By now, you've probably been fully invested in the internet-dubbed healing K-drama Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. It's a feel-good show that's abundantly filled with life lessons you ought to learn. And of course, it doesn't hurt to keep rooting for South Korea's famous dimpled couple—Shin Min Ah and Kim Seon Ho—what with her designer wardrobe and independent mindset and his refreshing take on a kind but complex leading man.
Apart from the leading couple, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha's charm also lies in the residents of the fictional countryside of Gongjin. They exemplify a group of relatable people who face very real issues and problems just like you and I. In fact, we don't mind moving in Gongjin if we'll be surrounded by this fun bunch!
Now, while Gongjin may not be an actual place in South Korea, the K-drama's scenic location actually exists IRL. Now, hold on to your passports and bookmark this page as we wait for the opportunity to travel!
Here are all the details you need to know about real-life Gongjin from Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha:
1. Located in Pohang, South Korea, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha's Gongjin is a city in the North Gyeongsang province, around four hours away from Seoul.
2. It's located at the mouth of the Hyeongsan River and is a major industrial city on South Korea's east coast.
3. It boasts of many beaches, one of which is the Wolpo beach where Yoon Hye-jin meets Chief Hong for the first time.
Additionally, the red lighthouse in the series is the Cheongjin Hang East Breakwater Light while the panoramic view from Gongjin's observatory is shot in Mount Gonryun.
4. The cast of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha actually leased and filmed in houses of Pohang residents.
However, following the success of the show, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha producers are asking tourists to refrain from visiting and disrupting the lives of the locals where they filmed.
5. More than the beaches, Pohang will charm you with its many tourist attractions like Cheongha Market (Gongjin Market) and Mugeunbong Peak at Sabang Memorial Park (Chief Hong's boat on the hill).
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha is currently streaming on Netflix. Catch its last two episodes on October 16 and October 17.