(Drama) Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in The Palace)

16 Feb

Dae Jang Geum (Hangul: 대장금; Hanja: 大長今; RR: Dae Jang-geum; MR: Tae Chang-gǔm; literally The Great Jang Geum, aired in the United States as Jewel in the Palace) is a 2003 TV series directed by Lee Byung Hoon and produced by South Korean TV channel MBC(Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation).

Also known as Jewel in the Palace
on the AZN Television broadcast
Genre Historical fiction
Format Television drama
Created by Kim Yeong-Hyeon
Starring Lee Young Ae
Ji Jin-Hee
Hong Ri-Na
Im Ho
Im Hyeon-Sik
Geum Bo-Ra
Yang Mi Kyeong
Gyeon Mi-Ri
Jo Kyeong-Hwan
Lee Hee-Do
Yeo Woon-kay
Park Yeong-Soo
Park Eun-Hye
Park Jung-Sook
Opening theme Changryong
Ending theme Onara
Country of origin South Korea
Language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 54
Executive producer(s)

Lee Byeong-Hoon
Director = Kim Keun Hong (김근홍)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approximately 1 Hour
Original channel MBC (South Korea)
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original run September 15, 2003 – March 30, 2004

Dang Jang Geum (Jewel in The Palace) focuses on the life of Jang-geum (played by Lee Young Ae), the first female royal physician in the Joseon Dynasty in Korea. The main theme is her perseverance, as well as the portrayal of traditional Korean culture, including Korean royal court cuisine and medicine.

Dae Jang Geum, is one of the most popular Korean drama of all time. Jewel in the Palace continues the popularity and addiction of Korean dramas which starts with dramas such as Winter Sonata and All About Eve.

Jewel in the Palace has also sparked tourism in Korea, with lots of visitors from all over the world visiting Korea. There is a dedicated Dae Jang Geum theme park where you can revisit the making of the drama.

Historical notes
Dae Jang-Geum was documented in the Annals of Joseon Dynasty, as well as a medical document of the time. However, descriptions and references of her were scarce and mostly brief. Many assert that Dae Jang-geum was the first female royal physician of the king in Korean history. Throughout the intervening five centuries, the Republic Of Korea’s Presidential physicians have been always male. An alternative explanation is that Dae Jang-Geum is merely a fictional figure drawn from various references of female doctors in the Annals. Dae Jang-geum is the only female physician to have been the King’s personal physician, and title of “Dae” (Great) was bestowed to her name (Dae Jang-Geum means Jang-Geum the Great).

Source : wikipedia.com


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