[FILMING LOCATION] Encounter – Boyfriend

Finally! A drama that I have anticipated for so long~~

The last time both leads starred in a drama was back in 2016 and it’s a pretty interesting storyline as there’s a huge age gap between the both leads so I wonder how the chemistry will fly but then again, both are really really good at acting so let’s see!

As per my usual arrangement, I will be blogging on the go and adding on to the list of filming locations, given that I have not given up on the drama. There were a couple of dramas this year and last year which I dropped halfway through and did not continue writing about them. Fingers crossed that the storyline is good enough for me to finish it!

Similar to the other big production dramas (like Descendants of the Sun, Goblin and Legends of the Blue Sea), there’s an overseas filming portion and this time round – it is all the way in Cuba, a country in a continent that I’ve never set foot on before. The only knowledge I know of Cuba is from my history textbook and the place called ‘Havana’ from the song. Oops.

As the drama is still filming, the locations that I have indicated below could be from fan accounts or other sources. When the actual episode is aired and I am able to match the scene to the location, I will do up the screenshot + provide the address and the usual stuff like all my other posts so please do bear with me =)

[Update: 27 Jan 2019] I’m finally done with the drama and to be honest, I was watching at a speed of x1.5 and x2 for most episodes. The starting was lovely with the scene in Cuba and all that but I really felt that the development was a little on the slow side. Nevertheless, the acting was really good; oh wells, expected from the two strong leads but the scriptwriter could have made it a little more exciting. I’ve tried to do screencaptures for most of the filmspots that I can find and should there be any that I’ve missed out – feel free to leave a comment below so I can update. Once again, should you be visiting these locations, I would be glad if you can return to my blog post and share with me your tips and experience in visiting these places! Your feedback would be valuable to the future readers.

Now that I’m done with Encounter & Memories of Alhambra – any recommendations for my next drama? Preferably a drama with pretty filming locations =p


Cuba

Seoul

  • Namsan Library
  • Tongin Traditional Market
  • Dongguk University
  • Lotte Hotel Seoul
  • The Raum (Event Venue for Year-end Party)
  • YP Books Jongno

Incheon

Goyang

  • Ilsan Lake Park (Place with lined trees where they learn photo-taking)

Siheung (near Incheon)

  • Gaetgol Ecological Park

Pocheon

  • Rest Stop for Ramyeon (Near namyang-ju)

Sokcho

  • Lotte Resort Sokcho
  • Naksan Beach
  • Sacheon Beach – Coffee Warehouse 900

Gangneung

  • Jeongdongjin – Raramuri
  • Simgok Harbour


Episode 2

[Playground supposedly at Hongjae-dong]

Address: 54-1 Gyeongin-ro 268beon-gil, Dohwa 1(il)-dong, Nam-gu, Incheon, South Korea
인천광역시 미추홀구 경인로268번길 54-1

I am not sure if this playground is currently accessible as it was previously barricaded for filming purpose according to korean blog DreamLatte and that area was only slated to open to public on 31st Jan 2019. No one knows if the playground is actually gonna be there permanently or it was just created as a film set. Should you be making a visit to this place – do update me on whether this playground is accessible alright? For accuracy, do copy and paste the korean address into Google maps.

It seems like it is accessible from Dohwa Station (Line 1) but the walk there may be a little on the hilly side.

Information Credit: Alienbeing

Episode 3

[Lotte Resort Sokcho @ Sokcho]

Address: 186 Daepohang-gil, Daepo-dong, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
강원도 속초시 대포동 대포항길 186

This is an actual hotel location (see booking details) at a very scenic spot in Sokcho. The price ranges around $200-300 SGD but given the huge facility with water slides, it seems like a very fun place to stay for a family. There’s even an indoor water theme park and you can find more details from their official website: https://www.lotteresortsokcho.com/en/

Episode 4

[RaRaMuRi (망상해변) @ Jeongdongjin, Gangneung]

Address: 491-1 Jeongdongjin-ri Gangdongmyeon Gangneung-si Gangwon-do
강원도 강릉시 강동면 정동진리 491-1

When the scene first appeared in the drama, I thought that it looked rather familiar because of that peculiar lamp post and it turns out to be the same filming location as ‘The Legend of the Blue Seas’ where I blogged about previously in 2016.

The owner of the place has also done some picture compilations for this drama on his naver site: https://blog.naver.com/xurykim/221414027029

Really want to visit this place some day!

Episode 5

[Along Hongjecheon @ Hongjae-dong]

Nearest Train Station: Gajwa
Estimated Address: 695-1 Yeonhui-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Directions: Stop at Hongnamgyo Bicycle Rental Shop Bus Stop [ID 13-227] Walk straight 3 minutes and u can see the location (Contribution from reader atone_)

This estate seems pretty interesting and the art painting display seems to be legit and it runs along the stream which has a cycling and running track.
The Hongjecheon is a stream that flows towards the Hangang River and if you walk alongside the stream, you may even spot a waterfall (see IG: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bh0xKyRB88i/) which I felt was really cool~~

Episode 8

[Gaetgol Ecological Park @ Si-heung City, near Incheon]

Korean Name: 시흥갯골생태공원
Address: 287 Dongseo-ro, Yeonseong-dong, Siheung-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 시흥시 연성동 동서로 287

Directions from KTO Website 
[Subway] Jeongwang Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1.
Take Bus No. 26-1 and get off at Dexville Apt. Bus Stop.
Walk approx. 975m to Siheung Gaetgol Eco Park.
[Bus] From Seoul, take a bus to Siheung Bus Terminal.
Walk to Yeongnam 6 Apt. Bus Stop and take Bus No. 26-1.
Get off at Dongyang Dexville Apt. Bus Stop.
Walk approx. 975m north to Siheung Gaetgol Eco Park.
More Information from KTO Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2482013

To view more photos from Instagram Location Tag: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/1012450033/

Information Credit: KoreaTravelArt & DreamLatte

[The Raum]

This is a real event venue available for rent. According to the website, it seems to be a popular wedding venue in korea.

Address: 564 Eonju-ro, Yeoksam 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 강남구 역삼1동 언주로 564
Official Website: http://www.theraum.co.kr/index.php?lang=eng

Information Credit: KoreaTravelArt

Episode 9

[CGV Bupyeong @ Incheon]

goblin drama location bupyeong cgv isvill outlet

This was the same location as Goblin! When I was watching, I thought that the seats looked a little familiar and turns out to be – it is the same location. I guess the tvN crew loves repeating filming locations. And wow, they are sitting at the same seat number – 6 and 7!

Address: 489 Majang-ro, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Movie Theater @ 6th Floor

[Simgok Harbour @ Gangneung]

Address: Gangneung-si, Gangdong-myeon, 심곡항 강릉시 강동면

This place is somewhat nearer to Jeongdongjin Station and it is pretty much along the road of the scenic coastal drive along Heonhwa-ro. Hope to get the chance to have a road trip around Korea but I guess it’s pretty hard to achieve that wish.

Information Credit: KoreaTravelArt

Episode 11

[Ilsan Lake Park @ Goyang]

Address: 595 Hosu-ro, Janghang-dong, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 고양시 일산동구 장항동 호수로 595

There’s a path that is lined with Metasequoia Trees (aka Dawn redwood) and it seems very popular as several places in Korea have this road lined with these trees too. The popular one is in Damyang

Information Credit: DreamLatte

Episode 12

[Chicken Shop @ Mapo-gu, Seoul]

Information Credit: DreamLatte

Episode 14

[YP Books @ Jongno, Seoul]

Address: 41 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 서린동 청계천로 41

Nearest Station: Jonggak Station, Exit 6

I think I visited this book store before back in my trip last September. It’s a rather big bookstore with quite a wide variety of stationery and toys!

Information Credit: DreamLatte

Episode 16

[Cafe Street in final scene @ Ihwa-dong]

Address: 26 Naksanseonggwakseo 1-gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 이화동 낙산성곽서1길 26

This cafe (Gaebbul Museum & Coffee) was along the stretch of them walking up the flight of stairs in the final scene.

Address: 9-245 Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

To find this exact mural, look for the number 57 along Yulgok-ro-19-gil road. Otherwise, the address above should work on google maps.

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Don’t forget to share with me your tips and experiences when you do visit these places 😀

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  • We are planning to go to seoul this december 28 and hopefully can visit their shooting location.I will wait for your updates 😊

    • Thanks for leaving a comment! I hope to be able to work on this soon but at the same time I’m also distracted by Hyun Bin’s new drama too.. hehe.. do check back again =)

  • I want to know the filming location of the Ep5, bridge gallery (paintings under the bridge) where Park Bo Gum and Song Hye Gyo met. I think it may be near Yeouido? I want to go there. 🙂

  • Hi… what about in Ep 8, the “grass field” where Jinhyeok said he loves to go there to snap the photo of “wind”?
    Do you know where it is?
    And I really want to know where Jinhyeok’s playground is located.
    Please share if you know.

    p/s: I’ll be coming to Seoul in early Jan 2019. Can’t wait!!

    • I’ve not watched episode 8 yet~~ will update my post when I can.
      With regards to the playground, I’m not sure where it is but I found a site in Korean saying that the playground has been cordoned off for filming purposes as the drama filming is still on-going. I guess they will only reveal the location after the filming is completed.

  • Do you know the filming location of the hotel that Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo gum are working? I am planning on staying at that Hotel when we visit Korea spring next year. I am a big Song Hye Kyo Fan since she debut in Autumn in my heart. I love this drama I am happy that the female lead is a strong, independent, rich and influential women and not the male lead like they do in most KDramas. I can always feel the pain of Soo Hyun while watching the drama. How she is became mistreated, sold and need to be perfect for others sake and how she just want to be happy and spread her wings and be free.

  • OhMy God!! These are good! This drama really capture my heart and make me planning to list down to place that they went so that i will go there when the time comes. Unfortunately, i don’t know the place because i am not familiar with korea place. Luckily, i found this blog and really helps me.

    • hey! the playground is actually not in hongjae-dong, but it is somewhere in incheon.
      i haven’t had time to translate the address: 인천광역시 미추홀구 경인로268번길 54-1
      will update this post when i have the time!

      • 54-1 Gyeongin-ro 268beon-gil, Dohwa 1(il)-dong, Nam-gu, Incheon, South Korea
        Don’t know if this is correct translation.
        I will check on your post every now and then since I have plans to go SK in May. Thank you for the info you’ve shared.

        • Hi there, I’ve updated the address in my post already. Please note that this playground may be just a film set and it may be demolished now that the filming is done.. we will have to await for updates from other people who have visited this place.

  • I took a bus to the painting under the bridge location, the bus stop called Hongnamgyo Bicycle Rental Shop . ID 13-227 Walk straight 3 minutes and u can see the location already.

  • Hello. You mention that the Hotel Nacional was used in Cuba. This hotel is about the older and has no balcony. I rather think they used the hotel Kempinsky which is close to the Capitol and has the type of balcony needed for the kissing scene

  • Hi. You mention that hotel Nacional was used for filming while I think it could have been to host the actors & staff as this hotel is about the oldest and has no balcony. I would rather suggest that the hotel Kempinsky which is close to the Capitole and has the type of balcony needed for the kissing scene.

    • Hi there. Thanks for your comment! I’m not 100% sure of the locations of which hotels appearing in which scenes as I did not do a full research on its Cuba locations. At the same time.. It’s been a while since I last watched the drama and I can’t seem to recall exactly where were the features in Cuba. Nevertheless, thanks for your comments and I hope that someone will be able to assist for more Cuba locations =) Thanks!

  • Just wondering if you knew anything about the mural of a woman they show in episode 1: min 9:00. Shes looking at it in a mag on the airplane, then transitions to the actual mural in cuba with park bo gum. And he has it as a screensaver on his phone when they listen to music on the wall… I cant find any info on that mural at all.

    • Hi Rachel, I’m not sure about that as I’m not familiar with Cuba. I’ll leave your comment open. Hopefully someone will come along and advise some time in the future =)