The Third Charm (2018) — An Overview

The Third Charm (2018, episode 4)



The Third Charm / The 3rd Charm
[제3의 매력]
(JTBC, 2018)

Written by Park Hee-kwon & Park Eun-young, Directed by Pyo Min-soo
Production companies: Imagine Asia [이매진아시아] and JYP Pictures [JYP픽쳐스]

September 28 ~ November 17 2018 [Fri & Sat]
16 episodes

‘Third time’s a charm’, so the saying goes — and this is could be what defines the story of Joon-young: a sensitive, at times petty, and thoughtful police detective; and Young-jae: a fiercely independent and easy-going hair dresser who’s not afraid to speak her mind. From meeting in their awkward early 20s, to making up for lost time in their late 20s (and everything unspoken in between) — what would the early 30s be like for this seemingly oddly paired, yet oddly complementary couple?  — by Mich KDL



The Third Charm (2018, episode 2)


Note that this is not the full cast credits for this show — only those mentioned on KDL!


On Joon-young (Seo Kang-joon)
Violent Crimes team leader at Seoul Central Police Station; on-off boyfriend to Young-jae
— — — — — — —
Hyun Sang-hyun (Lee Sang-yi)
Joon-young’s best friend from college,
bar owner

On Ri-won (Park Gyu-young)
Joon-young’s younger sister,
worked for Sang-yi at his bar;

Min Se-eun (Kim Yoon-hye)
Public Service officer; Joon-young’s admirer;
present-day girlfriend
Lee Young-jae (E-som)
Lead hairdresser at Jooran de Beaute;
on-off girlfriend to Joon-young

— — — — — — —
Baek Joo-ran (Lee Yoon-ji)
owner of Jooran de Beaute salon;
Young-jae’s friend

Lee Soo-jae (Yang Dong-geun)
Young-jae’s paraplegic older brother,
who got hurt in a work accident

Choi Ho-chul (Min Woo-hyuk)
owner of HC Plastic Surgery; Young-jae’s admirer

Kim So-hee (Shin Do-hyun)
actress; Young-jae’s childhood nemesis


The Third Charm (2018, episode 3)
Amidst the many up-and-coming locales chosen by other 2018 K-dramas, it is interesting to note that the The Third Charm team chose to film most scenes within Seoul — maybe as a way to keep things very realistic and close to home. If there’s anything we can learn from these selected locations, it’s that Seoul itself has its own charm, and much more to offer than we what we already know of it.
The next time you’re there for a visit, why not follow in TTC‘s footsteps and discover this capital city’s ‘hidden’ side — whether it’s rock climbing in a waterfall park, enjoying live traditional Korean music, or simply admiring a different view.
The Third Charm (2018, episode 14)


Later in the series, the focus of locations shift to the Mapo neighborhood of Hapjeong-dong [합정동] and and also within Yongsan [용산구], where our characters live, work, meet, love and hurt.
The Third Charm (2018, episode 11)
 Portugal’s stunning scenery is also well captured in this series, from locations within its capital of Lisbon, to outskirt towns and even breathtaking sights beyond.


This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Search The Third Charm on KDL for a visual look of all locations.

Last update: 01/03/2019

SEOUL [서울특별시]

Chang-dong [창동]
— Me & Me Hair [미앤미헤어] [E1/2]

Cheongdam-dong [청담동]
BiancoItalia — Cheongdam Branch (closed) [E6]
Bridal Kong [브라이덜공] [E4]
Samseong-dong [삼성동]
CT Bakery [CT베이커리] [E4]
Sinsa-dong [신사동]
Dalbit Suldam [달빛술담]
Ihee Hair & Makeup [이희헤어&메이크업]
Liberty Night and Day [E1/2]

Gaehwa-dong [개화동]
— Joon-young/On Family house

Samcheong-dong [삼청동]
— Cafe Rosso [로쏘] [E1/16]

JUNG-GU [중구]
Euljiro5(o)-ga-dong [을지로5가]
— Seongwoo Building [성우빌딩] [E8]
Jangchung-dong [장충동]
KTA Jangchung Jangho Tennis Court [E6]

Myeonmok-dong [면목동]
Yongma Falls Park [용마폭포공원] [E6]

MAPO-GU [마포구]
Hajung-dong [하중동]
Seogang Bridge [서강대교] [E4]
Hapjeong-dong [합정동]
— La Bonne Cuisine [라본느뀌진] [E11]
Novak Building [노박빌딩] [E13]
Broister [브로이스터] [E14]
Milky Way Café [몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방] [E14]
Famus Ground [페이머스 그라운드] [E14]
Seogyo-dong [서교동]
Eoulmadang Street [어울마당로] [E7/8]
Funny Land – Hongdae [홍대 퍼니랜드] [E4]
Jack B Nimble [잭비님블] [E6]
Tissen/Mirang Showroom [티센 미랑 쇼룸] [E10]
— 7-Eleven — Seogyo [세븐일레븐 서교8호점] [E13]
Tojeong-dong [토정동]
— Chicken Feet Yechan [닭발예찬] [E5]
Yeonnam-dong [연남동]
— Seongmisan-ro 29gil [성미산로29길] [E8]
— Eunhaeng Children’s Park [은행어린이공원] [E15]

Changcheon-dong [창천동]
Myeongwol Ine [명월이네] [E2]
Daesin-dong [대신동]
Haemaji Town – Seodaemun [해맞이타운]

Yeongdeungpo7(chil)ga-dong [영등포동7가]
GS Caltex Daeyoung Self-Filling Station [E5]
Yeouido-dong [여의도동]
Yeouido Hangang Park [E4]

Cheongpa-dong-2ga [청파동2가]
— Ssangdaepo Restaurant [쌍대포 본점] [E14]

SEOUL [서울특별시] (Con’t)

Hangangno-dong [한강로동]
Seogang Ggobdaegi [서강껍데기] [E5]
Huam-dong [후암동]
Staircase Sowol-ro [소월로 계단] [E3/4]
Ichon-dong [이촌동]
Dongjak Bridge [동작대교] [E6]
Hangang Bridge [한강대교] [E1]
Wonhyoro-1(il)ga [원효로1가]
— Yongsan The Prime [용산더프라임] [E12]
Diat Central Officetel [디아뜨센트럴 오피스텔] [E16]

BUSAN [부산특별시]

Jangjeon-dong [장전동]
Pusan National University [부산대학교] [E1/2]


Wooam-dong [우암동]
Cheongwon Police Station

GOYANG [고양시]

Wonheung-dong [원흥동]
Seosamreung-gil [서삼릉길] [E10]


Bakchon-dong [박촌동]
Bakchon Station [박촌역] [E1/3]
JUNG-GU [중구]
Incheon International Airport [E11]

PAJU [파주시]

Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri [E1/16]


Yangseo-myeon [양서면]
— Bukhangang Railroad Bridge [북한강철교] [E4]


— Silves Cathedral (Sé Catedral de Silves) [E11]
— Fonte de Letras Livraria [E11]
Benagil Cave (Algar de Benagil) [E11]
Roman Temple of Évora [E11]
Fountain of Green Windows [Chafariz das Janelas Verdes] [E11]
Escola de Hotelaria e Turismo de Lisboa [E11]
Restaurante Ponto Final [E11]
Padaria Mosz Lisbon [E13]
Prazeres Cemetery [Cemitério dos Prazeres] [E13/15]


The Third Charm (2018, episode 8)

For many, music defines the eras and seasons we’re in, and we’d often associate certain songs with certain times in our lives. Same goes for each of the three ‘eras’ in The Third Charm: for example, we know we’re in 2013 when we hear songs that were popular or were released during that time, like SISTAR’s ‘Give It To Me’ and Lee Hyo-ri’s ‘Miss Korea’. Later, we are brought back to the present year (2018) from episode 12 with current hit songs like BTS’ ‘Fake Love’ and Twice’s ‘Likey’. Even the light hearted OST songs that started us off in the show (like Stella Jang’s ‘Only You’) gave way to more melancholic tunes to set to the heavier tone of the 30s, like Soyou & Mad Clown’s ‘Missing You’.

For Ho-chul, one song defined his past: ‘Come What May’ from the 2001 musical movie Moulin Rouge!, in which it is said, “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.” After missing out the opportunity to do something special for the person he’d loved before, this could also be in part the reason he plucks up the courage to sing this song for Young-jae at Eoulmadang Street [어울마당로].


In episode 7 of The Beauty Inside (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018), a frustrated Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) flips through the channels on her TV and The Third Charm makes a short appearance on her screen.


Locations: Mich KDL, Marion KDL, Thom Musni
Photos: Mich KDL, Thom Musni


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The Third Charm (2018, episode 1)


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