1. My Love from the Star – Hakrim Dabang
Remember the nostalgic place where Professor Doo and Lawyer Jang from My Love from the Star always meet up for tea? Established in the 1950s, Hakrim Dabang is a favorite hangout amongst students from the nearby Seoul National University, hence the nickname of “the 26th classroom”. Aside from the students, this tiny teahouse is often visited by hardcore drama fans, making it perennially packed. Better pray before you come if you would like to sit exactly where Doo Min Joon sat in the series!
Address: 94-2 Myeongnyun 4(sa)ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul (above the pharmacy)
Getting there: Take subway line 4 to Hyehwa station. Exit from Exit 3 and walk towards the opposite direction for about 60 metres.
2. Personal Taste – Bukchon Hanok Village
For those who have watched the drama Personal Taste then the traditional Korean house where the protagonists Jin Ho and Kae In stayed in is the place to visit. Located at Bukchon Hanok Village, the No.43 house has attracted countless drama fanatics to travel from all around the world to its doorstep. This district is packed with many other hanoks (traditional Korean house). Some are private residences and some have opened their doors to tourists. Aside from searching for the eight scenic spots of Bukchon, you can try on hanbok (Korean traditional dress) at the Bukchon Hanok Homestay Information Center.
Address: Gye-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Take subway line 3 to station Anguk. Exit from Exit 2 and walk 10 minutes.
3. The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince – Coffee Prince Cafe
This served as the main filming location for the highly rated drama The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, this coffee shop is where barista Eun Chan worked at. The settings and props have been remodeled after the filming ended, including the hand-drawn menu board and the sunflower paintings on the wall, drawn by Yoo Joo. Located in the Hongdae area, this cafe blends well into the artsy surrounding that is full of murals and street performances. If you happen to be in this area, drop by for a cup of coffee and relive your favourite moments from the drama.
Address: 337-2, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Take subway line 2 to Hongik Univ. station. Exit from Exit 4 and walk about 15 minutes.
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4. Rooftop Prince – Ihwa Mural Village
Walk past Naksan Park and go up the hill to get to Ihwa Mural Village, the setting of the romantic dating scene of Prince Lee Gak and Pak Ha in the drama Rooftop Prince. Besides the stairway paintings and hand-holding couple sculpture that appeared in the drama, there are plenty of creative artworks that make this village an ideal place for photo shoots. For those who are familiar with the TV series, visiting this place feels like going down memory lane.
Address: Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Take subway line 4 to Hyehwa station. Exit from Exit 2 and walk towards Naksan Park for about 15 minutes.
5. IRIS – Gwanghwamun Square
If you are planning to visit Gwanghwamun and Gyeongbokgung, remember to stop by the Gwanghwamun Square and pay a visit to the statue of King Sejong. This is also the place where one of the scenes from the hit TV drama IRIS was shot. As seen in the drama, Agent Hyun Jun together with Agent Seon Hwa arrived at the square and try to track down the nuclear bomb planted by North Korean terrorists. This scene with intense gunfights and explosions happens in front of Seoul’s well-known landmark, leaving a lasting impression on the audience.
Address: 172 Sejong-daero, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Take subway line 5 to Gwanghwamun station and exit from Exit 2.
6. You’re Beautiful – Myeongdong
Aside from its status as a one-stop shopping destination with international fashion labels to local cosmetics, Myeongdong is also a popular filming location for K-dramas. In the drama You’re Beautiful, Mi Nam had the famous kalguksu (Korean knife-cut noodles) and shopped for clothes on the walking street. Walking towards the end of the street, you get to see the Myeongdong Cathedral where Mi Nam waited for Tae Kyung to pick her up. Filled with local and overseas tourists, this place is bustling all year round.
Address: Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
Getting there: Take subway line 4 to Myeongdong station and exit from Exit 6.
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