K-dramas, Korean culture, K-pop, K-beauty, the list goes on. The worldwide interest towards Korean entertainment has been garnering popularity for more than a decade now and it’s seems to be reaching the Paektu peak recently.
As endless K-dramas are released, tourists are spoilt for choice when deciding which filming site to visit. So here at HalalTrip, we attempted to narrow them down to 8 of the most famous filming locations to visit in Korea.
Picture: Korea Tourism Organization
This landmark was not only featured in hit TV Shows like The Producers and My Love from the Star, but also in reality shows including Infinity Challenge and Running Man.
This Design Plaza is not only known for its neo-futuristic style but its fame also lies in the fashion aspects of it. Seoul Fashion Week is organised there as the urban architecture along with the LED rose gardens compliment different styles.
Incorporating K-reality, K-dramas and K-fashion, the plaza ties in three aspects of the K-Kraze! So what are you waiting for?!
Address: 281, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 을지로 281
Operating Hours: 10AM-7PM (Closed on Mondays)
With a more authentic and traditional twist, Gwaghwamun Square is a fascinating location for historical lovers.
It was the location of royal administrative buildings and the city centre during the Joseon Dynasty, making it the perfect location for historical dramas.
It may not be the exact location of all your favorite movies and TV Shows but it really gives the sense of Korean culture and authenticity.
The similar architectures, namely statues of Admiral Yi Sun-Shin and Sejong the Great will all transport you to your favorite on-screen moments. TV shows that were filmed in this site were Queen In Hyan’s man and Iris.
Address: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 세종대로 172
Operating Hours: 24 hours
There is no doubt that a key selling point of K-dramas and K-movies are the romantic love stories that touch millions of hearts worldwide.
Love is a universal language that allowed K-entertainment to travel so far across the world and it's the reason why the N Seoul Tower is a perfect place to visit with your significant other.
It is similar to other Cadenas d’amour around the world where you can buy a lock and secure it over the glorious panoramic view of Seoul.
My Love From Another Star and Boys Over Flowers are both iconic TV shows that have featured N Seoul Tower as part of their romantic scene development.
Address: 105, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105 (용산동2가)
Operating Hours: 10AM-11PM (Sunday-Friday)
If you want to be completely transported on your visit to Korea, and have a taste of things you see and hear in all Korean dramas and movies, then the Folk Village is definitely an experience to NOT miss.
Dramas like Jewel in the Palace, Arang and the Magistrate, Hwang Jin Yi and Moon Embracing the Sun were filmed here.
There is something for everyone in your travel group; Cultural classes on the Shaman Faith, winter customs, lessons on Confucian ideology and so much more! They also have performances that include martial arts on horseback, traditional weddings and music shows.
If either of these isn’t for you, there are also natural volcano sites, ice sledding sites and of course food stalls specialising in Korean delicacies to try on every corner.
Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90 (보라동)
Operating Hours: February to April - 9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)
9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)
May to September - 9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekdays)
9.30AM to 8PM (Weekends)
October - 9.30AM to 6PM (Weekdays)
9.30AM to 6.30PM (Weekends)
November to January - 9.30AM to 5.30PM (Weekdays)
9.30AM to 6PM (Weekends)
Ticket Fee: 13,000 to 18,000 won (vary based on age)
Picture: Korea Tourism Organisation
In a different spin, the Wolmido Island in Incheon is a great day trip out of Seoul.
This coastal island features a wide range of attractions that you can visit such as an amusement park, restaurants, a cultural street and an outdoor stage with spontaneous performances and street artists.
It’s been featured in Descendants of the Sun, a huge phenomenon in Korean TV that brought many new fans to the K-Craze. Due to its proximity to the sea, there is fresh seafood at an affordable price, making your trip a delicious one.
Address: 36, Wolmimunhwa-ro, Jung-gu, Incheon
인천광역시 중구 월미문화로 36 (북성동1가)
If you are in Korea during the hot sunny seasons, Chuam Beach is the perfect location for a mix of Korean and Mediterranean type beaches.
There are beautiful landscapes with a variety of rock formations and glorious coastal cliffs that will make your beach experience more picturesque.
So if you are not interested in swimming or sunbathing, you can just relax and enjoy the scenery. Make sure to get there in time for sunrise and sunset to enjoy truly spectacular scenery that will take your breath away.
The beach was featured in ‘My secret Romance’ and resorts around it have also been used for filming too.
Address: 26, Chotdaebawi-gil, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 동해시 촛대바위길 26 (추암동)
White Block Gallery is an art gallery cafe with a white, sleek and clean design. It’s been featured in an immense amount of dramas including Introverted Boss, Legend of The Blue Sea and On The Way To The Airport.
The aesthetics of the cafe makes it a clear choice for intense scenes and it should definitely be a priority for all tourists. The lighting and brightness are perfect for insta photos and photoshoots.
When you're done with your coffee and treats, make sure to absorb the cultural art that the gallery has to offer and wander around the beautiful outdoor gardens.
Address: 1652-238 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Picture: Korea Tourism Organization
Last but not least, for spectacular views and iconic photos, a stunning park named Jangsado Sea Park in Goeje city is great to visit all year.
You can see the blooms of Camellia flowers in the new year and witness the fields blossom to a new life in the spring. There are many scenic views varying from gorgeous greenery to calm waters.
Taking a ferry ride is recommended to see the botanical garden on Oedo Island while appreciating the beautiful azure waters.
It was featured in episode 7 of Kim Woo Bin’s drama ‘Uncontrollably Fond’. It’s not particularly crowded with tourists so visiting here will allow you to experience the true charm of Korea.
Address: Jangsado-gil, Hansan-myeon, Tongyeong-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
Ticket Fee: 10,000 KRW (Approximately SGD12)
There you have it! 8 different locations, each with a wonderful and unique feature, that you can visit as a K-Fan.