A series based on a real person in Korean history, Suh, Jang-geum.




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Series cast summary:
 Seo Jang-Geum (50 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Kang Deok-Gu (49 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Min Jeong-ho (48 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Court Lady Min (47 episodes, 2003-2004)
 NaJudaek (47 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Lee Yeon-Saeng (44 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Chang-Yi (44 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Court Lady Choi (43 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Eunuch (43 episodes, 2003-2004)
 King Jungjong (42 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Choi Pan-Sul (41 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Choi Geum-young (40 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Yoon Young-roh (36 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Queen Munjeong (30 episodes, 2004)
 Attendant court lady Han (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Dr. Jeong Woon-Baek (28 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Shinbi (23 episodes, 2004)
 Dr. Shin Ik-Phil (23 episodes, 2004)
 Prime Minister, Oh Gyeom-Ho (23 episodes, 2003-2004)
 Dr. Jang-Deok (22 episodes, 2004)


The story of Suh, Jang-geum, who struggles in life begins with being the child of fugitives, to being a Court Lady of the Royal Kitchen, to becoming the first Female Royal Physician. This show that could be shown on the Soap Opera Channel, History Channel, Food Channel, and Medical Channel at the same time! This is based on a REAL character in Korean History. Written by JP Paulus

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Release Date:

13 September 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

A Jewel in the Palace  »

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(episodes 1-54)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script originally included a kissing scene between Seo Jang-geum and Min Jung-ho, but Yeong-ae Lee, who plays Jang-geum, felt it wasn't necessary and that the drama did not need such scenes in order to generate viewer ratings. Hence the scene was removed. See more »


Woman Dr. Jang-Deok: As a maid for Imperial Officers, you must learn to give up!
Jang-Geum Seo: I'll tell you this: no-one can ever persuade me to give up! I will never give up!
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Spin-off Jang Geum ieui Kkum (2005) See more »

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timeless epic work of art
9 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

from the score, which i couldn't get out of my head .. to the story, the acting.. this is a first class epic tale of a character from Korea's history This series was so good i watched it twice in a row.. and it's 54 hours long! I have never seen anything better come out of Hollywood. I'd have to give this 15 stars out of 10! "Yi Dong" is another epic tale worth watching if you like this.. or if you liked yi dong then jewel in the palace is even better! Wow! what an epic classic!! I will watch this again for sure. "Jewel In The Palace" / "Dae Jang Geum" got me hooked on Korean drama! what a find! .. i thought i had seen everything the tube had to offer.. then i find Korean drama! wow!!!!!! These Korean drama's only come with subtitles.. but few episodes in.. i don't even notice them. With subtitles however you should try to watch when there are few distractions.. careful tho.. one or two hours in.. and you start to get addicted!

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