Saimdang, Light’s Diary

Saimdang, Light’s Diary (2017)

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What deep, dark secrets are hidden in the diary? Seo Ji Yoon is a modern-day art history professor who happens to stumble upon the secret diary of Shin Saimdang (1504-1551), a Korean artist, writer, calligraphist and poet who was the mother of Yi I, one of the two most prominent Korean Confucian scholars during the Joseon Dynasty. The diary sheds new information on the life of Saimdang and her relationship with Lee read moreGyeom, a painter, calligrapher and musician who was a childhood sweetheart and soulmate of Saimdang. Will the diary help Ji Yoon unravel the mysteries surrounding a painting of an unknown woman from the Joseon Dynasty?

  • Native title:

    사임당, 빛의 일기
  • Also Known as:

    Saimdang, the Herstory; Saimdang, Bitui Ilgi;

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    etcetera 3 days ago - edited

    i really hate it when they cut the drama short for whatever reason. worst it happens to the drama that i reaallyyy like. seriously. some characters in episode 24 were neglected and i do not like that(i hope they explain in the remaining episode). then suddenly u have 1 full episode of the modern day. we're left with only 3 episode they better not ruin the ending urgh! the last few episodes are the crucial part, it s a terrible terrible idea to cut it down now. it would have been better if they had edited earlier. still, i love this drama!!!!

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    Betty_Boop 4 days ago - edited

    why they need to cut the last 2 remaining epi? not even a bad drama.. tsk..

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    joannesmith 5 days ago
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    chloe 5 days ago

    i swear all the episodes always leave me emo

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    NewKDramaAddict 5 days ago
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    sonya 6 days ago - edited

    They cut two episodes because people stopped watching. Does that mean they changed some plotpoints or did they simply cut scenes? I hope there is some closure to the story..

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    Zomaya 8 days ago
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    OliviaThamara 9 days ago - edited

    I watched like 4 eps like a month ago lol....but is Song Seung Heon going to be in it a lot later on? And if he does, what episode does he start to appear a lot?

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      Zomaya 8 days ago
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      OliviaThamara 8 days ago

      Okok thank you :). I wish they would rarely switch to the present story haha because that's when I get bored.

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      Zomaya 7 days ago

      No problem :) Same goes for me! I don't really understand why it's there at all.

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      joannesmith 6 days ago

      I'm hearin ya Olivia....this show would have been to have him in front of the camera more often and earlier and scenes where they can interact with each other...whether historical or present day storylines. He's been very active in latter half of episodes.

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    Gulsan 10 days ago - edited
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      Neel1902 10 days ago
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      Gulsan 10 days ago

      Thx for answering :)

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    namopanik 15 days ago - edited

    You guys mentioned there's little screentime devoted to Saimdang being an artist and too much of usual nonsense. Is it still valid? I'm stuck at ep 5 for weeks and looking for some encouragement to continue.

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      etcetera 14 days ago - edited

      in the earlier episodes yes coz she's lost the will to paint but in the later episodes they developed her artistic side. i dont know to what extent these people wanna see her grow as an artist but as of now i like how everything is placed. and i wouldnt say "nonsense" coz that "nonsense" is critical for the drama else the drama would be really boring.

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      namopanik 14 days ago - edited

      Sorry. By nonsense I meant all that mother in law side eyeing her modern self when she innocently does some translation side by side with her handsome younger colleauge (former student?) and making her scenes, jealous rival doing her silly plots to separate her and her fiance, her husband... everything that could have happened in every other modern makjang/family drama and/or historical drama with palace intrigues without a need of using a name of a famous artist.
      I'm looking forward to further episodes then.

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      3ngin33r 12 days ago

      The ratings are down as well leading to episode cuts

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      joannesmith 6 days ago

      just noticing that the number of episode is 28 instead of 30, did they start cutting and i missed it?

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    joannesmith 18 days ago
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    Neel1902 18 days ago - edited

    never seen such useless character like the princess. really hate her.

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      joannesmith 18 days ago
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      etcetera 14 days ago

      coz she is so full of herself. she doesnt need to showcase her talent lol

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    sekar 18 days ago - edited

    Getting me frustrated, lack of depth definitely. and guess what??10 more episodes left!! waste of time!! i keep watching and watching for story development but i've got nothing beside stupid husband and cool heart saimdang!

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    Amanda 22 days ago - edited

    I don't know why some people think this is boring... I think it might take some 3 episodes to really get into this drama, but it's good so far (I'm 9 episodes in)... some unbelievable parts aside (remembering things from 20 years ago like it was yesterday), it keeps me entertained and wanting to know what's going to happen to the characters.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 21 days ago

      I'm not bored with it - I'm disappointed in the story lines. & also with some of the blatant stupidity the writers are using to fill the story instead of, you know, creative writing. I really wanted to see her grow as a painter, how she managed despite the opposition from her society. Instead, oops, another sageuk full of palace intrigue etc ~sigh~

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      Amanda 21 days ago

      I'm still on episode 11 so I'm not catch up with everything. I agree that it'd be much better to have character developments instead of palace intrigues and can-do-no-wrong-female-protagonist. I'm still waiting for her to go back to paiting. Still, I care enough for the characters to stick around and see where this is going. Usually I drop a drama without looking back if it has nothing to hook me, so something must be working to keep me around... even if it's just Song Seung Heon's face :P

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 21 days ago

      The characters are awesome with believable character development :D I've not definitively dropped this for the same reasons you give :D

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      joannesmith 19 days ago - edited
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    Neel1902 22 days ago - edited

    Very beautiful platonic love relationship! I want to see more of SSH in modern era. please bring him in the front now! only teasers are frustrating now.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 21 days ago
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      Neel1902 21 days ago

      Haha! i know right? its wrong to say platonic but sadly it is only that until now.

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      joannesmith 19 days ago
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Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    28
  • Aired:

    Jan 26, 2017 to May 4, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    SBS
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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    7.7 (scored by 196 users)
  • Ranked:

    #12289
  • Popularity:

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