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Alchemy Of Souls


Drama: Alchemy Of Souls Part 1 & Part 2
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Historical, Romance
Also known as: Return, Soul Marriage, Can This Person Be Translated, Light And Shadow (Part 2)
No of episodes: 20 (Part 1) 10 (Part 2)
Writers: Hong Jung-eun, Hong Mi-ran
Director: Park Joon-hwa
Network: tvN
Streaming platform: Netflix Rating: 5.9/10
Date: June 18 – August 28, 2022 (Part 1); December 10, 2022 (Part 2)

Alchemy Of Souls

tvN’s “Alchemy of Souls” is a two-part series about young mages in the fictional country of Daeho. They encounter and deal with a forbidden magic spell that allows for body switching. The story follows Naksu, an elite warrior trapped in the body of a blind woman named Mudeok, who is also the lost daughter of a powerful priestess. As she becomes the servant and teacher of a troublemaking noble, Jang Uk, romance develops between them as they work to break a curse. However, a villainous mage creates chaos and threatens their plans. The story continues in the second part, “Light and Shadow”.


  • Lee Jae-wook as Jang Uk

    Lee Jae-wook as Jang Uk
    Lee Jae-wook as Jang Uk
  • Jung So-min as Mudeok / Naksu / Jin Bu-yeon

    Jung So-min as Mudeok / Naksu / Jin Bu-yeon
    Jung So-min as Mudeok / Naksu / Jin Bu-yeon
  • Go Yoon-jung as Naksu

    Go Yoon-jung as Naksu
    Go Yoon-jung as Naksu
  • Hwang Min-hyun as Seo Yul

    Hwang Min-hyun as Seo Yul
    Hwang Min-hyun as Seo Yul
  • Shin Seung-ho as Crown Prince Go Won

    Shin Seung-ho as Crown Prince Go Won
    Shin Seung-ho as Crown Prince Go Won
  • Yoo In-soo as Park Dang-gu

    Yoo In-soo as Park Dang-gu
    Yoo In-soo as Park Dang-gu
  • Arin as Jin Cho-yeon

    Arin as Jin Cho-yeon
    Arin as Jin Cho-yeon

Nationwide TV Viewership Rating by Nielsen Korea- Updated: January 21, 2023

Rating South Korean
viewers in millions
Part 1
5.2% 2.294 1 June 18
5.8% 2.516 2 June 19
5.2% 2.275 3 June 25
6.8% 3.760 4 June 26
5.3% 2.321 5 July 2
6.6% 2.632 6 July 3
5.3% 2.347 7 July 9
6.8% 2.804 8 July 10
5.2% 2.416 9 July 16
6.9% 2.817 10 July 17
4.9% 2.305 11 July 23
7.0% 2.769 12 July 24
6.2% 2.564 13 July 30
7.6% 2.926 14 July 31
6.6% 2.680 15 Aug 6
7.4% 2.926 16 Aug 7
7.5% 2.815 17 Aug 20
9.2% 3.359 18 Aug 21
7.9% 2.984 19 Aug 27
9.2% 3.410 20 Aug 28
Rating South Korean
viewers in millions
Part 2
2022 – 2023
6.7% 2.648 1 December 10
7.7% 2.933 2 December 11
7.1% 2.812 3 December 17
8.4% 3.126 4 December 18
7.1% 2.676 5 December 24
8.2% 2.967 6 December 25
6.4% 2.518 7 December 31
8.6% 3.054 8 January 1
8.2% 2.871 9 January 7
9.6% 3.267 10 January 8

Source: Nielsen Korea

Drama Buzzworthy Rankings by Good Data- Updated: January 21, 2023

2022 Part 1 Jung
Minhyun Jo
Week 4
1st 3rd 6th 4th 5th 8th
Week 5
2nd 4th 6th 1st 7th 3rd
Week 1
2nd 3rd 5th 4th 9th 7th
Week 2
2nd 3rd 6th 10th 1st 2nd
Week 3
2nd 6th 8th 7th 5th 9th
Week 4
3rd 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
Week 1
3rd 6th 5th 7th 8th 9th
Week 2
3rd 4th 1st 2nd 7th 9th
Week 3
3rd 6th 10th 5th 6th 9th
Week 4
1st 1st 3rd 4th 7th 9th


2022 – 2023 Part 2 Lee Jae-wook Go Youn-jung Hwang Min-hyun Jo Jae-yoon
November Week 3 6th
November Week 4 5th
December Week 1 5th
December Week 2 2nd 6th 3rd
December Week 3 2nd 4th 3rd
December Week 4 2nd 2nd 3rd 5th
December Week 5 1st 1st 2nd 3rd 8th
January Week 1 1st 1st 2nd 3rd
January Week 2 2nd 1st 3rd 4th

Source: Good Data Korea

Netflix Worldwide: Non-English TV Rankings – Updated: January 21, 2023

Week Part 1 (2022) Rank Viewing hours
1 June 27 – July 3 5th 9,920,000
2 July 4-10 5th 12,310,000
3 July 11-17 5th 14,640,000
4 July 18-24 5th 15,760,000
5 July 25-31 4th 19,080,000
6 Aug 1-7 4th 20,100,000
7 Aug 8-14 4th 17,840,000
8 Aug 15-21 5th 18,040,000
9 Aug 22-28 3rd 28,590,000
10 Aug 29 – Sept 4 3rd 27,200,000
11 Sept 5-11 6th 16,840,000
12 Sept 12-18 10th 10,890,000
13 Sept 26 – Oct 2 8th 10,980,000
14 Oct 3-9 6th 9,780,000
15 Oct 10-16 7th 7,750,000
16 Dec 12 – 18 5th 13,500,000
17 Dec 18 – 25 8th 11,830,000
18 Dec 25 – Jan 1 2023 8th 10,830,000
19 Jan 1 – 7 8th 12,830,000
20 Jan 7 – 14 8th 11,630,000
21 Jan 14 – 21 8th 21,830,000

Source: Netflix Top 10

Alchemy Of Souls

Week Part 2 (2022-2023) Rank Viewing hours
1 Dec 12 – 18 6th 13,070,000
2 Dec 18 – 25 5th 15,060,000
3 Dec 26 – Jan 1 6th 17,170,000
4 Jan 2 – 8 6th 20,510,000
5 Jan 9 – 15 7th 14,980,00p
6 Jan 15 – 21 7th 13,680,00p

Source: Netflix Top 10

Awards to Alchemy Of Souls

  • Park Joon-hwa wins ‘Best Director‘ at the 2022 Korea Drama Awards
  • Lee Jae-wook wins ‘Global Excellence Award‘ at the 2022 Korea Drama Awards

Part 1 Offical posters from tvN: Alchemy Of Souls

Part 1 Offical posters from tvN
Part 1 Offical posters from tvN

Alchemy Of Souls -Part 2 official posters from tvN:

Part 2 posters from tvN
Part 2 posters from tvN

Part 1 teaser – Alchemy Of Souls

Alchemy Of Souls -Part 1 trailer 

Part 2 teaser – Alchemy Of Souls

Alchemy Of Souls -Part 2 trailer

50+ Quotes | Alchemy Of Souls Part 1 (2022)

“The star will appear soon. Then those leaving shall leave, and those returning shall return.” – Master Lee

“You are the King’s star who has been granted the power of the sky. This is not your end, Jang Uk.” – Master Lee

“What human would choose to give up on such powers?” – Jin Mu Alchemy Of Souls

“A man like you would never choose to do what she did. However, she did it for mankind. She did what was right.” – Uncle Park

“Does that mean that person becomes powerful?” – Kids Alchemy Of Souls

“That means it is a good thing. Well, I would not say it is necessarily always a good thing. With great power comes responsibility.” – Master Lee

“What are responsibilities?” – Kids

“It means you must also do things you do not wish to do, which can be very distressing and lonely.” – Master Lee

“How could you be willing to lose it all for a single drop of water?” – Mudeok/Naksu

“My pupil, you have lost all your energy.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“Master, you have returned to being just Mudeok.” – Jang Uk

“I do not mind since we are together.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“I witnessed how the desire to win that power made people violent and evil. It is only right not to awaken the ice stone’s power.” – Jang Uk

“No one can truly own the ice stone. You can only use its power.” – Jin Buyeon/Mudeok

“Overflowing power means you will not be able to control how much of it you use. Desire rain and you will get a flood. Desire wind and you will get a typhoon.” – Jin Buyeon/Mudeok

“What are you? A relic of Jinyowon?” – Naksu

“How dare a soul living off my body call me a relic?” – Jin Buyeon/Mudeok

“Why did you hide it?” – Jang Uk

“Because I wanted you to die.” – Mudeok/Naksu Alchemy Of Souls

“Then why did you come for me?” – Jang Uk

“Because I thought you would die.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“Your curiosity will put you in danger. If you become consumed by your curiosity for sorcery, its darkness will take over your soul and you could end up losing everything. Once that happens, it will be too late to go back.” – Jang Gang

“It took us over ten years to finally grasp this energy. But there are those who can do that from birth. Simply put, they are geniuses. But to the world, they seem reckless, unreliable, and even dangerous at times. That is because they are different from the rest of us.” – Master Lee

“Do not rush yourself. One day, you will feel the same feeling that you feel when a fish bites into a hook.” – Master Lee

“I should get injured as much as I can, as much as my master expects of me.” – Jang Uk

“Fighting is like a game of tug-of-war. Your opponent will pull if you feign letting your guard down. That is when you should strike.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“Uk may be losing but he is improving.” – Seo Yul Alchemy Of Souls

“All the pain that does not kill you will only make you stronger.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“Right now, it may seem insignificant but your energy will soon add up and your energy will be as awe-inspiring as Lake Gyeongcheondaeho.” – Mudeok/Naksu

“Is he trying to run before learning to walk?” – Master Lee

50+ Quotes | Alchemy Of Souls Part 2 (2022)

“He is a bright light that protects the world and she is a shadow that protects him by embracing the darkness surrounding him.” – Master Lee Alchemy Of Souls

“To the light that has saved the world, I shall now return your shadow. A light that embraces the shadow will never be lost in darkness.” – Jin Buyeon / Jin Seolran

“The country does not need a King who does not care whether or not the world burns to ashes. It needs a king who wishes to stop it.” – Jang Uk

  • “Have you really never dreamed of becoming the most powerful person in this world?” – Crown Prince
  • “I have already climbed to the very peak of this world with the person I made that promise with. That is more than enough for me.” – Jang Uk

“Evil always does what it wants without ever stopping. But why is it that virtue always needs to prove itself over and over again?” – Uncle Park

  • “Come to think of it. You have four names. You were born as Cho Yeong, but you grew up as the assassin Naksu. Then you lived as Mudeok and now you are Jin Buyeon.” – Master Lee
  • “I never had a chance to live with just one name.” – Jin Buyeon
  • “Which name shall I call you by?” – Master Lee
  • “The name that my parents gave me when I was born. I would like to be called Cho Yeong.” – Jin Buyeon

“You name means light and your name means shadow. Light and shadow. It may be that you two were fated to meet from the start.” – Master Lee

“You are right, Jang Uk. In a world where those with stremgth gain greater power, the weak will just perish.” – Jin Mu

“If someone powerful has everything they want and is immortal, what will become of this world?” – Uncle Park

“Buyeon’s soul has immense powers that even I fail to fathom.” – Master Lee

  • “The marks are only detectable from this close. I will decide what to do with you. No one else should know. Keep it in mind. Only I am allowed to come this close.” – Jang Uk
  • “Rain is necessary but it should not last forever. The sun is also necessary but it should set as well. And no one should stay powerful and live forever.” – Uncle Park
  • “I do not think that trying to protect such things is a sign of weakness. Rather, it is a sign of strength.” – Crown Prince

“The blue marks bloomed in her eyes like flowers.” – Jang Uk

“I have always wanted to stop. But right now, I do not.” – Jang Uk

“If I cannot be with Jang Uk because of the truth, I do not wish to find out.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

  • “Jang Uk does not fight for personal gain. But to protect those around him.” – Crown Prince
  • “Jang Uk will agonize over something bigger than the pain of losing a loved one.” – Master Lee

“Have faith in your daughter’s divine powers. I promise that I will bring it back.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

“If you win the fight, you could even become the King.” – Master Lee

“Not a single person will be able to walk out of here alive.” – Jang Uk

“Do you wish to keep the body alive through Naksu’s soul? Or you will keep your daughter’s soul and watch her die?” – Master Lee

“Naksu’s soul may still remain but she lost both her energy and memory.” – Master Lee

“I cannot reveal who I am due to a certain reason. But once you find out who I am, you definitely want to take me out of here.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

“No one can stop me from going anywhere. And I am used to feeling unwelcome.” – Jang Uk

“If my looks do not move you, consider my skills. You might need my help one day.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu Alchemy Of Souls

“It is much better for us to be tormented instead.” – Jang Uk

  • “Do you know how I felt when I decided to feign ignorance and leave her behind? I turned away with the knowledge that I must slay her if I acknowledged who she was.” – Jang Uk
  • “After you have been in enough pain, you should let go.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu
  • “The moment he got rid of my turtle, I decided to abandon him as well.” – Crown Prince
  • “Deciding whom to target and which path to take will always be painful and a burden.”

“I know that the sword in your hands reflects your grief, hatred, and rage.” – Crown Prince

“To stop yourself from wielding that sword at the world, you painstakingly suppressed and buried all those feelings inside.” – Crown Prince

“How can I protect the world when I could not even protect the one person I had sworn to keep safe?” – Jang Uk

“I am guilty of existing when I should not.” – Jang Uk

“My house has many rooms but none of them make me feel at home.” – Crown Prince

  • “You saved this turtle. A man like you can never be hopeless.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu
  • “You are a bad judge of character, but you do know how to comfort people.” – Crown Prince Alchemy Of Souls

“I plan to find my own room. I will find out who I really am and decorate my room with my own traits. I hope that makes it easier for you to find me.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

“So that is what you call fate. Something that humans cannot control.” – Master Lee Alchemy Of Souls

“Life is unpredictable, but you choose your own destiny. No matter how sweet or bitter it may be, you must taste it yourself and swallow it.” – Uncle Park

  • “I was expecting a tiger but bugs came instead.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu
  • “You never know what is in the rice cake until you bite into it.” – Park Danggu

“It is brazen to desire something without being willing to endure the pain.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

“A pain that does not kill me will eventually set me free.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

“The most tragic experience is to live your entire life regretting what you could have done. Please do not live that way.” – Seo Yul

“That splinter cannot be more painful than a sword through my chest.” – Jang Uk

“It will just be an outing, not an escape.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu

  • “What crime are you guilty of?” – Jang Uk
  • “Being alive. Existing in this world. I am guilty of existing in this world when I should not. I am someone who died a long time ago.” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu
  • “Why are you helping me? Why the change of heart?” – Jin Buyeon / Naksu
  • “Because we are guilty of the same crime. I am also guilty of existing when I should not.” – Jang Uk

“As a human, I should have died then and there.” – Jang Uk

  • “Do you think removing the ice stone would heal your wounded heart? But if you do that, you will die.” – Uncle Park
  • “At least, I will lift the weight off my shoulders and finally be at peace.” – Jang Uk Alchemy Of Souls

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