tvN’s “Hometown Flex” is a new variety program that accompanies Lee Seung Gi and Cha Tae Hyun in different cities in Korea as they meet celebrities who grew up there to introduce them to the region.
At the premiere on July 12, Lee Seung Gi and Cha Tae Hyun took the KTX to Busan Station, where they met with Busan locals Simon Dominic, Jang Hyuk and Lee Si Eon. The production manager (PD) explained the program to them with the words: “Hometown Flex is a variety program in which local representatives bring Seoulers to different cities and show what the cities have to offer.”
The Busan natives were asked to speak in their Busan dialect, and Jang Hyuk said, “It is cumbersome. I used it very well before, but after living in Seoul for 26 years, my dialect changes to Seoul’s language He continued: “The Busan dialect depends on your generation. As soon as you learn the emotions, you get a feel for it.” Simon Dominic jokingly commented: “How can you explain the dialect so well … if you are not very good at it? “
Jang Hyuk later suggested pork and rice soup for their first meal, and the group headed to his favorite restaurant. However, they were surprised at the sudden proposal from the producers of a competition that only the winning team could eat, and Simon Dominic said: “If I had known it was, I would not have joined the program.”
Although Jang Hyuk suggested the restaurant, he got the first quiz wrong and only Lee Seung Gi and Cha Tae Hyun had the opportunity to eat.
After the meal, the group officially started their journey through Busan. Simon Dominic said, “I didn’t know much when I was living in Busan. I’ve never been to Haeundae and not really on the beach in Gwangan, but after working in Seoul, I started missing Busan.”
Your first stop was Taejongdae, a natural park in Busan with cliffs overlooking the sea. Despite the heat warning, Jang Hyuk insisted on a hot bar, and Lee Seung Gi said with a laugh, “I feel so safe walking with locals.” However, when they strained up the stairs, Cha Tae Hyun exclaimed, “I leave don’t get away with it unless the view is fantastic. “
For lunch, the producers instructed them to take chopsticks out of the cliff shop. The Seoul team won again with a three-piece fish dish on the line. They even won the next mission and teased the Busan team with the words: “We want to stop eating. We are so full. “
On a special occasion, Simon Dominic finally got food and suggested that Jang Hyuk and Lee Si Eon should eat with him. While they ate, Lee Si Eon spoke of his admiration for Jang Hyuk when he was growing up and said, “I really wanted to be like you. There were always so many rumors in my neighborhood that you lived there. “
After visiting a café overlooking the Yeongdo District at the request of Lee Si Eon, the group went to the Pusan National University Station. Simon Dominic explained his connection to the place by saying, “When I was in 8th grade, I went to a live bar in Busan.” The owner was credited with doing break dancing and rap.
The live bar became a non-alcoholic nightclub one day, and Simon Dominic said that he had stopped visiting. He also spoke of always practicing his rap under the bridge next to the Busan station, and he played a performance of “Simon Dominic” that he created in his hometown.
After a small fan sign under the bridge, Simon Dominic visited the club, where he came across the previously mentioned bar owner. When he saw him again for the first time in 20 years, he honestly said, “When I was younger, I was so upset that the live bar became an alcohol-free nightclub.”
For the first time in 20 years, Simon Dominic greeted many others from his past and shed a few tears. One of the part-time employees at the time said: “I still remember the Ki Seok (Simon Dominic’s birth name) who opened the door and went in.”
tvN’s “Hometown Flex” will be broadcast on Sundays at 10:50 p.m. KST.
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