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Monarchy ended long ago in Korea, but there are still other countries with Kings, Queens, princes and princesses. What if Korea had continued monarchism? What if all the beautiful palaces which are now only historical relics were actually filled with people?! What if the glamorous royal family still maintained the palace customs?! Welcome to a world where Korea still has t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 20th 2006 by Yen Press (first published November 25th 2002)
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Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)
A few months ago, I tried watching K-Drama adaption. I had no clue that it was adapted from a manhwa and the concept itself was pretty interesting.

Now, looking back, I realise that going into a show without really understanding or knowing any of the terminology used for each member of the royal family, the traditions and rituals they follow and just about anything else, was a little bit foolish on my part. Its no wonder I gave up just after 3 episodes.

The really great thing about reading transl
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Zala
Apr 23, 2016 Zala marked it as sampled
Read up to Chapter 96

I used to really, really, really like this story, but everything went down the drain a few Chapters before I stopped reading.

I mean, I can't with this anymore... If you hear something you can scarcely believe, you normally wouldn't take it as an undeniable truth. But of course we need a complication like that, and in this matter the heroine really can't refuse.

So there! I'm done.
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Amy Thorne
Sep 02, 2009 Amy Thorne rated it liked it
Oh, it's alright. You know, basic girl-hates-boy-boy-hates-girl-boy-is-actually-the-crown-prince-WHOOPS-girl-and-boy-are-secretly-engaged-due-to-grandfathers'-arrangement story. Whatever. I actually spent a lot of this series thinking, "Dang, I wish my hair would do that."

Still, despite the slow build, Chae-Kyung isn't overwhelmingly annoying and Pak doesn't take all the well-worn routes. By volume 5 I was pretty well hooked, though I couldn't say why exactly--but the palace politics are getting
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Bianca
Half the fun of a shoujo is watching the couple struggle to figure out their feelings and get together. This series is unique in that the two get married first and then awkwardly understand one another. Shin and Chae-Kyeong are a really compelling couple and I anxiously await to see their fate. I think I’m all the more anxious just because of all the extra pressures and possible dangers to their relationship as a royal couple than they are to your typical high school love story. They have far mo ...more
Lnlisa
Feb 07, 2009 Lnlisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-style
I'm addicted to this series, and already have book five on pre-order.

This is basically a Cinderella story set in Korea with a very unwilling Prince Charming and an equally unwilling Cinderella. I like it! As the later volumes come out, the political machinations take center stage which are compelling, but this first volume is pure fun for the surprise of everything and getting to know each other. The art is beautiful and all the men are gorgeous. What's not to love?
Yoonmee
Jul 07, 2010 Yoonmee rated it really liked it
Imagine if Korea still had a monarchy. Now imagine you are a seventeen year old high school girl who suddenly discovers she was betrothed to the crown prince when she was a baby by her grandfather, a friend of the deceased King! Even worse, the crown prince goes to the same high school as you and is known for being a complete jerk. Such is the situation Chae-Kyung finds herself in in this funny, endearing, and slightly romantic manhwa. This manwha was so popular it was made into a television dra ...more
Nicole
Feb 07, 2010 Nicole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manhwa, romance
One of my favorite series, and a manhwa at that. Like many of the romance manga/manhwa I tend to read, some of the situations can edge into the melodramatic...but I wouldn't have it any other way. The premise of this series follows Korea to a fictional present when the monarchy is still in place and the country is full of royal-fever (comparable to modern-day England). Chae-Kyung is a normal girl, living a normal life, when she suddenly finds out that her grandfather made a pact with a peer (who ...more
Winny Novietta
Feb 21, 2016 Winny Novietta rated it really liked it
this was my first manhwa. i never read manhwa before and i love the pictures and the story.
I know this story had been drag out like a weekend drama in korea. The thing that i love the most from this manhwa is there's no innocent characters. everyone has their own fault, Shin, Chae kyung, Yul, king and queen. There isn't 100% truly protagonist believe me, you want to choke shin and in the next chapter you want to hug him because he was so pitiful.

i' ll tried to read another manhwa
Gulen
Nov 14, 2012 Gulen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-manhwa
Manhwa çizimlerini aslen Manga'larınkine tercih ediyorum, hikayeleri de Japon muadillerinden daha ilgi çekici geliyor bana (özellikle kadın karakterlerin daha güçlü oluşu). Son yıllarda Kore'li sanatçıların Manhwa için webtoon ve webcomics'e geçişi de bu tarz çalışmalara ulaşımı da kolaylaştırıyor. So Hee Park gördüğüm en iyi çizimlere sahip artist, konu da ilginç. Ne yazık ki yoğunluktan yarım bıraktığım bir seri ama en kısa sürede tamamlamak istiyorum.
Gokce ~Muslin Myst~
I'm giving this 5 stars because it was hilarious. I laughed my through this manga, the drawings were absolutely wonderfully funny. The plot is also quite nice, a royal family guy and the girl he's forced to marry. The guy is a total jerk and I'm thinking he'll grow in the future. Right now, the main couple have the potential to bicker a lot and I love stories where the hero and the heroine bicker first love later :)
Melissa E.
Nov 17, 2014 Melissa E. rated it liked it
Shelves: manhwa, fluff
This series starts off with an asshole love interest and a pretty ridiculous premise...like about 75% of manga/manhwa. What does make it stand out, however, is the way the author totally doesn't mind flaunting the conventional shoujo stereotypes and blatantly making fun of them. This is definitely NOT a story that takes itself too seriously.

The artwork ranges from appropriately silly for the funny stuff to absolutely gorgeous and elaborate for some of the palace scenes. Park So Hee has a very di
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Nette
Apr 09, 2012 Nette rated it it was amazing
Love it. Shin is dreamy, Chaekyung's back fetish is entertaining, and Yul grates on my nerves ;P oh, and also Prince William shows up sometime during the series-- the eunuch (?) makes me laugh.
Kazoa
Jun 03, 2012 Kazoa rated it it was amazing
Decided to read the manga since I've seen the Korean Drama based on this series, and I have to say I really like the manga. It's a cute series to read :)
an
Apr 18, 2011 an rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
kebiasaan baca komik jepang, baca komik korea berasa ga alus gambar na. dan sesuai dengan gambar na, cerita na pun ga alus alias ga datar. :D
Kadie D♥
Nov 10, 2011 Kadie D♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Starting today I am going to start with this series.
It looks promising and I already like it very much!
Laureen
Mar 24, 2012 Laureen rated it liked it
I liked it cuz I saw the Korean tv drama and liked it. I found myself chuckling out loud at times :)
Christy Yoon
Dec 12, 2014 Christy Yoon rated it really liked it
This graphic novel was explaining a realistic situation where Korea still had kings and queens in the modern world. Chae-Kyung is the protagonist who has married the crown-prince Shin, in order to earn money for her family. The two don't get along very well, but their relationship will probably get better as the series goes on. Overall, I found this was an okay book, which I would recommend. I would be hard to understand all the palaces and how the royal family and Korean culture in this book if ...more
Christyn
3.5 Stars

This is a reread for me but since I don’t really remember reading it in the first place, I can’t really make any comparisons to my reading it then to my reading it now. Goong is set in an alternate version of Korea - which I thought was very interesting - I look forward to seeing how this is used in future books. This is really an introduction book - setting the stage and I haven’t really made up my mind with it, it’s too early - though I think it’s something I could really enjoy. And
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Sandy
Apr 26, 2011 Sandy rated it really liked it
You can see from the summary that Goong answers the "What If" question. What if Korea still had a monarchy and the prince heir to the throne attended a regular high school. Not the high school persons of his status attend filled with rich kids and kids that belong to important dignitaries but a regular high school filled with normal students. What If the prince had to choose a bride or be stuck with whoever his parents choose and what if who his parents choose think he's a total jerk and he thin ...more
yyyasmin
I started reading this 8 years ago when I was 15 (dem I'm old), but stopped because I couldn't find the scanlation and the bookstore never seemed to sell this series anyway. So, how did I feel about this book?

Suffice it to say that this is, hands down, the best book/series in the romance genre. I wanted to say manga, but this is manhwa, and to say that it's the best romance manhwa would do it no justice, as I've read tons of shoujo manga and Goong even manages to beat Hana Yori Dango (in my opin
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Caroline
Aug 05, 2009 Caroline rated it really liked it
From the gorgeous quality of the art in here, it's not surprising that SoHee Park was a manhwa major in college (I wish you could do that here!), and the story is quite funny.
It's very formulaic, though the author is extremely willing to make fun of the formula. Set in an alternate reality where Korea is still a monarchy, the heroine, Chae-Kyoyng, goes to the same school as the crown prince. Though she is a normal schoolgirl, her grandfather made a promise to the late king that his granddaughter
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Rach
Sep 23, 2013 Rach rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, 2013, korean
As anyone following me may know, I have a slight obsession with Korean dramas. My favorite actress is Yoon Eun Hye, so when I heard that her drama Goong was based on a Korean manhwa, I knew I had to read the original.

So far, I'm really enjoying the art, and getting introduced to the characters as well. At this point, we've only gotten a glimpse of who Chae Kyung and Prince Shin are, and have barely been introduced to Shin's cousin, Prince Yul, who already thinks Chae Kyung is cute, even though h
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Kate
Oct 16, 2013 Kate rated it really liked it
Goong: The Royal Palace is my third foray into Korean graphic novels (manhwa), and I am so glad that I decided to give another manhwa series a chance (the other two series - Bride of the Water God and 100% Perfect Girl - just didn't connect for me). It took me some time to get used to the art style, which is quite different from Japanese manga. I also wasn't used to reading 'unflipped' graphic novels. Japanese graphic novels read right to left, but apparently manhwa reads in the same direction a ...more
Z
Mar 09, 2013 Z rated it it was amazing
Goong- The Royal Palace Yen Press, 2006., 208 pp. So Hee Park ISBN 978-89-527-4487-6


Although this graphic novel was a quick read it was still really fun and interesting. The way the author, So Hee represents the characters with her drawings gives us a better picture to imagine in our minds. Some of the stuff one of the main characters, Chae- Kyung does is really surprising but that’s what makes it so catching and really gets our attention.

Goong is about a prince who goes to highschool that nee
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Celia
Jun 03, 2012 Celia rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
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Shafeen Fatima
Nov 09, 2015 Shafeen Fatima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
I was a little hesitant to read this because I had no idea what a manhwa was. I still remember when I looked at it and though about how long it was and how complicated it looked. But, I read it and it is now my favorite love story EVER! This series is about Chae-Kyung a girl who loves food and a little slow. She has to marry a stoic prince, Lee-Shin. When they aren't screaming at each other they make fun of each other or act really awkward. Of course the inhabitants in the palace don't make it e ...more
Pasteldelimón
Jan 19, 2013 Pasteldelimón rated it liked it
Es una historia shoujo, no esperen excesiva originalidad, pero es bonita (por algo es uno de los manhwa más famosillos). Vi primero el dorama y hay dos cosas que son interesantes sobre ambas versiones: 1) el que expliquen un poquitín sobre cómo funciona(ba) la estructura social de la monarquía en Corea y 2)que es un pelito más enredoso que los dramas comunes de adolescencia, porque acá ya tienen qué lidiar con un matrimonio.

La protagonista es muy linda... bobalicona a la manera de Tsukino Usagi
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Bonny
Jul 05, 2014 Bonny rated it really liked it
Shelves: manhwa
Park So Hee is a wonderful artist. I loved seeing all of the traditional attire of Korean royalty. So detailed and beautifully drawn. I really enjoyed the series as a whole. There were some chapters that felt like torture though. So Hee has a certain style of illustrating everyday emotions in such a hilarious manner. So creative and spot-on.
Esraa Ghannam
A teenager find her self in an arranged marriage with the crown prince which known to be an absolute jerk . after the marriage they find themselves struggling to discover their true feelings.
this manhwa by park so hee have been made into an adorable TV drama, I've enjoyed it so much ~
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Sana
Jan 09, 2016 Sana rated it really liked it
Shelves: cute, manhwa
I just found the paperback manhwa at my library. I hope they get the rest of it. I remember watching some of the Korean show a couple years ago, but I think both versions are pretty good. I look forward to finishing the series, it's pretty funny.
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