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  • Drama: The Great Merchant (English title) / Wealthy Merchant Kim Man Deok (literal title)
  • Revised romanization: Geosang Kim Man Deok
  • Hangul: 거상 김만덕
  • Director: Kang Byung-Taek, Kim Sung-Yoon
  • Writer: Kim Jin-Suk
  • Network: KBS
  • Episodes: 30
  • Release Date: March 6 - June 13, 2010
  • Runtime: Sat, Sun 21:40
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot

Man Deok-Kim (Lee Mi-Yeon) was born into the noble class, but became an orphan at the age of 12. She was than adopted by a prostitute on Jeju Island and worked as a prostitute. At the age of 22, Deok-Kim appealed to government authorities and freed herself from prostitution and also reclaimed her noble status. Deok-Kim would then go on to become a wealthy merchant by importing & exporting goods between Jeju Island and the Korean mainland. By the age of 50, Deok-Kim would become one of the richest persons living on Jeju Island. A severe famine would then strike the island taking the lives of one-third of the population. This famine would move Deok-Kim so much that she would sell her entire assets to help feed the starving people of her island.

Notes

  1. "The Great Merchant" is based on the life of Kim Man Deok (1739-1812) - a wealthy merchant who sold her entire assets after a severe famine on Jeju Islands and donated 90% of the proceeds to help the starving people of Jeju Island. A memorial was created for Kim Man Deok on Jeju Island in 1978 and Jeju Island also presents a yearly Man-deok Award to two outstanding ladies that those those in need.
  2. "Wealthy Merchant Kim Man Deok" will take over the time slot previously occupied by the KBS drama "The Reputable Family" (Myeong-ga).

Cast

Great Merchant-Lee Mi-Yeon.jpg Great Merchant-Park Sol-Mi.jpg Great Merchant-Han Jae-Seok.jpg Great Merchant-Ha Seok-Jin.jpg Great Merchant-Ko Du-Shim.jpg
Lee Mi-Yeon Park Sol-Mi Han Jae-Suk Ha Seok-Jin Ko Du-Shim
Kim Man-Deuk Oh Moon-Sun Jeong Hong-Su Gang Yu-Ji Granny
Great Merchant-Kim Cheol-Ki.jpg 90ox Great Merchant-Lee Byeong-Wook.jpg Great Merchant-Kim Kap-Su.jpg Great Merchant-Kim Myeong-Kuk.jpg
Kim Cheol-Ki Lee Mi-Ji Lee Byung-Wook Kim Kap-Su Kim Myeong-Kuk
Dong-A Duk-Pal's mother Kim Pan-Sool Gang Gae-Man Choi Nam-Gu
Great Merchant-Kim Kyu-Cheol.jpg Great Merchant-Lee Dal-Hyeong.jpg Great Merchant-Kim Seon-Kyeong.jpg Great Merchant-Shim Eun-Jin.jpg Great Merchant-Jo Yang-Ja.jpg
Kim Kyu-Cheol Lee Doll-Hyung Kim Sun-Kyung Shim Eun-Jin Jo Yang-Ja
Oh Jip-Sa Kim Dong-Joo Myohyang Yo Hwa Chok-Sae's mother
Great Merchant-Park Sun-Cheon.jpg Great Merchant-Choi Jae-Sung.jpg Great Merchant-Kim Byeong-Ki.jpg Great Merchant-Chu So-Yeong.jpg Great Merchant-Lee Deok-Hee.jpg
Park Sun-Cheon Choi Jae-Sung Kim Byeong-Ki Choo So-Young Lee Deok-Hee
Young Cheon-Daek Kim Eung-Ryeol Jung Do-Woong Eun-Hong Hong-Soo's mother

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Ashani upeksha lee mi yeon and park sol mi are the best actresess acting in' The Great Merchant'.,i do love both of them.

                                I love firstly-dong yi
                                      second-horse doctor
                                      third-the great merchant

udari I love it and i love do ji han.

hansi i luv hon yee\kim man deok, she is cute,we all like her

Akila I love Merchant Kim Man Deok.She is lovely!

Dimalka The best I have seen. Thank for giving this type of teledrama. Do Ji Hans acting is superb.......

desnie the great merchant is good but it can't be compared with Dong Yi or A Jewel in the Palace or the Holy Pearls or the Moon that Embraces the Sun

Louise The great merchant is trulyMAGNFICENT! I Iike what the story is trying to give us. Grand!Fameux! Its teaching a true lesson, it does. That our cast or status doesn't matter when considering success.Ahh............i like both Kim and Jeong hong-su Ses magnifiques! I adore Kim man-deuk! J'adore! Ces't tellement interessant! Ces't vraiment bon! J'espere que vous aves tous beaucoup apprecie.

chathumi I love THE GREAT MERCHANT

julius i like the plot hope i can download this to watch this movie more power,,,

dolly This drama is interesting. I like the plot. I just hope to I could watch all episodes with english sub because tudou isn't working in my place all the time.

cerah I love merchant kim man deok, film seri trbaik yg ak tonton, mngharukannn hiks hiks tp kenapa Jeong Hongsu dbuat mati hiks hiks

c. toyoshima This TV drama is so beautifuly made and happens to be one of my favorite Korean TV drama series that I cherish. Why has it not received much of the Korean media attention? I am certain that this drama series will do well if shown in Japan and elsewhere.

Helen There is so much of arguements and even anger, at viikii.net, amongst the audience over this drama, that korean gisaeng is not a prostitute. Yet all write ups say it just so. Which is right.

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