Saturday, 27 November 2010

Losing Sleep Over A Scandal

No, not a real scandal but over a Korean drama titled Sungkyunkwan Scandal. I have been sleeping late for the past week, watching whatever episodes that I've downloaded over and over and over and over again. I'm trying to pace myself and not watch the whole episode in one go by not downloading them all,so I've only watched 16 epsiodes so far.

I've always have a soft spot for romantic Korean drama, but the last time I was this obsessive was over Coffee Prince.

The drama was set in Joseon era, in Sungkyunkwan, the nation’s highest academic institution, founded in 1398. For info, Sungkyunkwan is still in existence in modern day Korea. It is the oldest national university in Korea and all of East Asia. Interesting fact, no?

There is a  bit of similarity of the story because it is about a girl cross dressing as a boy to make a living. In Coffee Prince, it was a case of mistaken identity (or rather mistaken gender) that started the relationship; in Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Kim Yoon Hee (which was played by Park Min Yeong) had to dress as a boy to make a living. The stakes are different, since the consequences of being found out are severe, it’s no longer a matter of losing the guy’s trust and/or love but of failing your family and facing severe punishment and possibly death. 

The story is of a girl beating all odds to enter a higher learning place which was forbidden to women back then, in order to help her mother and sick brother. A heroine slogs through all odds and triumph in the end; I'm such a sucker for this kind of storyline.

And watching three beautiful men (those three in the photo above) doesn't hurt either. Koreans does have a knack to make a strait-laced guy looks hot! And watching this drama makes me even want to try wearing a hanbok someday. If you want to know a bit about Korean traditional dress, click here for more info.

Anyway, enjoy this soundtrack from the drama.


  1. It's understandable if you crazy over K-drama. My friend are too! :D

  2. @VanillaSeven,
    They're addictive, I can tell you that! ;)

  3. I think some Korean dramas are of better quality than our local Chinese tv series.

  4. @Mei Teng,
    Well... some actors in Korean drama can't act to save their life! But I always enjoy just looking at pretty boys. XD

  5. We used to watch long series soap operas on video tape years ago so I know what you're going through. Don't forget to sleep. :)

  6. i agree that some korean dramas are nice to watch. apart from the interesting plot lines, you can learn a lot about the culture and see the beautiful views.

  7. @AVCr8teur,
    Once you start, it's hard to stop, right? :D

  8. @Life Ramblings,
    True. I've developing an interest in learning Korean and knowing more about their culture. :)

  9. Don't get panda eyes, they are difficult to get rid later! haha .....

    I have passed the phase of losing sleep over Korean drams, now it's my son who's addicted..... and you, my dear friend. :P

  10. @ECL,
    Don't I know about it. Trying very hard to sleep before 1am and limiting myself to a few episodes per day. :D

    Your son also loves K-Drama? Aaaahh... a kindred spirit.;)

  11. I am not into Korean drama Lina.
    I am more into CSI and stuff. Hehehehehe....

  12. @zezebel,
    I like CSI too, but writing about it here doesn't suit the theme of this blog.

    After all, I mainly write about Japan and Korean stuff in this blog. XD

  13. i have been losing sleep but if not for work then baby watch

  14. @Ayie,
    Poor you. But at least you are losing sleep over something productive unlike me. XD

    Don't forget to take it easy, Ayie.


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