Every jetsetter understands the constant itch to be out on the road, but for most people, it’s not always possible to travel at the drop of a hat. But here’s the thing: just because you’re stuck at home, it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little escapism.
Enjoying travel-themed Korean dramas is the perfect activity to get lost into as these shows are fun, punchy, and often beautifully shot to showcase the sweeping views of their locations.
Slip into your coziest pajamas, grab a bucket of popcorn, and park yourself in front of the television (or laptop). Here are seven binge-worthy K-Dramas to help cure your wanderlust in the comfort of your own bed.
Fall in love with France in the romantic Korean drama The Package. The story revolves around a tour guide Yoon So So (Lee Yeon-Hee), who’s leading a group of Korean travelers on a tour of France.
While the story is engrossing with Yoon and heartbroken San Ma Roo (Jung Yong Hwa), the breathtaking panoramas of France are a scene-stealer. As a viewer, you’ll feel as much a part of the tour as the characters on screen as they wander across Paris and the stunningly remote Mont Saint-Michel.
Experience it for yourself and book a tour of Mont Saint-Michel with KKday.
Watch your sun-drenched dreams of exotic Cuba play out on screen in Encounter. In this romantic K-drama, wealthy business executive Cha Soo Hyun (Song Hye Kyo) and free-spirited photographer Kim Jin Hyuk (Park Bo Gum) embark on a whirlwind romance in Havana.
Encounter allows the charm of Cuba to jump out of the screen vividly, from the colorful streets and vintage cars to zesty locals and Havana’s incredible nightlife.
The Third Charm
Put Third Charm, a heart-warming story spanning about 12 years, on your K-Drama list. Part of the story is set in Portugal, where On Joon-Young (Seo Kang-Joon) jetted off to for some soul-searching.
This Korean drama is a treat to travel-deprived eyes with scenes showing Lisbon’s beautiful architecture, picturesque countryside, and the charm of small neighborhoods. For your future adventure in Portugal, try a small-group walking tour to recreate the magic of Third Charm.
Binge-watch Twelve Nights to follow the adventures of Han Yoo-kyung (Han Seung-yeon) and Cha Hyun-oh (Shin Hyun-soo) as they spend 12 days together during three different trips over eight years. Follow the K-Drama as it hops from Japan to New York to South Korea in this engrossing love story that will inspire you to explore these places in real life, too!
Memories of the Alhambra
The mystery drama Memories of the Alhambra is largely set in Spain and it showcases several pretty destinations in the country throughout its run, including Granada, Barcelona, Girona, and Gava, among others. Discover the stunning surroundings of these Spanish towns through the adventures of Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) and Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye).
The widely praised K-Drama is centered around a string of mysterious incidents related to an augmented reality game inspired by tales of Granada’s famous fortress Alhambra Palace.
Be captivated by Italy in Only You, a K-drama that follows aspiring chef Eun Jae (Han Chae-young) as she pursues her dream in Vicenza, Italy. The storyline is quite complex with a pregnancy and a love triangle in the mix, but Only You does an excellent job of capturing the charm of Vicenza, its people, and the food.
With this show, you’ll enjoy the simple day-to-day reality of living in picturesque Italy, not just a glimpse of the most famous tourist spots.
Cap off your drama fever with a K-Drama that gained a global following: Goblin. The show is a beautiful romance, but its setting in Quebec, Canada is just as stunning in the backdrop. Throughout the fantasy tale, Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) also make their way to Korean destinations, including Seoul, Incheon, Yongpyong, Anseong, and more.
Book a day tour with KKday that will take you to all the filming locations in Seoul and Incheon that captured your heart in the television show.