Will comforting K-Drama Welcome to Samdal-Ri be renewed for Season 2?

By Louie Fecou
Published: January 15, 2024 (Last updated: last month)
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Welcome to Samdal-Ri Season 2: Renewal Chances and Updates Explained
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Welcome to Samdal-Ri is another K-drama that has managed to find a worldwide audience through Netflix, developing its audience each week with a charming story of small-town drama and fated love. Season 2 hasn’t been officially confirmed by JTBC, who broadcast the show in Korea, or Netflix, who have the international distribution rights, but it has been a popular drama, so there’s every reason to hope.

Has Welcome to Samdal-Ri been renewed for Season 2?

At the time of writing, there is no official news about Welcome to Samdal-ri Season 2. It has not been renewed for a second season yet, however, this is expected since Episodes 15 and 16, which will conclude the first season, don’t air until January 20 and 21, respectively.

When the series has concluded and its overall success can be analyzed through its critical reception and viewership numbers, we’re likely to get a more official announcement then.

How have fans and critics reacted to Welcome to Samdal-Ri?

There have been some great reviews for the first season of the show, and it currently has a high 8.1/10 on IMDb with some commentators saying it is “delightful.” Of course, there are others who feel they have seen it all before, stating the show has a slow start.

Elsewhere, NME says the show is a “comfort watch” giving it a high four stars out of five, and The South China Morning Post says the show is “a rural healing drama”. India Today also gives the show a thumbs up, saying it is “warm and fuzzy”.

In our coverage we have been fairly positive, and in our most recent recaps of Episodes 13 and 14 said the show is “better than it has any right to be” given how capably it surpasses its overly familiar constituent parts.

5 Similar K-Dramas to Welcome to Samdal-Ri

Hometown Cha Cha Cha (2021)

Following a similar premise, with a female protagonist returning to a small town after a bit of a disaster in the big city, Hometown Cha Cha Cha has a similar tone to our featured series.

When The Weather is Fine (2020)

Here’s another very similar premise, with another homecoming that leads to romance in this K-drama with a slow but beautiful pace, and a country setting.

Meet Yourself (2023) 

This romantic drama finds Xu Hongdu bereft after the death of her best friend and deciding she needs a change of scenery to help her heal. She embarks on a life-changing holiday in Dali in this romantic drama.

Our Blues (2022)

Multiple storylines converge in this bitter-sweet drama set on the idyllic island of Jeju, which shares its location with Welcome to Samdal-Ri, with more childhood sweethearts rekindling old romances.

Summer Strike (2022)

Based on a webtoon, this charming romance features two characters hoping to escape the rat race of modern life and finding a slower place in a more rural setting. Sounds ideal.

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