K-Drama – Your unforgettable travel destination
Your latest K-Drama travel destination guide! Taken from Descendants of the Sun, Uncontrollably Fond & Saimdang, Memoirs of Colors.
Descendants of the Sun
Explores the topic of love, for the most part in the midst of a fictional war-torn country of Uruk where romance blossoms between our hero, army captain Yoo Si-jin (Song Joong-ki), and heroin Dr Kang Mo-yeon (Song Hye-kyo).
Taebaek Hanbo Coal Mine which is located in Taebaek-si, Gangwon-do features the Uruk military base and old medical center which was filmed extensively in the drama. Over here, visitors are able to try on both volunteer nurse corps and soldier uniform outfit besides taking snapshots of military equipments on display such as military trucks, combat uniforms and weapons.
While at Gangwon-do, visitors should drop by Samtan Art Mine in Jeongseon-gun too as this is where the earthquake scenes of Uruk were mostly filmed. This former abandoned mine is now a cultural art complex that houses an art center, wine cave, restaurant and is a popular filming location for both variety programs and dramas alike, making it a must-visit! From Seoul station, take the KTX Jungang Line and transfer to KTX Taebeak Line and get off at Mindung-san station.
Nearby attraction includes Byeongbangchi Sky Walk, a U-shaped observatory deck that promises visitors a view of the picturesque beauty Bamseon Island and Donggang River with its altitude of 583m and tempered glass walkway!
Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center in Pju-si, Gyeonggi-do features a Camp Greaves Program, a tour specifically tailored for drama enthusiast, includes visits to the Uruk army base and making of military serial number tags. From Seoul, get on the metropolitan take Exit 1 and walk to Munsan station bus stop. Continue your journey with Village bus no.58 and get off at Imjingak Bus stop. You’ll have to walk for 300m to Paju Imjingak Tourist Information Center and register Course B as due to its location, no private or individual visits are allowed.
Given its close proximity with the southern boundary of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), nearby attractions includes Dora Observatory whereby villages in North Korea and barbed wires installed along DMZ can be seen with the naked eye.
‘Uncontrollably Fond’ revolves around the sad romance between top idol Shin Joon-young (Kim Woo-bin) and documentary producer No Eul (Bae Suzy) with the former suffering from terminal illness.
Among the drama’s film site is futuristic Expo Ocean Park at Yeosu-si, Jeollanam-do. The waterfront park features among many entertainment facilities an observatory known as Sky Tower and BIG-O, a large performance screen in the shape of the “O” which is the center of the BIG-O show, a colourful fountain show that stars at nightfall!
The drama was also filmed at the beautiful picturesque Daegu Dalseong Park. This public park is a popular hot spot among couples and families out for picnics and also boast a zoo where visitors can meet lions, sika deers and even llamas.
Jangsado Sea Park takes up the entire 108m-tall, 400m-wide and 1.9km-long island in Tongyeong, Gyeongsangnam-do. Camellia flowers take over the island from winter to spring, and the island is completely covered in hydrangeas in the summer months. One thing can be certain: the island is beautiful in every season.
Saimdang, Memoirs of Colors
Star Lee Young-ae as both the historical figure Shin Saimdang, a famous Joeson-era artist, calligrapher and philosopher who lived in the early 16th century and Seo Ji-yoon, a modern-day historian who teaches Korean art at a University.
The historical side of the drama was mainly filmed in Gangneung, this includes Ojukheon House, the maiden house of Shin Saimdang which is coincidently the place where actress Lee Young-ae visited to pray for children, and shortly thereafter she became the mother of two beautiful twins!
Another film site, Seongyojang House is a nobleman’s house built by Lee-Naebeon, a royal descendant of the Joseon Dynasty. Visitors may spend the night here via the Seongyojang House’s Hanok Stay program and stroll leisurely around the courtyard after visiting hours! Another highlight is the splendid man-made lotus pond. Visitors will be able to appreciate the beautiful view from the cover of a pavilion built above the pond.
Mungunghwa Train runs from Cheongnyangni station to Jeongdongjin station in Gangneung. You may take night train to see sunrise in Jeongdongjin in Gangneung. From Jeongdongjin station, you may take Ocean Train, a tourist themed train whereby every seat is tailored for visitors to fully enjoy the magnificent ocean view along the East Coast. It departs from Seoul Cheongnyangni station and passes through Gangneung too.
These breathtaking backdrops are the inspiration of many k-dramas and are the perfect place to create your very own romance story, so don’t miss out as your beautiful love story awaits!