Whether it’s Korean TV series, movies, lesser-known beauty products or ingredients, travel destinations or culture, we often find that many people find a chord with all things “K ” lately. Among these, K-dramas like Squid Game, Crash Landing on You and Leprechaun, available on various OTT platforms. They have not only created a dedicated fanbase across the globe, but have also made their mark in the global entertainment industry. And, for people who are not only Korean TV show enthusiasts, but also travel enthusiasts, visiting these popular K-drama locations where some of the iconic scenes were filmed is nothing less than a delight.
South Korea has several beautiful places that attract tourists and its capital, Seoul, is a paradise for travelers. With ancient architecture, luscious delights, and serene beaches, this is one of the best places to stay. Add to that the chance to visit the K-drama locations where some of the most popular scenes from Korean TV shows featuring your favorite actors were shot or better, recreate them your way for Instagram.
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Some of the most popular K-drama places to visit in South Korea
Sinchon graffiti tunnel, Seoul
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Remember the hilarious scene from Leprechaun, where Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-wook) walk in style, through a tunnel and a biker runs past them yelling at them to take the sidewalk? They happily assume that he probably wishes them “Happy New Year” in his own way and wave at him, all smiles. This scene was shot beautifully in and around the tunnel, with the light graffiti art clearly visible. However, the graffiti shown in the scene has now been replaced with something new. Nevertheless, it is a unique place to visit.
Initially, random paintings on the walls were strictly prohibited in South Korea. Later, the Korean government legalized graffiti art, after recognizing it as an important tool for global representation. Today, the country features various forms of graffiti art on its walls all over the city.
If you want to be photographed, with this beautiful tunnel wall in the background, head straight to Exit 1 of Sinchon (Railway) Station on the Gyeongui Line. The tunnel is located to the left of the Megabox building. You can easily reach Sinchon from Seoul Station by train (subway), taxi or on foot too if you don’t mind a long walk. Plus, Ewha Womans University is close to the tunnel, which should be on any architecture lover’s must-visit list.
Breakwater of Jumunjin Beach, Gangneung-si
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Another iconic scene from Leprechaun (also known as Guardian: the lonely and great God) was shot with a serene beach as a backdrop. Known by the stage name of the red scarf, it shows Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-eun) meeting the goblin, aka Kim Shin (Gong Yoo), for the first time on his birthday. This K-drama location is a staple of the series as the female protagonist often visits it to talk to her late mother.
According to a regional guide website of VisitKorea“Jumunjin Breakwater was built to protect the coastline from the effects of erosion and longshore drift. It has become a popular attraction after its first appearance in the TV drama Guardian (2016) as many visitors look forward to taking photos of a scene reconstruction of the drama.
Located in Gangneung-si, it is easily accessible from Jumunjin Port. However, he was less well known until the scene became popular. The BTS bus stop is one of the nearby tourist attractions. Although the original featured in their album You never walk alone is no longer there, a replica has been created for fans to take pictures.
Seoul Fortress Wall, Seoul
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One of Seoul’s iconic K-drama locations, the Seoul Fortress Wall offers a majestic view of the city. In the second episode of To touchHan Soo-yeon (Kim Bo-ra) is sitting here, having browsed job postings and researched jobs.
This place brings the history of Seoul to life as it borders the city, which was previously known as Hanyang. According to the official UNESCO website, “King Taejo, the founder of Joseon, designated Hanyang as the capital of the newly established dynasty in 1394. At his request, the following buildings were constructed in 1395: Royal Palace; Jongmyo (Royal Ancestral Shrine); and Sajikdan (Altars for Earth and Grains).
The approximately 19 km long wall was built along the ridge of four inland mountains of Seoul, namely Baegaksan, Naksan, Namsan and Inwangsan. Some parts of the historic site have been renovated, while others are a reminder of the damage the wall has suffered over the years. Nevertheless, it is a must visit not only for K-drama fans but also for history buffs. It is located in Yulgok-ro in the Jongno-gu district.
Deoksugung Palace (Stonewall Walkway), Seoul
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Fancy a walk with the loved one through a stone wall that is part of a palace, with tall trees and roads covered in dried leaves, especially in autumn? If so, head straight to the Deoksugung Palace walkway in Sejongdaero, Jung-gu. One of the most well-known K-drama locations, it’s an extremely popular choice for filming, especially for the creators of many Korean TV shows. Some of the famous tourist attractions nearby include the Seoul Art Museum, Jeongdong Theater and the Salvation Army History Museum.
The characters Seo Do-jae (Lee Min-ki) and Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) from The beauty inside are seen walking down this lane on their first date.
Dae Jang Geum Park, Gyeonggi-do
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Located in Yongin-si in Gyeonggi-do Province, Dae Jang Geum Park is one of those names that comes up every time you think of historical K-dramas.
Travel back in time by visiting the theme park, which brings history and culture to life as soon as you enter. Add to that lively cafes and the ability to wear the costumes of your favorite characters and get clicked. The film set, owned by the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation, is easily accessible from Seoul by taxi or local train (subway).
Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul
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The stream is located in the square, which is based on traditional Korean bojagi design used for textiles. With unique architecture featuring 22 bridges around the creek, it lights up in the evening and is a sight to behold. Jung-gu is another popular filming location in Seoul. It is perfect for delicious romantic walks.
Cheonggyecheon is where Do Yong-sik (Yoon Si-yoon) is desperately walking in You Raise Me Up, when he sees Do Ji-hyeok (Park Ki-woong) getting out of his car.
Yonsei University (Sinchon Campus), Seoul
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Known as one of the top three prestigious universities in South Korea, including Parasite director Bong Joon-ho is also an alumnus, Yonsei University is a favorite among K-drama makers.
Due to its magnificent architecture, this location is often chosen to shoot school and college scenes. A museum built in honor of its founder Horace G Underwood is located at Underwood Hall on the Sinchon campus.
Parts of this university have been featured in snowdrops like Hosu Woman’s University, attended by Eun Yeong-ro (Kim Ji-soo). It is located in Sinchon-dong, Seoul.
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