Jewel in the Palace

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  • 2010
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (4,160)

Jewel in the Palace is a historical drama television series that aired on South Korean network MBC from 2003 to 2004. The show became a huge hit, both in its home country and overseas, and is considered one of the greatest Korean dramas of all time. The series stars Lee Young-ae as Jang-geum, a young woman who becomes the first female physician to the king during the Joseon dynasty.

The show opens with Jang-geum as a young girl living with her mother in a small village. Her mother, a skilled cook, teaches her daughter everything she knows about preparing food. However, tragedy strikes when Jang-geum's mother dies suddenly, leaving her alone and heartbroken. Despite the tremendous loss, Jang-geum is determined to follow in her mother's footsteps and become a chef.

Jang-geum's talents and resilience soon catch the attention of the palace, and she is brought to serve as a court lady. It is here that Jang-geum's true journey begins as she navigates her way through the strict rules and protocol of the palace. Jang-geum's intelligence, hard work, and determination impress her superiors, and she is eventually promoted to be a part of the royal kitchen.

As Jang-geum rises through the ranks of the palace, she faces many challenges and obstacles. The palace is a hotbed of political intrigue, with everyone vying for power and control. Jang-geum must be careful not to fall into any of the traps set for her by her enemies. Additionally, as a woman in a male-dominated society, Jang-geum constantly battles sexism and discrimination. But Jang-geum proves herself time and time again, winning the respect of those around her.

Jang-geum's journey is not just one of professional success, however. Along the way, she also finds love and friendship. Ji Jin-hee plays Min Jung-ho, a physician who becomes Jang-geum's mentor and later, her love interest. Their budding romance is fraught with challenges, such as Jung-ho's fiancé and the disapproval of the palace officials. Meanwhile, Jang-geum also forms a bond with her fellow court ladies, including her best friend, Hong Ri-na's Choi Geum-young. Together, they support each other through the ups and downs of palace life.

Throughout the series, the viewers are treated to stunning visuals of traditional Korean clothing, architecture, and cuisine. The show's attention to detail is remarkable, with every aspect of the palace meticulously recreated to give the audience a glimpse into life during the Joseon dynasty. Moreover, the show's score is also a standout, with haunting melodies and soaring orchestral pieces that perfectly complement the drama on screen.

In conclusion, Jewel in the Palace is a captivating historical drama that is not to be missed. The show's strong female lead, engaging storyline, and stunning production values make it a true masterpiece that continues to be beloved by audiences around the world.

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.

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Episode 54
54. Episode 54
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 53
53. Episode 53
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 52
52. Episode 52
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 51
51. Episode 51
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum discovers that there is a contagious illness among the villagers. Meanwhile, the Queen bereaves the suffering of her sick son.
Episode 50
50. Episode 50
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 49
49. Episode 49
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 48
48. Episode 48
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 47
47. Episode 47
January 22, 2010
Lady Choi begs Jang Geum for forgiveness. Jang Geum urgers Lady Choi to admit her crimes before the royal court.
Episode 46
46. Episode 46
January 22, 2010
The blinded kind recovers his sight. Jang Geum is praised by the royal family for succeeding in a difficult task.
Episode 45
45. Episode 45
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 44
44. Episode 44
January 22, 2010
A recovered Jang Geum heals the king and helps restore order. Lady Choi is under investigation for poisoning the king.
Episode 43
43. Episode 43
January 22, 2010
The internal medicine house staff is busy discussing possible treatments for the king. Jang Geum is taken to the forest to be poisoned.
Episode 42
42. Episode 42
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 41
41. Episode 41
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum offers to treat Lady Choi, but her help is refused. Yeon Seng finds herself pregnant.
Episode 40
40. Episode 40
January 22, 2010
After being accused of a crime she did not commit, an exasperated Jang Geum begins to lose hope. Jang Geum and Min Ho are confronted by the people who are upset that no one is tending to a proliferating illness.
Episode 39
39. Episode 39
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum gets in trouble for abandoning her duties to tend to the Queen. The internal medicine staff must tend to sick citizens.
Episode 38
38. Episode 38
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum manages to revive the sick Mother Queen. Lady Choi is upset when Jang Geum is praised by the royal family.
Episode 37
37. Episode 37
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 36
36. Episode 36
January 22, 2010
The internal medicine house discuss the Queen's diagnosis. Geum Young begins to experience pain in her stomach and asks Geum Young for help.
Episode 35
35. Episode 35
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 34
34. Episode 34
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum is assigned to the internal medicine house, the most prestigious medicinal department.
Episode 33
33. Episode 33
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 32
32. Episode 32
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum returns to the mainland and begins to treat a sick boy. She has the opportunity to nurture her knowledge of medicine.
Episode 31
31. Episode 31
January 22, 2010
The Japanese invade Jeju Island. To save her life, Jang Geum must heal the sick Japanese general.
Episode 30
30. Episode 30
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum decides to become a Royal Physician in order to return to the palace and avenge her mother.
Episode 29
29. Episode 29
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 28
28. Episode 28
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 27
27. Episode 27
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum and Lady Han are arrested. Lady Han begs Lady Choi to spare Jang Geum.
Episode 26
26. Episode 26
January 22, 2010
The royal staff struggle to discover the king's illness. Lady Han is accused of poisoning the king.
Episode 25
25. Episode 25
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 24
24. Episode 24
January 22, 2010
Lady Choi finds the notebook kept by Jang Geum's mother. Meanwhile, Min Jung Ho continues to aggressively investigate who has been stealing from the king.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
January 22, 2010
Another contest is held to appease the protests over Lady Han's promotion. Jang Geum leaves a letter for her mother's friend in the Royal Kitchen.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
January 22, 2010
Lady Han becomes the new head of the Royal Kitchen. The retired Lady Jung is dying, and Jang Geum attempts to save her.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
January 22, 2010
Court Lady Han and Jang Geum lose the competition. Jang Geum, as punishment, must leave the palace.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum trains herself to cook without taste. Meanwhile, Min Jung Ho grows increasingly interested in her growth and lends her books to study.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
January 22, 2010
The court continues to search for the hidden silk. Jang Geum keeps her mother's found book a secret.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
January 22, 2010
Court Lady Choi tells Geum Young to hide a cursed silk in the kitchen. Jang Geum finds her mother's hidden book.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum cannot find flour for her dumplings and fails the cooking examination. The unexpected culprit who stole her flour is found.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
January 22, 2010
Jang Geum returns to the palace and participates in the Royal Cooking Examination. Those who do not pass the test will be exiled from the palace.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
January 22, 2010
The princess is sick and refuses to eat, and King Jung Jong's birthday keeps the entire kitchen busy preparing important meals.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
January 22, 2010
The Highest Court Lady of the Royal Kitchen falls ill. A new candidate for the position must be chosen.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 22, 2010
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.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 22, 2010
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.
Where to Watch Jewel in the Palace
Jewel in the Palace is available for streaming on the MBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Jewel in the Palace on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    January 22, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (4,160)