The Crowned Clown

The Crowned Clown

Other name: Gwanghae, Wangyidoen Namja, Ghwanghae, Man Became A King, Wangyi Doen Namja, Masquerade, Man Who Became King, 광해, 왕이 된 남자, Wangyidoen Namja, 成為王的男人, wang-i doin nam-ja, Gwang-hae, The Man Who Became King
Category: Korea Drama 2019
Genre(s): Historical, Romance, Drama, Political
Release: Jan 7, 2019 – Feb 26, 2019 Runtime: Monday, Tuesday
Episode(s): 16  Country: Korea
Broadcast: tvN Language: Korean Subtitle: English
Director(s): Kim Hee Won Writer(s): Shin Ha Eun, Kim Sung Deok
Cast: Yeo Jin Goo, Lee Se Young


Joseon is in a state of disorder due to uprisings and a power struggle surrounding King Lee Hun. To avoid assassination, a clown named Ha Sun is brought to the palace to take the place of King Lee Hun. Ha Sun looks almost identical to King Lee Hun.

When Ha Sun was a child, his parents died during an epidemic. Ha Sun almost died from starvation around that time, but he was saved by a group of clowns. Ha Sun grew up with the clowns and became one of them. During their performance, Ha Sun would play King Lee Hun due to their similar physical appearance. Now, Ha Sun is nervous that someone in the palace will find out he is not the real king. He falls for beautiful Queen Yoo So Woon.

The drama adaptation of “Masquerade”, is a story that takes inspiration from “The Prince and the Pauper” by Mark Twain.