Healing Variety Shows to Binge-watch When You Feel Stressed


What are the things that drain you? Repetitive routines can be exhausting, and we may have wished to get away from it all and rest for a whi...
What are the things that drain you? Repetitive routines can be exhausting, and we may have wished to get away from it all and rest for a while. However, escaping our realities is far from simple. So, why not try to run to Korean variety shows when you have these kinds of moments?

Korean variety shows are well-known for their entertainment value, but with so many to choose from, the ones we need when we are stressed are the ones that will provide us with healing and peace. If you're not sure where to begin, we've compiled a list of shows with their own healing components for you to consider!

Jung Hae In Walk-cumentary

With the variety of K-Dramas he has starred in, there is no denying in Jung Hae In's talent as an actor. However, this show allows the audience to see him in a new light as he goes out of the K-Drama world and tries to produce his own travel documentary in New York—a city he has always wanted to visit. In this variety show, the actor shares his journey through the city that never sleeps, which he comes to visit for the first time.

It is indeed a treat for the fans of Hae in but also to those who want to glimpse on what it is like to tour around New York. You can check out Jung Hae In Walk-cumentary on Viu or on Youtube via KBS World!


This original Netflix variety show takes you on an adventure to six countries across Asia, instead of solely South Korea. The cast, which includes Korean actor, singer, and entertainer Lee Seung Gi and Taiwanese actor, model, and musician Jasper Liu, faces the challenge of overcoming cultural and language barriers while doing missions to collect clues which will bring them closer to meeting their local fans.

TWogether not only shows us how Jasper and Seung Gi's friendship develops as they travel, but it also allows us to discover new cultures and places in Asia. Check it out on Netflix!

House on Wheels

We often say that there is no place like home, but what if you have a house that moves and you can take wherever you go? Live the dream alongside actors Sung Dong Il and Kim Hee Won, who are regular members on this travel variety show. As the title suggests, the show takes you across various relaxing places in South Korea through the cast who are traveling in a House on Wheels—a tiny portable home where the cast also sleeps, cooks, and serves as their home on the road.

With four seasons under its belt, it is undeniable that the show is well-loved by its audience. Each season, Dong Il and Hee Woon are joined by a new younger member whom you will adore–Yeo Jin Goo in the first season, Im Si wan in the second, Gong Myung in the third, and Rowoon in the fourth. The adventures get even more fun as the cast are joined by various guests who experience the House on Wheels for the very first time!

You can watch House On Wheels’ Season 2, Season 3, and Season 4 on Viu!

Three Meals A Day: Doctors

Three Meals a Day, the popular reality cooking show with nine seasons, has teamed up with the hit Korean drama series Hospital Playlist. The 99s take a break from the hospital to visit a small village in Jungseon, Gangwon Province. Jo Jung Seok, Jeon Mi Do, Jung Kyung Ho, Yoo Yeon Seok, and Kim Dae Myung reveal their perfect chemistry and friendship while staying in a country house, playing, and cooking three meals a day from ingredients found in the village.

Enjoy the one-of-a-kind relaxing experience with the 99s by watching Three Meals A Day: Doctors on Viu!

The Backpacker Chef

What if you could have renowned chef Baek Jong Won cook for you? The Backpacker Chef follows Baek Jong Won, who leads a team of actors Oh Dae Hwan and Ahn Bo Hyun, as well as singer Dindin, as they travel to unexpected locations to cater food that their clients have requested. The members always try to come prepared for any possible situation as they go on a mission of serving customized food with only a limited time, bringing their backpacks which contain a variety of kitchen tools and ingredients they can possibly need.

Prepare to be entertained with 20 episodes of The Backpacker Chef on Viu!

Youn Stay

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Youn Stay offers a taste of Korean cuisine and tradition while welcoming foreign guests in a beautiful hanok guesthouse. Actors Youn Yuh Jung, Lee Seo Jin, Park Seo Jun, Jung Yu Mi, and Choi Woo Shik join forces to run the traditional hotel, from welcoming guests to lodging, cooking, serving food, and attending to their needs in order to provide them with an unforgettable experience in South Korea.

Youn Stay guarantees a relaxing and peaceful experience that extends beyond the screen. It's available on Viu!

Unexpected Business

Seasoned actors, Cha Tae Hyun and Jo In Sung leave the spotlight to run a small-town business. Unexpected Business shows these two actors' experiences of operating a store despite their limited knowledge, serving customers, enjoying the beauty of the countryside, and mingling with the locals.

Of course, running a business is not easy, thankfully, their friends from the industry come to help as part-timers. You can catch its Season 1 and Season 2 on Viu!

Honeymoon Tavern

Many events have been hindered due to the pandemic, and weddings are no exception! In these trying times, Honeymoon Tavern gives newlywed couples a well-deserved experience to celebrate their love. The food and services provided by famous celebrities Kim Hee Seon, Tak Jae Hoon, Yoo Teo, Moon Se Yoon, and EXO's Kai make the experience on Udo Island unrivaled.

Honeymoon Tavern is available on Viu!

Which of the mentioned variety shows would you like to watch next? Feel free to share it with us in the comments! You can also follow our official Facebook and Twitter pages to be more updated with the most interesting Korean shows!

Written by: Niña Shane Cantero
Niña Shane Cantero is a Digital Marketing intern at PS Media Enterprise and an incoming fourth-year BA Broadcasting student at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines—Manila.



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