[Filming Location] Moonlight Drawn by Clouds

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.

View all locations (Korea) on Google Maps.

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Updated the map with new locations (26 Oct 2016)

The locations are grouped according to the “-dos” (aka province) in South Korea.

Gyeonggi-do

  • Suwon
    • Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (화성행궁)
  • Gapyeong
    • Garden of Morning Calm

Jeollabuk-do

  • Jeonju
    • Gyeonggijeon Shrine
    • Jeonjuhyanggyo Confucian School
  • Namwon
    • Gwanghalluwon Garden
  • Buan
    • Buan Cine theme park

Chungcheongnam-do

  • Buyeo-gun
  • Seocheon
    • Munheon Confucian School (문헌서원)

Gyeongsangnam-do

  • Hadong
    • Choi Champandaek (House of Choi Champan)
  • Yeongju
    • Sosu Seowon (소수서원)

Suwon

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.

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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.

Gapyeong

The Garden of Morning Calm

Address: 432 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

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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..

Jeonju

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.

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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.

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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!

Information Credit: Naver Blog | Naver Blog

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.


Namwon

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)

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Information credit: http://zoosvoyage.tistory.com/317

Buan-gun

Buan Cine theme park 부안영상테마파크 인정전

Hadong

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.

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Found this photo off google map images and I guess we are safe to say that it is 100% correct!

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Image Credit from Google

Information Credit: Link 1

Yeongju

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!

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Information & Photo Credit (Above): Naver Blog

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Last Update: 26 Oct 2016.

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  • I love you… can I say that? Haha
    I’ve been looking for the filming locations of Moonlight Drawn By Clouds online. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 This drama is my current crack. Hehe 세자저하 is too swoony!

    I’ve visited Jeonju and yes I recognized some of those scenes in epi 9 filmed in Jeonju. I’m not sure about the tree that Raon and Yoon Sung rested on are in Jeonju or not but I can confirm that the tree that Raon rested on and then her with Yeong’s scene in epi 9 were definitely shot at Jeonju Hyanggyo Confucian School. I was there in 2014. Weeee! Too bad I didn’t visit Gyeonggijeon Shrine. Just passed by it.

    Looking forward to more locations updates.

  • Wow! I’m glad I stumbled upon your blog. I’ve been looking for info about the drama’s shooting location. I’m curious because I recognized some locations (bamboo forest, Confucian school). Especially in e10 where Crown Prince treated Ra-on’s sprained ankle. I recognize the building, and your blog confirmed it! It was that building in Jeonju.
    Thanks! Now I want to revisit Korea again just to check other filming sites.

    • Glad that you have found my blog and thanks for leaving a comment too!
      It’s pretty cool to recognise locations while watching drama! It was the reason why I started doing research because I wanted to confirm my thoughts. I will be blogging about other filming sites in time to come but most of them seem to be quite inconvenient to visit for foreign tourists. if you happen to find more information, do let me know so i can update!

  • Waaahh! I’ve never been to Korea, I would love to go there one day! Since I got hooked on moonlight drawn by clouds, my feet is itchy to go there soon to see those filming locations. I just want to feel the vibe of historical times in Joseon… and hoping to see my own crown prince! haha! ggeeezz can I hug you for making this blog??? Been searching these locations with no avail since I am not familiar with the historical sites in S. Korea. Tho I have search one location, remember the scene wherein the prince carried Ra On on his back — the piggy back ride because she hurt her ankle? I think that’s in Munheon Confucian School, in Seocheon. Can you check that too? One more thing, do you know the location wherein Byung Yun was looking at far and the background were just roof… same scene when Ra On found out about the wedding and Yoon- Sung tried to comfort her? That was just an awesome view, with the sunset and roofs of the hanok houses. Anyway, I will just wait for your update… probably you’re already working on it. hehe! Thank you for this blog! <3

  • Hi! Would you know where the last scene in the final episode (episode 18) was? The field with flowers. Hoping you can help us locate it! Thank you!

  • OMG! I’ve never been as hooked to a Korean Drama before As How I am so hooked now. I am super inlove with This Show, and it makes me wanna go back to Korea again! Hahaha…A big thanks for all the infos…this would be a huge help 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words! Yes this korean drama is so addictive and it’s so easy to fall for the characters in the show! Hope you get to visit Korea again some time soon!

  • Does anyone know the shooting location of the flower garden in the finale episode?
    I’m planning to travel to Seoul next month, if the location is nearby I may include that in my itinerary.

  • I see here that you have updated your blog! Good job on you! I love this blog, please don’t put this down haha so that I will have a guide once I go to Korea hehe. I love the cosmo field… hopefully I can see that next Autumn. Too bad MDBC is over, but I still want to go to these film locations in the future. Thanks again for this blog! love love!

    • Yes I’ve updated with more new locations. I guess I’m more or less done with it. The cosmo field looks awesome too but I’m not sure if the real thing is as nice as the drama or they probably enhanced it with effects.. haha. hope you get to visit koera soon!

    • Thanks for your comment! I’ve heard that garden of morning calm is a really lovely place and it is also a filming location for many dramas and variety shows! You’re lucky to have the chance to make a visit ^_^

  • Thank you Dearie for such an EXCELLENT job. This is the ONLY drama ( I have bn watching k dramas since Winter Sonata ) that I am eager to visit the filming sites. You have given such great details! Muacks n Hugz!!!

  • i am so blessed that i got this website, you answered all my questions about the places in the said love story … like you i am also hook in this story that i did not sleep just to finish all the episodes … and repeat those again and again … i am not much into korean drama but this one “Love in the Moonlight” catch all of me … my heart, my mind and my soul … the story itself that i feel so much … every lines of those lead stars tears my eyes and felt them deep down in my heart … the songs and lyrics as well did the same to me … that i cannot resist to stop watching and listen …
    The whole team for this korean telenovela love series is GREAT AND PERFECT!
    thanks for this wonderful thing … SO BEAUTIFUL …

    • Thanks for your comment! This drama is indeed super addictive and I did have strong withdrawal symptoms when it first ended.. but soon there was Goblin and Legend of the Blue Seas!

  • Hello! Thank you! I love this show and #BoYoo!! My friend and I are planning to visit S. Korea just to see these places on Ocf.21-25, 2017. Do you conduct tours? Or can you recommend an agency who offers this tour? Thanks for your reply or feedback.

    • Hello! Thanks for leaving a comment! I’m afraid I do not conduct tours in Korea as I am not a tour guide. I’m just a blogger and sad to say, I am not based in Korea too. You can check out Trazy (https://www.trazy.com?ref=FM0029&label=Trazy Home&ad_id=92), an online platform that sells various experiences and tours in Korea. The information is all in English and they do offer some walking tours in Seoul and some transport packages to the outskirts of Seoul. Hope you find something useful there!

      • Hello!!! I have been reading your blog over and over again. currently making an itinerary for our trip to Korea this coming November. Can you share some tips on how to go Buan Cine Theme Park? How many hours do we have to spend there? also planning on going to Jeonju on the same day or maybe next. I believe these two places are hours away from Seoul, so I really don’t know yet how we are going to do then. hear from you soon!