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Jewel in the Palace, also known as Dae Jang Geum, is a historical fiction drama series created by Kim Yeong-Hyeon and directed by Kim Keun Hong. This South Korean series can be seen regularly on MBC, and stars Lee Young Ae, Ji Jin-Hee, Jung Sook Park, Hong Ri-Na, and Im Ho.

The series follows the life of a young orphan, played by Lee Young Ae. The story follows the young orphan as she transitions from a lowly kitchen worker to become the king's first female doctor. The events depicted in this series are based on the true life events of Jang Guem, who rose up to become the first female physician during the age of the Joseon Dynasty.

During this time in history, women had few rights, few opportunities for education, and little chance to escape their predetermined domestic life. Jang Geum uses every experience in her life to educate herself. As she works in the king's kitchen, she studies the science of cooking, developing holistic home remedies for the king's wounds and sicknesses.

Jang Geum embodies the hope and perseverance of a generation of voiceless women. Jang Geum persists in her learning, perfecting her culinary talents, while using her knowledge to create cures for the king's aches and pains. She becomes third in power ranking to the king, a feat unheard of during her time.

Jewel in the Palace had its first worldwide debut in 2003, after becoming a popular South Korean series. In the US, Jewel in the Palace can be watched on AZN Television. The series airs on KBFD in Hawaii, and on Chicago's WOCH-CA.

Jewel in the Palace is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (54 episodes). The series first aired on January 22, 2010.

Where do I stream Jewel in the Palace online? Jewel in the Palace is available for streaming on MBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Jewel in the Palace on demand at , Viki online.

1 Season, 54 Episodes
January 22, 2010
Cast: Lee Young Ae, Jin-hee Ji, Park Eun-hye, Kyun Mi-Ri, Im Ho
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Jewel in the Palace Full Episode Guide

  • Jang Geum makes the shocking suggestion to perform surgery on the King. Jang Geum is reunited with Min Jung Ho before being sent away from the palace.

  • Min Jung Ho explains to the King Jang Geum's unwavering devotion to her calling in medicine. Jang Geum is summoned to be inaugurated as a concubine.

  • The King makes the controversial decision to name Jang Geum as his main physician and medicine general. The King's growing friendship with Jang Geum causes Min Jung Ho concern.

  • Jang Geum discovers that there is a contagious illness among the villagers. Meanwhile, the Queen bereaves the suffering of her sick son.

  • Jang Geum is announced as the king's next medical physician. Jang Geun and Min Jung Ho resign from their positions and attempt to start their lives anew.

  • The palace staff is abuzz about the potential future head of the royal kitchen. Jang Geum finds herself conflicted when the queen bestows a request.

  • The supposedly dead Head Doctor returns to clear the conflicting testimonies of Lady Choi and Lady Oh. Lady Choi attempts to run away and succumbs into self-reflection.

  • Lady Choi begs Jang Geum for forgiveness. Jang Geum urgers Lady Choi to admit her crimes before the royal court.

  • The blinded kind recovers his sight. Jang Geum is praised by the royal family for succeeding in a difficult task.

  • Jang Geum saves Lady Choi and Geum Young from the punishment of death. Jang Geum continues to find ways to heal the king, only to blind him.

  • A recovered Jang Geum heals the king and helps restore order. Lady Choi is under investigation for poisoning the king.

  • The internal medicine house staff is busy discussing possible treatments for the king. Jang Geum is taken to the forest to be poisoned.

  • Jang Geum investigates the mystery behind the king's fainting spell. Jang Geum finds herself in trouble, yet again, this time for stealing a record book.

  • Jang Geum offers to treat Lady Choi, but her help is refused. Yeon Seng finds herself pregnant.

  • Jang Geum gets in trouble for abandoning her duties to tend to the Queen. The internal medicine staff must tend to sick citizens.

  • Jang Geum manages to revive the sick Mother Queen. Lady Choi is upset when Jang Geum is praised by the royal family.

  • The Mother Queen refuses to take her medication. Jang Geum boldly manages to have the Mother Queen take it by engaging her in a test.

  • The internal medicine house discuss the Queen's diagnosis. Geum Young begins to experience pain in her stomach and asks Geum Young for help.

  • Tensions escalate when Jang Geum's old nemesis Lady Choi and Geum Young discover she has returned to the palace. Meanwhile, Jang Geum must help treat the sick Queen.

  • Jang Geum is assigned to the internal medicine house, the most prestigious medicinal department.

  • Jang Geum begins her training as a medicine maid in the palace. Min Jung Ho begins to gather a team to counter the political corruption among the royal family.

  • Jang Geum returns to the mainland and begins to treat a sick boy. She has the opportunity to nurture her knowledge of medicine.

  • The Japanese invade Jeju Island. To save her life, Jang Geum must heal the sick Japanese general.

  • Jang Geum decides to become a Royal Physician in order to return to the palace and avenge her mother.

  • Jang Geum makes herself useful, using her knowledge of food's medicinal properties in aiding the Medicine Lady. Meanwhile, Lady Choi has taken over the Royal Kitchen.

  • Lady Han dies, and Jang Geum is imprisoned as a slave on Jeju Island. Jang Geum attempts to escape while Min Jung Ho searches for her.

  • Jang Geum and Lady Han are arrested. Lady Han begs Lady Choi to spare Jang Geum.

  • The royal staff struggle to discover the king's illness. Lady Han is accused of poisoning the king.

  • Jang Geum and Lady Han finally learn of each other's true identities. In light of this emotional reunion, the two try to piece together the mystery of her mother's death.

  • Lady Han becomes the new head of the Royal Kitchen. The retired Lady Jung is dying, and Jang Geum attempts to save her.

  • Jang Geum successfully completes the birthday meal for the King's mother. Lady Han is still missing when Lady Jung is ready to step down from her position.

  • Lady Han goes out to get new ingredients and is kidnapped on the way. It is up to Jang Geum to put together the birthday feast of the King's mother.

  • A Ming General visits the Joseon court, and last round of the competition concludes as Lady Choi and Han must prepare a feast for the special guest.

  • Geum Young grows increasingly jealous of Jang Geum's friendship with Min Jung Ho. The last competition has been set for Lady Han and Lady Choi. Jang Geum returns to the palace.

  • Jang Geum attempts to recreate a childhood dish for a sick court lady. Meanwhile, Lady Han decides to go on with the competition without a new assistant.

  • Court Lady Han and Jang Geum lose the competition. Jang Geum, as punishment, must leave the palace.

  • Jang Geum's sense of taste has returned. Court Lady Han and Lady Choi are tasked with creating a feast for the king's birthday using leftover food from the people.

  • Jang Geum trains herself to cook without taste. Meanwhile, Min Jung Ho grows increasingly interested in her growth and lends her books to study.

  • Jang Geum and Lady Han try to cure her inability to taste. The Royal Kitchen devolves into chaos when it's discovered that soy bean sauce has changed tastes.

  • A cooking contest will be held to determine the next Highest Court Lady of the Royal Kitchen. To her devastation, Jang Geum loses her sense of taste.

  • The court continues to search for the hidden silk. Jang Geum keeps her mother's found book a secret.

  • Court Lady Choi tells Geum Young to hide a cursed silk in the kitchen. Jang Geum finds her mother's hidden book.

  • Jang Geum is exiled from the palace for leaving premises without permission. She is placed on a farm, where she reads medical books and strengthens her knowledge of nature's ingredients.

  • The princess is sick and refuses to eat, and King Jung Jong's birthday keeps the entire kitchen busy preparing important meals.

  • The Highest Court Lady of the Royal Kitchen falls ill. A new candidate for the position must be chosen.

  • Jang Geum and Yeong Seng cause trouble in the kitchen. Jang Geum takes part in an examination to be a royal maid. Her place in the royal court is at stake.

  • To fulfill her mother's dying wish, Jang Geum attempts to become a junior cook in the royal food court. She is adopted by a family that runs a wine brewery.

  • Young Jang Geum mistakenly exposes her father's identity, and he is taken away by court soldiers. Both Jang Geum and her mother find themselves in danger.

  • A court soldier is ordered to poison the Queen. Meanwhile, a lady of the royal food court witnesses the masterminds behind this conspiracy. Unbeknownst to them, their fates are intertwined.