I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 54

(Once again, Hyun-woo centered)

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Jieun is still thinking over the events of Episode 52, when she made an elaborate lunch for Sangyeob but then was directly turned away by him in front of his employees. In the privacy of her bedroom, she writhes in humiliation. It’s realistic that a girl would still be thinking that over two episodes later, but I understand that this is a luxury only daily dramas can afford on their story lines

Desperate to stop thinking about it, Jieun goes up to the rooftop, hoping to use Hyunwoo as a distraction. As usual, she announces herself in unconventional methods. She hums loudly, and then, when that doesn’t work, starts kicking the side of his bunk forcefully. When he pokes his head out, she says, “There were some nails sticking out.”

He tries to go back in and she slams her foot into the crack, preventing the door from closing.

“Are you really bored?” Hyunwoo asks.

“Bored? Me? Oh… I guess. But anyways, even if I were, I wouldn’t want to play with you. No! I… just… wanted to take your laundry down,” she says.

Jieun is literally the 28 year-old pigtail puller. And Hyunwoo certainly does have a lush head of hair.  Continue reading


I Live in Cheongdamdong Ep 53 Recap

Our dear Jieun is already on the mend. She wakes up in the morning still a bit teary, but then hears a talk show host advise a girl to stop chasing after her crush.

“It’s clear that this is a lost cause. So, stop and pick yourself up again. There are a lot of men out there.”

With these fighting words, we see Jieun sprucing herself up.

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Ahahaha. I thought she was just putting on some lipstick, but then the camera pulls back and we see that Jieun, cute Korean girl has apparently transformed into…

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World, meet Jieun the vamp. She looks at her reflection with a raised chin and says in a voice several registers lower than usual, “There are many men in the world.”


In his office, Sangyeob is feeling guilty and imagines Jieun leaving the construction tearily after his dismissal. I thought he might over-imagine her angst, but sadly, he got it pretty accurately. He texts her, asking if she’s free because he knows a really good place to go and she sends back a VIDEO of her writing his name on a piece of paper and then crumpling it up. The video pans up to her face. She says, “Lee Sang Yeob, it’s over.”

What is this? Love Recovery 101 with a side of voodoo-ism?

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I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 52 Recap

Episode 52 opens with Jieun admiring a wooden sculpture Sangyeob gifted her the previous night. She says to herself, “This is someone’s sincere heart. Lee Sang Yeob, your heart is mine.” She then writes “This is Oh Jieun’s” across the top in marker. I‘m already imagining her coming back the next day to see the entire sculpture defaced by random scrawlings. 


Jieun sighs happily and wonders if this is a dream. She slaps herself and is shocked by the pain but continues smiling throughout it. Even when she gets hit in the face by a door, she tells her uncle dreamily that, “Everything is just fine.” Her other uncle sneezes and spits rice all over her face. When he apologizes profusely, Jieun says, “There’s no need to be like that for such a small thing. We’re family, after all.” Her words are overlaid constantly with dreamy piano notes.


Jieun skips, smiles, and laughs her way through everything. When customers call her over, she sings out, “COMINGGGGG,” like she’s Snow White prancing through the forest to the tune of birds. Her uncles are all unnerved by her behavior and Moosung guesses accurately that she must be dating for her mood to be this good.

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Update on the I Live in Cheongdamdong Recaps.

I’m currently battling a few finals, but will be back on the train after Aug. 15th! For those of you hankering for more recaps, Mookie has Episodes 1-10 done on her site here.

Also, someone on Soompi called nik_esma has found English subtitles for Episodes 1-14. Ask her for them on this forum page.

See you soon. 🙂

Teaser Recap for I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 108

We start off with Jungmin intently watching the ending of Love Actually. (I’m glad Hugh Grant’s ability to comfort girls is apparently an international power.) The next day, she’s yawning at work and admits to Jieun that she stayed up late watching romantic comedies.

“Watching one rom-com just makes me want to watch more,” she says.

“Not me,” says Jieun. “They’re all the same.”

“But that’s the power! Principle One: the heroine absolutely cannot be beautiful. In fact, you could even call her ordinary. However, the male lead still finds many good qualities in her; even things that you could love. Just like me!” (Lol, thanks for boiling down rom-coms into the “ordinary female’s” desire to be loved. Well… I guess it’s not that off.)

She goes on to list a few more principles, all the while looking like every fangirl ever when caught in the midst of fangurling.

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And, here’s Jieun, looking like every poor bystander who has ever had to sit through a round of fangurling.

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I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 107

We flashback to their cafe meeting. Hyunwoo and his ex are realistically awkward, so awkward, in fact, that each screencap I take seems inferior to the next. It can’t be fully appreciated in stills, but it’s the way they’re both so shifty-eyed and fidgety.

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His ex seems like a reasonable person and she asks him a series of questions:

“Are you living well?”

“I sent you some letters… are you not staying at your old home?”

“Do you still not use a cellphone?”

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Hyunwoo doesn’t say anything. For us viewers, his hangdog expression is answer enough, but from the perspective of his ex, I agree when she says, “You ask me some questions, too. Don’t be stingy.” In Chinese, calling someone stingy/petty doesn’t have as harsh of a connotation, and can be used in a light, joke-y way.

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I Live in Cheongdamdong Episode 106

Once again, a slightly (or completely) Hyunwoo centered recap.

Sangyeob is walking around with a friend’s sister when he spots Hyunwoo on the other side of the street.

“Aish, this guy,” he laments. “He always appears in front of me.”

His friend turns to see who he’s talking about and her expression is much less disappointed than Sangyeob’s.

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“Don’t tell me you’re impressed,” Sangyeob says.

Well, we can all guess the answer to that one. She asks Sangyeob to introduce her to him and, although Sangyeob is resistant at first, he cottons on to the idea quickly.

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