Jewel in the Palace takes place about 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, when 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 (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 a position as a royal cook. She later became the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. The king even gave her the title "The Great Jang-Geum". The story of her checkered life,her success, her breakdown, as well as her love story beautifully unfold. "Jewel in the Palace" is sure to touch your heart.