Saimdang, Light’s Diary Episode 2

Title: 사임당, 빛의 일기 / Saimdang, Light’s Diary
Previously known as: Saimdang, the Herstory
Chinese Title: 師任堂,光的日記
Genre: Historical, Romance
Episodes: 30 (To Be Confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2016-Oct-08 to 2017-Jan-15
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:55


This is a 100% pre-produced drama. Filming began on 2015-August-10 and finished on 2016-June-4.

A reinterpretation of Saimdang from the Joseon times. She was a genius artist and passionate lover. Lee Young Ae takes on two roles; Seo Ji Yoon, a college professor who specializes in Korea Art History and Shin Saimdang.

Meanwhile, Lee Gyum (Song Seung Hun) is a man who had a fateful first encounter with Saimdang in his youth and has carried her in his heart for whole life.


Main Cast

Lee Young Ae as Seo Ji Yoon / Shin Saimdang
– Park Hye Soo as Shin Saimdang (young)
Song Seung Hun as Lee Gyum
– Yang Se Jong (양세종) as Lee Gyum (young)
Oh Yoon Ah as Whieumdang Choi
– Yoon Ye Joo as Whieumdang Choi (young)
Kim Hae Sook as Shin Saimdang’s grandmother

Supporting Cast

Yoon Da Hoon
Choi Chul Ho
Choi Jong Hwan
Yoon Suk Hwa
Kim Mi Kyung
Park Jung Hak
Lee Joo Yeon
Park Joon Myun
Kim Young Joon
Hong Suk Chun
Sul Jung Hwan
Jang Seo Kyung
Song Joon Hee
Kwak Ji Hye
Kim Min Hee
Goo Hye Ryung
Jo Seung Yun
Kim Jung Hak
Lee Hae Young
Choi Il Hwa
Song Min Hyung
Lee Kyung Jin
Ban Hyo Jung

Production Credits

Production Company: Group8
Director: Yoon Sang Ho
Screenwriter: Park Eun Ryung


– Lee Young Ae makes a TV comeback through this drama after 13 years since 2003 MBC drama “Dae Jang Geum“.

– Kam Woo Sung was offered the lead male role, but declined.

– Shin Saimdang who born on 1504-October-29 is an artist, calligraphist, poet and she appears on the current South Korean 50,000 won bill.