5 reasons to watch ‘Hotel del Luna’

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 18 2019 06:16 AM

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Yeo Jin Goo and IU star in the Korean television series “Hotel del Luna,” which will premiere in ABS-CBN on Monday, November 18.

The Korean series “Hotel del Luna,” which stars acclaimed actor Yeo Jin Goo and K-pop superstar IU, will finally hit Philippine television starting Monday, Nov. 18.

The show is sure to become a hit with K-drama fans with the casting of IU, the singer-actress dubbed as “Korea's little sister” for her girl-next-door image.

But other than its lead actress, there is more to “Hotel del Luna” that makes it an enjoyable watch. Here are more reasons to see the show:


The series follows the story of Jang Man Wol (IU), the owner of the titular hotel that caters to ghosts who have not moved on from the human world. Thus, viewers can expect “Hotel del Luna” to blend elements of romance, comedy, fantasy, and horror.

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The show also has a touch of historical period drama, moving back and forth between modern-day Korea and the Goguryeo era.

Viewers who are faint-hearted must also prepare as “Hotel del Luna” has a few jump scares and ghosts with gory appearances.

It should also be noted that the show was created by the renowned Hong sisters, who have written popular Korean dramas such as “My Girl” (2005), “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” (2010), and “A Korean Odyssey” (2018).


The show boasts an all-star cast led by Yeo Jin Goo, dubbed “Korea's little brother” and known for his previous dramas “Orange Marmalade” (2015) and “My Absolute Boyfriend” (2019), and IU, whose versatile acting has allowed her to have her own anthology series on Netflix titled “Persona.”

Joining Yeo and IU are P.O from the K-pop boy band Block B; Kang Mina from the girl group Gugudan; Park Yoona, who previously starred in “Gangnam Beauty” (2018) and the satirical drama “Sky Castle” (2018); and Lee Tae Sun, who was also in “Gangnam Beauty”; among others.


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Several Korean actors and TV personalities also make special appearances such as comedian Kim Jun Hyun, actor Kim Soo Hyun, and the late Sulli in her last acting role. 


Aside from the love story between Yeo and IU's characters, audiences can also look forward to the storylines of the supporting characters, which include the main character's human friends, the hotel staff, and the restless hotel guests.


From the first episode, “Hotel del Luna” captivates viewers with its breathtaking cinematography and rich scenery, which include aerial shots of Seoul. The series also has a dazzling scene of a seemingly dreary building magically transforming into a fancy hotel.


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It's noticeable how quick IU changes outfits per episode. Her wardrobe was reportedly comprised of pieces from big brands such as Chanel, Alexander Wang, and Bulgari.

As Man Wol, IU is donned in vintage glam and flowing dresses that leave her glamorous and stunning, even akin to a goddess.