9 Best K-Drama Filming Locations in Seoul, South Korea

If you caught the K-drama fever and in Tagalog, “nilamon ka na ng sistema”, you would also notice the places and probably wonder, where are those K-drama filming locations? I hear ya! With that said, I compiled the 9 Best Filming Locations of K-dramas in South Korea.

1. Hanmi bookstore as seen on Goblin

hanmi bookstore as seen in Goblin

Korean tvN’s television series Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (도깨비:Dokkaebi)has become a worldwide phenomenon that Korean drama fans love. Starring Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun, Yoo In-na, Yook Sung-jae. In this scene, Kim Shin goes to a local bookstore to find books so when Ji Eun-Tak summons him, he would look intelligent. He is so adorable. This shooting location in Incheon, South Korea in an area called Baedari, which a lot of second-hand bookstores are located.

hanmi bookstore in baedari, incheon, south korea
“Gobling Duling: The Lonely and Great Hokage”

Ever since the Goblin phenomenon, this area has attracted a lot of visitors. Even locals go there and it has become famous for couples to imitate the scenes and snap selfies. Don’t forget to check out the actual Hanmi Bookstore because they really sell books and little trinkets and souvenir.

I love Goblin, not only because it was Gong Yoo, but because of the concept of reincarnation and starting all over. The greatest lesson I learned in my life is, it will get better. No matter what you are going through right now, it will get better. So keep the faith.

How to Get to Goblin shooting location:

Location: 14-4 Geumgok-dong, Dong-gu, Incheon

Take the subway and go to Dowon Station Line 1 Exit no. 2. Walk straight for about 500m and go pass the tunnel/covered area. At the end of the tunnel, turn right and walk a few meters and you will the bright yellow bookstore.

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2. Hae Joon Jae’s house in Myeong-dong as seen in Legend of the Blue Sea

hae joon jae house in myeongdong as seen on legend of the blue sea

Legend of the Blue Sea is another worldwide phenomenon hit among K-drama fans starring Lee Min Ho and Gianna Jun. A major background in the drama was the house of Hae Joon Jae (played by Lee Min Ho) and the facade of the house has become very popular among tourists as well.

“Legend of the Ballsy”

This site is very popular among fans of Legend of the Blue Sea. In fact, when I went there, there were also other Filipino and foreigner tourists visiting the area. Sometimes you might have to wait for your turn to take photos.

How to Get to Legend of the Blue Sea shooting location:

This site is easy to find because it is in the back of the cable car platform of Namsan Tower. Just go to Namsan Tower cable car area and take the little wooden pathway beside the entrance to the elevator and a few steps you are there.

Click here to read my feature on Namsan Tower

3. Baekje Cultural Land (백제문화단지) as seen in Scarlet Heart Ryeo

scarlett heart ryeo

baekje cultural landThis site is special to me not only because the place is amazing but more importantly because my bff Kaye and I went there together when she visited Korea. We went to Buyeo, Chungcheongnamdo, which is 2.5 hours away from Seoul. She wanted to visit it because she is a big fan of Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

baekje cultural land as seen in scarlet heart ryeoIn one of the scenes in Scarlet Heart Ryeo, IU’s character made a protest and Kaye wanted to recreate the scene. Go girl!

baekje cultural park
“Miss, ano po pinaglalaban nyo?”

How to Get to Scarlet Heart Ryeo shooting location:

From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Buyeo (부여).
From Buyeo Intercity Bus Terminal, turn left and go straight for 150m.
Take a bus bound for Buyeo-Sinseong (부여-신성), and get off at the Korea National University of Cultural Heritage (한국전통문화학교) Bus Stop.
Go straight for 100m, and turn left at the sign for the Baekjae Historical Museum (백제역사문화관).
Go straight for 100m to arrive at Baekje Cultural Land.

4. Namsan tower as seen in My Love From the Star and Legend of the Blue Sea –

This is where Kim Soo Hyun and Jun Ji-yeon shot a lot of scenes in the infamous My Love From the Star k-drama. Lee Min Ho also shot here for Legends of the Blue Sea.

Click here for my full feature on Namsan Tower…

5. Coffee Prince Cafe in Hongdae as seen In Coffee Prince

This is a classic k-drama starring Gong Yoo in his younger days and this cafe can be found in Hongdae.

coffee prince cafe in hongdae south korea

Hongdae is where a lot of universities are located so it’s no wonder that cafes and shops surround the area. In the Coffee Prince Cafe drama, Choi Han-kyul, played by Gong Yoo, was the owner of a cafe who fell in love with his employee Go Eun-chan, played by Yoon Eun-hye, who he thought was a guy. This k-drama was very brave to somehow tackle homosexuality, a controversial topic in South Korea.

coffee prince cafe hongdae

coffee prince south korea
“the coffee and the princess”

How to Get to Coffee Prince Cafe shooting location:

Address: 337-2, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Take the subway and go to Hongik University Line 2 Exit 8. As soon as you exit, look for Seven Springs corner and turn right. Go straight for about 2 blocks and turn left at the end of the road. Then turn right on the first right turn you see (once you turn you will see a Family Mart on the left side). Walk straight for about 500 meters and the coffee shop is on the right.

6. Garden of Morning Calm as seen in Love In The Moonlight

garden of morning calm

To be honest, I haven’t watched Love in The Moonlight yet (don’t hate) and I was not aware that this site was the shooting location of the said drama. We went there after we visited Nami Island because it is in the same Gapyeong area. Although it is a little bit far, I think the view is worth it.

garden of morning calm

This place is amazingly beautiful and you could feel the serenity and calm when you walk in the garden. You could imagine Park Bo-gum and Kim Yoo-jung walking around with you and I wish that they could rent out Hanbok for tourist as well.

garden of morning calm nami island gapyeong
garden of morning breath

 How to Get to Love In The Moonlight shooting location:

Address: 432, Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 가평군 상면 수목원로 432 (상면)

[Bus]
From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal take a bus bound for Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal, or take Bus No. 1330 at Cheongnyangni Transfer Center (in front of Lotte Department Store) and get off at the Cheongpyeong Bus Terminal (travel time: about 1hr 45min)
From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take Bus 31-7 to the Garden of Morning Calm. Alternatively, take the Gaypeong City Tour bus.

[Subway]
Cheongpyeong Station (Gyeonchun Line),  Exit 1.
Go left until you reach the 3-way intersection and turn right. Continue straight toward the Cheongpyeong Catholic Church. Pass by Cheongpyeong Elementary School, turn left, and you will see the Cheonpyeong Bus Terminal.
From Cheongpyeong Terminal, take Bus 31-7 to the Garden of Morning Calm. Alternatively, take the Gapyeong City Tour Bus.

7. Nami Island as seen in Winter Sonata

This island became famous when Winter Sonata k-drama starring Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo filmed here.

Click here to read my full feature on Nami Island…

8. Pocheon Art Valley in Legend of the Blue Sea

In the first few episodes of Legend of the Blue Sea, the character of Lee Min Ho met with the mermaid, played by Gianna Jun and those scenes were shot in Pocheon Art Valley, in Pocheon, South Korea.

We went there with our migrant community in South Korea and it was a whole day tour that also included Herb Island and Sansawon Wine Factory.

The valley where they filmed is called the Cheunjuho Lake and you would be surprised to know that this valley is all man-made, thanks to Korean ingenuity. If you decide to go here, I would also suggest visiting Herb Island, which is also in the Pocheon area.

How to Get To Legend of the Blue Sea shooting location:

  • ☞ Address: 234, Art valley-ro, Sinbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • ☞ Directions: From Pocheon Intercity Bus Terminal, walk approx. 200m to Sin-eup 7-tong∙Pocheon National Livestock Cooperative Federation Bus Stop → Take Bus No. 87-1 to Cheonjusa Bus Stop → Walk approx. 300m to Pocheon Art Valley.
  • ☞ Operating hours: March-October 09:00-22:00 (Last admission 20:00) / November-February 09:00-21:00 (Last admission 19:00)
    * Mondays (excluding public holidays) 09:00-19:00 (Last admission 18:00)
  • ☞ Admission: Adults 5,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
  • ☞ Monorail fee (round-trip): Adults 4,500 won / Teenagers 3,500 won / Children 2,500 won

9. Goblin house in Duksugung University as seen in Goblin

If you have been binge-watching Goblin I’m sure this picture is familiar to you. It is the house where the Goblin, Grim Reaper and Goblin’s wife reside in the K-drama Goblin: The Lonely and Great God.

Unfortunately, this is as close as we can get to this filming location.

The house is inside of Duksung Women’s University and it’s a private university so they do not allow visitors inside. Just like the old adage, “so near yet so far”. Still, I included this on the list because a lot of people ask about this site and hopefully people can be informed and set their expectation. But don’t fret, there are still a lot of places where Goblin had filmed. I hope I could write a post mainly featuring Goblin.

How To Get to Goblin House shooting location:

Take Subway line 3(orange line). Take a stop at Anguk Station Exit#4 walk straight for about 5 minutes. This is located inside Duksung Women’s University Jongno Campus (덕성여자대학교 종로캠퍼스). It’s beside the Unhyeongung Palace.

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IN SUMMARY:

So there you have it, the 9 Best Shooting Locations of K-dramas in South Korea. To review:

1. Hanmi Bookstore as seen in Goblin

2. Hae Joon Jae’s house in Myeongdong 

3.  Baekje Cultural Land as seen in Scarlet Heart Ryeo

4.  Namsan tower as seen in My Love From the Star and Legend of the Blue Sea

5. Coffee Prince Cafe in Hongdae as seen In Coffee Prince

6. Garden of Morning Calm as seen in Love In The Moonlight

7. Nami Island as seen in Winter Sonata

8. Pocheon Art Valley in Legend of the Blue Sea

9. Goblin house in Duksugung University as seen in Goblin

There are still a lot more and this list barely covers it. I’m very sure that there will be a lot more shooting locations in the future because k-dramas are here for good.

Which one is your favorite? Comment down below…

Gamsahamnida!

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