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  • Drama: Horse Doctor (English & literal title) / The King’s Doctor (English title)
  • Revised romanization: Maui
  • Hangul: 마의
  • Director: Lee Byung-Hoon, Choi Jung-Kyu
  • Writer: Kim Yi-Young
  • Network: MBC
  • Episodes: 50
  • Release Date: October 1, 2012 - March 25, 2013
  • Runtime: Mondays & Tuesdays 22:00
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea


"The King’s Doctor" follows a veterinarian in the Joseon Period as he goes through difficulties to become a royal physician.


  1. Director Lee Byung-Hoon & screen writer Kim Yi-Young previously worked together in the 2010 MBC period drama "Dong Yi" and the 2007 MBC period drama "Lee San, Wind of the Palace".
  2. Korean title 마의 "Maui" is a term used during the Joseon Period to describe a veterinarian.
  3. "Horse Doctor" takes over the MBC Mondays & Tuesdays 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "Golden Time" and will be followed by "Gu Family Book" in March or April, 2012.
  4. Staff & cast of "Horse Doctor" visited an oriental hospital in Bundang, South Korea on July 27, 2012. The visit lasted for more than 2 hours and the staff & cast received training on oriental medicine and acupuncture.


Horse Doctor-Cho Seung-Woo1.jpg Horse Doctor-Lee Yo-Won1.jpg Horse Doctor-Son Chang-Min1.jpg Horse Doctor-Yoo-Sun1.jpg Lee Sang-Woo
Cho Seung-Woo Lee Yo-Won Son Chang-Min Yoo-Sun Lee Sang-Woo
Baek Gwang-Hyun Kang Ji-Nyeong Lee Myung-Hwan Jang In-Joo Lee Sung-Ha
Horse Doctor-Lee Soon-Jae1.jpg Horse Doctor-Han Sang-Jin1.jpg Horse Doctor-Kim So-Eun1.jpg Horse Doctor-Jo Bo-Ah1.jpg Horse Doctor-Kim Chang-Wan.jpg
Lee Soon-Jae Han Sang-Jin Kim So-Eun Jo Bo-Ah Kim Chang-Wan
Ko Joo-Man King Hyunjong Princess Sookwhee Seo Eun-Seo Jung Sung-Jo
Horse Doctor-Jeon No-Min.jpg Horse Doctor-Choi Soo-Rin.jpg Horse Doctor-Kim Hye-Sun.jpg Horse Doctor-Lee Hee-Do.jpg Horse Doctor-Maeng Sang-Hun.jpg
Jeon No-Min Choi Soo-Rin Kim Hye-Sun Lee Hee-Do Maeng Sang-Hun
Kang Do-Joon Joo In-Ok Queen Inseon Choo Ki-Bae Oh Jang-Park
Horse Doctor-Ahn Sang-Tae.jpg Horse Doctor-In Gyo-Jin.jpg Horse Doctor-Jang Hee-Woong.jpg Horse Doctor-Yoon Bong-Kil.jpg Horse Doctor-Choi Beom-Ho.jpg
Ahn Sang-Tae In Gyo-Jin Jang Hee-Woong Yoon Bong-Kil Choi Beom-Ho
Ja-Bong Kwon Suk-Cheol Yoon Tae-Joo Park Dae-Mang Jo Jung-Chul
Horse Doctor-Shin Kuk.jpg Horse Doctor-Ahn Yeo-Jin.jpg Horse Doctor-Lee Kwan-Hoon.jpg Horse Doctor-Lee Ka-Hyeon.jpg Joo Jin-Mo
Shin Kuk Ahn Yeo-Jin Lee Kwan-Hoon Lee Ka-Hyeon Joo Jin-Mo
Shin Byung-Ha Court Lady Kwak Ma Do-Heum Queen Myungsung Sa-Am
Horse Doctor-Eom Hyeon-Kyeong.jpg
Uhm Hyun Kyung
So Ka-Young

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode TNmS AGB
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2012-10-01 1 10.0% (15th) 11.7% (8th) 8.7% (16th) 9.1% (17th)
2012-10-02 2 12.5% (9th) 13.1% (7th) 9.7% (15th) 10.7% (10th)
2012-10-08 3 NR NR 10.5% (12th) 11.4% (9th)
2012-10-09 4 9.2% (17th) 9.2% (19th) 10.0% (12th) 11.0% (11th)
2012-10-15 5 11.7% (14th) 13.4% (5th) 10.4% (13th) 12.1% (8th)
2012-10-16 6 12.5% (7th) 12.6% (6th) 12.9% (6th) 13.9% (5th)
2012-10-22 7 15.0% (3rd) 16.1% (3rd) 14.3% (4th) 15.6% (3rd)
2012-10-23 8 15.3% (5th) 16.9% (4th) 14.3% (5th) 16.9% (3rd)
2012-10-29 9 13.1% (4th) 14.8% (4th) 13.4% (3rd) 15.2% (3rd)
2012-10-30 10 14.0% (9th) 16.0% (5th) 13.5% (7th) 15.1% (5th)
2012-11-05 11 14.5% (5th) 16.0% (4th) 14.7% (4th) 15.9% (4th)
2012-11-06 12 15.5% (4th) 17.1% (4th) 15.4% (4th) 16.8% (4th)
2012-11-12 13 13.8% (9th) 14.0% (5th) 14.6% (4th) 16.4% (4th)
2012-11-13 14 16.4% (4th) 17.8% (3rd) 16.8% (4th) 18.5% (3rd)
2012-11-19 15 15.7% (5th) 17.9% (4th) 17.8% (3rd) 20.0% (3rd)
2012-11-20 16 16.7% (4th) 17.4% (4th) 18.1% (3rd) 20.3% (3rd)
2012-11-26 17 17.0% (4th) 19.1% (3rd) 17.7% (3rd) 19.5% (3rd)
2012-11-27 18 17.8% (4th) 19.9% (3rd) 18.9% (3rd) 20.6% (2nd)
2012-12-03 19 19.1% (4th) 21.4% (3rd) 18.0% (3rd) 19.7% (3rd)
2012-12-04 20 18.7% (2nd) 21.7% (1st) 17.8% (2nd) 19.1% (1st)
2012-12-10 21 17.6% (3rd) 19.7% (1st) 16.0% (4th) 17.5% (2nd)
2012-12-11 22 17.4% (3rd) 20.7% (3rd) 17.4% (3rd) 18.8% (3rd)
2012-12-17 23 17.5% (3rd) 19.0% (3rd) 17.7% (3rd) 19.0% (3rd)
2012-12-18 24 18.0% (3rd) 19.7% (3rd) 18.9% (3rd) 20.6% (2nd)
2012-12-24 25 17.2% (3rd) 19.3% (3rd) 17.1% (3rd) 19.1% (3rd)
2012-12-25 26 20.2% (3rd) 21.7% (3rd) 19.1% (3rd) 19.9% (3rd)
2013-01-01 28 18.1% (3rd) 20.0% (3rd) 18.1% (3rd) 19.4% (3rd)
2013-01-07 27 18.3% (3rd) 20.7% (3rd) 16.6% (3rd) 17.7% (3rd)
2013-01-08 29 20.3% (3rd) 22.1% (2nd) 18.3% (3rd) 19.7% (3rd)
2013-01-14 30 18.9% (3rd) 21.1% (3rd) 18.1% (3rd) 19.5% (3rd)
2013-01-15 31 20.5% (3rd) 23.0% (2nd) 19.2% (3rd) 20.4% (3rd)
2013-01-21 32 19.4% (3rd) 21.3% (2nd) 20.1% (3rd) 21.8% (3rd)
2013-01-22 33 20.7% (3rd) 22.9% (2nd) 20.0% (3rd) 21.4% (3rd)
2013-01-28 34 19.4% (3rd) 22.2% (2nd) 18.4% (3rd) 20.1% (3rd)
2013-01-29 35 21.5% (3rd) 24.4% (2nd) 21.0% (3rd) 22.5% (3rd)
2013-02-04 36 22.8% (3rd) 24.8% (2nd) 22.4% (3rd) 24.2% (2nd)
2013-02-05 37 24.2% (2nd) 26.7% (2nd) 23.7% (3rd) 25.8% (2nd)
2013-02-11 38 20.8% (3rd) 24.1% (2nd) 19.3% (3rd) 20.7% (3rd)
2013-02-12 39 19.5% (4th) 22.2% (3rd) 20.3% (2nd) 22.7% (2nd)
2013-02-18 40 21.2% (3rd) 24.1% (2nd) 19.4% (3rd) 21.4% (3rd)
2013-02-19 41 19.7% (3rd) 22.5% (2nd) 18.1% (4th) 19.0% (4th)
2013-02-25 42 20.6% (3rd) 23.3% (3rd) 19.6% (3rd) 22.0% (3rd)
2013-02-26 43 20.0% (3rd) 21.5% (3rd) 19.7% (3rd) 21.9% (3rd)
2013-03-04 44 18.4% (3rd) 20.6% (3rd) 18.4% (3rd) 20.6% (3rd)
2013-03-05 45 18.8% (3rd) 20.5% (2nd) 18.5% (4th) 20.4% (2nd)
2013-03-11 46 19.6% (3rd) 21.7% (3rd) 18.8% (3rd) 20.6% (3rd)
2013-03-12 47 18.9% (4th) 21.0% (4th) 19.4% (3rd) 21.4% (3rd)
2013-03-18 48 18.0% (5th) 20.5% (4th) 18.8% (3rd) 20.9% (3rd)
2013-03-19 49 17.9% (5th) 19.6% (5th) 19.1% (4th) 21.1% (3rd)
2013-03-25 50 17.2% (4th) 18.4% (5th) 17.8% (4th) 20.2% (3rd)

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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Ted Chyn I have enjoyed watching the show. I have a question related to English translation of the word Slave? Is a slave in ancient Korea owned by his/her owner and can be sold or traded as property? Or slave simply means SERF or indentured servant - person without means and they are bound to the job or service they provides to another class of people with properties ? In Ancient China slaves existed pre Shang dynasty and it was seldom used from thereon.

GG Loved that Hong Sang-Jin became a king in this and Lee Soon-Jae is a doctor in this. Just finished Lee San (Yi San) and of course since same director, lots of crossover actors. Loving this so far and all Lee Byung-Hoon's movies.

Sahara Best ever drama I've seen.I am greatly affected by the story and incidents. Love the cast and their performance.

kavindya Horse Doctor is very good and excellent drama. It is lovely too. Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!

silvet I love this drama. It is a excellent and very good drama. It shows the determination , dedication and victory. I took many things from it. good luck!

Vladimir L I have a heartfelt admiration for the Horse Doctor. It relates life in a very particular way that transcends world cultures. As Haitian American I can find my life inside the script and it was deeply touching to see the art itself and how the actors played this drama as it was a real life scenario...I am really really grateful to the writer or everyone that came together to make it possible...particularly Lee Yo-Won and Cho Seung-Woo.

Pathum King's doctor is the Most popular teledrama in sri lanka..................! Good luck

sanki Rodrigo It's a very good drama. I love it.

Ashani upeksha this is the second prettiest drama in korea ......all the things are natural...........sri lanka

Vhunter Disappointed with the script writer, it's weak script that's incredible in real life and no reason support for many shot

kanyar I love Lee Byung-Hoon's dramas because there is always something to learn from each person.

Dani Excellent drama

shin18 it's an EPIC drama indeed ! :)

shara mamaril super love this series!!!! every episodes are exciting! the cast are fantastic.Lee yo won are very good actress and i starting to love Cho Seung Woo. He's so cute and very good in acting! i also praise the director Lee Byung-Hoon for making again this wonderful series!!! Job well done to all the cast!

kim i am very very proud because i watch this drama and it's so beautiful and i am so proud of all casts and other part of this drama!! :))

recaboy This drama was a little boring. I only like the actress.

CICI Horse Doctor is one of the best dramas I have ever seen. I LOVED the main actor, Cho Seung-Woo along with every single other actor & actress. Whoever did the casting was perfect. I didn't see who the director or writer was until after, and I am not surprised. The story, the scenery, the emotion it brings forth..I could go on and on. I am definitely recommending this to everyone I know and will watch it again for sure. My respect and admiration to all who were involved in making this wonderful film. I'm glad there were awards given to this well deserved masterpiece.

JULIA I watched the series just because the director is the one who directed my favorite series Director Lee Byung-Hoon

After "Lee San, Wind of the Palace". No series does not compare to Lee San I kept watching and did not understand why I did not enjoy! I particularly because of who played the role of King-Han Sang-Jin Anyone who saw him as understand all Finally this series has not reached heights and rope But I'll never stop to wait for more cooperation of this team


HJH The actresses were much better than the main actor, it's them that kept me going.

Myung Ja Seo/Rigdon Excellent drama presentation . . . . started to drag somewhat towards the end . . . . . . good story line, however, more improbable leading into the final episodes. Don't let that evil Lee Myung-Hwan get away with anything!

reca Lee Yowon showed the diverse emotions naturally & well. Cho Seung-Woo's acting was not so attractive.

joy Lee Yowon was again showing her great talent as an actress on this drama. When she played bright & cheerful, she is very amusing & adorable. And when she is playing emotional, she is very penetrating, making the scene very heartbreaking. Really a wonderful & entertaining actress.


  • 16 or so episodes

black_blood I got bored after watching 16 or so dramas and I dropped it. Hope Lee Yo Won completes this drama and starts another drama quickly.

camille It's still nice to see Lee Yowon here & I think she's doing a good job.

jn Cho Seung Woo's acting is not very impressive / convincing on this drama. I can't feel anything from him..

gira Long run saeguk drama. What a boring!

julie from ep 32 I finally feel him //connect with Cho Seung-Woo.... Excellent now his game more convincing and he himself is connected

of course,,,,,,,,,,,, You can feel the spirit of director Lee Byung-hoon & Excellent scriptwriter Kim Yi-Young still far away from/// series Lee San, Wind of the Palace There is a scent of But I think that Han Sang-Jin ..King Hyunjong .is Wasted here what a shame!!!!!!

pjdjmj Lots of interesting old Korean medicine/techniques. Rather embarrassing cast/crew spent a whole two hours learning about it when people spend years learning. Cast system is hopefully gone - very cruel - wastes brain power. Good acting. Am up to E22 - wondering what happened to horse in intervening years, why/how it suddenly shows up again and if main character ever gets to and/or wants to own it. Story emotionally exhausting - main character is a pinata all the way through.

joy Nice drama. Ms. Lee Yowon is always a joy to watch.

tahmineh this drama is really good and interesting but i think the yi san and dong yi were very better than of it beacuse of castings.

hugh mobley One of the best dramas of all time, the most exciting part is when Sohyang sings at the last part of each episode,

nana whoa, cho seung-woo's taking role in drama? finally! haven't watched this, but hope he do the best :)

Johanna B. Talipasan I hope GMA network will get the rights of airing this one.

Johanna B. Talipasan One of my wishes finally came true! Lee Yo Won and Lee Sang Woo in one drama.

Take note: Their surnames are both Lee.

kim emotion and exciting following each ep & waiting for net ep.

try febriani siregar (@febri_neutron) i know Cho Sang Woo from "The Classic" and "Marathon" i think i'm gonna watch this i'm reaaly curious with his acting... i hope this drama will be success..

anne cant wait to watch this....hope this will be another good drama... :)

eMJe Wow... finally Lee Sang Woo cast in a new drama. I will watch the drama even if the episodes about 50 kekeke... It's good to see they even visit oriental hospital for the drama.

anne wow...cant wait to watch this drama....fighting!!!

ninik2096 I'm really waiting so eun eonni get the role to be a princess in a drama, I think she will looks great and beautifull if she to be a princess, and now I can see her to be a princess in this drama "The Horse Healer"

Lore-an I can't wait to watch this drama! ^^ Fighting! : )

hiko I love this drama and kim so eun kim so eun fithing

jayflor Unnie , im so proud of you i really reallly like you .u are my best actress in korea and Nam gyu ri .in 49 days i really2x like it ur so great... saranghaeyo unnie.

iammee I just can't get enough of lee sang woo, i'm glad he will be part of the drama. i wonder if he will be the lead star, i just hope so

hana kyaah! Im so excited for thz really miss unnie LYw..

msdanna wow she is too busy for this year. New drama and 2 new films. fans now are secured that LYW finally accepted the role.

msdanna wow i knew it she will accept the role. all the fans are excited to this new drama. 2012 is LEE YO Won's year. Goodluck to your 2 new films.

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