Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth (Korean: 화랑; Hanja: 花郞; lit. Hwarang) is a South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Go A-ra, and Park Hyung-sik.[2] It revolves around an elite group of young men called Hwarang, who discover their passion, friendship and love in the turmoil of the Silla Kingdom (57 BC–AD 935).[3] The series aired every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 (KST) on KBS2, from December 19, 2016 to February 21, 2017.[4][5][6]

Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth
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Also known asHwarang: The Beginning
Created by
  • Han Suk-won
  • Park Sung-hye
Developed byKBS Drama
Written byPark Eun-yeong
Directed by
Music byOh Joon-sung
Opening theme"Hwarang Spirit"
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20 + 4 specials
Executive producerJung Hae-ryong
  • Kim Sang-hee
  • Kim Hyung-suk
  • Lee Yeong-bum
  • Jang Byung-wook
  • Choi Ki-ha
  • Kim Tae-yeong
  • Song Eun-jung
Running time70 minutes[1]
Production companies
  • Hwarang SPC
  • Oh!Boy Project
Original networkKBS2
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseDecember 19, 2016 (2016-12-19) 
February 21, 2017 (2017-02-21)

The show was noted for the star-studded cast, but received criticism for its distractive storytelling and undeveloped plot.[7]

At the 31st KBS Drama Awards, Choi Won-young won the "Best Supporting Actor" and Park Seo-joon received a nomination for the prestigious "Top Excellence Award".[8]

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