Popular Korean drama Hospital Ship has not only given us dramatic rescues and romantic high tides, it has also highlighted some interesting connections to two other hit dramas, Heirs and Secret Garden. Did you notice? Are they mere coincidences? Let's check them out!

Heirs and Secret Garden are two of the most popular dramas in recent years. Their connections to Hospital Ship center around its lead stars Ha Ji Won and Kang Min Hyuk.

1. Apparently Ha Ji Won and Kang Min Hyuk have the same father!

In Secret Garden, actor Jung In Ki played Gil Ra Im (Ha Ji Won)'s father, a courageous firefighter. He now plays the father to handsome Dr. Kwak Hyun (Kang Min Hyuk) in another poignant performance in Hospital Ship.

(from Secret Garden)

2. What happened to Ha Ji Won's snooty future mother-in-law in Secret Garden?

Actress Park Joon Geum is now young Dr. Kim Jae Geol (Lee Seo Won)'s mother, and this time she would be more than delighted to have Dr. Song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) as her daughter-in-law.

(from Secret Garden

(from Hospital Ship)

3. Park Joon Geum has cornered the market for mean mothers!

She was also Kim Tan (Lee Min Ho)'s officially registered mother in Heirs, and was quite mean and scheming.

(from Heirs)

4. The girlfriend that fans don't want!

Actress Wang Ji Won played Kim Won (Choi Jin Hyuk)'s arranged wife-to-be in Heirs. Now she shows up as Dr. Kwak Hyun (Kang Min Hyuk)'s ex-girlfriend who would do anything to get him back.

(from Heirs)

(from Hospital Ship)

5. Some people are born to be tycoons!

Remember the Kim brothers' controlling father in Heirs? Actor Jung Dong Hwan now appears in a cameo as the father to an injured wealthy heir (Jo Hyun Jae) in Hospital Ship's first episode. 

(from Heirs)

6. Perhaps by now you're wondering why there are so many connections with Heirs

They seem to surround actor Choi Jin Hyuk, who played Lee Min Ho's half brother in Heirs. He was offered the role of Dr. Kwak Hyun in Hospital Ship but turned it down.

 Kang Min Hyuk saved the day by accepting the role!

The cute actor with an irresistible smile was perfect as a high-school student in Heirs, and he won the New Star Award for his performance. He is now all grown up — Kang Min Huyk is actually 26 now (27 in Korean age) and plays 30-year-old Dr. Kwak Hyun, who falls for Dr. Song Eun Jae (Ha Ji Won) in the medical drama.

Don't you think they look good together?


Hospital Ship

Starring Ha Ji Won and Kang Min Hyuk

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There are actually some other connections on Hospital Ship. What else have you noticed?

BTW, Happy 4th anniversary of Heirs!

~ NancyZdramaland

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