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
El Morro, Malecón, Havana
Hotel Nacional de Cuba
- Namsan Library
- Tongin Traditional Market
- Dongguk University
- Lotte Hotel Seoul
- The Raum (Event Venue for Year-end Party)
- YP Books Jongno
- Pilsner House (Dinner on 1st day of work)
CU Sung Chung Branch
Hokchun Methodist Church (Teahouse Exterior)
- CGV Bupyeong (Movie Date)
- Ilsan Lake Park (Place with lined trees where they learn photo-taking)
Siheung (near Incheon)
- Gaetgol Ecological Park
- Rest Stop for Ramyeon (Near namyang-ju)
- Lotte Resort Sokcho
- Naksan Beach
- Sacheon Beach – Coffee Warehouse 900
- Jeongdongjin – Raramuri
- Simgok Harbour
[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
[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/
[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!
[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~~
[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/
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
[CGV Bupyeong @ Incheon]
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
[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
[Chicken Shop @ Mapo-gu, Seoul]
[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
[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.
Don’t forget to share with me your tips and experiences when you do visit these places 😀