Jewel in the Palace

Jewel in the Palace (2003)

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About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Based on a true story about a legendary girl, Jang Geum, who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times. Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated society, Jang Geum overcame a series of social discrimination and landed herself as a read moreroyal cook, later becoming the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. She was even given by the king the title "The Great Jang Geum." The story of her checkered life on her success and breakdown as well as her love story beautifully unfold.

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    Dae Jang Geum; Great Jang Geum;

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Oct 11, 2012
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  • Music 9.0
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Not too many dramas I've watched over 50 episode; hell, over 30 episodes. But, watching this one was simply a privilege! It had been on my watch queue for a very long time and once in a awhile I get into these must watch historical drama moods! Lo and behold, 5 days later, I completed this drama and now I am simply in love with Ji Jin Hee!! This was my first read more drama watching him as well as Lee Yeong-Ae who seems to be quite famous in her time. The love story between their characters; Sir Min and Jang Geum is simply one of the most romantic stories I've ever seen! The chemistry, the portrayal of these characters by the actors was simply amazing!! Amazing! Amazing!! I loved the story, it helped peak my interesting in learning more about the art of food and healing. It truly was a well told story with beautiful cinematography! This is a 2003 drama so if you are new to dramas, it will seem very different than the more modern ones; however, after watching this tremendous jewel, I now know what the ratings during its broadcast times was well into the 50% range! Excellent! Excellent! Stupendous! I will never forget this love story ever!
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Jun 11, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
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The very first sageuk drama I have ever experienced. I can’t believe I was able to finish all those episodes along with my PARENTS. Yes. I hooked my parents into the Kdrama world with this show. If my parents loved this, then I’m betting you would too.

Jang Geum is not an ordinary drama because it was actually based in real life. In history, she is known to be a palace cook read more turned into royal physician but of course, like all history books made drama, producers has their ways in tweaking with the story line so a lot may have been changed. Setting that thought aside, I have enjoyed all 60 episodes of Jang Geum because in every episode, there are always different conflicts. In which will be solved on the next episode or the next. It keeps me on my toes and I just couldn’t help but get addicted to it. I like the thought that Jang Geum had great mentors so she could become the person whom the king trusted her to be. Then she also had different support systems: mainly King Jungjong, Capt. Min Jung Ho (the love interest), Yeon Saeng (her best friend), Lady Han Baek Young (her mentor) having this people around her she was able to survive the harsh world within the palace. Set things straight and become the Dae (meaning great) Jang Geum that she is known up to this date.

Oh and yeah, not to forget the romantic moments between Jang Geum and Jung Ho. Watching them in all those lovey-dovey moments was worth every tears I’ve shed for this drama.
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Same director and male lead, and an interesting female lead. All of the historical beauty in Jewel in the Palace you can find in Dong Yi.
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    Zig 21 days ago - edited

    This drama was the beginning of Thai people's craze about Korean dramas hahaha

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    Maryam 27 days ago
    Reveal Spoiler »
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    titisi May 4, 2017 - edited

    they should do a remake though

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      namopanik May 8, 2017

      what's wrong with that version? does it feel dated?

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      titisi May 8, 2017

      yes cinematography wise

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    Maryam May 2, 2017

    should i watch this? whats bothering me is the amount of eps and the fact that its made in 2003. i love historical though. so confused!

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    sekar Apr 30, 2017

    one of the best ending saeguk drama I've ever watched beside the moon that embrace the sun. I totally satisfied and recommended if you are looking for happy ending saeguk drama!!

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    AmauryLindy Feb 20, 2017

    How can anyone sit through this? I went up to episode 6 and there is nooo way I'm going any further it's so trash lol. Every episode she's getting bullied over and over again so repetitive that it kills me, the only difference is how the bullying gets worse each episode so stupid. It's not fun or interesting to watch 6 episodes in and still have never seen the shadow of the main guy, she does one thing right then someone else takes the credit and then she takes all the blame for someone else's mistakes it's like really? Also why does everyone hate her smh the old lady's do for no reason the little girls do for no reason it's just tiresome to watch and boring wouldn't recommend this to anyone idk how people could actually enjoy watching someone get bullied for 6 episodes straight and not one good/interesting thing happen.

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    Mary28 Jan 24, 2017 - edited

    Honestly, this drama annoyed me in so many places not because it was bad but it was inevitable because people are just cruel, greedy, irrational, untrustworthy, Reckless, complex beings. I kept complaining and I was like why am I putting myself through this. But the story, the cast, the plot was really well developed and put together. It's pretty slow, but honestly you can't rush greatness. Also this is the best love i'm not going to call it romance, but beautiful love i have ever watched in Korea dramas. It was just so deep, and this has the most loyal friendships btw two girls I've watched. Have to rewatch it again this really has some good life lessons and decision making skills. While watching it my ratings bounced from a 7 to a 7.5 to a 7 to a 8 and like straight to a 9.

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    OliCT Jan 17, 2017

    I just finished it and now I know why this drama was part of the korean wave. It was perfectly made. I never got bored throughout the 54 episodes. I have to say that this is the best historical drama I've ever watched. I had to force myself to finish the last 2 episodes of Queen Seon Deok, stopped around episode 40 for Six Flying Dragons, and got tired of Dong Yi after 25 episodes. This is the only 50+ eps historical drama that I was able to finish with no problems :). You guys have to watch it!

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    OliCT Jan 8, 2017 - edited

    Ji Jinhee first appears in episode 6 in case any of you are wondering hahaha because I sure was lol.

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    Akaisora Jan 5, 2017 - edited

    How's the romance in this one? A strong point of the plot, a sideplot, or none at all? One suitor, two suitors, harem? xD

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      OliCT Jan 15, 2017 - edited

      A Sideplot. It developed veryyyy slowly lol. However I really liked the romance between the two. It's mostly about their romance from around episode 49-54. They are so cute together ㅠㅡㅠ.

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    sagark Dec 28, 2016 - edited

    is it happy ending or sad

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    nungibulik Dec 5, 2016

    one of my first kdramas (watched it with turkish dubs) which I enjoyed very much...never got draggy, a great classic and a must-watch! 9.5/10

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    Skiarian Nov 18, 2016 - edited

    I've never watched it but the theme song is so iconic that I remember my childhood when played...

    This is one of those things every East Asian has pretty much watched (or heard if you were too young, like me)

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      redxxxcrimson Nov 19, 2016

      IKR.... me too I was looking for this drama forgetting it's name ; and found it today by chance ..I was so happy . I saw some episodes in my childhood and it got stuck in my memory so glad that I found it

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    Lili Oct 22, 2016 - edited

    Guys ! I'm having a hard time moving on since my favorite drama ever ended (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds) . Should I give this one a try? Got admit the amount of episodes scares me lol

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      Violeta Nov 13, 2016

      You should give this drama a try... I'm currently watching it and I'm totally in love with it.

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    iamsarah Oct 17, 2016

    This is the best drama ever. This was so great,the cast, the plot, the chemistry, and the loyalty, everything. I love you Dae Jang Geum this is an unforgettable drama and I recommend it to all. I just finished it but I want to watch it all over again.


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    South Korea
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    Sep 15, 2003 to Mar 23, 2004
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    8.7 (scored by 3,240 users)
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