River Where The Moon Rises – Cast & Summary

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River Where The Moon Rises - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

A historical Korean drama, River Where The Moon Rises, made its release period from February 15, 2021, to  April 20, 2021.

This drama actually is an adaptation of a folk tale called Tale of On Dal. This folk tale contains a historical record called Samguk Sagi (The History of Three Kingdoms of Korea).

Initially, this drama is starred by Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, Lee Ji Hoon, and Choi Yu Hwa.

But after Ji Soo got involved in some controversial issues, he dropped out from this drama. His role then was replaced by Na In Woo.

The female lead, Kim So Hyun, had starred in Love Alarm (2019) and The Tale of Nokdu (2019) before starring this drama.

Meanwhile, the male lead, Na In Woo, had become the main actor for Yeonnam Family (2019), Mr. Queen (2020), and The Jinx’s Lover (2021).

Lee Ji Hoon had starred in Woman of 9.9 Billion (2019) and Dinner Mate (2020). The other main character, Choi Yoo Hwa also had starred in Class of Lies (2019) and My Dangerous Wife (2020).

River Where The Moon Rises was aired on KBS2 at 21:30 KST every Monday and Tuesday and replaced the schedule of Royal Secret Agent.

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River Where The Moon Rises - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review


  • Title: River Where The Moon Rises / 달이 뜨는 강
  • Also Known As: Cut by the Heart / Pyeongkang / Cut to the Heart / Cut From the Heart / The Moon Rising River / Moonlit River / Dalyi Ddeuneun Gang / Dali Tteuneun Gang / Maeume Beida / 마음에 베이다
  • Genre: History
  • Country: South Korea
  • Director: Yun Sang Ho
  • Producer: Jo Yoon Jung
  • Screenwriter: Han Ji Hoon
  • Production Companies: Victory Contents
  • Network: KBS2
  • Episodes: 20
  • Air Dates: February 15, 2021 – April 20, 2021
  • Air Time: Monday and Tuesday, 21:30 KST

Synopsis of River Where The Moon Rises

This drama is a classic Goguryeo history, where in this drama, there is a love life between Princess Pyeonggang (Kim So Hyun) and also On Dal (Na In Woo).

Princess Pyeonggang is actually a real princess. Even so, she has been raised as a brave soldier of Goguryeo.

As a soldier, she also owns another name, Yeom Ga Jin. She also has a strong desire to bring back the victory of Goguryeo.

Pyeonggang is really an ambitious woman, and she really wants to be the first queen of Goguryeo.

But unfortunately, Princess Pyeonggang uses another way to reach her dream by using On Dal’s feelings toward her.

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Main Cast

River Where The Moon Rises - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Kim So Hyun as Pyeong Gang / Yeom Ga Jin

A princess of Goguryeo who has an ambitious and brave personality. She becomes a soldier since she was born and her ambition is to be the first Goguryeo’s queen.

River Where The Moon Rises - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Na In Woo as On Dal

This young gentleman loves peace more than anything. He is genuine and sincere. But because of his feeling toward Pyeonggang, he prioritizes her safety over her principle to be a peace maker.

Lee Ji Hoon as Go Geon

Lee Ji Hoon as Go Geon

A perfect young gentleman, handsome face, charismatic aura, and a lot of talents. He wants Princess Pyeonggang to be his woman and ready to do anything to reach it.

Choi Yoo Hwa as Hae Mo Yong

Choi Yoo Hwa as Hae Mo Yong

Similar to Pyeonggang, she wants to take control of Goguryeo as she wants. She falls in love with Go Geon.

Supporting Cast

Royal Palace

  • Kim Pub Lae as King Pyeongwon
  • Cha Kwangsoo as Jin Pil
  • Kim Jung Young as Lady Gongson 
  • Son Woo Hyuk as Head Eunuch
  • Ahn Shin Woo as Kim Pyeong Ji
  • Wang Bit Na as Queen Jin
  • Ki Eun Se as Royal Consort Hyeon
  • Kwon Hwa Woon as Prince Go Won
  • Park Sang Hoon as young Prince Go Won

Ghost village (Sunno Tribe)

  • Kang Haneul as General On Hyeop
  • Hwang Younghee as Lady Sa
  • Jung Wook as Sa Woon Am
  • Kim Dong Young as Sa Pung Gae
  • Kim Hyun Bin as young Sa Pung Gae
  • Oh Ah Rin as Wol Yi
  • Yoon Ah Jeong as Hong Mae
  • Lee Sang Chan as Seok Gu
  • Won Woo as Pil Gu

Gyeru Tribe

  • Lee Hae Young as Go Won Pyo
  • Yoon Joo Man as Go Sang Cheol

Sono Tribe

  • Jung In Gyeom as Hae Ji Wol

Jeollo Tribe

  • Jasper Cho as Wol Gwang


  • Han Jae Young as Du Jung Seo
  • Ryu Ui Hyun as Tarasan
  • Kim Hee Jung as Tarajin
  • Moon Jin Seung as Ma Tae Mo
  • Jung Eun Pyo as Yeom Deuk

Silla Kingdom

  • Kim Bum Suk as Kim Cha Seung
  • Kim Seung Soo as Jinheung of Silla


  • Jung Dong Geun as Il Yeong
  • Jo Bok Rae
  • Ji Soo as On Dal (ep. 1-6)

OST (Original Soundtrack)

  • Becomes Someone’s – Zia
  • Tears of the Moon – Kang Tae Kwan
  • Against The Wind – Ahn Ye Eun
  • This Is My Way – Na Yoon Kwon
  • You Are My Destiny – Lily lily

Trailer of River Where The Moon Rises