Dong-hoo is furious, while Hwa-yeon is in tears

Rents are soaring in Seoul as traditional “Jeonse” (Key money) is no longer the preferred method of renting. Jeonse is a Korean term when renting a home or condominium in Korea. Jeonse is a deposit of a large sum or key money that the renter gives the homeowner. When the tenant moves out the key money is fully returned. In a typical two-bedroom two-bath condo; Jeonse could range from 100,000 to several hundred thousand. Homeowners would typically invest that key money in high interest yield product in place of rent. Now that the banks are offering near 0 percent interest on savings, homeowners are now using the more U.S. method of monthly rent. The market is now typically a mix of Jeonse of a lower amount but still in the several hundred thousand and a monthly rent of $1,000 as an example.

Weekly Update:

‘Here Comes Jang Bori’

Episodes 43 & 44

Today, 6:30 p.m.: Ji-sang tells In-hwa to stay at Bo-ri’s wedding, that he’d make sure Min-jung doesn’t try to ruin the wedding. Jae-hee comes to Jae-hwa’s wedding only to find out that Do is Min-jung’s real mother. Jung-ran finds Jae-hwa’s mother’s rin in Hwa-yeon’s jewelry box. Today, 7:45 p.m.: Bo-ri and Jae-hwa trick Hwa-yeon into admitting that the ring belonged to Jae-hwa’s mother. Dong-hoo is furious and Hwa-yeon begs on her knees in tears. Min-jung continues to use Jong-ha to put pressure on In-hwa.

‘Mrs. Cop’

Episodes 5 & 6

Monday, 7:45 p.m.: Do-young says she’ll never go away until Young-jin accepts her into her tea. Jin-woo also shows up at the office and tells Jin-young he wants to join her team. Young-jin gives them a seemingly impossible test to turn them away. Young-jin finally gets her team together, and they tackle their first case. Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.: Young-jin realizes professor Jung is not the real killer in Lee Eun-jung murder case. She suspects her co-worker at the flower shop might be the real killer. But the investigation takes another turn when they find contrasting evidence.

‘The Gang Doctor’

Episodes 5 & 6

Wednesday, 7:45 p.m.: Tae-hyun finds out Yeo-jin is awake. Tae-hyun gets news that they found a donor in the States just as So-hyun’s condition worsens. But he’s devastated when he hears the cost of the operation. Director Lee tells Tae-hyun to relieve Nurse Hwang and watch over Yeo-jin. Thursday, 7:45 p.m.: Nurse Hwang overhears the hospital Director and Director Lee discuss how to kill Yeo-jin per Do-joon’s orders. Yeo-jin, who is conscious but unable to move, waits in fear for what’s about to happen to her. Some suspicious patients are admitted to 12th floor.

‘Identical Affairs’

Episode 1 & 2

Friday, 7:45 p.m.: Do Hae-kang (Kim Hyun-ju) and Choi Jin-eon (Ji Jin-hee) are husband and wife in a rocky marriage. Jin-eon is attracted to a grad student Seol-li (Park Han-byul). Hae-kang is a corporate lawyer for Jin-eon’s father’s pharmaceutical company. She finds out about her husband and Seol-li. Saturday, 7:45 p.m.: Hae-kang goes to school to pick up Jin-eon on a rainy day and sees Jin-eon put shoes on Seol-li in the rain. She’s angry and saddened by the tender way her husband treats Seol-li. Hae-kang goes to see Seol-li at the café where she works.


Jeff Chung is general manager of KBFD TV, which televises Korean dramas with English subtitles. This column offers synopses of the dramas playing throughout Hawaii. Chung can be reached at 521-8066 or


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