Sungkyunkwan Scandal (Hangul: 성균관 스캔들) is a 2010 South Korean historical drama revolving around the fortunes and misfortunes of a girl who masks herself as a young man while going to Sungkyunkwan, the Joseon Dynasty’s most noteworthy educational foundation, where no ladies were permitted. The show is based on Jung Eun-gwol‘s top rated 2007 novel The Lives of Sungkyunkwan Confucian Scholars, featuring Park Min-Young, Park Yoochun, Yoo Ah-in, and Song Joong-ki.
The story starts when Kim Yoon-hee (Park Min-Young) disguises herself as her sibling, Kim Yoon-shik, with a specific end goal to bring home the bacon for her family in a traditional society that does not permit females to be instructed nor utilized. She handles various jobs that requires strong writing skills , chiefly at a neighborhood book shop, before she gets offered an opportunity to build her profit by turning into a substitute test-taker (which is illegal business) for the approaching examination in the prestigious Sungkyunkwan. She is caught red-handed by the upright Lee Sun-joon (Park Yoochun), who later recognizes Yoon-hee‘s abilities, and even encourages her to join that legendary institute. There, she must hold on for the unending mistreatment of upperclassman Gu Yong-ha (Song Joong-ki), endure the consistent mood swings of room mate Moon Jae-shin (Yoo Ah-in), abstain from getting on bad terms with the strict scholar body president Ha In-soo (Jun Tae-soo), keep her greatest secret from being uncovered, and at the same time attempt to restrain her developing affections for Lee Sun-joon.