How Well Do You Know “Boys Over Flowers”?

By: Talin Vartanian

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Love K-Pop music and Korean BBQ? If so, then maybe your interests also lie within Korean TV shows. Some of the more popular ones include "Mr. Sunshine," "Love Alarm" and "Something in the Rain," but today, we're going to focus on something a little more romantic and dramatic: "Boys Over Flowers."

The first episode premiered on Jan. 5, 2009, and since then, the show has received numerous awards. From the KBS drama award for best couple to the Baeksang arts award for most popular male in television, "Boys Over Flowers" has left a heartfelt legacy on its fans and the South Korean culture. But what's this show all about anyway? Well, it features Ku Hye-sun who portrays Geum Jan-di, an "average" girl who suddenly enrolls at a wealthy and elite school after preventing a student's suicide attempt. There, she meets Gu Jun-pyo, who is portrayed by actor Lee Min-ho. Let's just say the two don't get along at first, but romance soon sparks between them. And it turns out that Gu is part of the elite "F4" group, aka the popular guys in school? These are just some of the basic plot points, but it's your job to tell us how the rest of the story goes in this South Korean drama quiz!

What does "F4" stand for?

The rich and elite group known as the "F4" in the show is short for "Flower 4." This is also hinted by the title of the series, "Boys Over Flowers." It's written as 花の4人組 in Japanese.

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Which of these people are not members of the F4 group?

Chu Ga-eul isn't part of the F4 group since she's the BFF of Geum Jan-di. Later on in the show, she begins to crush on one of the other F4 members, So Yi-Jung, who is very wealthy.

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What's the name of the main high school?

The Shinhwa High School in the series is located in Seoul, South Korea, and it's considered to be an upper-class school. The school was also founded by the president of South Korea and one of the authoritative members of the Shinhwa Group.

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Who sees Min Seo-hyun and Yoon Ji-Hu secretly kiss?

Geum Jan-di spots Min Seo-hyun and Yoon Ji-Hu kissing in the third episode, as the two have mutual romantic feelings for each other. Seo-hyun also expresses that she wants to return to France.

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Gu Jun-pyo is an heir to which of these companies?

The clue lies in the main high school of the series: the Shinhwa High School. The Shinhwa Group is in charge of many electronics, telecommunications and car companies, which would make Gu Jun-pyo even richer than he already is.

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What is Kim Young-ok's role in this series?

Rich Korean families often hire maids to cook and clean for them, and Gu Jun-pyo is no exception here. Kim Young-ok, the family maid, is portrayed by the famous actress of the same name, Kim Young-ok.

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Ha Jae-kyung feels pressure from her family to marry ...

Ha Jae-kyung is pretty much forced into marriage in order to merge two companies together (in other words, it will help both families make more money). The actress is portrayed by Lee Min-jung.

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Who has a driving phobia in this show?

So why does Yoon Ji-Hu have a phobia of driving? Because his parents died in a car accident. He was also in the vehicle, but miraculously survived. Ji-Hu is also part of the elite F4 group.

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What's the name of the opening theme song?

This song has an upbeat and optimistic feel to it, which is perfect as the opening theme. Some of the lyrics are "Almost paradise, brighter than the morning. Is your love coming towards me, it's as though I have the whole world."

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Who betrays Geum Jan-di's trust in the show?

Oh Min-ji started out as the nice and charming friend of Geum Jan-di, but eventually backstabs her. This is also particularly sad since she was Jan-di's only friend at the high school.

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"Boys Over Flowers" is based on which of these manga?

The "Hana Yori Dango" manga serves as the foundation for the "Boys Over Flowers" series, and the two are very similar to each other (minus certain plot points, like the school name change).

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Which actress portrays Geum Jan-di's mother in the show?

Im Ye-jin is known for her work on "I Am Really Sorry," "Never Forget Me" and "I Really Really Like You." She has also appeared in a long list of movies, TV shows and variety shows.

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Who said the following quote in the show: "Good shoes take you to good places."

Min Seo-hyun was the love interest of Yoon Ji-Hu in the show, but it looks like she was also full of wisdom. She's portrayed by the actress Han Chae-young, who is known for "Autumn in My Heart."

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Where does Geum Jan-di's parents work?

Both of Geum Jan-di's parents own and work at a laundromat. In the pilot episode, Geum Jan-di brings laundry to the elite Shinhwa High School and ends up saving one of the students from suicide.

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Where does Min Seo-hyun depart to in the third episode?

At her own birthday party, Min Seo-hyun tells everyone that she's leaving for France. Everyone seems heartbroken, and this is especially true for Yoon Ji-Hu, who has a big crush on her.

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Geum Jan-di and Gu Jun-pyo become trapped in a _________ while out on a date.

Though Geum Jan-di and Gu Jun-pyo seemed to dislike each other at first, the two eventually develop romantic feelings throughout the show. But in the fourth episode, disaster ensues when the two become stuck in a cable car.

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Can you name the actor who plays Gu Jun-pyo in the show?

Lee Min-Ho has dabbled in acting, singing and modeling in the South Korean entertainment industry, but he's best known for playing the leader of the F4 group, Gu Jun-pyo, who is cold on the outside but kind on the inside.

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Where does the F4 take Geum Jan-di in episode five?

It looks like Geum Jan-di and the F4 group are getting along quite nicely, because all of them take a relaxing trip to New Caledonia. Geum is also accompanied by her friend Chu Ga-eul.

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How does Gu Jun-pyo react when he sees Geum and Yoon kiss?

Gu Jun-pyo was so angry that he decided to go back to Seoul and expel Geum. He also announces that he's going to remove Yoon from the F4 group, which creates a huge drama conflict in the show.

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Can you name one of the sports competitions that are staged between Yoon and Gu?

What better way to unleash your rage than by participating in a horseback riding competition, right? In terms of Gu's mindset, he's doing it so he can win back Guem's heart since she has some feelings for Yoon.

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Who ends up in a hospital in episode eight?

Gu Jun-pyo ends up in a hospital because he was involved in an accident. Geum quickly goes there to see how he's doing, and immediately realizes that her heart longs for Gu instead of Yoon.

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Geum and Gu eventually go out on a double date with ...

A romantic double date ensues between Guem, Gu, Chu and Chu's boyfriend, but tensions arise between Guem and Chu's boyfriend. Earlier in the episode, Gu and Guem argue constantly, but he makes it up with quite a handful of presents.

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What holiday is it when Geum Jan-di and Gu Jun-pyo decide to go on a date?

It just so happens to be Valentine's Day in the 10th episode of "Boys Over Flowers," but the romantic date turns sour when the couple runs into Gu's mother, who doesn't think highly of Geum.

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Can you name the part-time job that Geum Jan-di lands in episode 11?

Geum Jan-di becomes a model to earn extra cash, and soon lands on several covers of popular magazines. This is also the episode where she meets Jeha, a fellow freshman at Shinhwa High School.

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What does Gu give to Geum as a romantic gift after the big fight with Jeha?

Nothing spells out "romance" better than a beautiful custom-made necklace, and that's exactly what Gu gives to Geum in episode #12. But she soon loses it on a ski trip and a snowstorm makes it almost impossible to find.

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Think back to the first episode here: What kind of sport does Geum practice throughout this series?

Geum seems to be naturally good at swimming, and the show focuses on her swimming practices quite a bit. However, in episode 13, a shoulder injury sadly prevents her from participating in the sport.

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Who does Gu Jun-pyo become engaged to in episode 15?

The two mainly become engaged in order to make their families proud, and this breaks Geum Jan-di's heart. She also met Ha Jae-kyung while on a trip to Macau (with the rest of the F4 group).

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Which two companies begin to merge in episode 17?

The two large companies, Shinhwa Group and JK Group, begin to merge because of Ha Jae-kyung and Gu Jun-pyo's engagement. The hope is to increase revenue for both of their families.

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Who said the following quote in the show: "The most beautiful encounters are those with handkerchiefs. They wipe away your sweat when you're tired and your tears when you're sad."

Geum Jan-di may be portrayed as a sweet and charming character, but she also has quite a bit of intelligence within her soul. She's also known for some pretty romantic and insightful words of wisdom.

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Where do Geum and Yoon go to clear their minds?

A lot has happened so far in the "Boys Over Flowers" series, and if we were in the show, we would probably head to a Buddhist temple as well. But it doesn't seem to work, since Geum is treated to more bad news when she returns home.

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Where does the big wedding take place in episode 21?

The wedding between Gu Jun-pyo and Ha Jae-kyung takes place on Jeju Island, which is a province of South Korea. The real-life island is also known for its museums, theme parks and beautiful scenery.

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Ha Jae-kyung departs the day after her wedding, but where does she go?

So much for a proper honeymoon, right? Ha Jae-kyung heads off to New York after she deliberately ruins her own wedding, which allows Geum Jan-di and Gu to finally be together once again.

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Who spreads the rumor about Geum Jan-di's so-called pregnancy?

Gu Jun-pyo is portrayed as a pretty mean guy in the series, as evidenced by the pregnancy rumors he spreads about the main character, Geum Jan-di. Later on in the episode, she punches him right in the face.

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"Hana Yori Dango" translates to which of these popular Japanese phrases?

The original manga title is based on the "Dumplings over flowers" Japanese proverb. It means that people who go to the flower festival, known as Hanami, tend to gravitate toward the food or gift items instead of the actual flowers.

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Which of these places is not one of the filming locations for the show?

Believe it or not, the "Boys Over Flowers" series hasn't filmed in Tokyo yet, but the New Zealand location might come as a surprise to you. Other filming locations include Seoul and Incheon, South Korea.

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