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10 Real Life K-Drama Places You Can Visit with Your Friends

Admit it—watching K-dramas is addictive. One episode is enough to keep you hooked on the riveting plot. It’s almost too easy to get your friends into it too, and soon a bunch of you are dreaming about traveling to the places your favorite oppas have stood, dined, and even professed their love.

Planning on a K-drama pilgrimage to South Korea with your chingus? Check out this list of the most daebak—or awesome—spots to recreate the cheesiest and most kilig moments from some of your favorite K-dramas.

 

1. Nami Island – From Winter Sonata (2002)

Nami Island
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Winter Sonata helped spread the Korean wave or Hallyu throughout Asia. It’s no surprise that it’s one of the most loved and well-known K-dramas out there. Set in beautiful Namiseom, it revolves around the theme of first love and separation—the perfect formula for a classic tear-jerker.

Nami Island offers a wonderful respite from the bustling city because it gives you a glimpse of South Korea’s stunning natural landscapes, making it a must-see destination.

From scenic lake views to the stunning Ginkgo trees that transform into different shades through the seasons, this place definitely looks and feels like it came straight out of a romantic movie.

  • Location : Namiseom-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do

 

2. N Seoul Tower or Namsan Tower – From Boys Over Flowers (2009)

N Seoul Tower

“Almost paradise!” The song opener never gets old, and anyone who hears it would most likely know it’s from the opening title of the Korean hit television series, Boys Over Flowers. Most people know it as the Korean remake of Meteor Garden, which made the boyband F4 (or JVKV) famous in the Philippines.

Fall in love all over again when you ride a cable car up the hill, offering you a stunning view of the whole city. Who knows? Maybe you’ll get stuck with a handsome oppa on your way up there, like what happened with Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-sun) on one of her dates with Gu Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho).

  • Location : 105 Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

 

3. Petite France – From My Love From the Star (2013)

Petite France
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One of the most swoon-worthy scenes in My Love From the Star is when alien Do Min-Joon (Kim Soo-hyun) used his telekinetic power on actress-slash-love interest Cheon Song-Yi (Jun Ji-hyun) to pull her in for a passionate kiss.

A slice of Europe in Gapyeong county, Petite France is a charming theme park perfect for fans of the drama, as well as the popular book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince. This place is full of Instagram-worthy spots and wonderful attractions you can enjoy with your friends.

No handsome aliens in the area, unfortunately—but your photos will look out of this world!

  • Location : Hoban-ro, Cheongpyeong-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do

 

4. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) – From She Was Pretty (2015)

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP)
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Dongdaemun Design Plaza is an iconic landmark in the Korean design industry because of its futuristic architecture. It was even the most Instagram-tagged location in South Korea in 2015 and is considered one of the most visited sights in Seoul.

In She Was Pretty, this is the place childhood friends Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) and Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) were supposed to meet again after many years. Due to Hye-jin’s insecurity about her looks, she ended up convincing her “prettier” best friend, Min Ha-ri (Go Joon-hee), to go in her place.

  • Location : 281 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • What You Need to Know : Visit after the sun sets to see the DDP LED rose garden aglow, making it an even more magical experience for you and your barkada.

 

5. Dal.komm Coffee in Songdo – From Descendants of the Sun (2016)

dalkomm coffee songdo
Image Credit: Descendants of the Sun (KBS2)

The Dal.komm Coffee in the drama actually exists in real life and has several branches! The cozy Korean coffee chain appeared in several parts of the series but one particular memorable scene was Yoo Shi-jin (Song Joong-ki) and Kang Mo-yeon’s (Song Hye-kyo) break up.

Recreate the heartbreaking scene at the Dal.Komm Coffee branch in Songdo.

  • Location : 23-5 Songdo 2(i)-dong, Yeonsu-gu, Incheon

 

6. Baekje Cultural Land – From Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016)

Baekje Cultural Land

Travel back in time the way Hae Soo (Lee Ji-eun / IU) did in this historical drama as you enter the majestic park filled with recreations of the stunning structures from the Baekje kingdom.

Most of the series was shot in this historical complex and you can definitely live out your dream scene as you walk through its picturesque grounds.

  • Location : 455 Baekjemun-ro, Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do

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7. Jumunjin Beach – From Goblin (2016)

Jumunjin Beach - SK

Goblin (a.k.a. Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) was considered a cultural phenomenon in South Korea and is one of the highest rating dramas to date. It’s no surprise that it has captured the hearts of international K-drama fans as well, turning its filming locations into sought-out tourist destinations.

Stand at the picturesque Jumunjin Breakwater in Gangneung where Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) met for the first time, and relive the romantic moment.

  • Location : 1609 Haean-ro, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung, Gangwon-do
  • What You Need to Know : Don’t forget to bring a red scarf and flowers to complete the iconic shot by the waves.

 

8. Jaguen Maeul – From Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016)

Bok Chicken - kdrama
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“Do you like Messi?” 

If there’s one other thing Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-kyung) taught us aside from how to engage your crush in a conversation, it’s to eat to your heart’s content.

Jaguen Maeul is home to the famous Bok Chicken, the restaurant run by Bok-joo’s father. In real life, the restaurant has more than just fried chicken and sells delicious Korean eats reportedly popular among the students from the nearby university.

Its pretty exterior alone is worth the visit, especially in fall, when it is covered in autumn leaves.

  • Location : 35 Jeongneung-ro 6-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul (near Kookmin University)

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9. WE ARE YOUNG wall mural – From While You Were Sleeping (2017)

We Are Young Wall Mural - SK
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While You Were Sleeping tells the tale of a field reporter (Bae Suzy), a prosecutor (Lee Jong-suk) and a police officer (Jung Hae-in) who foresee future events through their dreams, and work together to prevent their ominous dreams from actually happening.

In an early episode, Bae Suzy and Lee Jung-suk are seen glancing at one particular mural independently, illustrating how their dreams coincide with their realities. This spot is perfect for your next Instagram post if you want to project an artsy vibe.

  • Location: 17-2 Songhyeon-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (near Anguk station)

 

10. Everland Amusement Park – From What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? (2018)

Everland

Amusement park dates are romantic, but Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) takes it to a different level when he reserves the entire park for his love interest, Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young).

Their first date happened in one of the largest and most visited theme parks in South Korea: Everland Amusement Park. Enjoy the day with its fun-filled attractions. Don’t forget to take a picture in front of the carousel where Lee Young-joon asked Kim Mi-so out.

  • Location: 199 Everland-ro, Pogog-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do

 

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