Top actress Lee Young-ae, famous for her role as Jang Geum in “Dae Jang Geum,” is expecting to give birth to a girl sometime in February, according to a report by local entertainment daily Ilgan Sports.
There had been speculation about Lee’s private life ever since she married a businessman in August 2009. Her pregnancy was first announced last August by her father.
The Ilgan Sports team received news that Lee will be giving birth at a hospital in Cheongdam-dong sometime in mid-February, and has avoided going outside to keep the baby healthy.
The TV miniseries Daejanggeum, or Jewel in the Palace, which aired on MBC from September 15, 2003 to March 23, 2004, set many new records. The miniseries, whose viewer rate averaged 47%, and even reached a high of 57.8%, is based on the story of a real historical figure (Jang-geum) who was the first and only woman to serve as head physician to the King in the rigidly hierarchical and male-dominated social structure of the Joseon Dynasty.
Daejanggeum, in English, “the Great Jang-geum,” caught the attention of Korean TV viewers with its unique combination of two themes: the successful rise of a female, which is rarely covered in historical genre, and the elements of traditional food and medicine. For three months, beginning in May 2004, Daejanggeum aired in Taiwan, overtaking other Taiwanese miniseries, and snatching the title of most viewed program of the season. In fact, nowadays, visiting Taiwanese fans flock to the main filming locations on Jeju Island, at the Korean Folk Village, Naganeupseong, Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. The series was also launched on NHK satellite TV beginning October 8, 2004. In spring 2004,Daejanggeum also gained popularity in the West when the drama aired in 60 episodes on WOCH-Ch in Chicago, drawing large numbers of Daejanggeumaficionados.
These days, the main filming locations on Jeju Island, at the Korean Folk Village, Naganeupseong, Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace are crowded with Taiwanese fans.
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Airing: MBC TV / Mondays & Tuesdays at 9:55 pm from September 15, 2003 to March
Production : Producer Cho jung-hyeon / Screenwriter Kim Yeong-hyeon /
Director: Lee Byeong-hun
Main Casts ：Lee Young-Ae, Ji Jin-Hee Hong Li-Na, Im Ho, Yang Mi-gyeong, Gyeon Mi-ri