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Korean Peninsula

Drama Title: Hanbando
Korean Title: 한반도
Romanization: Hanbando
Also Known As: The Korean Peninsula / Korean Peninsula
Chinese Name: 韓半島
Japanese Name: 韓半島
Genre: Action, War, Romance
Episodes: 18
Broadcast Place: South Korea
Broadcast Network: TV Chosun (CSTV)
Broadcast Period: 6 February 2012 – 3 April 2012
Language: Korean
Air time: Monday and Tuesday 8:50 PM

Preceded By: –
Followed By: –

Plot Summary / Synopsis

A blockbuster political drama based on a reunified Korean Peninsula about the power fighting over the country’s natural resources, and the romance between Seo Myung Joon and Rim Jin Jae whom met during the plan to develop new energy source.


Main Characters

Hwang Jung Min (황정민) as Seo Myung Joon (서명준)
Kim Jung Eun (김정은) as Rim Jin Jae (림진재)
Kwak Hee Sung (곽희성) as Min Dong Ki (민동기)
Jo Sung Ha (조성하) as Park Do Myung (박도명)
Jo Yi Jin (조이진) as Park Hye Jung (박혜정)
Ji Hoo (지후) as Kang Dong Won (강동원)

Characters of the South

Lee Soon Jae (이순재) as Kang Dae Hyun (강대현)
Choi Il Hwa (최일화) as Park Jung Pyo (박정표)
Yoon Ye Hee (윤예희) as Song Seung Joo (송승주)
Lee Hae Young (이해영) as Han Young Hoon (한영훈)
Choi Dae Hoon (최대훈) as Chae Dong Hoon (채동훈)
Jung Dong Hwan (정동환) as Oh Chang Il (오창일)
Yun Ju Sang (윤주상) as Seok Joo Hwan (석주환)
Ko In Beom (고인범) as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (합참의장)
Jung Dong Gyu (정동규) as Kim Won-Ho 김원호
Park Geun Soo (박근수) as Jung Cheol 정철

Characters of the North

Jung Sung Mo (정성모) as Jo Gook Chul (조국철)
Kim Ji Sook (김지숙) as Han Kyung Ok (한경옥)
Kim Ha Kyoon (김하균) as Kim Deuk Soo (김득수)
Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) as Lee Young Choon (리영춘)
Jeong Jin (정진) as Jung Yong Gi (정용기)
Seo Tae Hwa (서태화) as Kim Tae Sung (김태성)
Park Chan Hwan (박찬환) as Lim Cheol Woo (림철우)

Methane Hydrate Research Engineers (South)

Heo Jung Kyu (허정규) as Dong Jung Geun (동정근)
Lee Hee Seok (이희석) as Kang Hee Joong (강희중)
Hwang Chan Woo (황찬우) as Kim Yong Soo (김용수)
Heo Jae Ho (허재호) as Jun Joong Won (전중원)
Yang Hee Yoon (양희윤) as Lee Sung Ho (이성호)

Methane Hydrate Research Engineers (North)

Jang Nam Yeol (장남열) as Kim Ho Taek (김호택)
Lee Cheol Min (이철민) as Jo Kap Seok (조갑석)
Choi Jae Hwan (최재환) as Park Kwang Tae (박광태)
Ji Woo Seok (지우석) as Cha Seung Jae (차승재)
Kim Jae Rok (김재록) as Koo Yeon Cheol (구연철)

Other Characters

Sung Byung Sook as Jung Hyun Sook
Kang Soo Min as Baek Do Jin
Jung Jae Hun as Seo Jang Yub
Kim Jung Kyoon as Hong Hak Soo
Jung Wook as Shin Chang Seok
Lee Won Seok as Kim Jung Sik
Ahn Nam Hee as Na Yun Sung

Production Credits

Director: Lee Hyung Min (이형민)
Screenwriter: Yoon Sun Joo (윤선주)

Viewership Ratings

Episode Date Nationwide (AGB)
1 6 February 2012 1.601
2 7 February 2012 1.205
3 13 February 2012 1.118
4 14 February 2012 1.009
5 20 February 2012 0.992
6 21 February 2012 1.143
7 27 February 2012 0.886
8 28 February 2012
9 5 March 2012 0.878
10 6 March 2012 0.842
11 12 March 2012 0.850
12 13 March 2012 1.207
13 19 March 2012 0.798
14 20 March 2012 0.759
15 26 March 2012 0.829
16 27 March 2012 0.724
17 2 April 2012 1.133
18 3 April 2012 0.841

Source: AGB Nielson Media Research


  • The Korean Peninsula is said to cost 10 billion Korean wons (about 9 million US dollars) to produce.
  • Original cast for NIS agent Kang Dong Won is Lim Seul-Ong who dropped out due to the busy schedule.
  • The drama series is cut short to 18 episodes from original planned 24 episodes.

Official Site

Hanbando (Korean Peninsula) Trailers: Teaser Trailer 1 | Teaser Trailer 2 | Preview Trailer 1 | Preview Trailer 2

Korean Peninsula OST Part 1 – The Shadow of the Sun
Korean Peninsula OST Part 1 – Love Like The Sun
Korean Peninsula OST Part 2 – If We Were
Korean Peninsula OST Part 2 – Heaven

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