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Saimdang, Light’s Diary

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
Heo Sung Tae as Wang Jung Chul

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
Park Sang Hoon
Yoo Ji Yun
Kim Kwi Sun
Hong Jin Ki as high ranking officer

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.

5000

  • 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

Poster

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  249 Comments

  1. 1 : kiki Says:

    I miss her. Janggeuma…

  2. 2 : aron Says:

    I LOVE HER AND I LOVE SSH so much i hope that the ratings will doing fine fighting !

  3. 3 : keena99 Says:

    Can’t wait this drama since last year’s premise with Lee Young Ae stars in it. Almost 14 years since her last hit drama “Jewel in the Palace.” Why just out now?? Have been waiting for you. Her looks almost having no change compare to her in JITP. She’s true natural beauty.

    Also for SSH, can’t wait because his last three drama didn’t make that much. Hope this drama do well and make at least our or beyond our expectations because the premise seems promising.

  4. 4 : achfa Says:

    love lee young ae acting…

  5. 5 : Dini zen Says:

    can’t wait for this drama. because this drama is lee young ae comeback after a jewel in the palace. and song seung hoon after the drama time slip dr. jin if not wrong .. and also drama this drama pre reproduction as Descendants of the sun song joong ki – song hye kyo .. hopefully this drama become one of the best drama in 2016 after DOTS and Doctors kim rae won – park shin hye .. and got high ratings … amen

  6. 6 : Lanie Says:

    Giving to this two popular leads, definitely this writer wanted this drama to be the top-hit but too bad, I’m not so interested in Korean histories.
    Lee Young Ae always given a role as mighty lady and I don’t agreed to it by judging 1 hit drama all times. She is really a crying dude and her acting is really like a mother figure to me. No thank you, I’m not going to watch it. It might be a very boring storylines.

  7. 7 : victoria Says:

    welcome back Miss Lee Young Ae. I miss you so much finally you come back to the drama after Jewel in the Palace. THIS IS UNDERTAKER KOREAN DRAMA.
    fighting!!!

  8. 8 : Griya jogja Says:

    Nice info, i love korean drama. Im from indonesia nice to meet u

  9. 9 : Simon K Says:

    Jewel in Palace is still one of the best Korean drama of all time. It is unfortunate that Lee Young Ae stop acting right after that. I am very excited to see her again, perhaps she will look very different after so many years. The story sounds interesting. Shin Saimdang must be very important to have her face printed on the money bill.

  10. 10 : RR Says:

    i agree to positive comments here!

  11. 11 : sheli Says:

    another hooked drama of LYA after Jewel in the Palace.

  12. 12 : rian Says:

    love the 2 main cast.
    miss you both.

  13. 13 : sun Says:

    wonderful trailer must watch this soon airing.

  14. 14 : kathlyn Says:

    Beautiful lee young ae is back after so many years past.
    i miss you !

  15. 15 : My Says:

    Love her and waiting for this drama with the high expectation !! 13 years after Dea Jang Geum, so long .. <3 <3

  16. 16 : kathlyn Says:

    wish you all the best to your drama LYA and SSH.

  17. 17 : victoria Says:

    LYA the best of the best actress in korea.
    good luck !!!

  18. 18 : venus Says:

    i agree undertaker drama 2017.
    i watched the trailer super awesome,interesting.

  19. 19 : number1 Says:

    its gonna be hits next year.

  20. 20 : OMG Says:

    can’t wait to see this drama and MISS LYA after so many years past since i watched your drama Jewel in the Palace. and SSH i watched your dramas since Autumn in my heart endless love 1.
    Fighting!

  21. 21 : PT.lady Says:

    I hope earnestly and safety, I’ll enjoy the drama and each of his characters, as well as the wonderful actors and actresses in their interpretations they give us unforgettable moments. Thank you very much

  22. 22 : SPG Says:

    super pretty good drama of LYA and SSH.

  23. 23 : gg Says:

    cant wait to watch this drama.

  24. 24 : britney Says:

    undertaker kdrama 2017.

  25. 25 : yuewe Says:

    excited to watch this drama.

  26. 26 : Hannah Says:

    It’s been a while Song Seung Hoon. It’s been a while. I’ve missed you on small screen!

  27. 27 : Shari Says:

    lovely pretty girl Lee Young Ae is come back !!!! and handsome Song Seung Hoon too. i think its gonna be big hits korean drama next year. fighting!!!

  28. 28 : miss Says:

    i like both cast LYA and SSH. interesting !!! waiting for this…..

  29. 29 : aya Says:

    wow !!! excited to watch!!!!

  30. 30 : kana Says:

    yeah i agree undertaker kdrama 2017.

  31. 31 : victoria Says:

    the undertaker kdrama is now coming… applause~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. 32 : keena99 Says:

    I don’t know if this drama has lost the “on air” timing or not because SBS don’t have that much hits this year. Not that much promotion itself. I hope this is wrong, because the story synopsis seems promising and no doubt for main cast of this drama. May this drama become a big success and big impact (positive) for many people.

  33. 33 : Odies Says:

    Is there anymore poster for this drama? Actually seems beautifull and simple, but at the same time feels lonely. Hope for another posteer contains of two or more main character in main poster. Otheer charaters seems still unclear enough. No doubt for Lee Young Ae’s star power.

  34. 34 : LuvK Says:

    2017, 1st interesting drama. At least we have good drama to watch and not have to try crap ones.
    But after Seung Hoon’s poor taste in girlfriend, not too keen to watch him really.

  35. 35 : Siti harahap Says:

    OK well just wanna say song seung hoon HIS BACK😱😱 this drama has been too long i waiting for even maybe my sister said “oh no joeseon once again ” but for me still ok cuz luv doesn’t think that matter’s right😀😉

  36. 36 : rian Says:

    looking forward to this drama. i like both main cast.

  37. 37 : Misu Tira Says:

    Awesome! My favorite actor Song Seung Hun and Lee Young Ae.

    Can’t wait to watch this drama!……..

  38. 38 : Myra Says:

    I don’t think I will watch this drama. This aunty and uncle always cast in very sad dramas and they are too old for me to admire them.

  39. 39 : jenny Says:

    LYA of ”Jewel in the Palace”. and SSH of ”Autumn in my Heart”. (In one drama ”Saimdang,Light’s Diary”) can’t wait to watch this drama. fighting!!!

  40. 40 : katurea Says:

    aja aja fighting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. 41 : Miro Says:

    I long time looking forward to this drama. Finally I can see playing two excellent actors together (Lee Young-Ae and Song Seung-Heon). Have me a really lacked enough absence my favorite actors in good cast …

  42. 42 : success Says:

    “SAIMDANG, LIGHTS DIARY”…WOW…a drama I’ve been waiting for some time to air and finally the day is close! January 28th, perhaps? I am not familiar with Lee Young Ae’s acting, but according to the reads, I am very impressed and am looking forward to see this seasoned actress bring her expertise to the screen. A difficult role and a huge task she obviously accomplished along with the gorgeous Song Seung heon. I’m very familiar with SSH’s work as I’ve followed him since 2007. OUTSTANDING actor and I have no doubt in my mind that “SAIMDANG, LIGHTS DIARY” will skyrocket the ratings in an impressive way. Both actors will bring the Joseon Dynasty into our homes…what a delight and an education it will be for some; like myself! WONDERFUL!!! Thanks Lee Young Ae and Song Seung heon Honey for your hard work! Lovingly, I look forward to watching this spectacular drama coming our way real soon!!! KAMSAHAMNIDA!!! <3 <3 <3

  43. 43 : Machi Says:

    I watched LYA drama since 2003-2004 Jewel in the Palace it is interesting it became big hits. and i think this drama Saimdang Light’s Diary is interesting and become big hits too. LYA is outstanding actress in korea. and SSH i watched his dramas Autumn in my Heart,East of Eden,My Princess,Dr.Jin and When A Man Falls in Love. GOOD ACTOR AND GOOD ACTRESS PERFECT TO THIS DRAMA.

  44. 44 : pretty Says:

    i feel more more more … excitement to this drama because Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon are come back. i think this is the best kdrama 2017 because the story and trailers are so very excited to watch.

  45. 45 : tagalog salita Says:

    go go go fighting alam ko ito ang nararapat maging numero 1 ngayong taon.

  46. 46 : RR Says:

    JUST WAITING FOR THIS NEW COME BACK KDRAMA OF THE LEADING LADY!

  47. 47 : aya Says:

    amazing hits kdrama 2017

  48. 48 : isa Says:

    perfect

  49. 49 : 美奈子 Says:

    間違いなく良いです。

  50. 50 : casey Says:

    Saigono kissu waTabako fara aroma gashitaNigakute setsunai kaoriAshita nu ni imagoro waAnata wa Doko ni irun darou’Dare aviz omotte ‘rula darou’You întotdeauna va fi loveItsuka mea îndrăzni kato ni ochitemoI’ll KOI Mata amintesc să Loveyou ma învățat cum te sunt întotdeauna o să fie oneImawa mada kanashii dragoste songAtarashi utaeru uta făcut

  51. 51 : futa Says:

    कोई स्वाद gashitaNigakute setsunai kaoriAshita कोई imagoro नी waAnata वा doko नी Irun darou’Dare omotte wo ‘चलाने darou’You हमेशा वाला हो जाता है मेरा loveItsuka हिम्मत काटो माता Koi नी ochitemoI’ll याद प्यार करने के लिए मुझे सिखाया howYou हमेशा होने वाला कर रहे हैं oneImawa माडा kanashii प्यार songAtarashi Uta बनाया utaeru

  52. 52 : dylan Says:

    3 days to go yes saimdang !!!!

  53. 53 : Perdere Says:

    visualizzare che finalmente

  54. 54 : ビクトリア Says:

    あなたが見逃してはならない素晴らしいドラマ。

  55. 55 : Hannah Says:

    Can’t. Wait.

  56. 56 : tiara Says:

    tonight ….

  57. 57 : denise Says:

    wow ! saimdang finally !

  58. 58 : licca Says:

    the 1st 2 episode so good. nice ratings. good job guys. im so excited to next episode. fighting!!!

  59. 59 : rian Says:

    Jewel In The Palace is super graded A. And this drama Saimdang is super graded A too. Looking forward until the end of this drama.

  60. 60 : عشق Says:

    من مانند لی جوانان نمایشنامه های بدست آورد.

  61. 61 : Hannah Says:

    Watched the first two episodes! It’s really good!!

  62. 62 : Venus Says:

    I enjoyed watching this drama.

  63. 63 : OMG Says:

    more interesting. i love it. highly recommended !!

  64. 64 : Cruise Says:

    The drama looks good and Lee Young Ae is still beautiful.

  65. 65 : Back2Back Says:

    At last, Saimdang! and the first two episodes are really good! Very interesting..10/10. Highly recommended!

  66. 66 : pjs Says:

    For another user, please use english. Thanks for ur appreciate.

    Eps 2 is more interesting than eps 2. Actually ep 1 is a bit boring. I m so excited after adult lee gyum and saimdang appear. And how they separate after 20 years. Woowwww….

  67. 67 : mee Says:

    maybe just me, i prefer modern scene than joseon scene, maybe because it just the begining so i feel joseon scene a bit slow. Or maybe i prefer older saimdang than younger one. I hope it will continue to switch between joseon and modern era, so we can see imediately how it affected her in modern era. Glad to see lee young ae again after 14 years…

  68. 68 : tigerb Says:

    ep. 1: ji yoon was kissing ass so she can get a better position in the university, and for that ‘mistake’, the head department dropped her, forgetting that she was like a servant to serve him. i hate that in the professional world, danggg, but it’s just the beginning of the series.

  69. 69 : tigerb Says:

    …’mistake’, the department head dropped her, ……

    ep 2: looks like ji yoon is reincarnation of saimdang? let’s see how much history i’ll learn from this series.

  70. 70 : MaxT Says:

    The first 2 episodes were very boring. I fast forward more the 60% of scenes. Maybe it’s not my cup of tea.

  71. 71 : Greia Says:

    There are lots of pressure for this drama, since this drama stars Lee Young Ae. This is another drama from her after 13 years. Also for Song Seung Hun, almost 4 years. Because of these two stars, media (including Social Media) gives much pressure with their provocative news title and fans’ give too much expectations (in my opinion).

    Since this is 100% pre-produced drama, PD and their crews can’t change another story plot. For me, the timing is a little wrong. Since the 1st eps broadcasting schedule keep changed, might if netizen have big expectations. Always nice to see two of them individually, by thwe way.

  72. 72 : Hannah Says:

    Ep 3 and I still like this drama. I kinda expect the slow storyline in the beginning as this drama has 30 eps, which is longer than usual. So every details and every story are important.

  73. 73 : Feli78 Says:

    It’s a usual for people who don’t like the drama, since this drama has just broadcasted for 3 episodes only. Might be a boring. This is a process for a drama.

    I say I’m a little agree with @Greia says, this drama has a lot of pressure and timing off for 1st episode broadcast schedule. Myself asking: What work that has this PD and Writer done before?? I only heard about this drama wrote “Bride of the Century” , which wasn’t that famous. How they convince the two of few elite Korean stars to star in this production?

    There are three possibilities: Big success, like DOTS. Second, pretty good although not meet too much expectations, like Legend of the Blue Sea (although not 100% pre produced), or Fail, like Uncontrollably Fond. Let’s just see, because the journey is still long enough.

  74. 74 : inggit kayo Says:

    hindi naman boring ang Saimdang. wag kayo mag kumpara sa ibang drama dahil naman ito parehas sa mga iyon. para sa akin best drama ito dahil mahusay gumanap si LYA at SSH. kumpara kay LMH at Suzy hindi marunong umarte.

  75. 75 : BOBO KAYO! Says:

    DOTS,Uncontrollably Fond,LOTBS,Goblin,Scarlet Ryeo are boring.

  76. 76 : Hannah Says:

    This drama is getting better! The love story between Lee Gyeom and Saimdang is so tragic. 😭 Can’t wait for ep 5!

  77. 77 : Timar Says:

    Young Saimdang’s naive action triggered a wave of human carnage in a highly volatile political environment. She gave a painting to a peasant child containing a poem which she did not and could not have foreseen the ramifications.

    Excellent drama.

  78. 78 : queen of asia Says:

    wow! interesting drama this year. more excitement ! best LYA ! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  79. 79 : tagalog salita Says:

    mga puta kayo mag comment kayo dito. maganda ang drama na ito kumpara sa mga iba walang kwenta. pinakamagandang kdrama sa taong 2017. bravo !

  80. 80 : mga ulol Says:

    hoy kayo dyan mga ulol hindi ba kayo marunong tumingin kung anong drama ang maganda. ito na yon Saimdang is the best. super panalo at walang pwedeng tumalo dito.

  81. 81 : Ricca Says:

    Love love love
    love love love
    love love love

  82. 82 : Back2Back Says:

    Brilliant. Great cast, amazing acting and soul touching storyline. Love watching every minute of Saimdang. Highly recommended.

  83. 83 : Caurie Says:

    I just finished watching episode 4, i can say that is really amazing drama! Recommended ♥♥♥♥

  84. 84 : Micky Says:

    I am so thrilled and so happy! Finally after a very long wait and anticipation, Lee Young-Ae is back with such a FANTASTIC drama (“,)

  85. 85 : L.O.V.E Says:

    why this drama is super ……………… awesome…………… amazing…………..
    nice……..great………..excellent……….fantastic……..brilliant…………
    drama that i’ve ever watch this year.

  86. 86 : flower Says:

    muah muah muah. importante drama in asia.

  87. 87 : annie Says:

    Sorry, but I can’t not comment about the Italy part, because I live there! The so-called Bologna part was filmed mostly in Florence – when they are on that terrace you can see the Duomo/Cathedral of Florence and Palazzo Vecchio in the distance (and the terrace is probably the rooftop of one of the posh-est hotels in town). The only things filmed in Bologna were the day scene after she left the hotel dragging the suitcases (when she talks to her friend in Korea), the hotel Paradise and the shop where she bought toiletries. When she cries on the bridge, in the background there is Ponte Vecchio, but it can’t really be seen because it’s very blurred. I don’t know where is that villa, and I’m ashamed because it might be a very famous one, but I’ll keep looking!
    The Italians’ way of speaking is quite true to life. As regards them addressing her as “Beautiful One”, it is not an exaggeration, it’s just a common way of greeting a woman here. A friend (including a female friend) might greet you with “Ciao, bellissima” (Hello beauty) or maybe an older shopkeeper might greet you like that (even the project managers who send me work e-mails use “Ciao Bellissima” sometimes, and they have never met me or seen me!).
    The guy at the manor was not the owner, he even told her that finding those objects was a miracle, so he will give them to her as gifts, because he is not the owner 😉 (the translation of the Italian subtitles was quite off on the site where I watched it). He was probably tasked with selling the manor, so I didn’t understand why he wouldn’t let her see the other rooms, as long as he believed she was a buyer! The thing that irked me the most was the fact that he kept talking to her in Italian (he kept asking: Why don’t you listen to me?), when she was clearly a foreigner – there is a lot of tourism in Italy, so people usually know a little bit of English and they don’t automatically assume that you understand Italian! At most, they might try to explain you with lots of hand gestures.)
    The only exaggeration were the 4 young men on the bridge – don’t worry, if you come to Florence they don’t really behave like this!
    I’m thrilled that Lee Young Ae is in a drama again and I can’t wait to see how the story unfolds. From Saimdang’s biography on Wikipedia, I liked that she received the same education as a male heir would, and also the fact that she had an understanding husband. I suppose this was quite revolutionary for that era.
    I suppose I am a feminist at heart and, in my opinion, girls should get an education and become strong and independent women, capable of taking care of themselves without waiting for a Prince Charming to come and save them. I can’t wait to see how Ji-yoon grows a spine (we have already seen that she’s intelligent and well prepared)and becomes strong enough to crush the evil Professor!

  88. 88 : 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.

  89. 89 : 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.

  90. 90 : sheli Says:

    im addicted to this drama. love it so much.

  91. 91 : rian Says:

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

  92. 92 : nona Says:

    emang bagus ya?

  93. 93 : Hannah Says:

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

  94. 94 : 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?”

  95. 95 : Waving Not Drowning Says:

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

  96. 96 : 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.

  97. 97 : 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 .

  98. 98 : 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?

  99. 99 : Jiji Says:

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  100. 100 : 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.

  101. 101 : 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!

  102. 102 : OMG Says:

    love love love this drama.

  103. 103 : puta Says:

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

  104. 104 : GG Says:

    EXCELLENT !

  105. 105 : yuewe Says:

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

  106. 106 : Heavensent Says:

    Saimdang’s husband is fat and ugly.

  107. 107 : dennis Says:

    beautiful story.

  108. 108 : Priscilla Sabrina Pua Says:

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

  109. 109 : kate Says:

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

  110. 110 : 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.

  111. 111 : 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.

  112. 112 : 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.

  113. 113 : aya Says:

    the best !

  114. 114 : oska Says:

    i agree to possitive comments here

  115. 115 : 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.

  116. 116 : 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.

  117. 117 : ee Says:

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

  118. 118 : zue Says:

    superb, great drama. highly recommended. !

  119. 119 : 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……..

  120. 120 : nami Says:

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

  121. 121 : jing Says:

    Nice interesting excellent lovable touching drama.

  122. 122 : su Says:

    ONE OF THE BEST KDRAMA THIS 2017

  123. 123 : dylan Says:

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

  124. 124 : MYonce Says:

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

  125. 125 : kdramaAddict Says:

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

  126. 126 : rian Says:

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

  127. 127 : 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!!!

  128. 128 : Henry Says:

    I like to see those adorable children of Saimdang here plus Song Seung Hun.

  129. 129 : tata Says:

    the best ! no matter what happens to ratings ! but this drama is the best that i’ve ever seen so far this year.!

  130. 130 : Virgo Says:

    Can’t wait to next episodes.

  131. 131 : OMG Says:

    Best drama of 2017 so far ♥

  132. 132 : OMG Says:

    Lee Young Ae is the best actress in korea. this drama is super the best this year……… thank you for make come back drama of LYA.

  133. 133 : rian Says:

    Successful excellent kdrama.

  134. 134 : Aya Says:

    i wish this drama is everyday so that i watch it everyday. because it is interesting drama this year.

  135. 135 : eugene Says:

    the best kdrama!!!

  136. 136 : MyOnce Says:

    I’m really happy for this drama. It helped me discover Song Seung Heon and of course, it’s lovely to see Lee Young-Ae again. Such a beautiful well-meaning drama and I’ll always support you guys.

  137. 137 : lala Says:

    put your hands up !!!

  138. 138 : venus Says:

    go go go fighting…………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  139. 139 : jiezel Says:

    I love this drama, good story and good chemistry between the roles. Even the children are all adorable. I always look forward to watch every episode even when there is no subs… that’s how I like it that I can’t wait.

  140. 140 : SPG Says:

    super love it!

  141. 141 : Noya Says:

    I like how the story plays out sensibly without feeling like the writer is unashamedly going for the tear ducts.

  142. 142 : Gill Says:

    Can anyone please explain to me the real reason for the Wyungpeongsa tragedy? Is it because of the painting she drew or just mass killing by that bad guy who wants to monopolize the paper-making industry? I still don’t understand why Saimdang has to marry someone else. I knew the king wanted Saimdang to do that but why didn’t the king like Saimdang?

    I am so confused! Can someone explain to me please?

  143. 143 : Maecy Says:

    Korean drama never disappoint in storyline, good job!

  144. 144 : Mi Poong Says:

    @Gill I think it was a mass killing to monopolise paper production by silencing everyone privy to the paper production process as well as the witnesses to the murders. And a separate issue related to the poem; a royal order to halt the spread of the King’s poem due to a perceived political fallout.

  145. 145 : cocolet Says:

    They not just telling story, but telling history as well. I love this kind of drama. Lee Young Ae, such a beautiful woman. Her kindness, inspire us how to be an independent woman.. I respect her a lot.

  146. 146 : isaiah Says:

    Hi gill, I will answer your question. Woonpyeongsa tragedy has happened because of that bad guy want monopolize, and saimdang became a witness who saw the corrupt action. The king would kill whoever knew the poem because he was afraid that his enemy (many ministers) used it to overthrow his throne. If lee gyeom married saimdang, his enemy would know that lee gyeom became witness too about woonpyeongsa tragedy. the reason why that poem is horrible is not been told yet.

  147. 147 : neslie Says:

    This drama is very exciting Love the plot and everything I am very much looking forward for the new episode

    Fighting !!!!

  148. 148 : poorhorse Says:

    Please somebody from production team or whoever, please confirm that no horses were harmed during the filming. Really want to see BTS from that scene where lee gyeom falling from his horse to make sure that the horse was fine in reall life.

  149. 149 : Berty Says:

    This drama based on a major Korean historical figure was intended for an international audience. Its quality is very high in every way: directing, plot and strong screen writing, acting, music, photography. I am enjoying every moment as the story twists and turns.

    The acting is so good across the board! In particular, the performance of Lee YoungAe as Saimdang is impressive and often moves me deeply. I am learning a lot about life and the values of a different Korean era. Yet, some of these values are still alive today.

    The gap between the interests of international audiences and those of local Korean viewers seems to be the reason behind the current ratings of Saimdang compared to those of shallow – sometimes plain silly – dramas aimed at local Korean teens.

  150. 150 : Pam Says:

    Great drama
    Agree ưith Berty

  151. 151 : Mizpah Mizpah Says:

    I am happy to see the lengthy notes on each episode have stopped. The English subs are out hours after episode is uploaded on most sites. I could not understand the need to add Cliff Notes to this section that buries all the other comments.

  152. 152 : OMG Says:

    best drama 2017.

  153. 153 : MinJung Says:

    Did anyone notice at the end of episode 12, the trailer for episode 13, in the modern time of Seo ji Hyun (lee young ae) there was a man in a historical place that is taking picture and he is shadowed but in the looks, it looks like Song Seung Hun (Lee Gyeom in the series) so possibly there is a reincarnation or present character of SSH in the series?? I don’t know but his young version has appeared in the present time (Yang Se-Jong) so I’m not sure if I’ve seen it correctly….did anyone who watch it also see it like me at the end of ep 12 that there is a present time of Lee Gyeom??

  154. 154 : sharon Says:

    This is a fine production. Don’t know why the ratings are as low as they are in Korea, but I consider it well written, good cast, filming, music etc. all around a good film/series. WELL DONE.. I’m from the U.S. and we do not have quality entertainment in movies and or tv. My family and I have taken to watching Korean media, because over all, for the most part, what is made public is good and “clean”. I offer a big thumbs up for Saimdang, Lights Diary.

  155. 155 : Mi Poong Says:

    @MinJung I saw that as well. It doesn’t compute that the young Gyeom and the adult Gyeom of the past are in the present, separate individuals. Then again, so far, reincarnation is not established in this drama, merely implied, albeit feebly.

  156. 156 : Kunlun Says:

    Lee Young Ae’s Saimdang has the qualities of the pious woman; the embodiment of womanhood — grace, patience, compassion, loving, equanimous, charitable, respectful, nurturing and beautiful that a man is rendered powerless before her.

  157. 157 : Renna Says:

    It is a beautiful story.. so many life lesson in here. But ny heart so hurt watching this love bird cant be together.. so heartbreaking.

  158. 158 : yuki Says:

    Excellent drama. Love it so much!

  159. 159 : park jun sung Says:

    Oh my Goooddd… Last scene of episode 20 was amazing, georgeous. Aaaaaaaaaa….. The story become more interesting. The way how Lee gyeom express his feeling for saimdang by painting saimdang paint with flower is ssooooo beautiful. And when saimdang add butterfly into the painting to comolete Lee gyeom painting is soooooo touching. And the background music is match at all. Love love love

  160. 160 : park jun sung Says:

    The rating should get increase actually…. 😍😍😍❤❤❤

  161. 161 : BR39 Says:

    After episodes 19 and 20, I am more impressed than ever by this drama. It is not a watery lollipop. It makes you think. In a useful way.

    Lee Young-Ae is a great actress! Her confrontation with her feckless husband was painful to watch, but so is real life at times.

    Every actor is good. By the way, I took a special liking to Park Jun-Myun, Saimdang’s friend in both the past and present stories. Her intelligence and warmth shine through a body clearly not of her choosing. It is easy to imagine having a lively lunch with her in real life too.

    I wonder how the two stories woven 500 years apart will eventually converge. ore hardships ahead for sure, but them what?

    Also, I enjoy learning about how Saimdang, Yulgok, and Toegye contributed to the way Koreans look at life. This drama makes me see the disorders in so many countries today with clearer eyes: good leaders are precious.

  162. 162 : shari Says:

    Hi KDramas,

    I would like to thank you for creating such a magnificent televison drama. From the day the I watched Saimdang’s trailer i always knew this will be big and worth watching for. I admire LYA’s act and the story is awesome. It is indeed one of the best modern/historical Kdrama ive ever watch. Great job for the team and cast. Impressive!!

  163. 163 : TRata Says:

    I love this drama and don’t care a fig what the ratings are in Korea. I like the fact that Saimdang is a woman in her 30’s with children and disappointing husbands. That’s the real life scenario for millions of hard working women who are married to fools and that’s why there is a 1 in 2 divorce rate today. That truth is probably too difficult for superficial kdrama viewers to grasp but those of us who appreciate a more realistic view of marriage can enjoy this show on its own unique merits.

  164. 164 : umi Says:

    love love love

  165. 165 : Dada Says:

    very interested drama, good..Lee Young Ae is my favorit actress in Korea.

  166. 166 : Venus Says:

    The best korean drama 2017 !

  167. 167 : Cheet Says:

    Lee Gyeom’s letter to Saimdang was graced with love and admiration. The letter indeed reminded us of their time together before their fates sent them spiralling on different paths. Saimdang read Gyeom’s words, her heart soothed and her worries washed away by her tears. Love this drama.

  168. 168 : Hannah Says:

    I get sad everytime I watch the scenes between Saimdang and Lee Gyeom. Sigh

  169. 169 : Saimdang, Light’s Diary, o drama histórico da SBS Says:

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  170. 170 : Olla Says:

    I have watched so many Korean dramas over the years but none have captivated me in every aspect as “Samidang, Light’s diary”. It is superb in every way, the acting, the plot, the history and OMG the art. I was never an art’s fan but this drama really made fall in love with art, that’s how good it is. I also can feel every emotion of the actors, their love, happiness, sorrow, frustration, anger. It touches on what is important, what is ethical, what is right and what is wrong. I was skeptical to start watching it in the beginning and actually started with episode 6, as I have made it a point not to watch a drama with more than 20 episodes, but the plot is great and not slow paced, it keeps me at the edge of my seat.

    I totally recommend!!!!

  171. 171 : britney Says:

    undertaker kdrama 2017.!!!

  172. 172 : Tira Says:

    This is really great drama especially captivated with Lee Gyum and Saimdang love that they have to sacrifice by the stupid king.

    The King is so ridiculous because he is doing lousy job as a King. That is why I dont like historical drama because it is ridiculous lifestyle and the way human are being treated.

    YES, the paintings are wonderful in this drama. Great Artists.

    The old king need to die ASAP in order for the young King to be successful in his kingdom. The young King is a better king and dream for the future.

    Hopefully fate brought Saimdang and Lee Gyum together and live happily in present life.

    HAPPY ENDING………

  173. 173 : CoolBeans Says:

    The decline in the ratings accurately reflects the down turn in the drama that started out with a fresh take on history of a rare female, then, descended into multiple losing fights in both the current scenes and the historical ones. Fast forward over the current timeline, since the historical scenes are the only ones worth watching…as of now. Disappointing.

  174. 174 : fatin Says:

    Really love to watch this two lovers…my god!!!never expect i will cry watching them living seperatedly..i really wanna visit korea…if theres a star to rating them,i’ll give 10 out of 10…

  175. 175 : Sinopsis Saimdang Light's Diary Says:

    Really love to watch this two lovers..

  176. 176 : Drama Saimdang Light's Diary Says:

    Lee Young Ae is my favorit actress in Korea…

  177. 177 : Park jun sung Says:

    So far this drama is not bad. And quite good i think. Except the modern scene i mean. So sad this drama cut to 28 episode from 30. And you know, this drama has more interesting story n good scenery, better than another drama with good rating, like whisper, or defendant, or mystery queen (sorry, my honest thought).

  178. 178 : CoolBeans Says:

    MY HOPES HAVE RUN OUT. I WISH THIS DRAMA HAD STABILIZED AND NOT GONE DOWNHILL IN QUALITY ABOUT 10 EPISODES AGO! The modern day scenes are boring. The historical scenes are repetitive and mediocre at best. Great actors are wasted in this and that’s a shame. Blame the writer and the script that is uselessly repeated ad nauseum in the comments which reminds me once again why I dislike it!

  179. 179 : CoolBeans Says:

    I understand and agree the drama should be shorter. A 16 episode drama would have only included the good parts and had much better ratings. And 28 episodes are still too long if they have no better product to show.

  180. 180 : park jun sung Says:

    Episode 24 was really good. Saimdang n Lee gyeom express their love each other. Grrrrf the thing annoyed me is why Saimdang should leave him alone. Gahhh, its better if they back as lovers again. I really want there is a kiss scene between adult saimdang n lee gyeom. It would be perfect

  181. 181 : Zeeze Says:

    I might be the only one enjoy modern scene more than joseon scene. The scenery and confilct are better than joseon scene.
    But overall, the story was too slow and predictable. all the protagonists was made unrealistically powerfull. For 28-episodes long drama, viewers needs more climax and anty-climax in the midle of the story in order too keep up with this drama. But what i can see here is just conflict all the way, i can barely see the progress. It just getting better after 25th episode.

  182. 182 : Saimdang Says:

    The fading picture was a weak plot element. The instructions Ji Yoon gave Saimdang to effect an outcome that had already happened — Gyeom ends up in Italy anyway — was not necessary. The writer might have had Ji Yoon say comforting words to Saimdang instead and avoid the time paradox nonsense altogether.

  183. 183 : Noya Says:

    I realise it is the drama norm for the lovers to kiss and embrace, but I really liked that Saimdang and Gyeom didn’t in almost all their scenes together. It speaks to Saimdang’s dignity as a married woman and a mother and to their love as something deep, beyond the carnal.

    The poems, love letters and soliloquies were all beautiful expressions of their love. Very good drama indeed.

  184. 184 : sarahazani Says:

    i just don’t understand why this drama rank is lower than any. i love the story, love the character, and every massage on it. so sad that youth people may not interested in historical fiction drama.

  185. 185 : Nathalia Says:

    One more episode and I can’t wait. I dream of some kind of happy ending, at least in the past or the present. Till recently I thought maybe they could be happy in the present if not in the past. But with the husband back alive and those last images in the preview I really don’t know what’s gonna happen. I get frustrated because it seems quite impossible but I keep on hoping for some miracle 🙂

    Anyway I’ve loved this drama ! I’ve enjoyed each minute of it. The actors are so good ! And I don’t think it was too long or too slow, I loved this delicate and progressive discovery of each character and event. I usually get impatient quite rapidly and get bored easily. But not this time. I can’t explain why but I loved it, loved them and got addicted. I’m sure 2 more episodes would have been great. Too bad that the low ratings made them shorten the original version.

    Good job anyway. Congrats to all !

  186. 186 : Renna Says:

    It so heartbreaking… i cant stop craying in the last ep 27. Love the chemistry.. love with dignity

  187. 187 : SimplyluvK Says:

    Why I like this drama: the quotes are so beautiful, so inspiring. I feel that I’m sitting through an amazing Literary lesson.
    For e.g. Saimdang answers, “The whirlwind doesn’t blow all morning and a rain shower doesn’t fall throughout the day.”
    Such wisdom & depth to share to kfans.

  188. 188 : SPIDERWEB Says:

    Magnificent, Brilliant, Intelligent, Wonderful, Beautiful; Best Korean Drama in 2017. Highly recommended.

  189. 189 : selvie Says:

    love between Saimdang & Lee Gyeom is so beautiful.. Story in Joseon era is more interesting than modern era.. Love it, OST is good too.. recomended!!

  190. 190 : Hannah Says:

    This drama is too beautiful and well-written. I don’t know how many times I cried watching this drama after ep 20 onwards. I hope the actors, actresses and production crews are not discouraged by the ratings as this drama is superb. It gives me all the emotional. I can feel the longings and love between Lee Gyeom and Saimdang even though they’re not meant to be together.

    Now I’m just gonna wait how this drama is going to be wrapped up. Can’t wait for the finale.

  191. 191 : venus Says:

    One of the best kdrama this 2017. Highly recommended !

  192. 192 : Ua Manea Says:

    And so it ends with Saimdang and Lee Gyom. This drama is very beautiful in every way.

  193. 193 : Hannah Says:

    I think the only thing that I don’t like about the final episode is too many flashbacks. But otherwise, I think it’s a good ending. I know some people are frustrated as the reincarnation of Saimdang and Lee Gyeom didn’t end up together as well in the modern era, but I think it’s understandable and more logical to end that way. Saimdang and Lee Gyeom did end up together when they die together.

    It’s also self-explainable that modern Lee Gyeom is the leader of RADE and he helped Seo Ji Yoon, which is something that Lee Gyeom did in the past, helping Saimdang in lots of ways.

    Anyway, it’s a beautiful drama and the art is just magnificent! Highly recommended.

  194. 194 : peyutnduy Says:

    A beautiful sad but eternal love story of two gorgeous figures. It is beautifully depicted. Beautiful cinematography and arts.
    Wish SSH & LYA had no care of the low ratings in their country.
    It is really an underrated drama of the years 😣😢

  195. 195 : Rex Says:

    The cast was absolutely perfect. It was engaging, beautiful to watch, wise, and an altogether enjoyable drama.

  196. 196 : Tiara Says:

    Sooooo good. Lee young ae still veryyyy good since Jewel in The Palace. Love the movie, casts, and everything about this movie. Daebak.

  197. 197 : jen Says:

    THE BEST KDRAMA 2017 .

  198. 198 : daisy vega Says:

    I think SAIMDANG, LIGHT’S DIARY was excellent. In my opinion, it was NOT too long. I think the cast was stellar and the storyline is fantastic. It was good to see Lee Young Ae again. Great job everyone! I’m looking folrward to your next drama already.

  199. 199 : Risyacha Says:

    I love this drama. Sad that they are shortened the drama to 28 episode rather than originally plammed 30 episode. I bet it is because the drama didn’t do good with the ratings. But still this is a good drama and i really like it. Sad that not many people like this drama.

  200. 200 : rian Says:

    The ratings of this drama is not bad its not very low , compare to some dramas that very poor ratings (i dont want to mention what are those dramas.)
    And the story of this drama is very excellent compare to some dramas that BORING to watch.

    Saimdang Light’s Diary is the best in 2017.

  201. 201 : Joyce Says:

    Amazing story and cinematography. This is highly recommended to watch.

    Forget about the rating, just watch and you’ll see how great this drama. Compare to other historical that you ever watched. You’ll be hooked and love every scene and the story line. All the cast and crew, the writers are excellent, LYA and SSH are both deliver well their characters. I wish them all the best of luck and hope to see them in another dramas.

    fighting!

  202. 202 : sheli Says:

    Yup, I agree
    And some dramas are high ratings but the story is boring like TLOTBS.

    Saimdang Light’s Diary is the best korean drama this 2017.
    LYA and SSH are best actress / best actor.
    Best story, Excellent,Good job,Super winner.

  203. 203 : K-drama lover Says:

    This is a beautifully played and inspiring drama.

    The undeserved low ratings in Korea may be because too many young Koreans are not in very good mood these days. They prefer cheerful, escapist, non-sense (and excellent) dramas like “Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon” with the love between Min-Min and Bong-Bong. Or the enchanting “Love in the Moonlight”, which is a sort of endearing Korean Romeo and Juliet story that ends well.

    Saimdang’s story is about a great artist and a great mother condemned by fate to live a unfulfilled parallel emotional life with her true, and deep love. Actually condemned by an unsecure, weak and murderous king. Lee Young-Ae and Song Seung-Heon tell that story in an excellent and most convincing way throughout the drama. The modern story introducing Saimdang also works and ends well.

    Does anyone know the true name of “Siesta di Luna” this awesome castle on top of its steep hill surrounded by Chianti vineyards in the golden Italian sunlight?

  204. 204 : saimdang Says:

    I watch this drama because of song seung heon ( I like him pretty much), but I realized this drama for lee young ae ( I didn’t know he) and SSH supporting her. I was looked back her dramas and found ” a jewel in palace” similar to this drama and she got award too. Anyway, it was fun to watch she came back from 14 years later, she is still beautiful at her age.Congratulation LYA! I am looking forward to watch SSH dramas as well.

  205. 205 : Jen Says:

    Honestly, I bit disappointed because why rating is so important, until they decided to cut it off until Episode 28 instead to finish until Episode 30. I hope they realized how precious and beautiful the story about this greatest artist, wonderful woman and admirable mother like Saimdang. Saimdang and Lee Gyeom, their sacrifices for each other amazed me. It’s true love. They never get a chance to be together in their life but I’m pretty sure that their soul are happy together. OST Everlasting Love made me cry.. I am not really familiar with Lee Young-Ae and Song Seong Heun but I would say they are pretty good actor and actress. I truly see them as the character of Saimdang and Lee Gyeom.

    Congratulation to the success of Saimdang, Light’s Diary all the cast especially to Lee Young-Ae and Song Seong-Heun, the writer etc. May other don’t appreciate the story but to me, this story will remain to my heart. Very unforgettable historical KDrama. Respected historical figure.

    I love Saimdang… Looking forward for a new project of Lee Young-Ae and Song Seong-Heun

  206. 206 : 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

  207. 207 : LY Says:

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

  208. 208 : 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.

  209. 209 : 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.

  210. 210 : 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.

  211. 211 : 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.

  212. 212 : 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.

  213. 213 : 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.

  214. 214 : 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

  215. 215 : 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

  216. 216 : feroos Says:

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

  217. 217 : helen Says:

    excellent drama and best kdrama

  218. 218 : 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

  219. 219 : Hayati Says:

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

  220. 220 : sun Says:

    number 1 kdrama this 2017.

  221. 221 : 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..

  222. 222 : tata Says:

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

    BRAVO! APPLAUSE!

  223. 223 : Kid Says:

    is it happy ending?

  224. 224 : rian Says:

    love it so much !

  225. 225 : 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.

  226. 226 : tagalog salita Says:

    the best this year !

  227. 227 : 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.

  228. 228 : SHA Says:

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

  229. 229 : rea Says:

    One of the best drama 2017.

  230. 230 : 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 !!!

  231. 231 : kim Says:

    best historical 2017.

  232. 232 : tata Says:

    for the win !

  233. 233 : EBN Sher사부 Says:

    I’m in EP 20 , but Saimdang attract me from the first Ep .. best drama , amazing & I can’t describe it ~ so sad & disappointed of Korean people , Why? tell me , why? Saimdang is No.1 & nothing can replace with it . I recommend it for all the people who likes arts . I laugh , cry & enjoy of every episode .. Best Historical Drama ~ ^_^

  234. 234 : britney Says:

    my favorite kdramas 2017 are
    Saimdang Light’s Diary
    Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
    Defendant
    Goblin

  235. 235 : love Says:

    best story and best korean drama this year.

  236. 236 : wendy Says:

    the best drama for all the time

  237. 237 : qian Says:

    I love the drama. I just dont like the ending. It’s okay if in the past they can be together, but how can in the present too.

  238. 238 : yes Says:

    highest comment of all dramas this year.

  239. 239 : steffi Says:

    number1 drama 2017

  240. 240 : lishin Says:

    this drama need more and more to understand so that you know how to understand the story. very unique story. the ratings are not very low/poor compare to others that the ratings are very poor. don’t look at the ratings because this drama Saimdang is much better ratings to Scarlet Heart : Moon Lovers, Healer, Inspiring Generations, Mary Stayed Out All Night that became number 1. and i think you don’t know who is/are Song Seong Heon and Lee Young Ae especially. congratulations Saimdang drama is the best of the best.

  241. 241 : Molly Says:

    Just managed to watch this movie.

    Totally agree with some viewers, best korean drama for the year 2017

    Highly recommended to watch.

  242. 242 : mei Says:

    I really love this kdrama. I dreamt about being an artist and poet, both Lee Gyeom and Saimdang inspired me to pursue this dream. I just fell in love with them. I felt so much sadness in their selfless love story, it broke my heart that they really love each other but they can’t be together. All cast gave justice to every character. It’s not just an ordinary story. I learned so much things from the characters. I love Hyun Ryong as he gave so much importance in education not just for himself but for his family. I love them all! The OST are so heart breaking…

  243. 243 : uno Says:

    You wont find any other sad love story that feed you till youre full. This drama is beautiful, my heart ache for the two lovers. I keep on imagining if only theres an airport that saimdang can go and fly to lee geom haihhh no tech no love ???

  244. 244 : alyn Says:

    The best Korean Drama!!!! Plsss do more projects of lee young ae and Song seung heon… They have a strong chemistry

  245. 245 : lee Says:

    LYA is the best actress in korea.
    Her new drama next year 2018 is Different Dreams

  246. 246 : saimdang Says:

    lets vote for the win

  247. 247 : saimdang Says:

    vote this drama for the best korean drama 2017.

  248. 248 : vote Says:

    Vote Saimdang Light’s Diary for the best top 8 list korean drama 2017.

  249. 249 : Trang Says:

    Good casting; excellent performance of Lee & Song. I watched 3 times but still be interesting about faithful & romantic love . The acting by Lee and Song make the story be at beautiful love…❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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