Alternative Title: 이산 / 이산-정조대왕 (李祘-正祖大王) / Yi San - King Jeong Jo Genre: Period Drama Film Date: September, 2007 Total Episodes: 77 Korea Casts:Han Ji Min, Lee Jong Soo, Lee Seo Jin, Park Eun Hye Description: This drama is about the life of King Jeong-Jo, Joseon’s 22nd Monarch, who is remembered in Korean history as one of Korea’s greatest Kings who loved the people and reigned for the commoner.
Yi San [Wind of the Palace] Synopsis From MBC Global Media
Episode 1 The royal palace is embroiled in political infighting. King Young-jo slowly executes his own son, Crown Prince Sado (actor Lee Chang-hoon) by locking him up in a small rice chest for unknown reasons. San (actor Park Ji-bin, 後 actor Lee Seo-jin), Crown Prince Sado’s son, sneaks into Shimin Palace in the middle of the night to visit his father who is slowly dying from starvation.
Meanwhile, the young Song-yeon (actress Lee Han-na, 後 actress Han Ji-min) whose father was a former royal painter is brought to the palace through family connections where she becomes a young court lady. In the still of the night, Song- yeon is forced to go to the palace kitchen and bring back a snack for the older court girls but gets lost on her way there.
Dae-soo (actor Kwon Oh-min, 後 actor Lee Jong-soo) is one of the trainees who will become a palace official and eunuch but he tries to run away in the middle of the night because he doesn’t want to be castrated. San, Song-yeon, and Dae-soo wander the palace with different purposes and meet together by fate.
San (actor Park Ji-bin, 後 actor Lee Seo-jin) discovers the painting that his father, Crown Prince Sado (actor Lee Chang-hoon), told him to locate inside the Hwagak chest and then show to King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae). San seeks out Song- yeon (actress Lee Han-na, 後 actress Han Ji-min) and tells her that he found the painting that will save his father and Dae-soo. He then asks her for directions to find Woonjongga where his grandfather is staying. Song-yeon tells San that he can just ask one of his servants to guide him to Woonjongga but he tells her that he doesn’t have anyone to turn to. She feels sorry for San.
Risking her life, Song-yeon offers to go to Woonjongga with San. As San and Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) head to Woonjongga, Song-yeon hides in one of the carriages. When San’s carriage leaves the palace, San asks his servants to bring him a bedpan to relieve himself. San makes noises to pretend that he’s using the bedpan and tells his servants that he’s not comfortable with everyone around him and orders them to stay several feet away with their backs turned around.
San (actor Park Ji-bin, 後 actor Lee Seo-jin) rings the cymbal of justice to announce his grievance to the king and succeeds in stopping the king’s procession. San pleads with the king to take a look at a painting that Crown Prince Sado (actor Lee Chang-hoon) asked him to show to the king. With a stern expression, King Young-jo asks him how it could be possible for Crown Prince Sado to give him such an order. So San confesses that it was he who entered Shimin Palace against the king’s orders and then he begs the king to spare his father’s life. But King Young-jo is already enraged at San’s disobedience and has him arrested and taken away to prison. At that very moment, a messenger riding a horse tells the king that Crown Prince Sado is dead.
A weapons cache is found in the East Palace and San (actor Park Ji-bin, 後 actor Lee Seo-jin) is in big trouble when King Young-jo is told about this potential threat to his authority. King Young-jo declares that nobody can dare go unpunished in an attempt to overthrow the king and flaunt the rules of the palace. King Young-jo begins a criminal investigation of the people who served at Prince San’s palace and demands that the officials get to the bottom of the matter to swiftly carry out justice. The East Palace swarms with investigators and Prince San is shocked that something of this magnitude could befall him. Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi- ri) Hong Bong-ha (actor Shin Chung-shik) strongly advise San to tell King Young-jo that the weapons cache, which was found in his quarters, was amassed by Crown Prince Sado and that he knows nothing of it if he wants to live. However, when San is brought before King Young-jo, he stands up for himself and tells the king he did nothing wrong and therefore he will not explain something he did not even do. He also informs the king that his father Crown Prince Sado had no intentions to usurp the king through a violent uprising. King Young-jo tells San that he wants to believe he is innocent as well as his claim that Crown Prince Sado was never involved in any kind of coup d’etat but San would have to show him counter evidence that supports his claims. When San is at a loss of words, King Young-jo slams his fist on the table and shouts at him.
In the middle of the night, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) is almost assassinated by an assassin but when the assassin is caught, he commits suicide by swallowing a pill before they can find out who sent him. San tries to get to the bottom of the assassination attempt but the body of the assassin vanishes and the crime scene is cleaned up when King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) appears to see if his grandson is alive. The king is confounded that he cannot see any signs of an intruder ever entering San’s chambers. On the next day, Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) goes to see her father, King Young-jo, who is full of worries. She tries to soothe his feelings and brings up last night’s incident. Princess Hwa-wan meets Choi Seok-ju (actor Cho Gyeong-hwan) at the market and gives him instructions to carry out.
Tired of fending of numerous assassination attempts on his life, San passes by the royal kitchen and remembers the time when he first met Song-yeon as a young boy. He meets Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) and asks him to find out the source of the pill that the assassin swallowed to commit suicide.
While inspecting the goods included in the tribute that will be sent to China, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) confirms the identity of a dead body that is floating in the river and gets enraged. He tries to decipher the words in the writings of the dead man and realizes that members of the Ching Dynasty delegation are involved in a conspiracy to assassinate him.
Meanwhile, Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) is framed for stealing supplies at the workshop but Park Young-moon helps her prove her innocence. Song-yeon is chosen as the Sujongdamo and is thrilled that she will be able to meet San again. Chobi (actress Lee Lib-sae) gets jealous of Song-yeon and decides to teach her a lesson. Due to Chobi’s scheming, Song-yeon loses the chance to appear at the Jinyeon Gallery but she stills gets to see San when she follows Park Young-moon on an important errand.
When San (actor Lee Seo-jin) learns that Wang Yu wants to bed Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) by having her come to his chambers, San tells Song-yeon to go to the government office to fulfill her official duties as a palace painter. Wang Yu is unhappy about this and tells Song-yeon to prove that she really is a painter as San says she is. So Song-yeon is tested on the spot by being asked to draw a painting according to a theme selected by Wang Yu.
San has a hard time dealing with the Ch’ing Dynasty delegation because of their demands and is troubled about the disappearance of the baekwupo. When they face a problem with their negotiations with the delegation because they do not possess the baekwupo, Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) intervenes.
Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) was part of the bandits who stole the baekwupo from the ship laden with tribute gifts for the Ch’ing Dynasty. When Song-yeon tells Dae- soo that San is in grave trouble because the baekwupo were stolen, Dae-soo is quickly tries to rectify the situation by seeking out the Gakjung bandits. Meanwhile, the merchants simmer with anger when they are told they must donate more of their goods to make up for the stolen baekwupos. When the merchants begin to blame San for being careless in letting bandits steal the baekwupo, Song-yeon gets worried and comes up with a plan...
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) is astonished when he sees the painting that Park Young- moon (actress Shin Guk) brings to him. After seeing the painting, he realizes that the damo he met at the banquet was Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) and searches for her whereabouts.
On her way back from helping Lee Chun (actor Ji Sang-ryeol), Song-yeon meets Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun-hye). Queen Hyo-eui asks Song-yeon to help her make maejak treats. On her way back home after making maejak treats, Song-yeon is kidnapped by the Gakjung bandits.
San visits Dal-ho’s (actor Lee Hee-do) home together with Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) and he not only does he meet Dal-ho but also meets Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo). Dae-soo confesses his role in the disappearance of the baekwupo from the ship carrying tribute items. San sends troops to rescue Song- yeon from the Gakjung bandits. Concerned about Song-yeon, Dae-soo goes alone to rescue Song-yeon. Dae-soo finds himself in a dangerous situation but a thunderous sound suddenly erupts behind him. San orders his men to catch the Gakjung bandits while he himself looks for Song-yeon.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) is flabbergasted when he is shown an official permit that was signed in his name with handwriting that is nearly identical to his. The ministers bicker amongst each other in King Young-jo’s presence to debate San’s fault in signing such a permit. The painters and calligraphist are given the task of verifying whether the handwriting on the permit is actually San’s. Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) finds it odd that San would deploy royal troops to capture the Gakjung bandits and orders Oh Jung-ho to look into the matter.
Meanwhile, Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon), Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong- soo), and Dal-ho (actor Lee Hee-do) inspect the hideout of the Gakjung bandits and get worried about Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) who hasn’t been found for days. While discussing ways to find Song-yeon, they post wanted posters around the village and when the bandits converge around the posters, Dal-ho gets perplexed. When Nam Sa-cho reports to San that they haven’t found Song-yeon yet, San gets grim and orders Nam Sa-cho to continue the search.
Locked in a warehouse, Song-yeon gets afraid when she sees other kidnapped girls sent to brothels and tries to find a way to run away. When Lee Chun (actor Ji Sang-ryeol) comes by to meet Chun Hwa-nam, Song-yeon yells out to him to save her but Lee Chun doesn’t hear her cries and leaves. Song-yeon runs away but gets caught...
Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) looks at a painting she drew based on a theme selected by San (actor Lee Seo-jin) and she finally meets San when he comes to the workshop to see her. Song-yeon cries after being overwhelmed with emotion and. When Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) sees Song-yeon with San, he gets teary- eyed, too. But they cannot stay together for long because the workshop artisans will return soon. While seeing how lonely San is, Dae-soo becomes determined to pass the military service exam to become San’s personal guard.
King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) asks San again whether he issued the official permit. He then orders a servant to bring the equipment prepared by the ministers. King Young-jo shows how royal seals can be forged in front of the ministers and San and then proceeds to check the authenticity of the official permit.
When Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) hears that the king can prove the authenticity of a permit from Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo), her face turns pale. She calls an emergency secret meeting with her conspirators under a tense mood and Jung Hoo-gyeom comes up with a scheme.
Dae-soo sees the signs announcing the test for the military service exam and he starts to study with other potential applicants. Dae-soo learns from Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) how to efficiently memorize facts and is amazed at what Hong Guk-young tells him next. After hearing from Hong Guk-young that there is a way to see the test answers before the actual exam, Dae-soo seeks out Lee Chun (actor Ji Sang-ryeol).
While reading a poem, King Young-jo’s (actor Lee Sun-jae) face turns ashen. King Young-jo gets furious and orders his servants to capture the poet who mocked him in the poem. San gets disturbed when he reads the passages in the poem.
While Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) is taking the military service exam, the exams are suddenly canceled. Afterwards, Dae-soo seeks out Hong Guk-young to confer with him about a wrong verse in one of the poems. Hong Guk-young tells him that Prince San’s life is in danger.
Worried about San’s safety, Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) guards the East Palace at night. But under Oh Jung-ho’s orders, warriors explode gunpowder. The guards are shocked by the sound and San is also roused by the sounds. Park Cho’ s warriors enter the East Palace and start killing the palace guards. When San hears that the enemies are heading towards the Main Hall, he goes there, too.
Worried about San, Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) goes to Chugukjang in Shibi’s place. But the palace guards stop San from going anywhere because he is under suspicion of attempting to overthrow the king. While held back by the guards, San sees Song-yeon. After allaying Song-yeon’s fears, he heads to Pyeon Pavilion where King Young-jo tells him to personally go to the torture chamber and find out who’s behind the attack by interrogating the captured warriors.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) enters the torture chamber with a grim expression and he orders the men to stop torturing the prisoners. Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun- hye) is told that San disobeyed the king’s orders to force answers out of the prisoners. She goes to see San and overhears him talking to Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri). Princess Hye-bin advises San to meet King Young-jo and ask for forgiveness.
San meets King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) and asks him for a few more days to prove that the accused are innocent. As San defends the late Crown Prince Sado’s honor, King Young-jo gets enraged at this and tells San that he will be banished if he is unable to prove their innocence.
Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) calls Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) and offers him a high-ranking government position. Hong Guk-young asks Jung Hoo- gyeom to give him some time to think it over because it is such a big promotion. Hong Guk-young goes to Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) and ask him if he remembered the wrong verse he found in the test. When he analyzes it, Hong Guk- young realizes that it is a hidden code. Hong Guk-young and Dae-soo realize that someone is scheming to frame San for an attempted coup d’etat and they try to figure out who the ringleader is.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) learns from Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) that Han Joon- ho, a high-ranking minister of the Byeongpan rank, is the ringleader of the plot to frame him for attempting to overthrow the king, he is shocked. Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) tells San that they should arrest the minister at once if what Dae- soo is saying is true. However, San says they need to find proof before taking such a course of action.
When San, Dae-soo, and Nam Sa-cho head to the south of the city, Jung Hoo- gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) offers to accompany him with three military officers. Dae-soo guides them to the training grounds where the royal police were trained and deployed as a private army to kill San. San becomes deeply disturbed when he sees the actual training grounds. He is filled with rage and tries to enter the training grounds but the place is empty and no soldiers are seen.
Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) receives a letter from the Byeongpan-rank minister and is astonished to see the minister visit Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) at her private residence. Worried about being seen together with the minister, Jung Hoo-gyeom asks him what he has done and the anxious minister says he sent a person to Mt. Myojeok.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) grieves over the fact that Princess Hwa-wan has been trying to get him killed. Chae Jae-gong (actor Han In-soo) feels pity for San but advises him that he must not let emotions interfere with his judgment to mete out punishment to criminals of the kingdom.
After making up his mind, San goes to meet King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) with his guard and reports his findings at Mt. Myojeok the night before. King Young-jo believes that more people are involved in the plot besides Byeongpan-rank minister and asks San if he found other collaborators. San hesitates before telling the king that Princess Hwa-wan is one of the minister’s collaborators. King Young-jo becomes enraged. At that moment, the sound of the drumbeats that Princess Hwa- wan said she heard begins to ring throughout the palace.
Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) visits Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah)’s private residence and offers her a special herbal concoction, telling her it was the same kind that she drank when she grieved over her husband’s wrongful execution. With contempt in her voice, Princess Hye-bin tells Princess Hwa-wan that she will not lose her son like she lost her husband.
Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) learns that San has a special connection with Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min), one of the palace painters, and finds the piece of information very interesting.
Meanwhile, Court Lady Kim (actress Kim So-I), who keeps a close eye on Song- yeon, reports to Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun-hye) that Song-yeon met with Jung Hoo-gyeom. Court Lady Kim tells the queen that she has suspicions about Song-yeon but the queen tells her that she is wrong. However, the doubts about Song-yeon linger in the queen’s mind.
Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) orders the palace painters to make a folding screen drawn with a painting of Seokrudo, which is a good luck charm for having a baby, to give as a present to Queen Hyo-eui. As the new damo assistant for Park Byeol-jae, Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) is assigned to the project and gets to meet Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun-hye). Queen Hyo-eui personally calls Song- yeon and asks her how she first met San (actor Lee Seo-jin). The queen also asks her how she happens to know Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo).
Court Lady Park interrupts their conversation and announces that the crown prince will be arriving at Queen Hyo-eui’s chambers. Arriving at the queen’s chamber unannounced, San greets his queen lovingly but is surprised to see Song-yeon there.
Stricken by a mysterious malady during a trip to the royal tombs, King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) tells San (actor Lee Seo-jin) that they should return to the palace whereupon San should oversee the royal affairs. After hearing about the situation, Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) dispatches a messenger to Lee Pan to make sure to assassinate San if King Young-jo doesn’t recover from his disease.
Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) tells San that the only way to safely make it back to the palace would be to divide the procession into two parties. But San refuses to use that option because it would make the second procession vulnerable if it came under heavy attack.
The conspirators who wish to eliminate San agree that they must stop the crown prince from taking over the throne so they try to bring King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun- jae) back to the palace as soon as possible. Seeing that the king can hardly stand up, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) asks the doctors about the king’s condition.
Catching San off guard, Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) approaches him and asks why he isn’t happy that the king has safely returned to the place.
Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) pleads with San (actor Lee Seo-jin) to repeal his order of forcing her to drink the deadly herbal concoction. Princess Hwa- wan asks him to give her one more day to live and if the king’s condition doesn’t improve, then she will forfeit her life. San does not know what to do and dwells on the matter.
Meanwhile, Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) orders Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) to have his private army ready in case the king dies.
After King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) designates San (actor Lee Seo-jin) with the responsibilities of overseeing the kingdom, the ministers from the three fields (議 政) (臺諫) (玉堂), give their monthly reports to San.. After questioning the ministers with piercing questions, he gains an advantage over his enemies.
Meanwhile, Choi Seok-joo (actor Jo Gyeong-hwan) tells Hong In-han (actor Na Sung-gun), to become friends with Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin)...
When Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) hears that Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) came in fifth place in the art contest he goes to congratulate Song-yeon. Park Young-moon (actress Shin Guk) orders Song-yeon to paint another folding screen.
Meanwhile, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) meets with the merchants of Nanjeon and promises to relax business restrictions if they could help him. Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) tells San the if they want to find proof that merchants of Shijeon conspired with government officials then they need to find the secret accounting books kept by the Noron faction.
Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) seeks out Park Young-moon (actress Shin Guk) and tells her she would like to teach damos who want to learn how to paint. Park Young-moon worries that if she allows Song-yeon to teach such a class, the other artisans might complain about it but she relents when she sees how determined Song-yeon is.
Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) finds out that Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) will deploy people to Honghwa gate to create a disturbance. So he sends a message to Han Seong-boo to prevent the riot from happening. However, Jung Hoo-gyeom, the person who is leading the riot behind the scenes, tears up the message that Hong Guk-young sent and tries to persuade Han Seong- boo to come over to his side with promises of bigger promotions.
Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) meets with San (actor Lee Seo-jin) and asks him to let him resign because he made a grave mistake. With a sad heart, San accepts Hong Guk-young’s resignation.
Meanwhile, Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) feels confident about her recent success and tells Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo yeon-woo) that the only thing that remains to consolidate their power is to make their collective voices heard in the royal court. However, Jung Hoo-gyeom tells her that it is not an easy matter because Kim Gwi-joo (actor Jung Myung-hwan) has returned to the royal court. Princess Hwa-wan gets furious that she wasn’t told about his appointment sooner...
Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) goes to the bar where he met a strange old man who told him that his life was in danger and questions the man. The old man grimly tells him that he saw a vision where screams came forth from a bonfire that was surrounded by numerous people. So he warns Dae-soo to avoid danger. When Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) hears about the old man’s vision from Dae- soo, he inquires about the duties of minister Lee Geon-tae. Dae-soo tells Hong Guk- young that minister Lee is in charge of organizing the Naryehee Festival and there will be a fireworks display and bonfires at the event. Hong Guk-young’s face freezes up when he hears this...
Choi Seok-joo (actor Jo Gyeong-hwan) tells Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo- jin) that it is dangerous to use fireworks at the Naryehee Festival and argues that the fireworks display should be cancelled. But Empress Jung-soon disagrees with him and says that she wants to see the act executed before her eyes this time and moves ahead with the plan.
Flanked by Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) and Kang Seok-ki (actor Jang Hee- wum), Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) inspect the plans for the Naryehee Festival and senses something amiss. He tells them to find the plans for the previous year to get to the bottom of his suspicions...
At Naryehee Festival, the soldiers give a demonstration of their sharpshooting skills but San (actor Lee Seo-jin), Chae Je-gong (actor Han In-soo), Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon), and others become very nervous. When nothing happens after the firearms are fired, San and his servants let out a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) is certain that there is a conspiracy to assassinate San during the fireworks display and so he sends a captain to convey a warning to San, which ends up in the hands of Kim Gwi-joo (actor Jung Myung-hwan).
Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) goes to Eugeumboo to find Dae-soo but when she hears that he isn’t there, she goes to meet San (actor Lee Seo-jin). Song-yeon tells San that she cannot find Dae-soo anywhere in a worried tone.
Meanwhile, Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) is kidnapped and he asks his captors who are led by a government official where they have taken him. But the government official orders Dae-soo to be quiet in an icy voice. Someone appears out of the corner of his eye...
When a deputy official turns up dead, Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) becomes gravely worried about the upcoming day when King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) will keep his promise. San (actor Lee Seo-jin) observes Hong Guk-young grappled with the issue and advises him that they need to cut off their enemies’ oxygen supply. After hearing San’s words, Hong Guk-young orders the palace guards to surround the homes of Jung Hoo-gyeom, Choi Seok-joo and other officials aligned with the Noron faction.. .
Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) lays a trap by forging a message to trick Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo Yeon-woo) into believing that it came from a low-level official of a provincial governor. Jung Hoo-gyeom relays the contents of the message to Oh Jung-ho and the Park Cho gang who are hiding in a hut in Mt. Cheonjang. But the prince’s bodyguards ambush them and flush them out.
Meanwhile, Jung Hoo-gyeom meets with Hong Guk-young to save his own skin and tells him that he’s just a tool in the bigger scheme of things...
Kim Gwi-joo (actor Jung Myung-hwan) is imprisoned in the Eugeumboo and Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) goes to see him to hear his story. After hearing the truth, she is overcome with rage towards Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah).When Empress Jung-soon sees Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo Yeon- woo) escorted into the Eugeumboo, she slaps his face. Jung Hoo-gyeom apologizes for what he did but defends his actions by saying that his side had no other choice but to do such things and this enrages her even more. Stricken with fear and terror, Empress Jung-soon goes to Daejeon to see the king and when she announces her arrival at the door of the king’s chambers, the king does not answer...
Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) considers Empress Jung-soon to be neutralized and tells Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo Yeon-woo) that she wants to proceed with her grand plans. When Jung Hoo-gyeom asks Princess Hwa-wan what her plans are, she tells him that he could ascend the throne with her influence.
Meanwhile, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) falls into despair and has a drink with his childhood friends Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) and Song-yeon (actress Han Ji- min). He returns to the palace in a drunken state. When Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) learns that her son is drunk, she calls Song-yeon...
Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) orders Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) to join the envoy that will make a diplomatic visit to China and become an art student at Yebu Temple, which is also in China. When Song-yeon is told that it will take five or 10 years to complete the program, she gets teary-eyed. But Princess Hye-bin explains to her that her son is in a precarious situation in the palace and one little mistake could derail his chances of becoming the next king. So she pleads with Song-yeon to leave if she doesn’t want to become a burden to the prince.
Meanwhile, San is glad to see Song-yeon again at the palace and tries to talk to her but Song-yeon ignores him while fighting back her tears.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) finds out that Minister Hong Bong-ha (actor Shin Chung- shik) recommended that Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) be sent to Yebu Temple in China and he inquires about this to his mother, Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri), who tells him that when she learned that he had a close relationship with Song-yeon, she decided to help Song-yeon achieve her dreams of becoming a better painter. When San hears from his mother that Song-yeon jumped at the opportunity to go to China, he becomes disappointed in Song-yeon.
Meanwhile, a Chinese official refuses to let Song-yeon come to China on the grounds that Yebu Temple does not accept female students. However Hong Bong- ha sternly tells the official that Song-yeon cannot return to Joseon either way.
At Onyang Palace, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) has a private talk with Minister Choi Seok-joo (actor Jo Gyeong-hwan). Choi Seok-joo tells San that if he stopes investigating the Na Rye-hee incident then the partisan fights could be ended. He also requests that all investigations against the Noron Faction be halted as part of the deal. San asks the minister what he can offer for him in return if he satisfies his demands.
Meanwhile, Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) secretly brings a doctor with her after becoming suspicious of the cause of King Young-jo’s (actor Lee Sun-jae) illness. After examining the king, the doctor’s initial diagnosis points to Alzheimer's disease but he needs to submit the king to a test using arrowroot to be certain. Empress Jung-soon gives orders to have a trustworthy court lady from the royal kitchen brought to her...
After learning that Minister Choi Seok-joo (actor Jo Gyeong-hwan) joined San’s side, Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) tells Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo Yeon-woo) to send Park Cho to assassinate him. But when Park Cho and his assassins try to eliminate Choi Seok-joo, they are met by Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong- soo) and the prince’s bodyguards who defeat them.
Meanwhile, San (actor Lee Seo-jin) learns that Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) didn’t volunteer to go to China in the first place and that she is actually being banished from the palace. This deeply shocks San and puts him at his wits’ end.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) decides not to attend an important meeting with the king in order to be with Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min), who barely survived a threat to her life. Dae-soo (actor Lee Jong-soo) sees how much San cares for her and gloomily returns to the palace after telling Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) that Song-yeon will certainly live because the prince is caring for her so attentively.
Meanwhile, King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) pardons Kim Gwi-joo (actor Jung Myung-hwan) and when Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) hears this, she becomes worried about herself since it is obvious that Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) used her influence over the king to have Kim Gwi-joo released.
Princess Hwa-wan (actress Sung Hyun-ah) holds a Noron Faction meeting and when she enters Park Cho’s room, she sees Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) sitting at the head of the meeting room. Princess Hwa-wan freezes in her place. Empress Jung-soon gives Park Cho a signal and they escort Princess Hwa-wan out of the room. Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) hears that King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) is memorizing a map and suspects that King Young-jo is suffering Alzheimer’s disease...
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) grieves over the sudden change in King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) and suddenly remembers the painting that his father Prince Sado asked him to show to the king. Nam Sa-cho (actor Maeng Sang-hoon) and Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) examine the painting to see if it has any hidden meaning. Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young (actor Han Sang-jin) checks the herbal medicine that King Young-jo is taking to see if it is a prescription for Alzheimer’s disease. Dal-ho (actor Lee Hee-do) takes on the dangerous mission to disguise himself as a palace servant and inspect the prescription...
King Young-jo (actor Lee Sun-jae) gets ready to hand over the crown to San (actor Lee Seo-jin). King Young-jo summons Minister Choi Seok-ju (actor Cho Gyeong-hwan) and tells him to identify the number of Noron faction members who hold high military posts. He then orders that all military soldiers be sent away from the palace except for the palace guards to ensure that no one attempts to stage a coup. Meanwhile, Empress Jung-soon (actress Kim Yeo-jin) realizes what King Young-jo is trying to do and tells her faction that either the king or Prince San has to die in order to ensure their party’s survival.
San (actor Lee Seo-jin) unravels the mystery of the painting and calls his palace guards to find a critical piece of evidence. After figuring that Prince Sado hid something behind the turtle rock, which appears in the painting, Prince San and his troops comb Mt. Inwang all night to find evidence that will solve an important incident. Meanwhile, Jung Hoo-gyeom (actor Jo Yeon-woo) gets nervous about the actions of Prince San and plants a spy among his palace guards...
Empress Jung-soon calls a meeting to show the solidarity of the Noron faction and she announces to everyone that she will not let Prince San be crowned the next king by using military force. Under Empress Jung-soon’s plan, the palace guards surround the East Palace and battle the bodyguards. The royal bodyguards defend the palace from the palace guards but they are outnumbered. Prince San persuades the captain of the palace guards to change sides and they attack the guards who are fighting at the East Palace and make them surrender. When Empress Jung hears the news, she turns pale and tries to escape...
King Young-jo orders that Princes Hwa-wan, the devious ministers and every Noron faction member who tried to get rid of Prince San be given harsh sentences for trying to overthrow the government. Prince San asks King Young-jo to allow him to mete out the punishment. Meanwhile, Minister Choi Seok-ju tells Prince San that unless he punishes Kim Gwi-joo, Gyeomsabokjang, and Woorimwijang over this incident, then his majesty’s ailment will be known forever in history...
Song-yeon is summoned to Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri)’s chambers where the Princess thanks her for the important role she played. Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun-hye) tells everyone that Prince San is at the arrow shooting range and that she will go there to see him. Meanwhile, Empress Jung tells Prince San to announce her evil crimes to everyone but the prince says he will not do so. This surprises the empress. Prince San tells her to see how powerless she has become and there will be punishment waiting for her. Empress Jung swirls with anger, fear, and shock...
King Young-jo gives a jade ring to Song-yeon to show his appreciation when she paints a portrait of Prince Sado. King Young-jo tells her to stay pure while being at Prince San’s side. While holding the portrait in his hands, King Young-jo’s hand trembles and they fall to the ground. Meanwhile, Prince San receives a letter from King Young-jo, telling him not to cry over his death and asking forgiveness for being so cruel. Prince San is overcome with grief and sorrow...
Hong Guk-young learns that the Noron faction are planning something devious and so he orders Kang Seok-ki, Seo Jang-bo and Dae-soo to follow Jung Hoo-gyeom’s personal assistant. They succeed in intercepting a message that was addressed to Jung Hoo-gyeom. San is visibly disturbed when he reads the message that explains a plan to hire an assassin to assassinate him. Hong Guk-young calls for arresting Jung Hoo-gyeom but San tells him to leave him alone and continue to follow the plan...
When the rebellion ends in a failure, Jung Hoo-gyeom and Princess Hwa-wan try to flee to the Ming Kingdom. But they are captured in Yanghwajin where Hong Guk-young’s palace guards were waiting for them to try to cross the border. Hong Guk-young takes Empress Jung-soo to the courtyard of the Naebyeongjo office and tells her that he will interrogate her for masterminding the revolt and being the leader of the rebels. Meanwhile, when Hong Guk-yong asks San to leave the interrogation of the rebels to him, San surprised everyone by announcing that he will personally interrogate the criminals.
Princess Hye-bin is shocked to hear from Princess Hwa-wan that Minister Hong Bong-han is trying to lobby for her release. Princess Hye-bin goes to meet Hong Bong-han and asks him why he would do such a thing and he tells her that he is trying to save his brother’s life. Meanwhile, news that Empress Jung-soon committed suicide spreads and Confucian scholars from across the country raise objections on the way San harshly dealt with the rebels...
Queen Hyo-eui (actress Park Eun-hye) carefully broaches the subject of whether Song-yeon (actress Han Ji-min) would like to return to the royal palace. Meanwhile, Princess Hye-bin (actress Gyeon Mi-ri) and Hong Bong-ha (actor Shin Chung-shik) are very pleased when they are introduced to Hong Guk-young’s (actor Han Sang-jin) sister.
Song-yeon dwells on Queen Hyo-eui’s suggestion that she return to the palace. Song-yeon is unable to hide her astonishment when Dae-soo reveals his feelings to her...
When a plague starts spreading across the kingdom, San calls a meeting of his ministers and Jang Tae-woo tells him to not return to the palace until he turns everything back to the way things were. Jang Tae-woo then boasts that San will step down from his throne. Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young meets with Princess Hye-bin and tells her he accepts her proposal to bring his sister to the palace as a palace courtesan. But when Queen Hyo-eui meets with San, she mentions that she will bring Song-yeon back to the palace...
San sees the Noron faction officials kneeling on their knees before the king’s palace but he tells them that he thinks they came too late. He also mentions that minister Jang Tae-woo, the current Noron faction’s leader, should be kneeling with them, too. Meanwhile, San is eager to see Song-yeon again and as he greets her, he is told by Chae Jae-gong that minister Jang Tae-woo would like to enter the king’s palace. So San sends Song-yeon to his office, telling her to wait for him there. While waiting for San to return, Song-yeon nods off for a while and when she wakes up she is stricken with fear to see Princess Hye-bin standing right in front of her.
Hong Guk-young orders a strict medical examination of all mid-level officials who belong to the Noron faction and draws their ire. When San hears about this, he orders Hong Guk-young to not attend the royal meetings for the time being but Hong Guk-young disobeys this order. San tells Hong Guk-young to leave in the presence of the Noron faction officials. Meanwhile, Princess Hye-bin calls Song-yeon and asks her if San went to see her a couple of nights ago. Song-yeon is unable to answer the question for she knows it will anger her and at that very moment, Queen Hyo-eui abruptly enters the room...
The assassination of Minister Min and the discovery of Minister Hyung-jo’s dead body as well as Gong-jo, a high ranking official, raises suspicions that Hong Guk-young is behind it because the dead were all members of the Noron faction. Meanwhile, Won-bin calls Song-yeon and orders her to paint a folding screen. When Queen Hyo-eui sees So-yeon at the palace, she gets angry at Won-bin for inviting her.
San learns about the dark secret behind the deaths of the ministers and suspects that the Saljoogyeran gang is behind it. Framed for the deaths of the ministers, Hong Guk-young is released from jail and is put in charge of solving the Gyujanggak case. Meanwhile, Won-bin is crossed that Song-yeon drew a lotus flower on the folding screen and spills paint over it on purpose. Song-yeon explains to her that the lotus flower symbolizes fertility and good fortune but Won-bin slaps her in the middle of her explanation...
San announces reforms for the slave system at a meeting held in the main pavilion. Jang Tae-woo tells San that he just made enemies with all the nobles and commoners in the kingdom and holds him responsible for a breakdown in the nation’s class system before he storms out of the meeting with the other ministers in tow. Meanwhile, Won-bin hears from the palace doctor that she is not pregnant. At that very moment, Princess Hye-bin visits her chambers and asks about Won-bin’s pregnancy in a matter-of-factly way to the doctor who is still in the room.
When Hong Guk-young learns that Won-bin faked her pregnancy, he decides to prevent dishonor from tainting his family by arranging a scenario where Won-bin pretends that she had a miscarriage. According to Hong Guk-young’s plan, Won-bin clutches her belly in pain during her birthday and shows blood. Meanwhile, Princess Hye-bin faints when she hears about Won-bin’s miscarriage...
Visiting the guard’s chambers, San sees Hong Guk-young talking with a palace doctor and his face turns grim. San confronts Hong Guk-young and asks him why is meeting with a doctor at the guard’s chambers. But Hong Guk-young cannot answer him. Meanwhile, Song-yeon hears about the trouble that Queen Hyo-eui is in and she then recalls the day when she drew a folding screen at the palace where she saw Won-bin drink an herbal tea. Song-yeon seeks out Queen Hyo-eui and tells her that she saw Won-bin drink motherwort tea...
Won-bin goes to meet with Princess Hye-bin and lies about the reason for her fake miscarriage by blaming it on the motherwort tea she drank regularly. Princess Hye-bin is overcome with shock that Won-bin could make such a grave mistake and caused the baby to be miscarried. Won-bin cowers in fear. Meanwhile, when San decides to travel to Mihaeng, Hong Guk-young orders the guards to follow a pre-planned route. However, San gets mad at Hong Guk-young for giving such orders and chooses a different route. Someone tries to assassinate San in Mihaeng with a shotgun.
Stricken with an illness, Won-bin breathes her last breath in Hong Guk-young’s presence. Meeting with Queen Hyo-eui, Hong Guk-young reveals his emotions by asking the queen why Won-bin had to pay the ultimate price for what she did. Queen Hyo-eui is shaken by Hong Guk-young’s words...
Hong Guk-young asks San to relieve Won-bin’s grudge by arranging Eun-eon’s eldest son to be adopted by the late Won-bin. San finds the request to be absurd but he tells Hong Guk-young that he will think about it. Meanwhile, Song-yeon learns that the man who saved her was Wook, a childhood friend of hers who she believed was dead, and goes to see him with tears streaming down her face. However, Hong Guk-young and the palace guards have surrounded Song-yeon’s neighborhood. Hong Guk-young asks Song-yeon if she knows the whereabouts of Wook...
San visits Song-yeon at the interrogation room. San looks at her with sadness and grief and asks her how this happened but Song-yeon just tells him to punish her. The palace judge enters the room and announce that all the criminals will be transported to the palace jail. Meanwhile, San tells Hong Guk-young that there was a cache of weapons found in the hideout of the rebels and he finds it very hard to believe that they would have allowed themselves to be captured so easily by the sword-wielding palace when they had such weapons at their disposal. Hong Guk-young is speechless...
Princess Hye-bin becomes shocked when she hears that Song-yeon entered San’s private chambers. Princess Hye-bin vows that a son will not be born by someone from such a low station. However, San is ready to pay the consequences as he keeps Song-yeon at his side. Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young visits Minister Eun-eon and tells him that his first son will take on the pen name, Wanpoong and it would be a splendid name for a future king...
When Song-yeon visits Princess Hye-bin’s quarters, she is told to return to the Leesang Chamber and this creates a commotion among the court ladies. Princess Hye-bin is rude to Song-yeon when she arrives at the Jinyeon pavilion and tells her to follow the rules of the palace. San and Queen Hyo-eui feel uncomfortable when they see Princess Hye-bin act curtly towards Song-yeon. Meanwhile, Hong Guk-young visits Jang Tae-woo and arrests all the officials who are with him. He orders the officers to search the room.
Queen Hyo-eui brings Chobi to the Subalsang Palace after seeing how hard it is for Song-yeon to adjust to live in the palace. Song-yeon is overjoyed to be reunited with Chobi and is thankful for the kind gesture on Queen Hyo-eui’s part. Meanwhile, San is shocked to see the state of the merchants who were captured by Hong Guk-young...
Queen Hyo-eui learns that Hong Guk-young has been collaborating with Empress Jung-soon and tells him to confess his guilt to San before she tells him about it herself. She also coldly stares down at him and says he will pay dearly for scorning the royal court and deceiving the king... Meanwhile, Song-yeon gets nauseous as she follows San on a trip to the ancestral royal rombs.
With help from Minister Suk-wie, court lady Choi slips out of the palace but she is caught by Dae-soo. When Dae-soo asks her if Hong Guk-young gave her the orders to leave, Minister Suk-wie points his sword at him. Meanwhile, San hears that the recent incidents around the palace were orchestrated by Hong Guk-young and he stares at Nam Sa-cho with a vacant expression on his face.
Along the path that Hong Guk-young takes to his exile, people hurl rocks at his carriage. Dae-soo and Seok-gi try to stop the crowd but they are overwhelmed. Meanwhile, Princess Hye-bin invites San to Princess Hwa-bin’s chambers to comfort him after he sent Hong Guk-young to exile but he goes to Song-yeon’s chambers instead.
Hearing that Hong Guk-young is in critical condition, San rides his horse all night to reach Hong Guk-young’s home. San cries at Hong Guk-young’s deathbed and asks him to forgive him for sending him away. Hong Guk-young also cries and tells San the he was always loyal to him and will never forgive him even after his death. Meanwhile, at the Chinham ritual, Song-yeon joins Princess Hye-bin, Queen Hyo-eui, Princess Hwa-bin and answers withering questions from the wives of high-ranking ministers with aplomb and astonishes everyone in the process.
San gets the needed documents for Jung Yak-yong. In the palace, Jang Tae-woo encounters Jung Yak-yong and warns him that he should not think that he owns the world just because he is under the good graces of the King. San then encounters Tae-gam from China in the government office.
Song-yeon tries to find the reason why the Chinese soldiers used military force and asks Tae-gam. Rather than giving her a straight answer, Tae-gam gives her a painting. Song-yeon shows it to San and asks him to find a way to see what Tae-gam’s inner thoughts really are. San rethinks Jung Yak-yong’s words that China is attempting to destroy Choseon and what Song-yeon said to him earlier. He then sends soldiers to where the Chinese are staying.
After hearing that San had a worship service at his father’s grave, Empress Jung-soon, Choi Seok-joo and the Noron faction start to feel nervous and perplexed. Meanwhile, Song-yeon has yet to begin her labor although 10 days have passed since the due date. Court physicians start to examine her and realize that although her water is leaking little by little, she still has not felt any pain of labor. The physicians then start to question if there are any internal problems with the baby and immediately start emergency medical procedures.
San selects Suwon as the new capital to replace Hanyang, and makes it the base of reformation of Choseon. Jung Yak-yong and Park-jae are in shock after hearing San’s plans. Hye-bin, who refuses to allow Hyang to be the heir apparent, is surprised to see Hyang wearing a necklace with the ring that King Young-jo gave Song-yeon before he passed away. Later, Hye-bin is shocked to learn that the ring was given to Song-yeon by the deceased King Young-jo.
Song-yeon’s son Hyang comes down with a terrible case of the measles. Hyang develops rashes on his face and has a high fever. The physicians rush in and out, and try to cure him. Despite their efforts, Hyang passes away. Song-yeon is in disbelief as she weeps holding Hyang’s body.
San tries to save Song-yeon’s life with the help of Western medicine. San asks Dae-soo to go to China to bring Western medical doctors. Dae-soo rushes to China after receiving these orders. Meanwhile, Song-yeon, dressed in a beautiful Korean traditional dress, asks San to let her fulfill her dream of drawing a portrait of the King. She also asks San to promise her that he will fight any challenges that may come his way in the future.
On the long journey to Hwasung, Choi Seok-joo tells Min Joo-shik to attack San when he visits Temple Yong Joo Sa. Assassins infiltrate the entrance of the temple to take San’s life, but Jang Yong-young’s officers surround them. As a result, Min Joo-shik and his rebels are arrested on the spot. But Choi Seok-joo’s real plan is to sacrifice Min Joo-shik to make a separate attack during the night training.
Seo Jang-bo and Dae-soo find out about the assassins’ plans to attack in the night. Seok-ki then fires his gun and ends the training session. All lights in Seo Jang Dae are lit.
The year 1800, the 24th Reign of King Jeongjo... The shade of the trees and bright sunshine light up the beautiful scenery of the palace. Dae-soo has become a general and he opens the military arts training grounds. As San watches the military arts exhibition, he is pleased with what he sees. Meanwhile, while looking at the test coins that Jung Yak-yong created, San’s vision suddenly begins to blur, and he faints to the ground and becomes unconscious.
Title: 이산 / Yi San Also known as: 이산-정조대왕 (李祘-正祖大王) / Yi San - King Jeong Jo / Lee San, Wind of the Palace Genre: Historical Episodes: 77 Broadcast network: MBC Broadcast period: 2007-Sept-17 to 2008-Jun-16 Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55 Opening theme:
Synopsis : This drama is about the life of King Jeong-Jo, Joseon’s 22nd Monarch, who is remembered in Korean history as one of Korea’s greatest Kings who loved the people and reigned for the commoner.