Why The Romance Between Gong Hyo Jin And Kang Ha Neul In “When The Camellia Blooms” Appeals To Viewers

Since its premiere, KBS’s “When the Camellia Blooms” has been receiving much love from viewers for the special way Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin) and Yong Shik (Kang Ha Neul) love each other.

Dong Baek and Yong Shik do not push and pull in the drama. The two do not engage in a vague relationship. Instead, they are honest and straightforward with their feelings. This is the reason the drama is gaining much love and praise from the public – because they show what an honest and innocent relationship is.


In the drama, Dong Baek is someone who lives a life that many may call “unlucky.” She was ignored as a child because she did not have a mother, and as an adult, she has to fight prejudice for having to raise a fatherless child and owning a bar.

Then, Yong Shik appears in her life, and he is the first person to not criticize her. Yong Shik realizes that it’s possible to fall in love with someone in just three seconds, and since then, he is nothing but straightforward with his feelings for Dong Baek. Despite what other people may think, he will always be on Dong Baek’s side.

Dong Baek, a woman with a negative perception of love, begins to open her heart after seeing Yong Shik’s tireless efforts. However, she is unable to enjoy it due to a series of unfortunate events in her life. This includes her mother, who abandoned her as a child, returning as an Alzheimer’s patient. As a result, Dong Baek decides to give up on her relationship with Yong Shik because she does not want to involve him in her misfortune.

However, Yong Shik does not how to give up. He does not care what kind of life Dong Baek lives. Instead, he brings Dong Baek adult diapers and blankets for her mother and says, “I almost died because I missed you so much.”

In a way, Yong Shik gives Dong Baek more than just love. When seeing Dong Baek discouraged from the prejudice of society, Yong Shik feels angry. Thus, he continues to shower Dong Baek with compliments. In midst of Yong Shik’s efforts, Dong Baek begins to see what she is worth. She finally begins to hold her head up while thinking that she is someone important with Yong Shik by her side.

As the drama goes on, Dong Baek will continue to gain self-esteem thanks to Yong Shik. Anticipation is high whether or not Yong Shik will continue to help Dong Baek with gaining back confidence as Dong Baek faces another challenge in her life because of a serial killer named Kkabuli.

“When the Camellia Blooms” airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:00 p.m. KST.

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