“Obsession” might be an understatement when referring to the fandom K-Drama has stirred among Filipinos in the past two decades. The reason behind the craze might just be a little formulaic, nonetheless effective. Put talented, stylish, porcelain-skinned actors together; weave them an interesting, almost-fantastical storyline; realize the narrative in a #travelgoals-worthy background. To relive some of these K-drama faves, we visited some of its most iconic taping locations!
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Gallery OOOJH (121 Dongho-ro 17-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: It served as Ms. Kim's house on What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim.
What is it IRL: A café downstairs and an art gallery upstairs.
Travel tip: Make sure your legs are up for a semi-hike, it’s 700 meters of intense uphill walk from Seoul’s Yaksu station!
Myungbo Crossroad (Near Seoul’s Euljiro 3(sam)-ga Station, Exit 8 or 9)
Why it's famous: On Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, it's where Bok Joo met Doc Jung Jae Yi for the first time and instantly fell in love.
What is it IRL: A laidback version of Japan’s Shibuya crossroad.
Travel tip: It’s a few minute-walk from Myeongdong, drop by before you fill your hands with shopping bags!
Jakeun Maeul/ Restaurant Small Town (35 Jeongneung-ro 6-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: It's also on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, as the chicken resto owned by Bok Joo’s father
What is it IRL: A resto that serves all your Korean favorites, except fried chicken.
Travel tip: If you're planning to actually eat here, note that their menu is written in Korean. We highly recommend their tonkatsu and cheese ramyeon!
Gallery 487 (48-7 Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: Heo Joon Jae’s front gate on Legend Of The Blue Sea
What is it IRL: An art gallery at the foot of one of the many walking trails to Namsan Peak.
Travel tip: Prepare to be embarrassed by the several halmeoni and harabeoji who will most probably overtake you as you huff and puff on the walk up.
Yongdap Bridge (235-1 Sageun-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: It's where Sunny and the Grim Reaper first met on Goblin and later, broke up. It's also where the two deities crossed paths!
What is it IRL: A bridge that connects Yongdap station to the other side of town, across Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Travel tip: Don’t get stuck on the bridge! There’s a beautiful park downstairs where you can spend a quiet afternoon and do some real Seoul searching.
Namsan Peak/NSeoul Tower (105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: It's where Jun Sun Mi and Son Oh Gong on Korean Odyssey worked together to fight a demon who cuts women's hair.
What is it IRL: Seoul’s iconic park and tower that’s in trouble of one day collapsing from all the love locks.
Travel tip: For first timers, the best way to go up is the cable car. Prepare for a long line! Also for starters, you can book a tour inside the observatory and restos right there and then by using fast-growing travel app Klook. Spend a minimum of P10,000 and get P800 off with promo code HOLIYAY800 (app users) or P500 off with the promo code HOLIYAY500 (desktop users). The promo is valid until until December 31, 2018, so it might work with your travels beyond Christmastime! For more info, follow @klooktravel_ph on Instagram or click on the hashtag #klookPH!
Deoksugung Wall (5-10 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul)
Why it's famous: It's also featured on Goblin, as the brick wall where Goblin saw Grim Reaper’s office. It's supposedly invisible to mortals!
What is it IRL: The wall surrounding Deoksugung Palace.
Travel tip: Just beside this is the Seoul Museum of Art, where Doc and Bok Joo stopped over after their first and only date.
Gyeonggijeon Shrine (44, Taejo-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do)
Why it's famous: Ra-on and the Crown Prince on Love In The Moonlight first met at the bamboo grove here. They also had a special moment at the Jeonjusago National Archives after Ra-on hurt her foot.
What is it IRL: A historical shrine at the heart of Jeonju’s Hanok Village.
Travel tip: Rent a hanbok to really internalize the Joseon period drama as you walk around the old village where every corner is Instagram-perfect.
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Photos courtesy of Korean Dramaland and Official Korean Tourism Organization