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Hi again all! Here we go Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon's character poster



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Hi again all! Here we go Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon's character poster

Thank you @MaknaeC... They look fabulous. I am so waiting for this drama....! and so glad we do not need to worry about subbing...

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Character poster of Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon for drama 'Saimdang, Light's Diary'




The upcoming SBS TV series 'Saimdang, Light's Diary' has unveiled character posters of actress Lee Young Ae, and actor Song Seung Heon. In the photo, Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon dressed up in traditional Korean clothes(Hanbok). Actor Song Seung Heon will play the role of Lee Gyeom, who is very similar to the character 'Gatsby.' He falls in love Saimdang in the drama.





'Saimdang, Light's Diary' is well-known as the comeback drama of Lee Young Ae. She gained her popularity from mega-hit drama 'Dae Jang Geum.' 


According to the production company 'Group 8,' Young Ae will play 2 different main characters including the female lead 'Shin Saimdang,' and a professor of art and drama. This drama will re-interpret the life of 'Shin Saimdang,' a historical figure who lived during Joseon Dynasty in Korea. 




Photos from SBS


One of drama producers said "Antique and elegant image of Lee Young Ae perfectly matches with the main character, Shin Saimdang."  The first episode will be broadcast in October, 2016 on SBS.


Korea.com's Emily You contributed to this report from Seoul. [E-mail: maintyoung@korea.com]


i think i'll add this drama  on my list ...

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Lee Young Ae’s New Drama “Saimdang, the Herstory” Releases Official Posters

Lee Young Ae’s New Drama “Saimdang, the Herstory” Releases Official Posters

Most known for the drama “Jewel in the Palace,” actress Lee Young Ae is returning to the small screen after a 12-year hiatus.

The posters for the upcoming SBS drama “Saimdang, the Herstory” were released on July 28. Both Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Heon emanate an intense aura, and look classic and regal in Korean traditional clothes. The news of Lee Young Ae returning to the small screen alone created a lot of interest for the drama.

Lee Young Ae

The drama will be airing in October, starring Lee Young Ae as Shin Saimdang, the historical figure, as well as university art professor Seo Ji Yoon. The actress will be playing both roles in the drama. Song Seung Heon takes on the role of Lee Gyeom, an aristocrat and painter.

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4 hours ago, ross27 said:

@irilight, thank you for all the stills. She looks so lovely!

@ross27, my pleasure. It's a group effort. Because it is pre-produced, not much is revealed. (in comparison to live shooting)

Two more promo crumbs from buzz sageuk Saimdang, Light’s Diary


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Lee Young Ae and Song Seung Hun don gorgeous historical costumes in new posters for Saimdang: Light's Diary



Song Seung Hun is looking mighty fine in historical robes in a new character poster for Saimdang: Light's Diary, his upcoming drama with Lee Young Ae (Jewel in the Palace), who also looks beautiful in her own character poster.

Saimdang: Light's Diary is based on the life of Shin Saimdang, who was a female artist and mother of the Korean Confucian scholar Yulgok in the 1500s. Lee Young Ae plays two roles, Shin Saimdang and a university lecturer with expertise in Korean art history. She becomes immersed in history as she unravels the secrets of Shin Saimdang's diary and a mysterious painting of a woman.


Song Seung Hu plays an upright, refined gentleman, who first fatefully meets Saimdang in his youth and continues to love her for the rest of his life. His character is described as a “Joseon Gatsby,” who lives a passionate life without compromise. 


And here's the first teaser, in case you missed it:


Doesn't it look good so far? I can't wait to see more! 

 Saimdang: Light's Diary will premiere on DramaFever on October 11, 2016. Add it to your queue now! 

Source: DramaFever Blog

Please thank DramaFever for bringing us this drama. It could not have come cheaply. Even if you do not get DramaFever,  you may be fortunate to see the subbed drama because of them. Please also click on "awesome" button.  You can thank them in the article, and also on the FB link.


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Travel to Filming Sites of “Saimdang, Light’s Diary”


Photo: Ojukheon's Sajumun Gate

The historical drama “Saimdang, Light’s Diary” is planned to premier October 2016, but is already drawing hot attention, due to the casting of hallyu stars Song Seung-heon and Lee Young Ae; this drama is Lee’s biggest drama role since appearing in the internationally popular “Dae Jang Geum (2003).” The new drama tells the love and art story of Shin Saimdang, the most well-known artist of Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), and the originalhyeonmoyangcheo, a good wife and wise mother. Alternating between the past and modern times, this fusion historical drama casts Lee Young Ae as two characters, playing Saimdang in the past and a university professor today.

As the drama is surrounded by hype, the filming sites and nearby attractions are also at the receiving end of public attention. Take a tour of these sites to walk in the footsteps of Lee Young Ae as she plays Shin Saimdang in “Saimdang, Light’s Diary.”

Ojukheon House - Gangneung


Photo: Ojukheon House (left) / Statue of Shin Saimdang (right)

Ojukheon House is the house Shin Saimdang was born in during the Joseon Dynasty. The maiden home of Shin Saimdang is registered as National Treasure No. 165, and plays a huge role in the filming of "Saimdang, Light's Diary." A film clip has been released of Lee Young Ae's modern-day character Seo Ji-yoon on the stairs leading to Sajumun Gate, the main gate of Ojukheon House. In addition to this, additional scenes have been filming throughout Ojukheon House. 

The connection between Ojukheon House and Lee Young Ae goes way back beyond the filming of "Saimdang, Light's Diary." After Lee's marriage, the place she visited to pray for children was none other than Ojukheon House. Shortly thereafter, she became the mother to beautiful twins.



Photo: Paintings in the Chochungdo style created by Shin Saimdang (left) / Artifacts of Yulgok Yi I (right)

Yulgok Memorial Hall can be seen to the left before climbing the stairs before Sajumun Gate to Ojukheon House. The hall displays artwork from Shin Saimdang and books and other artifacts from Yulgok Yi I, a famous scholar of the Joseon Dynasy, and Shin Saimdang’s son. Before leaving, stop by Ojukheon House & Ojukheon Municipal Museum, located nearby, for a quick look around. 

TIP. Shin Saimdang & Yulgok Yi I as seen on Korean currency
Shin Saimdang is the woman portrayed on the 50,000 won bill. She is famous for her outstanding talent in writing poems and painting, as well as for raising her son to be a great man. Her son, Yulgok Yi I was one of the greatest scholars of his time, and is featured on the 5,000 won bill.


  • ☞ Address: 24, Yulgok-ro 3139beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 202 from Gangneung Terminal Bus Stop and get off at Ojukheon Bus Stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Summer 08:00-18:00 / Winter 08:00-17:30 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 1,000 won
  • ☞ Website: ojukheon.gangneung.go.kr (Korean only)

Seongyeojang House - Gangneung


Photo: Landscape of Seongyojang House

Seongyojang House is the most well-preserved nobleman's house in the Gangwon-do region. The house is a representative household of the upper class of Joseon Dynasty, and was built in the 1700's by Lee Naebeon, a descendant of the prince. The site was considered a very good place to build a house, and has been inhabited by Lee's descendants until current times.

Photo: Hwallaejeong Hall

At the entrance of Seongyojang House is Hwallaejeong Hall, a pavilion built above a man-made lotus pond. The hall served as a relaxing location for scholars of the era to spend their leisure time. The lotus pond and pine trees have a harmony that sends out the feeling of looking upon the beauty of traditional Korea. In summer, the view is even more stunning, as the pond is field with large lotus leaves and beautiful lotus flowers standing tall on thin stalks. 

Visitors hoping for a more inclusive experience can spend the night thanks to Seongyojang House's Hanok Stay program. Participants have the choice between the tile-roofed Hongyeheon House or a thatched roof house. The houses are built with natural materials such as wood and mud, providing all the excitement of a traditional hanok, while featuring the conveniences of a modern kitchen and restroom, making this experience quite popular. After general visitors leave, those staying in the hanok can enjoy a quieter and more peaceful time. Walking around the calm courtyard at sunset is a memory not easily forgotten.

  • ☞ Address: 63, Unjeong-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 202 from Gangneung Terminal Bus Stop and get off at Seongyojang Bus Stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Summer 09:00-18:00 / Winter 09:00-17:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
  • ☞ Website: www.knsgj.net (Korean only)


TIP. Tourist Attractions near Gangneung

Gyeongpodae Pavilion - Gangneung

2398434_image_6.jpgPhoto: Gyeongpodae Pavilion (left) / Gyeongpoho Lake as seen from Gyeongpodae Pavilion (right)

Gyeongpodae Pavilion is located atop a hill on the northern side of Gyeongpoho Lake. Originally built in 1326 during the Goryeo Dynasty, the pavilion was moved to its current location in 1508, during the Joseon period. After many changes, the pavilion attained its current appearance. 

The pavilion is open to all, providing the perfect place to relax. Take off your shoes before entering the pavilion to enjoy the cooling breeze blowing in from the ocean. The fatigue of traveling will fall away as your eyes take in the view of Gyeongpoho Lake and the ocean stretching out to the horizon beyond.


  • ☞ Address: 365, Gyeongpo-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 202 from Gangneung Terminal Bus Stop and get off at Gyeongpodae.Chamsori Museum Bus Stop.

Chodang Dubu Village - Gangneung

2398434_image_7.jpgPhoto: Soy bean sculpture at the entrance to Chodang Dubu Village (left) / Chodang Sundubu (right)

If you visit Gangneung, you must try Chodang Sundubu, a local specialty of soft tofu. Chodang Sundubu is made like other tofu, by grinding soy beans but differs in the use of fresh sea water for the solidification process, creating an extremely smooth tofu with a strong taste. The most typical menu is sundubu-jeongsik. The soft tofu served with a bit of soy seasoning allows one to really taste the original flavor of Chodang Sundubu. For a more diverse taste of the local specialty, try dubu-jeongol (tofu hot pot), jjamppong sundubu (spicy seafood dish with soft tofu) or any of the other dishes created with Chodang Sundubu.


  • ☞ Address: Area of Chodangsundubu-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 206 from Gangneung Bus Terminal Bus Stop and get off at Gangneung High School Bus Stop→ Walk approx. 50m to Chodang Dubu Village.


Gangchon Rail Park - Chuncheon



Photo: Gangchon Rail Park exterior design of large books (top) / Railbike passing through a tunnel (bottom left) / Railbike course along Bukhangang River (bottom right)


Gangchon Rail Park is home to the nation's longest railbike course. The course stretches a total of 8.5km between Gimyujeong Station and Gangchon Station on a defunct train line. The most popular course allows one to take in the beautiful scenery along the Bukhangang River. The tracks guide the bike past fields and forest, as well as through a train tunnel. The tunnel has beautiful twinkling lights and music playing for a full experience. For an even more mysterious time, join the early morning departure to see the mist rising off of the river below. 

Enjoy the scenery as you pedal around 6km from Gimyujeong Station to the rest area. When you arrive, you can get off your railbike and buy some snacks. In a short while, the Romantic Train will arrive to take riders the remaining 2.5km. 

Railbikes are like regular bicycles in that the speed is controlled by the pedals and a hand-brake is used to stop the bike, making it easy for everyone to enjoy. It is important to note that for safety, a minimum distance of 10m from the foregoing railbike should be kept at all times.


  • ☞ Address: 1383, Gimyujeong-ro, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take the Gyeongchun Line train from Chuncheon to Gimyujeong Station → Walk approx. 150m from Exit 1 to Gangchon Rail Park-Gimyujeong Station.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Summer 09:00-18:00 / Winter 09:00-17:00 (Based on departure times, departure every hour on the hour)
  • ☞ Fee: Two-person bike 25,000 won / Four-person bike 35,000 won (Fare is for one bike)
  • ☞ Website: www.railpark.co.kr (Korean only)

Gimyujeong Closed Station - Chuncheon



Photo: Gimyujeon Closed Station transformed into a tourist attraction


Gimyujeong Station was a fully operational train station until December 2010, when a new metropolitan train line was installed nearby, with a brand new Gimyujeong Station being built. The old station and train line were discontinued, and the old Gimyujeong Station was transformed into a nostalgic tourist attraction. 

The various sculptures and photo spots are very popular among the younger crowd. A few old train cars left at the station have been converted into a book café, great for taking a rest. Many people also enjoy taking photos on the train tracks, a safe action now that no trains use the rails here. Gimyujeong Closed Station is located just next to Gangchon Rail Park. Stop here for some souvenir snapshots after riding on the railbike!


  • ☞ Address: 859, Jeung-ri, Sindong-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take the Gyeongchun Line train from Chuncheon to Gimyujeong Station → Walk approx. 300m from Exit 1 to Gimyujeong Closed Station.

Mulle-gil - Chuncheon



Photo: People enjoying canoeing (Credit: Mullegil Partnership)


Mulle-gil is a waterway allowing one to take in the beautiful scenery of Bukhangang River. The largest draw to visiting Mulle-gil is the chance to spend a romantic time canoeing in Uiamho Lake. The attraction is big enough to draw in countless numbers of visitors from the city, despite the distance. Mulle-gil is perfect for canoeing, as the waters of Uiamho Lake are calm, reflecting the surrounding mountains. Canoe rental times start on the hour, and visitors should arrive 10 minutes before to receive simple safety instructions in order to enjoy canoeing more fully. The beginner’s course, Sky Walk-gil Trail, covers roughly 3km and takes about one hour. Visitors on this course can enjoyUiamho Lake Skywalk observatory, Uiam Dam, and Samaksan Mountain.


  • ☞ Address: 113-1, Sports town-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 102 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop and get off at Gongji Intersection Bus Stop → Transfer to Bus No. 75 and get off at Songam Sports Town Bus Stop → Walk approx. 700m to Mulle-gil.
  • ☞ Operating hours: Weekdays 09:00-17:00 / Weekend 08:00-18:00 (Hours may vary by season)
  • ☞ Fare: Original canoe (2-person) 30,000 won / Twin canoe (4-person) 50,000 won
  • ☞ Website: www.mullegil.org (Korean, English)


Animation Museum & Robot Studio – Chuncheon



Photo: Animation Museum


Animation Museum was opened in 2003 to discover, repair, protect, display, and research all things related to animation. The museum displays the history of not only Korean animation but also animation from around the world. The exhibits are broken down into various topics, allowing one to look more deeply into the origin and creation of animation, the various genres, creation techniques, the process of creation and more. 

The museum has many programs available for a unique experience, including watching a 4D animation, creating animation sound effects, dubbing, filming a stop-motion animation using dolls and more.


Photo: Robot Studio exterior (top) / Robot Dance performance (bottom left) / Drone exhibition room (bottom right)

Robot Studio is an experience center dedicated to robots as toys, advanced technology, and artificial intelligence. Relive the innocence of childhood by playing with toy robots, controlling RC cars, or even flying a drone, the newest robot sensation drawing attention worldwide. Other ways to enjoy the studio include watching a robot dance performance and escaping a laser maze just like a bodyguard out of a movie.


  • ☞ Address: 854, Baksa-ro, Seo-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Walk approx. 700m from Chuncheon Station to Chuncheon Nonghyup Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 82 and get off at Bangdong-ri Entrance Bus Stop → Walk approx. 400m to Animation Museum & Robot Studio.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-18:00 (Closed Mondays & January 1)
  • ☞ Admission: 
    Animation Museum: Adults 5,000 won / Children 4,000 won
    Robot Studio: Adults 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    Integrated ticket (Animation Museum & Robot Studio): Adults 9,600 won / Children 8,000 won
  • ☞ Websites:
    Animation Museum: www.animationmuseum.com (Korean only) 
    Robot Studio: robotstudio.kr (Korean only)



Gongjicheon Stream – Chuncheon




Photo: Night scene at Gongjicheon Stream (left) / Chuncheon Lake Starlight Nation (right)


Gongjicheon Stream’s night scene is one of Chuncheon’s most romantic locations. The area around the stream includes Gongjicheon Sculpture Park, decorated with sculptures of all shapes and sizes, as well as a fountain, grass plaza, outdoor theater, Ethiopian Armed Forces Memorial, and more. Visitors can also take to the water on boats from the dock throughout the year, excluding the winter season. Another exciting aspect of the evenings here is theChuncheon Lake Starlight Nation Festival, which lights up the stream banks for an even more romantic ambiance.


  • ☞ Address: 25, Ethiopia-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 102 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop and get off at Gongjicheon Fountain Bus Stop → Walk approx. 300m to Gongjicheon Recreation Area.
  • ☞ Chuncheon Lake Starlight Nation Festival:
    Period: April 30 – December 31, 2016
    Operating hours: Weekdays 19:30-22:30 / Weekends & public holidays 19:30-23:00 (Not operated in the case of rain)
    Admission: Free


TIP. Tourist Attractions near Chuncheon

Soyanggang Skywalk




Photo: Soyanggang Skywalk



Soyanggang Skywalk is an observatory structure built atop Uiamho Lake. With a total length of 174m, it is the longest skywalk in Korea, and has a total of 156 meters of clear glass offering up the thrilling feeling of walking on water. It can feel quite scary to know just a pane of glass is holding you up, but there is no need to fear. The glass used is extremely thick and strong enough to hold even 7,000 people at one time. 

Cloth shoe covers are ready to put on at the entrance to Soyanggang Skywalk. These protective shoe covers are a requirement for all visitors in order to keep the glass free from scratches. After enjoying the skywalk, the shoe covers are returned at the entrance for the next guest to wear.


  • ☞ Address: 804, Geunhwa-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 102 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop and get off at Soyanggang Maiden Bus Stop.
  • ☞ Operating hours: March-June, September-November 10:00-18:00 / July-August 10:00-20:30 / December-February 10:00-17:00
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won

Soyanggang Dam




Photo: Commemorative statue at Soyanggang Dam (left) / Soyangho Lake (right)


Soyanggang Dam is the largest dam in Korea, creating a man-made lake of over 2.9 billion tons of water. The lake is a very popular attraction for the beautiful scenery one can enjoy here. Visitors can get an even closer approach to the lake by taking a ride on the Soyangho Lake Ferry. Courses include a simple trip around the entire lake, as well as a ferry heading for Cheongpyeongsa Temple. The Cheongpyeongsa Temple course includes a roughly 4km-long one-way boat ride to the dock, and a further 30 minute walk to the temple. This course is extremely popular among visitors, as it offers a chance to enjoy the lake, mountain, and temple in one trip.


  • ☞ Address: 1128, Sinsaembat-ro, Sinbuk-eup, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 12 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop and get off at Soyanggang Dam Top Bus Stop.
  • ☞ Ferry Fare 
    Soyangho Lake Ferry: Adults & Teenagers 12,000 won / Children 6,000 won
    Obongsan Mountain∙Cheongpyeongsa Temple: Adults & Teenagers round-trip 6,000 won, one-way 3,000 won / Children round-trip 4,000 won, one-way 2,000 won


Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street

2398434_image_16.jpgPhoto: Sign for Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street (top) / Dak-galbi (bottom left) / Mak-guksu (bottom right)

Chuncheon Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street was formed in the 1950’s and is now one of the most famous food-themed streets in the nation. Dak-galbi is a stir-fried dish made of chicken mixed with a spicy seasoning and fried on a large pan with various vegetables, including plenty of chopped cabbage. The kick of the spicy seasoning goes well with the tenderness of chicken for a taste that is loved by all. These days it’s even easy to see foreigners visiting Chuncheon just to enjoy this delicious meal. The warmth of dak-galbi also goes great when eaten alongside the refreshingly coolmak-guksu.


  • ☞ Address: Area of Joyang-dong, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
  • ☞ Directions: Take Bus No. 12 from Chuncheon Station Bus Stop and get off at Soyang-ro Post Office Bus Stop → Walk approx. 200m to Myeongdong Dakgalbi Street.





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News bites: August 26, 2016

I’m not sure why this is making the news rounds again, but Saimdang, Light’s Diarywill run for 30 episodes instead of 24. I was under the impression the number of episodes was confirmed back in May when filming wrapped, but perhaps producers waffled between the two lengths. The hotly anticipated sageuk drama marking Lee Young-ae‘s return to the small screen will premiere in October and conclude in early 2017 on SBS. 


Source: Dramabeans



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Not even Lee Young-ae? "Saimdang, the Herstory" to be postponed in China


The SBS drama "Saimdang, the Herstory" might be postponed in China according to reviews.

"Saimdang, the Herstory" has gone through production since August last year to June this year. It was going to be released in Korea, China and Japan on the 10th this month. However, the relationship between Korea and China has turned cold due to THAAD which caused the Chinese to put a brake on this plan.

The drama review on the Chinese side is going to come out with tin the week but circumstances hint that might not happen. Not allowing "Saimdang, the Herstory" to go on as planned can be a good example of restricting Hallyu in China.

Sources are waiting on the result of President Park Geun-hye and Premier Xi Jin Ping's summit. In the worst case scenario, sources will prepare two dramas for release.

"Saimdang, the Herstory" is the retold story of Saimdang's life, love and art. Her co-star is Song Seung-heon in the role of Lee Gyeom. Other casts are Oh Yoon-ah, Kim Hae-sook, Yoon Seok-hwa and more.





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On 9/18/2016 at 1:28 AM, quockhanh45 said:

Waiting time so long. Please, I don't want wait anymore.

@quockhanh45, unfortunately, our wait gets longer.

According to AsianWiki, SBS has to decided to move "Saimdang, Light's Diary," starring Lee Young-Ae & Song Seung-Heon, from premiering October, 2016 to January, 2017.

I don't know why. Maybe they are hoping that by then China will allow it air there?



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September 28, 2016

Lee Young-Ae's return in TV series put off to next year

SEOUL Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- The airing of South Korean TV series, "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors" starring Lee Young-Ae, has been postponed to early next year, according to TV sources.

The pre-produced SBS TV series was scheduled to simultaneously hit the air in South Korea and China in late October.

But the broadcasting has been put off to January as China delayed its screening procedures for the show in possible fallout from Seoul's decision to deploy an anti-missile defense system on the Korean Peninsula, the sources said on Tuesday.

The drama is also set to be shown simultaneously in nine other Asian countries such as Japan and Thailand.

The delay made the producers push back the drama's premiere to Jan. 18 and change the time slot of the series from weekend nights to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

"Consequences of the three-months-suspension will not be as bad, since the current time slot is more favorable to drawing media attention," said an SBS official. "The Chinese will also most likely award a license by that time."

 A period drama set in the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and modern-day Korea, "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors" is a reinterpretation of a Korean historical figure, Shin Saimdang -- a painter and a poet who lived in the 16th century.

Lee plays the double role of an art history lecturer and the historical artist in the series.

Actor Song Seung-heon plays Lee Gyeom, an upright noble, who harbors romantic feelings towards the female character ever since their fateful first encounter.

The series marks Lee's return to acting after director Park Chan-wook's 2005 film "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance."

The recent development comes amid concerns that South Korea's entertainment business might be the initial target of any Chinese backlash against the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. China is a key overseas market for popular South Korean entertainment content such as K-pop and dramas.

China has condemned the THAAD deployment as a move against its own national security interests and a threat to regional stability.

Poster images of Lee Young-Ae (L) and Song Seung-heon (R) for the drama, "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors," provided by its cooperative production companies, Creative Leaders Group8 Inc and Empere Entertainment. (Yonhap)

Poster images of Lee Young-Ae (L) and Song Seung-heon (R) for the drama, "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors," provided by its cooperative production companies, Creative Leaders Group8 Inc and Empere Entertainment. (Yonhap)


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(News Focus) Dark cloud from missile spat hangs over Korean TV shows

By Woo Jae-yeon and Youn Go-eun

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) -- What had been feared to happen by the Korean entertainment circle has become a reality.

SBS TV's "Saimdang, Memoir of Colors," one of the most anticipated period dramas this fall, pushed back its broadcast to next January from the scheduled October, the station said Tuesday in a press release.

The decision is the latest blow to the industry that fell victim to a recent fraying of relations between Seoul and Beijing over an American antimissile system.

In July, South Korea decided to deploy the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) to better defend the country from North Korea's ever-growing military threats. China argues the move undermines regional peace and security as it increases the U.S.' military clout on the Korean Peninsula.


The decision to postpone the show affects the Chinese as well. China's Hunan TV signed a deal to premiere the drama simultaneously with its Korean partner. The station had been promoting the upcoming show on its website.

Korean drama fans in China had been looking forward to the series particularly because it features actress Lee Young-ae from "Jewel in the Palace," which enjoyed pan-Asia popularity.

According to the statement, SBS doesn't rule out the worst case scenario that the series might go on air in January only in Korea.

"The best scenario is for the drama to be broadcast in Korea and China at the same time. We are waiting for China to respond," it read.

A person familiar with the matter told Yonhap News Agency that the idea of opening the show in Korea first in October had been briefly toyed with, but those involved decided to try their best to stick with the original plan of the simultaneous broadcasts.

It remains uncertain at this point if even starting the broadcasts in January is possible.

Meanwhile, KBS 2TV's "Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo" opened in China on Aug. 28, without a hitch. The series, based on a Chinese novel, is being shown on the Chinese online streaming site Youku. So far, it has been played more than 10 billion times.

"It is really unfortunate that we had to cancel various activities in China, which could have taken place if the show had started prior to this 'THAAD situation,'" said an official from the production company The Wind That Carries Wishes. The company scaled back promotional activities for fear of further political fallouts despite the series' rising popularity in China.

KBS 2 TV's "Uncontrollably Fond" was also affected by the political feud. The meet-and-greet scheduled last month in China with the two main actors, Kim Woo-bin and Bae Suzy, was scrapped at the last minute for uncertain reasons.

Against the backdrop of the current tension, worries grow over the broadcast plan of some of the upcoming dramas, including "Hwarang, the Beginning" and "Entourage."

   The two were sold to China on condition that they would be aired in Korea and China at the same time. Which means, if they don't pass the Chinese screening process, they could be forced to push back the Korean premiere as well.

While China's protest against the deployment negatively impacts business, "the Chinese entertainment circle is still vastly interested in Korean shows featuring big stars, so it is equally important for us to continue producing high-quality programs," an official from a Korean production firm told Yonhap.

Another KBS official said: "China is the biggest market for Korean entertainment content. Even though the situation is frustrating, we should take this opportunity to improve our ability to cope with crises like this."


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September 29, 2016

Lee Young-ae’s comeback delayed, again

Source: INSIDE Korea JoongAng Daily


Actress Lee Young-ae’s historical SBS drama “Saimdang, Light’s Diary” has been postponed to January.

An official from the network confirmed the news, saying that the drama will now be aired after “The Legend of the Blue Sea” starring actress Jun Ji-hyun.

The drama was supposed to air simultaneously in China and Korea in a joint effort to promote the show in both countries. This is the second time the show is being postponed, as the drama was pushed back once before in April.

The show was also intended to be Lee’s return to acting from a ten year hiatus, her last role being in 2005 film “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.” The filming for the drama was completed in June.

Lee stars alongside actor Song Seung-hun in the period drama, which was originally titled “Saimdang, the Herstory.” The story entails a reimagining of the historical figure Shin Saimdang from the Joseon dynasty, and the mysterious secrets uncovered by an art history lecturer, played by Lee.

By Chung Jin-hong

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:bawling: :cry: :frown: more waiting ....

'Saimdang, Light's Diary' / 사임당, 빛의 일기 / 《师任堂:光的日记》- Broadcast Delayed. From Oct 2016 to Jan 2017.

大陸審批不順?李英愛「師任堂」延播 | 世界新聞網

SRC: LINK (to Cnews article)


'Saimdang, Light's Diary' / 사임당, 빛의 일기 / 《师任堂:光的日记》- - Broadcast Rescheduled.

From original weekend slots to Wed & Thurs slots. Premiere will air on 2017-1-18 @ 2200 hours (KST).

宋承宪李英爱师任堂光的日记为什么延播 有望能在中韩同步播出?-秀目网

SRC: LINK (to Cnews article)

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