Everything You Want to Know About the South Korean Reality-Variety Show Starred By Lee Hyori and Her Husband: Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast
Besides K-Pop and K-Dramas, South Korea is also famous for reality and variety shows, including Infinite Challenge, Running Man, Weekly Idol, Knowing Brothers, and many more. These programs carry a variety of interesting concepts. There is just something new and unique that makes the audience curious and keeps them looking forward to the shows every week.
One of the relatively new television programs is Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast, which is broadcast by JTBC. Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast first aired in 2017, and on February 4, 2018, it began its second season. This program is a combination of reality and variety shows. In this second season, the audience was invited back into the inn set up by Lee Sang-soon and Lee Hyori’s family. The concept of the program is to make Lee Sang-soon and Lee Hyori’s house a bed & breakfast or home stay inn (this program is also known as the Hyori’s Home Stay). They both will be the hosts and guests will come. The guests who came were Korean people who had registered and were selected by the JTBC TV team. To help Lee Sang-soon and Lee Hyori, the TV team would also bring in an artist to become a member of the staff at Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast.
This program attracted a lot of attention from the audience because of many things, including; Showing the natural wealth of Jeju Island, the atmosphere of the warmth of the family displayed by the families of Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon, studded with famous artists, the work of one of the producers of Infinite Challenge, beautiful background music, and many more.
In this article, Channel-Korea will tell you about IU’s appearances on this jTBC show that stars Lee Hyori and her husband. So, stay tuned!
House Tour and Pets Introduction
In the first episode, viewers were invited to see the lives of Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon on Jeju Island. They have a house with a large yard. In addition to the main building of the house, there is also another building which acts as their music studio. Actually, Lee Hyori’s residence area looks big, but it’s just big in the yard. The house has two floors, and the second floor is the main room, as well as the only room in the house. Yes, but the room really looks spacious. On the second floor there is also a bathroom and a bathtub. What is unique, it looks like this bathroom does not have a door, but there is like a barrier that can be folded to cover the bathroom and bathtub area.
It’s no secret that Lee Hyori is an animal lover. When filming the reality show, all the viewers can witness the affection for their pets. Because they are all rescue animals, they have a lot of love to give to the owner, and vice versa. Lee Hyori has three cats and five dogs. The cats are Mi-Mi, Sam-sik, and Sun-yi. The dogs, all strays, are Guana, Mocha, Soonshim, Ko-sil, Seok-sam, and Mi-dal.
Preparation Before Opening Time
In preparation for opening Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast, Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-Soon also surveyed other bed & breakfasts. They began shopping from blankets, pillows, slippers, and all the things needed for Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast. Their house has a large attic that doesn’t seem to have a door inside, even for the bathroom (they put up partitions to provide privacy for guests). In addition to giving up their bedroom, Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon turned a corner near the stairs that served as an office into a temporary second bedroom by installing curtains to accommodate more guests.
Staff Who Come at The Clear Sky
The episode “Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast” which aired on July 2, 2017, featured IU’s meeting with Lee Hyori. IU was confirmed to be assisting Lee Hyori in managing lodging at her home. The episode featured IU, who had just arrived and pressed the bell at Lee Hyori’s house and her husband, Lee Sang-soon. Upon learning of IU’s arrival, Lee Sang-soon looked surprised and immediately called out to Lee Hyori.
“Is that really IU?” asked Lee Hyori who still couldn’t believe it. “Is this real?” Lee Sang-soon added. Two guests who stayed at Lee Hyori’s house were shocked, and smiled and stopped eating. For Lee Hyori, it has been four years since she met IU last time. Lee Hyori immediately met with IU and helped carry the singer’s suitcase. “I plan to stay here for two weeks. You can tell me to do anything,” IU said. “How can we tell you to do something. All the guests in this house are even excited to see you,” Lee Hyori replied.
Suddenly Lee Sang-soon and the two setup guests left the house and ran to IU. “Why did all the guests leave the house? Oppa, did you really come out barefoot?” said Lee Hyori who made everyone laugh. “I had to welcome IU, but one of the guests didn’t have shoes so I lent it,” Lee Sang-soon answered.
Since its inception, IU has made the Hyori’s Bed & Breakfast atmosphere full of laughter.
Difference Between With and Without Staff
Lee Hyori and her husband, Lee Sang-soon, are very friendly people. Whether or not there is staff, they are a couple who have a warm heart. Despite the absence of staff, they remain warm towards the guests who visit their homes. Their house is always full of jokes and laughter. In this modern era, many young people lose time to gather with family. The busy school schedule and busy work are the perfect reasons to spend time hanging out with loved ones. There is no time to rest and have fun.
From the beginning, both Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon were determined to make their guests eat and sleep comfortably. They provide various facilities to support that goal. A tent to spend the night with friends. Hot spring baths to soothe tired bodies. Also, a house with a nice new family to share stories. The concept of the program is simple, but has begun to be rare and missed by the audience.
List of Guests
|Gimhae Girls||1 – 3|
|The Explorers||2 – 8|
|Seoul Siblings||4 – 7|
|Haman Elder Couple||3 – 6|
|Wangsimni Flower Boys||5 – 8|
|Seoul Sisters||6 – 8|
|Seongnam Couple||8 – 10|
|Jung Dami||9 – 10|
|Daegu Coworkers||10 – 12|
|The Police Women||11 – 12|
|Music Major Students||12 – 13|
|Incheon Twins||12 – 14|
|Long Distance Couple||12 – 14|
- Showing the natural wealth of Jeju Island
The location of the inn in this program is the home of Lee Sang-soon and Lee Hyori, located on Jeju Island. The house is not in the middle of town, but in a village far from the crowd. For you who are bored with the glittering life of the capital, the atmosphere in the environment is quite comfortable and relaxing.
Jeju Island itself is an island famous for its natural beauty. Throughout the episode, viewers were invited to enjoy views of the beach, mountains, plantations, to historical tours there. Even though at that time it often snowed heavily, the charm of Jeju Island will still make you want to visit it.
- The work of one of the producers of Infinite Challenge
No wonder this program is able to captivate the hearts of the audiences in Korea and the world. Ma Geon-young, the producer of Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast, was once one of the producers working on Infinite Challenge. Who doesn’t know Infinite Challenge? You could say Infinite Challenge is a pioneer, and the most popular reality show, to date.
Ma Geon-young has produced several works besides Infinite Challenge, for example, Girl Spirit. Of course many viewers have high expectations for this program. Hyori’s Bed and Breakfast did not disappoint the audience, which is proven by its high and stable ratings.
- Beautiful background music
The background music always plays an important role in getting the audience into the desired atmosphere. Starting from the first episode, you get treated to a variety of pleasant songs to relax. The songs are very suitable to be combined with the winter that adorns Jeju Island at the time.
Lee Sang-soon’s work as a DJ supports this. He often rearranges both old and new songs, into a new song that seems different. Nevertheless, it still does not change the meaning and atmosphere in it. Try it, you listen to one of Lee Sang-soon’s works. Guaranteed to immediately fall in love!
- After the program ended, Lee Hyori and Lee Sang-soon sold their house on Jeju Island
After the program ended, Lee Hyori felt disappointed because of her lack of privacy, and her husband, Lee Sang-soon, was disturbed. The reason is the private house they lived in is the same as the one shown on the Hyori’s Homestay variety show. No doubt this makes many uninvited tourists come to their home. Feeling uncomfortable, the South Korean diva decided to sell the house to JTBC. JTBC TV Station is a television channel that produces Hyori’s Homestay programs.