Apologies for my lateness in blogging about the filming locations for this drama. I had started watching the drama since it started a month ago but I wasn’t too sure if the locations were blog-worthy and the storyline and characters didn’t grow on me from the beginning. However, things took a turn in episode 9 where I realised that Kim Soohyun acted really well and that I saw that the story was finally developing and going somewhere.
Also, the bridge featured in the show left me intrigued and I’m certain that I would want to visit that bridge sometime in the unforeseen future when we do get to travel.
I will try my best to catch up with the rest of the locations (depending on the demand for this post) but here’s the location for the fancy looking suspension bridge.
Wonju Sogeumsan Mountain Suspension Bridge (Episode 9)
The relatively new bridge (opened in Jan 2018) is the longest (200m) and largest (1.5m width) pedestrian bridge in Korea. Please note that there are 578 steps up to the bridge so for those who are not that fit, it is good to mentally prepare yourself for that ascend. Apart from just walking across the bridge, you can continue with a hiking trail up to Sogeumsan Mountain
Please note that Wonju is about 2 hours bus ride from Seoul which makes it very possible as a day trip.
Address: 12 Sogeumsan-gil, Jijeong-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Fees: 3,000W (includes 2,000W vouchers)
Tour availability from Seoul: via Klook
Seorak House, Sokcho (Episode 9)
This guesthouse is located near Seoraksan mountains (not near the city center of Sokcho) which means that if you’re planning to stay here, you’ll probably need to drive or take a taxi. On a side note, Seoraksan is very beautiful and if you do have the chance to visit Sokcho, don’t give it a miss. There’s also a damn nice chicken called ‘Manseok’ located in the main market. You can read it in more details in this post (which includes my entire May 2017 travel).
Address: 58, Sangdomun-gil, Sokcho-si, Gangwon-do
More photos of guesthouse: Naver Blog
Information Credit: Kdrama.place
Red Lighthouse, yangyang
Random thoughts – there are a lot of red lighthouses along the coast of Korea. When I watch dramas, I always feel like the lighthouses looked familiar and I could have possibly visited it before but most of the time it ain’t the case. They one I visited was in Samcheok (read my trip in July 2013).
Address: Yongho-ri, Ganghyeon-myeon, Yangyang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
후진항 강원도 양양군 강현면 용호리
Information Credit: Naver Blog
Sanida Cafe – Mansion of Ko Mun-yeong
This full mansion was created using CGI but the gate and this door scene can be found at this cafe. Not sure if it’s gonna be a permanently there but it is highly likely that they will tear it down once production is over.
Image Credit: Naver Blog
Similar to the bridge, this cafe is located in Wonju City. Most of the ‘outside mansion’ scenes were filmed here and I found some features from their official instagram page. Wonders if they had been a sponsor for this drama for them to use their official drama images to post on their SNS..
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Address: 109-128 Chilbong-ro, Hojeo-myeon, Wonju-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
사니다카페 원주시 호저면 주산리 992-12
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sanidacafe/
Looking at the map, it seems highly unlikely to visit this cafe via public transport as it is located quite far from the city center.
Secret Blue Ayajin Bakery Cafe, Ayajin Beach – Mental Hospital
The hospital featured in the show is not in a real hospital, but it is actually in a beautiful cafe near Ayajin Beach, which is a place in between Sokcho and Goseong, along the east coast of Korea. I highly suspect it is a new cafe (or a filming location building sold to a cafe owner) as it started its instagram page only in June this year!
According to this Naver Blog (photos inside), the hospital branding was still prevalent when they visited in end June which only means that they are still filming the drama!
Address: 강원도 고성군 토성면 아야진리 226
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/secretblue_ayajin_/
**** To be continued ****