About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Set in this period, "Jewel in the Palace" is based on a true story about a legendary girl named Jang-Geum who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times.
Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated society, Jang-Geum overcame a series of social discrimination and landed herself as a royal cook, later becoming the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king.
She was even given by the king the title "The Great Jang-Geum"
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Grand Prize/Daesang||Lee Young-ae|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Lee Young-ae|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Special Acting Award||Yang Mi-kyung|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Special Acting Award||Lim Hyun-sik|
|2003||MBC Drama Awards||Best Screenplay||Kim Young-hyun|
|2004||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Director (TV)||Lee Byung-hoon|
|2004||Baeksang Arts Awards||Most Popular Actress (TV)||Yang Mi-kyung|