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Secret Garden OST – I WANT

Over the past few weeks, I’ve become obsessed with one of SBS’s latest weekend dramas, 시크릿 가든 (Secret Garden), starring Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won. I heard from a few friends and teachers that it was pretty good, so I figured I’d give it a shot. It’s about Kim Joo-won, the grandson of a chaebol (a family-owned multinational corporation, e.g. Samsung), and his unlikely romance with Gil Ra-im, a hard-working stunt woman.

There are plenty of blogs and websites with descriptions and episode summaries, so I will link a few of my go-to sites if you’re interested in finding out more. They’re much better than anything I could write on this drama :P.

Yes, they switch bodies!

Here’s how I usually watch dramas:

  1. I watch the episodes on TV in Korean and understand about <8% of the dialogue (studying Korean fail) and most of the interactions and facial expressions. The series airs on SBS on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:00 (10:00pm).
  2. Then, I watch the episode again online with English subtitles on mysoju.com or in higher quality on dramafever.com (US and Canada only) once they’re posted. It usually takes a week or so before they are subbed and posted online. Sometimes sooner!
    Or, you can download the raw episode in Korean and find a compatible subtitle file (.srt) for that episode. It’s a bit more complicated, but the quality is much, much better. And these files are usually available quite soon after the episode airs. You need VLC or GOM Player to play the video and subtitles.
  3. Finally, I read the episode summary and commentaries on the latest episode.  I usually go to dramabeans.com because I enjoy reading their commentaries and I like their writing style. They’re also quite fast at posting episode recaps.

My co-teacher said that after taking all these steps, I must be an expert on Secret Garden ;).

Not only is the drama beautifully filmed and the acting sincere and emotional, the music is also pretty good. It sounds cheesy, but whenever I hear the songs while I’m walking around, it kind of warms my heart. I know, I’m such a sap. I can’t even believe I said that. But, it looks like I’m not the only fan of the Secret Garden OST – they’ve all SOLD OUT.

Secret Garden OST 2

Get the Secret Garden OST online:

Secret Garden OST 1

Secret Garden OST 2

Secret Garden OST 3

Secret Garden OST 4

Secret Garden OST 5

Listen to the songs on youtube:

  • 나타나 (김범수) – from Secret Garden OST Part 2
  • 이유 (신용재) – from Secret Garden OST Part 3
  • 그남자 (Hyun Bin’s version) – from Secret Garden OST 5

The final 2 episodes of the series will air this weekend. I’m anxiously awaiting the series finale!

Photos: from allkpop.com – Asia Economy via Daum, Korea Economy via Daum, Joy News 24 via Daum; Sports Chosun via Daum

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Goodbye 2010

I had a great year on this blog in 2010. I hope to write some more catch-up posts in the next couple weeks before I leave for vacation. Thanks everyone for reading, visiting, and commenting on the blog. I hope to be able to write some more interesting posts in 2011!

Hope 2011 is brings everyone great joy!

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