K-Culture: Hwayugi – The Origin


I’m not living under a rock nor am I a starfish but I have to admit that I never heard of the famous Chinese novel Journey to the West before Hwayugi made its premiere. I didn’t even realize Lee Seung-gi’s variety show, New Journey to the West, has the same concept.

Because ignorance is not an excuse in this digital age, I decided to write this feature for everyone who’s curious about the origin of this latest K-drama hit!

Historical Context

Hwayugi (A Korean Odyssey) has modernized the plot of Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, which is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. The novel is based on the real historical records about a monk named Xuanzang. It was believed Xuanzang gallivanted throughout the Indian subcontinent in pursuit of Buddhism knowledge. He recorded his journey in the book called Great Tang Records on the Western Regions.

Journey to West…

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