It’s easy to forget that within the glitzy colourful K-pop music videos that we all know and love, are real places that you can visit. Here we’ll take you through some of the well-known spots and how to get to them, as well as some lesser known secluded locations.
Yongma Land (용마랜드)
Location: (Eng) 118 70-gil Mangu-ro, Jungnang-gu, Seoul, South Korea (Kor) 서울특별시 중랑구 망우로70길 118
Admission: 5,000 Won
MVs Filmed Here: TWICE – Like Ooh Ahh, Crayon Pop – Bar Bar Bar, BAP – 1004, N*White – Paradise, Eric Nam x Wendy – Spring Love, Lee Jonghyun X Juniel – Love Falls, BEAST (HIGHLIGHT) – Ribbon, Baek Ji Young – Hate, Xiumin – A Glass of Soju
Yongma land is an old abandoned amusement park Yongmasan (용마산), Seoul. The amusement park opened in 1983 and the rides contained within didn’t change much until its closure in 2011. The amusement park is a kind of time capsule perfectly preserving the 80s where you can take some fun photos amongst the old rides. The amusement park has been featured in many K-pop music videos and is one of the most popular filming locations due to its unique aesthetic. Yongma land has been featured in music videos by TWICE, Crayon Pop, BAP and Xiumin just to name a few. It was also the site for IU’s Last Fantasy photo book. If you’re visiting Seoul – the park is easy to get to. It’s about a ten minute walk from Mangu Station (망우역) on the Jungang Line (중앙선). The park owner asks for a small fee of 5,000 Won to enter the park.
Gyeonggi English Village (경기영어마을)
Location: (Eng) 40, Eoreumsil-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (Kor) 경기도 파주시 탄현면 얼음실로 40
Admission: 3,000 Won (Weekdays) / 5,000 Won (Weekends)
Gyeonggi English Village is a mock european style village in Gyeonggi-do. The village was set up as a place to teach Korean students about english culture and language. As it is often costly for Koreans to travel or study abroad, the village is an immersive experience for children without the large cost of travelling overseas. The village holds summer camps for children conducted entirely in English to help promote English language learning, The village can be visited by tourists for a small fee, and can be reached easily by bus from Seoul. From Hapjeong Station (합정역) take the bus 2200 and alight at Gyeonggi English Village.
Jumunjin Beach (주문진해변)
Location: (Eng) 210, Jumunbuk-ro, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do (Kor) 강원도 강릉시 주문진읍 주문북로 210 (주문진읍)
MVs Filmed Here: BTS – Spring Day
Jumunjin is a remote beach located in Gangwon-do along Korea’s east coast. The beach’s shallow and crystal clear water make it a prime location for family holidays and day trips. There are nearby fish markets where you can purchase locally sourced seafood for a tasty meal. BTS filmed their Spring Day music video on the beach, and it was also the site for their YNWA concept photos. It was also a filming location for tvN’s Goblin (도깨비) in 2017. To reach the beach from Gangneung Intercity Bus Terminal (강릉시외버스터미널), take bus 302 or 315 to Jumunjin Beach (주문진해변).
Itaewon Shopping Street (이태원 쇼핑거리)
Location: (Eng) Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울특별시 용산구 이태원동
MVs Filmed Here: MOBB – Hit Me
Itaewon is one of the most lively areas to visit in Seoul. The streets are often filled with people dancing and singing on Friday and Saturday nights. There are many foreign restaurants serving everything from Mexican to Turkish cuisines. There are also many bars suljibs (술집) (Korean drinking houses). The packed streets made it the perfect location for MOBB’s Hit Me in 2016, which showed Bobby and Mino dancing and singing amongst the crowds. The music video was filmed all over Itaewon but the main part was filmed behind the famous Hamilton Hotel (해밀톤 호텔). Itaewon can be easily reached by the Seoul subway line 6 (6호선).
Yangjae Stream’s Cherry Blossom Lane (양재천 벚꽃길)
Location: (Eng) Daechi-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul (Kor) 서울 강남구 대치동
MVs Filmed Here: TWICE – Cheer Up
Yangjae Stream is the perfect peaceful place for a walk in Seoul. The path along the stream is lined with trees, that are filled with blossoms in the spring time. If you’re lucky enough to visit Seoul during the cherry blossom season, this is a great place to visit. Yangjae Stream can be reached by Seoul Subway Line 3 (3호선) or the Bundang Line (분당선), alight at Dogok Station (도곡역).
London’s Brick Lane (브릭레인)
Location: Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR, United Kingdom
MVs Filmed Here: G-DRAGON – Crooked
Not all K-pop music videos are filmed in Korea. Stars often travel abroad to give their videos a unique setting. G-dragon’s Crooked was filmed in London’s Brick Lane. Brick Lane is famous for small boutiques and cafes. If you have the chance to visit you can take some artistic pictures with interesting graffiti walls as a backdrop. Brick Lane is a short walk from Liverpool Street, Aldgate East or Shoreditch Station.
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Featured Image Source: ©[Episode] ‘상남자(Boy In Luv)’ MV shooting Sketch, BigHit Entertainment, 27.12.2018, www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQEunnh8MKE