March K-Drama: Moon Lovers, Scarlet Heart Ryeo

The South of Seoul featured K-drama for March is popular series that aired in 2016, “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.” With compelling storytelling, visually stunning cinematography, and stellar performances, this drama will have viewers engaged in twists and turns. Let’s dig into this K-drama and expand your social knowledge.

Breaking Down the Cultural Knowledge

When you watch a K-drama when living in Korea or plan to live in Korea, you may want to go deeper than just the show. In order to fully understand the context of entertainment and the world around you, plan on looking at not only experiencing the movie plot, but also at the actors, music, and cultural conversation.

In order to make it easier to maximize watching K-Dramas for cultural knowledge, I will provide you with some quick links each month related to the South of Seoul recommended K-Drama watch list. If you catch up on all these details you will become a K-pop culture master in no time.

Let’s explore March’s K-drama “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.”

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About “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” is a South Korean historical drama that premiered on August 29, 2016. The series ran on SBS network for a total of 20 episodes. Based on the Chinese novel “Bu Bu Jing Xin” by Tong Hua, the story was adapted for Korean audiences. The drama focuses on a 21st-century woman named Go Ha-jin, who gets transported back in time to the Goryeo Dynasty. However, she finds herself in the body of Hae Soo. As she becomes involved in the lives of the royal family, she must navigate intricate political and social dynamics. Finally, she discovers love and power can come at great personal cost and must choose wisely where to align her loyalties.

About the Drama’s Success

“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” was a popular and successful drama series in South Korea and internationally. The series received high ratings in South Korea as one of the most talked-about dramas of 2016. It also gained a strong following in China and Southeast Asia, where it became one of the most-watched Korean dramas of all time.

In 2016, “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” was awarded the Grand Prize, K Culture Pride Award, in the “Global Korea Category” at the 4th Korean Brand Awards Ceremony. In addition, Lee Joong-gi was nominated for the Grand Prize (Daesang) at the SBS Drama Awards. IU was nominated for Best Actress and Best Couple (with Lee Joon-gi). Kang Ha-neul, Hong Jong-hyun, and Ji Soo were also nominated for awards for their supporting roles in the series. While the series did not receive any major awards, it has since become a beloved and highly regarded drama.

About the Drama’s Themes

“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” explores several complex and interrelated themes throughout its storyline. However, the overall theme is the struggle for love and power in a complex and unforgiving world. As the characters navigate the intricate political and social dynamics of the royal court, they grapple with their own desires and ambitions. Then, the characters must confront the consequences of their actions and choices as they strive for love, power, and acceptance.

In addition, the series explores the themes of loyalty, identity, and fate. With loyalties constantly tested, the characters struggle to find their place in the world. Also, their identities are in flux, and their fates are uncertain. Ultimately, the series suggests that love and power are intertwined, and that the pursuit of one often comes at the cost of the other.

The Music of “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

Whenever a new, popular K-drama hits the screen you hear the music everywhere. Take the time to become familiar with the tracklist and maybe even memorize one for the norae-bang. Also, this will make you an absolute superstar at social gatherings.

Additionally, being able to sing the chorus when you hear the songs in the streets or be able to casually say to a new friend, “Oh, isn’t this the theme song for Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo?” creates a wonderful feeling of connectedness to the world around you.

Learn About the Cast of “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

After watching the K-drama and becoming familiar with the songs, it’s time to also become familiar with the cast. You will see these actors and actresses in advertisements across the country or in new dramas. Therefore, knowing about the cast helps you create a language for understanding the visual world around you.

The Food of “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”

When watching K-dramas, it is often fun to see the different foods represented in the shows. Set back in the Goryeo Dynasty, we see many traditional dishes in this series. This includes Korean dishes such as bulgogi, kimchi, and galbi jjim. If you want to try cooking these dishes at home, check out our series, “A Year to Learn Korean Cooking.

Now that you have watched the show, listened to the music, and learned about the actors, it’s time to learn the tea. Check out this interview with the cast and learn more about how the actors and actresses prepared for their roles and what challenges they had during film.

2023 K-Drama 101-Recommendations

You can find more popular K-Drama recommendations on the K-Drama 101 recommendations list for 2023. In the blog article, we recommend a K-drama for every month of the year. By the end of 2023 you will basically be an expert on the top 10 most-watched K-dramas.

Additional 2023 K-Drama Reviews

Each month in 2023, we will dig into each of our K-Drama recommendations to give you in-depth information about the series. Last month, our K-Drama was “Itaewon Class.” Check out the February K-Drama blog post for more details on this series. Make sure to watch them all and get caught up!

In January, our K-Drama was “Crash Landing on You.” Check out the January K-Drama blog post for more details on this series.