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  • “The Iron Empress”: 6th Goryeo King Dies
  • [2009-06-10]
  • Episode 45 of “The Iron Empress” aired June 6. In the episode, the 6th Goryeo King Seong-jong (Kim Myung-soo) died. He was pushed by Kang Jo (Choi Jae-sung), who tried to block Empress Munhwa (Moon Jung-hee) from switching the letter of abdication. Seong-jong collapsed under the shock and eventually died.




    Seong-jong dies in a scuffle with Kang Jo

    Though King Seong-jong was not a descendant of Kyeong-jong (Choi Chul-ho), he became king because at the time Kyeong-jong’s son, Gaeryeonggun Wang Song (Lee In) was too young. As his posthumous name indicates, Seong-jong laid a solid foundation for his country.

    He borrowed the Tan Dynasty’s administrative system and established a central government organization. He also designated 12 districts nationwide and seven provinces. During his reign, Seong-jong established the ancestral shrine of the royal family and appointed judicial authorities, as well as nurtured scholars and unearthed talented people through state exams. His policies regarding politics, culture, society and culture always prioritized common people and emphasized the importance of preserving traditions and customs.




    Empress Munhwa mourns Seong-jong’s death

    Unlike her brother, who emphasized Confucianism and civil administration, Hwang Bo-su (Chae Si-ra) respected Buddhism and attached prior importance to national defense. That’s why the two were always at odds. After Seong-jong’s death, Wang Song finally becomes King Mokjong while Hwang Bo-su becomes the empress regent and introduces policies that contrast with those of Seong-jong.

    Actor Kim Myung-soo, who has played Seong-jong so far, has received much credit from viewers for perfectly portraying the affectionate yet indecisive and hot-tempered king. Many viewers wrote on the message board that Kim Myung-soo’s acting was impressive and that they wanted to applaud him.

    The epic drama “The Iron Empress” airs every Saturday at 10:15 p.m. and every Sunday at 10:25 p.m. on KBS TV2.

    By Honorary Reporter Moon Hye-yoon
    Copyright ⓒ KBS & KBSi – Any illicit distribution and reproduction is prohibited.

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