A pilgrimage to the mecca of Korean dramas is a dream-come-true moment for any K-Drama fan. After all, reliving iconic scenes from popular Korean dramas validates all those sleepless nights of binge-watching. Adding to that, taking in the stunning views and landscapes are extra perks that travelers can enjoy.
From Seoul to its surrounding areas, you can explore a plethora of K-Drama filming locations. Bring a reliable portable Wi-Fi to share the moments you captured instantaneously with friends and family on social media.
Mr. Sunshine – Sunshine Nonsan Studio
Praised for its elaborate set design and costumes, “Mr. Sunshine” is a show that appeals to fans of period architecture and fashion. A tour at Sunshine Nonsan Studio gives a full nostalgic experience of the popular historical drama, which aired in 2018. Visitors can recreate the famed drama’s most unforgettable moments by renting out costumes and snapping shots at the colonial-era filming location.
Fans of Mr. Sunshine can sip coffee at Kudo Hina’s Glory Hotel, visit Gu Dong Mae’s market place turf, try out Lady Ae Sin’s favorite sponge cake and smile recollecting the Japanese bar memories frequented by the male leads.
TIP: Sunshine Studio is near Sunshine Land, an amusement park featuring survival games and military experience.
Direction: At Seoul Subway Yongsan Station take KTX/ITX train and alight at Nonsan Station. From Nonsan Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 216 and get off at Hwangha 4(sa)-ri stop. Walk for 10 minutes.
Nami Island + Petite France + Garden of the Morning Calm
Covering three filming sites that are just as beautiful as they are on screen, Gapyeong Tour fuses scenic nature views of Nami Island and Garden of the Morning Calm with the vibrantly colored Petite France.
The classic melodrama “Winter Sonata” has been synonymous to Nami Island, having been the background of some key poignant scenes of the story. For newer series, “Mother of Mine” and “High School King of Savvy” were also filmed in Nami Island. Enjoy a calming nature trip on the island’s walking path draped in tree canopies. Bask in crimson reds and sunny yellows in autumn and frolic on a snowy wonderland in winter.
K-Drama romantic comedy favorites “Secret Garden,” “Personal Taste,” “My Love from the Star,” and “The Beauty Inside” have something in common — some of their most memorable scenes were shot in Petite France, a little French village inspired by the book “The Little Prince.”
Saving the best for last, Garden of the Morning Calm through its vast selection of flowers and breathtaking vistas gifts you with Instagram-worthy photo opportunities in almost every corner. It’s not surprising that a long list of popular K-Dramas have used the area as a filming site. Garden of the Morning Calm has made emotional scenes even more beautiful as seen from the classic melodrama “A Love to Kill” to the trendy youth drama “You’re Beautiful.” More recent dramas such as “Love in the Moonlight,” “School 2017,” and “I’m Not a Robot” were also shot here.
You may avail of this day tour from Seoul to visit these must-see attractions.
Gyeongbokgung Palace + Bukchon Hanok Village + Samcheongdong Street
Gyeongbokgung Palace will take your breath away with its beautiful gardens and treelines. In front of the main palace gate, you can recreate the scenes from fantasy-romance series including “Chicago Typewriter,” “Goblin,” and “Queen In Hyun’s Man.”
The nearby Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong are also famous go-to filming sites for production companies. Restaurants, unique souvenir shops, and entrancing traditional house structures are just some of the highlights of this treasured neighborhood.
Korean dramas filmed at Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheongdong include “Hotel Del Luna,” “My First First Love,” “Temperature of Love,” “The Black Knight,” “Goblin,” “Personal Taste,” and “Heartstrings” to name a few.
Walk back in time (and in style!) as though you’re in the Joseon period by wearing a hanbok while strolling around this spot. You can also take advantage of the Discover Seoul Pass’ perks for free access to key Seoul destinations.
N Seoul Tower + Myeongdong
N Seoul Tower is a favourite dating spot not just for couples but for friends and families alike. Featuring an observatory that gives a 360-degree view of the city, it is also famous for the “Locks of Love” at the Roof Terrace.
A slew of K-Dramas has featured N Seoul Tower including “Hotel Del Luna,” “My Secret Terrius,” “Hwayugi,” “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Oh My Ghostess,” “My Love from the Star,” and “Boys Over Flowers” to name a few.
Walk down to shopping haven Myeongdong after a trip to N Seoul Tower and splurge on a variety of K-Beauty items endorsed by your favorite K-Drama stars. At the nearby CGV Myeongdong Station Cine Library, you will find familiar filming sites from the dramas “Are You Human?” and “Suits.”
South Korea’s biggest outdoor theme park makes a full day packed with adventure. Appealing to all ages, the world-class theme park offers amazing rides and attractions, and, of course, romantic backdrops for hit K-Dramas, including “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim,” “Bride of the Water God,” “The Producers,” and “Kill Me Heal Me.”
Located in the outskirts of Seoul, Everland can be easily reached with the help of round trip transfers from Seoul.
Taking time to visit these filming spots allows fans to maximize their Seoul trip and relive their K-Drama fantasies.