South Korea is an amazing country to visit irrespective of whether you’re a K-pop and/or K-drama fan. With beautiful natural scenery, exciting cities and super-fast internet, it’s hard to resist the allure.
But being a fan of K-dramas gives you an extra desire to travel there. Certain places have special meaning. This is where the leads first confessed, this is where they got back together after she recovered all her lost memories, this is where they met for the first time – the feels are just too much!
Here are some of the special places where the magic happened (and so you need to visit):
1. N Seoul Tower/Namsan Tower
This absolutely iconic K-drama location has been featured in many drama love stories since OG days. Yeah, that’s right. I’m talking Lee Min Ho with curly hair in Boys Over Flowers wooing Geum Jan Di days. With its famous ‘Locks of Love;' the tower’s fence where couples hang padlocks to symbolise their eternal love, and its amazing views of Seoul, it’s hard not to weep happy tears thinking about all the K-drama couples that had sweet moments here.
2. Han River
Another icon of Seoul, the Han River has been the centre of K-drama scenes, both good and bad. Sure, K-drama writers have sometimes used the Han River as a tool to drive our leads apart, because tbh the scenery is excellent as the background for a dramatic break up, but it’s not all bad news. Head to Nanji Hangang Park on the Han River to relive Do Bong Soon and Ahn Min Hyuk’s teeth-rottingly cute picnic date.
3. Gyeongbokgung Palace
An amazingly beautiful palaces in Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace is also the largest out of all five. It was the main palace during the Joseon dynasty, where the King would reside and where the government would be held. If the thought of walking where Kings may have once walked doesn’t get you excited, maybe the fact that this palace was featured in Goblin will. Yes, this palace, specifically Gwanghwamun gate, is where Eun Tak and our beloved dokkaebi Kim Shin stepped out, when they returned to Korea from their wild impromptu Quebec trip. *Feels*, am I right?
4. The Botanical Garden BCJ (Byeokchoji)
Not only is this garden incredibly beautiful and full of a diverse range of interesting plant species, it’s also been the set for scenes in a crazy amount of dramas. Descendants of the Sun, Boys Over Flowers, She Was Pretty – the list just goes on and on. Needless to say, this garden has been the backdrop for many happy moments, Hong Ji Hong proposing to Yoo Hye Jung in Doctors is just one example.
5. Aqua Planet 63
Who doesn’t love a good aquarium? Aqua Planet 63 is the epic aquarium featured in the Legend of the Blue Sea scene where Sim Chung (the mermaid female lead of this drama) sneaks into the aquarium waters and goes for a swim with the rest of the marine life. The aquarium actually does feature a real mermaid show for visitors, but the mermaids are of course not real real. This aquarium was the setting for the two leads' reunion after at least two episodes of build-up. Ah, the memories.
Get packing fam, it’s time to visit Korea!
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