Saimdang: Light’s Diary Kdrama Introductory Review


Lovely as ever… Lee Young Ae as Saimdang/Seo Jiyun

Saimdang: Light’s Diary has brightened up my sageuk drama viewing – which of late has been somewhat lacking. As far as my first historical drama of 2017 goes, it’s off to a refreshing start!

The past and present interlock in this breathtaking period piece starring Lee Young Ae. She takes us right back to the glory era of her famous Jewel in the Palace role, as she plays a renowned historical figure with ties to the future.

Saimdang: Light’s Diary pretty much explains itself in its title. The premise is based on a diary owned by Shin Saimdang who lived in Joseon times, and is seemingly reincarnated in Jiyun, a university lecturer in modern day who finds the diary.

We watch historical events being retold, as Jiyun is torn between two timelines, both of which come with their share of drama.


Could you bear to lose the heart of the one you love?

Saimdang plays out a doomed romance in turbulent Joseon, while in present day Seoul our heroine faces financial ruin and professional ostracization.

As Jiyun is shunned by her university superior and peers, it’s up to Saimdang’s diary to help find answers and hopefully, the truth.


Saimdang k-drama revolves around not just a long-lost diary but a mysterious ancient painting as well

I loved the pace of the first four episodes of Saimdang. The cast is perfect and I’ve witnessed some of the most beautifully shot scenery and locations ever.

It’s currently top of my admittedly scant weekly watchlist. But if this is the one weekday drama I tune in to every episode, it’s more than adequate!


Saimdang: Light’s Diary puts a smile on my face and I can’t wait for more intrigue, adventure, romance and yes, emotional upheaval!


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