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  • Drama: Secret of the Birth (English title) / Birth Secret (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Choolsaengui Bimil
  • Hangul: 출생의 비밀
  • Director: Kim Jong-Hyuk
  • Writer: Kim Kyu-Wan
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 18
  • Release Date: April 27 - June 23, 2013
  • Runtime: Saturdays & Sundays 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


"Birth Secret" tells the story of a woman, who lost memory of her lover and her child due to amnesia, and a man (Yu Jun-Sang), who sacrifices everything for his little daughter Hae-Deum.


  1. "Birth Secret" takes over the SBS Saturday & Sunday 22:00 time slot previously occupied by "Incarnation of Money" and followed by "Goddess of Marriage" July, 2013.
  2. First script reading took place March 24, 2013 at SBS Tanhyeon Production Studio in IlSan, South Korea.
  3. Actresses Sung Yu-Ri & Lee Jin are former members of now defunct Kpop girl group "Fin.K.L.". The other two members of "Fin.K.L.", Lee Hyo-Ri and Ok Joo-Hyun, will make cameo appearances in the drama series.


Birth Secret-Yu Jun-Sang.jpg Birth Secret-Sung Yu-Ri.jpg Kal So-Won Birth Secret-Lee Jin.jpg Birth Secret-Kim Young-Kwang.jpg
Yu Jun-Sang Sung Yu-Ri Kal So-Won Lee Jin Kim Young-Kwang
Hong Gyung-Doo Jung Yi-Hyun Hong Hae-Deum Lee Sun-Young Park Soo-Chang

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode TNmS AGB
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2013-04-27 1 6.5% (18th) 7.9% (13th) 6.4% (20th) NR
2013-04-28 2 NR NR NR NR
2013-05-04 3 6.6% (18th) 6.6% (17th) 7.1% (19th) 8.4% (14th)
2013-05-05 4 NR NR NR NR
2013-05-11 5 6.4% (16th) 6.4% (18th) 7.5% (15th) 8.3% (16th)
2013-05-12 6 NR NR NR NR
2013-05-18 7 NR 6.6% (19th) 7.4% (18th) 8.0% (19th)
2013-05-19 8 NR NR NR 8.8% (19th)
2013-05-25 9 7.2% (17th) 7.4% (14th) 7.1% (20th) NR
2013-05-26 10 6.9% (20th) NR 7.8% (19th) 8.3% (18th)
2013-06-01 11 7.1% (16th) 7.7% (15th) 8.3% (12th) 8.8% (11th)
2013-06-02 12 7.2% (18th) 7.4% (19th) NR NR
2013-06-08 13 7.1% (18th) 7.7% (14th) 8.1% (15th) 9.0% (11th)
2013-06-09 14 NR NR 7.2% (18th) NR
2013-06-15 15 8.2% (10th) 9.3% (10th) 7.3% (14th) 7.9% (11th)
2013-06-16 16 NR NR NR NR
2013-06-22 17 7.1% (16th) 7.3% (15th) 6.9% (15th) 6.8% (16th)
2013-06-23 18 7.3% (19th) 7.8% (16th) NR NR

Source: TNS Media Korea & AGB Nielson

  • NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 daily shows according to TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson.



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kai i think the best part of this drama is the plot..or screenwriter or what. I like how they flashback little..and little..

Ree It seems to be an ok drama. One thing that I didn't particularly like is that Hong Gyung-Doo is portrayed as a simpleton during his teens but becomes more like a mentally challenged person during his adult years. Otherwise excellent acting by the leads. While I like gyung-doo's character, I hope they give a reason for him becoming like this.

That being said, he does put in a much more refined performance than many "pretty boys" nowadays.

I only wish they were more scenes with the kid who played the young yi-hyun. She seemed to be a scene stealer like Cho Jung-Suk in The King2Hearts.

Eng Anyone knows who sang the theme song? Quite childlike the voice.

Ŝu Ĺaĕ If u like Sung Yuri,just watch Snow Queen ....

Gri Haaaa ... don't understand about Korean taste about drama. There are many good dramas that underrated. On the other hand, the high rate dramas become popular because of the actors/actresses are idol and the story is about teenage love ... oh my That makes me sick sometimes.

Clarkdale44 Yeah... That was some story.. I am impressed with Sung Yu-Ri, she did a tremendous job in this while Yu-Jun-Sang doesn't seem compatible with the Yu Ri so far till the end of the series... Maybe its due to the role of the fictional character. Although Hong Gyung-Doo is kind hearted and a man of honor, still it would be more better if Gyung-Doo's character had been played by some other actor who is more mature.

WARNING:- Don't read further if you have yet to watch the drama: Well although Gyung-Doo's character is a bit down, he managed to improve throughout the series... That is what made me continue watching it. I hated the fact when Jung Yi-Hyun tried to take away the only thing Gyung Doo has, his daughter. There were few complications in understanding whether Yi-Hyun recovered her memories from 1996-2006, they only showed few parts of her father with her. I am guessing she got back all.

Well anyway i think its nice drama, i would recommend it to all.

I will give it 8/10(For great casting by Sung Yu-Ri, Great cinematography, great direction, great plot). Final line is i enjoyed it very much..

Lee As I'm watching this series, I find the Hong Gyung-Doo character to be a MAJOR turnoff.

Although he has a good heart, he's so stupid and unrefined, I find it very dismaying when he tries to win Jung Yi-Hyun back. Typically, in most romantic dramas, you want the two romantic leads to finally unite, but I definitely don't feel that way about the Hong Gyung-Doo character.

I think the story and writing is seriously hampered by this choice, to make the Hong Gyung-Doo such a dumb guy..

Lee Spoilers follow !

I'm currently on episode 5, so I don't know how the story turns out.

I'm not sure this story really works for me. Even though the actor Yu Jun-Sang is fairly good looking, the character he portrays, which is a stupid and somewhat buffoonish man, I find to be fairly unattractive.

Typically, you want the two romantic leads to eventually end up together, but as I'm watching this, I find myself wincing and hoping that they do NOT end up together at the end.

I don't think it's believable that the Sung Yu-ri character would ever have been attracted to the Yu Jun-Sang character -- even though he has a good heart, he's just too stupid, coarse and buffoonish. I think this reflects major flaws in the writing.

Think about this way -- there's a very reason why there are essentially no romantic movies/dramas where the leading man is stupid -- no one finds this an attractive quality.

In any case, it's a MAJOR turnoff for me and I think the script should probably have undergone a total rewrite to make the Yu Jun-Sang character more attractive to the audience..

Nyca This drama is totally under-rated. The actors are really good in their performances even the supporting cast. The story is so moving, I can't count how many times I cried. The separation between the parent and child is really heart breaking and you just can't stop admiring the heart of Kyung Doo. I am very thankful for the writer and staff. This is a must watch, a really great family drama that will make you laugh, cry and remind us the power of love that a family can change a person.

Waves Kal So Won is only 7 years old but she really stole the show. She plays Hong Hae-Deum's character really well. It's heartbreaking how she has to give up her father who is everything to her, and accept a mother who has been a stranger.

Piera Isn't everyone tired of seeing "pretty" idols who are still wetting their acting teeth? Give me Yu Jun Sang any day. He is the epitome of "wonderful" when portraying any and all emotions and manages to always me along with him. He is not a "teased hair, mumbling, starry eyed" idol, but he has the strong acting chops and the versatility it takes to remain in that industry for as long as he has. His bio is outstanding: he sings, he writes, he does theater!!! I'll watch anything he does and follow him on any journey he chooses. He is my "mature, grown up idol."

Dinie lee jin unnie...sung yuri unnie~~ fighting!! i wait for other members became cameo in this drama...

Dede I am American and am curious as to the difference between an "idol" and an actor. Is there a distinction between the two and does an idol draw a larger audience over an actor even if the idol cannot act.

chiara It's a good drama. The low rating must be because there are no idols as leads. Im still trying to get used to looking at the different appearance of Yu Jun Sang.

Dede Underrated pretty much because it up against other popular dramas. The ratings seem to forget that dramas can be taped and watched later. So far I am intrigued. It's a good change.

Fatma Birth Secret is really an interesting drama, different from the others. I can't believe why it's underated. I'm await for the next episodes impatiently. Thanks Asianwiki.

Sherab The best drama ever!!!

yuuuuuuhuuu good story, but why this drama underated in korea?

Ali Sung yu ri unnie fighting ...

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