Poong, The Joseon Psychiatrist

poong the joseon psychiatrist kdramaSummary: Yoo Se Poong is a genius doctor and works at the palace but he gets blame for the death of the king. He has to leave Hanyang with a trauma that makes him unable to do acupuncture anymore. He then meets a town doctor who becomes his teacher and a widow who becomes his student.

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Genre: Period, Medical, Psychological
Episodes: 12
Stars: Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong
Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo
Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han




Likes: I love the theme of the drama. A psychiatrist during the Joseon era treating people who were sick in the mind and in the heart. I’m always curious how it was like in the olden days, just like how my grandma would tell stories during her times. I like how they made this one so light-hearted despite the psychological theme. It was funny, so relatable and family-focused, that you just wanted to be part of it. Such a heartwarming show!

Medical cases. Every episode focused on someone who has a medical condition, and that becomes the topic. Expanding the storyline  by taking on different cases makes every episode richer. And our leads trying to solve and treat every condition, dealing with difficult people in the process, was quite an adventure.

The plague. Seeing how the people in the past would handle epidemic is quite interesting. Harsher definitely. It made me think how lucky we are to be living now. We might have to go through strict lockdowns but at least we don’t get burned alive in quarantine. But that’s how it was like before. Cure was difficult to find. It was definitely a scarier time. And the psychological effect on people was pretty apparent too. However, what made it so different is that people in the past worked a lot as families. Hurdles like health or poverty were overcame a lot by being together.

The family. As I’ve mentioned above, family was very important. The Gyesu Village clinic family was such a happy one. They were not all blood-related but they were a family. I loved the warmth in that clinic. They help each other to treat the sick, they eat together, they joke with each other, protect each member, they all work happily for a common goal.



Our dear cast…

Kim Min Jae as Yoo Se Poong – I loved seeing Kim Min Jae in period dramas, this suits him so well. As a genius doctor who fell from grace due to his involvement in the death of the previous king, he did great! I like his haughty character, who’s also soft-hearted when it comes to people in need and those who are family to him. Just got to love the guy!

Kim Hyang Gi as Seo Eun Woo – she’s not the prettiest but she really fits well in this era. But the more I watched her, the more beautiful she had become. I also like her chemistry with Kim Mim Jae. Although, they were both too coy in this season, I just loved watching them together and I look forward for more romantic scenes next season.

Kim Sang Kyung as Gye Ji Han – I love this guy, he’s great! I like his father figure role here. He’s basically the head of the Gyesu Clinic and the robin hood of the village. He was very funny especially when he met the King but unaware he was the king, he gave him his honest diagnoses 😄.

Veteran’s cameo. Seeing veteran actor Ahn Nae Sang, who took the role of the previous king who died of poisoning in the first episode and Jang Hyun Sung, who took the role of Poong’s father,  and also died in the second episode, I thought, wow, we’ve got big actors here, this show would be promising.

Ending. The story of the poisoning of the king has been resolved and the bad guys had paid for it with their lives. Now we’ll move on. Having a second season seems to be a trend this year. Oh well, good news to us fans, we’ll be seeing more of Poong’s medical adventure. Hopefully, more romance too.

My Rating: 8 stars! (10 as highest)