K-pop fans were instantly struck with major nostalgia during the opening montage of To All the Boys: Always and Forever as Girls’ Generation’s iconic song Gee provided the background score for Lara Jean (Lana Condor) and her family’s trip to Korea.
From the bustling streets of Myeong-dong to the crowded street food shops, Lara Jean’s rich heritage was given considerable spotlight in the third instalment.
For the unversed, Lara Jean visits Seoul with her father Dan (John Corbett), soon-to-be stepmom Trina (Sarayu Blue) and two sisters Margot (Janel Parrish) and Kitty (Anna Cathcart) during spring break before being consumed by senior year and waiting to hear back from colleges.
During their memorable trip, which includes visiting popular Seoul spots and eating delicious Korean food, the Covey family heads to Namsan Tower, which is the second-highest point in Seoul. In particular, they visit The Locks of Love.
Lara Jean and Co. proceed to look for her mother Eve’s inscribed love padlock and upon rigorous searching, it’s Lara Jean who finds it with the inscription: Dan + Eve.
Moreover, Lara Jean even gets her own padlock and key for Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) as a gift, along with character socks and face masks, with the promise to visit Seoul again and securing it as a symbol of their everlasting love.
Namsan Tower also provided the perfect meet-cute for Kitty as she meets a boy, who she decides to have a long-distance relationship. Even if that means him hating Harry Potter and she having to fathom watching baseball! Drifting off-topic, it was particularly sentimental of Trina to not join the Covey family as she knows how important it was for her boyfriend and his daughters to have these times to themselves, in remembrance of Eve.
Moreover, Peter earned even more brownie points as the ideal boyfriend during a long-distance video call as Lara Jean laments how being in Korea was fulfilling but also a bittersweet experience.
Lara Jean recounts how locals tried to speak to her in Korean but when she said that she doesn’t speak the language, they looked at her weirdly. Peter then proposes the idea of the couple taking Korean classes together when they head to Stanford.
Furthermore, as Lara Jean starts packing for her senior trip, BLACKPINK’s Pretty Savage starts playing the background. It’s not the first time that a BLACKPINK track has provided the background score for Lara Jean’s life.
It was in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You when Lara Jean was seen adorning a cheerleader costume to support Peter’s lacrosse match with Kill This Love as the perfect song to get ready to. It’s the smallest of details when it comes to Lara Jean’s heritage being celebrated that made the final installment of To All the Boys franchise a hearty watch.
Only Jenny Han could make this possible!