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Explained: Love is Like the Cha-Cha

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Everyone’s experienced the thrill of discovering a new show that captivates their senses, prompting them to pause and ponder its deeper meanings. It’s not just about watching and judging whether we like it or not. It’s about delving into the themes that catch our attention and exploring them on a philosophical level.

So, from the series I’ve been watching, I wanted to start by sharing my overall opinion on the show first. Later on, in subsequent posts, I’ll delve deeper into the philosophical aspects that struck a chord with me.

But before we dive in, a word of warning. I’m planning to introduce a new section on “Dramas,” and future articles might contain spoilers (but not this one, don’t worry).

Let’s kick off this “section” by discussing “Love is Like the Cha-Cha,” which I recently watched on Netflix.


“Love is Like the Cha-Cha” is a South Korean TV series consisting of 16 episodes that aired between August and October 2021. Interestingly, during that time, I had just started a new job and had also just met my boyfriend.

The show aired on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:00 p.m., which can be a bit of an inconvenience because the episodes are around 1 hour and 15-30 minutes long. You could definitely enjoy it while having dinner, but then comes the chore of cleaning up the dishes afterwards. Alternatively, you could opt for a broadcaster like Antena3, with their excessive commercial breaks that give you enough time to prepare another meal. Or, you could simply choose Netflix, which is a great option.

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By the way, Netflix doesn’t pay me; in fact, I pay them. They recently increased their prices, and I happened to be in the midst of watching this series. I couldn’t abandon the platform; I was far too hooked. Furthermore, “Love is Like the Cha-Cha” is one of the most-watched series in the history of cable television. It held the top spot throughout its entire run, with the final episode attracting over 3.2 million viewers. Moreover, it ranked within the top ten global shows on Netflix for 16 weeks in a row.


The story revolves around a stylish dentist from Seoul who, due to internal workplace dramas, finds herself in the coastal town of Gongjin. This place holds fond memories of her childhood when her mother was still alive. By some fate or plot twist, she leaves the city and opens a dental clinic in the town. There, she meets a guy who is her complete opposite, but they fall in love. Apart from their story, the series also delves into the adventures of various townspeople, intricately woven together.


  • Yoon Hye-Jin: The role of the dentist is played by actress Shin Min-A (born on April 5, 1984). She is a perfectionist with a calculating nature but a genuinely kind heart, which becomes her downfall at work.

  • Hong Du-Sik: The character portrayed by Kim Seon-Ho (born on May 8, 1986), is an unemployed yet highly skilled individual who makes a living as a handyman in the town.

STOP READING! Look at the photos. Do you really believe these people are 36 and 39 years old? Can you imagine that she’s 39? I thought they were the same age as me (32). What do you think? Please, if anyone knows the secret, get in touch with me or leave a comment, either on Insta or here xD

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Gongjin is a fictional town, but the series was filmed in various locations, most notably in the city of Pohang in the province of Gyeongsang North, located in the southwest of South Korea. If you’re curious, you can check out the places where the series was filmed.

General Opinion

I absolutely loved this series. Of course, it had its cheesy moments, as expected from any romantic series, but they were bearable.

“Love is Like the Cha-Cha” tackles important life themes that we often skim over without truly pondering. I’ll cover these topics in future posts.

The show is exceptionally well-crafted and flawlessly portrays the evolution of its two main characters, who are by no means one-dimensional.

To me, it felt like there were three shows in one, and the episodes just flew by.

I highly recommend watching it.


Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (last updated March 15, 2023) (March 25, 2023). Link to the Wikipedia page

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