Welcome to Samdalri Final Review: Ji Chang Wook-Shin Hye Sun's heartfelt love story comes to satisfying end

Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun's captivating frenemies to lovers story reaches its conclusion in Welcome to Samdalri, delivering a heartwarming finale. Find out what went down and our thoughts below!

Published on Jan 22, 2024  |  09:16 PM IST |  797.6K
Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun for Welcome to Samdalri; Image Courtesy: JTBC
Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun for Welcome to Samdalri; Image Courtesy: JTBC
Key Highlight
  • Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun's love story comes to heartwarming end in Welcome to Samdalri
  • Our final thoughts on Welcome to Samdalri

JTBC's Welcome to Samdalri, featuring Ji Chang Wook and Shin Hye Sun, captivated audiences globally since its December 2 debut. Set against Jeju Island's beauty and Seoul's vibrant backdrop, the drama immersed viewers in love, destiny, and poignant memories. The duo's frenemies-to-lovers journey reached a heartwarming conclusion on January 21, leaving an indelible mark on Welcome to Samdalri's rich narrative.

Welcome to Samdalri comes to a heart-fluttering end

Welcome to Samdalri, a journey into the realm of K-drama excellence, under the narrative finesse of writer Kwon Hye Joo and director Cha Young Hoon, unfolded a captivating tale. Starring Ji Chang Wook, Shin Hye Sun, and Kang Young Seok, the series promised and delivered an engaging narrative rich in depth.

Set against the stunning backdrop of Jeju Island, the storyline revolves around childhood friends Jo Yongpil (Ji Chang Wook) and Jo Samdal (Shin Hye Sun). Yongpil's life underwent a transformative turn after a poignant incident involving his mother, leading him down a path marked by unwavering determination.

Meanwhile, Samdal, now Jo Eun Hye, pursued her dreams as a fashion photographer in Seoul. Fate brought her back to Jeju Island, leading to an unexpected reunion with Yongpil. Despite past complexities, their enduring bond rekindled, sparking a love that defied time and adversity.


The narrative gracefully unfolded, immersing audiences in intertwined destinies, the captivating allure of Jeju Island, and the profound impact of enduring connections. Welcome to Samdalri crafted an odyssey through emotions, temporal intricacies, and the enduring influence of destiny, ensuring viewers were captivated by each twist.

Since debuting on December 2, 2023, the 16-episode saga enchanted JTBC's weekend screens at 22:30 KST, delivering a narrative rich in emotion, exploring themes of reunion, serendipitous destiny, and enduring love that surpassed temporal constraints.

Episode 15: It Takes A Village To Raise A Dragon

In Episode 15 of Welcome to Samdalri, Eun Ju faces a career crisis, Gyeong Tae is smitten, and Hae Dal reflects on her swimming career. Samdal and Yongpil's relationship deepens, causing a stir among onlookers. However, Eun Ju's vengeful plans unfold, revealing Samdal's true identity. Amidst personal revelations and newfound peace, the characters navigate love, forgiveness, and career challenges. The narrative builds anticipation for the upcoming KMA Exhibition, promising revelations and confrontations in this latest installment.

Episode 16: Welcome To Samdalri

In the captivating finale of Welcome to Samdalri (Episode 16), Samdal orchestrates a brilliant plan to thwart the reporters, reclaiming control of her narrative. Eun Ju faces the consequences of her actions, while Samdal embraces her hometown with an inspiring exhibition. The episode weaves through love stories, reunions, and personal growth. Hae Dal resolves to rediscover her passion for swimming, Dae Young and Jin Dal navigate their complex feelings, and Yongpil contemplates a life-changing opportunity. The series beautifully concludes with heartwarming moments, two years later, portraying the characters' evolving lives and interconnected destinies.

Final review on Welcome to Samdalri

Welcome to Samdalri reaches its penultimate episode, shifting away from heightened threats to center on Eun Ju's career unraveling. The drama is well-balanced as Yongpil and Samdal's blossoming relationship takes center stage, bringing a refreshing dose of romance. Sang Do's acceptance of the unrequited love subplot adds depth to the narrative, allowing for emotional closure.

The approaching finale promises a delightful resolution for Samdal and Yongpil, offering a well-deserved happily-ever-after. As the show gracefully concludes, it navigates subplots with finesse. Notably, Hae Dal and Jin Dal's storylines find satisfying closures, steering clear of clichés and highlighting the impact of genuine emotions.


The portrayal of Jin Dal and Dae Young's love story, untainted by corporate influences, is a poignant reflection of love triumphing over external pressures. However, the heart of the series lies in the enduring love between Yongpil and Samdal, establishing them as soulmates destined for a lasting connection.

The narrative artfully weaves these storylines, echoing the charm of Hometown Cha Cha Cha by emphasizing community bonds. The finale promises a fulfilling wrap-up, aligning with the series' overall enjoyable and heartwarming tone.

As Jin Dal and Dae Young overcome corporate hurdles, the series emphasizes the resilience of genuine love amidst external challenges. However, it's the profound connection between Yongpil and Samdal that steals the spotlight, portraying a timeless love story that transcends geographical constraints.

The concluding moments encapsulate the characters' growth, providing a satisfying conclusion to their respective journeys. The series, akin to Hometown Cha Cha Cha, successfully integrates themes of love, destiny, and community, creating an engaging and heartening viewing experience. Overall, Welcome to Samdalri is a delightful watch, offering a well-rounded and emotionally resonant story that wraps up with charm and authenticity.

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