'The Sandglass' Voted Best Korean Soap Since 1980

"The Sandglass" (1994) was voted the best Korean TV soap opera since 1980 by 20 star producers and drama writers, including Kim Jong-hak, Choi Wan-kyu and Noh Hee-kyung.

"The Sandglass," written by Song Ji-na and directed by Kim, was praised for its realistic portrayal of how dark political situations affect individuals' lives. It was so popular that people often went home early from work to catch it.

"Jewel in the Palace" (2004), which was hyped as the ultimate TV soap opera, came in second. "Eyes of Dawn" took third place, followed by "Winter Sonata" and "You and I."

englishnews@chosun.com / 2 11, 2009 10:33 KST