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Arang and the Magistrate - Korean Drama 2012

Updated on October 2, 2014

Joseon fantasy, action and romance drama - Arang and the Magistrate airs in Korea starting from August 15, 2012. It's one of the most anticipating drama for the second half of 2012 and it has star-studded casts (Lee Jun Ki, Shin Min Ah, Yoo Seung Ho) which raised the viewers anticipation even higher.

It's Lee Jun Ki's comeback drama after his 2 years hiatus due to military service and this drama is also Shin Min Ah's comeback drama of 2 years (her last one was playing as a cute Gumiho in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho).

Produced by Kim Sang Ho who directed one of my favorite family drama Can You Hear My Heart and written by Jung Yoon Jung, this spring blockbuster sageuk drama will surely be fantastical and memorable in so many ways. Can I expect a happy ending, please?

Arang and the Magistrate is based on Korean folklore (legend) of Arang. This legend was adapted into a mystery-romance movie titled "Arang" produced in 2006. This movie was about police & detectives trying to uncover the mystery behind a mysterious girl's death. Similar with its predecessor, this drama will also focus on solving the mystery behind a girl's death (in this case, the girl's name is Arang played by Shin Min Ah). This drama is set during Joseon era (probably the same period as when the legend took place), therefore, the one who will be unraveling this case is the Magistrate (Eun Oh - played by Lee Jun Ki).

Just looking at the trailers and the poster, I think this drama will not be a totally thriller / mystery drama; it will have quirky comedy which will definitely make this legend truly alive in the small screen.

Arang and the Magistrate Details

Number of Episodes: 20

Original run: August 15, 2012 - October 18, 2012 on MBC every Wednesday & Thursday 21.55 KST


- Lee Jun Ki as Eun Oh [Magistrate]

- Shin Min Ah as Arang [Ghost]

- Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe

- Hwang Bora as Bang Wool

- Yeon Woo Jin as Joo Wal

- Han Jung Soo as Moo Young

- Kim Yong Gun as Joo Wal's Father

- Yoo Seung Ho as The Great Jade of Emperor Cheon Jon

Director: Kim Sang Ho

Writer: Jung Yoon Jung

Official Website: Arang4to

Long Trailer (40 seconds) & Short Trailer

Lee Jun Ki as Eun Oh
Lee Jun Ki as Eun Oh


Magistrate Eun Oh (Lee Jun Ki) is a ruthless and cold Magistrate who deep down actually a very caring & warm-hearted man. A very stubborn man, especially when he's focusing on his cases. He's trying to solve the mystery behind his mother's disappearance.

As a newly-appointed Magistrate in one town, he meets with a Ghost "Arang" who pleads to him to help her finding out the truth behind her death. Initially he didn't want to help her, however, he changed his mind after he found Arang wears the hairpin which belongs to his mother. He believes after Arang regains her memory, she will lead him to solve the mystery behind his mother's disappearance.

Shin Min Ah as Arang
Shin Min Ah as Arang

Arang (Shin Min Ah) is a bold, adventurous and brave murdered ghost. After her death, somehow her spirit is hanging around in the town where she lives, but unfortunately, she doesn't know why and what she's still doing there. She has no recollection of why she died. Her memory loss will be uncovered slowly through the complex-pattern tattoo on her left neck and she's going from one Magistrate to the other Magistrate asking them to help her seeking avenge for her unjust death. None of them wanted to help her until one day she meets with Magistrate Eun Oh.

A strong-willed and cheerful person, she is trying really hard to live - but unfortunately she finds it hard to live in this world because she doesn't really know who she was when she was alive. Seeking for avenge & truth are two of the main reasons why her spirit can't rest well.

Hwang Bora as Bang Wool
Hwang Bora as Bang Wool

Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe is Magistrate Eun Oh's servant. Pure and doesn't scared to speak up his mind to his (sometimes) ruthless and snappy master.

Observant and very devoted, he always 100% ready to protect and do anything for his master.

Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe
Kwon Oh Joong as Dol Swe

Bang Wool (Hwang Bora) is a shaman who possesses a special gift. She's able to hear ghosts' voices, but she can't see them. She'll be a great help and a medium to help Arang uncover the truth behind her death; as well as being a great friend & listener to her.

Yee Woo Jin as Joo Wal
Yee Woo Jin as Joo Wal

Yeon Woo Jin as Joo Wal is an ambitious person and a son of a nobleman played by Kim Yong Gun. A clear-head and serve as a high-ranking official, he is working towards his own set of goals (ie. plots) and will never weaver towards any life circumstances.

He has a very strong personality which sometimes makes him clash with his own father; but his villain personality will be challenged when he comes across with the other characters in this drama.

He's engaged to Arang (Lee Seo Rim).

Arang and the Magistrate OST - One Day MV by Lee Jun Ki

Arang and the Magistrate OST

OST Part 1 - Released August 15, 2012

Fantasy by Jang Jae In

OST Part 2 - Released August 22, 2012

Or Non-My Secret Dream (A dream) by YB

Black Moon by Shin Min Ah

OST Part 3 - Released August 29, 2012

Title Track: Surprised by Kim Bo Kyung

OST Part 4 - Released September 5, 2012

Title Track: Love and Love by Baek Ji Young

OST Part 5 - Released September 13, 2012

Mask Dance by MC Sniper

OST Part 6 - Released September 19, 2012

One Day by Lee Jun Ki

OST Part 7 - Released September 26, 2012

Love is You by K Will

OST Part 8 - Released October 3, 2012

Mirage by Yoo Seung Chan

OST Part 9 - Released October 10, 2012

Shout Out by Lee Ki Chan

Arang and the Magistrate OST is now available on YesAsia

Section TV Interview

BTS Poster Shoot, BTS Video and Interviews with Casts of Arang & The Magistrate.

Shin Min Ah also revealed Arang's patterned tattoo in this interview.

Note: this interview is in Korean language

Arang & the Magistrate Award

MBC Drama Awards 2012

- Lee Jun Ki & Shin Min Ah: Best Couple


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