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Explore the Shooting Locations Used in Korean Dramas

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Travelling has always been one of the stress-relievers enjoyed by a lot of people. May it be local or international travel, it is a popular activity for individuals, partners, families, and even among friends. Before the COVID pandemic hit us, tourism was one of the thriving industries around the world. Peoplxe visited popular national landmarks, discovered local dishes, explored unique activities, and learned about traditions and cultures. These things are also what you enjoy during tours in South Korea, but a unique tour has been growing its popularity in recent years. This tour may be called different names, but it can be simply identified as the Korean Drama Tour.

The Korean show business has been garnering a lot of attention in recent years. Korean pop music, Korean movies, and even Korean television variety and drama shows already have a lot of following internationally. It is only natural that these will positively affect the tourism of the country. Fans from all over the world go to the South Korea to watch concerts, see variety shows live, and visit popular locations of their favorite movies and television dramas. With the rise in popularity of a show, a simple street could become an instant tourist spot.

Here are some of the shooting spots that you must see when you are in the country.

Yongin Daejanggeum Park

Daejanggeum Park is the largest historical open drama set in the country. This park was made by joint efforts of the Munhwa Broadcasting Company (MBC) and Yongin Municipal Office. As the namesake suggests, this is where the popular series “Dae Jang Geum” was shot. A lot of period Korean dramas since then has utilized the set. Among the popular ones are “Moon Embracing the Sun”, “Gu Family Book” and “Empress Ki”.

Daejanggeum Park is a very popular location to visit even for those who have not watched any of the drama series shot there. This is since the set was recreated accurately to show the structures of ancient Korea. It is still being used as a shooting set for numerous historical dramas. So if you are lucky enough, you might even get a chance to witness a live behind-the-scene show when you visit.

Nami Island

Korean girl walking in nami park in nami island, seoul, South korea

Namiseom Island or Nami Island has always been a favorite destination among the locals because of the beautiful scenery it boasts. From the picturesque tree lanes, captivating woodlands, and the scenic riverside, this is truly a must-see tourist spot in the country. The place gained international popularity when the hit drama series “Winter Sonata” was aired. A statue of the main actors of the drama can be found in Nami Island with an alotted photo space for the fans.

Nami Island is a destination that can be enjoyed all year round because the different seasons each offer a different touch to the stunning island. However, a lot of people will consider the winter season to be the most romantic time to visit. This may be because of the influence of the popular series, but you cannot deny that Nami Island in snow-covered pathways and white trees truly give off a magical feel.

Jumunjin Beach

Jumunjin beach with snow at winter in Gangneung, Gangwon-do, Korea

Jumunjin Beach is located in the northernmost part of Gangneung, which is approximately a 2 -hour ride from Seoul. It is a known family summer vacation destination because of the shallow beach waters that people of all ages can enjoy.

A scene in “Goblin – The Lonely and Great God” a well-loved series that aired in 2016, showcases one of the breakwaters on the beach. This is one of the most iconic and scenic scenes in the series, where the female lead meets the male lead wearing her signature red scarf while holding a buckwheat flower bouquet.

Since the peak of the drama’s popularity, a lot of tourists have flocked the beach to take a photo recreating their version of the scene. Some business owners have even rented out red scarves and buckwheat bouquets to tourists who went to the area. If this enticed you and you plan to see Jumunjin Beach, make sure to research which among the 5 breakwaters the scene was shot so that you get an accurate picture.

N Seoul Tower

N Seoul Tower in South Korea

Namsan Seoul tower or simply N Seoul tower or Seoul tower is already a popular destination in Korea. It can be considered one of the most visited, if not the most visited, tourist spot in Seoul. It is a radio wave tower and the second-highest point in the city. At the top of the tower, your eyes will feast on the beautiful cityscapeof Seoul. It is also widely famous for its love padlocks space which is popular among millions of couples who visit.

With over 8 million people visiting every year, it is not a surprise that it is being showcased by a lot of popular Korean dramas. One of the notable ones is a scene from Boys Over Flowers, which is a Korean remake of the popular Japanese Manga “Hana Yori Dango”, where the male and female lead gets trapped in the Namsan Cable car going to the tower. These Korean television shows have further cemented N Seoul Tower as one of the romantic destinations in the country.

Petite France

Petite France is a French-style theme park located in the rural area of Gapyeong which is an hour away by bus from Seoul. It is inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel The Little Prince. Amon the popular Korean dramas with memorable scenes shot there are Secret Garden and My Love from the Star.

The place is a unique spectacle. So even if you went here not knowing about the shows that were shot here, you would still surely enjoy the place. It has a lot of Instagram worthy spots that social media enthusiasts will enjoy.

These are just 5 of the popular Korean Drama spots there is to find in the country. There is a lot more to be explored. Some are even in form of cafes, sidewalks, and restaurants.

Korea has become very successful in marketing their country to the world. They made this possible by producing good quality music, movies, and television shows that showcase their rich culture tied up with scenic places in their country. They were able to make people want to visit and discover the splendor of South Korea.

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