Queen Seondeok is a 2009 South Korean historical drama aired on MBC. It chronicles the life of Queen Seondeok of Silla.
The viewership ratings for the show topped TV charts almost every week during its run, peaking at 44.7 percent. It swept the 2009 MBC Drama Awards and especially won raves for actress Go Hyun-jung's performance.
Deokman (Queen Seondeok’s childhood name) was born a twin but was abandoned as a baby. She was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister Princess Chonmyong to oppose Mi-shil, who wanted to seize power. Mi-shil devised sinister plans to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and in a secretive battle, Princess Chonmyong was assassinated by Mi-shil. But Princess Deokman shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yusin and eliminated her archenemy Mi-shil. She became the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom.
TV Show: The Great Queen Seondeok
Revised romanization: Seondeok Yeowang
Director: Hong-kyun Park, Keun-hong Kim
Writer: Yeong-hyeon Kim, Sang-yeon Park
Release Date: May 25, 2009
Country: South Korea