Would I Date Him? The King: Eternal Monarch

This time on “Would I Date Him?” I reflect upon the leading man from the series The King: Eternal Monarch.

Our candidate: The King: Eternal Monarch’s King Lee Gon, portrayed by Lee Min Ho, finds a parallel world being leveraged by the traitorous uncle that killed his father and almost killed him 24 years prior.

Lee Min Ho, one of my cadre of cuties, chose this series to return to kdramas after a three-year hiatus and completing military service. Lee Min Ho starred in Boys Over Flowers, the first kdrama I watched. I’ve watched most of the kdramas he’s starred in.

Background. King Lee Gon and his traitorous uncle both possess half of the magical flute that allows them to travel between the Kingdom of Corea where Lee Gon rules and the Republic of Korea where the traitorous uncle plots a second coup to wrest control of the magic flute from Lee Gon. When Lee Gon travels to Korea he meets Detective Jung Tae Eul (Kim Go Eun) whose badge he’s had since the night of the coup. He falls for her.

His pluses:
SMART. Lee Gon had a heck of a brain. It was appealing. His scientific thought processes deciphered the mystery of the travel between the parallel worlds, the doppelgangers, and his uncle’s plan. He may not have the right answer initially but he determined an effective countermove. Though continually challenged, he was never defeated.
HONEST. Lee Gon told it like it was to the people that mattered. Yes, there were times when kept things to himself, but he shared when the time was right.
YOU WANT TO HANG WITH HIM. Lee Gon was considerate, polite, fair, yet had an edge when needed. I’d support him not only as king but as a political leader. I’d drink and dine with him. He can cook too!
NEVER GAVE UP ON LOVE. Lee Gon refused to let the odds defeat his chance at love. The woman he loved lived in the parallel world. Initially she wasn’t interested in him. But time and shared experiences forged a bond of friendship and love. But the path to forever was fraught with obstacles that Lee Gon refused to bow to.

His minuses:
DIDN’T WANT OTHERS TO RISK FOR HIM. Lee Gon didn’t want his love or friends to put themselves in jeopardy or he wanted to control how much jeopardy they encountered. But they refused to listen, knowing no one should solve this alone and carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.

Is he my next date?
👍 YES, while Lee Gon’s physical package was superior, his mind and heart were equally appealing. He was kind, considerate, protective, and fought against evil using his brains and brawn. I’d be willing to dally in his world and date.

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11 comments on “Would I Date Him? The King: Eternal Monarch
  1. beezrtp says:

    In a hot second – YES! But I have to add had the question been about Jo Yeong that would be a hot millisecond but he’d have to come with Eu sub’s personality when it’s just us two alone. 😆

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  2. DramaDazed says:

    I like the quiet life, so would admire, even hero worship, this King from afar while looking for someone with similar qualities not in the spotlight. One of my favorite qualities of his, a definite wish for my own date, is his quick witted sense of humor. In my mind, each of the good guy male leads had some appealing quality. Sin Jae’s sadness made me feel sad. Good analysis kjt.

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    • One of my favorite qualities of his, a definite wish for my own date, is his quick witted sense of humor
      Good point. Who doesn’t want a guy that makes you smile?

      In my mind, each of the good guy male leads had some appealing quality. Sin Jae’s sadness made me feel sad.
      Sometimes I do a “Date Him” for secondary leads but Jo Young and Shin Jae didn’t seem sufficiently formed characters to do so, even though I liked both of them (Shin Jae tugged my heart strings too).

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  3. Table122000 says:

    I’d definitely date him, Lee Gon is just so sweet and supportive. (Not to mention very handsome) I don’t think I’d be able to say “No” if he asked me out. But I would have reservations about the long term since he is a king living under the fishbowl scrutiny. Not sure I could handle that type of life and pressure.

    On a different note, Woo Do Hwan announced today that he is leaving for military duty on July 6, 2020 so The King:Eternal Monarch was his farewell project. I’m glad he got the chance to show off his acting skills with his dual role in this drama. I’ll miss seeing him on my screen and hope he stays safe and healthy during his military tour of duty.
    https://www.soompi.com/article/1408772wpp/woo-do-hwan-announces-military-enlistment-with-handwritten-letter

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    • Jane Tilly says:

      Thanks for the Woo Do Hwan update. He will be missed, but we can look forward to his return.

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    • beezrtp says:

      Oh wow. As I was reading the article, it hit me what a time to have to be in close quarters with a large group. But then I had more questions like “Is it more hazardous or safer to go into the military right now? What happens as soldiers go on leave to visit their parents/families and potentially bring back Cobvid19? Or is the S.K. military prepared and placing soldiers returning from leave in 14-day quarantine?” Basically, I’m trying to express that I hope he’s safe. And also it’s got to be a scary time to enter the military when the North is kicking up dust.

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    • Thank you for the article. The hand written note was a nice touch by Woo Do Hwan. I will miss him.

      But I would have reservations about the long term since he is a king living under the fishbowl scrutiny. Not sure I could handle that type of life and pressure.
      Being the the spotlight would present challenges.

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  4. Jane Tilly says:

    Despite Gon having it all: handsome, smart and sweet, my initial thought was no, as I would not want to deal with palace politics. BUT THEN I recalled Gon was pretty fierce about defending his woman and his tenacity in making things work and decided he is WELL WORTH dealing with palace politics … which might be a piece of cake with Lady Noh on your side.

    Besides, I 💗 time travel and would really dig time travel dating.

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