Korean drama update for March 6

You don’t have to travel to Korea to see traditional royal palaces.


You don’t have to travel to Korea to see traditional royal palaces.

Right under our noses stands the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

The center is a unique building with a design influenced by Kyongbok Palace’s throne hall Kunjongjon, where royal coronations and court rituals were hosted. There is a detached building also designed based on the Hyangwonjong Pavilion located in the middle of a lotus pond at Kyongbok Palace in Seoul.

Ground was broken for the Center for Korean Studies on July 1, 1974, and construction was completed in December 1979. You can visit the campus and visit the CKS to marvel at the Korean carpentry, painting and stonework.

Many materials were brought from Korea to be included in the center’s construction, including the green tiles for the roofing. With all the colorful exterior painting, photos often turn out well, so get those selfie sticks ready.


“The Legendary Witches”

Episodes 39 and 40 (final episode)

6:30 p.m. today: Woo-seok tells Chairman Ma he’ll expose his wrongdoings. Soo-yin finally makes her decision and bids farewell to Woo-seok but tells her he’d wait for her. Shinhwa Group copies Soo-yin’s gorosoe water bread and puts it out on the market. 7:45 p.m. today: Soo-yin and the girls expose Shinhwa Group for copying their gorosoe water bread. Ju-ran begs them for forgiveness, but they refuse to settle. Woo-seok leaves for Paris.

“Root of the Throne”

Episodes 37 and 38

7:45 p.m. Monday: Jung Do-jeon seeks proclamation from the King, urging him to officially announce Jung Mong-joo’s treason by displaying his head publicly. Bang-won orders Boon-yi to find out who’s putting up the flyers urging his death penalty. Yeon Hwang seeks out Jung Do-jeon. Scholars boycott the civil service exam and Bang-won sets out to persuade them. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday: the court officials and scholars are persuaded to return to their posts. Yeon-hee tells Boon-yi to keep her distance from Bang-won. Before departure, Bang-woo warns he will end his life if his whereabouts are discovered. Geumwol Temple’s chief reverend tells Lady Kang her life will be cut short if Bang-seok doesn’t ascend the throne.


Episodes 19 and 20 (final episode)

7:45 p.m. Wednesday: Jin-woo sets the final stage to expose the truth. Suk-gyu senses Su-bum is in imminent danger. Dong-ho sets out to search for Su-bum. Jin-woo presents the knife as evidence along with Detective Kwak’s testimony. 7:45 p.m. Thursday: Jin-woo and In-ah give their all to bring down Ilho Group. Jin-woo asks Bae Chul-ju to testify, wanting to prevent any loopholes for Gyu-man. In-ah stands as a prosecutor in the trial. Hong Mu-seok tells Dong-ho and Prosecutor Tak, informing them he has a lead that will bring Ilho down for good.

“Identical Affairs”

Episodes 47 and 48


7:45 p.m. Friday: On her way to meet Tae-seok, Jin-ri realizes she’s being followed by the detectives. She diverts their attention, giving Tae-seok time to escape. Jin-eon tells Hae-kang he will give her the ring when she’s ready. Hae-kang disappears, leaving a note saying she’ll come back for the ring in a year. 7:45 p.m. Saturday: Jin-eon walks into a restaurant and runs into Hae-kang. He finds out she’s working there to help prove a friend’s innocence. Hae-kang finds Jin-eon drunk at his home and hears his true feelings. Tae-seok comes home physically sick and Jin-ri helps him to her bed. She runs into Jin-eon coming down the stairs.

This column is your source for updates on Korean dramas. Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD-TV on Oahu, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles.