'Daejanggeum Week' Draws Diehard Fans

      May 31, 2007 05:20

      Four years ago, Korean TV viewers got their first taste of "Daejanggeum," also known "Jewel in the Palace" in English.

      Based loosely on a historical figure, the drama depicts the life of the first female royal doctor of the Chosun Dynasty.

      The series took Korea by storm, and it continues to power the Korean Wave of pop culture in many Asian countries.

      The Korea Tourism Organization, a state-run body, created a special program to cater to Japanese fans of the drama. That is Daejanggeum Week which opened last Friday for a seven-day run.

      Around 300 visitors have come, and are expected to visit each day until Thursday. The highlight of Daejanggeum Week is a two-hour meeting with the show's cast, a different star for every day.

      Daejanggeum has served to nourish interest in Korean-made TV productions. There are spin-offs such as a musical by the same name, and a kids' animation called "Janggeum's Dream."

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