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Saimdang, the Herstory 

Lee Young Ae (Jewel in the Palace) and Song Seung Hun (Autumn in My Heart, When a Man Loves) star in a historical drama about the untold story of the artist who defied the limitations of ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Yeong-ae Lee ...  Shin Saimdang / ... 28 episodes, 2017
Seo-Joon Lee Seo-Joon Lee ...  Yoo Min 28 episodes, 2017
Ji-Hyun Park Ji-Hyun Park 28 episodes, 2017
Jong-hwan Choi Jong-hwan Choi ...  King Jungjong / ... 26 episodes, 2017
Seung-heon Song ...  Lee Gyeom 24 episodes, 2017
Yun-a Oh Yun-a Oh ...  Whieumdang Choi 20 episodes, 2017
Da Hun Yun ...  Lee Won-Soo 20 episodes, 2017
Cheol-ho Choi Cheol-ho Choi ...  Min Chi-Hyung / ... 20 episodes, 2017
Joon Won Jung Joon Won Jung ...  Lee Hyun-Ryong 19 episodes, 2017
Park Jun-Myun Park Jun-Myun ...  Ko Hye-jung / ... 19 episodes, 2017
Soo-han Kang Soo-han Kang ...  Lee Sun 17 episodes, 2017
Se-Jong Yang Se-Jong Yang ...  Han Sang-Hyun / ... 16 episodes, 2017
Joon-hee Song Joon-hee Song ...  Lee Woo 15 episodes, 2017
Hae-sook Kim ...  Kim Jung-hee / ... 14 episodes, 2017
Seo-Kyung Jang Seo-Kyung Jang ...  Hyang-Yi 14 episodes, 2017


Lee Young Ae (Jewel in the Palace) and Song Seung Hun (Autumn in My Heart, When a Man Loves) star in a historical drama about the untold story of the artist who defied the limitations of her society and became a legend. Seo Ji Yoon (Lee Young Ae) is a Korean art history lecturer who discovers the diary of historical figure Shin Saimdang (also Lee Young Ae), an artist and mother of famed 16th century Korean Confucian scholar Yulgok. In Seo Ji Yoon's world, Saimdang is a legend who is even on the 50,000 won bill. In Joseon times, that legend was still in the making and Saimdang was simply known as a bold and talented artist, poet, and calligraphist. Those qualities were enough to leave a lasting impression on Lee Gyeom (Song Seung Hun), a fictional character who was basically the Renaissance Man of the dynasty as a talented writer, musician, and dancer in his own right. From the moment he met the young Saimdang, he dedicated his life to purely her love. As Seo Ji Yoon learns more about ...

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26 January 2017 (South Korea) See more »

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Saimdang, Light's Diary See more »

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This is Yeong-ae Lee's first TV comeback after The Great Jang-Geum (2003) in thirteen years. See more »


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9 October 2019 | by ehyritafloresSee all my reviews

This series it's just so powerful on different ways, I learn so much from it, I now have a different perspective about life, love, family, dreams, art and even about Korea itself. This is an excellent storie with excellent characters, amazing actresses and actors, you got to empathize with almost all the characters on so many different ways like it's mind blowing and the end is just so heartbreaking and at the same time so suitable.

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