid in Yuan. Their relation developed to love.
With Ki’s assistance, he recovered his dignity as an emperor.


The most powerful man in Yuan. He assassinated previous emperor of Yuan and positioned second son of Emperor as the new emperor. The 1st son of previous emperor, Ta Hwan, was expelled by him.

Tana Shiri

Yuchul’s daughter. Legitimate empress of Ta Hwan. With the blood of the royal family in Yuan, she has amazing beauty. But, she is very jealous woman.
For political purpose, she married Ta Hwan, crown emperor of Yuan. She did not love Ta Hwan. But, she still could not put up with the thing that Ta Hwan does not love her. She felt insult.

Dang Ki Sae

1st son of Yunchul. Very cruel man.

Tab Ja Hae

2nd son of Yunchul. He is the chief of financial division of Yuan. He is notorious as a man who is so crazy about dirty money and female.

Park Boolhwa

Eunuch of Yuan originated from Goryo.
Later, he succeeded to hold military authority of Yuan and became a core man in Won. He shows true royalty to Empress Ki.
He eliminates many political enemy of Empress Ki for her.
After Yunchul’s collapse, he even tries to fight against Baekan (man who destroyed Yunchul and became a 1st man of Won) with his military.

Bang Sunwoo

Eunuch of Goryo. He is royal to Goryo dynasty.

Wang Go

He was the political enemy of Wang Yu and Ki.
He was a power man in Goryo who was born with Goryo King’s blood. He believes it is better for Goryo to be one province of Yuan. He was always against Goryo King who tried revolution.

Ha Ji Won as Ki Seung Nyang, later Empress Ki
Joo Jin Mo as Wang Yoo, later King Choonghye of Goryeo
Ji Chang Wook as Ta Wan, later Emperor Huizong of Yuan
Extended Cast
Yoon Ah Jung as Yeon Hwa
Kim Myung Gook as Jang Soon Yong
People who assist Empress Ki in Goryeo
Choi Moo Sung as Park Bool Hwa
Cha Kwang Soo as Go Yong Bo
Lee Moon Shik as Bang Sun Woo
Kwon Oh Joong as Choi Moo Song
Yoon Yong Hyun as Jum Park Yi
Lee Won Jong as Dok Man
Enemies who confront Empress Ki
Cha Do Jin as Tab Ja Hae
Jun Gook Hwan as Yeon Chul
Jung Woong In as Uhm Byung Soo
Kim Jung Hyun as Dang Ki Se
Baek Jin Hee as Tana Shiri
Lee Jae Yong as Wang Go
Empress Ki’s Rival
Kim Young Ho as Baek Ahn
Jin Yi Han as Tal Tal
Kim Suh Hyung as Empress Dowager

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