Stairway to Heaven

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Song-ju is the only son of a wealthy family. Jung-suh is Song-ju’s childhood friend, and they were there for each other when one of their respective parents passed away. They spent a lot time together, playing, and sharing their inner most thoughts. When Jung-suh’s father re-married Tae Mira, Mira brought her children Tae-haw and Yuri from her previous marriage. That marked the end of Jung-suh’s happy days. Yuri was jealous of the privileged life that Jung-suh led, and vowed to take everything away from Jung-suh, including Song-ju. When Song-ju left for his studies in the U.S., he gave Jung-suh a necklace as a gift of his love.

On Tae-hwa’s birthday, Jung-suh gave him a birthday present. Tae-hwa mistook Jung-suh’s kindness as love, and he fell head over heels in love with her. Jung-suh never accepted Tae-hwa as her heart is with Song-ju, but Tae-hwa became Jung-suh’s soulmate after Song-ju left as she weathers life under the tyranny of Mira and Yuri.

Song-ju returns 3 years later from his studies and calls Jung-suh to meet him. Yuri runs Jung-suh down with her car in a mad bid to stop Jung-suh from her rendezvous with Song-ju. In her state of panic, Yuri sends a bloodied Jung-suh to her own father’s place. Tae-hwa tracks Jung-suh down and takes care for her. Jung-suh survives the accident but forgets everything about the past. Tae-hwa decides to start life afresh with Jung-suh by giving her a new identity as Kim Ji-suh.

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Production Credits

Director: Lee Jang Soo
Writer:Park Hye Kyung

Alternative Summary

Jung-suh and Song-joo grew up together. They were always there for each other. Tragedy begins when Song Joo begins his studies overseas without Jung-suh. Jung-suh's father remarries Tae Mira. Mira takes in her two children from a previous marriage, Tae-hwa and Yuri. Yuri is envious of the life that Jung-suh leads and is determined to take everything away from her, including Song-joo. Tae-hwa begins to develop feelings for his stepsister, however Jung-suh still loves Song-joo. Five years later, tragedy occurs when Jung-suh gets into a car accident causing her to lose her memory. Together with Tae-hwa, they start anew. Song-joo is led to believe that she is dead. However, when they meet again one day, he is determined to remind her of the love they had for one another. When fate finally seemed to be on their side, Jung-suh is diagnosed with eye cancer.

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Stairway to Heaven stirred up fever and spurred thousands of viewers to flock to chat rooms and discussion forums to share their views and comments on the drama. Directed by Lee Jung-soo, "Stairway to Heaven" boosts fame of the four lead characters swiftly and has won the hearts of thousands of Korean drama fans worldwide. In Korea, "Stairway to Heaven" was the 3rd popular drama in Korea in 2004 and one of the most popular Korean dramas in Asian countries. This drama also become quite popular in some Latin American countries.


01. Chopin, Piano Concerto No.1 Op.11 E Minor 2nd Mvt : Romanza
02. chun goo.k eh gi uk - Jang Jung Woo
03. lette - Kang Woo Jin
04. Ave Maria - Rebecca Luker
05. geu gut man eun - Jang Jung Woo
06. uhn je gga ji na
07. na man eh nuh - Kim Hyun Ah
08. Remember
09. seul peun sarang
10. ah reum da oon nuh eh ge - Moon Ji Hwan
11. nuh reul ji kil gge
12. bo go ship da - Kim Bum Soo
13. ggeut ee ah nim eul
14. chun goo.k eh gi uk - Park Mook Hwan
15. se sang ggeut eh suh it suh do
16. yak sok
17. geu gut man eun - Park Mook Hwan
18. Stairway To Heaven