Touch Your Heart (2019) — An Overview


Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity
[진심이 닿다] (tvN, 2019)

Written by Lee Myung-suk and Choi Bo-rim (web novel)
Directed by Park Joon-Hwa (박준화)
Production company Studio Dragon [스튜디오드래곤 주식회사]

February 6 ~ March 28, 2019 [Wed & Thur]
16 episodes

A former scandal-ridden starlet looking to make her comeback joins a law firm as a law secretary to research for a new role. Personalities clash as she works together with a straight-laced perfectionist lawyer — but will sparks fly eventually as she softens his heart? This is the long-awaited reunion of Goblin‘s other beloved couple, Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na.
— by Mich KDL


Touch Your Heart is based on a web-toon of the same name, first released on KakaoPage in 2016 and written by Lee Myung-suk and Choi Bo-rim. You can read it online here.

Park Joon-Hwa (박준화) is the director behind the wildly successful Why Secretary Kim (2018), and other KDL favorites. Working exclusively for tvN, he directed the first eleven seasons of Ugly Young-A (2007-2013), before working on stand-alone dramas like Let’s Eat 1 and 2 (2013-2014 and 2015), Bring It On, Ghost (2016) and Because This Is My First Life (2017). — by Marion & Mich KDL


Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 5)
Note that this is not the full cast credits for this show — only those mentioned on KDL!


Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook)
Lawyer at ALWAYS Law Firm
— — — — — — —
Kim Se-won (Lee Sang-woo)
Prosecutor; Jung-rok’s college friend;
Yeo-reum’s ex-boyfriend

Yeon Joon-kyu (Oh Jung-se )
Head of ALWAYS Law Firm

Lee Doo-yeob (Park Ji-hwan )
ALWAYS Law Firm office manager;
has a crush on Secretary Yang
Oh Yoon-seo/Oh Jin-shim (Yoo In-na)
Former actress, now law secretary
— — — — — — —

Son Sung-yoon (Yoo Yeo-reum)
Prosecutor; Jung-rok’s college friend;
Se-won’s ex-girlfriend

Kong Hyuk-joon (Oh Eui-sik )
Yoon-seo’s manager



Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 4)

While it seems that Touch Your Heart is set in the bustling river south of locales — like Gangnam, where the law firm is supposed to be located in — its locations are actually flung far and wide around Seoul.

What’s also most note-worthy is how many law-related scenes in this drama (aside from the main courthouse) were actually filmed at familiar K-Dramaland universities, such as Sun Moon University [선문대학교 아산캠퍼스], as seen in School 2017; and Inha University [인하대학교], more well-known as Haneol Sport University in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.
— by Mich KDL

This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Search Touch Your Heart on KDL for a visual look of all locations.

Last update: 25/08/2019

SEOUL [서울특별시]

Jingwan-dong [진관동]
Il-in [1인1상] [E5]

Samseong-dong [삼성동]
Matsugaze Japanese Restaurant [E2/3]
Bus Stop Samseong Station Exit 7 [E13-14]
Yeoksam-dong [역삼동]
Gangnam Station [강남역] [E1/2/5]
Sinnonhyeon Station [신논현역] [E1]

Gaehwa-dong [개화동]
House Sangsa Village 8-15 [E5]
House Sangsa Village [E5]
Daedong Super [대동슈퍼] [E6]
Magok-dong [마곡동]
Subway — Yangcheonhyanggyo Station Branch [E12]

Bongcheon-dong [봉천동]
Pungnyeon Gopchang [풍년곱창] [E2]

Gwangjang-dong [광장동]
Seoul City Astronomical Observatory [E7]

Hwa-dong [화동]
— Bukchon-ro 5-gil [북촌로5길] [E5/6]
Samcheong-dong [삼청동]
— Bukchon-ro 5-gil [북촌로5길] [E5]
Sogyeok-dong [소격동]
— White Birch Story Tea House [E2]

MAPO-GU [마포구]
Daeheung-dong [대흥동]
Korea Listed Companies Association Building
Gongdeok-dong [공덕동]
— Honam Sikdang [호남식당] [E6]
Mangwon-dong [망원동]
— Seongsan Bridge [성산대교] [E1]
Sangam-dong [상암동]
— World Cup Bridge [월드컵대교] [Teaser]
— Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원] [E11]
Tojeong-dong [토정동]
— Chicken Feet Yechan [닭발예찬] [E7]
Yeomri-dong [염리동]
— Gyeongui Line Plaza [경의선광장] [E9]
Yeonnam-dong [연남동]
— Le Torte [레 또르떼] [E9]
— Sushi Yadori [스시야도리] [E16]

NOWON-GU [노원구]
Gongneung 2(i)-dong [공릉2동]
— Seoul National University of Science and
Technology [서울과학기술대학교]

Seocho 3(sam)-dong [서초3동]
— Seoul Central District Court [E1]
Seocho-dong [서초동]
— Yoyoma’s Kitchen [요요마의키친] [E10]

Sinchon-dong [신촌동]
— Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel [신촌벽화터널] [E4]

Oksu-dong [옥수동]
— Dongho Bridge [동호대교] [E1/2]
— Yanghwa Bridge [양화대교] [E1]

SEOUL (Con’t) [서울특별시]

Garak-dong [가락동]
Seongdong Detention Center [구 성동구치소] [E5]
Yeouido-dong [여의도동]
Wonhyo Bridge [원효대교] [E3]
Tenuto Malt Bar [테누토] [E4]
The National Assembly Building [E5]
Mercato Y [메르카토와이] [E5]
Bon Voyage [본보야지] [E15]

Hannam-dong [한남동]
Hyosung Village [효성빌리지]
Wonho-ro 2(i)ga [원효로2가]
Hongdon — Yongsan branch [홍돈 용산점] [E14]

ASEONG [아산시]

Sangjung-ri [상중리]
Seounsan Natural Recreational Forest [서운산자연휴양림] [E8]

ASAN [아산시]

Galsan-ri [갈산리]
Sun Moon University [E3]

GOYANG [고양시]

Janghang-dong [장항동]
— Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원] [E7]
Seolmun-dong [설문동]
— Sosoham Café [소소함카페] [E8]
Seongseok-dong [성석동]
— Peace Piece [피스피스] [E6]

INCHEON [인천특별시]

JUNG-GU [중구]
Bukseong-dong 1(il)-ga [북성동1가]
— Wolmi Theme Park [월미테마파크]
NAM-GU [남구]
Yonghyun-dong [용현동]
— Inha University [인하대학교]

OSAN [오산시]

— Mulhyanggi Arboretum [물향기수목원] [E5]

PAJU [파주시]

— Café Paper Tree [종이와 나무] [E14]
— Mediterium [메디테리움]
— Artinus Farmer’s Table [파머스테이블] [E5]
— Cafe Mallorca [카페 마요르카] [E1]
Gyeonggi English Village — Paju Camp [E5]


Hagal-dong [하갈동]
Kyung Hee University [경희대학교 서울캠퍼스] [E1+9]




Yoon-seo places herself in the shoes of the heroine while reading a potential script in episode 1, and imagines a scenario that resembles that of Descendants of the Sun. Her imagination continues to trail on in episodes 2 and 3. Though not as direct a reference, it’s interesting to note here that DOTS’ director, Yoo Jong-sun, is also listed as a co-director for Why Secretary Kim together with Touch Your Heart director Park.

Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 4)

In a great reference to Director Park Joon-hwa’s involvement with Why Secretary Kim, Yoon-seo and Jung-rok watch a lawyer-themed movie called What’s Wrong with the Lawyer? (변호사가 왜그럴까?) — with its poster and logo mirroring that of WSK’s.

SIGNAL (2016)

Yoon-seo reveals to Jung-rok in episode 9 that one of the most memorable dramas she’d worked on was one called ‘Signal’. Upon checking it out for himself, Jung-rok finds out that it’s “a life-changing office drama” about “a woman who takes a job as an insurance sales person at Signal Life Insurance company. After many twists and turns, she becomes the queen of insurance sales.” He later watches a clip of her character giving a pep talk to someone on the other line –supposedly a “Detective Lee Jae-han”– about his lack of health insurance, telling him that “the future can be changed”. This, of course, is an interesting reference to the highly acclaimed time-travel drama of the same name, which was also on tvN.


“Ahh, it’s a Star’s Lover,” Jung-rok is greeted by a colleague when arriving at his office the morning after Oh Jin-shim has openly admitted to them dating in episode 16. This is a reference to the drama Star’s Lover/Celebrity Sweetheart/Celebrity Lover (스타의 연인) (SBS, 2008), in which a similar love-story as Jung-rok and Oh Jin-shim’s is narrated: the one of poor university lecturer Kim Chul-soo (Yoo Ji-tae) and top star Lee Ma-ri (Choi Ji-woo).

GOBLIN (2016-17)

“There are things that are important to you, even if it seems trivial to others,” explains Lee Doo-seob (Park Ji-hwan) about his maple leaf bookmark in episode 14 and continues “When I was in elementary school, I went to my grandmother’s house. On my way, I picked up this leaf bookmark. If I lose this, I think it would be really hard for me to handle my sorrow.”

In Goblin, a maple leaf bookmark is even more important between Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) and Kim Shin (Gong Yoo). Eun-tak has picked up the leaf on their stay in Canada in episode 1 and explains Kim Shin that if you “catch a falling maple leaf, you’ll fall in love with the person you are walking with — just as catching a falling cherry blossom makes your first love come true.” She carefully laminates the leaf in episode 3 and gifts it to Kim Shin and it becomes his keepsake; contemplating it while being love-sick, for instance, in episode 4.


Snippets of the trailer for Her Private Life is shown before the start of Yoon-seo’s new drama in final episode 16. Her Private Life debuts in the same mid-week timeslot after the end of Touch Your Heart.


“When you look at dramas about in-office romances, they always meet in staircases like this. So I also wanted to try it once.” This is how Yoon-seo explains to Jung-rok as to why she wanted to meet him up in the staircase during work in episode 10.

Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 11)

In episode 11, Jung-rok brings Yoon-seo to Wolmi Theme Park [월미테마파크] to cheer her up. His inspiration came from the dramas Yoon–seo starred in as he explains: “From time to time, I looked up the dramas that you starred in, and the places that the male lead takes the sad heroine to make her feel better were the beach and the amusement park. So I was debating which place to bring you and thought that you might have twice the enjoyment if I brought you to this amusement park which is near the beach.”



The North-American movie Roman Holiday (1953) starring Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as Crown Princess Ann is Yoon-seo’s favorite movie as she states in episode 10. Jung-rok compares her to the main character, Princess Ann, in the same episode saying Jin-sim is just like her “how she ran away because she got tired of life in the palace and found happiness in life’s little things.” It is also the movie that Jin-sim proposes to watch together with Jung-rok.

In episode 12, Jung-rok rents out a whole cinema to watch this film with Yoon-seo. [Spoiler] It also serves as a pretext to break up with her a little later.


Touch Your Heart (2019, episode 15)

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Locations: Mich KDL, Marion KDL
Photos: Thom Musni

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