Hwang Jini

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For the 2007 film, see Hwang Jin Yi (film). For the 2006 television drama, see Hwang Jini (TV series).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Hwang.
Hwang Jini
Revised Romanization Hwang Jini
McCune–Reischauer Hwang Chini
Gisaeng name
Revised Romanization Myeong-wol
McCune–Reischauer Myŏngwŏl

Hwang Jini (Hangul황진이; c. 1506 – c. 1560), also known by her gisaeng name Myeongwol ("bright moon", 명월), was one of the most famous gisaeng of the Joseon Dynasty. She lived during the reign of King Jungjong. She was noted for her exceptional beauty, charming quick wit, extraordinary intellect, and her assertive and independent nature.[1][2][3] She has become an almost myth-like figure in modern Korea, inspiring novels, operas, films, and television series.


Only a handful of sijo (Korean verse form) and geomungo pieces exist today. They show skilled craftsmanship of words and of musical arrangement. Hwang's sijo often describe the beauty and sites of Gaeseong (such as the palace of Manwoldae and the Pakyon Falls), the personal tragedy of her lost loves and responses to famous classic Chinese poems and literature (the majority of them reflecting on lost love).

In popular culture[edit]

In the late 20th century, Hwang Jini's story began to attract attention from both sides of the Korean divide and feature in a variety of novels, operas, films and television series. Novelizations of her life include a 2002 treatment by North Korean writer Hong Sok-jung (which became the first North Korean novel to win a literary award, the Manhae Prize, in the South) and a 2004 bestseller by South Korean writer Jeon Gyeong-rin.[4] In late 2006, KBS released a TV series entitled Hwang Jini starring Ha Ji-won in the title role.[5] A film starring Song Hye-kyo was released on June 6, 2007.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Osváth Gábor. "Hvang Dzsini sidzso versei (eredeti szövegek, nyers- és műfordítások)" (pdf) (in Hungarian). Konfuciusz Intézet. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  2. ^ Lee, Hai-soon; Yi, Hye-Sun (2005). Spirit of Korean Cultural Roots 9 : Poetic World of Classic Korean Women Writers. Ewha Womans University Press. pp. 13–18. ISBN 8973006029. 
  3. ^ "Best Female Poet in Korean Literature, Hwang Jini". KBS World. 2010-12-24. Retrieved 2012-11-14. 
  4. ^ "A Literary Thaw in Korea". Time. 2004-06-21. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  5. ^ "Korean drama about Hwang Jin-yi to air in Japan". Korea.net. 2008-08-21. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Hwang Jin Yi". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 
  7. ^ "Filming Locations". Korea Tourism Organisation. Retrieved 2012-11-15. 

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