With so many places to explore, but so little time, how do you narrow it all down? Well, all those hours sacrificed to dramas have led to this moment: creating the ultimate travel guide to Korea. Check out our list of must-see places below!
1. Minsokchon (Korean Folk Village)
If youre a huge fan of historical dramas, this is the place for you! Walking through this village will make you feel like youve been transported back in time. Many historical dramas have been filmed here, like
The Moon Embracing the Sun,
and most recently, Queen for 7 Days!
Theres also a neat corner where they display the posters of the various dramas shot in the village, so you can also take a picture with a life-size poster of your favorite drama!
Queen for 7 Days airs every Wednesday and Thursday. Watch it on Viki!
Visiting Korean college campuses is like killing two birds with one stone: you get to see beautiful sights and drama filming locations! Two frequently-used universities are Yonsei University (Reply 1994 and the movie My Sassy Girl)
and Seoul National University (Cheese in the Trap).
And if were talking about college campuses, we cant forget Hongdae! Rather than Hongik University itself, however, its the surrounding streets that are more well known, particularly for its vibrant nightlife and art scene. Some notable dramas filmed here were Coffee Prince,
You can visit the actual coffee shop from the drama!
and Love Rain (at the Hongdae Playground).
3. Namsan Tower (Seoul Tower)
Known for its killer night views and a hotspot for couples, its also a pretty popular place for shooting dramas as well! Several scenes from dramas like
and Oh My Ghostess were filmed here.
Visiting the filming locations for Goblin will take you all over and out of the country! So I thought it merited its own little column. Within Seoul, you can visit the wall where the Goblin met his bride (near Pungmoon High School) and the BBQ Olive Chicken Cafe, to name a few.
If youre willing to get out of the Seoul area, the Jumunjin Breakwater in Gangneung (on the east coast of Korea) is definitely one of the best places to hit up.
On the west end of Korea is another notable place: the Borinara Hagwon Farm, where they filmed the scenes with the lovely buckwheat fields.
Watch Goblin on Viki exclusively in Europe!
5. Sinseong-ri Reed Field
If youre a fan of oldie dramas, and decide that you want to take that two-three hour drive (from Seoul) down to the Jeollabuk-do area for the buckwheat fields from Goblin, dont forget this place as well! Located in Chungcheongnam-do, it was the filming site of several dramas, like Slave Hunters and Im Sorry, I Love You. In the summer seasons, the fields are a beautiful green sea, but during the harvesting period, they turn into a cozy gold.
One of the filming sites for Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, this was originally used as a Confucian academy. Its also in Chungcheongnam-do. While smaller than and not as well known as the traditional villages and palaces near Seoul, its free to get in and a lot less crowded, even on weekends.
Opened just a few weeks ago, this place has already been used for a scene in Fight My Way!
Seoullo 7017 is an overpass that was converted into a walkway. There are lots of cute little things on the overpass, like small gardens and little pools and other attractions. Im sure well see this overpass in many future dramas to come.
Fight My Way airs every Monday and Tuesday. Watch the latest episode at Viki!
How could we forget Subway?
Hey Soompiers! This is by no means an exhaustive list. Do you have other places you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below! Happy Travels!
mayme22 recently visited Korea for the first time, and contrary to expectation, she recalls seeing only a single Subway restaurant during her time there.