When the Camellia Blooms (2019)

Being happy by my own standards is all I need in life, right? – Dong-baek

When The Camellia Blooms


“When the Camellia Blooms” tells the story of Yong Shik (Kang Ha Neul), a man who believes anything is possible with love and makes Dong Baek (Gong Hyo Jin) think the same way. Meanwhile, those who surround them scoff at their belief in the power of love. (Source : Soompi)


When the Camellia Blooms

  • Gong Hyo-jin as Oh Dong-baek
  • Kang Ha-neul as Hwang Yong-sik
  • Kim Ji-seok as Kang Jong-ryul
  • Genre : Romantic comedy / Thriller
  • It aired on KBS2 from September 18 to November 21, 2019.
  • No. of episodes : 40
  • When the Camellia Blooms became the highest rated mini-series drama airing in 2019 with a single episode rating of 23.8%.
  • According to Nielsen Korea, the drama also became the second highest rated drama of 2019 with all episodes’ average ratings of 14.83% behind SBS’s The Fiery Priest.


  • It’s very warm and realistic, but I got bored on some episodes.
  • This show has a lot of lessons for us to learn from. The love between two people, love for your child, love for your parents, love for your friends, love for your neighbors and love for yourself, all are explored in great depth in this drama.
  • I don’t like the chemistry of the main leads. The mystery part of the drama is what I liked most.
  • Pil Gu the son of Dongbaek is the one who breaks me into tears. Good job kid!
  • My favorite thing was Kang Ha Neul as Yong-sik, I loved everything about him. The only reason why I enjoyed watching the series is because of him. I got kilig on how Yong Sik expresses his love to Dongbaek, it was absolutely refreshing.
  • “Miracles don’t exist. It’s just the little heroes inside us working together. It’s small acts of kindness done by kind people.” I just loved this quote from the series.

My Rating – 8/10



Have you watched When The Camellia Blooms? Share your ‘feels’!

P.S. Not all the photos are mine. Credits to the owners.


Let’s connect!

Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest


  • www.WanderWoMom.com

    looks maganda ang story. diba ito yung me win sa awards body nun one time. ill watch this next after love in the moonlight hihihihi miss ko na si gummy e

    • Fangirl Clang

      Daming awards nga ng dramang ito. Thou di ko masyadong bet si female lead.. pero panalo ang acting ni Kang Ha Neul dito. 😊

  • Nicole San Miguel

    I love this k-drama! It’s one of the series that hit big last year. I love the story about a single mother who not only deals with the social stigmas attached to the title, but is swept up with a serial killer in her town. A drama that will make you laugh, cry and feel butterflies in your stomach! Highly recommend!

    • Fangirl Clang

      Kahit na medyo may mga boring part para sa akin, deserving naman yung drama sa mga awards na natanggap niya.

  • Wendyflor

    I haven’t watched this. 40 episodes is quite long for a k-drama, right? I’m good with CLoY and Itaewon Class, hahaha… Obviously, I haven’t watched too many yet.

  • My Onni You

    I have only seen a short scene of this drama on tv and I feel like it’s boring so I haven’t tried watching the whole drama. I might consider when I don’t have any kdrama’s on my list to watch.

  • Jowjow Mojos (@FoodFlings.PH)

    “Being happy by my own standards is all I need in life, right?” struck me at once. Why do we have to live by other’s standards when we can set our own. 🙂 I am one of those persons who believe that you can do anything when love is around haha! I am not a fan of series but will surely try to catch this soon.

  • Bianca Manalili

    This series is the weirdest. I hate everyone’s characters 😂 Like dongbaek. Why wouldn’t she let pil gu live without a father and when the father tries to be a father, she rejects him. It’s obvious that the kid needs a dad. It’s really nonsense. Ang yong shik, why is he always over reacting with stuffs? He turns out to be an aggressive young adult to me.

    The whole tandem of kang haneul and gong hyo jin didn’t pleased me at all.. i know that age doesn’t matter, but gong hyo jin really looks like a sugar mommy to kang haneul 😅 The casting was really bad. They should’ve casted a different actress to play the part believably. (My opinion)

    Gong hyo jin is not believable to be a pitiful mother because of her thin body. They should’ve casted someone who was thicker 😂

Leave a Reply