What is song playing at end of Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 9 as Chief Hong remembers conversation with Hye-jin’s father

One of my favorite things about the touching ending of Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 9 is the song playing as we see Ji Seong-hyun decide to return to Gongjin to tell Hye-jin how he feels, Chief Hong remembering his conversation with Hye-jin’s father, and Hye-jin smiling about the lights finally being fixed.

That lovely song is what makes those touching moments even sweeter, and Chief Hong’s realization he could just be the person who should end up with Hye-jin even nicer.

What is the song playing at the end of Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 9 though, and is it from a South Korean singer you have heard of before?

What is the song playing at the end of Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 9?

That gorgeous song is Kim Jae Hwan’s ‘Be The Light‘ and, along with most of the other songs/instrumentals, was written specifically for the Hometown Cha Cha Cha soundtrack.

It was also a perfect song for those scenes, with its touching music and sweetly romantic lyrics (find full song lyrics on KPop Lyrics):

Be my light
Until everything dazzles
So it won’t hurt anymore
Like the unchanging starlight
Shine brightly on us

Show me the light
So things will get clearer
So I can stay here forever
In a sleepless dream
We will always be holding hands just like now

As for Kim Jae Hwan, he is a South Korean pop singer songwriter who is a former member of the boy band Wanna One.

He went solo in 2019 when he released his debut EP Another.

Since then, Kim Jae Hwan has released four more EPs, and almost a dozen singles, as well as won the New K-Wave Voice award at the 2020 Soribada Best K-Music Awards.

Listen to Kim Jae Hwan’s ‘Be The Light’ as heard at the end of Hometown Cha Cha Cha Episode 9, and in various other episodes of the hit Korean romantic comedy in the song’s official music video, and on the Hometown Cha Cha Cha soundtrack below.

The South Korean drama is currently streaming via Netflix.

Learn more about and hear other songs from the hit drama here on Leo Sigh.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.