Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha production team has one wish for its fans: stop all the visits to real-life locations.
After seeing the city life in several dramas, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha serves as a breath of fresh air to those who want homely feels. The hit series takes their fans to the show's small village of Gongjin and gives them a seaside experience virtually.
The town in question is a real one, and the locations seen in the series can be found in the city of Pohang, a part of North Gyeongsang.
As the series' popularity rises, fans choose to visit the actual locations and share photos of them online. This causes an increase in tourism in the area. However, the visits have been causing trouble to the families who are staying in the houses. The residences also need to accommodate the fans despite the pandemic.
As a result, the producers issued a statement to request the fans avoid visiting and causing trouble among residents.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Tries To Stop Visit With Statement
In a report posted by Soompi, the production team of Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha expressed their gratitude toward fans who have been showing love and support for the series.
They also requested and asked them to refrain from disturbing the houses' owners. The team reportedly leased the homes for filming purposes only during the duration of the filming.
Despite that, the owners still reside inside the homes in question.
"They helped our drama out with good intentions, but they are currently suffering disturbances to their everyday lives because of visitors. For the reason described above, when you visit our filming location, we ask that you refrain from entering these houses," the statement went on.
Instead of visiting the locations, the creators decided to leave some of their sets in the city where fans could take pictures. Some of the souvenirs include the squid statue at Cheongha Market and the boat at Sabang Memorial Park.
Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha Scores Success Again
Amid the trouble the team deals with right now, the series received good news about its international success.
According to FlixPatrol (via Forbes), Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha currently ranks 8th on its global chart. The series joined another Korean hit series, Squid Game, which stands at No. 1.
The success will continue as the series recently reached the second half of its totality.