It’s been a while since I’ve gotten so attracted to any drama. I got hooked after the first episode and six episodes later, I started noticing that some scenes in the drama looked a little familiar. After doing a bit of research.. gosh I’ve actually visited some of these places before! Since I’m the hardworking one being overly enthusiastic over finding drama filming spots, I guess I just have to write this article!
This will be an on-going article and I will update whenever I find newer information about the filming locations for this drama. If there’s anything I missed out, feel free to comment! Apart from recognizing hangul characters, my korean language ability is limited to the accuracy of google translate. Oh wells, but I’ve been doing this so often that my guesstimate should be somewhat correct!
I’ve done up a map to mark out the various locations and gosh they’ve spend a lot of effort traveling for their set! Apart from Jeonju and Suwon, I’ve not visited the rest so feel free to share with me your experiences if you’ve been there.
Updated the map with new locations (26 Oct 2016)
The locations are grouped according to the “-dos” (aka province) in South Korea.
- Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (화성행궁)
- Garden of Morning Calm
- Gyeonggijeon Shrine
- Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
- Gwanghalluwon Garden
- Buan Cine theme park
- Gudeurae Park
- Munheon Confucian School (문헌서원)
- Choi Champandaek (House of Choi Champan)
- Sosu Seowon (소수서원)
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (화성행궁)
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264410
Address: 825 Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do 경기도 수원시 팔달구 정조로 825 (남창동)
A haenggung is a temporary palace where the king and royal family retreated to during a war. Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is the largest one of these, use by the Joseon kings since the time of King Jeongjo (r. 1776-1800).
The following 2 screenshots were taken from the teaser mtv video that KBS shared. It is highly amusing and addictive. I replayed it a couple of times. If you want to watch, click here.
You can match the chinese characters for the above and below image to confirm the location of this film spot. I’m glad the photos I took back in 2011 turn out useful!
By the way, this place was also the filming location for popular drama “Da Chang Jin”! There was a section of her clothes display within the palace when I last visited 5 years ago.
Information Credit: Naver Blog
How to get there?
- Suwon Station can be reached via Line 1 (Blue) Subway Line from Seoul Station or the Bandung Line.
- From Suwon Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 6.
Cross the road, turn right, and walk 100m to the Yeokjeon Market bus stop.
Take Bus 7, 7-2 or 32-1 and get off at Hwaseong Haenggung
- Alternatively, if you choose to take a cab, it shouldn’t be too expensive (it looks pretty near on the map).
If you want to read about my Suwon experience back in 2011, click here.
The Garden of Morning Calm
Address: 432 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
This place is not just beautiful, it is also a popular filming location. JKS’s drama “You’re beautiful”, TVN Taxi (for SHINee) and a couple of others were filmed here. It is a beautiful place, commonly visited with Petite France and Nami Island. (Sadly, I have yet to visit this place but it’s definitely on my list..)
These places can be completed within a day trip from Seoul. Click here to find out more about the various tour offerings from Trazy.
Information Credit: Garden’s official page
I suppose most of their locations are sponsored as they seem to claim credit and proud to be a filming spot and it makes my research so much easier..
I last visited this place back in 2011 as part of a weekend trip during my summer exchange at SNU. Back then. I wasn’t K-drama crazy at all and the only thing I know about Jeonju prior to visiting was that BiBimBap originated from this city. It was quite an interesting city/town as there’s this area whereby most of the Hanok houses are preserved and conserved.
1. Gyeonggijeon Shrine (경기전)
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264419
Address: 44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 태조로 44 (풍남동3가)
Gyeonggijeon Shrine was erected in 1410 and holds the portrait of King Tae-jo, the founder of the Joseon Dynasty. The King and his wife’s mortuary tablets are enshrined here at Jogyeong Shrine.
The bamboo forest where several scenes were filmed.
Photo by me back in July 2011. It seems like nothing changed through the years.
Information Credit: Naver Blog
2. Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School (전주향교)
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264422
Address: 139, Hyanggyo-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do 전라북도 전주시 완산구 향교길 139 (교동)
Jeonju Hyanggyo is a Confucian school that was established during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and is designated historical treasure No. 379. This was a national education center during the Joseon period.
To view more photos comparison, this korean blog does it very well.
Photos by me back in July 2011. The photo below was the one that made me confirm that this was indeed the filming location. If you find the images familiar, well this is also the filming location for sungkyunkwan scandal (feat. Song Joongki, Yoochun etc.) Anyway, back in 2011, the tourist information counter recommended us to visit this place as it was a filming location for the drama. Back then, I have not watched the drama but we visited anyway and I remember myself snapping photos of all angles. Also, if I am not wrong, the tree which Yoon-sung brought Ra-on to rest on was here too!
How to get to Jeonju?
- Go to Nambu Bus Terminal Station (Orange Line) and take an approximately 3 hour bus ride (my ticket was 11,000W back in 2011)
- Take the train from Yongsan Station to Jeonju Station (Price ranges from 15,000W (4 hours) to 29,000W (2 hours); pricing may vary due to various classes)
- Alternatively, if you are a foreign tourist, you have a foreigner exclusive shuttle bus (10,000W/1 way) which will bring you from Gwanghwamun (08:00am) to Jeonju @ Hanok Village Parking Lot (11:30am). The bus only operates on Fri, Sat & Sun and there’s only one bus per day. The return bus will depart Jeonju at 5:00pm and arrive at Gwanghwamun at 8:30pm. For more information, kindly visit their website: http://shuttle.dongbotravel.com/en/index.html \
Wherever you are after you reach Jeonju (the train station, the bus terminal), take a local bus (figure it out with google maps) or a taxi to the Jeonju Hanok Village. Most of the tourist attractions are around the area and you will be able to walk to these 2 places. If you want to read about my Jeonju experience back in 2011, click here.
Gwanghalluwon Garden 광한루원
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264601
Location Website: http://www.gwanghallu.or.kr/
Address: 1447, Yocheon-ro, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea 전북 남원시 요천로 1447번지(천거동78번지)
Information credit: http://zoosvoyage.tistory.com/317
Buan Cine theme park 부안영상테마파크 인정전
전라북도 부안군 변산면 격포로 309-64 (변산면)
Seodongyo 서동요 테마파크
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=622670
Address: 616, Chungsin-ro, Chunghwa-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 부여군 충화면 충신로 616
The theme park offers a variety of highlights such as the royal residences of Baekje and Silla, the place where the nobles held their banquets, the commoners’ village, and the village of the nobles.
Img Cr: Tumblr
Haha same clothes as above..
Munheon Confucian School (문헌서원)
Link to visit korea website: https://english.visitkorea.or.kr:1001/enu/SI/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1352662
Address: 66, Seowon-ro 172beon-gil, Gisan-myeon, Seocheon-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 서천군 기산면 서원로172번길 66 (기산면)
Official Website: http://munheon.org
This is the secret route where Crown Prince piggy-backed Ra-on because of her swollen ankle.
(Screenshots to be updated at a later date. Please see links below for more information in korean)
Choi Champandaek (House of Choi Champan) 최참판댁
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1567694
Address: 76-23, Pyeongsari-gil, Agyang-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do 경상남도 하동군 악양면 평사리길 76-23 (악양면)
Found this description in their tourist page: http://toureng.hadong.go.kr/03recommended/01_04.asp
The home of Choi Cham-pan is located in the plain field under the Mt. Seongje, which is the end of southern part of the ridge, which is the great ridgeline of the Mt. Jiri, Pyeongsa-ri, Agyang-myeon. The Pyeongsa-ri in Agyang is well known by a great novel called “the land”, written by Gyeongri Park, and received all the benefit from the Seomjin River.
If you need to refresh your memory for the scene, it was in episode 2 where premier kim hosted a feast and Ra-on was sent to catch the chickens and she fell off the roof into Yoon-sung arms.
Found this photo off google map images and I guess we are safe to say that it is 100% correct!
Information Credit: Link 1
Sesu Seowon (소수서원)
Link to visit korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264147
Address: 2740, Sobaek-ro, Yeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do 경상북도 영주시 순흥면 소백로 2740
Official Website: http://www.seonbichon.or.kr
Alright the blog that I’ve found said that the trees where Ra-on and Yoon-sung rested was filmed here. Looking at the photo evidence below, it is 100% certain that the places are correct!
Information & Photo Credit (Above): Naver Blog
Location of Pink Flowers Field for Final Episode – Gudeurae Park
Last Update: 26 Oct 2016.