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|Genre||asianovela, comedy, romance|
|Created by||In Eun Ah|
|Directed by||Hwang In Roeh|
|Starring|| Yoon Eun Hye |
Joo Ji Hoon
Kim Jong Hoon
Song Ji Hyo
|Country of origin|| Template:COL|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Original run||January 11, 2006 – March 30, 2006|
Princess Hours, sometimes referred to as Palace or Goong, is a South Korean drama that revolves around the lives of a Crown Prince and his new bride from an arranged marriage. It was shown on the Korean TV station MBC in early 2006. The drama was brought to the Philippines and was aired by ABS-CBN channel 2. It was shown from December 18, 2006 to April 11, 2007.
Chae Kyung is a high school student taking up fashion design in one of Korea's top high schools. Her wants in life are simple, having fun with her friends, eating tok-poki, a new MP3 player and everything else that teenagers her age are interested in. One thing sets her life apart from the rest though. Her schoolmate is none other than the Crown Prince to the present day Korean Monarchy, Lee Shin. She knows of his existence but he has never bothered to find out anything about anyone in the school, concerned only with his own group of friends and Hyo Rin, the one girl who has caught his eye.
This changes when she overhears his proposal to Hyo Rin as he is faced with the responsibility of getting married due to his father's ailing health. Hyo Rin, a dedicated ballerina, rejects his proposal as she wants to concentrate on her career. Chae Kyung's phone rings and Shin looks up, seeing that someone was outside the door. He chases after her in vain.
He meets her again as he sees her on the street from his car. Stopping, he warns her not to say anything, and her impression of him is nothing less than zero. She goes back, only to find out that her grandfather was the best friend of the previous King of Korea, and had arranged her marriage with the present Crown Prince! Torn between her family and her dreams, she finally decides to marry into the monarchy so that she can save her family from their debts. She stays in the palace, guarded under strict rules and palace maids as tough as nails. However, she slowly starts to win the hearts of everyone due to her happy and warm personality, except for Shin.
Shin seems to see her as a clown, someone that he has to put up with because of responsibility. And although she does her best to improve her relationship with him, he is still besotted with Hyo Rin.
Lee Yul comes into the picture as Shin's cousin, and the previous Crown Prince. He falls in love with Chae Kyung's personality, and starts to harbour envious feelings to Shin as he feels that Shin doesn't deserve her. He is also aware of the fact that if his own father had not passed away, he would have been Chae Kyung's husband. It is because of this that he assists his mother in the attempts to bring Shin down and reinstate himself as the future King of Korea.
Yul's mother also uses Hyo Rin as an instrument to reach her goals, as she knows that Hyo Rin is also in love with Shin. She convinces her to come open to the media about her relationship with Shin, which blackens him further in the eyes of the public and in the heart of Chae Kyung, who has already fallen head over heels for her husband. Her heart shatters as Shin's words and attitude stabs her, and slowly mends as Yul applies balm and soothing words. As the couple live in one place longer, they see the different sides of each other, and love eventually blossoms between them. The only problem is that because of the scandals and challenges that come to them, they are not able to show their true feelings.
But because of the plans of Yul's mother to dethrone Shin so her son will be Crown Prince again, series of events befall the palace. Until Shin's sister decides to take the throne. Shin and Chae-kyeong separate as she leaves for Macau to study and live independently. The queen mother visits her along with Shin. A day before their supposed date to leave, Shin proposes to Chae-kyeong. She says yes and so they get married once more, this time in a Catholic church. As the story ends, Chae-kyeong suddenly feels like throwing up, somehow implying that she is pregnant.
- Song Ji Hyo as Min Hyo-rin - (Monique)
- Joo Ji Hoon as Lee Shin (crown prince) - (Prince Gian)
- Yoon Eun Hye as Shin Chae-kyung (commoner) - (Janelle)
- Kim Jung Hoon as Lee Yool (prince) - (Prince Troy)
- Kim Sang Joon as Lee Soo (Yool's deceased dad)
- Shim Hye Jin as Hwa Young (Yool's mom)
- Park Chan Hwan as King (Shin's dad)
- Yoon Yoo Sun as Queen Min
- Kim Hye Ja as Queen Mother Park
- Lee Yoon Ji as Princess Hye-myung (Shin's sister)
- Choi Sung Joon as Kang In (Shin's friend)
- Lee Yong Joo as Jang Kyung (Shin's friend)
- Eom Sung Mo as Ryu Hwan (Shin's friend)
- Jeon Ji Ae as Lee Kang-hyun (Chae-kyung's friend with glasses)
- Lee Eun as Kim Soon-young (Chae-kyung's friend)
- Dan Ji as Yoon Hee-soong (Chae-kyung's friend)
- Kang Nam Gil as Chae-kyung's dad
- Im Ye Jin as Chae-kyung's mom
- Kim Suk as Shin Chae-joon (Chae-kyung's brother)
- 1st Seoul Drama Awards:
-Best Art Director
- 2006 MBC Drama Awards for:
- New Actor Award, Joo Ji Hoon - New Actress Award , Yoon Eun Hye
In the Philippines
- 2008 4th USTv Student's Choice Awards
- Student's Choice of Foreign Soap Opera
- “MBC Drama 'Palace' may set a new record among exports”. Koreacontent.org 03 March 2006. (accessed on May 7, 2008)
- “Thinking Out of the Box Proves a Success for Hit Drama”. The Korea Times. 08 March 2006. (accessed on May 7, 2008)
- Jimenez-David, Rina. “The Rise and Rise of Asian Entertainment”. Sunday Inquirer Magazine. 27 January 2008.
- “Fourth USTv Students’ Choice Awards set Feb. 20 “. 17 February 2008. (accessed on May 7, 2008)
 External Links
- 'Gung' teaser at MBC Official Website
- 'Gung' Official Website at MBC
- 'The Palace' at Koreanwiz.org
- 'Princess Hours (Goong)' at spcnet.tv