- Ensemble Dark Horse: Lady Han and her actress have their own fanbase.
- Genius Bonus: The series does show a lot of various Korean royal cuisines.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
- Dae Jang Geum is very popular in East Asia, especially China.
- The drama is also popular in several other Asian countries like Singapore and the Philippines.
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Choi Geum-young gets this treatment.
- Jang-deok. Her mother committed suicide because the king asked her to become a dancer for him. Her father committed suicide as well. Her family is accused of disrespecting the king. As a result, the family's properties were confiscated and then Jang-deok turned into a goverment slave. The reason why she decided to become a physician is because she wanted to take revenge on the king by slowly killing him using wrong medicatitions.
- Tear Jerker: Jang Geum buried her mother with her own hands. At about 11 years old.
YMMV / Dae Jang Geum