Empire of Gold

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  • Drama: Empire of Gold (English title)
  • Revised romanization: Hwanggeumui Jegoog
  • Hangul: 황금의 제국
  • Director: Jo Nam-Kook
  • Writer: Park Kyung-Soo
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 24
  • Release Date: July 1 - September 17, 2013
  • Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


Set over a period of 20 years from the 1990's, "Golden Empire" follows a family as the family members vie for the top position.


  1. "Golden Empire" takes over the SBS Monday & Tuesday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by " Jang Ok-Jung" and will be replaced by "Suspicious Housekeeper" September 23, 2013.
  2. Director Jo Nam-Kook, screenwriter Park Kyung-Soo and second leading actor Son Hyun-Joo previously worked together in 2012 SBS hit drama series "The Chaser".
  3. First script reading took place May 1, 2013 at SBS Production Center in Tanhyeon-dong, Ilsan, South Korea.
  4. Filming began May 14, 2013 at a restaurant and traditional market in Incheon, South Korea. The first scene filmed involved Jang Tae-Joo (Ko Soo) and his younger sister Jang Hee-Joo (Yoon Seung-Ah) buying a t-shirt for their father and eating pork cutlet together.


Empire of Gold-Ko Soo.jpg Empire of Gold-Lee Yo-Won.jpg Empire of Gold-Son Hyun-Joo.jpg Empire of Gold-Jang Shin-Young.jpg Empire of Gold-Ryu Seung-Soo.jpg
Ko Soo Lee Yo-Won Son Hyun-Joo Jang Shin-Young Ryu Seung-Soo
Jang Tae-Joo Choi Seo-Yoon Choi Min-Jae Yoon Seol-Hee Jo Pil-Doo
Lee Hyun-Jin Empire of Gold-Yoon Seung-Ah.jpg Empire of Gold-Kim Gang-Hyun.jpg Empire of Gold-Park Keun-Hyeong.jpg Jung Han-Yong
Lee Hyun-Jin Yoon Seung-Ah Kim Gang-Hyun Park Geun-Hyung Jung Han-Yong
Choi Sung-Jae Jang Hee-Joo Na Choon-Ho Choi Dong-Sung Choi Dong-Jin
Empire of Gold-Kim Mi-Sook.jpg Empire of Gold-Eom Hyo-Seop.jpg Ko Eun-Mi Jung Wook Empire of Gold-Seon Woo Eun Suk.jpg
Kim Mi-Sook Eom Hyo-Seop Ko Eun-Mi Jung Wook Seon Woo Eun Suk
Han Jung-Hee Choi Won-Jae Park Eun-Jung Son Dong-Whee Yoo Soon-Ok
Empire of Gold-Choi Yong-Min.jpg Empire of Gold-Park Ji-Il.jpg Empire of Gold-Jin Seo-Yeon.jpg Lee Won-Jae Empire of Gold-Shin Dong-Mi.jpg
Choi Yong-Min Park Ji-Il Jin Seo-Yeon Lee Won-Jae Shin Dong-Mi
Park Jin-Tae Kang Ho-Yeon Jung Yoo-Jin Kim Gwang-Se Choi Jung-Yoon
Empire of Gold-Nam Il-Woo.jpg
Nam Il-Woo
Jang Bong-Ho

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode TNmS AGB
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2013-07-01 1 8.0% (18th) 9.7% (13th) NR 9.2% (18th)
2013-07-02 2 8.2% (19th) 9.7% (17th) 9.0% (17th) 9.9% (14th)
2013-07-08 3 NR NR NR 10.0% (20th)
2013-07-09 4 8.1% (19th) 9.2% (16th) 9.2% (15th) 10.2% (13th)
2013-07-15 5 NR 10.3% (14th) 9.5% (17th) 11.4% (9th)
2013-07-16 6 8.7% (16th) 10.2% (15th) 9.7% (15th) 11.5% (10th)
2013-07-22 7 9.7% (16th) 11.8% (8th) 10.1% (13th) 10.8% (14th)
2013-07-23 8 9.4% (16th) 11.5% (9th) 10.7% (11th) 11.9% (9th)
2013-07-29 9 9.5% (13th) 10.0% (12th) 10.4% (9th) 11.4% (8th)
2013-07-30 10 10.1% (13th) 11.2% (11th) 10.2% (13th) 12.0% (4th)
2013-08-05 11 10.3% (12th) 12.4% (6th) 9.8% (14th) 10.9% (8th)
2013-08-06 12 10.5% (9th) 13.6% (6th) 11.0% (7th) 12.3% (6th)
2013-08-12 13 8.8% (12th) 10.3% (11th) 10.0% (9th) 11.9% (6th)
2013-08-13 14 10.8% (8th) 13.6% (5th) 11.2% (5th) 13.2% (4th)
2013-08-19 15 8.8% (17th) 11.3% (8th) 10.7% (9th) 12.5% (6th)
2013-08-20 16 10.3% (7th) 12.9% (6th) 11.7% (6th) 13.8% (4th)
2013-08-26 17 8.5% (16th) 11.0% (7th) 11.2% (6th) 12.9% (5th)
2013-08-27 18 8.5% (17th) 11.0% (8th) 11.4% (6th) 13.3% (5th)
2013-09-02 19 7.8% (20th) 9.8% (9th) 11.4% (7th) 13.7% (5th)
2013-09-03 20 6.8% (19th) 8.2% (17th) 10.6% (7th) 13.1% (5th)
2013-09-09 21 NR NR 10.8% (7th) 12.3% (5th)
2013-09-10 22 7.4% (20th) 8.4% (18th) 11.2% (9th) 13.0% (7th)
2013-09-16 23 NR 9.6% (16th) 10.3% (8th) 12.6% (5th)
2013-09-17 24 8.1% (17th) 9.7% (13th) 9.7% (11th) 11.2% (8th)

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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Naigambi paul uganda hahahahahahahaha realy this dramma is all about fighting for wealth inoder to earn a living hahahahaha iwish the script writer would have made seo hon and tae joo had fallen for each other hahah

choper This drama is good but i m very disappoint. They should insert romance in Drama. I m tired of cheat and violence. I expect they will fall in love in ending but it become the other way. I feel upset and hope they will work together in another drama.By the way, the actors are awesome.

iris321 Looks good :))

Bom Lee Yo-Won is just amazing. This is the first time I love and hate a character at the same time. I want to hate her, but then I can't. Spectacular performance!

Ethel After finishing 49 Days I looked for other dramas of Lee Yo Won because I was simply amazed by her performance there. When I was looking at this drama it seemed interesting so I gave it a try. Wow! It's another drama that I really liked. The characters and the dialogues were mind-blowing. Again like 49 Days, kudos to the writer. I think that he/she is another great writer.

And my... Lee Yo Won, what kind of actress is she? She's perfect!!!

Dinara I understand the Tae Joo. In our world where money and power controls everything, where the nearest can betray for even for small money, single way to be happy is achieve these 2 things. I thought like this, but after watching this dorama understood that even having them your life can be as inferno. However, even not having them people cannot be happy. So what should i do? Trying to achieve them or just living without them?

helen koh I thought the script mentioned that Seo Yoon and Tae Joo fall in love but the whole show never seem that way. I did not see them falling in love but rather fighting all the time. First few episodes was exciting but I get bored after episode 18 as they never stop fighting until the end. If the script can just have leave some episodes of romance the whole drama should be interesting. I just stop at episode 18 and jump to 24 to see the result. So sad.

Danger I really loved this Drama, and Jang Tae-Joo. But seriously what was that kind of ending! He said he would take responsibility! By dying! That's not responsibility! That's running away from ur sins! And death is the easiest way to escape from life's pain.

But still Loved the drama and would give it 4 of 5.

patin This is the best drama for me this year too.

I love the story & all the actors did a fantastic job.

kdr I really enjoyed the fast pace and intense battles between the family but the romance between Jang Tae Joo x Yoon Seol Hee really ruined things for me... Maybe from the lack of chemistry or that I found Seol Hee really annoying but aside from that awesome series!

JC The first episode was a disaster and didn't quite grab me at all. Muscle through that and then it starts to get interesting when the family war kicks in

queen bee I've just finished wacth thid k'drama and i realy disapointed with this drama.wasting my time to wacth...please there's no chemistry .

camille Great drama & Lee Yo Won showed another memorable character & she carried it out so good. She was perfect as Seo Yoon.

Kye Last few episodes weren't good and ending turned out to be awful

solar ended last week. Hmmm well felt sorry for the main character not the kind of ending that i would have liked.But still it was refreshingly great...........

Dina Awesome  ! Great plot ,great cast !

This  is  one  of the  best  k drama of  this kind

Skye Addictive drama... not for the faint-hearted or those who indulge in romantic fantasies. Revenge, the pursuit of riches, rivalry, intellectual word play, intense business battles, heart-wrenching sacrifices and ending despair at the gain/loss of the EMPIRE. Great cast too.. absolutely recommend.

athena yes, a sad ending but a triumph acting from my fav actress Lee yo Won ..truly a very good drama despite the sad ending. A pat on the shoulders to all the cast of Empire of Gold...

yx Another korean drama that have a sad end

colleen I'm confused....is it over? Tonites episode ended with 'To be continued'....yet another drama is scheduled to begin next Monday....

If it is over I am very disappointed....too many loose ends left hanging... ' I have loved watching Empire of Gold....and Go Soo...an incredible actor....hope he stars in a new show soon....

but in the meantime....what did that 'To be continued' at the end of tonites episode mean?

juz4fun I love lee yo won's chracter. a very brave woman with her own pride. I love how she takes responsibility in order to defend her family's empire of gold. and I wonder what would be the end of these love-hate couplr , TJ and SY. somehow, I dont feel that they will end up to live happily ever after together :(

Lena I am glad I decided to give this drama a shot. It is pure awesome! It lives up to its title, "Empire of Gold." The main lead SY is freaking awesome. You would want to be on her side and want her to be the last one standing winning from all those backstabbing her. Fighting!! :)

athena the story line release are very misleading , from the start OTP is between TJ and SH...I watched this drama because of Lee Yo won.Love her acting here,totally out of her character as she is well known for her crying scenes while this story. I, the fan, crying for her character...Even its not the top drama in Korea but I totally love it.

benn WOOWWW...lee YO WON the BEST.....!!!!!

laeiya Beat plot really hooked into this drama and the actors are my fav ones

Pchoovet Lee yo won made so great acting and she look so beautiful in this drama

DL the main cast( Ko Soo and Lee Yo Won) made me stick till now. i like the characters and plot.

Abu I just wonder why Ko Soo hasn't done much TV dramas especially for Sageuk. He'll be perfect for a historical drama. Lee Yo-Won on the other hand never ceases to amaze me. I didn't appreciate the way episode 1 started either but because of Ko Soo and Lee Yo-Won I kept on going and it turned out I made the right decision. I really like the cast except for Son Hyun-Joo

Thuy I LOVE this drama!!! The plot is genius. The actors are great, especially Go Soo. I love watching him in my first Korean drama, Green Rose back then and despite many years have passed with many new actors coming up, he's still my most favorite actor...

mafu interesting, fast-phased plot, great cast

Lota5 Only on episode 4 but I am loving this drama... I had to push through the first 10mins of episode 1 but once I did I was with it. Watching Jang Tae Joo is like watching what i feel like it would be to watch Tom Riddle's decent to voldemort... the road he's taken to get to the cold murderer he becomes in episode 1 is very interesting... I love all the characters, they're well rounded. No one is cartoonly good or bad. They're just people trying to make money over each other.I love lee yo won character Choi Seo-yoon, she is what keeps her family running and in control. Although, it wears on her, she's always ready to step in, take control and fight fornher family's despite who gets hurt on the way. Last but not least Choi Min-Jae who might supposed to be the villain but i don't see it yet, he's just trying to get what he thinks he deserves after putting in sweat and pain. All 3 characters have the same motivation (family) and they're all flawed... again love the show!!!

athena7 It is the first drama of this genre got me interested...All round good acting..Go Soo ,Lee Yowon and Son Hyunjoo is is really good ,I consider their are heavy weights in Korean drama..can't wait for the story to unveils itself, to one of the great drama that all the K addicts such as I to keep re-watching it till I remember every detail like Surgeon Bong,Queen Seon deok for Lee Yowon among others..love AsianWiki to keep me updated.Thank you.

Norma So sad that Go Soo is in here, he is a good actor but unfortunately this story is not going to sell just watching 5 minutes of Episode 1. What a waste!

Domino This is not what I expected. It's too violent & disgusting for me. The audience doesn't even get an introduction to the characters' background or lives, it starts with murdering someone. I am so tired of the in your face anger, violence and cheating from the instant the show starts and it actually got worse. I am definitely not watching any more of this. Isn't there enough violence in the world going on we are exposed to? I think many people want to be taken away from all that garbage for awhile. I saw no entertainment value here at all. Watching just part of this gave me a sick feeling.

athena7 Watch this drama episode 1 and episode 2 was very interesting..Lee yo won looks good here ..strong character ,the 1st time I took notice in Go Soo acting..haha he looks good too..all the 3 main actors are very serious and I just fell their vibe...can't wait to follow till it end..hope its going to be good..

VT The poster looks too serious. Is this a depressing drama? Why does Ko Soo almost always pick sad/depressing drama/movie? I like him but couldn't handle the sadness on his face. Is this a good drama? Should I start watching, anyone?

scp I am excited and cannot wait to see my favorite actor of all time, Ko Soo.

whatsup This drama looks interesting. I can't wait to see the first episode!

reymar villamin ...i will waiting this new korean drama showned in philipines.

lee yo won and gosoo.. i think nise loveteam

cio ooow!!! 2 of my favorite actor and actress both have a superb acting cant wait to watch this

sj Ms. Lee Yowon.... fighting!!!!

sj I am looking forward to seeing this drama because my favorite actress Ms. Lee Yowon is cast. I am happy that I can see her again in a drama soon. I only wait & watch her drama & movie. I don't know why but I really like her as an actress. She acts so well & natural. Also, she's very beautiful.

day2x87 wow! this drama has quite a stellar cast so far! i wanna watch this!! hope the story's good...

day2x87 after watching Lee Yo Won in 49 days and the recipe, she instantly became one of my favorites. i like her versatility as an actress. she has a very unique charm that'll endear viewers to her. i'm so glad that she'll be doing another project and to be collaborating with another efficient actor like Ko Soo.

Adhe Talla Yes, she's back again in this year. How happy I am! My beautiful n talented Lee Yo Won eonni will play another character on her new drama project with Go Soo oppa, of course. I can imagine how great they will set their chemistry on the screen, perfect match. Can't wait. For go soo oppa welcome back to dramaland... Hwaiting uri eonni n oppa...

lusi OmG...match couple..i will wait new drama..

Hana omo! Another project for Lee Yo won. Congrats! Your the best :D

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