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Title: 사임당, 빛의 일기 / Saimdang, Light’s Diary
Previously known as: Saimdang, the Herstory
Also known as: Saimdang, Memoir of Colors
Chinese Title: 師任堂,光的日記
Genre: Historical, Romance, Fantasy
Episodes: 28 (30-2)
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)
Noh Hyung Wook as Won Soo (young)
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
Lee Sung Wook as leader of wandering people

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: Creative Leaders Group8 Inc., Emperor Entertainment Korea Ltd.
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 7.8 8.7 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 8.1 (17th) 9.7 (8th) 9.0 (9th) 9.3 (7th)
2017-03-30 20 8.2 (17th) 9.4 (9th) 9.3 (9th) 9.3 (8th)
2017-04-05 21 8.6 (16th) 10.0 (7th) 9.4 (9th) 8.8 (10th)
2017-04-06 22 8.7 (15th) 9.3 (11th) 9.6 (9th) 9.3 (8th)
2017-04-12 23 7.4 (19th) 8.4 (12th) 8.5 (11th) 8.4 (10th)
2017-04-13 x Postponed      
2017-04-19 24 6.0 6.2 6.1 (20th) 5.9
2017-04-20 25 7.2 (18th) 7.9 (18th) 8.3 (12th) 8.8 (11th)
2017-04-26 26 6.4 6.9 (18th) 7.8 (11th) 7.7 (11th)
2017-04-27 27 7.4 (16th) 7.8 (15th) 8.4 (10th) 8.5 (9th)
2017-05-04 28 6.8 (18th) 7.5 (12th) 8.2 (9th) 8.8 (7th)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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

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275 Responses to “Saimdang, Light’s Diary”

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  1. 251
    GT Says:

    A lovely story that taught me about Siamdang. Better than its ratings. Love the ancient pics more than the present day. Really like the male lead in his ancient clothes a d character and his lovely well groomed beard and big expressive eyes. Never noticed him before this show. Song Seung Heon

  2. 252
    LY Says:

    This drama is rather boring. It deserves its low rating.

  3. 253
    bestdrama Says:

    This drama is excellent best korean drama in 2017.

    There so many kdramas that boring to watch but the ratings so high one of them is Legend of the blue sea it is high ratings but story is boring.

  4. 254
    bestdrama Says:

    And some dramas are low ratings but the story is good .
    Dont judge this drama Saimdang lights diary by looking at the ratings. Look at the story not in ratings. But i think the ratings of this drama Saimdang is not bad.
    I saw some ratings of some dramas so very poor like Mary stayed out all night, Radiant office etc.

  5. 255
    tagalogsalita Says:

    Mga tanga hindi kayo marunong tumingin kung anong magandang drama. Saimdang Light’s Diary ang pinakamaganda sa lahat ngayong taon.Vote for Saimdang Light’s Diary for best kdrama 2017.

  6. 256
    shiva Says:

    I loved the drama, great casting and acting by leads. the reason it had low ratings I think because the drama had too many flash backs.

  7. 257
    aya Says:

    i agree @bestdrama
    also include Suspicious Partner poor ratings and the story is common.

    Saimdang Light’s Diary is excellent drama and good quality and the ratings is good. Saimdang Light’s Diary is the best korean drama that i’ve ever watched so far this year 2017.

  8. 258
    kathlyn Says:

    why everyone says that Saimdang Light’s Diary is low ratings? are you idiots?
    the kdramas that i posts above are much poor ratings and the stories are poor than this drama Saimdang Light’s Diary.
    Shut your mouth if you Don’t Know What is LOW RATINGS.

  9. 259
    kathlyn Says:

    Masked Prosecutor Episode Ratings

    Date Ep TNmS TNmS AGB AGB
    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
    2015-05-20 1 5.9 6.7 6.8 (18th) 7.6 (15th)
    2015-05-21 2 4.7 4.6 5.4 5.9
    2015-05-27 3 5.6 6.3 5.3 5.7
    2015-05-28 4 5.4 6.4 6.1 6.6
    2015-06-03 5 5.0 5.2 5.9 6.2
    2015-06-04 6 4.6 5.2 5.3 5.5
    2015-06-10 7 5.7 5.8 5.6 5.7
    2015-06-11 8 4.6 (<9.0) 5.4 5.3
    2015-06-17 9 4.9 4.8 5.7 6.7
    2015-06-18 10 4.9 4.7 4.8 5.5
    2015-06-24 11 5.3 5.6 6.0 6.6
    2015-06-25 12 5.1 5.6 5.9 6.1
    2015-07-01 13 4.7 (<7.1) 5.6 5.9
    2015-07-02 14 4.5 4.7 5.3 5.7
    2015-07-08 15 5.0 5.3 5.9 6.4
    2015-07-09 16 5.9 (<7.5) 6.9 7.2 (19th)

    this drama Masked Prosecutor is poor ratings and poor story compare to Saimdang Light's Diary

  10. 260
    kathlyn Says:

    Hyde Jekyll and I RATINGS
    2015-01-21 1 10.2 (13th) 13.2 (6th) 8.6 (20th) 9.6 (15th)
    2015-01-22 2 8.8 (20th) 11.7 (10th) 8.0 8.3
    2015-01-28 3 7.2 8.5 (19th) 7.4 8.6 (18th)
    2015-01-29 4 7.7 (20th) 8.6 (19th) 6.6 7.1
    2015-02-04 5 6.2 (<8.5) 5.9 6.3
    2015-02-05 6 6.7 (<8.7) 5.3 5.4
    2015-02-11 7 5.5 (<8.5) 5.1 5.2
    2015-02-12 8 6.9 (<8.8) 6.2 7.0
    2015-02-18 9 5.4 (<8.5) 4.7 5.0
    2015-02-19 10 5.5 (<8.7) 5.4 5.3
    2015-02-25 11 4.9 (<8.7) 5.6 6.4
    2015-02-26 12 5.7 (<8.5) 5.2 5.6
    2015-03-04 13 4.0 (<8.5) 3.8 4.1
    2015-03-05 14 5.3 (<8.8) 4.7 4.6
    2015-03-11 15 3.9 (<7.9) 3.8 3.2
    2015-03-12 16 5.1 (<8.4) 3.9 3.5
    2015-03-18 17 3.6 4.5 3.5 3.9
    2015-03-19 18 4.5 5.3 4.4 4.1
    2015-03-25 19 3.4 (<8.6) 3.4 3.6
    2015-03-26 20 4.7 (<9.2) 4.3 (<7.9)

    this drama HYDE JEKYLL AND I is poor ratings and poor story compare to Saimdang Light's Diary

  11. 261
    feroos Says:

    Great drama . Lee young ae please come back with a another drama soon, we are with you.

  12. 262
    helen Says:

    excellent drama and best kdrama

  13. 263
    Amy Says:

    I love it !!! Lee young ae is awesome in saeguk drama.. I cried so many times bcz saimdang’s husband… I wanted to kill him 😤😤..

    Lee gyom sooo handsome :*

    Yah, i love this drama, but little dissappointed with the ending.. i thought in future lee gyom and ji yoon will be together, atleast meet face to face.. but no..
    🙂 But love it

  14. 264
    Hayati Says:

    Saimdang is the best drama i’ve watched… 10 stars for their excellent actors & actress…

  15. 265
    sun Says:

    number 1 kdrama this 2017.

  16. 266
    kdramalover Says:

    Such a very inspirational drama….Highly recommend to watch…The best drama of 2017…i would hardly to find another drama as good as SLS..

  17. 267
    tata Says:

    I AGREE AT POSSITIVE COMMENTS.
    SUPER BEST DRAMA 2017.
    LOVE THE CAST.
    LOVE THE STORY.

    BRAVO! APPLAUSE!

  18. 268
    Kid Says:

    is it happy ending?

  19. 269
    rian Says:

    love it so much !

  20. 270
    Jill Says:

    I loved this show and cried at the end. It was magnificently produced ahead of time and the fine details show. The performances were sublime, especially by the two leads but even right down to the children. I think the reason the ratings were poor was because the Korean people heard through their media that the story would be more fantasy based with the time travel, reincarnation angle instead of basing it strictly on the real woman’s life. But honestly sticking strictly to history can be boring, what are they going to do, have a whole show depicting how she taught her children how to read, draw, etc? Instead of dropping to 8% ratings they would have dropped to 1% ratings. They also had the problem of writing a romance in which the couple never got together physically — that bores the tears out of shallow people today but entrances those of us who are sick of the shows where the couples are all over each other, slobbing all over each other endlessly. I’m of the latter group: I thought a sincere depiction of a more spiritual relationship to be greatly gratifying. I think the Korean people lost out on a masterpiece, and I feel sorry for them and their poor judgment. Do they REALLY want their television shows to sink to the level of America’s junk? If so that will be a great pity because their shows will start suffering in quality.

  21. 271
    tagalog salita Says:

    the best this year !

  22. 272
    kaikai Says:

    After I came to know that the rating for this drama is low I need to show my support for this drama.
    Saimdang is best and valuable drama of 2017. Its so beautiful in term of art, story, photography and so on and I appriciate all the single casts they did very heart fully well. Every one in this drama never cheat the viewers their performance are first class.
    This drama made me moved and wander what will happened next after every single episode, and I adore all the ancient paintings and story behind it.

  23. 273
    SHA Says:

    this drama is very unique. i love the story and cast.
    Perfect !

  24. 274
    rea Says:

    One of the best drama 2017.

  25. 275
    Jenny Says:

    Good drama for all the time.
    Love art. Love the story. Unique and interesting to watch.
    Excellent and the best drama for this year 2017.
    Highly recommended !!!

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