[Upcoming K-Drama] Character Guide to ‘Mystic Pop-Up Bar’ and Its Dream World

JTBC’s Mystic Pop-Up Bar, a drama based on a popular webtoon of the same name, will premiere on May 20.

The drama depicts the story of Wol Joo, a grumpy pop-up bar owner, and Han Kang Bae, a pure young part-timer, entering the dreams of customers and relieving their resentment. Mystic Pop-Up Bar is based on a webtoon of the same name by Baek Hye Soo, who won the 2017 Korea Comic Awards. The webtoon is getting published every week since 2016 in Daum Webtoon. Director Jeon Chang Geun, best known for The Queen of Office (2013), What Happens to My Family? (2014), and The Package (2017), directed the drama, and Hwang Jung Eum, Yook Sung Jae and Choi Won Young played the leading roles.


Hwang Jung Eum – Wol Joo (owner of the pop-up bar)

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Hwang Jung Eum returned to the small screen two years after The Undateables (2018) as Wol Joo, the designer of the “dream world” and the grumpy owner of the mystic pop-up bar.

Wol Joo, who died 500 years ago, opened a pop-up bar in this world in order to listen to the stories of exhausted customers and enter their dreams to help them. However, this is not something she wants to do, but has to do to carry out the order of King Yeomra. She has to release the resentments of 100,000 people to pay for her wrongdoings from her past life. The problem is that her performance stopped with only 10 people remaining. Now Yeomra’s office stated that she would be sent to hell unless she completes the mission in one month. Fortunately, she finds Han Kang Bae, a boy with a strange ability.


Yook Sung Jae – Han Kang Bae

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His dream is to live a normal life since everyone, who touches his body in any way, starts to share his innermost thoughts. Then one day, he encounters Wol Joo and Chief Gwi, who enter the dream world, and receives an offer to fix his unusual ability if he works at the pop-up bar as a part-timer for a month. He begins his two-job life as a customer center employee in a mart by day and pop-up bar part-timer by night. But now that he can help people with his ability, he finds it rewarding and starts to take up a positive attitude.

Yook Sung Jae, who played Han Kang Bae, joined the army on May 11.


Choi Won Young – Chief Gwi

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He is a manager sent to the pop-up bar after Wol Joo’s resentment-relieving performance had stopped. When he was the chief of detective, he was on a roll, sealing the wandering ghosts or ghosts who are stuck to one place. But now, he became the master of chores. Still, he is the only one who protects Wol Joo when Yeomra’s office rushes her. Then one day, a mysterious woman appears at the pop-up bar, claiming that she knows him.

Mystic Pop-Up Bar will air a total of 12 episodes. The drama went into pre-production and finished filming in February.

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