The term ‘gaecheon’ frequently appears in JTBC’s upcoming weekend drama, Welcome to Samdalri. Often translated as a “creek” or a “stream” in English, it symbolizes a sanctuary where characters can find comfort, peace, and a sense of belonging in the story.
The drama follows the story of Samdal (Shin Hye Sun), a once successful woman returning to her hometown after losing everything, and Yong Pil (Ji Chang Wook), a dedicated protector of his community. Their 30-year friendship forms the emotional core of this heartwarming romance.
Set against the backdrop of Samdalri, Jeju, the ‘gaecheon’ becomes a timeless haven where imperfect selves find genuine support and love. The creek isn’t just a physical place; it’s a metaphor for the refuge we all seek. Welcome to Samdalri aims to capture the true meaning of one’s emotional shelter as it unfolds in this charming town.
Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun, who portray the friends of 30 years, shared their thoughts on what ‘gaecheon’ means to them.
Ji Chang Wook shared, “‘Gaecheon’ is like a warm home that welcomes me whenever I’m going through a tough time. It’s a shelter where I can take a moment to rest and heal the wounds inflicted by others.”
Shin Hye Sun added, “Watching Samdal, I see that I have a perfect, warm comforting place at home. Family and friends provide the support I need. Meeting Samdal made me appreciate these precious relationships.”
For viewers, Welcome to Samdalri offers more than a drama—it’s an exploration of one’s emotional sanctuary. The warmth portrayed on screen reflects the comforting embrace we all long for. Ji Chang Wook, embodying Yong Pil’s pure-hearted dedication, promises to bring that warmth directly to the audience.
Get ready to experience the heartfelt journey of Welcome to Samdalri, premiering December 2nd at 10:30 PM on JTBC. Join Samdal and Yong Pil as they navigate the complexities of life, friendship, and finding peace in their own journeys.