Jewel in the Palace is based on the true story of Jang-geum, the first female royal physician of the Joseon Dynasty. Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated societyJang Geum (Lee Young Ae) overcomes a series of social discrimination and lands herself as a royal cook, later she becomes the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king.
- Original title: Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)
- Title: Jewel in the Palace / Dae Jang Geum / Great Jang Geum
- Broadcast period: 15 Sep 2003 to 23 Mar 2004
- Broadcast network: MBC
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# Title: 대장금(大長今) / Dae-jang-geum
# Also known as: Jewel in the Palace / Great Jang Geum
# Broadcast network: MB
Year Aired: 2003-2004
Genre : Real Life Drama, Historical
* Chief Producer: Jo Joong Hyun
* Director: Lee Byung Hoon
* Writer: Kim Young Hyun
Jewel in the Palace Starring Lee Young Ae and Ji Jin Hee
Jewel in the Palace, also known as Dae Jang Geum, is the first blockbuster among the historical series from Korea. Jewel preceded both Jumong and Yisan and achieved record breaking audiences during 2003-2004, when over 50% of Korean households would watch when airing. This series is arguably also the first successful historical feminist drama, retelling Jang Geum's rice to riches story during the Chosun Dynasty 500 years ago.
Jewel is the real story of Jang Geum, a young girl who, from a lower caste in a highly hierarchical and male dominated society, is the first woman to become the King's supreme royal physician. This story takes place during the Chosun Dynasty, and exemplifies the timeless qualities of hard work, endurance and "working the system". Behind her tragic and sad stories, her naiveté and childish eyes, lies a truly ambitious working girl with a 21st century mindset, with complete disregard for glass ceilings and social discrimination. See how Jang Geum goes from being a virtually abandoned child to getting a cooking position at the palace to losing the cooking position to studying medicine and becoming the King's doctor. It's 70 episodes of rooting for the underdog and, apart from a couple of tear jerking moments, a touching and feel-good story.
Min, Jung-Ho (Acted by Ji, Jin-Hee)
While he was working at a city hall, he encounters Jang-Geum and helps her get a golden pheasant. And this puts him a serious trouble where he even risks his own life. He's an outstanding scholar who combines both learning and the martial arts. He is a learned man with both good looks and high intelligence. He is left a widower soon after marriage, and volunteers to be on night duty which naturally brings him close to Jang-Geum. Admiring Jang-Geum's wisdom and passion for learning, he helps her in many ways and falls in love with her. But his love for Jang-Geum also puts him in a lot of trouble.
|Choi, Geum-Young (Acted by Hong, Li-Na)|
She enters the royal palace with Jang-Geum and becomes her long-time rival. She is an arrogant girl burning with ambitions and uses her beauty as a bait. Despite the disparity in social standing, ever since she was little, she has loved Jung-Ho but her love is never returned. She competes with Jang-Geum to become the best royal cook.
Jewel in the Palace - Onara Theme Song (Korean Original version)