South Korea has always been a tourist destination. But with the mind-blowing growth of Hallyu over the past decade globally, the influx of visitors from all over the world is only increasing with each passing day. Despite the pandemic’s halting effect on tourism, as soon as the restrictions were lifted, people (Hallyu fans as well as the general public) booked their tickets and immersed themselves in the beauty of Korean culture. There is so much to discover in this beautiful country and its moving capital, Seoul. But perhaps one of the most famous attractions to visit are the filming locations of K-dramas which most often host avid fans.
Having visited Seoul recently, here are some legendary filming locations in Seoul worth seeing. Enjoy the visit!
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
Gyeongbokgung (gun means palace) is the main royal palace from the Joseon Dynasty. With Gwanghwamun as the main gate, this palace is the largest of the five palaces that were built during the same dynasty. The architectural plan of Gyeongbokgung includes many gates, courtyards, pavilions, bridges and other buildings, all within its premises. You can get lost in time and space as you walk through the palace. Naturally, its historical, cultural and touristic value has made it a recurring landmark in our favorite dramas, namely the historical ones.
Appears in: “When My Love Blooms” (2020), “Degree of Love” (2017), “My Sassy Girl” (2017), “Chicago Typewriter” (2017), “Goblin” (2017), “The Royal Gambler” ( 2016 ), “The Moon embracing the Sun” (2012).
2. Bukchon Hanok Village
Another traditional place that will instantly take you back in time is Bukchon Hanok Village. Having a rich history of its own, the village is known for its traditional Korean houses, called hanok, which are preserved to this day and serve as a tourist destination. You will be able to stroll in its narrow lane and discover an old architecture which still imposes its beauty in the middle of the urban dwellings of today. A handful of dramas have included Bukchon Hanok Village as a filming location, which is usually used as a meeting point or passageway for the characters.
Appears in: “Ghost Doctor” (2022), “Our Beloved Summer” (2021), “My Roommate Is A Gumiho” (2021), “True Beauty” (2020), “Flower of Evil” (2020), “Hotel Del Luna” ( 2019), “Touch Your Heart” (2019), “Goblin” (2017), “She Was Pretty” (2015), “Personal Taste” (2010).
3. Yeouido Hangang Park
hangang (gang means river) is Korea’s most famous river, despite being the second largest in the country. What makes this river even more special are the 12 parks along its length as it passes through Seoul. Among these dozens, one of the most famous parks is Yeouido, located in the district of the same name. The park is known for its green fields, bike paths, street food carts, E-land ferry cruise, riverside boat cafes and restaurants, and more. The place is perfect for dates, outings with friends, family outings and even solo adventures for those who prefer to enjoy nature and peace on their own. In dramas, the main characters are often seen walking with their (future) loved ones in a rather romantic setting.
Appears in: “An Ordinary Day” (2021), “Squid Game” (2021), “The Penthouse 2” (2021), “More Than Friends” (2020), “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020), “Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life” (2019), “The bride of Habaek” (2017), “My love from the stars” (2013).
4. N Seoul Tower
Also known as Namsan Tower and Seoul Tower, it is a communication and observation tower located in Namsan, on its mountain (without means mountain.) This tower is the second tallest in Seoul and you can see it wherever you are in the capital. The landmark is 784 feet tall and includes a two-story lobby and plaza consisting mostly of restaurants and cafes as well as souvenir shops. Additionally, there are four more floors at the top where visitors have access to observatories, the wishing pond, telescopes, and other restaurants and gift shops. Where is N Seoul Tower useful in dramas? Must be the romantic date. The tower is known for its Love Sluice Bridge, and it’s the perfect place for a date!
Appears in: “True Beauty” (2020), “My Secret Terrius” (2018), “Hwayugi” (2017), “Oh My Ghost” (2015), “Legend of the Blue Sea” (2016), “My Love From the Star” (2013), “Boys on flowers” (2009).
5. Cheonggyecheon Stream
This 11 km long stream is a must visit when you are in Seoul. Cheonggyecheon is a great place for those who like to take long walks while enjoying their surroundings in a place that feels like a forest has emerged inside the city. Even better, this creek is home to many colorful and fun events and lantern festivities: just be there at the right time! Since it is located in the heart of the city, so to speak, you simply cannot miss it when featured in dramas, as it connects different neighborhoods along its length.
Appears in: “Vincenzo” (2021), “True Beauty” (2020), “18 Again” (2020), “Lovestruck in the City” (2020), “Do you like Brahms? (2020), “Flower of Evil” (2020), “Find Me In Your Memory” (2020), “Chicago Typewriter” (2017).
Which mythical filming location would you most like to visit? Let us know in the comments below!
Esme L. is a Moroccan Hallyu dreamer, writer and enthusiast.
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