100+ Quotes: Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021)

Updated: October 18, 2021

Here’s a collection of quotes from the Korean series, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021):


On career and achievements

  • “We were always a team. Even after fighting each other over creative differences, I always felt that we were a team.”- Director Ji Seonghyeon
  • “I told you not to be reckless. Why did you do that?” – Chief Hong
  • “I paint, brew coffee, and sail a boat. I don’t have a specific job right now. I chose to lead my own life instead of being led by someone else. Change your view on life just a bit, and this lifestyle will bring you joy. ” – Hong Dusik

“Work is tough. But what’s even harder is people.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

  • “A ship can’t be navigated properly without its captain.” – Writer Wang
  • “Don’t let your personal life affect work again.” – Writer Wang
  • “That’s a total waste of resources. It’s like playing Minesweeper on a high-tech computer. You’re driving a sports car across the rice paddies.” – Yoon Hyejin

“I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “No one’s a pro from the start. They need time to adjust.” – Hong Dusik
  • “As a doctor, I need to take responsibility for what I do.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I’m realistic. If there’s an input, there ought to be an output.” – Yoon Hyejin

“Money and success aren’t the only valuable things in life but happiness, self-contentment, world peace, and love.” – Hong Dusik

  • “Nothing matters more to a student. It’s good to have dreams, but in most cases, you need a college degree to achieve it.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I have a right to have the day-off.” – Hong Dusik

On life, brokenness, and healing

“The sea won’t always be this gentle, though. We will be met with wind and waves. And even typhoons will come our way.” – Chief Hong

  • “Despite so many losses he’s experienced in his life, he’s always kept his sorrow bottled up. Not even once has he been able to fully mourn or grieve. For the first time, he cried his eyes out.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “No matter how hard life gets, you should eat. Ever since you were a child, you’ve been living with a broken hear, and the only thing I could do for you was cook you food. You are my son and also my grandson. You should never forget that.” – Ms Gamri

“You know, they say when you lose a loved one, you should mourn plenty. If not, the grief travels all through your body, and it bursts later.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “I like that I’m old. Looking back, I’ve had many tasty dishes, seen great scenery, and met wonderful people. What more could I ask for?” – Ms Gamri
  • “I feel sad that my body is aging while my heart is still young.” – Granny Sukja
  • “I didn’t kill myself. But I didn’t know how to carry on either. I locked myself in that dark house. But people kept knocking on my door. They didn’t ask any questions. They just brought food and checked on me. They were indifferent yet warm to me.” – Chief Hong

“Look around you closely and you’ll realize that you’re surrounded by many precious things. Everyday is full of so much excitement as if I’m going on a picnic the next day.” – Ms Gamri

  • “My life was so busy that I had no time for her. Actually, I had forgotten about her. But that text message filled with countless typos saved me. I had decided to kill myself that day. But Ms Gam-ri and Gongjin saved me.” – Chief Hong
  • “It’s good to see you smile. Keep smiling. Don’t think twice about whether or not you should smile or be happy. Don’t think too much. Just smile.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I don’t resent you anymore. So find it in your heart to forgive yourself as well.” –
  • “It’s not your fault. I just needed someone to blame.” – Doha

“Carry on with your life. Not for me, but for yourself.” – Jeonggu

  • “You have a hangnail that’s bothering you. It’s painful and irritating. You need to take care of it. If not, it’ll hurt even more.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon
  • “It’s best you pull it out. If not, the pain will just worsen.” – Yeo Hwajeong
  • “You can cry if you want. It must’ve been hard so hard for you. You must’ve hidden the pain deep down. You’ve been holding onto such a burden. You can be sad when you’re with me. You can show me your pain. You can cry.” – Yoon Hyejin

“How you help others is admirable but you must live your own life, too. Eat a lot of good food and be happy. You deserve it.” – Ms Gamri

  • “Why are you sweeping a yard that’s already clean? Because moving about will help clear your head?” – Director Ji Seonghyeon
  • “I know these years haven’t been easy for you. Don’t worry about other things now, and only think about yourself.” – Ms Gamri

“Many fear the procedure but I recommend that you bravely dig it out rather than keep your pain hidden.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “Your body recovers after resting, but your heart doesn’t, I guess. The wound must’ve festered or the heart must have rotted because I feel all mushy inside.” – Yeo Hwajeong
  • “I’m scared since people say it hurts a lot, but I’ll muster up the courage for it. So you should muster up a little bit of courage, too.” – Chohui
  • “It stayed hidden for long without showing any symptoms.” – Yoon Hyejin

“What may be easy for one person can be something difficult for another.” – Yeo Hwajeong

  • “It was amazing that little baby brought so much happiness to us all.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “It was painful but I got such a beautiful baby in return.” – Yungyeong

“I find your life more admirable. Childrearing is definitely not easy. But you’ve already been doing that for some time now, and you’re doing a really good job. I truly respect you for that.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “Do you think childbirth is easy? My body gets ripped in the process. It feels like all the bones in my body are broken then mended again. Imagine breastfeeding late at night in that state. Breastfeeding, putting it to bed, changing its diaper. Is raising a baby a joke to you?” – Yungyeong
  • “I’m being greedy? Do you think I work this hard just for myself? I’m the only one lonely and scared. You’re just a bystander. You have no idea how much I struggle. My hands and feet are swollen, my back hurts, and I can’t bend forward. That’s why I can’t tie these stupid shoelaces. Do you know how that feels?” – Yungyeong
  • “You only live once, and I already have everything that I need. A comfortable bed, a sturdy surfboard, and the love of my life.” – Hong Dusik
  • “Look at this from a different angle. Who knows? Perhaps, life has something else in store for you.” – Hong Dusik

“Rather than detailed paintings, I like simple ones like this. Adding elaborate details is easy. It’s harder to express the essence of something with ordinary drawings.” – Hong Dusik

  • “You learn the most by putting yourself in other people’s shoes.” – Miseon
  • “I guess all pretty things have thorns.” – Yoon Hyejin

“Those what-ifs are pointless. There are too many variables in this world and they’re beyond our control. So it’s not your fault.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “It’s better to talk about it. If you keep bottling up your emotions, you’ll get sick.” – Jo Namsook
  • “Boats belong in the ocean.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “Surfing is very similar to life. If a good wave comes along, you ride it and slide off it gently. Whether the waves are vicious or stagnant, accept it as is.” – Hong Dusik
  • “They say baseball is a pitchers’ game. Good pitchers don’t always throw the ball as hard as they can. Sometimes, they save their energy and control their power so that they can throw at full speed at a crucial moment. I’m the same. I don’t sweat the small stuff.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

“Life isn’t so fair for all of us. Some spend their whole lives on unpaved roads, while some run at full speed only to reach the edge of a cliff.” – Hong Dusik

  • “We all have moments we regret in ife. Nevertheless, we can never turn back the clock.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “It’s sad how your birthday gets erased after you die and only the day you died remains.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “Since they’re already in full bloom, the only thing left is to wither away graciously.” – Ms. Gamri
  • “It’s okay to get lost or take the long route every now and then. Every time that happened, life took me on an interesting ride.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

“You’re bound to meet unexpected situations in life. Even if you use an umbrella, you’ll end up getting drenched. Just put your hands up and welcome the rain.” – Hong Dusik

  • “Stop thinking and forget about it. What’s done is done. Just press delete, forget about everything, and feel at ease.” – Miseon
  • “Live an honest life. You should reap what you sow.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “Life isn’t a mathematical equation. It doesn’t have a clear answer. There’s no right answer either. You’re just given a problem, and it’s up to you how you solve it.” – Hong Dusik
  • “As long as it’s not true, there’s no need to overreact. Let’s not be so sharp around the edges.” – Hong Dusik

On love, family, and relationships

“So what if we get soaked in rain? Who cares if the wind blows a bit when we’re on the same boat?” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “You said our first encounter was on the worst terms. Not for me though. I saw a woman on the beach that day. She sat there for a long time, but all I could see was sadness in her eyes. And I couldn’t get it out of my mind, so my eyes kept being drawn to her. But I never thought that I’d fall in love with her.” – Chief Hong
  • “I’d love it if our shoes were always side by side at the door together. So that neither would be lonely.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “And so we were able to learn that as long as we have memories of them, our loved ones are always with us.” – Yoon Hyejin

“People should live among other people. Life may seem like a burden to you at times, but if you choose to be among others, someone will carry you on their back.” – Ms Gamri

  • “Promise me that you’ll live for many years to come. I’ll be too bored without you. Scold me all you want. Order me around and make fun of me. Just make sure you stay longer.” – Granny Sukja
  • “When parents die, children who regret the most cry the most.” – Wonseok
  • “I thought that my mom would stay in my life for a long time. So I kept putting off seeing her because I thought there’d be plenty of chances. But there aren’t left any now.” – Wonseok

“You said that the best thing a parent can do for their child is staying healthy. It’s the same with parents. It tears our hearts out when our children are in pain.” – Ms Gamri

  • “I guess it hasn’t sunk in yet. This is not my first time but I can never get used to it. It feels like she’s still here with me. So I don’t want to let her go yet. Just for a little while longer, I want her by my side.” – Chief Hong
  • “You’re too young to think like an adult. Don’t grow up too fast. Just act your age. You can do that.” – Chang Yeunggeuk
  • “You’re only nine years old. You should think about yourself first instead of worrying about our feelings.” -Yeon Hwajeong

“To tell you the truth, even if it wasn’t my birthday or I didn’t win a school award, I wanted to eat together as a family. I’ve always wanted us to live under the same roof.” – Chang Ijun

  • “Just go tell her that you’re sorry and give her a hug. What if she gets tired of waiting and ends up giving up on you?” – Ms Gamri
  • “I’ve made up my mind. But I’ll give you some extra time to think. But let’s end the break. You can think while we date. Take your time while we’re together. But don’t make me wait too long.” – Yoon Hyejin

“This kind of relationship isn’t easy to come by, so you must do your best not to lose it.” – Ms Gamri

  • “I’m not asking you to open up to me right now. All I want for you is to acknowledge the possibility. Am I a part of the future you paint? And do you think that you could see a future with me? That’s all I wanted to know.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I’m done thinking about us. You know patience isn’t my strong suit. I hate it when things are vague. Things that are ambiguous don’t sit well with me. So what I want to say is despite our current situation, if you can promise that someday you’ll open up to me, I could wait.” – Yoon Hyejin

“I don’t know what you’re holding, but just lay all your cards on the table. Relationships aren’t a poker game where you bluff and make bets. Just be honest. Show her what kind of person you are. Let her decide how she feels about it.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

  • “We didn’t argue. It’s just that I feel like I’m not worthy of her. She’s transparent, honest, and brave unlike me.” – Hong Dusik
  • “Who takes 15 years to come to that realization?” – Yeon Hwajeong

“You don’t realize your own feelings until they’re seen from a distance.” – Chohui

  • “We were together since we were young, so I took you for granted. Only after I lost you was I able to realize what you mean to me.” – Chang Yeunggeuk
  • “I’m sure what she wants to hear from you isn’t an apology.” – Chohui

“I think we need to have some time apart. Not in a way people do as a formality before breaking up. I don’t want to break up with you. It just seems to me that you need some time. Time that will finally stop you from being sorry. Time you’ll need to finally be honest with me.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “Every day I spend with you is special to me, too. However, I mean it when I say the thought is what counts.” – Miseon
  • “Because we can’t go on like this. Let’s take our time and carefully think this through, about where we should go from here and what we both want.” – Yoon Hyejin

“Going through both marriage and divorce has enlightened me. I regret being so impatient. I wish I’d told him what I was really feeling for once.” – Yeon Hwajeong

  • “For a long time, he hasn’t had anyone that he could share his pain with. I believe that you can be his rock, someone he opens up to.” – Yeon Hwajeong

“I don’t mind showing my true self to you. Do you not feel the same way? You kept your promise about my bucket list wishes. You agreed to do all sorts of things. But why won’t you do the most important one? Why won’t you open up to me about yourself? Why is it so difficult for you? ” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “You see, I really like you. So I want to know what kind of life you’ve lived and what’s on your mind. I’ve been dreaming of the day you and I become family.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “Why are you drifting away? Why are you becoming a stranger? I don’t know who you are anymore. I don’t understand you.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “How could she still care for me after everything? Why did she do it for me when she should despise me?” – Chang Yeung-geuk
  • “I love everything about here. The bonfire, the sound of the waves, the sound of the water, the scent of summer, the stars, and you. Out of everything that exists in this world, I like you the most.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “She may speak harshly to you, but she cares a lot about you.” – Yong-hun

“This type of cliche is known as classic these days.” – Yoon Hyejin

  • “Because of you, I’ve been discovering a new side of me everyday.” – Hong Dusik
  • “I’d like to be jealous rather than be pitied. It sure would be nice to yell at her for being concerned about another man in my presence. Do you see how lucky you are?” – Director Ji Seonghyeon
  • “You’re no longer like a hedgehog. You used to raise your sharp quills. But you don’t raise them anymore even when I pat you. You’ve changed a lot. You’re not the same person you used to be.” – Hong Dusik

“I’m so proud that you won the prize. But we would be still doing this even if you hadn’t. What we’re celebrating is the fact that you worked hard. To me, that’s more important than the prize itself.” – Yeo Hwajeong

  • “I’ve heard people call my name millions of times. But it sounds unfamiliar now, as if I’ve got a new name.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I lived for 34 years without you, but each day seems to last forever since I’ve met you.” – Hong Dusik
  • “Relationships can be very difficult.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

“I don’t know why relationships are so complicated. Things get so twisted that in the end, it becomes impossible to figure out where it all went wrong. Even if you do something about it, it just gets tangled back up again.” – Village Chief Yeung-geuk

  • “If someone serves the ball, you have to hit it back, not dodge. To call it in or out, you need to give him a straight answer.” – Hong Dusik
  • “I’m one of those people who plan every second of their lives according to a lifespan of 99 years. I don’t like people crossing the line or crossing it myself. And I’m fond of expensive shoes. I guess I’m your complete opposite. It’s the same with our blood types and personalities. I bet we’re not compatible in any aspect. We’re probably as different as penguins that eat krill and polar bears that feed on sea lions. But to hell with all of that because I like you.” – Yoon Hyejin

“Life may seem so long, but it really isn’t. Throw away unnecessary thoughts and be honest with yourself.” – Ms. Gamri

  • “She talks and giggles a lot. You easily get distracted in her presence. Still, it feels empty now that she’s not around.” – Hong Dusik
  • “Peeling crabs and shrimps are a true hassle. It takes a lot of love to do this for someone else.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “No thing’s easy at first, you know. Whether it’s wearing shoes or being in a relationship.” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

“The best meal is one that you have with your family.” – Yoon Taehwa (Hyejin’s father)

  • “You can wear all the expensive clothes in the world but you look like the cheapest person, and I deserve better.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “At times, you guys may bicker because you don’t always see eye to eye, but he always has nothing but love for you.” – Lee Myungshin (Hyejin’s stepmother)
  • “It’s sad when you’re sick alone. Everyone knows that.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “I enjoy hanging out with people more than anything else. Eating, laughing, and talking together. That’s all there is to life, isn’t it?” – Director Ji Seonghyeon

“We live in a society. You can’t hate being around people.” – Hong Dusik

  • “Do you know what it means to be a good parent? It’s staying healthy for a long time. They shouldn’t endure pain to save money for their children. They should take care of themselves.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “You freely judge other people’s lives, but are offended when you’re being assessed?” Hong Dusik
  • “Friends are supposed to have each other’s backs.” – Yoon Hyejin
  • “Don’t we all need some time to adjust?” – Hong Dusik
  • “All people make mistakes. We all badmouth others at least once in our lives.” – Hong Dusik

“If you can’t pick up spilt milk, you should at least apologize to them for spilling the milk, rather than avoid them.” – Hong Dusik

  • “Don’t judge a book by its cover. That’s being prejudiced.” – Hong Dusik
  • “Ruining one’s reputation with facts is also defamation.” – Yeo Hwajeong
  • “Find someone to lean on for once. You spend your life dealing with people’s baggage. When do you ever get to lessen yours?” – Chunjae / Oh Yoon

“Love shouldn’t be about weighing things. It’s all about what’s in your heart.” – Miseon


Synopsis: At a crossroads, a dentist moves to a seaside village where she meets a handyman intent on helping his neighbours.
Based on: 2014 Mr. Hong film by Kang Seok-beom and Shin Jung-goo
Genre: Romantic comedy, Slice of life
No of episodes: 16
Starring: Shin Min-a, Kim Seon-ho and Lee Sang-yi
Written by: Shin Ha-eun
Directed by: Yu Je-won
Date: August 28 – October 17, 2021
Network: tvN, Netflix


Subtitle translation: Netflix