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Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance (Korean Drama TV Series)

Updated on January 9, 2013

A Brilliant Story of Self-Sacrificing Love for Family to Find True Love

Brilliant Legacy (or Shining Inheritance) is a 2009 South Korean drama between a poor but bright woman named Go Eun-Seong (played by Han Hyo Joo) and Sun-Woo Hwan, (played by Lee Seung Gi) an arrogant grandson of a food owner company that eventually fallen for her despite of the many conflicts they have in the beginning of the drama.

This Korean drama is aired on SBS Network with 28 episodes that last from April 25, 2009 to July 26, 2009 and maintained a higher viewer ratings until its last episode of that year.

Original Title: Chanranhan Yusan

Country: South Korea

Genre: Romance, Drama

Screenwriter: So Hyun Kyung

Director: Jin Hyuk

Episodes: 28

Broadcast Network: SBS, Saturdays & Sundays 21:55

Broadcast period: April 25, 2009 to July 26, 2009

Brilliant Legacy also known as Shining Inheritance is about the genuine love that a family shares and young couples who suffer conflicts and scars but eventually find true love.

Go Eun-Seong is a bright and optimistic girl. One day, Eun-Seong helps Jang Suk-Ja, the owner of a food company named Jinseong Food completely by chance. She is then appointed as the heiress to a large fortune. Eun-Seong meets arrogant Seon U-Hwan, who is the grandson of Jang Suk-Ja. The spoiled grandson, Hwan, has many conflicts with Eun-Seong, who is always getting on his nerves because she will inherit his share instead. But he falls in love with Eun-Seong through their constant fighting. Meanwhile, Park Jun-Se (played by Bae Su-Bin), who is a wealthy and "perfect" man, loves Eun-Seong while Yu Seung-Mi, who is a stepsister of Eun-Seong, loves Hwan.

Information Courtesy of Official Site of Korea Tourism Organization: Brilliant Legacy and Wikipedia

Han Hyo Joo who plays the lead character Go Eun Sung is a South Korean actress and a model. She was first discovered at a teenage beauty pageant in 2003. She made her debut in the sitcom Nonstop 5 and joined the ranks as a prominent Pan-Asian star due to the rising popularity of Spring Waltz (the fourth and final installment of Yoon Suk-ho's season drama series, following Autumn Fairy Tale, Winter Sonata and Summer Scent) in many Asian countries. She attends Dongguk University, where she majors in the dramatics and films department. Her hobbies include singing and writing and her talents are playing the piano, telling fairy tales, writing, running and fencing.

Lee Seung Gi who plays the spoiled grandson of a Food company owner and later on Go Eun Sung's love interest, Seon U-Hwan is a South Korean singer turned actor who first started his singing career at the age of 17. He released his first album The Dream of a Moth in 2004 with a debut single Because You're My Girl. It became a popular ballad about 'liking an older women syndrome in South Korea. In 2005, he made his first TV appearance in MBC's sitcom Nonstop 5 and the following year he starred as in the KBS' weekend drama, The Infamous Chil Sisters. Despite his hectic schedule in showbiz, he manage to graduate from Dongguk University taking up International Trade and Commerce in 2009 and receive a Special Achivement awards.

Moon Chae Won who plays Yu Seung-Mi, Eun-Seong's selfish stepsister is a South Korean actress which she got her debut drama in the series , however she was known as Jeong Hyang in the painter of wind. She got the prize at 2008 with Moon Geun Young.

Bae Su-Bin plays Eun Sung's friend Park Jun-Se is a South Korean actor starred in numerous Korean dramas like Dong Yi, Temptation of an Angel, The Painter of the Wind, Heavenly Beauty, Park Jung Geum, Jumong, Let's Marry, Fashion 70's, Emperor of the Sea, When a Man is in Love, The Proof of Memories.

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Ban Hyo Jung plays Jang Suk-Ja, the owner of a food company named Jinseong Food and grandmother of U-Hwan that was saved by Eun Sung when she went stray away from home. Then appointed Eun Sung as her heiress instead of her immediate family due to their attitude problems towards her. Yoo Ji In play as Oh Young Ran U-Hwan's careless mother that is against Eun Sung when she learned about her being the heiress of their family fortune. Han Ye Won play as Sun-Woo Jung U-Hwan's materialistic younger sister eagerly obsess with her bag collection and going to spa. Lee Seung Hyung play as butler Pyo Sung Chul who is responsible for Sun-Woo's family everyday food and household arrangement.

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Jun In Taek play as Go Pyung Joong Eun Sung's kind-hearted father who mistakenly known dead which result to Eun Sung and her brother separated to each other. While Kim Mi Sook portrayed as Baek Sung Hee, Eun Sung's evil stepmother who took away everything from her and her brother their house and belongings. Yun Joon Suk as Go Eun Woo is Eun Sung's autistic younger brother that is separated from her when they left their house.

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Brilliant Legacy AKA Shining Inheritance
Brilliant Legacy AKA Shining Inheritance

Brilliant Legacy is an irresistible modern-day Cinderella story full of both laughter and tears. Amid family feuds, budding romances, terrible tragedies, changes of heart, and inspiring perseverance, the message throughout Brilliant Legacy s 28 episodes is clear: it pays to stay true to yourself and to be grateful for what you already have.


Brilliant Legacy aka Shining Inheritance Original Soundtrack - All Sung by Various Artist

Brilliant Legacy
Brilliant Legacy

Track Listing

1. Only You - Kang Ha Ni

2. The Person Living in My Heart - Isu

3. Crazy in Love - Ji Sun

4. Love is Punishment - K.Will

5. Spring Rain - Ji Hye

6. Dear Sister

7. Catch Hwan

8. Are We Family?

9. Funny Life

10. The Road Leading to You

11. Smile working

12. Last Lie

13. Bickering

14. Memories of Separation

15. Spring Rain (Guitar Ver.)

16. Destiny, the Second Story


Brilliant Legacy Opening Theme: Only You by Kang Ha Ni

Shining Inheritance Photo Gallery - Photos of memorable scenes in the K-drama series

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Bae Soo Bin as Park Joon Se and Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung MiMoon Chae Won as Yoo Seung MiLee Seung Gi as Sun-Woo HwanHan Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Bae Soo Bin as Park Joon Se and Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Bae Soo Bin as Park Joon Se and Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi
Lee Seung Gi as Sun-Woo Hwan
Lee Seung Gi as Sun-Woo Hwan
Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung

Eun-Seong and Hwan kiss at the Famous Mukho Bridge

Eun-Seong and Hwan kiss at the Famous Mukho Bridge
Eun-Seong and Hwan kiss at the Famous Mukho Bridge

Visit Mukho Lighthouse Park in Donghae-si, Gangwon-do Province...

As you've seen in the 22nd episode, Eun-Seong and Hwan kiss each other on the suspension bridge. This artistic bridge shows the deepening of their love. The bridge is located on the hill leading to the Mukho Lighthouse in Donghae-si, Gangwon-do province. Cross the suspension bridge and go up the stairs, then you can see the lighthouse. From the white lighthouse, you can enjoy the spectacular view of the East Sea.

Location : Gangwon-do, Donghae-si Mukhojin-dong San 2-215

Korea Travel Phone: +82-33-1330 (Korean, English , Japanese, Chinese)

Getting There:

Cheongnyangni Station(the first train 7:00/ the last train 22:40) Mukho Station (it takes about 6 hours)

Seoul Gangnam Express Bus Terminal or Dong Seoul Bus Terminal Donghae Terminal (it takes 3 hours/ Take a bus bound for Mukho in front of the terminal/ it takes 10~15minutes)

Information Courtesy of Visit Korea. Photo taken from Donghae City Tour

Han Hyo Joo and Lee Seung Gi Photo Gallery

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