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Title: 사임당, 빛의 일기 / Saimdang, Light’s Diary
Previously known as: Saimdang, the Herstory
Chinese Title: 師任堂,光的日記
Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 30 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan-26 to 2017-May-04
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 22:00

Synopsis

This is a 100% pre-produced drama. Filming began on 2015-August-10 and finished on 2016-June-4.

A reinterpretation of Saimdang from the Joseon times. She was a genius artist and passionate lover. Lee Young Ae takes on two roles; Seo Ji Yoon, a college professor who specializes in Korea Art History and Shin Saimdang.

Meanwhile, Lee Gyum (Song Seung Hun) is a man who had a fateful first encounter with Saimdang in his youth and has carried her in his heart for whole life.

Cast

Main Cast (Past)

Lee Young Ae as Shin Saimdang
Park Hye Soo as Shin Saimdang (young)
Song Seung Hun as Lee Gyum
Yang Se Jong as Lee Gyum (young)

Main Cast (Present)

Lee Young Ae as Seo Ji Yoon

Supporting Cast (Past)

Oh Yoon Ah as Whieumdang Choi
Yoon Ye Joo as Whieumdang Choi (young)
Choi Chul Ho as Min Chi Hyung (Whieumdang Choi’s husband)
Choi Jong Hwan as King Joongjong
Yoon Suk Hwa as Queen Dangyeong
Yoon Da Hoon as Lee Won Soo (Saimdang’s husband)
Jung Joon Won as Lee Hyun Rong (Saimdang’s son)
Choi Il Hwa as Shin Myung Hwa
Jang Seo Kyung as Hyang Yi
Lee Joo Yeon as Princess
Lee Kyung Jin as Saimdang’s mother
Jung Ah In as Whieumdang Choi’s helper
Park Jung Hak as Escort warrior

Supporting Cast (Present)

Yang Se Jong as Han Sang Hyun
Choi Jong Hwan as Min Jung Hak (Professor)
Kim Hae Sook as Kim Jung Hee (Seo Ji Yoon’s mother-in-law)
Lee Hae Young as Jung Min Seok (Seo Ji Yoon’s husband)
Lee Tae Woo as Jung Eun Soo (Seo Ji Yoon’s son)
Park Joon Myun as as Ko Hye Jung (Seo Ji Yoon’s friend)
Kim Young Joon as Teacher assistant Nam
Kim Mi Kyung as Director Seon
Song Min Hyung as CEO Heo
Anda as Anna

Others

Hong Suk Chun
Sul Jung Hwan
Song Joon Hee
Kwak Ji Hye
Kim Min Hee
Goo Hye Ryung
Jo Seung Yun
Kim Jung Hak
Ban Hyo Jung
Shin Soo Yun

Production Credits

Production Company: Group8
Director: Yoon Sang Ho
Screenwriter: Park Eun Ryung

Note

Lee Young Ae makes a TV comeback through this drama after 14 years since 2003 MBC drama “Dae Jang Geum“.

Kam Woo Sung was offered the lead male role, but declined.

Shin Saimdang who born on 1504-October-29 is an artist, calligraphist, poet and she appears on the current South Korean 50,000 won bill (highest value).

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– She was the mother of the Korean Confucian scholar Yi I who appears on the current South Korean 5,000 won bill.

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– The series was originally scheduled to air at 10:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning in 2016-Oct-08, but on 2016-Sep-27, SBS announced that the broadcast of series would be delayed and has finally confirmed a time slot for this drama. It will be broadcasted after “The Legend of the Blue Sea“. (Source)

Episode Ratings

Date Ep TNmS TNmS AGB AGB
    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2017-01-26 1 13.9 (4th) 16.0 (3rd) 16.3 (4th) 16.6 (3rd)
2017-01-26 2 11.8 (7th) 13.4 (5th) 15.6 (5th) 16.6 (3rd)
2017-02-01 3 10.6 (10th) 12.2 (5th) 13.0 (4th) 13.5 (4th)
2017-02-02 4 10.2 (11th) 11.5 (6th) 12.3 (5th) 12.6 (5th)
2017-02-08 5 8.6 (15th) 9.9 (6th) 10.7 (6th) 11.0 (5th)
2017-02-09 6 8.7 (13th) 10.3 (7th) 12.0 (7th) 12.5 (5th)
2017-02-15 7 7.0 (17th) 8.7 (12th) 9.7 (9th) 10.2 (5th)
2017-02-16 8 7.8 (16th) 9.0 (14th) 10.3 (9th) 10.9 (6th)
2017-02-22 9 7.6 (16th) 8.6 (9th) 9.8 (8th) 10.4 (5th)
2017-02-23 10 8.3 (13th) 9.9 (7th) 10.1 (10th) 10.7 (6th)
2017-03-01 11 7.7 (16th) 9.1 (8th) 9.6 (9th) 9.7 (8th)
2017-03-02 12 8.4 (17th) 9.4 (8th) 10.3 (8th) 10.3 (6th)
2017-03-08 13 - - 10.3 (8th) 10.3 (6th)
2017-03-09 14 8.4 (12th) 9.1 (8th) 10.5 (8th) 10.7 (7th)
2017-03-15 15 8.4 (13th) 9.0 (8th) 10.4 (7th) 10.8 (5th)
2017-03-16 16 9.3 (11th) 10.5 (6th) 10.2 (9th) 10.2 (7th)
2017-03-22 17 8.3 (16th) 9.0 (10th) 9.4 (8th) 9.1 (6th)
2017-03-23 18 9.0 (10th) 10.4 (5th) 10.0 (7th) 9.9 (7th)
2017-03-29 19        
2017-03-30 20        
2017-04-05 21        
2017-04-06 22        
2017-04-12 23        
2017-04-13 24        
2017-04-19 25        
2017-04-20 26        
2017-04-26 27        
2017-04-27 28        
2017-05-03 29        
2017-05-04 30        

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

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189 Responses to “Saimdang, Light’s Diary”

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  1. 101
    tagalog salita Says:

    ang pinaka matinding dramang dapat suportahan hanggang sa huling kabanata ng storya. kaya kayo dyan manood kayo nito. ang pagbabalik ni LYA matapos ang napakahabang panahong nakalipas. panoorin natin at iboto ang nararapat na kdrama Saimdang Light’s Diary is the best! walang tatalo at hindi pwedeng matalo ngayong taon.

  2. 102
    tagalog salita Says:

    paramihin po natin ang comment dito pati na sa asia wiki nito at iboto din para manalo ang drama na ito. suportahan ko talaga ito hanggang sa botohan. dahil alam ko ito ang dapat at nararapat talagang maging numero uno ngayong taon.

  3. 103
    sheli Says:

    im addicted to this drama. love it so much.

  4. 104
    rian Says:

    100% solid fan of this drama.. great story,great cast. highly recommended!!!

  5. 105
    nona Says:

    emang bagus ya?

  6. 106
    Hannah Says:

    Why is the rating drop? This drama is getting better and better to me!

  7. 107
    Waving Not Drowning Says:

    Lee Young Ae is more beautiful now than 14 years ago. She is incandescent.

    The look of the production, so far, is expensive — very classy. Will they maintain it to the end? We shall see.

    I like the story so far. Gyum’s strong attachment to Saimdang hadn’t abated in the two decades they were ruthlessly separated. Watching Gyum’s drunken bouts, I’m reminded of 3 lines from the song “What’s Become of the Brokenhearted”. It somewhat describes Gyum’s state during his bouts of depression punctuated by long, deep sighs, albeit less elegant than the art depicted by the drama:
    “Happiness is just an illusion
    Filled with sadness and confusion
    What becomes of the broken-hearted?”

  8. 108
    Waving Not Drowning Says:

    Correction: The song is “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted”.

  9. 109
    Sella Says:

    Every people have their own expectations about performance. Not exceptional for
    Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Hun who are the biggest stars of this drama. If this drama belongs to my country, then it might big and success. But, this is South Korea, where there are many particular dramas in the past like this. Expectations also seems too high at first.

    Eventually, I like both of them because no doubt for their acting ability (although in this drama feels a tiny bit dissapointment). But, I don’t think it’s a good thing to make this in fantasy saeguk, because for me, it’s just not suitable enough. Just saeguk original might be fine. But, what already happened, just happened. Since it’s a 100% pre produced drama, we can’t hope from production team. Fingers cross and hope everything’ll be fine.

  10. 110
    Henk vd M Says:

    I like this drama, but I do have a few things. Lee Young Ae is a main reason for me to watch it. I even started with Dae Jang Geum again beginning of 2017, for the third time. One of those drama’s that has it all.

    Saimdang is very intense, but the scene- and time-swaps are a bit too fast for my taste. I am able to fill in the gaps, but a little bit of showing what happened would not have hurt. It is intense, and the filming itself is beautiful and designed.
    Overall that could be overdone, giving it a heavy feel.
    For the balance , it would not hurt to have some lighter scenes. where we could see Lee Young Ae laughing .

  11. 111
    Timpf Says:

    So elegant. So beautiful. And the score is powerful.

    I really like this drama, especially the scenes in the Chosun period. The atmosphere for me at least, is breathtaking. It’s like a classic work of Byron and you know because all others seem to fall into mediocrity.

    The subject of Gyum’s painting woven into the tapestry of 15th century life in a Chosun town; the tender moments of affection between the dog and her pups is analogous to Saimdang’s maternal affection towards her children as seen through Gyum’s eyes.

    We already know he will come to know that Saimdang had sacrificed much to save his life. What we don’t know is what he will do when he learns the whole truth. And will he have what it takes to set things right?

  12. 112
    Jiji Says:

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  13. 113
    nosnoop Says:

    @Timpf, we already know what would happen to Gyum. It was seen at the start of Ep1, and Gyum looked deranged, drunk and miserable.

    I think one of the flaw of the main plot is that we all know Saimdang and Gyum would lead to nowhere. No matter how much they want to put romance into these two characters, it would be a dead end. So there is nothing much to look forward to as far as romance is concerned.

  14. 114
    katurea Says:

    The tension between Saimdang and Le Geom is just spot on! Even just at their first meeting (more specifically the older versions) the eyes say it all and without words you can feel what they were trying to convey..

    While in modern times, the hoobae and sunbae relationship is also very well done! there is tension but you are left guessing what kind of tension and how far will it go..

    their acting, the 2 main leads, are just perfect! they express emotions without having to say a word.. and when they do say something their tone feels so much!

  15. 115
    OMG Says:

    love love love this drama.

  16. 116
    puta Says:

    best drama that i’ve ever watch so far this year.

  17. 117
    GG Says:

    EXCELLENT !

  18. 118
    yuewe Says:

    for the win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  19. 119
    Heavensent Says:

    Saimdang’s husband is fat and ugly.

  20. 120
    dennis Says:

    beautiful story.

  21. 121
    Priscilla Sabrina Pua Says:

    Lee Young Ae is so elegant with natural beauty. She is real beauty.

  22. 122
    kate Says:

    every episodes of this drama is interesting. i like / love it!!!

  23. 123
    PureWhite Says:

    I really like this drama. I have been anticipating it since last year. This is another masterpiece acted by LYA. I am her fan. She is truly a good actor. This story is classy and and educational. I cant believe there are people saying it is outdTed and boring. This is a different level drama that brighten up your mind with different perspective. Thos ewho said thiz iz a boring drama surely not intelligent enough to understand the objective.

  24. 124
    Li Says:

    i love the drama, Lee Young Ae is really a excelent actress. fighting! the drama is really addicted for me. Good Job SBS for making this drama.

  25. 125
    Hannah Says:

    OMG this drama is so good. Saimdang is so elegant, love her so much. LYA did a good job portraying Saimdang in this drama.

    But of course, the bad guy in this drama is getting on my nerves. Whieumdang is so delusional. She acts like she’s the victim when she’s the one who’s causing the chaos. She’s the only who fell in love with Gyeom, but then she accused Gyeom for mistreating her and looking down on her. Wth

    My heart still feels sad whenever Saimdang and Gyeom met each other in this drama after they broke up. It’s just too sad.

  26. 126
    aya Says:

    the best !

  27. 127
    oska Says:

    i agree to possitive comments here

  28. 128
    kdramalover Says:

    The historical part of this dram is particularly moving and beautiful. Lee Young Ae acts beautifully the inner strength and personal tragedies of Saimdang.
    The way Saimdang-LYA interacts with her family reminds me of a comment that I heard once and stayed in my mind: love makes you live in the present. No matter her material hardships, Saimdang-LYA shows no self pity. She has towering dignity. She focuses on the present and on the welfare of her family and of the welfare of her four different children that se loves so deeply. By the way. little Woo is a marvelous actor himself.

  29. 129
    licca Says:

    Chief Kim solidified its first place position in Nielsen drama ratings this week. It saw another nice increase this week by bringing in 15.5% for episode 5 on Wednesday. It then continued to rise with 16.7% for episode 6 on Thursday.

    Saimdang Light’s Diary continued to fall, but still brought in a solid 10.7% for episode 5 on Wednesday. It then increased to 12% for episode 6 on Thursday.

    Missing 9 also saw a decrease bringing in 3.8% for episode 7 on Wednesday and then rebounded to 4.4% for episode 8 on Thursday.

    The gap widened between Chief Kim and Saimdang Light’s Diary this week. Chief Kim appears to have a lot of upward momentum, so maybe this surprise hit office comedy will just continue to climb in the weeks to come.

    Saimdang Light’s Diary airs Wednesday and Thursday on SBS.

    Missing 9 airs Wednesday and Thursday on MBC.

    Chief Kim airs Wednesday and Thursday on KBS.

  30. 130
    ee Says:

    Saimdang light’s diary is the best drama this year.

  31. 131
    zue Says:

    superb, great drama. highly recommended. !

  32. 132
    Misu Tira Says:

    This drama is pretty interesting drama because of Song Seung Hun and Lee Young Ae and the interesting combine modern and historical. Hopefully we get to see Song Seung Hun in present time for this drama……..

  33. 133
    nami Says:

    i dont know what im going to say to this drama.
    because it is very super pretty good drama compare to others.

  34. 134
    paku Says:

    Episode 1: The portrait and the green mountains

    The drama begins centuries ago in an Italian castle where there’s music and dancing amid a stormy night. Despite the festivities, Lee Gyeom locks himself up in his room, furiously painting a portrait.

    The present time …

    Seo Ji-yoon is a businessman’s wife and the mother of a young boy. She works as an instructor in Hankuk University’s Art Department while pursuing her PhD. She’s given a big career opportunity by Professor Min Jung Hak in presenting her evaluation of “Mount Geumgang”, a centuries-old painting of mountains by An Gyeon, a famous Joseon artist. But the presentation is disrupted by Han Sang-hyun, a young instructor who has previously been in conflict with Professor Min.

    In an art conference in Bologna, Italy, Professor Min tells Seo Ji-yoon to change her major because he will not allow her to get her PhD. She gets locked out of her hotel room, and her problems worsen when she hears from her friend Hye Jung that Professor Min told the University that she must be fired from her job.

    In despair, she wanders around Bologna. In an alley, she nearly gets run over by a bicyclist, and she stumbles over a book stand. The owner apologizes to her by giving her a stack of books.

    Later, she discovers among the books an ancient diary that mentions the “Mount Geumgang” painting.

  35. 135
    paku Says:

    Episode 1 recap:

    Professor Kim and the owner of the Sun Gallery connive to present “Mount Geumgang” as authentic, thus earning for both of them money, prestige, and power.

    Seo Ji-yoon’s investigation leads her to the Italian castle known as “Siesta Di Luna” in Tuscany, Italy where the real estate agent shows her the enormous halls filled with all kinds of art works. She and Lee Gyeom’s spirit cross each other, and as if she’s possessed, she rushes to a room where she stares at a painting. The glass cover then breaks into a thousand pieces, and Seo Ji-yoon is stunned to find behind the painting a full-length portrait of a Joseon-era lady.

  36. 136
    paku Says:

    Episode 2: Saimdang and Lee Gyeom; Seo Ji-yoon and Saimdang

    The University’s Disciplinary Committee terminates Seo Ji-yoon’s employment as lecturer.

    Because of her husband’s legal problems, Seo Ji-yoon, her mother, and her boy are forced to relocate to a tough neighborhood. There, she meets Han Sang-hyun, the instructor who disrupted her presentation.

    As Seo Ji-yoon and her friend Hye Jung (who works at the Conservation Science Department) examine the diary, they begin thinking that the “Mount Geumgang” painting authenticated by Professor Min is fake.

    In Joseon …

    The young Saimdang wants to see An Gyeon’s famous painting “Mount Geumgang”, and so she climbs over the wall of a house belonging to a member of the Royal family. She meets the young Lee Gyeom who’s in trouble again with her great aunt. When Lee Gyeom doesn’t stop teasing her about her skirt, she runs away, leaving behind her sketchbook. But Lee Gyeom comes up with a plan to be able to see her again.

    At present …

    After Seo Ji-yoon shows Hye Jung the portrait she got from Siesta Di Luna, they hurry off to a museum. As they’re looking at paintings by Saimdang and Lee Gyeom, Seo Ji-yoon gets a call from her husband. She meets her husband, and later on, they meet an accident. Her husband rushes her to a hospital, but she is unconscious and beginning to have visions.

    Back to Joseon …

    On their way to Hanyang, Saimdang and her children visit her childhood home in Gangneung for one last time. Unknown to Saimdang, Lee Gyeom has been watching out for her.

    The adult Lee Gyeom leads a frivolous life, spending his time painting on the bodies of gisaengs. He visits his great aunt who wants him to get married and to stop pining for Saimdang. He wanders around his childhood home and sees the bracelet that Saimdang gave him decades ago.

  37. 137
    paku Says:

    Notes:

    (1) Seo Jin-yoon’s husband leaves money for her inside a locker. If you look closely, the money is in the denomination that features Shin Saimdang.

    (2) In this episode, a butterfly appears when Seo Jin-yoon and her family are moving to their new home.

    Is there something significant about butterflies in Joseon culture? Remember the butterfly in “The Moon That Embraces The Sun” (Episodes 1 and 7)? Remember the butterfly key chain of Lady Jang in “Dong Yi”? If I remember correctly, the ornate hair pin that Bang-won gave Boon-yi in Episode 46 of “Six Flying Dragons” was in the shape of a butterfly.

    (3) The historical Shin Saimdang had a son who became one of Joseon’s highly-respected Confucian scholar; he was known by his pen name “Yulgok.” The street that Seo Jin-yoon and her family were traveling on as they moved to a new apartment is named “Yulgok.”

  38. 138
    paku Says:

    Episode 3: The poem, the goddess, and the paper

    Saimdang and Lee Gyeom climb up a mountain and admire the grand view. When Saimdang says that she wants to visit beautiful places like Mount Geumgang (Keumkangsando), Lee Gyeom tells her that they should visit those places together as husband and wife.

    King Jungjong, along with his bodyguard, breaks away from the Royal procession in order to visit his cousin Lee Gyeom. In disguise, he meets Saimdang while she was painting; he also meets a scholar who has become infatuated with Saimdang.

    King Jungjong finds out from Lee Gyeom who Saimdang’s father is. He writes a poem, signing it with his name, and sends it to Saimdang’s father.

    Saimdang carves out a seal as a gift for Lee Gyeom. When she goes to her father to borrow an engraving tool, she happens to read the King’s poem.

    At present …

    Debt collectors looking for Ji-yoon’s husband force their way into her apartment. But Han Sang-hyun comes to her rescue.

    Later, Ji-yoon and Han Sang-hyun discover a clue that can prove that the “Mount Geumgang” painting that Professor Min authenticated is fake.

    Back to Joseon …

    While painting at a temple up in the mountain, Saimdang sees a painting of a goddess. She begins following the head monk, trying to convince him to show her the painting. She sees in the temple compound a paper mill that produces the famous Goryeo paper. She also sees some people who are starving and who have been beaten up.

    While Saimdang is at the temple, a rowdy group of government officials, their bodyguards, and gisaengs arrives at the compound. Part of the group is Min Chi-hyung, a county mayor and a big businessman. He tries to convince the head monk to supply him with the Goryeo paper that everyone wants.

    While painting near the temple compound, Saimdang meets a young, starving girl. She gives the girl her food and the painting on which she had written part of the poem that the King gave to her father.

    Despite her father’s order for her not to return to the temple, Saimdang decides to go back and bring food to the starving people. She writes a letter asking Lee Gyeom to come with her.

    The maid goes to deliver Saimdang’s letter to Lee Gyeom, but on her way, she suddenly feels the urgent need to go to the outhouse. She asks Seok Soon to deliver the letter to Lee Gyeom.

  39. 139
    paku Says:

    Episode 4: A wedding and a funeral

    Overwhelmed by her emotions, Seok Soon doesn’t give Saimdang’s letter to Lee Gyeom. Later, she goes to where Saimdang is waiting and offers to help her. Together, they go to Unpyeongsa Temple.

    At the temple, the drunken revelry by the government officials, the nobles, and the gisaengs continues even as dozens of starving people are waiting be fed by the monks. When the child befriended earlier by Saimdang steals some fruits from the nobles, the drunken son of Lord Young-myung kills the child and the head monk who tried to intervene.

    The monks and the people begin stoning the nobles. Min Chi-hyung arrives and orders the soldiers to kill all the monks and the people. Chaos erupts in the temple. Chased by soldiers, Saimdang and Seok Soon try to escape, but they fall into a ravine.

    Meanwhile, news spreads about the riot, and Lee Gyeom finds out that Saimdang is at the temple. He rides out and finds Seok Soon carrying Saimdang on her back. Lee Gyeom takes Saimdang with him and leaves Seok Soon all by herself.

    Seok Soon blames Saimdang for all her misfortunes and decides to seek revenge.

    Meanwhile, the King overhears from some itinerant merchants about the massacre at the temple. One of the merchants says that the massacre was caused by a poem and begins reciting the poem. The King recognizes the poem and starts to panic. He fears that the ministers will misinterpret the poem and rebel against him, just like what they did with the former King.

    The King orders his bodyguard to kill everyone who received the poem, including Saimdang’s father. When the bodyguard asks him about Saimdang and Lee Gyeom, the King tells him, “If Saimdang and Lee Gyeom’s marriage isn’t called off, kill them both!”

  40. 140
    paku Says:

    Episode 5: Lovers and enemies in Hanyang

    Year 1540 in Joseon …

    As Saimdang and her children leave for Hanyang (Joseon’s capital), Lee Gyeom creates a scandal during his wedding. Later, he goes to Hanyang to see the King.

    Min Chi-hyung (the man who massacred the monks and people at the temple) has become a high government minister and an extremely rich paper merchant. His wife is Hwieumdang, formerly known as Seok Soon (the lowborn child who betrayed Saimdang) and who’s now an accomplished artist whose paintings are coveted by the wives of government ministers.

    Hwieumdang later learns from Min Chi-hyung that Lee Gyeom is in Hanyang and will be among the guests in their house.

    Meanwhile, Saimdang and her children find themselves homeless in Hanyang. To make matters worse, Saimdang’s youngest child becomes sick with measles.

  41. 141
    paku Says:

    Episode 6: Rekindling the flame

    Le Gyeom confronts Saimdang about how pathetic her husband is, leaving her and her children to fend for themselves, and how Saimdang’s life could have been so different if she had married him. But Saimdang defends the choices she has made for her life.

    Later, Saimdang encourages her children to make the best of their situation. As they clean up the house and plant a garden, a tipsy Lee Gyeom watches them from afar. He walks away dejected, and on his way home, he sees a dog and its puppies.

    At present …

    Ji-yoon and Han Sang-hyun continue looking for the possible location of the real “Mount Guemgang” (Keumkangsando) painting.

    In Joseon …

    Lee Gyeom becomes popular in Hanyang, with women swooning over him. When the ministers begin complaining about him, the King asks everyone to visit Lee Gyeom at home.

    Saimdang’s husband, Lee Won Su, comes home starving. He’s welcomed back home, but Saimdang firmly tells him that he must study hard and pass the civil service exams next year.

    Later, Saimdang and her maid walk around the market to find out what kind of business she can put up. Just then, the King passes by on his way to see Lee Gyeom.

    Returning home, Saimdang tries to be a good neighbor with the deposed Queen.

    Suspicious of Lee Gyeom’s motives, Min Chi-yung visits him at Biikdang.

    Saimdang’s son, Hyun-ryong, walks out of the house after an argument, and Woo (the youngest) follows him. Saimdang, her husband, her maid, and other children search frantically all over Hanyang for them.

  42. 142
    paku Says:

    Episode 7: The past, the present, and the future

    After meeting Min Chi-hyung, Saimdang begins to have nightmares again of the temple massacre. She decides to write a letter for Lee Gyeom.

    Lee Gyeom starts investigating Min Chi-hyung by visiting his paper factory.

    Hwieumdang remembers how she met Min Chi-hyung.

    At present …

    Professor Min finds out that Ji-yoon and Han Sang-hyun are meeting Hye-jung, who’s working at the National Museum.

    Hye-jung finds a poem hidden between the pages of Saimdang’s diary.

    Back to Joseon …

    Hyun-ryong (Saimdang’s second son) sits near a class in Jungbu School. Later he meets the Head Teacher and Hwieumdang. At that same time, Woo (Saimdang’s youngest child) wanders off to Biidang where Lee Gyeom meets him.

    After an incident at the market, Saimdang takes her family to a place in the mountain.

    Lee Gyeom visits Jungbu School; later, the school’s Head Teacher goes to see Saimdang.

  43. 143
    paku Says:

    Episode 8: The contest

    Saimdang’s husband, Lee Won Su, leaves their home.

    Saimdang takes her son Hyun-ryong to Jungbu School. There, Saimdang, Hwieumdang (Seok Soon), and Lee Gyeom meet each other again.

    Lee Gyeom goes up to the mountain and asks someone to help him investigate Min Chi-hyung’s illegal activities. Meanwhile, Min Chi-hyung learns more about Lee Gyeom’s past.

    Hyun-ryong finds a letter in one of his grandfather’s books and gives it to Saimdang.

    The mothers of the Jungbu School students complain to the Head Teacher that Hyun-ryong is not qualified to enter the school. Lee Gyeom arrives and suggests to the mothers that a contest be held between Hyun-ryong and the other student applying for the vacant slot.

    The other student’s father is a very rich nobleman who has asked the Prime Minister and Min Chi-hyung to get his son (Jang Tae-ryong) admitted into the school.

    At present …

    Ji-yoon does what her husband asked her to do, but her mother-in-law accidentally finds out about it.

    Back to Joseon …

    Hwieumdang gets private tutors and puts Jang Tae-ryong through a crash course for the contest.

  44. 144
    jing Says:

    Nice interesting excellent lovable touching drama.

  45. 145
    su Says:

    ONE OF THE BEST KDRAMA THIS 2017

  46. 146
    dylan Says:

    Lee Young Ae still beautiful doesnt age at all.
    best actress best drama.

  47. 147
    MYonce Says:

    This is a beautifully compelling show. Love Lee Young Ae and Song Seong Heon he’s very attractive.

  48. 148
    kdramaAddict Says:

    im very addicted to watched kdramas since 2000.
    saimdang light’s diary is the best drama this year.

  49. 149
    rian Says:

    I like the story of this drama. Its very good. Love the cast LYA and SSH. Fighting!!!

  50. 150
    Henry Says:

    I kinda having an interest watching this drama. Hope that character of Saimdangs life here won’t be so difficult to watch….please writer!!!

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