When Taejong is reminiscing with his old friend Yi Sookbun, he mentions that he raised a camp at Granghwamun in protest of his father. I assume that this referred to GWanghwamun, which was the main entrance to the royal palace in the Joseon days (Gwanghwamun Gate is the landmark that was severely damaged by fire several weeks ago). But I couldn't find any English-language reference to exactly when and why this protest occurred.
Also in the episode, Choongnyeong praises Yun Hwe as "more brilliant a tactician than Suh Hui of Goguryeo." Could not find anything about anybody named Suh Hui.
So my humble apologies; I like to try to fill in the background on these kinds of references but totally struck out this time. Anybody have anything on either of these?
You might have to type a variation , Like Soo Hui, or something like that.
FOr my first couple of years watching historical dramas, i couldn;t find anything, because the transliteration from the dramas was often different than other hisorical writings...such as Jang Nok Soo rather than Chang Nok Soo or Wongkon as opposed to Wang Guhn.
Concerning Taejong's camp at Gwanghwamun, I guess it's during his first or second coup, aka princes' power struggles.
And Suh Hui or Seo Hui (942-998) is one of best diplomatic officials of Goryeo (Not Goguryeo) dynasty during Goryeo-Kithan War. In Wikipedia, his name is just briefly mentioned in the article about General Gang Gam Chan.
In 993, the Liao Dynasty ordered General Xiao Sunning to invade Goryeo. The opinions among the court officials were divided, either to fight against the Khitans or to negotiate with them. Kang supported the use of negotiations, which was also supported by the king as the official decision. Seo Hui was sent to Gen. Xiao as Korean representative, and the successful truce negotiation led to the withdrawal of Khitan forces and establishment of friendly relationship between Liao and Goryeo.
One more note : I forgot to tell a stuff yesterday.
When I was in Seoul, I heard that Empress CheonChu would be the next historical drama after GKS. Chae Shi Ra (Madame Jami in EOS) is possibly starred as the notorious Empress in Goryeo history and Lee Duk Hwa(Archfiend in AOW and Xue Ren Gui in DJY) probably as General Gang Gam Chan. Therefore, you will certainly see Suh Hee also in that drama.
florel, thanks so much for setting me straight. In the news reports that I saw, they always called the gate Sungnyemun, so I obviously got the two location names for it mixed up (probably from seeing the photo of the other gate under restoration). And thanks for the alternate spelling, too. That explains the confusion: the subtitles said that he was from Goguryeo, but he lived during the Koryo years, not the Goguryeo years. Here's a very interesting little article that I found that provides some good information about Seo Hui, and in fact why he's particularly relevant to the current GKS storyline about northern territorial expansion: