Squid Game's Episode 1 introduces a giant robot doll they modeled after the character in Korean textbooks, Younghee.
During the Red Light, Green Light game, the 456 players need to move when they hear the giant doll sing mugunghwa kkochi pieossseubnida. But as the players begin to move after seeing the deaths of the two contestants, guns installed on the building's walls start shooting them.
The giant doll famously reenacts a Korean rhythmic folk game based on mugunghwa (rose of Sharon), the country's national flower.
Apart from the main characters, the doll also received a huge amount of attention from the viewers, making the creators erect the doll in Seoul.
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Squid Game Doll, Younghee, Appears In Public After Series' Success
On Monday, the giant robot that famously joined the Korean series stood high at the 88 Jandi Madang of the Olympic Park in Seoul.
According to Korea JoongAng Daily, the officials from Olympic Park decided to bring the 13-foot doll as part of their three-month exhibition. The Squid Game's production team made the now-famous doll before displaying it at the horse carriage village in Jincheon County in Chungcheongbok-do, South Korea. Due to the communication error, the creators put it on public display again before hiding the doll.
The manager of the carriage museum also posted a notice on the official website and said that the doll was no longer on display.
Following its brief appearance at the museum, the team brought it out again at the Olympic Park.
It remains unknown when exactly the doll will be available for viewing in Seoul. Still, it will surely give everyone a chance to meet the character after rosing to fame.
Squid Game Actress Explains Meaning Behind Squid Game Doll
During the series' stars appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jung Ho Yeon was asked about the huge doll and why it was already famous among Koreans.
"When we were at school, there were characters. One is a boy, and one is a girl. The boy's name was Cheolsoo, and the girl's name was Younghee," she said.
Squid Game art director Chae Kyung Sun explained it the same way in her interview with Netflix Korea, saying that they referred to the textbooks while making the robot.
During the 1970s and 1980s, Chulsoo and Younghee started appearing in textbooks. People even compared them to both Dick & Jane and Jack & Jill. The two characters were also spotted on Suk Kuhn Oh's The Text Book.
Younghee indeed brings scary and wild memories to the viewers, but she unquestionably has a massive role in pushing Squid Game to where it is right now.