The King 2 Hearts in 2018: When drama becomes reality

North and South Korea have been dominating the headlines recently as both sides take a historic step towards achieving peace on the Korean Peninsula. The North looks set to move towards denuclearisation and an official end to the Korean War doesn’t seem too far off in the horizon.

As I read the news, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to a favourite Korean drama of mine — The King 2 Hearts. First aired in 2012, the drama fuses romance with action and politics as it depicts the romance between a South Korean king, Lee Jae Ha (played wonderfully by Lee Seung Gi ), and a North Korean special agent , Kim Hang Ah (Ha Ji Won). I decided a re-watch was necessary, and as I savoured the drama again, I found myself in awe at how this masterpiece is turning out to be a close reflection of reality.
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[Travel] Day trip from Seoul to Incheon

Incheon train station

Pretty sure everyone has heard of Incheon, since that’s the first place you land at when you arrive in South Korea. But not many would have thought of sightseeing in Incheon. Having been to Seoul several times, I decided to go off the beaten path and made a day trip to Incheon.

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[Korean drama review] Save Me 구해줘

A thriller that will have you crying “Save me!” Salvation lies at the end, fortunately.

Genre: Thriller, horror, mystery, action

Synopsis: Sang Mi (Seo Ye Ji) and her family arrive at the town of Muji in the hopes of rebuilding their lives. All seems quiet and peaceful at this backwater town, but bad luck follows her family as they get drawn into a mysterious cult. Sang Mi tries to escape from the cult but has no one to turn to other than her newfound friends at school — Sang Hwan (Ok Taecyeon) , Dong Cheol (Woo Do Hwan), Jung Hoon (Lee David) and Man Hee (Ha Hoe Jung).


I was excited to watch this drama with this being a thriller (one of my favourite genres) and Taecyeon’s final project before his mandatory army enlistment. I’m glad to say that this thriller was a decent one, but I was not prepared for the amount of goosebumps I had to endure.  

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[Korean drama review] The Bride of the Water God 하백의 신부

The drama gods did not bestow their grace on this fantasy drama.

Genre: Romance, fantasy

Synopsis: Habaek (Nam Joo Hyuk), the god of water, arrives on earth to search for the three sacred stones he needs in order to ascend the throne. He mysteriously loses his powers and must enlist the help of his mortal servant, Yoon So Ah (Shin Se Kyung), to help him navigate through this unfamiliar world. 

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[Travel] Visiting filming locations of Korean drama “Goblin” in Seoul and Incheon

One of my favourite Korean dramas this year was Goblin (or “Dokkaebi” in Korean), so I decided to visit some of the drama’s filming locations during my trip to Korea in spring this year.

Given the drama’s popularity, you can easily find articles online that list down all the places featured in Goblin. I didn’t manage to visit all of them, as many of the locations were situated outside Seoul, and some places like Sunny’s chicken restaurant didn’t look very interesting to me so I gave them a miss. Here are a few of the more accessible (and interesting) ones that I visited.

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[Korean drama review] Dokkaebi/Goblin: The Lonely and Great God

Every moment with you shone, every moment was worth it.

Genre: Supernatural, fantasy, romance, comedy

Synopsis: Kim Shin (played by Gong Yoo) was once a formidable warrior who slayed countless enemies in Goryeo. After his death, he is reborn as a dokkaebi (an immortal better known as a goblin in the English-speaking world) as a punishment and reward for the many lives he took as a human. He searches for his destined bride (Kim Go Eun) who is the only one capable of pulling out the sword stuck in his chest to end his life of immortality. Along the way, he ends up being unlikely housemates with a grim reaper (Lee Dong Wook).  Hijinks ensue and the past and present start to intertwine… 
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[Korean drama review] Touching You 널 만질거야


“Touching You” won’t touch you emotionally, but it doesn’t hurt to give this web drama a chance if you just want to kill time.

Genre: Supernatural, fantasy, romance, mystery, comedy

Synopsis: Do Jin Woo (played by Ok Taecyeon) is a psychic who has the ability to see someone’s future just by touching the person. He meets a customer, Jin Hee Young (played by Song Ha Yoon), and he sees a vision of her dying. He tries to protect her, and falls in love with her at the same time. Will he be able to change her fate?

P.S. I actually wrote this review 4 months ago but got too busy, so I’m posting this really belatedly! Oops.

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[Stargazing] Kim So Hyun 1st Meet and Greet in Singapore (Let’s Fight Ghost)

Teen actress Kim So Hyun was in Singapore over the weekend at the invitation of Viu, a local drama streaming service, to promote her latest Kdrama “Let’s Fight Ghost”, and I was there at her public meet-and-greet session held at a shopping mall on Saturday.

*(Viu refers to the drama as “Bring It On, Ghost”, but I prefer to use the former since it’s a closer translation of the original Korean title).

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[Translation] Lee Joon Gi – Arena Homme September 2016 interview

Misunderstanding prohibited

If you thought you knew Lee Joon Gi, you actually didn’t know him at all.

Did you go for tanning?
I got a little dark because of filming.

I never imagined that dark skin would suit you.
Is it alright? Haha 

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