Finally, a drama that I’ve been looking forward to (since Lee Minho got out of the army) has started airing!
Well, I’m not a fan of Lee Minho or anyone in the drama but he is an actor that kind of grew with me since the early days of the Hallyu Wave. His last drama before enlisting had been ‘Legend of the Blue Seas’, which I really loved because of Jun Ji Hyun and my filming location post for that drama is doing really well these days (no idea what’s with the sudden revival). Now that I’m back from my extended overseas holiday and stuck at home (because of unemployment and COV-19), I’ll do my part for the community by being as efficient as I can be, when it comes to researching and compiling information for these locations.
If I am not wrong, filming started since October 2019 and it is still live-shooting. This is a rather common feature in K-drama filming as the scriptwriter and director can still change the script and edits according to the audience response. It is a rather stressful process but I guess that’s how they remain relevant in the ever-so-competitive industry.
Anyway, there may be spoilers along the way, so you might want to skip my post till later if you’re not comfortable with it.
Just some of my thoughts of the drama so far:
Note: Bonus! I created google maps for this drama and the link can be found at the end of the article 🙂
Misari Regatta, Hanam
It is a boat racing track and park in Hanam City, about 20 km east of Seoul, which had been constructed for the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics.
Address: Misa-dong, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Mungwang Reservoir, Goesan
This place is very famous during autumn for its Ginko tree lane (where the leaves turn golden yellow during autumn).
Goesan is 2 hours from Seoul by public bus and it is a very popular place during autumn.
Address: 16, Yanggok-ri, Mungwang-myeon, Goesan-gun, Chungcheongbuk-do
문광저수지 충청북도 괴산군 문광면 양곡리 16
Sono Felice Vivaldi Park Equestrain club
As normal tourists, it is unlikely that we will be going for equestrain actitivities but Vivaldi Park is part of Daemyung Resort with a ski field in winter (Legend of the Blue Sea film spot) and they also have a water park for summer. You probably need a car to visit this Equestrain Park but the Hotel and resort is more accessible. Check Prices (from 110,000W/night)
Address: SONO HOTELS&RESORTS INDUSTRY Co., Ltd. 135, Beobwon-ro, Songpa-gu, Seoul, Korea
Ahopsan Forest, Busan
If you found this forest looking familiar, it is because it has appeared in other K-dramas as well, like Moon Lovers. Apparently, it is a privately owned forest (Entrance Fee: 5,000W) situated at the foot of a mountain.
Address: 37-1, Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon, Gijang-gun, Busan 46050, South Korea
Directions to the forest: https://koreandramaland.com/listings/ahopsan-forest/ or if you’re keen, Trazy has a tour to bring you to this forest, together with other beautiful places like the sea templ and coastal church.
Link to KTO page: (Korean) https://korean.visitkorea.or.kr/detail/ms_detail.do?cotid=833d4a7b-e9ef-4b2a-bfab-4e376620b458
Information Credit: https://m.blog.naver.com/amlee74/221913157555
Dadaepo Beach is Busan’s most famous stretch of sand. Join locals at this delightful beach where the waters are shallow and gentle, there are plenty of facilities and the scenery is beautiful. There is also the rather impressive Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream spectacle to enjoy too. More Info here.
Address: 951-9 Dadae-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
Gwanghwamun Square, Statue of Admiral Yi & King Sejong
If you’ve been to Seoul, it is highly likely that you have visited this square, which is situated somewhat in the center of Seoul. There are 2 statues in this square, Admiral Yi (the one in war armour standing up) and King Sejong (the one that looks like a king, sitting down). Random fact, King sejong is the creator of the hangul alphabet system that you know of today. Prior to that, Koreans were using traditional chinese characters, which would have been a lot more difficult to master. By simplifying the language, he made education more accessible to the masses.
Address: 172 Sejong-daero, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Korean Address: 서울특별시 종로구 세종로 세종대로 172
Other locations in Episode 1
Decided not to do screen captures for all locations, otherwise my article would get too long. I’ll just do my favourite picks!
- Taepyeong Salt Farm
- Sinan Country Salt Farms (Lee Jung Jin scene)
- Yongin Drama Set (young emperor coronation)
- Busan National Gugak Center
- Chungmu Traditional Market
- Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO) (Scene where he ran barefoot after the ‘rabbit’ and saw his reflection)
- BEXO Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B_MXVTNnWgO/
- Baekje Cultural Land (Historical Theme Park)
- Dongbaekseom (Busan)
Saseongam Hermitage is located in Gurye (Southern part of South Korea, nearest known big city is Gwangju). It was also featured in Moon Lovers. A shuttle bus from the parking lot takes visitors up the steep hill and after a quick hike, you can get a bird’s-eye view of the town. It is a rather historic temple, supposedly built in year 544.
Address: 303, Saseongam-gil Muncheok-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
Korean Address: 구례 오산 사성암 일원, 전남 구례군 문척면 사성암길 303
If you are keen on this temple, I found this YouTube video (https://youtu.be/KLYoWRiBbSA) which shows the beauty of this temple.
Paradise City Hotel, Incheon
This is a 5-star luxurious hotel (which has a casino too) and it is located very near to Incheon International Airport. The room that Lee Minho stays in is the Deluxe Pool Villa (I compared the windows and lightings in the room). It is not the most premium room in the hotel. There’s an even more premium room called the Grande Deluxe Pool. Price of the premium rooms are not available online and you have to email them to enquiry. Maybe some brave fan can do it and let me know the price?
Update: This room cost 20 million won (20,000,000W per night) which is approx $20,000 USD. Source (korean)
Address: 186 Yeongjonghaeannam-ro 321beon-g, Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
Price: from 220,000W/night for the normal rooms. Check Prices
Hallim Library in Suwon
Initially, I thought that this library was probably in some university hall but turns out to be it is actually a public library in Suwon! In case you don’t know, Suwon city is only 1 hour from Seoul and it is easily accessible on the metro Line 1 (Blue Line).
Address: South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, Suwon-si, Gwonseon-gu, Gokbanjeong-dong, 동수원로25번길 32-52
권선구 동수원로25번길 32-52권선동
Royal Portrait Museum in Jeonju
Please note that this portrait museum is only the interior (as seen above), not the exterior building. Jeonju is a very beautiful traditional city to visit. Do put it as part of your Korea itinerary!
Address: 102 Pungnamdong 3(sam)-ga, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
Official Website: (Korean) http://www.eojinmuseum.org
Cafe B4 in Busan
This cafe is near the 40-step culture and tourism theme street at Jungang-dong. The 40-step stairs have some history with regards to the korean refugees form the korean war. You can read more info here.
Address: 19-7 Jungangdong 3(sam)-ga, Jung-gu, Busan, South Korea
Jung Tae Eul’s House in Chungju
Chungju is a city located about 1.5 – 2 hours from Seoul. This place was listed as a pharmacy on google maps, so I’m not sure if they rented the building for filming purposes or perhaps the pharmacy will no longer exist. Also, the actual drink shop does not exist and it had been constructed solely for the purpose of the film. Who knows, the sponsor brand might rent the location after filming ends and let it be a fully functional shop?
Address: 2728 Munhwa-dong, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
Korean Address: 충청북도 충주시 문화동 2728 (이훤단비약국)
Information & Photo Credit: https://www.facebook.com/LeeMinHoNewDrama/
Other locations in Episode 2:
- Hwaguk Banjeom 화국반점 (The restaurant where Jung-jin convince the mother to injure the two kids that teased her wheelchair son)
- Busan University of Foreign Studies Namsandong Campus (I think it is the library scene)
- Marine City, Busan (Backdrop of KOC)
BBQ Olive Chicken @ Jong-no, Seoul
If you’re wondering why this place looks so familiar, that’s because Kim Go Eun visited the same outlet before with her ex-boyfriend, Gong Yoo in Goblin :p Seems like her fashion remains the same across all those years..
Address: 81 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 서울 종로구 청계천로 81
Directions: Jongak Station, Line 1 (Blue), Exit 4
Jungri Sports Park, Daegu
Credits: To all the fans that caught the filming in action sometime in November 2019.
On a side note, this instagram post by Lee Min Ho’s official account was probably taken at the same park as well!
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Secondhand book store, Busan
Address: 34 Beomil-ro 65beon-gil, Beomil 2(i)-dong, Dong-gu, Busan
부산광역시 동구 범일로65번길 34（범일동 228-1）
From Streetview, I can’t seem to see whether this bookstore still exists or perhaps it was just a film set. Do let me know if you have any information!
Information credit: https://www.facebook.com/kdrama.place
Other locations in Episode 3:
- Grocery shopping scene was at Lotte Mart, Seo Cheong Ju 롯데마트 서청주점 at Cheongju
- Salt Farm scene: Taepyeong Salt Farm (Located in Jeungdo Island, Sinan-gun, Jeollanamdo)
- Korea University of Technology and Education in Cheonam City
Gyesan Catholic Church, Daegu
The Gyesan Catholic church is famous for being a gothic style, making it a popular place for wedding venues. The overall style of the building is Romanesque, but the Gothic elements are added to the design of the tower and the matching of stained glasses.
Address: 10 Seoseong-ro, Seongnae 2(i)-dong, Jung-gu, Daegu, South Korea
Sogeumbit Bookstore and Yurim Trading 소금빛서점앤유림상회
The location where LMH bought the book on poems before going back to KOC.
If I am not wrong, it is a bookstore and a cafe as well in a traditional hanok building. Looks pretty interesting.
Address: 7 Nammunan-gil, Ganghwa-eup, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon, South Korea
Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Busan
This bridge was featured when they were on the boat returning to the palace. You can also see this magnificent beach from Gwangali Beach (a place that I would highly recommend you to visit when you’re in Busan). Busan Gwangandaegyo Bridge (Busan 66, also called Gwangan-daero) is 7.4 km long and it is the longest bi-level bridge over the ocean in Korea.
KTO Website (about the bridge): https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1064834
Address: 203, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
부산광역시 해운대구 수영강변대로 203 (재송동)
Busan KT Sonicboom Gymnasium, Busan
This is a legit basketball stadium where the Busan KT Sonicboom team trains at.
Address: 55-32 Sajik-ro, Sajik 2(i)-dong, Dongnae-gu, Busan, South Korea
Marine City, Haeundae, Busan
This place is located along the Cinema Street located in Marine City, Haeundae-gu in Busan. It is a 800-meter street between Park Hyatt Busan and The Sharp Adelliseu Apt. Along the street, you can see posters, movie cutouts, trick art photos, Santorini squares and several sculptures. This scene had been previously featured in other scenes in previous episodes like LMH’s car zooming by and the 2 guards on horses.
Address: 91, Marine city 1-ro, Haeundae-gu, Busan 48119 South Korea
Address: Pyeongchang-gil, Pyeongchang-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
KU Building is Trade Tower in Seoul
Address: 511 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Note: This building is right beside COEX which is near Samseong Station (Green, Line 2, Exit 6). It is also close to the very pretty starfield instagram-worthy library. So, don’t forget to visit there as well if you’re in the area!
Korea University of Technology and Education – where LMH spoke to the university students
The place where LMH did the ‘shooting game’ seems to be at Wolmido, Incheon. However, I can’t seem to ‘mark’ that place down in Google Maps.
This should be the address below.
Address: 98-12 Bukseong-dong 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea
- Songdo Central Park Parking Lot Entrance (a street where the couple walk on their date, while LMH was holding the giant lion)
Wangchang Budaejigae (Army Stew Soup)
Address: 왕창부대찌개 82-10 Eunjeon-ro, Jeokgok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do 11033
This place is approximately 80 mins drive, north of Seoul. Public transport will take you about 2 hours.
SKD Coffee Lab 송금당커피랩
Ice Cream Shop where Luna violently attacked a guy with the chair
More photos at Naver Blog that visited the cafe
Address: 1F, 19, Jisan 1-gil, Hwaseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
KAHI Skincare Line
Not a location but I predict that people would be curious.
The multi-balm that Kim Go Eun was using belongs to this brand called ‘KAHI’ and the item in question is a multi moisturizing balm stick which cost 42,000W. It is used for whitening and wrinkle improvement purposes. There are only 8 skincare products from this brand with the cheapest being the cleansing foam (24,000W) and the most expensive being the Core Cream (115,000W). With this price range, they seem to be similar to IOPE. This brand is brand new and it only launched in April 2020 with Kim Go Eun being the brand representative. It is so new that they haven’t even done up their ‘About Us’ page and don’t even have a facebook page right now. (May 2020)
Now, let’s see if this brand takes off.
Haeundae in Busan
Address: Gunam-ro, Haeundae, Busan
Directions: Haeundae Exit 3 or 5, walk all the way straight.
Fun Fact – this scene was filmed on 20th April (which was less than 1 month from the air date on 14th may). As it was a crowded location (Haeundae is like the Myeongdong of Seoul), a lot of people saw the filming (who wouldn’t. I mean he stands out wherever he goes right? After all, he’s riding a dashing white horse too..), a lot of people saw the filming including this person here on instagram.
Paris Baguette, Hongdae, Seoul
Apparently this is the same outlet as Episode 2.
Address: Paris Baguette (Hongdae) 99 Wausan-ro, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
파리바게뜨 홍대카페점, 서울 마포구 와우산로 99 1층 (우)04055
Information credit: https://www.facebook.com/kdrama.place
Misa Lake Park, Hanam
Address: 739-1 Mangwol-dong, Hanam-si, Gyeonggi-do
미사호수공원 경기 하남시 망월동 739-1
If you’re wondering why ‘Hanam’ sounds familiar, that’s because it is the same city where the canoe-racing in episode 1 was filmed. Hanam also has the famous ‘Hanam Starfield Mall’ which is the biggest shopping center in Korea (A scene from Legend of the Blue Seas was filmed here.)
Information Credit: KoreaTravelArt
BBQ Olive Chicken, Yeoju City, Hyeonam Branch
Note: Yeoju is about 90mins away from Seoul by public transport.
Address: Hyeonam 2-gil, Yeoju-si, Gyeonggi-do, 469-800 Yeoju-si
경기도 여주시 현암2길, 469-800 여주시
고스락 Goseulag, Iksan
Address: Seokmae-ri, Hamyeol-eup, Iksan, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
FYI: Iksan is located 2hr 40 mins from Seoul (by public bus). This place contains >3,500 Korean earthenware (known as Hangari) and seems like you will be able to purchase traditional soybean paste and gochujang from here. It is also a traditional teahouse where you can enjoy tea.
Paris Baguette, Hyehwa-doing, Seoul
The brand that has been shown as Sang Mi Dang (상미당) is actually still Paris Baguette, which rebranded itself to fit that parallel world. The pastries that you see can be bought in the actual Paris Baguette outlets as well; which is why there’s always a 2-second focus on the drinks and cakes =p
The Alley Da, Myeongdong, Seoul
Address: 1F 27 Myeongdong 3-gil Jung-gu Seoul
대한민국 서울특별시 중구 명동 명동3길 27
Osan City Drama Set
This corridor has appeared countless times in the drama. Osan is a city 47km from Seoul. The filmset is more famous for the Arthdal Chronicles (Song Joongki’s drama) which I didn’t watch. Seems like it is possible to visit this place but there are limited slots and you have to make a registration. I can’t seem to find the information in english but I guess if you do get to visit this place, the tourism information counter should be able to help you out!
By the way, the set was done up (or perhaps sponsored) by bosung stone which means that the set may be torn down once filming is completed. So, do check before heading down.
Address: 240 Naesammi-dong, Osan-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 오산시 나삼미동 240
- Centum City, Busan (where the battlefield scene took place with 30 horses)
Munsan Cathedral, Jinju
This church was founded in 1905. The Hanok Cathedral (building on left) was built in 1923 and the main hall (modern-looking building) was completed in 1937.
Note: Jinju is located about 1 hour drive to the west of Busan.
Address: 58-1 Somun-ri, Munsan-eup, Jinju-si, Gyeongsangnam-do
천주교 문산 성당 경상남도 진주시 문산읍 소문리 58-1
Neoreun Madang 너른마당
Address: 233-6, Seosamneung-gil, Deogyang-gu, Goyang, Gyeonggi-do 10292 South Korea
너른마당 덕양구 원당동 서삼릉길 233-6 412-030 Goyang
Goyang is kind of in Seoul, north-west of Hongdae and the place is pretty accessible (but a lot of walking required) from a station at Line 3 called Wonheung Station.
This restaurant is famous enough to have a TripAdvisor Page!
Woljeonggyo Bridge, Gyeongju
This bridge is definitely an icon of Gyeongju! It underwent reconstruction (No wonder I did not recall seeing it in my 2011 visit to Gyeongju). The access to the bridge is free (there may be access hours but I’m not certain) and on a not so windy day, I believe the reflection would be perfect! I’ve seen many beautiful photos online. Gyeongju is a city definitely worth visiting if you’re keen to find out more about the Shilla Dynasty. I remember in my past visit, we stayed in a Hanok as well, completing the traditional experience.
Note: Seoul to Gyeongju via KTX is about 2 hours and via bus is about 3 hours 45 mins. Gyeongju is nearer to Busan.
Address: Gyo-dong, Gyeongju, Gyeongsangbuk-do South Korea
Busan Cinema Center
The building with the colourful lights is Busan Cinema Center, the exclusive venue for Busan International Film Festival. However, to get a view of this building (in this angle) you need to be across the river.
Address: (Estimate) 437-6 Suyeong-dong, Suyeong-gu, Busan, South Korea
Taehwa River Seepri Bamboo Grove, Ulsan
The forest scene featured here is not the same one as the ‘portal’. This scene was filmed at Ulsan and this is a public and free area, situated within a park, along the Taehwa River. Ulsan is a town which is 45km northeast of Busan and there are buses and trains there.
Address: 650-26 Taehwa-dong, Jung-gu, Ulsan, South Korea
울산광역시 중구 태화동 650-26
Information Credit: KoreaTravelArt
BBQ Olive Chicken Cafe, Gimpo City
This hair tying scene was directly opposite the shop.
Gimpo is somewhere in between incheon and seoul. You will go pass the ‘Gimpo Airport’ when you’re taking the train from incheom to seoul =p
Address: 83-20 Yulsaeng-ro, Daegot-myeon, Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 김포시 대곶면 율생로 83-20
Information Credit: KDrama.Place
Kyowon Training Institute
The hospital scene which includes the park scene and this swing bridge in this IG Post (below) was filmed here. I’m not sure what type of building it is but it seems like an education and training campus so I’m not sure how realistic it is to visit this place. Gapyeong is situated one hour from Seoul (on the way to chuncheon).
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Address: 313-2 Hoegok-ri, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 가평군 설악면 유명로 2182（회곡리 331-2）
More Photos from Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kyowon_training_institute/
Information Credit: KDrama.Place
Paris Baguette, Hyehwa-doing, Seoul
Screenshot from Google Maps.
This is the same location as Episode 10. The brand that has been shown as Sang Mi Dang (상미당) is actually still Paris Baguette, which rebranded itself to fit that parallel world.
Nonsan Sunshine Land
If you find this place looking familiar, you’ve probably watched Mr. Sunshine (feat. Glory Hotel). The city of Nonsan is situated on the left/middle of south korea, somewhere above Jeonju and traveling by bus from Seoul will take you about 2 hours 20 mins. This place is not free though, there’s a 7,000W entry fee.
Address: 102 Bonghwang-ro, Yeonmu-eup, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea (충청남도 논산시 연무읍 봉황로 102)
Directions: Take a train (KTX, ITX, Mugunghwa, Nuriro) from Yongsan Station and get off at Nonsan Station. From Nonsan Station Bus Stop, take Bus No. 216 and get off at Hwangha 4(sa)-ri Bus Stop. Walk for approx. 10 min.
Official Website: (Korean) http://www.nonsan.go.kr/sunshine/#txt
KTO information: (English) https://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/KOO/OO_EN_13_3_2.jsp?cid=2584188
- Donggwang-gil Jung-gu, Busan
- Busan Transportation Information Center
- Anseong Memorial Park (the columbarium of Lee Ji Hun)
If you’re keen to read on the product placements (PPLs) in the drama, plus the sponsorship for this drama and other random stuff like where the White Horse Maximus came from,
please continue reading in this separate page:
It’s a wrap (after 2 long months) ! Any thoughts of the drama? Personally, I give the drama a 6/10 rating as it was simply too confusing to watch. The storyline, concept and ideas were refreshing but the way story was shown to us (with the endless time switch format that confuses us on whether it was the past, current or future) was just bad. If they could re-edit the entire story flow, it could have been so much better! The PPLs were annoying and later on became amusing because you kind of know it will appear, just a matter of what, when and where.
What other dramas have you been watching/will be watching and what ‘filming locations’ post should I do next?
Share with me in the comments below!