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10 Amazing K-drama filming locations to visit in South Korea

10 Amazing K-drama filming locations to visit in South Korea

More and more people are becoming addicted to Korean TV series. If you are one of them, take a look at 10 of the most iconic K-Drama filming locations to visit in South Korea

South Korean dramas have gained a broad audience both inside and outside of Korea, with many being exported to other countries where they have been met with great success.  

Netflix’s Squid Game has only been the tip of the iceberg of a phenomenon called "Hallyu" that started at the beginning of the 21st century. Today, the popularity of South Korean dramas and the globalisation of Korean entertainment are amplified. Streaming platforms give this genre and its actors a new stage and new interest from a diverse worldwide audience.  

"Here’s how to plan your K-Drama pilgrimage to the best filming spots in South Korea"

It's not surprising that these cultural assets play a huge role in promoting South Korean tourism as a whole. Whether you are a long-time fan of Korean dramas or a newbie to the fandom, here’s how to plan your K-drama pilgrimage to the best filming spots in South Korea, where you can recreate your favorite scenes in person. 

Here are just a few of the most famous filming locations in South Korea that you can add to your itinerary. Remember, most spots are inhabited by residents or have cultural relevance, so being mindful and respectful is necessary. 

1. Namsan Tower, Seoul 

Namsan Tower is one of Seoul's most iconic landmarks and has been featured in countless Korean dramas over the years.  

Namsan Tower with padlocks

It offers 360-degree views of Seoul, and it is also said that on a clear day you can even see into North Korea. The Namsan Tower Observatory is open every day and at night. It's considered one of the most romantic places in the capital. Every day, Koreans go to the Namsan Tower and hang their "love padlocks" around the fence and railings surrounding the viewing deck.  

You'll recognise this location if you're a fan of shows like True Beauty, Boys Over Flowers, My Love From Another Star, The Last Empress and more. 

2. Bukchon Hanok Village, Seoul 

Bukchon Hanok Village

Bukchon Hanok Village district is located in central Seoul and is one of the most famous Korean filming locations on our list. It is home to hundreds of traditional houses (or hanok) that date back to the Joseon dynasty. Every little alley and traditional houses have been featured in at least one drama.  

You won't fail to recognise Bukchon Hanok Village in My Roommate Is A Gumiho, Our Beloved Summer and Hotel del Luna, to name a few.

3. Itaewon, Seoul

We are still in Seoul (which deserves a filming locations guide of its own), and specifically in Itaewon, a young and trendy neighbourhood where the popular K-drama Itaewon Class was shot.

The bar where the drama DanBam was filmed is still there but the sign has been removed. Still, it is easy to spot if you’ve seen the show.

Overall, the streets of Itaewon and the area nearby Noksapyeong Station where Seoul Namsan Tower comes into view are incredible at night. The area is renewed for its excellent restaurants and places to stop for a drink.

4. Pohang, North Gyeongsang province

The lovely village of Pohang has been the filming location for one of the most successful Korean productions abroad, Hometown Cha Cha.

Pohang, Korea

In the drama, the village was named Gongjin, but the seaside town is easily recognisable. Cheongjin 2-Ri Lighthouse is probably the most iconic location in the area, being the background for some of the two characters’ scenes.

5. Jeonju Hyanggyo, Jeonju, Jeollabukdo

Jeonju Hyanggyo is one of the most well-preserved historical sites in South Korea. It is located in Jeonju, a city that's a hub of tourism and the capital of North Jeolla Province. 

Because of its well-preserved old buildings, Jeonju Hyanggyo is often used as a location for Goryeo and Joseon-era dramas. If you've watched the award-winning The Red Sleeve with Lee Jun-ho and Lee Se-young, you will immediately recognize the Hyanggyo. 

Jeonju Hyanggyo

6. Hocheon Village, Busan

Also known as "The Santorini of Korea" because of its colourful houses set against a mountain backdrop, Hocheon Village is a well-deserved stop when visiting South Korea.  

"Even if you haven't watched any K-dramas, Hocheon Village is dazzling, especially at sunset"

It's also the filming location for the K-drama Fight For My Way, but even if you haven't watched the show or are not planning to watch it, Hocheon Village is dazzling, especially at sunset. 

7. Jeju Island

This volcanic island off the coast of South Korea is a popular tourist destination for its natural beauty, including the Hallasan National Park and the lava tubes at Manjanggul Cave.  

Still from Crash Landing On You

A scene from Crash Landing On You, set on Jeju Island

It's also been the setting for several K-dramas, such as the recent Our Blues and Crash Landing on You, or the classic Boys over Flowers.

8. Boseong Green Tea Plantation, Buseong County 

Home to the oldest and largest tea gardens in South Korea, Boseong Green Tea Plantation has been extensively used as a filming location for The Legend of the Blue Sea.  

A walk or hike on the property is an excellent way to breathe a bit of Korea’s history. Do not forget to treat yourself to some green tea ice cream!

9. Forest of Wisdom, Paju 

Located in the heart of Paju Book City, a publishing community in Paju, north of Seoul, The Forest of Wisdom is a unique library open 24 hours a day and carrying over 200,000 donated books that can only be read inside. 

Romance is a Bonus Book still

Scene from Romance is a Bonus Book

If you've been following the latest K-drama mania, we're sure you've watched a handful of scenes from famous dramas being shot at this library. These include It's Okay to Not Be Okay, Romance is a Bonus Book, What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, Yumi's Cells, Sh**ting Stars and more. 

10. Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway, Seoul 

Among the many filming locations in Seoul, a special mention goes to the Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway, a 1.1 kilometre long walkway around Deoksugung Palace.  

"Deoksugung-gil is considered one of the most romantic filming locations in the whole South Korea"

The area that is usually used to shoot is Deoksugung-gil, a street with a very broad sidewalk. It is considered one of the most romantic filming locations in the whole South Korea, and it's been used in hundreds of dramas. Extraordinary Attorney Woo, The Beauty Inside, Goblin, Do You Like Brahms and Run On are just a few of the K-dramas filmed in this area. 

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