The Heirs

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  • Drama: The Heirs / The Inheritors
  • Revised romanization: Wangkwoneul Sseuryeoneunja, Keumugyeruel Kyeondyeora – Sangsokjadeul
  • Hangul: 왕관을 쓰려는자, 그무게를 견뎌라-상속자들
  • Director: Kang Shin-Hyo, Boo Sung-Chul
  • Writer: Kim Eun-Sook
  • Network: SBS
  • Episodes: 20
  • Release Date: October 9 – December 12, 2013
  • Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55
  • Genre: Romance
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot Synopsis by AsianWiki Staff ©

“The Heirs” depicts the friendships, rivalries and love lives of young, rich heirs led by Kim Tan (Lee Min-Ho) and a girl named Cha Eun-Sang (Park Shin-Hye). Unlike the others, Cha Eun-Sang is considered ordinary and comes from a poor background.

18-year-old Cha Eun-Sang lives with her mother who is mute. Her mother works as a housekeeper and Eun-Sang also works part-time jobs to help out. One day, Eun-Sang’s older sister (Yoon Jin-Seo) calls from the U.S. and informs them that she will marry. Eun-Sang’s mother then asks Eun-Sang to send her older sister some money from her savings account. Eun-Sang isn’t happy with her situation and decides to go to the U.S. herself to see if she can start a better life with her sister.

When Eun-Sang arrives in California she is in for a shock. Her older sister lives in a filthy home with a deadbeat boyfriend who seems violent. Her sister is also not getting married or going to school and works full-time as a waitress. When Eun-Sang finally tracks down her sister working at a beach front restaurant, she takes the money Eun-Sang brought for her wedding and leaves without even saying goodbye. Eun-Sang’s dreams of starting a better life in America quickly vanishes and she crumbles to the ground in tears.

Meanwhile, Kim Tan is not your typical high school student, but a handsome and wealthy Korean heir to a large conglomeration. He is sitting out on the patio of the beach front restaurant, watching everything unfold between Eun-Sang and her sister. Kim Tan’s American friend then sees a ziplock bag with a powdery substance fall out of Eun-Sang’s suitcase and runs over to scoop it up. Kim Tan knows immediately that the ziplock bag doesn’t contain drugs, but rather powder grain to make traditional Korean drinks. Soon, Eun-Sang runs off after Kim Tan’s friend and Kim Tan goes to help Eun-Sang. When the dust is settled, Eun-Sang walks out of a police station and her passport is temporarily confiscated. With nowhere to go for Eun-Sang, Kim Tan offers to let her stay at his home. Although they seem to come from different worlds, they quickly develop a rapport for each other. But, when Kim Tan is at school, Eun-Sang meets a girl named Rachel (Kim Ji-Won). Rachel informs Eun-Sang that she is Kim Tan’s fiance and she demands that Eun-Sang leaves his home immediately. Eventually, Eun-Sang returns to South Korea.

Kim Tan now feels nothing but emptiness after Eun-Sang’s departure. He decides to go back to Korea even though his older stepbrother Won (Choi Jin-Hyuk) strongly opposes his return. When Kim Tan gets back to his luxurious mansion like home, he sees someone briefly that resembles Eun-Sang. Kim Tan goes to his mother Ki-Ae (Kim Sung-Ryoung) and asks about the unfamiliar, but familiar girl that he briefly saw. His mother tells him that the girl is their housekeeper’s daughter and her name is Cha Eun-Sang. She’s also staying in their home.


  1. “The Heirs” takes over the Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “The Master’s Sun” and followed by “My Love From the Star” in December, 2013.
  2. Singer/actor Jung Yong-Hwa from Kpop group “CN BLUE” was originally cast as one of the main supporting characters, but dropped out of the project. According to his management company FNC Entertainment, differences between between production company Hwa & Dam Pictures and FNC Entertainment over Jung Yong-Hwa‘s character could not be mutually satisfied.
  3. First script reading took place August 5, 2013 at SBS Production Center in Ilsan, South Korea. The first script reading took more than 4 hours to complete.
  4. Filming for “The Heirs” moves to the United States in September, 2013 for a 3 week period. Actor Lee Min-Ho left for the United States on September 2 & Park Shin-Hye on September 6. Filming began on location in the United States on September 8, 2013. First scene filmed took place at an almond farm in California with Lee Min-Ho & Park Shin-Hye. Filming will take place around Los Angeles, California, including beaches in Malibu, as well as other locations.
  5. Actor Lee Min-Ho sings a song for “The Heirs” OST. The title of the song is “Painful Love” (literal title of “Ahpeun Sarang”). The song describes Lee Min-Ho‘s character Kim Tan’s emotions as he abandons everything for the women he loves. The song will be released on December 4, 2013 through various Korean online music sites.


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  1. first script reading August 5, 2013 at SBS Production Center
  2. first day of filming for Park Shin-Hye (Aug.16 @ wedding hall in Gangnam, Seoul)
  3. first day of filming for Lee Min-Ho (Aug.22 @ Paju, South Korea)
  4. first day of filming for Kim Woo-Bin (Aug.16 @ wedding hall in Gangnam, Seoul)
  5. first day of filming for Kim Ji-Won (Aug.23 @ Incheon International Airport)
  6. first day of filming for Krystal (Aug.17 @ high school in Seongdong District, Seoul)
  7. first scene with Lee Min-Ho & Park Shin-Hye (Aug.22 @ Paju, South Korea)
  8. first scene filmed in the United States (Sept.8 @ almond farm in California)
  9. first scene between Park Shin-Hye & Kim Woo-Bin (Aug 27 @ convenience store Jongno District, Seoul)
  10. Lee Min-Ho as Kim Tan (Sept.15 @ Redlands University, California)
  11. Lee Min-Ho as Kim Tan (Sept.17 @ Malibu Beach, California)
  12. Park Shin-Hye and Kang Min-Hyuk (Sept.12 @ CityWalk, Hollywood)
  13. Lee Min-Ho & Park Shin-Hye (Sept.16 @ Huntington Beach, Orange County)
  14. Lee Min-Ho & Park Shin-Hye (Sept.22 @ Balboa Park, San Diego)
  15. Array

Episode Ratings

Date Episode TNmS AGB
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2013-10-09 1 9.9% (13th) 12.0% (5th) 11.6% (7th) 13.1% (6th)
2013-10-10 2 11.2% (13th) 13.4% (5th) 10.5% (11th) 11.8% (9th)
2013-10-16 3 10.9% (9th) 13.9% (4th) 10.6% (10th) 11.8% (6th)
2013-10-17 4 12.4% (8th) 15.2% (4th) 11.5% (10th) 12.7% (7th)
2013-10-23 5 12.2% (9th) 15.6% (3rd) 11.4% (8th) 12.8% (7th)
2013-10-24 6 13.9% (5th) 17.9% (3rd) 13.5% (6th) 14.8% (5th)
2013-10-30 7 12.9% (8th) 16.2% (3rd) 12.1% (8th) 13.1% (7th)
2013-10-31 8 14.1% (4th) 17.6% (2nd) 13.1% (5th) 14.1% (4th)
2013-11-06 9 13.3% (6th) 16.6% (3rd) 13.4% (6th) 15.3% (6th)
2013-11-07 10 14.3% (4th) 17.9% (2nd) 15.3% (5th) 17.2% (4th)
2013-11-13 11 13.9% (4th) 17.1% (3rd) 15.4% (6th) 16.8% (5th)
2013-11-14 12 14.0% (5th) 17.8% (4th) 15.9% (5th) 17.5% (4th)
2013-11-20 13 18.2% (3rd) 22.1% (1st) 20.6% (2nd) 22.7% (1st)
2013-11-21 14 19.4% (2nd) 23.4% (2nd) 22.1% (2nd) 24.6% (1st)
2013-11-27 15 18.2% (4th) 22.7% (1st) 19.8% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd)
2013-11-28 16 20.2% (2nd) 23.8% (1st) 21.1% (2nd) 23.2% (2nd)
2013-12-04 17 21.4% (2nd) 27.6% (1st) 21.4% (2nd) 23.4% (2nd)
2013-12-05 18 21.8% (2nd) 27.3% (1st) 23.9% (2nd) 26.5% (1st)
2013-12-11 19 22.5% (2nd) 28.5% (1st) 24.3% (2nd) 27.0% (1st)
2013-12-12 20 23.5% (2nd) 27.9% (1st) 25.6% (2nd) 28.6% (1st)

Source: TNS Media Korea & AGB Nielson

  • NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 TV programs (including news, sports, variety, etc.) for that day according to TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson.


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