A Jewel in the Palace is about 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Set in this period, “Jewel in the Palace” is based on a true story about a legendary girl named Jang-Geum who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times.
- Drama: A Jewel in the Palace
- Revised romanization: Dae Jang Geum
- Hangul: 대장금
- Director: Lee Byung-Hoon
- Writer: Kim Young-Hyun
- Network: MBC
- Episodes: 54
- Release Date: September 15, 2003 – March 23, 2004
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 royal 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”.