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  • Drama: Romance Town
  • Revised romanization: Romaenseu Tawoon
  • Hangul: 로맨스 타운
  • Director: Hwang Ui-Kyung, Kim Jin-Won
  • Writer: Seo Sook-Hyang
  • Network: KBS2
  • Episodes: 20
  • Release Date: May 11 - July 14, 2011
  • Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55
  • Language: Korean
  • Country: South Korea

Plot

A young woman, whose mother and grandmother worked as a housemaid, finds herself working as a housemaid. One day she wins the lottery and faces a turning point in her life ...

1998

Soon-Geum's (later played by Sung Yu-Ri) mother and grandmother both work as housemaids. Soon-Geum's mother, who never had the opportunity to go to college - vows to send young Soon-Geum to a university so she won't work as a maid when she grows up.

2003

Soon-Geum is a junior high school student, but she isn't interested in studying and is frequently scolded by her teachers for absences. Soon-Geum works part-time jobs as a waitress and also as a dancer at a night club. One night she goes to a night club to check on her friend Shi-A (Kim Jae-In) who is dating an older guy named Young-Hee (Kim Min-Jun). At that time a police raid occurs and she is taken into custody as a minor. At the police station Shi-A, Young-Hee and Young-Hee's friend Gun-Woo (Jung Gyu-Woon) are also there. When Soon-Geum's mother arrives she goes after her daughter with a broomstick. Later they argue with Soon-Geum telling her mom she doesn't want to go to college and would rather work or get married. That night Soon-Geum's father runs off with her mother's savings only leaving a note saying sorry.

2008

Years later, her mother has passed away. Soon-Geum is carrying Shi-A's baby on her back and goes to a room salon to find Shi-A. Gun-Woo also goes to the room salon with his friends and passes out. His friends leave him sleeping in the room salon. Soon-Geum and Shi-A goes into the room where Gun-Woo is passed out. A waiter comes in and mistakes Soon-Geum as Gun-Woo's girlfriend. The waiter asks Soon-Geum to pay the bill for Gun-Woo who lost his wallet. Soon-Geum unable to talk her way out ends up paying the waiter with her rent money. To get her rent money back she goes with Gun-Woo to his house, but on the way there she receives a phone call that her father took her deposit for the apartment where she stays with Shi-A and Shi-A's baby. She leaves her number with Gun-Woo and leaves.

When Gun-Woo arrives at home, his father (Lee Jae-Yong) is there and asks for a favor. Gun-Woo's father recently remarried to a much younger woman known as Trophy (Yang Jeong-A). When they came back from their honeymoon a mini-crisis ensued. A grandmother brought a baby to their home looking for its father. Gun-Woo's father asks Gun-Woo to say that the baby is his, so his new wife won't get mad at him. Gun-Woo is planning to go to New York to study so he won't even have to look after the baby.

Meanwhile, Gun-Woo's stepmother finds a napkin with phone number scribbled on it in Gun-Woo's room. Believing the phone number might be the number of the new baby in their house she calls her for a meeting. Soon-Geum believing she will get her rent money back eagerly agrees to meet. After the meeting, Soon-Geum finds herself working for the family as their new maid. Gun-Woo leaves for New York.

2011

Soon-Geum gets along well with the other maids in the exclusive neighborhood her employers reside in. At night she often plays cards with the other maids. They often pool their winnings to buy lottery tickets and Soon-Geum buys tickets for herself as well.

Gun-Woo then arrives back from New York. He remembers Soon-Geum and tells her that he did try to call her. Gun-Woo also learns that head housemaid Yoo Choon-Jak was fired and Soon-Geum was hired in her place. Gun-Woo was extremely close to Choon-Jak and fires Soon-Geum hoping to get her back. Soon-Geum is depressed over losing her job. One day she eats cheap black noodles in a Chinese restaurant when she discovers that she won the lottery - 14 billion WON ($13 million USD)!

Notes

  1. Takes over the KBS2 Wed. & Thu. 21:55 time slot previously occupied by The Thorn Birds and followed by "The Princess' Man" (literal title) on July 20.
  2. Early working title was "Sikmodeul" (literal translation "Maids").

Cast

Romance Town-Sung Yu-Ri.jpg Romance Town-Jeong Kyeo-Woon.jpg Romance Town-Kim Min-Jun.jpg Romance Town-Min Hyo-Rin.jpg
Sung Yu-Ri Jung Gyu-Woon Kim Min-Jun Min Hyo-Rin
No Soon-Geum Kang Gun-Woo Kim Young-Hee Jung Da-Kyeom
Romance Town-Park Ji-Young (1969).jpg Romance Town-Lee Kyung-Sil.jpg Romance Town-Kim Jae-In.jpg Romance Town-Joo Jin-Mo (1958).jpg Romance Town-Lee Jae-Yong (1963).jpg
Park Ji-Young Lee Kyung-Sil Kim Jae-In Joo Jin-Mo Lee Jae-Yong
Oh Hyun-Joo Uhm Soo-Jung Yun Shi-A No Sang-Hoon Kang Tae-Won
Romance Town-Yang Jeong-A.jpg Romance Town-Jo Whee-Joon.jpg Romance Town-Ban Hyo-Jeong.jpg Romance Town-Kim Ye-Won.jpg Romance Town-Jo Sung-Ha.jpg
Yang Jeong-A Jo Whee-Joon Ban Hyo-Jung Kim Ye-Won Cho Seong-Ha
Trophy Kang San Yoo Choon-Jak Da jareu rin Hwang Yong
Romance Town-Kim Soo-Hyun.jpg Romance Town-Lee Jeong-Kil.jpg Romance Town-Shin Shin-Ae.jpg Romance Town-Kwon Ki-Seon.jpg Romance Town-Kim Dong-Bum.jpg
Kim Soo-Hyun Lee Jeong-Kil Shin Shin-Ae Kwon Ki-Seon Kim Dong-Bum
Hwang Joo-Won Jang Chi-Kook Kim Soon-Ok Oh Boon-Ja Choi
convenience store clerk
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Heo Tae-Hee
Son Jin-Pyo

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Episode Ratings

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2011-05-11 1 NR 7.8 (17th)
2011-05-12 2 7.2 (19th) 7.8 (13th)
2011-05-18 3 7.6 (15th) 7.4 (18th)
2011-05-19 4 7.1 (20th) 8.3 (13th)
2011-05-25 5 9.7 (8th) 10.5 (8th)
2011-05-26 6 9.7 (10th) 9.8 (12th)
2011-06-01 7 9.3 (9th) 10.1 (7th)
2011-06-02 8 8.9 (11th) 10.1 (8th)
2011-06-08 9 8.3 (12th) 9.7 (10th)
2011-06-09 10 9.3 (9th) 10.2 (8th)
2011-06-15 11 8.2 (10th) 8.7 (11th)
2011-06-16 12 9.0 (10th) 10.6 (9th)
2011-06-22 13 NR 8.5 (18th)
2011-06-23 14 7.8 (20th) 8.9 (14th)
2011-06-29 15 9.0 (13th) 10.6 (10th)
2011-06-30 16 10.8 (9th) 13.1 (6th)
2011-07-06 17 9.8 (11th) 11.4 (7th)
2011-07-07 18 11.4 (8th) 13.3 (6th)
2011-07-13 19 11.1 (8th) 12.3 (6th)
2011-07-14 20 12.4 (6th) 13.7 (6th)

Source: TNS Media Korea

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Lie Kwang Wei hm, I'm just finished watching this Korean drama. (Note : I'm actually didn't like to watch drama movies, but this one is just something different who catch my attention) Romance Town, actually it has an interesting storyline. Also, the actors are very good in playing their character. Somehow the story is very much alive, and it does make sense to me. very fun to watch. But, I'm just want to give my opinion about Romance Town. It has too short episode! I mean, c'mon, the ending?? it is not a good way to end a story like that. there are a lot of unfinished plot.

1. What happened to the maids after at least 2 years (they can't stay rich forever by just staying at home) there supposed to be a story about their daily life as a rich people, just like Soon Geum who run a family restaurant with her father. what about the rest of them?

2. what happened to Kang Tae Won, Gun Woo's step father after everybody leaves him alone with Kang San?? at least tell a little bit about his activity during his loneliness.

3. And what about Gun Woo? I mean, the ending about him that he is poor and just that?

If they made just one more season, that would be great. the story would be even more interesting if the rich maid do something risky with their money (like gambling or whatsoever) and they make stupid decision. also, Gun Woo's father, it would be interesting if he feels very lonely, and without knowing his second wife... errr, what's her name? Trophy...??? works in there ( I forgot where she is working) and meet with her. awkward, huh? turn out they're getting involved on a very awkward conversation. oh, I almost forgot, and tell what Gun Woo did to his old maid's house? (Yoo Choon Jak's house that she decided to give it to Gun Woo before she passed away). how about that?

sorry, but for me, the ending is not satisfiying. in fact, the ending makes me wonder what happened next to them all?

CW This starts pretty slow, it isn't till you get well into the drama that it becomes more interesting. It should be called "The Maids" instead of it's title. This drama explores the idea of greed and touches on slavery. It has quite a bit of humor added to it. I ended up REALLY liking this drama, one of those little gems buried away.

ethiopian fan this movie is the best

anna mel the ending is so boring... why can you guys make season 2... i want to know who is san REAL parents... please make season 2... i really beg you... although i'm too late to telling you but i want season 2 PLEASEEE.......

Angelyn Wilson Why it's mush end like this...???? I need season 2... You guys need to make season 2 please.... Like I beg you D':

Lee WARNING: Spoilers follow !

I'm on episode 8 and am fairly ambivalent about continuing to watch it. I LOVE Yu-ri Sung, which is the reason I started watching "Romance Town" in the first place. The problem for me so far is that I *really* dislike the Gun Woo character. When he was fat, he let people walk all over him. Then, later, after he comes back from America, he's turned into a confident, arrogant, jerk.

He's fairly rude and nasty to Soon-Geum, so I can't see why she's into him at all. In fact, the thought of them possibly ending up together at the end makes me a bit nauseous. I think it's a bad sign when you actually DON'T want the two romantic character leads to end up together. There is a third romantic lead, but he seems unsure whether he's attracted more to money or the woman, but the fact that this is even an issue for him basically disqualifies him, in my mind.

I'm not sure how much of this is due to the writing and how much of it is due to the actor.. Of the 8 Yu-ri Sung dramas I've seen so far, this is, by the far, the weakest one. In terms of letter grades, I would give it a C or a C minus.

Also, Soon-Geum's father is too outrageously larcenous. The very fact that he gambled away Soon-Geum's college fund and then continued to try to leech money from Soon-Geum and her mother, strongly suggests that the guy is garbage. But somehow, the fact that he's her father makes it okay for her to continue a relationship with him ? This is crazy beyond belief..

Hulu This drama was dead boring! Love Jung Gyu Woon but Sung Yu Ri is just ARGHHHH

picky As the movie keeps going, I loose my interest because I don't believe that there are such stupid people in this world. The maids are so dumped that they drag 10 billion won around. They are so dumped that they even leave the money in a hotel room. The main actress is showing stuborn, and stupidity as the movie goes on. In all, please don't watch if you have some thing else to do. Otherwise, you'll feel angry because of those stupid people.

black_blood For some reason, I wanted No Soon-Geum to end up with Kim Young-Hee. I was really disappointed because it did not end like that. Kim Young-Hee had a nice character when compared to Kang Gun-Woo. I should have stopped watching this drama when I got the hint that No Soon-Geum will end up with Kang Gun-Woo. In the end, I did not like this drama, not even a bit.

People, don't watch this drama. You will end up hurting yourself.

Donna I loved watching this show. Could not wait until the next episode. It made me feel young again.

Donna I have discovered KBS and love it. I especially liked Romance Town. The two brothers are so handsome. I fell in love with watching all the characters on the show.

hayu i love this drama my hert is pound what will happend to the maids loi

jocelyn cantina the most romantic comedy i like sung yuri s amezing.love ds drama

FableCat I am watching it at Kbsw channel on tv. Ngeh.. will Sungeum agree with Uhm Soo-Jung's greedy plan..? I will hate Sungeum is she agree. T_T Have to wait next Wednesday to see what happen T_T... Why do they have to end the episode with a suspense hanging...

hanks how did you guys watch it , i only watched up to episode 6 and i can't find episode 7 :/

josephine love this drama. hope that gun-woo and soon-geum will end up together. love them both.

fifi update pliz...i want to c the current rating.hope the rating will increase...i'll support this drama till the end;D

akuMpiet Can wait this drama.. I love jung gyu woon oppa ^^

HebeDara cant wait for this drama.love Sung Yuri<3!!

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