Christmas is magical in South Korea, where various places are bedecked with festive decorations and illuminated by thousands of lights. It can get extremely cold but also very warm with the right people and the right place to share moments in. Inspired by our favorite K-dramas, we’ve listed the best Christmas destinations in South Korea where you can also indulge the avid K-drama fan in you.
South Korea’s largest and most-visited theme park is also one of the best destinations for a K-drama-themed Christmas. A lot of shows have been filmed in Everland, showing a fairy-tale land of lights, carols, and colorful attractions. Every yuletide season, the place is buzzing with events such as Christmas exhibitions, illuminations, holiday markets, parades, and more!
Location: 199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Our fave K-dramas on Viu that featured Everland:
Another festive Christmas destination is Lotte World, lit up with a myriad of colorful lights and fireworks, with the Magic Castle sticking out of the evening horizon. While there’s a lot of fun things to do, the illuminated castle and gardens also serve as a magical backdrop for the most romantic moments with someone special.
Location: 240, Olympic-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Our fave K-dramas on Viu that featured Lotte World:
One of the staple K-drama filming locations in Seoul is also the best Christmas destination in the city. Namsan’s landscape may be white and frosty, but the illuminated Namsan Tower and the famed love locks give it a picture-perfect splash of colors. Best go here to share the views of the snow-sprinkled city with your loved ones.
Location: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Our fave K-dramas on Viu that featured Namsan:
Pocheon Herb Island
Pocheon Herb Island is a well-known nature attraction visited for its colorful garden scenery. However, K-dramas like Oh My Venus have portrayed it as a magical place, the snowy gardens transformed into a vast sea of colorful lights. There are also lots of events to look forward to throughout the Christmas season.
Location: 35, Cheongsin-ro 947beon-gil, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Our fave K-dramas on Viu that featured Pocheon Herb Island:
Woljeongsa Temple, with its surrounding fir tree forest, is a must-visit for K-drama fans who want something more nature-centric and reflective. It is actually a huge place to explore, with over 60 temples and eight monasteries. Savor the winter air amid frosty tall, go on a temple walk, and learn more about Korean history and culture.
Location: 374-8, Odaesan-ro, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do
Our fave K-drama on Viu that featured Woljeongsa Temple: Goblin (2016)
While Nami Island is popular for its spring scenery of cherry blossoms, it’s been etched in the minds of K-drama fans as a romantic winter wonderland. The wintry Christmas season amplifies the charm of certain attractions such as the Metasequoia Tree Lane, the Central Korean Pine Tree Lane, and the frozen Bukhangang River.
Location: 1, Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Our fave K-drama on Viu that featured Nami Island: When My Love Blooms (2020)
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