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Must-Visit K-Drama Hotspots!

It’s every K-Drama fan’s dream to visit the places where their favourite shows were filmed, but it isn’t always easy tracking these locations down – so we’re sharing with you the locations for some of our favourite K-Dramas!

Namsan Tower (남산서울타워)

©남산서울타워, 19.03.2018, inspiremekorea

[Location: 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu]

Probably one of the most popular and tourist-y locations any K-Drama fan could visit is the N Seoul Tower located on Namsan Hill in Myeong-dong!

Namsan Tower is the filming site for many K-Dramas, including Oh My Ghostess and Rooftop Prince, but the most famous one would be from Boys Over Flowers – when Go Jun-pyo meets Jan-di for a date at the Namsan Cable Cars.

There’s a lot to do in and around Namsan tower, from strolling around Namsan Park and learning about traditional Korean clothing at the Hanbok Culture Centre to placing Love Locks on the tower and observing the beautiful views Seoul City has to offer! And if you do end up going on the cable cars, make sure to grab some instant coffee from a vending machine in order to fully complete your Boys Over Flowers experience – just be careful not to get trapped in a cable car all night!

This area is also very famous for their HUGE tonkatsu (deep fried pork), a lot of restaurants at the foot of the mountain serve this dish on a huge plate, so your stomach can be fully satisfied after walking up all the steps (if you choose the walking option over cable car)!

‘The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince’ Cafe

©커피프린스, 05.03.2018, filivino.com

[Location: 5 Wausan-ro 29-gil, Mapo-gu]

The next location is from another one of our favourite classic K-Dramas – Coffee Prince! Prior to the drama’s filming in 2007 this cafe used to be known as ‘Fruit Garden Mama’, but after the director of Coffee Prince chose the cafe to be the primary filming location, the interiors and exteriors were remodelled.

And rather than change everything back afterwards, the owner decided to rename the cafe ‘The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince’ – making it a must visit place for every fan of the drama! Located in Mapo-gu, this cafe has many props and sights from the drama, such as the original wall and window paintings, Coffee Prince merchandise and autographed photos from the cast members!

Although by tourist’s standards the drinks and cakes might be a bit pricey, we still think the 1st Shop of Coffee Prince is well worth a visit – especially if you’re a fan of the drama.

Dal.Komm Cafe

©dal.komm, 06.03.2018, alina00.com

[Location: 108 and 109 Prugio City, Bundang-gu]

Another popular K-Drama cafe is Dal.Komm, which was used for filming locations in both Descendants of the Sun and Goblin: The Great and Lonely God – the Bundang and Incheon outlets of this cafe were used in episodes one and two of Descendants of the Sun, and the Balsan branch was used episode six of Goblin!

Although Dal.Komm is famous for its appearance in DotS, it’s first television appearance was actually back in 2015, on episode 249 of the popular variety show Running Man.

Dal.Komm offers a wide range of beverages which includes their unique Cube drinks, hot coffee, iced coffee, tea, juice and the classic Korean dessert Bingsu, as well as pastries and cakes!

Jumunjin Beach (주문진 해수욕장)

©jumunjin beach, 06.03.2018, naver.com

[81-32 Gyohyang-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung-si]

A more recognisable Goblin location is Jumunjin Beach, which appeared in the very first episode of the drama when Ji Eun-tak accidentally summoned Kim Shin by blowing out her birthday candles!

Since the episode first aired at the end of 2016, drama fans from all over have been making their way to Jumunjin Beach in order to take their picture at the iconic wharf. Located in the northern part of Gangneung, the beach is known for being a great family destination with shallow waters, excellent seafood and beautiful scenery both at the harbour and in the nearby historical sights.

Other attractions include squid ink ice-cream, Chinese landscapes with waterfalls, restaurants like Daeyoung Yoo Tong (대영유통) and Geumgang Temple!

Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천)

©Cheonggyecheon, 26.02.2018, www.inspiremekorea.com

[Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu]

Cheonggyecheon Stream used to be nothing but an abandoned waterway – but after its reconstruction in 2005, the stream is now described as an ‘oasis in the middle of the city’. There are twenty bridges across the stream, two of the most famous being Narae and Gwanggyo Bridge.

If you’re familiar with the 2011 drama Lie to Me and the 2015 drama Hello Monster (a.k.a. I Remember You), then you’ll recognise Cheonggyecheon Stream from a few of it’s episodes! Not only is this location a beautiful place for K-Drama fans to visit, it’s also perfect for anyone who wants to take a quick break from the hustle and bustle of Seoul City without having to drive to the country!

The stream is also near attractions such as Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Centre, Deoksugung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace and Insa-dong Street, which is very popular among tourists!

Baekje Cultural Land in Buyeo

©Baekje Cultural Land, 06.03.2018, visitkorea.com

[Location: 455, Baekjemun-ro, Gyuam-myeon]

For those historical drama fans, this one’s for you! A definite fan favourite for the historical drama genre has to be Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and out of all the beautiful places that the drama was filmed in, our favourite has to be it’s main location – Baekje Cultural Land!

This location was recreated to resemble how it would have looked like back in the time of the Three Kingdoms (around 57 BC to 668 AD) and is home to the recreated Sabigung Palace, which includes Wiryeseong Fortress, the 38 metre high Neungsa Temple, the Living Culture Village and the ancient royal tombs.

Only costing under $4 U.S. for admission fees, which includes the Baekje Historical Museum, this location is great fun for both K-Drama fans as well as those who have an interest in Korean history!

Boseong Green Tea Plantation (보성녹차밭 대한다원)

©보성녹차밭 대한다원, 06.03.2018, naver.com

[Location: 763-67, Nokcha-ro Boseong-eup]

If you’ve watched the dramas Summer Scent, Ugly Alert or Legend of the Blue Sea, then you’ll recognise this location! The Boseong Green Tea Plantation first opened in 1957 and is the only plantation in Korea where tourists are allowed.

Surrounded by cedar trees and the purifying aroma of green tea, this location is perfect for lovers of K-Drama, history and (of course) tea! Not only is the plantation a lovely place to visit, with its festivals, hikes and delicious ice-cream, it’s also surrounded by other interesting places such as the Tea Museum, Culture Park and the Yulpo Beach!

Namiseom ‘Nami’ Island (남이섬)

©Nami Island, 07.03.2018, www.inspiremekorea.com

[Location: 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si]

Last up is a location that has been in many K-Drama’s and films, and this is none-other than Nami Island! You’ll easily recognise this stunning place if you’ve seen Winter Sonata, High School King, Rosy Lovers or even the 1986 film Wanderer in Winter.

Around an hour and a half from Seoul, Nami Island is considered the perfect place for families and young couples to visit. The island is lined with chestnut trees and a large grass field that is over 300,000 yards, and also has motorboats, swimming pools, a theme park AND lodging facilities – making it fun for everyone, whether they’re a K-Drama fan or not!

© Nami Island, 07.03.2018, www.inspiremekorea.com

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Feature Image Source: ©Goblin, 06.03.2018, pheurontay.com

 

Claudia Deborah

[cries while listening to Ring Ding Dong]

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