This is another drama that I am looking forward to. Can you guess why?
Because it’s starring Park Yoochun who is 1/5 of my favorite Korean boy group TVXQ. Kyaaa! Okay, that’s enough fangirling for now.
Since the announcement of the drama a few months back, a lot of fans have been excited not only because one of its lead is a popular singer but because of its storyline which is a cross between Boys Over Flowers and You Are Beautiful set during the Joseon dynasty.
The drama takes place at Sungkyunkwan University which is a real Confucian University and exists up to this day. The girl Kim Yoon Hee, played by Park Min Young, enters the university in place of her brother who has fallen ill. Because of that, she has to pretend to be a man. In the university, she became friends with the four popular guys Lee Sun Joon (Park Yoochun) who is brainy and rich, Goo Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki) the playboy and the rebellious Moon Jae Shin (Yoo Ah In.)
Aside from pretending to be a guy, why is a woman entering a university a scandal? Well, Korea is basically a patriarchal society due to its Confucian roots. Only the men belonging to the noble class (yangban) can go to school. Women are like second-class citizens who are deprived from receiving proper education. Kim Yoon Hee must go through a lot of trials to protect her identity as well as fight for her rights as a woman.
Now, doesn’t this bit of information excite you more?
Sungkyunkwan Scandal will start airing on August 30 at KBS on a Monday-Tuesday timeslot.