K-Drama Easter Eggs: Hidden Hints

K-Drama Easter Eggs: Hidden Hints

It is quite common to hide a secret message or aspect in an art work like it was in She Was Pretty (cover picture) but such hidden hints also exist in other movies and series.

WARNING: The article contains SPOILERS for the following dramas:

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, W-Two Worlds, You Who Came from the Stars, Dream High, I Hear Your Voice, A Gentleman's Dignity, Bring It On Ghost, and The Master's Sun.


Let's start with an example:

If you watched Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo you will remember the scene, when Lee Jong Suk suddenly is a guest of the chicken restaurant from Bok Joo’s father. A real K-Drama fan is already excited at this moment, but when Bok Joo smiles at him and says „He is in the national shooting team“, the attention of some fans will raise. You create the first links in your head. But when Kang Ki Young says this:

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There is no doubt anymore. You get excited because you loved the drama that they give a hint to:W – Two Worlds. Both actors of the scene acted and interacted in that drama as well. That is called an „Easter Egg“.

An "Easter Egg" is a secret feature of an interactive work or an insider joke. It can also be a secret message. This term originally came from the computer gaming section. The first widely known Easter Egg of this section was created by Warren Robinett. For the Video Game "Adventure" (Atari 2600) he created a secret room containing text crediting himself for the game's creation. 

But hidden messages were already common in art before the term was created. In movies, "Easter Eggs" are often used to create a hint to other movies to pay homage to the other production (mostly created by the same agency).

An other "KDrama Easter Egg" was found in You Who Came From The Stars:

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Bae Suzy introduces herself as "Go Hye Mi“, which was her character in Dream High. So the first hint was already set. Sometimes (as you can see), a subber helps fans to recognize the insider information. It is the only moment for Bae Suzy to appear in this drama, which is also a characteristic of a "Movie - Easter Egg." The message is delivered by a popular star which often isn’t even mentioned in the cast.

Another example is hidden inI Hear Your Voice when Kim Min Jong appears as a cameo. He is a lawyer with his own law firm. The first thought comes to your mind: „How funny: He was a lawyer in A Gentleman’s Dignity as well." A moment before he left the scene, he gets a call from a certain person and the "Easter Egg" is placed:

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There are also other Easter Eggs hidden in K-Dramas. 

For example, in Bring It On Ghost, there is a scene at the karaoke bar. Two boys sing the song „Heartbeat“ by 2PM. In this situation, Ok Taec Yeon, a member of 2PM and main actor in Bring It On Ghost says: "Today, no one is listening to something like that anymore". So he is mocking his own song.

One last example I want to give to you is the one you will find in The Master's Sun. In episode 2, they watch a TV show moderated by Kim Sang Joong. This show really exists and it is called "I want to know".

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So did you recognize some other Easter Eggs? How do you feel about it? 

Thanks for reading!

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    Janey 4 days ago

    Gong Yoo watching Train To Busan or Kim Go Eun saying "Oh yeah, I don't speak Chinese" when she's lived in China for her childhood in Goblin were Easter Eggs too

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    Laura_Roslin 4 days ago

    Would the ridiculous designer tracksuits qualify? Like Hyun bin's in Secret Garden. Was the hand made Dae Young in "Let's Eat" a nod to the one in Secret Garden? Then there's tracksuit overload in Rooftop Prince...Ji Hyun Woo's ridiculous Floral Print Tracksuit in Trot Lovers, Kim Kwang Soo, Emergency Couple, Jo Gook, City Hall..

    If not easter eggs, then maybe the writer/directors are just flat out teasing the audience?

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    Kang Gary appeared in Emergency couple referring to the "monday couple' (Running man) which had Song Ji Hyo as the main lead..

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    joannesmith 4 days ago

    There is one I just noticed when rewatching Fated to Love You...there is a scene where Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara are dancing and singing karaoke at a friends wedding that her mom invited them to... On the screen behind them you will see a music video of Jang Hyuk when he was a real rapper.

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    Rama-Rama 4 days ago

    oh! when I just realised an Easter Egg in "Father is Strange" where Moon Ji Sang character is from "Jang Bo Ri" where Lee Yuri was in there too~ <3

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    saycheese 7 days ago - edited

    Yeon Woo-jin as lawyer Gong Gi-tae from Marriage not Dating also had a cameo as Gong Gi Tae in Another Ms Oh Hae Young (both tvn dramas).

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      zar 4 days ago

      both tvn dramas by the same director!

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    ManalAati 7 days ago

    The most staff in she was pretty talked about having a Super Junior show,which Choi Si won(Second lead)is a member of

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    exe 7 days ago

    Nice article! Easter Eggs are fun to discover. I think one other Easter Egg in Bring it On, Ghost, was when Doo Joon appeared in Ep. 16 as Goo Dae Yeong - his character from Let's Eat.

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    stefanetta 8 days ago - edited

    Park Shinhye makes a cameo in the Taiwanese version of You're Beautiful (Fabulous Boys) as her character Go Mi Nyeo. THEN, from Fabulous Boys, the members of AN.JELL made a cameo in Itazura Na Kiss 2 - Love in Okinawa. AHH! And Lee Hongki made a cameo as his character Jeremy in My Girlfriend is a Gumiho.

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    AddictedtoYou 8 days ago

    Drinking Solo when Minho guest appearance, that episode lol

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    Noey 8 days ago

    I like this article! :D thank you!!

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    Sapir 8 days ago

    I love it when they do it!
    Thanks for the article :D

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    ayacherry 8 days ago

    I don't like it when they do a cameo but then spoil the original story from the other drama, like the one in You Who Came From The Stars; just makes me sad to suddenly hear that the couple from Dream High they broke up :( I want to keep my silly fantasies of the main couples of romantic dramas being together intact forever and ever.

    There's a cameo in My Girl from Delightful girl Choon Hyang!

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    LoveAsianWorld 8 days ago

    Easter Egg moments often are the cherry on top of dramas which are not that good xD

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    CharlieBishop 8 days ago

    Great article! I love easter eggs!

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