Note: Episode 20’s house by the beach location has been found! Scroll to the end.
Now that the drama is over, I have updated this entry with the address and directions of the exterior of Heo Jun Jae’s house. It is situated in Myeongdong and within walking distance of the train station. Also, I do have a few readers (who emailed me for the address) already visiting this place and I’m glad that all of you girls enjoy filming location “stalking”!
If there’s any location that I’ve missed out, feel free to share and I’ll add it in!
There’s still one location I’ve yet to find – the first accommodation where Lee Min Ho stayed in Spain. Where Jeon Jihyun appeared in front of him for the first time.
Please check back often as I update this post continuously!
Latest update: Interior Design of HJJ’s house can be found in my other blog post.
List of Places
- Arc de Triomf
- Palau de la Música Catalana (Exterior of Shopping Mall, where HJJ came back with the umbrella aka famous teaser scene)
- Sitges – Parròquia de Sant Bartomeu | Santa Tecla
- CASTELL DE SANTA FLORENTINA (Accommodation @ Castle-looking place)
- Piscina Es Cau
- Tossa de mar
- Steps of Sant Marti
- A Coruna
- Laberinto Monte de San Pedro
- Tower of Hercules
- Las Catedrales
- Plaza De Maria Pita
- Namsan Tower
- Heojoonjae house (exterior) (8 mins walk upslope from Myeongdong)
- Artmonstay Guesthouse
- Daemyung Vivaldi Park (Ski Resort)
- National Palace Museum of Korea
- Shinsegae Department Store (Myeongdong)
- Pocheon Art Valley
- Red Ginseng Spa (Jimjilbang)
- Mang Sang Beach (where mermaid returned to shore in episode 20)
- Sam Cheok
- Sinnam Beach (episode 20, red lighthouse)
- Jeongdongjin (episode 20, house by the sea)
- Boseong Green Tea Plantation
- Mint Restaurant, Phoenix Island
- Aqua Planet Yeosu
- Starfield Hanam (Shopping Mall where Heo Jun Jae bought the green shoes for Mermaid which was supposedly in Spain)
- Milky Way (Natural Mud Bath)
[Piscina Es Cau] Natural Saltwater Pool – where Mermaid swam in episode 1.
Note: This is a private pool belonging to apartment Es Cau. In order to visit this pool, you will have to stay with them.
Address: 41.939412790699,3.2167534823395, Carrer Francesc Sabater, 17255 Begur, Province of Girona, Spain
[MINT RESTAURANT] Phoenix Island, Jeju-do
Address: Glass House 2F, Phoenix Island Resort, 127-2, Seongsan-eup, Seogwipo-si, Jeju Island, South Korea
More pictures (Korean): http://yun-blog.tistory.com/805
[Palau de la Música Catalana] Where Heo Junjae came back to the ‘Shopping Mall’ entrance to look for Mermaid holding the umbrella
This location took me so long to search for but I’m glad that I found it!!
So basically the interior of the mall scenes were filmed in Korea @ Starfield Hanam while that exterior scene was filmed in Barcelona.
This scene makes me miss Europe so much.. Barcelona is so pretty with all their architecture!
Exterior Address: C/ Palau de la Música, 4-6, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
[Starfield Hanam] @ Hanam, Gyeonggi-do
Dramas production are seriously not cheap. For this scence, they had to hire so many foreigners and caucasians in this video for it to look like Spain. It kind of got me fooled for quite a while as I did not recall Barcelona having such huge shoping malls. Oh wells. Pretty amazing production team!
Interior of the Shopping Mall Address: 750, Misa-daero, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
Information Credit: (Korean) http://m.blog.naver.com/0404safetravel/220876229875
[Pocheon Art Valley] Place where Lee Minho lighted up hundreds of sky lanterns for Mermaid
Address: 234, Artvalley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 포천시 신북면 아트밸리로 234 (신북면)
Directions: From Cheongnyangni Station Transit Center Bus Stop, take Direct Bus No. 3200 to Pocheon-si Health Center Bus Stop → Cross the street and walk approx. 1 min. to Pocheon-si Health Center Bus Stop bound for the opposite direction → Take Bus No. 87-1 to Cheonjusa Temple Bus Stop → Walk approx. 5 min. to Pocheon Art Valley.
Operating hours: March-October 09:00-22:00 / November-February 09:00-21:00 ※ Closes at 19:00 on Mondays
Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
More information about Pocheon Art Valley – http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1770978
Fun Fact: This location was used in “Moon Lovers” and “Hwayugi” as well.
Want to visit this place? Read my review for my day trip to Pocheon Art Valley.
[Castell De Santa Florentin] near Barcelona
If you don’t recall this place, this was the accommodation that they went after Heo Jun Jae rescued mermaid from the shopping mall entrance. It was the accommodation where mermaid played with the light sensor while HJJ was bathing!
Address: Avenida Doctor María Serra, S/N, 08360 Canet de Mar, Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Official Website: http://castelldesantaflorentina.com/
This is an 11th-century medieval castle. The castle has been deemed as “World’s most Beautiful Castle” by Architectural Digest Magazine.
It was also featured in “Game of Thrones” Season 6.
This venue is available for rent for private events like weddings. There was a China celebrity (who was previously based in Singapore), Dai Xiang Yu (previously known as Dai Yang Tian) got married in. The castle is so beautiful
Photos are taken from their official website.
Information Credit: here (Chinese)
[Tossa de mar] – While they were running in Spain
Address: 17320 Tossa de Mar, Province of Girona, Spain
[Arco de Triunfo de Barcelona Arc de Triomf] – The place where she at the 5 euros ice cream
Address: Passeig de Lluís Companys, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
[Steps of Sant Marti]
More photos and similar locations with Games of Thrones – http://www.loveyougirona.com/follow-in-the-footsteps-of-jaime-lannister-and-daenerys-targaryen-the-stunning-locations-where-games-of-thrones-sixth-season-was-filmed/
Address: Església de Sant Martí Sacosta, Pujada de Sant Martí, 7, 17004 Girona, Spain
[Laberinto Monte de San Pedro] – Maze Garden
Address: 15011 A Coruña, Spain
Note: Some maze footages were filmed in Mazeland (Jeju), where fan photos were taken. The above is taken in Spain, while the close-up footages were taken in Jeju.
[Mazeland] – Jeju
More information about Mazeland: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1349264
Address: 2134-47, Bijarim-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si, Jeju-do 제주특별자치도 제주시 구좌읍 비자림로 2134-47
[Parròquia de Sant Bartomeu | Santa Tecla] – Cathedral where LMH continued to be a con-artist
Address: Plaça de l’Ajuntament, 20, 08870 Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
[Tower of Hercules] – Place where Lee Minho lost his mum
Address: Torre de Hércules, Av. Navarra, s/n, 15002 A Coruña, Spain
Some background information about the tower. Information is from Wikipedia:
The Tower of Hercules is an ancient Roman lighthouse on a peninsula about 2.4 kilometers (1.5 mi) from the centre of A Coruña, Galicia, in north-western Spain. The structure is 55 metres (180 ft) tall and overlooks the North Atlantic coast of Spain. The structure, almost 1900 years old and renovated in 1791, is the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today. The Tower of Hercules is a National Monument of Spain, and since June 27, 2009, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the second tallest lighthouse in Spain.
The Romans who conquered this region of Spain believed it to be, in a figurative sense, the end of the earth, whence its name Finisterra. This region is notorious for shipwrecks, earning it the name Costa da Morte, “Coast of Death”.
[Las Catedrales] – Cliffs where they both jump into the waters
Address: Praia das Catedrais (Augas Santas), Ribadeo, Lugo, Spain
I have a reader of mine who has visited some of the filming locations in Spain! You can take a look at the photos in her album.
[MYEONGDONG, NAMSAN AREA] – HEO JOONJAE HOUSE
[SEONJAEDO ISLAND] – Moses Red Sea parting beach where Mermaid first arrived in South Korea
Address: Seonjae-ri, Yeongheung-myeon, Ongjin-gun, Incheon
인천광역시 옹진군 영흥면 선재로34번길 101
Visit Korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1751268
Directions and more information can be found here. This island looks beautiful and I’ve bookmarked it for my next korea trip which I have yet to decide when..
[Aqua Planet] – Aquarium situated in “Building 63”
This is the aquarium that LMH will visit every year on his birthday, hoping to find his mum.
In the drama, it was mentioned that the aquarium was at Buidling 63 but the footages were actually filmed at Yeosu (Southern Coast).
Please do not visit the one at 63 expecting it to look exactly the same. This information had been clarified at VisitKorea’s website and I guess “Building63” was part of an endorsement or product placement? Oh wells..
Address: 61-11, Odongdo-ro, Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do
[Boseong Green Tea Plantation] – Scene where LMH saved Mermaid in ancient days
Address: 763-67, Nokcha-ro, Boseong-gun, Jeollanam-do
전라남도 보성군 보성읍 녹차로 763-67
Directions: From Boseong Intercity Bus Terminal, take Nongeochon Bus (Boseong-Gunhak) to Daehan Dawon Bus Stop → Walk approx. 6 min to Daehan Dawon.
Operating hours: May-August 09:00-19:00 / September-April 09:00-18:00
Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers & Children 3,000 won / Infants (Under age 6) Free
Information Credit: Visit Korea
Finally found Heo Joon Jae House!
Now that the drama is over, here’s the address and directions to Heo Joon Jae’s house (exterior)!
Address: 48-55 Hoehyeondong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Disclaimer – this address is only an estimate. If you copy and paste the address into google maps and follow the directions, you should be able to see it!
Anyway, this place is accessible like 800m up slope from Myeongdong and yes it does gives you the Namsan Tower view!
This view is kind of nostalgic in Lee Minho’s earlier drama Personal Taste, the exterior of the house was also filmed at a spot where you can see Namsan tower in the background. It was at Anguk area. In case you are keen, you can read here.
[Artmonstay Guesthouse] – Rooftop where they had BBQ and Joonjae gave Mermaid a handphone
Address: 42 Toegye-ro 20na-gil, Jung-gu 04630 Seoul
Guesthouse Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Artmonstay/
[Daemyung Vivaldi Park (Ski Resort)]
Address: 262, Hanchigol-gil, Seo-myeon, Hongcheon-gun, Gangwon-do
강원도 홍천군 서면 한치골길 262 (서면)
Visit Korea website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=266845
Book your Vivaldi Park Ski Trip from Seoul from Klook
[National Palace Museum of Korea] (국립고궁박물관) Place where HJJ visited to see his portrait from xxx years ago.
Address: 12, Hyoja-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 종로구 효자로 12 (세종로)
Directions: Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 5. 5 min-walk.
Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 1. 10min-walk.
Official Website: www.gogung.go.kr (Korean)
Visit Korea Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=268178
[Red Ginseng Spa (Jjimjilbang)] 홍삼스파참숯가마사우나 – Where Mermaid stayed when she ran away from home
*Disclaimer: I have previously identified the location as “Riverland Spa” due to the similarity in clothing (Pink/Grey) shirts and the wooden logs and flooring from the photo below from Riverland spa’s website. However, a reader, Patty, visited the place and realised that it was a wrong location! I’m truly sorry to those who have made the extra effort to visit the place but end up in a disappointment. Please forgive me as I am not residing in Korea and a lot of information that I share is not first-hand information. Hope you can understand my mistakes and I’ll try my best not to make such a mistake again!
Okay, so I did a search on this spa location + the drama name and I found a few blogs with this image below.
Image above retrieved from: http://blog.naver.com/breadmaking/220962119992
Address: 경기도 파주시 탄현면 갈현리 654-7
5 Jangneung-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Directions: From Seoul, Take the train to Geumchon Station and transfer to bus 900.
Official Website: https://hongsamspa.modoo.at/ (Korean)
Visit Korea Website:
I have not visited this location before but I found these blogs with photos that you can ‘verify’ with! The spa clothes are different but the mats are similar!
- (Korean) http://m.blog.naver.com/shiyou1111/220472974573
- (Korean) http://madeathome.blog.me/220931115087
- (Korean) http://blog.naver.com/xodn3919/220944728094
[Shinsegae Department Store (Myeongdong)] Where Mermaid was enjoying the Christmas Lights before HJJ got arrested by the police
Address: 63, Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 소공로 63 (충무로1가)
Directions: Hoehyeon Station, Subway Line 4 (Blue), Exit 7
Official Website: english.shinsegae.com
Visit Korea Website: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/SHP/SH_EN_7_2.jsp?cid=273750
Verify this location by watching this beautiful Christmas video they uploaded on their Facebook page!
[Mangsang Beach (망상해변) @ Donghae]
Address: 6270-10, Donghae-daero, Donghae-si, Gangwon-do
강원도 동해시 동해대로 6270-10 (망상동)
Visit Korea Link: http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264619
Estimated Address: 163 Simgok-ri, Gangdong-myeon, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Disclaimer: I am not 100% certain of this location. Found some korean blogs talking about this scenic road and the photos do look familiar.
Korean Blog Link: Naver Blog
[Sinnam Beach (신남해수욕장) @ Samcheok]
Address: 506-10 Galnam-ri, Wondeok-eup, Samcheog, Gangwon-do, South Korea
신남해수욕장 로드뷰 강원 삼척시 원덕읍 갈남리
I am 99% sure that this is the correct location for the red lighthouse as I have visited this place myself back in 2013!
While watching the drama, I found the red lighthouse really familiar and I was really exactly the same one that I’ve seen before
The photo below belongs to me, extracted from my Eastern Sea exploration back in 2013 post.
We were actually visiting the Haesingdae Park (aka Penis Park) in Samcheok and there was this random red lighthouse in the vicinity.
Okay, I just found out that the house is not filmed at the place with the red lighthouse.
Address: 491-1 Jeongdongjin-ri Gangdongmyeon Gangneung-si Gangwon-do
강원도 강릉시 강동면 정동진리 491-1
I’m confused but it is at this place called raramuri (which I have no idea what it is). It feels like he is some artsy designer or perhaps the owner of the place? He has some interesting behind the scenes footages in his blog too!
I suppose the walking scenes on the boardwalk were filmed near here as well. I can’t verify further as the Daum/Naver Street view does not capture that view.
There’s a facebook page of this place here: https://www.facebook.com/Raramuri_%EB%9D%BC%EB%9D%BC%EB%AC%B4%EB%A6%AC-569028056501906/
and his website with photos: http://xurykim.blog.me/220920681175
But.. I can’t understand korean and the translation is a little off so SOMEONE HELP ME.
However, I verified it with instagram locations and yes it is the correct place: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/381413635/raramuri_/