This Is What 'Sky' in the K-Drama 'Sky Castle' Stands For

They're the most prestigious schools in South Korea.
by Hanna Tamondong for Cosmo.ph   |  Dec 30, 2020
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Before A World Of Married Couple happened, the highest-rated K-drama in the history of Korean entertainment was the satirical series, Sky Castle. If you’re looking for a reason why you should binge-watch this gem, you can read our honest review right here. To know more about the reason behind its success, please do continue scrolling down.

Sky Castle revolves around affluent families—who live in the same community—with only one common goal: To make sure their children get accepted into the most reputable school in South Korea, Seoul University. They are willing to do everything (even if it's illegal) just to make this happen because if you’re a graduate of the said school, it elevates you to the top of the pyramid.

What made the drama mega-successful is that it’s a controversial portrayal of how South Korean parents are obsessed when it comes to their children’s education in real life. They prepare their children *intensely* for the most important day in their country, the suneung or the College Scholastic Ability Test. Once a student passes this exam with high marks and is admitted to any of the top three schools in South Korea, their future is said to be set. What are these top universities, you may ask? Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University—which explains the acronym “SKY” in SKY Castle.

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Seoul University

Founded in 1946, Seoul National University or SNU is “....the undisputed leader of higher education in Korea and has established a global reputation.”

Some of the notable alumni of SNU include Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si Hyuk, SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo Man, actress Kim Tae Hee, rappers Verbal Jint and Beenzino.

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Korea University

Korea University is not only one of the oldest universities in South Korea—it was founded in 1905— but is also one of the most renowned law schools in the country.


Prominent figures who are graduates of Korea University include UKISSAlexander Lee Eusebio, 2PM’s Ok Taecyeon, and figure skating icon, Yuna Kim.

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Yonsei University

In 1885, Yonsei University was founded and today, it is regarded as one of the best private universities in South Korea. Aside from being a top-notch school, it’s also often featured on K-dramas.

High-profile Korean personalities who finished their studies at Yonsei University include the Oscar-winning director Bong Joon Ho and JYP Entertainment founder and K-pop star, Park Jin Young.

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You can watch Sky Castle on Netflix.

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This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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