A woman with skill and ambition during the rigid, male-dominate social structure of Korea’s Joseon Dynasty faces many obstacles on the road to success.
This legendary story is about Seo Jang Geum (Lee Yeong Ae), a girl from the working-class caste who manages to get a job as a hard-working kitchen apprentice in the royal palace. But jealousy from a power-hungry family that has long ruled the royal kitchen results in Jang Geum being exiled to Jeju Island.
While there, she befriends a female doctor, and Jang Geum convinces her to reach her medicine, which allows her to return to the royal palace as a physician-in-training. With dedication and perseverance, Jang Geum overcomes tremendous hurdles to eventually rise to the highest position held by a female doctor in the royal court, saving the lives of many royal family members, while being fueled by the love of the young scholar Min Jeong Ho (Ji Jin Hee).
“Jewel in the Palace” is a South Korean historical drama directed by Lee Byung Hoon that originally aired from September 15, 2003 to March 23, 2004 and has enjoyed tremendous popularity worldwide. It ranks as the 10th most popular drama in Korea of all time.