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  • Drama: Tree With Deep Roots (English title) / Deep Rooted Tree (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Bboori Gipeun Namoo
  • Hangul: 뿌리깊은 나무
  • Director: Jang Tae-Yoo, Shin Kyung-Soo
  • Writer: Lee Jung-Myung (novel), Kim Young-Hyun, Park Sang-Yeon
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 24
  • Release Date: October 5 - December 22, 2011
  • Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


Lee Do is the King of Joseon Dynasty, but, actually, his father Taejong wields absolute power and controls the country. Taejong has killed indescriminately, including family members and comrades, to attain his power. Even his son, the King of Joseon, lives in fear of his father.

Now Taejong targets Sim-On, the king's father-in-law and the prime minister of Joseon. King Lee Do's wife Queen Sohun cries over the fate of her father, but King Lee Do warns his wife to not do anything or more people will be killed. Nevertheless, Lee Do hands over a secret letter instructing Sim-On to hide in the country of Myung until he is able to take care of everything. The letter is given to a child court lady and she is ordered to deliver the letter to Simon's servant before Sim-On's imminent arrest. But, the child court lady is on the side of Taejon and the letter's content is changed.

Ddol-Bok and his father are servants for Sim On's family. Ddol-Bok's father is mentally slow and teased by others. Ddol-Bok is a child who harbors violent intent and takes revenge on those that teases his father. He likes So-Yi who is also a child servant. One day, the royal forces arrive at Sim On's home. Ddol-Bok, his father and So-Yi are able to run away, while Sim On's family and his servants are arrested. Sim On himself is not at home. In front of Sim On's home, they meet the child court lady. The child court lady gives them the secret letter. Ddol-Bok asks So-Yi if the letter is to save people's lives and So-Yi responds yes. But, So-Yi only pretended to read the letter as she is unable to read. Ddol-Bok's father goes and meets Sim On and his party as they return from Myung. When Ddol-Bok hands the letter over, the royal forces arrive and arrests all of them. While they are being taken to prison the royal forces also arrest young Ddol-Bok and So-Yi. Sim On and Ddol-Bok's father are killed in prison. Shortly afterwards, Sim On's family and servants are enraged and escape from prison. But, they are killed by the royal forces.

At this time, Queen Sohun goes to prison to see her mother. While the prisoners make their escape, Queen Sohun saves child So-Yi. Meanwhle, King Lee Do goes to prison and witnesses the killing of many people. He sees Ddol-Bok running away. The boy reminds him of someone from his own childhood. King Lee Do orders his guard to save Ddol-Bok. The guard saves Ddol-Bok and places him in a barn. Taejong then arrives with soldiers in front of King Lee Do and his guard. Taejong orders his soldiers to kill Ddol-Bok, but King Lee Do stands up to his father to save Ddol-Bok's life. Taejong asks his son what kind of Joseon are you going to rule over? King Lee Do can't give a response. Finally, Taejong draws his sword upon King Lee Do's neck and threatens to kill his own son. In response, King Lee Do orders his guard to kill Taejong if he is killed.

This will be King Lee Do's last order as a king. His guard draws his sword and points it at Taejong. Taejong withdraws his sword and leaves. King Lee Do and his guard goes to the barn where Ddol-Bok is. They overhear Dddol-Bok crying and vowing revenge upon King Lee Do who is responsible for his father's death. The King's guard wants to kill Ddol-Bok because of this, but King Lee Do sheds a tear and states that Ddol-Bok is the first and last person he will save.

The next day King Lee Do resigns from his position. Taejongs sends his son an empty lunch box, a symbolic gesture recommending that Lee Do commits suicide. Lee Do then realizes his ideal Joseon from the seeing the empty lunch box. Lee Do walks alone towards Taejong, while Taejong's soldiers fires arrows into the direction of Lee Do ...


  1. Based on the novel "Bboorigipeun Namoo" by Lee Jung-Myung (first published in 2006).
  2. "Deep Rooted Tree" takes over the SBS Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "Protect The Boss" and will be followed by "Take Care of Us, Captain" on January 4, 2012.


Deep Rooted Tree-Han Suk-Kyu.jpg Deep Rooted Tree-Jang Hyuk.jpg Deep Rooted Tree-Shin Se-Kyung.jpg Tree With Deep Roots-Yoon Je-Moon.jpg
Han Suk-Kyu Jang Hyuk Shin Se-Kyung Yoon Je-Moon
Lee Do Kang Chae-Yoon/ So-Yi/ Jung Ki-Joon/
Ddol-Bok Dam-Yi Ga Ri-On
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Song Joong-Ki Baek Yoon-Sik Cho Jin-Woong Ahn Seok-Hwan Lee Jae-Yong
Lee Do (young) King Taejong Moo Hyul Lee Shin-Juck Jo Mal-Saeng
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Seo Jun-Young Park Hyuk-Kwon Hyun Woo Kim Ki-Bum Chun Jae-Ho
Prince Kwangpyeong Jung In-Ji Sung Sam-Moon Park Peng-Neyon Lee Soon-Ji
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Kim Ki-Bang Shin Seung-Hwan Kim Jong-Kook Woo Hyeon Jung Jong-Chul
Cho-Tak Park Po official Jung Lee Bang-Ji Oktteolyi
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Song Ok-Suk Lee Soo-Hyuk Heo Joon-Seok Ryu Seung-Soo Jung Da-Bin
Do-Dam Yoon Pyung Kkeut-Soo Jang Sung-Soo Yeon-Doo
Tree With Deep Roots-Lee Se-Na.jpg Tree With Deep Roots-Shin So-Yul.jpg Tree With Deep Roots-Sim So-Hun.jpg Tree With Deep Roots-Kim Tae-Young.jpg Tree With Deep Roots-Choi Min.jpg
Lee Se-Na Shin So-Yul Sim So-Hun Kim Tae-Young Choi Min
Geun-Ji Mok-Ya Deok-Geum court lady Jung Deuk-Ryong
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Han Sang-Jin Kwon Seong-Deok Jo Hee-Bong Jeon Young-Bin Kwon Tae-Won
Sim Jong-Soo Teacher Hye-Kang Mr. Han Mak-Soo Choi Man-Ri
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Jun Sung-Hwan Baek Seo-Bin Min Ji-Young Kim Sung-Hyun Yoon E-Na
Hwang Hee Jang Eun-Sung Yeon-Doo's mother Gae Pa-Yi Kyeon Juck-Hee
Deep Rooted Tree-Kang San.jpg Deep Rooted Tree-Chae Sang-Woo.jpg Deep Rooted Tree-Kim Hyun-Soo.jpg
Kang San Chae Sang-Woo Kim Hyun-Soo
Lee Do Ddol-Bok So-Yi
(child) (child) (child)

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2011-10-05 1 9.2 (17th) 11.0 (10th)
2011-10-06 2 8.2 (18th) 9.8 (13th)
2011-10-12 3 16.4 (3rd) 18.7 (3rd)
2011-10-13 4 18.8 (2nd) 22.6 (1st)
2011-10-19 5 17.7 (3rd) 20.6 (1st)
2011-10-20 6 18.3 (3rd) 20.8 (2nd)
2011-10-26 7 17.9 (3rd) 21.0 (2nd)
2011-10-27 8 18.3 (3rd) 20.5 (2nd)
2011-11-02 9 17.3 (3rd) 19.2 (2nd)
2011-11-03 10 18.5 (3rd) 20.7 (2nd)
2011-11-09 11 17.9 (3rd) 20.3 (2nd)
2011-11-10 12 18.9 (1st) 20.9 (1st)
2011-11-16 13 18.7 (2nd) 21.4 (2nd)
2011-11-17 14 19.0 (3rd) 21.6 (2nd)
2011-11-23 15 17.8 (3rd) 20.6 (1st)
2011-11-24 16 19.9 (2nd) 21.9 (1st)
2011-11-30 17 18.8 (3rd) 20.7 (1st)
2011-12-01 18 18.6 (3rd) 21.4 (1st)
2011-12-07 19 20.1 (2nd) 23.1 (1st)
2011-12-08 20 20.2 (2nd) 23.5 (1st)
2011-12-14 21 19.7 (2nd) 22.3 (1st)
2011-12-15 22 19.3 (3rd) 22.1 (2nd)
2011-12-21 23 19.7 (3rd) 22.5 (1st)
2011-12-22 24 23.6 (1st) 27.5 (1st)

Source: TNS Media Korea / * NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 daily shows according to TNS Media Korea.



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Radhika This was by far one of the best dramas that I have ever seen! just splendid and just beautiful. I literally cudnt stop watching and finished this drama in 2 days. I just loved every single character, every single role, every single portrayal, just everything. it was very nicely and perfected whether in acting or script just perfect drama! and DEFINITELY A MUST WATCH!

someone This drama is literally the best sageuk ever. No too much focus on the romance, the heart-moving love of Sejong for his people, it cried a little watching this drama, I confess. In the end, Sejong ended up losing everyone, Kang Chaeyoon, Soyi and even Moohyul, some scholars and the betrayal of Jung Kijoon. Such a genius drama. The only thing which could be a little better is the pace of the drama, it was a little bit too slow, but I understand that, as this drama is very hard to understand, they wanted to slow it down so that the viewers could catch on the whole story. I understood everything. And the cast, the soundtrack, the outfits, the setting, everything is amazing. The outfits are especially realistic and not exaggerated like the other fusion sageuks. My top sageuk and, not only that, my top drama ever. Props especially to Han Sukkyu, for the genius portrayal of King Sejong. Well deserved Daesang.

PATSON the description should be what the drama is about, not telling half of the story...LOL

critehypo Amazing acting so far. Very good portrayal of King Sejong

Quan I've seen enough sageuk and I say this is among the top. It fills the sensibilities much more than it pulls at the heartstrings. I am grateful to those who were involved in making such a valuable treasure --- I don't care if it's just mostly fiction. What matters is that it talks about humanity and is a champion of compassion, openness, and hope. The cinematography+music is refreshing, too. Congratulations to all who have worked hard on it, and it's not only the actors/actresses but are also all those myriads of people not seen on screen. Banzai! Ganbei! Salud! Prost! Mabuhay! Long live 뿌리깊은 나무 ! Hooray!

Easter_Lily The writing in this superb. Perhaps because it deals with matters so close to my heart -- language and literacy that I have a special affinity with it. However, in all other ways that matter, it is really one of the best kdramas ever made. I wondered too if the events in this drama reflected historical fact in the Korean context because all throughout history developments in literacy in other parts of the world also led to tumult.

What Sejong the Great did was revolutionary and quite topical to some degree. Even in our time there is an educated elite in many western countries trying to dominate discourse and stifle free speech.

Felix Best story, best actors/ actress, best directors, best scenes, what could the offspring be? Non other than the best drama among dramas. It took me smoothly through the Joseon history while enjoying every part of the drama, there was no forwarding but rewinding. Its a drama worth watching!

Krysa Without doubt the best historical drama I have ever seen. Great actors and excellent story. No boring parts. I always liked korean letters and now I know about its history too. Thanks to all staff for this drama.

Haven How does one describe such a masterpiece? How does one describe a drama that literally left me speechless, thoughtless; down right flabbergasted at times? Oh, Deep Rooted Tree, thou art worthy...

shawn Great show, couldn't wait to watch the next episode! Sad ending though, everyone close to the King dieing and leaving him alone. He did an excellent job acting the part as did a few others, Chae-Yoon's acting though seemed odd at times.

Definitely recommend watching this!

dsong2013 Probably one of the greatest historical portrayals I have seen in the history of Korean dramas.

kibumbiased I wish there was more Kibum TT_TT.... but all in all was really good :P

Noor fantastic drama...the king character was simply flabbergasting...he was lightyears above everybody.....Enjoyed every moment of it....highly recommended...won't regret it beleive me...SEJONG the GREAT!!!

Gasenadi Great drama, altho I'm with the first poster: nothing has surpassed Chuno for me, altho some have come pretty close. Now seriously, am I blind? Or is the actor who portrays Kang Chae-Yoon's father, Suk Sam, missing from all the cast credits posted anywhere? Somebody please help. It might only be a cameo, but it was important to the plot. And, if I'm not mistaken, he's a pretty regular supporting actor in other dramas, as well.

SlaveHunter After Chuno no drama is good enough for me............ :/

mimie i know this is irrelevant, but i cant stand the young Ddol Bok....he was just a rude and annoying brat and i really hate it when he's yelling at people....whose fault??? the character or the child actor???

Sa Rang Hae i will surely watch this drama.. Saranghae Jang Hyuk oppa....

iLLusiOnEr This historical k-drama should be at the top of all-time best..acting,cinematography,music,plot,directing..its all breathtaking!!! Too bad its rating didn't go to the roof..all of the actors and staffs should get an award each!

Hh Every episode is a epic theater movie. Just thrilling, action-packed and filled with curious mysteries

Sunny It will be a great drama as JH stars in it, looking forward to watch the drama.

iLLusiOnEr its not Lee Do..its Yi Do or I Do..Joseon Dynasty comes from House of Yi not Lee.

rizziea Song Joong Ki sshi!!!! I really anticipate your acting here!!!!!!!!!!!!! have to watch this,yea yea yea!

zhee wooow joong ki oppaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa !

imelda ohhhhh joong ki ,oppa .... little sejoong, ^ ,^ i can watch you pretty boy

mrskibummie waaa~ kibum-ah!~ i thought you're one of the lead role there! anyway hwaiting!! since you're not the main artist, would you mind to join SJ??(: <3

aziemah OMG!!!ki bum n song joon ki!!!...i can't wait to watch dis drama..

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