Hwang Jin-i (황진이) is a popular, award-winning Korean drama broadcast on KBS. The series was based on the life and loves of Hwang Jin-i, a 16th-century kisaeng. Internationally popular, it was broadcast in South Korea in late 2006, in the Republic of China (Taiwan) in 2007, and in Japan beginning in April 2008. The series was inspired by a renewed interest in kisaeng in South Korea during 2006, and its success drove the entertainment industry to produce more kisaeng-related materials. Lead actress, Ha Ji-won won KBS' "Best Actress" award for her role in the series.
The series is based on the life of Hwang Jin-i, the great Joseon-era poet, musician and dancer. The difficulties that Hwang experienced due to her social class are a focus of the series. Hwang's first love ends tragically after Kim Eun-ho's parents refuse to accept the relationship due to class differences. As the illegitimate daughter of a kisaeng and a nobleman, Jin-i belongs to a lower class than Eun-ho. Then, Eun ho dies of pneumonia in a futile attempt to elope with Jin-i.