Dae Jang Geum - Inspiring Korean TV miniseries
- Any other Dae Jang Geum fans out there? I learned of this
internationally popular Korean TV miniseries from Dharana (San
Francisco Centre) while in Heidelberg for the German Joy Days. Talk
about global perspective!
You can read about it and watch two short YouTube videos giving a
sense of the show at my blog post:
Since it is quite long(3 volumes, a total of 18 discs, about 54 hours
worth of programming), it can be rather pricey to purchase. I started
watching volume one as an inter-library loan item requested at the
public library but not too many libraries in the U.S. have it. It does
not appear to be available at most American DVD rental stores or
online services such as Netflix/Blockbuster.
If you want to see it and don't know anyone who owns it, you can watch
it streaming over the computer at
http://aznv.tv/ - a source for streaming Asian TV shows that requires
you to create a free account to pull up and watch Dae Jang Geum. Their
shows stream only on a Windows PC using the Windows free media player
I tried watching an episode that way today and must warn you that this
player does not allow you to rewind or fast forward so be prepared to
watch the show all the way through without any pauses or
interruptions. I got a phone call before the last 4 minutes of the
show and had to start it playing all over from the beginning after
confirming it wouldn't fast forward/rewind properly by checking around
on the Web.
I hear the show is quite popular with Sri Chinmoy's students -in
particular with chefs at divine enterprise restaurants such as Annam
Brahma and Ananda Fuara. In truth it is immensely popular in any of
the 60 countries where it has been shown.
It is a fascinating drama featuring Asian culture, palace life, the
fight of good and evil/corruption, cooking competitions that seem like
a 1500's versionn of Top Chef, tremendous heroism, etc.
- Dear Sharani, I haven't heard about the TV mini series but I am always
grateful for recommendations and would like to watch them when time
Like you and others I sometimes experience that a song that touched
me reverberates inside me for quite some time. But wasn't it you who
said, "Time heals everything?" (I don't know what is wrong with me I
almost wrote "hills").
P.S. As you mention Heidelberg, I was happy to read you want to come
again to Heidelberg in October?
- Hi Doris,
Things are not looking promising for a visit to Heidelberg this fall
after all. I would love to return to Pujaloy sooner rather than later
but the current economic conditions in America are reducing my travel
I heat my house with oil and this winter the prices are expected to be
astronomically higher than last year. All my household utilities have
raised their rates this summer: electricity, natural gas, Cable plus
the prices for food and gasoline are much higher than before in the
U.S. The airline industry in the U.S. is also struggling and prices
for tickets have greatly increased lately as well.
Maybe I should study Tejvan's economics expertise at his blog
http://www.economicshelp.org/ to better understand the rough waters
for our country right now.
I seem to be part of the current renewed gardening enthusiasm in the
U.S. as well with my first vegetable garden started in ten years (I
just made delicious muffins with home-grown shredded yellow summer
squash in them) and a "staycation" instead of "vacation" mentality.
I can turn to Tejvan's blogs yet again for gardening tips. I believe
he is the creator of this site on gardening:
although it is more for flowers than vegetables... :-)
Thank goodness prayer and meditation are free of charge!
p.s. now that I am in the middle of part 2 of Dae Jang Geum I can add
that it just keeps getting better and better as it progresses...
- Hi Sharani, economic conditions are not much better in Switzerland.
What you wrote sounds all too familiar and becaused you asked, I will
be soon rather on staycation than on vacation, not sure.
But as you and others are showing, there are plenty of ways to be
discovered to become more creative. (I am also thinking of the
Another example is Tejvan. When he started his blog Gardener Tips I
realised for the first time how creative he is. I am sure he will
take it as a compliment that I stopped reading them. It is merely
because I can't keep up with his speed. I made a link to Poem Of The
Day" by him on my German blog.
Here is a list of all his blogs:
~ ~ ~
P.S. I have not started watching Dae Jang Geum, good it keeps getting
--- In Sri_Chinmoy_Inspiration@yahoogroups.com, sharani_sharani
> Hi Doris,
> Things are not looking promising for a visit to Heidelberg this fall
> after all. I would love to return to Pujaloy sooner rather than
> but the current economic conditions in America are reducing mytravel
> I heat my house with oil and this winter the prices are expected to
> astronomically higher than last year. All my household utilitieshave
> raised their rates this summer: electricity, natural gas, Cable plusadd
> the prices for food and gasoline are much higher than before in the
> U.S. The airline industry in the U.S. is also struggling and prices
> for tickets have greatly increased lately as well.
> Maybe I should study Tejvan's economics expertise at his blog
> http://www.economicshelp.org/ to better understand the rough waters
> for our country right now.
> I seem to be part of the current renewed gardening enthusiasm in the
> U.S. as well with my first vegetable garden started in ten years (I
> just made delicious muffins with home-grown shredded yellow summer
> squash in them) and a "staycation" instead of "vacation" mentality.
> I can turn to Tejvan's blogs yet again for gardening tips. I believe
> he is the creator of this site on gardening:
> although it is more for flowers than vegetables... :-)
> Thank goodness prayer and meditation are free of charge!
> p.s. now that I am in the middle of part 2 of Dae Jang Geum I can
> that it just keeps getting better and better as it progresses...
- Hi Doris,
I certainly hope to see you in NY on a vacation rather than a
staycation *sooner* rather than later! Either way, I have not
forgotten my promise to send you photos by "snail mail."
The library where I work actually managed to purchase Dae Jang Geum
for the collection so now I can share it with people much more
readily. While I know of people who got so into it they stayed up half
the night day in and day out to see all 54 episodes, I am trying to
savor it by watching a couple of episodes about once a week. Now half
way through it, it gets harder to keep that discipline with so much
intrigue and drama building with suspense.
- Dear Sharani, thanks for your hoping for me..., I was fine with
staycation. 'I' managed to get a new good paid job and hope to see you
and other friends in New York in October.
It wasn't possible to stream the movie therefore I downloaded it but
it took some time. I will have to improve my internet speed.
Now I do understand others who are spending half their nights
watching. I managed to watch sixteen episodes since the day before
yesterday and very much enjoy them.
Forgive me I even cut some joke on your saying it was so suspense.
But it surely is. It also reminds me of the Mahabharata.
- Hi Doris,
As the series progressed, I found it harder and harder to watch just
one or two episodes a week. Suddenly I find myself with only one hour
left of this 54 hour magnum opus. It has exceeded all my expectations
so quickly created while watching the early episodes of volume 1. I
have shed tears, laughed and found great inspiration in the ideals,
heroism and morals openly and subtly preached in this series. I'm glad
you found a way to watch it and that you too are benefiting from its
introduction to your life. It is certainly a cultural experience that
goes far beyond simple entertainment, don't you agree?
Speaking of staying in Germany, I have quite belatedly just finished
making corrections and improvements to a photo slideshow that I put on
YouTube with memories from my trip to Heidelberg last May. It is my
maiden voyage in using software that came on my MAC called iMovie HD.
I had to read and study the entire 70 page manual to try to learn how
to use it - especially after my first effort showed some glitches such
as black edges on photos or titles across the photo that were rather
I am happy to say that I have made a small step forward and the
revised slideshow video can be found in my blog post about Heidelberg
on my blog at:
I look forward to seeing you in New York in October and
congratulations of the highest order in your new job as well.
p.s. I loved reading the computer's rough translation of your blog
post about being in the now and studying hands while on the bus.
Perhaps you could create an English language version of it to share
even more widely?
- Hi Sharani, last week I finished watching Dae Jang Geum.
"It has exceeded all my expectations so quickly created while watching
the early episodes of volume 1. I have shed tears, laughed and found
great inspiration in the ideals, heroism and morals openly and subtly
preached in this series."
For me it was similar. Onething I really benefitted from and that
changed some of my old views for ever (hopefully) was that sometimes I
thought of myself as a trouble maker. But the role Jang Geum (Lee
Young Ae) had to play is quite clear. Of course I am far far beyond of
comparing with such a sacrificing, beautiful soul that Jang Geum was.
I also liked the theme song.
Lee Young Ae is a wonderful actress. But many characters in the movie
were interesting to watch.