Youn’s Stay, In her new tvN reality show, Youn’s Stay, actress Yoon Yuh-jung invites foreign nationals living in Korea to sample some Korean culture. That includes visiting a Korean guesthouse and dining on traditional dishes served by celebrities.
Youn’s Stay is a spin-off of her previous reality show Youn’s Kitchen, where cast members traveled overseas to run a pop-up restaurant. Given the pandemic, the show is staying closer to home and managing an inn. Invitations were extended to guests who are in Korea for business or school and who could not experience much Korean culture, due to COVID restrictions. It’s likely that some of these foreign guests may not know exactly how famous their hosts are.
Yoon’s 55-year acting career is impressive. She starred in a host of memorable films including Woman on Fire and The Housemaid, as well as TV dramas and reality shows, including the travel reality show Sisters Over Flowers. The actress recently made her Hollywood debut in Lee Isaac Chung’s 2020 film Minari. Youn’s role as Soon-ja, the grandmother in a Korean American immigrant family, earned her seven best supporting actress trophies from US film critics and festivals and is likely to lead to an Oscar nomination. Final nominations won’t be out until March 15.
The actors helping to serve the guests in Youn’s hanok also have noteworthy resumes. There’s actor and television host Lee Seo-jin, best known for the reality shows Three Meals a Day and Grandpa Over Flowers, as well as a variety of dramas and films. He serves as the inn’s kitchen manager.
Actress Jung Yu-mi starred in dozens of Korean films and TV dramas, including the recent Netflix NFLX +0.3% drama School Nurse Files and the critically acclaimed film Kim Ji Young: Born 1982. Jung is the inn’s kitchen chef.
Actor Park Seo-joon is best known for his roles in the television dramas She Was Pretty, Hwarang, Fight for My Way, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim and Itaewon Class, as well as the films Midnight Runners and The Divine Fury. The popular actor works as a sous chef at the inn.
Actor Choi Woo-sik appeared in the Academy Award winning film Parasite, as well as the films Time To Hunt and Divine Fury, and the TV dramas Fight For My Way and The Package. Given the worldwide recognition for Parasite, Choi might currently be the most internationally recognizable staff member. At the inn he works as a kitchen bellboy and a server.
Participating in Youn’s Stay is more complicated than taking part in Youn’s Kitchen, since the staff has to serve an extensive menu, with prep work that requires them to rise at dawn. As a result of their hard work, guests can enjoy a stay at a scenic inn, run by a potential Academy Award nominee, and savor some tasty Korean cuisine, served by an Academy Award winning actor.