Much-hyped ‘Saimdang’ to hit the air in Oct.
The drama series featuring actress Lee Young-ae of the hugely popular drama series “Jewel in the Palace” (2003-04) will begin airing on Saturday, Oct. 1, on SBS.
“Saimdang” is generating much excitement even far in advance because it is Lee’s first drama since “Jewel in the Palace,” which is often said to have created the first Korean Wave in the early 2000s.
The show even earned viewership ratings of 90 percent in Iran.
A person who is in the know told Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, on Tuesday that “Saimdang” is almost finished filming and Lee has a few more scenes to shoot.
The drama series will hit the air in both Korea and China simultaneously. The drama already sold its distribution rights in Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia as well.
“Saimdang” centers around Shin Saimdang (1504-51), one of the most well-known historical figures of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Shin is the one who graces the 50,000 won bill and is one of the most well-known historical figures of her time. The versatile woman is known for her calligraphy works and realistic drawings.
The drama series jumps between the Joseon Dynasty and modern Seoul. Lee will portray Shin as well as Seo Ji-yun, a contemporary college lecturer who teaches Korean art history. Seo is intrigued by the life of Shin and solves mysteries related to Shin’s drawings.