Ready, Set, Travel!: Five Must-See Filming Sites in South Korea To Fulfill Your K-Drama Fantasy

South Korea

In recent years, streaming sites like Netflix, HOOQ or Amazon Prime Video have become a modern haven for those people who want to take a break from glaring deadlines at the solace of their couch. Many viewers are no longer just drawn to shows from the West, with the Asian entertainment scene arising to add a touch of multifariousness in people's binge-watch playlist. As Korean dramas (K-dramas) continue to establish its sheer dominance across the entertainment business, many of its enthusiasts are also starting to be enticed in the enchanting and picturesque landscape of South Korea. In 2015, the country amassed USD 15.2 billion from its tourism sector alone, which equivalents to 13.2 million travellers from different parts of the globe—sharing the same love towards South Korea's groundbreaking small screen masterpieces. If you're someone who takes K-dramas to heart, these drama filming sites might be just the ideal itinerary on your vacation to South Korea.

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Unhyeongung

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Seoul, South Korea • Recommendation • 

Goblin stormed everyone's television screens in 2016 for its impeccable cast ensemble and exquisite writing. However, it's breathtaking locations anchored by striking cinematography shots have also catapulted the drama's popularity. Unhyeongung Yanggwan is where the Goblin (played by Gong Yoo) and Grim Reaper (portrayed by Lee Dong Wook) have met for the first time. Similar to the two characters history-filled lives, the palace also served as a home to Gojong, emperor of the Joseon Dynasty. Situated in the Jongno District in central Seoul, people can tour around the majestic dwelling by riding a train in Anguk Station. The visit is free of any charge, and you can bring your camera to capture the wistfulness of old times.

  • +82 2 766 9090
  • 464 Samil-daero, Unni-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

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Jeongja-dong

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Seongnam-si, South Korea • Wishlist • 

This cafe was featured on the fifth episode of the hit drama series Descendants of the Sun starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo. Bundang-gu Jeongja-dong Café Street is well-known for its European atmosphere that also shares an uncanny resemblance with Cheongdam-dong. If you are someone who fancies a food experience in one place, you'll undoubtedly discover a café along its streets that's tailored to your palate while enjoying the serene and chic ambience.

  • Jeongja-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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Daegu

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Daegu, South Korea • Recommendation • 

Glimmering lights, heavenly-scented blossoms, breathtaking rides and tasty restaurant menus are all synonymous to E-World in Daegu. Located in Duryugongwon-ro, Dalseo-gu, it's a perfect location for anyone's romantic date like Kim Bok Joo (played by Lee Sung-Kyung) and Jung Joon Hyung (portrayed by Nam Joo Hyuk) in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. From children to bold young adults or just a kid at heart, E-World has a place for everyone where they can create an un

  • Daegu, South Korea

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Nami Island

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Chuncheon, South Korea • Recommendation • 

Approximately 60 kilometers away from the city of Seoul in the direction of Chuncheon, Namiseom Island or Nami Island is a paradise famous for its tree-lined roads, gift shops and camping sites. This island was one of Winter Sonata's filming spots led by Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo, and it continues to be a popular destination for tourists. Apart from its magnificent landscape. Namiseom Island is a haven that celebrates art through pottery and glass making classes. Visting travellers will also be delighted by exceptional exhibit halls at UNICEF Eco Stage, Ryu Hongjuin World Folk Instrument Exhibition Hall, and Sculpture Park Happy Garden among others.

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Petite France

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Hwado, South Korea • Recommendation • 

From Beethoven Virus, My Love from the Star, Secret Garden and numerous films or TV commercials, it's not surprising why Petite France's marvellous landscape is on top of everyone's travel bucket list in South Korea. Petite France is a sightseer destination located in the province of Gapyeong that showcases the elegance of Europe through the spectacles of its French-style edifices, exciting Orgel classes and cultural marionette acts. Anyone who wants to take a journey inside the French-themed park can ride a bus, subway or ITX. Despite its name sounding small, Petite France is a village that has many things to offer for explorers.

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