In Squid Game, each of the 456 players is assigned a unique number from 001 to 456. E.g., the protagonist, Gi-hun's player number is the last number, "456", while Il-nam's (the old man) player number is the first number, "001".
Some of the player numbers:
|Player name||Player number|
|Oh Il-nam (the old man)||001|
|unnamed player (the glassmaker)||017|
|Kang Sae-byeok (the North Korean defector)||067|
|unnamed player, husband of Player 070||069|
|unnamed player, wife of Player 069||070|
|Jang Deok-su (the thug)||101|
|Byeong-gi (the doctor)||111|
|Abdul Ali (player from Pakistan)||199|
|Han Mi-nyeo (manipulative woman)||212|
|Cho Sang-woo (Gi-hun's childhood friend)||218|
|Ji-yeong (Sae-byeok's partner in the marbles game)||240|
|unnamed player (the pastor)||244|
Do these player numbers have any significance or symbolism (from Korean culture, numerology, etc.) associated with them and the players they are assigned to?
I understand some of the significance or symbolism behind Gi-hun's and Il-nam's player numbers.* I am unsure about the others.
* Gi-hun having the last number probably foreshadowing him being the survivor of the games, and Il-nam having the first number probably symbolizing him being the originator of the games