The story of Hwang Jin Yi, the famous 16th century Gisaeng. This story is about the life of Joseon-era dancer, musician and poet, Hwang Jin Yi, who seeks perfection in her art relentlessly and the hardship facing women due to their lowly social status. Hwang Jin Yi (Ha Ji Won) is the illegitimate child of a noble and Heon Keum (Jun Mi Sun), a noted musician gisaneg. The story centers on the four men in her life and her pursue in the art of dancing. Her first love with a nobleman's son Kim Eun Ho (Jang Geun Suk)ends in tragedy. Her love affair with Kim Jung Han (Kim Jae Won) does not have a happy ending either. Byuk Kye Soo (Yoo tae Joon) is the Emporer's relative who are obsessed with her and tried every trick but still could not have her. Finally there is her devoted bodyguard Yi Saeng ( Lee Shi Hwan)who never deserted her in times of need. Meanwhile, there is Bu Yong ( Wong Bit Na) who not only is Hwang Ji Yi's rival in dancing but also in love.
Sparked by an interest in gisaeng in 2006, this award-winning drama is based on the great Joseon-era poet, musician, dancer, and gisaeng who lived during King Jungjong's reign, Hwang Jin Yi. Ha Ji Won (Secret Garden) thrives in her role the charismatic gisaeng, and is supported by a star-studded cast including Jang Geun Suk (You're Beautiful, Love Rain), Kim Jae Won (Can You Hear My Heart), Ryu Tae Joon (I Really Really Like You) and Lee Shi Hwan (Life Special Investigation Team). Hwang Jin Yi relentlessly seeks perfection in her art while fighting the difficulties she experiences as a result of her social class as an illegitimate child of a noble and a noted musician gisaeng. This drama tracks the story of Hwang Jin Yi, her love affair with the four men in her life and her rivalry with Bu Yong (Wang Bit Na).