One of my many dreams in life is to visit the shooting locations of my favorite Koreanovelas — I’m sure all korean drama addict can relate. Being able to go to Seoul Korea is already a big thing for K-drama fans like me but being able to actually visit those K-drama locations, is like the highest of achievements — the “tugatog ng tagumpay” kumbaga because it makes us feel closer to our idols.
I have been in Seoul twice now and I thought that I may have had a few list of those famous destinations i.e. “K drama shooting location” that I can share in this post.
- Nami Island became famous after the Endless Love Winter Sonata. I have been to Nami island twice but I don’t think I will ever get tired of coming back. It’s obviously my #1 favorite in South Korea. I am a fan of the Endless Love TV series so having been to this place was like a dream come true. It must be so romantic to come here on winter but I am all contented having to see its beautiful trees during summer.
How to get there: From Myeongdong or Hongik University station, take the train going to Gapyeong station, it should take about 2.5 hours. From Gapyeong, there is an option to take the cab or bus to the ferry going to Nami. I suggest you take the Gapyeong City tour bus if you also want to visit other famous sites as Petite France and the Garden of Morning Calm. From the ferry wharf, there are options to take the cable car or ferry. Of course, it’s cheaper to take the ferry. ^_^
Entrance Fee to the Island: ₩8,000 for foreigners.
K Drama: Winter Sonata
- Garden of Morning Calm is probably the grandest and most beautiful garden in Korea and is home to more than thousand kinds of plants. I only learned during our trip that it was one of the shooting location of my Park Bo Gum’s Love in the Moonlight.
How to get there: From Gapyeong terminal, this is the last bus stop of the Gapyeong city tour bus.
Entrance Fee: ₩9,500
K Drama: Love in the Moonlight, I am Not a Robot, School 2017
- Petite France is a french-style theme park inspired by the the novel “Little Prince” – it is magical! I was hooked to Hyun Bin’s Secret Garden drama before so seeing this place in real life was another #achieve moment for me.
How to get there: This is one of the bus stops offered in the Gapyeong city tour pass.
Entrance Fee: ₩10,000
K Drama: Secret Garden, My Love from the Star
- Bukchon Hanok Village. Remember the Grim Reaper’s tea house in the Goblin K-drama? This is probably Hanok village is famous for right now. But even before that, this place is already popular with Lee Min Ho’s Personal Taste – remember the Sanggojae” house? I’m sure you do! =)
How to get there: Take the orange line subway to Anguk station, then walk for another 5-10mins.
Entrance Fee: Free
K Drama: Personal Taste, Goblin, The Heirs, Heartstrings
- Changdeokgung Palace is one of the major royal palaces built during the Joseon dynasty. It is also recognized as a UNESCO Cultural heritage site.
How to get there: Take the train going to Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Walk straight from the exit (towards east) for about 5-min to arrive at the palace entrance. I suggest to go to Hanok village first then walk for about 10-15mins to Changdeokgung Palace.
Admission Fee: ₩3000 for Adults.
K Drama: Jewel in the Palace, Rooftop Prince
- Namsan Seoul Tower is the city’s famous landmark that has a beautful view of the city. From Myeongdong, it is accessible by foot (safe but tiring); bus (scary); and by cable car (even scarier but beautiful). I’ve been to Namsan twice already and both times, I’ve took the cable car going up and then walked going back to the city. The cable car decision going up is mainly for photo op purposes – di pwedeng hulas ka pag mag-picture, you know.
How to get there: The cable car boarding station is located 15 minutes from Myeongdong Station (Line 4, Exit 3). Just walk down the street on the right side of Pacific Hotel and you’ll find it soon after.
Admission Fee: Cable Car: 1-way – ₩6000; round trip – ₩8500; Ticket to the Observatory is ₩10,000 for Adults.
K Drama: Boys Over Flowers, My Love from the Star, Legend of the Blue Sea <3<3<3
- Gyeongbokgung Palace was the main royal palace of the Joseon dynasty, probably the grandest as well. It is located at the northern end of the Gwangwhamun square and has the beautiful Bugaksan mountain as its backdrop.
How to get there: Take the subway to Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 5; or Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3) and Exit 1. Check out this link for other transpo options.
Admission Fee: Adults, ₩3000 (not that it’s closed on Tuesdays)
K Drama: Rooftop Prince, Moon Embracing the Sun, Goblin
- Everland is Korea’s largest theme park and the most beautiful, I would say. I visited it in my 1st trip to Seoul and I was amazed by how dreamy the whole place was. According to wikipedia, it has the world’s steepest roller coaster record to date.
How to get there: Take the train to Gangnam station, go to exit 6 and walk for a few hundred meters to the bus stop. Take bus 5002. There is also an option to go train all the way, visit Everland link here for other information.
Admission Fee: Adults, ₩54,000; Children, ₩41,000
K Drama: Kill Me, Heal Me, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
- Lotte World for me, it was not as grand as the Everland but it’s the theme park closest to the city and I think something that the kids will really love…medyo pa-bebe pa ang mga rides, really fitting for small children. It has the largest indoor amusement park and another outdoor theme parks as well. My favorite part was the Folk Museum. =)
How to get there: Take the train to Jamsil Station (Seoul Subway Line 2, 8), Exit 4. Lotte World is directly connected to the station.
Admission Fee: Full day: Adults 52,000 won / Teenagers 45,000 won / Children 41,000 won / Babies 13,000 won …After 4pm: Adults 41,000 won / Teenagers 36,000 won / Children 32,000 won / Babies 13,000 won. Source: Visit Korea
K Drama: Stairway to Heaven
Other K Drama Shooting Locations:
- Art Mon Stay Guesthouse is the rooftop house of Go Joon Jae (Lee Min Ho) from the Legend of the Blue Sea.
Location: From Myeongdong station, take exit 2 or 3 and walk south going to Namsan tower. Before it gets confusing, I’ll just suggest you search the net. For things like these, Google map is your friend.
- Tea House White Birch Story is a dessert place featured in the K-dram Goblin. It’s one of cafe/tambayan of Sun Hee (Sunny) and Eun Tak.
Location: From Anguk station Exit 6, walk for a few meters then turn right when you reach the main street crossing. The street going to the cafe should be very familiar for Goblin fans as it’s where Eun Tak and the Goblin first met. The first small alley to the left is where the cafe is located. ^_^
- BBQ Olive Chicken Restaurant is Sun Hee’s restaurant from the Goblin and where she hired Eun Tak as part time employee.
Location: From Gangnam station, take the train to Daechong station and take exit 4. It should be a 10 minutes walk going to the chicken place. I’ve actually followed the detailed instructions from this helpful link. Thank you DOGG13.COM!
…there you go! to all K-drama fans out there, cheers to all the pagpupuyat and daydreaming of our Oppa! lol!