Similar to previous seasons, this season also kidnapped the cast. This edition included four South Korean actors who starred in the popular drama ‘Reply 1988,’ To prepare for this, Na PD, in collaboration with Reply 1988’s PD, Shin PD, spent two months preparing for the trip. In contrast to Iceland, which has very cold weather, this edition would send travelers to Africa, which has hot weather, and their final destination would be to see Victoria Falls.
A little different from the first meetings in the previous editions, their first meeting was held when the ‘Reply 1988’ players were on vacation in Phuket, Thailand. On January 22, 2016, the actors didn’t even know that they were going to take part in the ‘Youth Over Flowers’ program. With the help of actress Ra Mi-ran. who also played in the drama ‘Reply 1988’, they invited Ryu Jun-yeol, Ahn Jae-hong, and Go Kyung-pyo to chat at one of the cafes in Thailand before they returned to Korea.
At first, Ra Mi-ran tried to start a conversation by asking their respective opinions about participating in ‘Youth Over Flowers’. They all seemed interested and willing to participate if they were given the opportunity. Thinking it was just an ordinary conversation, Ra Mi-ran confessed that she was close to PD Na and said that she would try to talk to PD Na by calling Na PD right there in front of them, and asking him to invite the three of them to take part in ‘Youth Over Flowers.’ Na PD, who was actually not far from the cafe, suddenly appeared in front of them while still talking on the phone with Ra Mi-ran.
Seeing Na PD at the time, really made all three actors surprised and speechless right then and there. Na PD told them to leave with him right away to take part in ‘Youth Over Flowers,’ because they were already late. The actors still looked very confused and could not believe what was happening right then.
Same as the previous season, the three of them had no idea about going to Africa for 10 days right then and thought they would be returning to Korea at that time. They did not bring any preparations to go to Africa.
There was one more actor from ‘Reply 1988’ who was joining this edition of ‘Youth Over Flowers’, namely Park Bo-gum, but because he was still the Host of ‘Music Bank’ with Red Velvet’s Irene, he would have to follow later. Just as with the other three actors, Park Bo-gum also had no idea about this trip. He thought that after ‘Music Bank’ he would return to his home.
When he was in the car, suddenly his hyungs called him and told him that he had to go to the airport right then and there come to Africa with them. Park Bo-gum, who was very confused at the time, invited the staff from ‘Youth Over Flowers’ to get into his car, and rushed to the airport to catch up with his hyungs.
But when he had to transit1, Park Bo-gum mistakenly saw the plane gate that was written “A0”, but he saw “A30”, he shopped for some of his needs in Africa and went to eat while waiting for his plane around the “A30” gate. By the time he realized his mistake, he only had 15 minutes left, so he had to hurry to find the gate “A0”. He didn’t know where it was, so he had to ask people where the gate was located. After arriving, the local airport staff said that he was too late because the captain had signed the load sheet, which caused Park Bo-gum to postpone his departure until the next flight tomorrow. Park Bo-gum apologized many times to the staff for his carelessness in making this happen.
When Park Bo-gum arrived in Africa, he was picked up by his hyungs at the airport in the car they had rented, and finally the cast was complete.
on Saturday, January 30, they left Namibia and went first to Botswana and then to Zimbabwe, to see Victoria Falls. While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, Victoria Falls is classified as the largest, based on its combined width of 1,708 meters (5,604 ft) and height of 108 meters (354 ft), resulting in the world’s largest sheet of falling water.
When they arrived and saw Victoria Falls, each of their expressions portrayed their admiration and they were left speechless. Ryu Jun-yeol told the others that he lost his words after seeing it. After that, they walked closer to see the splendor of Victoria Falls, and found the end of the rainbow with their own eyes.
In the interview, Ahn Jae-hong said “I was so shocked. Almost like I was overwhelmed by the waterfall. What I was thinking was, I was thinking about my parents a lot. I was thinking that I’m really thankful to be born, It was as magnificent as that. ”
Park Bo-gum also said “In order to just see this, we were really busy and also lived. Just like that we had spent 8 days but after I saw the waterfall, things that couldn’t be said and all the hard times, I think anything like that is just melted away.”
Ryu Jun-yeol also revealed, “Because the feeling of accomplishment has been mixed with astonishment about the waterfall. I think it created a feeling that I, myself, don’t know about.”
Go Kyung-po said, “All concerns that I had in my life, those thoughts which were big ordeals and difficulties at that time became so meaningless. When I came back to Korea, things that I felt now and what I felt right now, I hope it will shine in my heart quietly for a long time.”
On their last day in Africa, after they’d gone rafting on the Zambezi River, they again challenged themselves by trying Bungee Jumping. Go Kyung-pyo and Ahn Jae-hyong claimed not to have enough courage to do it, so only Ryu Jun-yeol and Park Bo-gum tried the jump.
The bungee jumping is on the bridge over the Zambezi River, 111 meters high, and Park Bo-gum decided to jump first, and Ryu Jun-yeol would go second. A few moments before jumping, Park Bo-gum looked very nervous bu, in the end, he kept going. Before jumping he said “Really thankful for the Youth Over Flowers family, you’ve worked hard. Jung-yeol hyung, Jae-hong hyung, Kyung-pyo hyung thank you.” and then jumped with a happy face. After Park Bo-gum’s turn, Ryu Jun-yeol got ready to jump and before jumping he said “I Love you … Love, Share to love” and then jumped. After both of them jumped they admitted that it was very fun and Park Bo-gum advised them to try once.