Sagas continue: farewells, warnings and boycotts

You don’t have to travel to Korea to see traditional royal palaces. Right under our nose stands Center for Korean Studies at the University of Manoa: a unique building with design influenced by Kyongbok Palace Throne Hall Kunjongjon where king’s coronation and court rituals were held.

There is a detached building also designed based on the Hyangwonjong Pavilion located in the middle of a lotus pond at Kyongbok Palace in Seoul. The Center for Korean Studies broke ground on July 1, 1974, and was completed in December 1979. You can visit the campus and visit the CKS and marvel at the Korean carpentry, painting and stonework.

Many materials were brought from Korea including the green tiles for the roofing. With all the colorful exterior painting, photos often turn out well so get those selfie sticks ready!

Weekly update:

‘The Legendary Witches’

Episodes 39 & 40 (Final episode)

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Woo-seok tells Chairman Ma that he’ll expose his wrongdoings. Soo-yin finally makes her decision and bids farewell to Woo-seok but he tells her he’d wait for her. Shinhwa Group copies Soo-yin’s gorosoe water bread and puts it out on the market. Today, 7:45 p.m.: Soo-yin and the girls expose Shinhwa Group for copying their gorosoe water bread. Ju-ran begs them for forgiveness, but they refuse to settle. Woo-seok leaves for Paris.

‘Root of the Throne’

Episodes 37 & 38

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Jung Do-jeon seeks proclamation from the King, urging him to officially announce Jung Mong-joo’s treason by displaying his head publicly. Bang-won orders Boon-yi to find out who’s putting up the flyers urging his death penalty. Yeon Hwang seeks out Jung Do-jeon. Scholars boycott the civil service exam and Bang-won sets out to persuade them. Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: the court officials and scholars are persuaded to return to their posts. Yeon-hee tells Boon-yi to keep her distance from Bang-won. Before departure, Bang-woo warns he will end his life if his whereabouts are discovered. Geumwol Temple’s chief reverend tells Lady Kang that her life will be cut short if Bang-seok doesn’t ascend the throne.


Episodes 19 & 20 (Final episode)

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Jin-woo sets the final stage to expose the truth. Suk-gyu senses that Su-bum is in imminent danger. Dong-ho sets out to search for Su-bum. Jin-woo presents the knife as evidence along with Detective Kwak’s testimony. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Jin-woo and In-ah give their all to bring down Ilho Group. Jin-woo asks Bae Chul-ju to testify, wanting to prevent any loopholes for Gyu-man. In-ah stands as a prosecutor in the trial. Hong Mu-seok tells Dong-ho and Prosecutor Tak, informing them that he has a lead that will bring Ilho down for good.

‘Identical Affairs’

Episode 47 & 48

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: On her way to meet Tae-seok, Jin-ri realizes she’s being followed by the detectives. She diverts their attention, giving Tae-seok time to escape. Jin-eon tells Hae-kang he will give her the ring when she’s ready. Hae-kang disappears, leaving a note saying that she’ll come back for the ring in a year. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Jin-eon walks into a restaurant and runs into Hae-kang. He finds out that she’s working there to help prove a friend’s innocence. Hae-kang finds Jin-eon drunk at his home and hears his true feelings. Tae-seok comes home physically sick and Jin-ri helps him to her bed. She runs into Jin-eon coming down the stairs.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or


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