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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    namopanik 19 hours ago

    I'm starting to think it would be better in a movie format.

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    joannesmith 7 days ago - edited

    I really don't like casting of the female lead because she is too old for the part against Song Seung Huen. She looks dowdy in more than half the episodes as the historical Saimdang. She's like 6-7 yrs older than SSH and its compounded by the camera filming.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 3 days ago

      Are you nuts? That woman is drop dead gorgeous - does NOT look dowdy, never has & I daresay never will. How ridiculous. You wouldn't know this at all if you couldn't look up their ages! Honey, you are aging just like the rest of us, & I'm SURE you can't hold a candle to Lee Young Ae & never will, no matter her age or yours! LOL LOL LOL

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      joannesmith 3 days ago

      Wow, 2 differing opinions. That never happens on these boards...right? The only difference being that yours includes a personal attack since I don't share your opinion.

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 3 days ago

      I feel your statement was ageist and illogical. Sorry. That actress does not look her age at all. Why you think she looks haggard is beyond understanding. Obviously most of Korea begs to differ.

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      etcetera 3 days ago - edited

      she fits her character very well. her beauty, her poise. also shes supposed to be poor in this drama, they cant possibly doll her up or in other word shes supposed to be"dowdy" as what u may say it. maybe the casting for male lead is too young. but i have no problem with them in this drama. theyre so good together. and yeah she does not look her age at all

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    DianaCarvalho 7 days ago

    I love it so much, It's my favorite drama airing <33

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    Emily 11 days ago - edited

    Ep 14 was so frustrating with the hidden Saimdang portrait. Like, lady, COULD YOU BE MORE OBVIOUS ABOUT WHERE IT'S HIDDEN!? Argh. I'm still loving this though. Read the entire Wikipedia page on Korean paper earlier. Go figure.

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      namopanik 8 days ago - edited

      Woah, paper armor. Cool.
      But fun fact coming: if the Wikipedia article is to be believed (and if I undestand it correctly), then a process of paper making in Flower in Prison is not historically accurate! They were using sieves in that drama, like the one used for making old Western paper and leaving this pattern of ribs on the sheet. Ha, I knew the texture should be different and now I know why.

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    Neel1902 13 days ago

    just dont bring whieumdang and min chi hyung in modern era. that would be disaster for the story.

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    Rath 14 days ago - edited

    "You may be a bright butterfly on the outside, but you are still an insect on the inside" the burn xD
    Saimdang waited for the perfect time to say this.

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    Simona 15 days ago

    Well, putting this back on my PTW list. Will check it out when it finishes airing! I actually only added this on my CW list because I saw the cute rich son from Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim had a supporting role in this. But I don't think I love him enough (yet) to go through a drama if it isn't good enough (^o^)

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    bmore 16 days ago - edited

    Nothing new in this. I was expecting more given the enormous amount of attention, hype, and huge delays building up to this drama. I also expected some exciting research and treasure hunts in the future to give this thing a more modern feel, but it just seems to be going with the same old same old tried and true sageuk which is taking up 90% of the story.... nasty people in power stepping on the poor and downtrodden and winning all the time. Pure and perfect heroine fighting the good fight, always taking the high road. Everyone NOT saying what should have been said years ago thereby building up more (fake) tension and upset...and not forgetting our psycho wanna be girlfriend ( I wish the Ministry of Banishment in the censorship dept could banish that irritating cliche!!!) :) NOTHING new or fresh in any of this.

    It is lovely to look at, but I find myself walking away to do things (put a load in the dryer, get a soda or coffee, go to the bathroom, whatever) and not even bothering to pause it. It's depressing to think we are not even halfway through this thing yet! I am fighting to stay focused and hopeful. It's rare I will start a drama and not finish it. But. Ratings are dropping in Korea too. Down from 16% to 10%. That is especially not good since that audience is far more sageuk mad than the international audience. News stories say they are "re-editing it for a "much more engaging and impactful viewing experience", but that alone is very bad news. smh in discouragement.

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      Kizzofdeath 13 days ago

      thank for the review u posted i feel the same way.. :(

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      TeleriFerchNyfain 3 days ago
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      bmore 3 days ago
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      joannesmith 15 hours ago - edited

      Yeah, her husband...i don't think they realize how repelling of a character he is...everytime they show him it reminds me she's had sex with him at least enough times to map to the number of kids she's had. lol

      I also think they spent way too much time on the whole school thing and the mothers club only to have it result in her kid being pulled out of school and being put back to work doing chores. I understand is showcased some of Lee Gyeom's personality and style of teaching, but i think all could have been done in 1 ep. There were a couple of episodes that after i watched, i wondered if anything happened to move the story forward.

      Anyway, it is starting to become more compelling in the last 2 eps mostly due to Song Seung Huen having more screen time and his character having more time with her.

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    MinKate 18 days ago - edited

    Am I the only one who is acc enjoying this? I mean yes the story line itself is very slow-paced, but I'm still enjoying it despite that XD

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      Emily 17 days ago

      Came here to say exactly that. I'm still thoroughly enjoying every episode. I usually get bored of dramas faster than other people, but I'm still pretty captivated by this one~

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      MinKate 16 days ago

      Yes,same here~

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    sekar 19 days ago
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    Neel1902 20 days ago - edited
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      Kizzofdeath 19 days ago
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      Neel1902 18 days ago

      yes I felt its going on slow and boring way. but I have problem of giving up on dramas so I continued watching. I saw preview for ep 13 at the end of ep.12 . they didnt show his face but the photographer looks hottie. cant wait to see who he is.

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      Kizzofdeath 18 days ago

      hahaha okey thanks...

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      sonya 13 days ago

      That's weird because the student that is helping modern Saimdang is the one playing young Lee Gyeom.. idk

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      Neel1902 13 days ago

      Yes they had definately made it weird. but Seung Heon has appeared in modern era as photographer named Rade. i guess they suggesting faces can be similar but persons are different in modern times.

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    Rath 20 days ago

    "You pathetic thing" I waited for this xD

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    displacedmoon 26 days ago

    I know they have to pace the story in order to fill 30 episodes, but the drama is becoming slower than molasses. I wish they'd split the time more evenly between the past and present. At this point, the present scenes have become far more interesting. Perhaps because we're only getting snippets, making me want to see more.

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    Emily 26 days ago

    I can't wait for next week's episodes! That preview *-*

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    Kdramerzzz 27 days ago

    Ep 8 and 9 are a good episodes to build up next weeks ep. Excited to watch next week after the preview of ep 10.


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

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    7.8 (scored by 153 users)
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