Pratyusha Dash, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh
K-dramas have become a household name and South Korea is every Hallyu lover’s paradise, so to cure your wanderlust hunger, we have curated some iconic K-drama locations to add to your bucket list and re-live that K-drama magic.
Namsan Seoul Tower
Featured in: Boys over flowers, True Beauty, A Korean Odyssey etc.
One of the most iconic places in South Korea, Namsan Seoul Tower is one of the tallest towers visible from anywhere in Seoul and is the perfect place for you to recreate those iconic K-drama scenes with your personal touch. Featured in a lot of K-dramas, this place is a K-lover’s paradise and a must-visit place for every tourist visiting South Korea.
Featured in: Goblin
For every K-drama lover, Goblin’s filming locations are a must-see. The place where our Dokkaebi Kim Shin meets his bride for the first time on her birthday, Jumunjin beach is located near Jung Dong Jin beach where you can appreciate the mesmerizing view and recreate the iconic scene. It is even said that you can find vendors selling Red Scarves and Buckwheat flowers near this place.
Coffee Prince Café
Featured in: Coffee Prince
Another Gong Yoo classic, this place is the K-drama’s namesake where you can see the exact location where the Coffee Prince’s café scenes were filmed. Located in Seoul’s neighbourhood Seogyo, this iconic café serves amazing food and drinks in real life and is a must-visit destination for every Gong Yoo and Coffee Prince fan.
Jageun maeul/Bok Chicken
Featured in: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo
Remember the iconic restaurant where Bok-joo’s father and uncle sold fried chicken, and where Bok-joo and her friends used to hang out most of the time? Guess what; you can visit that place in real life and click amazing pictures while enjoying the variety of Korean food this place serves.
Featured in: My Love from Another Star and Secret Garden
The little French Village built around the story of ‘The Little Prince’ features French-inspired buildings, and even has a ‘The Little Prince’ theme park; is home to K-dramas like ‘Secret Garden’ and ‘My Love from Another Star.’ This place is quirky and romantic and fuzzy inside with all its cute cafes, restaurants and museums, and honestly, we are all herein.
Featured in: Descendants of the Sun, Goblin, W: Two Worlds
Remember the café where our beloved Yoo Si-jin (played by Song Joong-ki) and Kang Mo-yeon (played by Song Hye-kyo) broke up? This café has got all the K-drama fans visiting it and for all the right reasons. Along with the iconic vibes, this place has to offer tempting desserts and pastries.
Featured in: Winter Sonata, Hi Bye, Mama!, When My Love Blooms, etc.
One of the most popular Hallyu dramas which are loved by almost every South Korean drama fan, is ‘Winter Sonata‘ and one of its prime locations on which it was shot is the beautiful Nami Island. This place has to offer zip line, mini-theme park and camping sites to cater to your adventure needs. This place is massively popular among K-drama fans and one can even find a statue of Yu Jun and Jun Sang on the island!
Wolmido Island, Incheon
Featured in: Descendants of the Sun
The evergreen K-drama which brought the Hallyu wave right on the map, Descendants of the Sun is the first love of many K-drama fans. Featured right in the first episode, the Wolmido Island Theme Park is a place where fans can enjoy a huge selection of cafes and restaurants – with great coffee and seafood along with a beautiful sea view.
Featured in: Crash Landing On You
Remember the North Korean village where Captain Ri lived? That place is located in Taean, South Korea which is approximately three hours’ drive from Seoul. The design and details used to re-create a perfect North Korean Village, this place will let you immerse yourselves in the experience of residing in the world’s most secretive country. Don’t forget to look for Captain Ri’s house while you are there!
Forest of Wisdom
Featured in: Lovestruck in the City, Record of Youth, More Than Friends, It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, The King: Eternal Monarch, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, etc.
The beautiful library featured in numerous K-dramas with its tall, brown wooden shelves, an array of colourful books, and spacious contemporary interior giving you all the aesthetic feels, is actually shot in a single library by the name of Forest of Wisdom. Situated in Paju Book City, Gyeonggi-do, this place is every bibliophile’s haven with 500,000 books spanning multiple genres.
Dae Jang Geum Park
Featured in: Joseon Exorcist (2021), Mr. Queen (2020-21), Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020), Mystic Pop-Up Bar (2020), The King: Eternal Monarch, Extraordinary You (2019), Hotel Del Luna, etc.
Fan of Historical Dramas? Then Dae Jang Geum Park is the right place for you. Owned by MBC (Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation), this place is where most of the historical K-dramas are filmed. This place has to offer a variety of historical architecture reflecting the ‘Three Kingdoms’ period, ‘Goryeo Kingdom‘ and ‘Joseon Era’. Wear a ‘Hanbok’ and walk around this beautiful setting to feel as if you have entered into the K-drama world.
Which place would you like to visit first if you ever go to South Korea? Tell me about it in the comments below!