The Great King’s Dream 대왕의 꿈

The Great King’s Dream 대왕의 꿈
NOTE: I am currently watching this drama at the moment and will be using this page to jot down my own personal notes. It will be real time notes, so it may not make much sense. The contents of this page will change often and upon completion, it will only show the final version. The reason I decided to do it this way rather then just posting a final completed article is to share the process that I typically go through whenever I watch a sageuk. Yes, it’s crazy….I realize this! 🙂

The drama starts off with an altercation between king Chunchu and Kim Yushin. Story then moves on to 609 AD which focuses in Kim Yushin’s yearly years as a teenager and his friendship with Chunchu.

4/24: We learn in Episode 8 that the name of the girl who is always by the 할머니/Queen Regent’s side is Seongdan 승만 (future Queen Jindeok). Will see whether or not there’s further expansion of this character as the story progresses. 4/26: 승만 marries the king and she becomes the Queen. Still not clear if this is the same Seongdan as Queen Jindeok, or if this is a different person altogether.

It is a historical fact that

Themes, terms, locations, people and concepts to research and/or expand upon:
seorabeol 서라벌
Seonggol status, seonggol blood (Part of the overall Bone Rank system…create new page.)
Mannogun (Gaya). His father, The Viceroy of Mannogun
Hwangnyongsa pagoda (temple) 황룡사 복원

Royal line:
*Gukban 국방 Gallmunwang 갈문왕 (진평왕의 동생. 왕위계승할 수 있는 유일한 성끌남자). Nephew of King Jinji 진지왕, the ousted king.

*덕만공주, daughter of current King Jinpyoung 진평왕

Need to research whether or not Gukban and Dukman really did marry (or if she was ever married to anyone), but I don’t recall ever seeing this before.

Need to research the circumstances of King Jinji 진지왕

*Kim Chunchu 김춘추 was the grandson of the dethroned King Jinji 진지왕 (친 할아버지) and King Jinpyoung 진평왕 (외 할아버지)

귀문 Gwimun: 골품제도에 속하지 않은 야인들의 집단 (The group of rustics who don’t belong in the classes of the nobles of Silla system). Probably a fictional group for the drama, but will follow up to double check.

Episodes 41 introduces Prince Nakano Oe (나카노오오에 왕자) and his mom the Empress. He eventually becomes Emperor Tenji (天智天皇 Tenji-tennō?, 626 – January 7, 672), also known as Emperor Tenchi, was the 38th emperor of Japan,according to the traditional order of succession. Tenji’s reign spanned the years from 661 through 671. In 645 Nakano lead the Coup against the Sabo clan who ruled the court for 4 generations and wiped out the entire clan. The empress stepped down and put her brother on the throne and made Nakano the Crown Prince and lead the Taike Reform. He makes Wae much stronger. Later he supports the revival of Baekje.
episodes 49-51
당나랑 장안성 Changancheng Tang (present day Xi’an 시안) within The Central Plain
KinChunChu went there in 645 AD met with 당 태종 (당나라 2대 황제) (Emperor Taizong)

From Hanja 덕업일신, 망라사방

In April 649, Li Shimin, the emperor of Tang died at 52. He was the 2nd son of Li Yuan. He ascended to the throne by killing his brothers. He conquered the Tujue and battled against Goguryeo. In 645 he was defeated in battle at Ansiseong . A few years later he gives an order to stop battle against Liaodong and passes away. Emperor Taizong united the Central Plain and built a great empire.


In May 660, King Muyeol appoints Kim Yushin as commander and with Crown Prince Beopmin takes 50,000 into battle. Emperor Dang Gaozong (당 고종, 당나라 3대) appoints Su Dingfang (소정방) as Supreme Commander and and Chunchu’s son Inmun as the deputy commander and dispatched 130,000 soldiers. The involvement of Tang forecasted a Great War of the 7th century that would change the history of East Asia

Episodes 56, 57
July 9, 660 was the date of the legendary battle between Beakje and Silla known as the Battle of Hwangsanbeol 황산벌 전투, 黃山─戰鬪. Gyebeak led 5,000 Beakje soldiers against 50,000 Silla soldiers led by Kim YuShin’s along with additional troop from Tang.

In Sep 660 King Uija, the entire royal family, and over 12,000 of Beakje’s skilled artisans, scholars and court officials were hauled off to Tang as prisoners. Although King Uija was pardoned by Emperor dang Gaozong, King Uija became very sick after arriving in Tang and died shortly after.

After the funeral, a moment was raised which said:
“As the oldest son of King Mu, he was intelligent and knowledgable. His reputation was high in the Three Kingdoms, The Central Plain and even Wae. During his 20 year reign he competed against Kim Chunchu and Yeon Gaesumun over the rule of the Three Kingdoms. But he lived in pleasure and extravagance and ignored loyal servants like Seongchung. He exhausted the state coffers to build fancy structures like manghaeru. He lost the capital to the Silla-Tang army and was recorded as the last king of Baekje after 678 years of Baekje history.”

His body was buried in Luoyang, China. His remains were returned by China in 2000.

Episode 68
The Battle of Baekgang
Wae forces came in to fight with Baekje Revival army who against the Silla-Tang alliance led by Kim Yushin and King munmu (Beopmin)
August 663, Baekje and Wae lost a terrible battle against the Silla-Tang army. 400 Wae ships were destroyed and nearly 10,000 Wae fighters died. The battle over Baekje was the first International battle in East Asian history. The revival of Baekje had been going on for 3 years after King Uija’s surrender, but finally ended at Baekgang. After his defeat, Bu yeomoum sought exile in Goguryeo.


King Munmu united the surrendered generals and officials of both Baekje and Goguryeo to fight and drive out the Tang. He gave official positions to Yeon Gaesumon’s younger brother, Jeongto and to Ahn Seung, the son of King Bojong’s concubine. He send soldiers to Liaodong and helped he Goguryeo rebels fight Tang soldiers against Tang policies. The fight between Silla and Tang over the territories of Goguryeo and Baekje couldn’t be avoided.