Sungkyunkwan Scandal is set in Sungkyunkwan University in the late Joseon era during the reign of King Jeongjo, revolving around the exploits and love stories of four youths. When her younger brother's illness worsens and their family is in danger of being evicted from their house for lack of money, Kim Yoon Hee enters the school under his name, disguised as a boy in her desperation to support him. There, she becomes friends with the intelligent and upright Lee Sun Joon, the playboy Goo Yong Ha and rebellious Moon Jae Shin.

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  • May 30, 2011 20 of 20 episodes seen
    48 of 49 people found this review helpful
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    • Overall  10
    • Story  10
    • Acting/Cast  10
    • Music  10
    • Rewatch Value  9
    What can I say? I loved this drama! It's, without a doubt, one of the best I've seen so far. It had me hooked from the very beginning, leaving little space for dull moments. Every time a plot twist was resolved, it only meant the beginning of another that would just keep as hooked as the one that just ended.

    Some may say it's a mix of Coffee Prince, Hana Kimi and Boys Before Flowers. But to me, this falls short to the final product. Even if it uses familiar themes present in these other dramas, Sungkyunkwan Scandal's characters are different and the plot refreshing. It is too simple to describe it as a combination of the aforementioned stories, for its historical setting
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  • Jul 19, 2011 20 of 20 episodes seen
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    This was really an exceptional drama! It's one of the best I've seen so far. Although the whole girl pretending to be a boy thing is not new, the setting and situation is fresh. This gives it a very different style than all the dramas it has been compared to. The beginning is slightly confusing if you have no knowledge of Korean history, traditions or culture. But as you watch, you will understand. I like how there is friendship built and emphasized as the characters encounter little twists and obstacles.

    The characters play well off each other as their chemistry is greate and the actors are all well suited for their parts. And honestly, the guys are very cute :P

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  • BB78 3 days ago
    is this really a romantic drama or is it just albi romance?
    • Totoro 2 days ago
      Don't know what albi is :P. The romance is pretty big yeah... but there are some other plotlines to, that make the story interesting and fun to watch.
  • anagard Feb 4, 2014
    Just finished this amazing drama. I liked all, caracters, story, cast! And i learned a lott about korean history! Laughed hard at the Joseon version of mobile phones, and where there would be a Korean drama without mobile?
    1 ❤
  • zanzouna Jan 29, 2014
    "Hating someone is a sin, how could liking them be one" BEST Quote ever!! it's been a while since i finished this drama and i still miss it!!!
    1 ❤
  • NiceNoona Jan 24, 2014
    Okay, in the episode where the king and the professor are talking about the poppy cigs he says he will bring the kids at dawn to search for the missing letter... Three episodes later I still haven't seen the four go to the palace to get that assignment... Was tis just boo boo or did I miss something?
    • Georgie 29 days ago
      He said that on eppisode 15, and then on eppisode 16 the kid are kidnapped by the king and informed of their mission.
  • zumzummara Jan 15, 2014
    omg this drama is amazing!! one of my favorites definitely!
    10/10 <3
  • nnss813 Dec 8, 2013
    Great drama.I'm so in love with Song Joong Ki and Yoo Ah In's characters. :P
    7 ❤
  • zanzouna Nov 14, 2013
    Should i give it a 8 or 9?
    Although i started this drama because of park min young and park yoochun but i just felt in love with Gu yong ha and Geol oh.. Everything about them was amazingly perfect.. Personality, acting smartness , friendship .. Like really everything! there wasn't a single boring scene for them unlike the 2 first main character. I was repeating there scenes over and over again :D.

    To resume, i'll give 10 for Geol oh (Yoo Ah In) and Gu Yong Ha (Song Joong Ki) and really they deserve to be the number 1 couple and 8 for the rest.
    5 ❤
  • zumzummara Nov 2, 2013
    i dropped it after 2 episodes.. i just wasn't so attached to it, is it worth watching?
    3 ❤
  • wafa-aktouche Oct 14, 2013
    omg . that endiing <3 so fuunny haha
    8 ❤
  • sobu Oct 13, 2013
    I usually don't watch historical dramas, but i think this one is worth the try :)
    4 ❤
  • cityhunter83 Oct 6, 2013
    just for the sake of differing opinons, i found this drama to be soooo boring. i'm stalled on episode 17 and it was a chore to get that far. the supporting cast and their characters are fantastic and the only thing that carried me 17 episodes. the leads are tiresome and i dont find them engaging at all, which makes the cliches unbearable.
    2 ❤
  • bluemoon_onna Sep 21, 2013
    I luv this drama! But she was always crying infront of others and guys don't do that. She was so obviously a girl.
    1 ❤
  • wrayvinmane Sep 3, 2013
    I own the box set of this drama and have watched it maybe four times now. I love it!

    Does anyone know what the street vendor is selling in the one episode were Kim Yoon Shik is feeding the street urchins? It looks like a rice dumping mochi type deal and I so want to find the recipe.
    • wrayvinmane Sep 4, 2013
      Figured it out and answered my own question but if anyone else is interested in what Kim Yoon Shik bought at the vendor on her first day home it appears to be Maejakgwa ginger cookies with syrup and a kind of Injeolmi rice cake maybe rolled in roasted soybean powder. www.maangchi.com/recipes/desserts? is the site that has a lot of Korean desserts or Google Maejakgwa or Injeolmi by Maangchi. She also has videos of her making the dishes.
      4 ❤
    • bluemoon_onna Sep 21, 2013
      thanks for the link. got to try some of her recipes :)
  • Mary28 Aug 20, 2013
    Debak! debak! This drama was beyond amazing. I really wish it didn't end. The ending, the actors and the plot was superb. Best gender bender drama I have ever watched. I highly recommend it.
    9 ❤
  • LuvKoreanDramas Aug 3, 2013
    Omg, this is seriously one of the best kdramas I've watched!! This is a must see!!
    I love Song Joong Ki's line, "I'm Gu Yong Ha *Wink*"
    Aiyoo, seriously love this <3
    5 ❤
    • Dastanael Aug 5, 2013
      Yes right! :D
      I finished it yesterday, i watched it in one go. I couldn't bring myself to make a break.
      It definitely is a great drama.
      1 ❤
    • wafa-aktouche Oct 9, 2013
      i ll take your recomendation ;) hoppfully i ll like it as much as u did
    • Dastanael Oct 11, 2013
      Hope you will too, do not hesitate to share your opinion even if you don't though. It's always interesting to get everyone's point of view.
    • wafa-aktouche Oct 11, 2013
      Watching it right now and it is pretty good. I gotta say. Though the first episodes were a bit boring but the rest is awesome <3 but would u tell me in which ep he ' ll know that she's a girl am at 10 :/
    • Dastanael Oct 14, 2013
      Good to hear ^^
      You shouldn't have to wait much, it should be around two or three episodes from here though you must have seen what you were waiting for, sorry for the late answer :/
    • wafa-aktouche Oct 14, 2013
      thnx for the reply :) i have 1 ep left ;) I loved it The characters are awesome and it was so funny espessialy young ha <3 <3
    • Dastanael Oct 14, 2013
      You're welcome, glad you enjoyed :3
      Young Ha was a great character indeed, never failed on making me laugh x)


Sungkyunkwan Scandal

Sungkyunkwan Scandal


  • Main Title: Sungkyunkwan Scandal
  • Native title: 성균관 스캔들
  • Also Known as: Scandal

General Details

  • CountrySouth Korea
  • Aired: August 30, 2010 to November 2, 2010
  • # of Episodes 20
    Average Duration 1 hr. 2 min. per episode
  • Genres: Comedy, Historical, Romance


  • Score: 8.36 (scored by 7,052 users)
  • Ranked: #92
  • Popularity: #61
  • Members: 10,826
  • Favorites: 0
4.2 stars - based on 7,052 votes

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