Drama Awards’ past Daesang winners

The Drama Awards hosted by the tv networks were not always the popularity contest that they seem to be today. Of course, the success of the drama was important in deciding whether an actor would receive an award. (Many of the Daesang winners came from those who starred in the highest-rated TV dramas.) But just as equally important was the actual acting talent displayed by the actor in the drama. You don’t believe me? Look at the past Daesang (Grand Prize) winners below, and see how they read like a list of the acting powerhouses of Korea.

I remember the exact point when this started to change, and I mostly blame SBS for taking the lead in making the change. It first happened in 1998 when SBS awarded Kim Hee Sun the Daesang for her role in the wildly popular drama series Mister Q. Umm, yup, that’s right – Kim Hee Sun! I don’t think I need to elaborate further on why this was so very wrong. The second milestone happened in 2001 when SBS awarded the Daesang to both Kang Soo Yeon and Jeon In Hwa, and thereby setting the precedent for having multiple Daesang recipients in a given year.

With earnest desire that there be no further crazy outcomes happening at the Drama Awards shows this year and at those to come (at least in the Daesang category), here is a complete list of all the past Drama Awards Daesang winners.


1987: Im Dong Jin (Land/토지)
1988: Ban Hyo Jung (Land/토지)
1989: Go Doo Shim (Fetters of Love/사랑의 굴레)
1990: Yoo In Chon (The Time of Ambition/야망의 세월)
1991: Lee Nak Hoon (Velvet Grass of the Old Days/옛날의 금잔디)
1992: Oh Hyun Kyung (TV Art of War/TV 손자병법)
1993: Ha Hee Ra (Dawn/먼동)
1994: Lee Duk Hwa (Han Myung Hoe/한명회)
1995: Na Moon Hee (Even When the Wind Blows/바람은 불어도)
1996: Kang Bu Ja (Bathhouse Men/목욕탕집 남자들)
1997: Yoo Dong Geun (Tears of the Dragon/용의 눈물)
1998: Choi Soo Jong (The Legend of Ambition/야망의 전설)
1999: Chae Si Ra (King and Queen/왕과 비)
2000: Kim Young Chul (Taejo Wang Geon/태조 왕건)
2001: Choi Soo Jong (Taejo Wang Geon/태조 왕건)
2002: Yoo Dong Geun (Empress Myung Sung/명성왕후)
2003: Kim Hye Soo (Jang Hee Bin/장희빈)
2004: Go Doo Shim (More Beautiful than a Flower/꽃보다 아름다워)
2005: Kim Myung Min (The Immortal Lee Soon-shin/불멸의 이순신)
2006: Ha Ji Won (Hwang Jin Yi/황진이)
2007: Choi Soo Jong (Dae Jo Young/대조영)
2008: Kim Hya Ja (Mom’s Dead Upset/엄마가 뿔났다)
2009: Lee Byung Hun (Iris/아이리스)
2010: Jang Hyuk (Chuno/추노)


1985: Kim Yong Rim (Flame Grass/억새풀)
1986: Kim Su Mi (Diary of a Rural Village/전원일기)
1987: Lee Duk Hwa (Love and Ambition/사랑과 야망)
1988: Kim Hye Ja (Sand Castle/모래성)
1989: Won Mi Kyung (A Happy Woman/행복한 여자)
1990: Go Doo Shim (Dancing Gayageum/춤추는 가얏고)
1991: Kim Hee Ae (There Over the Hill/산너머 저쪽)
1992: Kim Hye Ja (What is Love/사랑이 뭐길래)
1993: Kim Hee Ae (The Son and the Daughter/아들과 딸)
1994: Chae Si Ra (The Moon of Seoul/서울의 달)
1995: Chae Si Ra (My Son’s Woman/아들의 여자)
1996: Kim Hye Soo (Pairing/짝)
1997: Choi Jin Shil (Star In My Heart/별은 내 가슴에)
1998: Kim Ji Soo (See and See Again/보고 또 보고)
1999: Kim Hye Ja (Rose and the Bean Sprouts/장미와 콩나물)
2000: Jeon Gwang Ryul (Heo Joon/허준)
2001: Cha In Pyo (Her House/그 여자네 집)
2002: Jang Seo Hee (Miss Mermaid/인어아가씨)
2003: Lee Young Ae (Dae Jang Geum/대장금)
2004: Go Doo Shim (Ode to Han River/한강수타령)
2005: Kim Sun Ah (My Name is Kim Sam Soon/내 이름은 김삼순)
2006: Song Il Gook (Jumong/주몽)
2007: Bae Yong Joon (Legend/태왕사신기)
2008: Kim Myung Min (Beethoven Virus/베토밴 바이러스) & Song Seung Hun (East of Eden/에덴의 동쪽)
2009: Go Hyun Jung (Queen Seon Deok/선덕여왕)
2010: Han Hyo Joo (Dong Yi/동이) & Kim Nam Joo (Queen of Reversals/역전의 여왕)


1993: Lee Mi Sook (How About Your Husband/댁의 남편은 어떠십니까)
1994: Choi Myung Gil (Marriage/결혼)
1995: Choi Min Soo (Sandglass/모래시계)
1996: Park Geun Hyung (The River of Brotherhood/형제의 강)
1997: No winner (Award show cancelled because of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.)
1998: Kim Hee Sun (Mister Q/미스터Q)
1999: Shim Eun Ha (Trap of Youth/청춘의 덫)
2000: Go Doo Shim (Duk Yi/덕이)
2001: Kang Soo Yeon & Jeon In Hwa (Ladies of the Palace/여인천하)
2002: Ahn Jae Mo (Rustic Period/야인시대)
2003: Lee Byung Hun (All In/올인)
2004: Park Shin Yang & Kim Jung Eun (Lovers in Paris/파리의 연인)
2005: Jeon Do Yeon (Lovers in Prague/프라하의 연인)
2006: Han Hye Sook (Dear Heaven/하늘이시여)
2007: Kim Hee Ae (My Man’s Woman/내 남자의 여자) & Park Shin Yang (War of Money/쩐의 전쟁)
2008: Moon Geun Young (The Painter of the Wind/바람의 화원)
2009: Jang Seo Hee (Temptation of Wife/아내의 유혹)
2010: Go Hyun Jung (Daemul/대물)

Multiple Daesang Winners

Five-time winner:
Go Doo Shim (KBS – 1989, 2004; MBC – 1990, 2004; SBS – 2000)

Four-time winner:
Kim Hye Ja (KBS – 2008; MBC – 1988, 1992, 1999)

Three-time winners:
Chae Si Ra (KBS – 1999; MBC – 1994, 1995)
Choi Soo Jong (KBS – 1998, 2001, 2007)
Kim Hee Ae (MBC – 1991, 1993; SBS – 2007)

Two-time winners:
Go Hyun Jung (MBC – 2009; SBS – 2010)
Jang Seo Hee (MBC – 2002; SBS – 2009)
Kim Hye Soo (KBS – 2003; MBC 2006)
Kim Myung Min  (KBS – 2005; MBC – 2008)
Lee Duk Hwa  (KBS – 1994; MBC – 1987)
Park Shin Yang  (SBS – 2004, 2007)
Yoo Dong Geun  (KBS – 1997, 2002)

Updated: Jan. 1, 2011

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4 Responses to Drama Awards’ past Daesang winners

  1. shirley says:

    hope you have a great holiday! thanks for this list …it used to be the most exciting moments for me to hear who earned the daesang .and i was so happy that year for go do shim who took two daesang among the three stations! .and kim myung min win at KBS make me teared together with him on that night ! MGY win was something more emotional because i feel so much for her acting in painter of the wind (despite the drama going out of track towards the end) .i know she was so young and still have a long way to go before she should touch the daesang but that time .i teared as she cried on stage also . the past winners are names to be remembered ..yet now .i dun even really care too much since it is just a game sigh~ but still there will be winners i think truly deserved it .and i hope they win this year and i also hope the tv stations can do miracles for once and do justice again to the daesang

  2. Softy says:

    Oh good lord
    I just got thru telling bella I missed out on a lot of dramas then I clicked on this
    and looked thru the list going ” wow these titles are funny” then as I neared the end I realized I only saw one drama out of the whole list! My name is Kim Sam soon
    The only other one I can count as sort of watched is lovers in Paris while they were in Paris – lost interest in the last half. All this time I thought lee seung gi got the daesang for brilliant legacy and lee min ho for bof- boy was I wrong.
    What you wrote reminds me of the academy awards and how I feel about some questionable winners. Guess award ceremonies are the same in every country – some losers end up winning and some great actors end up losing – making you wonder what the judges were smokin that year.
    Great job blue for researching all these names and shows.
    Kim hee sun is one of the very few Korean names I learned so I could avoid her work. I saw just brief clips of her acting and I still have nightmares about it. Same for kim tae hee, I heard her speaking English on lawyers in harvard and my ears have yet to forgive me for subjecting them to that 3 minute clip.

  3. Alex says:

    What an interesting post especially seeing how many actors have won a daesang and then also seeing how many have won multiple daesangs.

  4. solbay2 says:

    Out of this long list, these are the shows I saw. (in dubbed versions, no less!)
    Hwang Jin Yi, Miss Mermaid, Dae Jang Geum, My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Jumong, Legend, All In, Lovers in Prague
    Ah, I remember the time I didn’t give damn whether the translation of dialogues are right, or if the name Eun-suh ended up being Jenny and Song-joo to Cholo. LOLOLOL

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