The Ultimate Travel Guide to Korean Drama Filming Locations

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

This Project Gora’s Korean Drama Filming Location guide came way too late. I am sorry. I had been busy with work, getting my LOMA certification and sadly, procrastination. So, before this week ends, I am going to introduce some of my favourite Korean drama and it's filming location in South Korea. 
Project Gora's Korean Drama Special ^_^
But honestly, I am not a big Korean Drama fan. I am more of a JDorama (Japanese Drama) fan. But I can say, I’ve spent a great deal of time watching Korean Dramas. It’s just that sometimes I get so bored with the usual Korean Drama cliche. For example:
  • At the end of the drama, the lovers have to be apart for a year or more before they get reunited.
  • Coma or Amnesia
  • Trips to the hospital
  • LOVE TRIANGLES - have to emphasise this one because I am really sick and tired of this. LOL!
  • A family member who disapproves of the relationship
  • Really rich people, especially the main male lead
  • And many more!!! 
… erm anyway, getting back on track.
Korean Drama film tours are quite popular nowadays, with target itineraries to feed drama-hungry fanatics. But do you really need to avail a tour package to get this one done? NO. So how to make a Do-it-yourself Korean Drama Tour?
  1. Check out Korea Tourism Website
  2. Browse Filming Location Tours
  3. Click your favourite Korean Drama to know the filming location
  4. Create your own itinerary
Easy right? ^_^

Seoul and Nearby Province Filming Locations 
Below are some of the filming locations in Seoul and nearby province like Gyeonggi-do. These locations are actually some of the most popular for foreign visitors. Whether [or not] you are a Korean Drama fan, visiting these places are really worth it!
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Gwanghwamun - one of the scenes of Iris was filmed here. It was a 2013 drama starring Lee Byung‑hun, the gorgeous Kim Tae-hee and T.O.P. Oppa of Big Bang <3

How to get to Gwanghwamun Square: From any part of Seoul, take the subway going to 1. City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 2, Exit 3) 2. Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 Exit 6 & 7) or 3. Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1, 2 & 8.
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Some scenes of the popular Dae Jang Geum, starring Lee Young-ae, were filmed in Changdeokgung Palace
How to get to Changdeokgung: From any part of Seoul, take the subway going to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 Exit 3). Walk straight from the exit (towards east) for about 5 minutes until you reach the palace entrance.

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Bukchon Hanok Village, the filming location of Personal Taste staring Lee Min Ho (the most popular Korean actor in the Philippines!) and Son Ye‑jin
How to get to Bukchon Hanok Village: From any part of Seoul, take the subway going to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3 Exit 2).

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Love Locks at N Seoul Tower, the filming location of My Love from Another Star starring Kim Soo‑hyun and Jun Ji-hyun

How to get to Namsan Tower: From any parts of Seoul, take the subway going to Myeongdong Station (Seoul Subway Line 4 Exit 3). Then, go south along Toegye-ro 18-gil St. to Pacific Hotel and turn left. Walk along Toegye-ro 20-gil St. until you see Ministop. Turn right and walk until you see Namsan Cable Car. Roundtrip fare for adults is KRW 8,500 and KRW 5,500 for children.
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Nami Island, the filming location of Winter Sonata starring Bae Yong‑joon and Choi Ji-woo
How to get to Nami Island: From Seoul Station, take the subway going to Gapyeong which requires two train transfers. Get off at Hoegi Station and take the Jungang line to Mangu Station. Then from Mangu Station, take the Gyeongchun line to Gapyeong Station. Travel time is approximately 90 minutes and one way fare is KRW 1,950. From Gapyeong Station, take a shuttle bus to Gapyeong Wharf (KRW 1,000).
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Petite France, the filming location of Secret Garden and My Love from Another Star
How to get to Petite France: From Cheongpyeong Station in Gyeongchun Line, board the Gapyeong City tour bus to Petite France. If you are coming from Nami Island, board the bus at 7 eleven. It will only take 30 minutes to get to Petite France.

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The Millennium Juniper at the Garden of Morning Calm featured in You're Beautiful starring Jang Keun-suk (JGS) and Park Shin Hye
How to get to Garden of Morning Calm: From Cheonpyeong Station in Gyeongchun Line, take the Gapyeong City tour bus bound for The Garden of Morning Calm. There are also busses coming from Nami Island and Petite France.

Travel Tip: If you are visiting Nami Island, Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm in one day, be sure to avail the service of Gapyeong City Tour bus. With just one ticket (KRW 6,000 as of December 2015), you can freely discover and enjoy your desired attractions in Gapyeong! You can also check out my DIY Nami Island, Petite France and the Garden of morning Calm blog post. ^_^

Jeju Island Filming Locations
Below are some of the filming locations in Jeju Island. However, I cannot really tell you guys how to get to each destination because we availed a taxi tour when we were there. DIY travel in Jeju is not that convenient so I recommend availing a taxi tour instead. The drivers know the island very well so if you have any specific place you want to visit, just tell them. :)
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Seopjikoji, the main filming location of All In starring the very beautiful Song Hye‑kyo and Lee Byung‑hun

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Some scenes of Dae Jang Geum were also filmed at Oedolgae Rock in Seogwipo
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Jeju Teddy Bear Museum - Remember Princess Hours (Goong)? During their trip to Jeju Island, Chae-gyeong and the empress visited the Teddy Bear Museum
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Locadio World! I am not really sure if this place was featured on TV but if you would like to try on traditional clothes as well as traditional musical instruments, then I highly recommend it! Thank you Mr. Kang (our driver/tour guide) for taking us here!

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Seongsan Ilchulbong Peak, one of my favourite attractions in Jeju Island! It was featured in several Korean Dramas including Queen In Hyun's Man, Jeju Island Gatsby (aka Warm and Cozy) and All in

So, there you have it! I hope this guide will prove useful when you plan your own Korean Drama filming location tour! Got any questions? Suggestions? Comments? I'm all ears! Le's chat down below! Have a wonderful week ahead! ^_^

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