If you’re planning to head to Korea this holiday season, then here are 10 places to visit in and around Seoul as recommended by our favourite Korean dramas. Do not miss out these must-visit places for the hard-core drama fan in you!
Bukchon Hanok Village
Surrounded by palaces and the Jongmyo Shrine, this village is home to hundreds of traditional houses, which you might recognise from dramas such as Personal Taste and Monster. You can also drop by nearby attractions such as Insa-dong and sip coffee at Samcheongdong.
The Namiseom Island is a half-moon shaped isle that exudes elegance and beauty. An hour away from the bustling Seoul, it is known for its tree-lined roads, which captured viewers’ hearts in Winter Sonata. You can take part in the Nami Island Glass workshop or just take a stroll around the natural landscape.
A popular hotspot for couples, both local and international, the Namsan Tower offers you a spectacular view of the city and will take your breath away, especially at night. Take the cable car up to the Seoul Tower Plaza to visit the observatory and the Hanbok Cultural Experience Center. Also, put a lock on the bridge together with your significant other just like, Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun did in My Love From Another Star!
Chanelling the French culture in the middle of Korea is Petite France, a village and youth training facility. You can even stay a couple of days in one the French-styled buildings and wake up to percussion instruments from around the world. You might recognise this tourist attraction from the famous Secret Garden drama.
Pocheon Art Valley
Suitable for a day trip outside of Seoul, the Pocheon Art Valley was established in what used to be a granite quarry. You can attend exhibitions and talks at the Pocheon Art Valley Astronomical Science Museum and also snap a selfie at the location where one of the most iconic scenes of The Legend Of The Blue Seas was filmed!
Korean Folk Village
Step back into time at the Korean Folk Village and learn the ways of life of the people who lived during the Joseon time period. Also get to witness martial art on horseback and a traditional wedding ceremony. And try to spot familiar locations from dramas such as Sungkyunkwan Scandal and more!
If you have had enough of the night skyline, then drop by the Coex Aquarium to watch the sealife come to live around you. With over 16 themed zones and 650 different species, it is a sight not to miss. You can even reenact the tearful yet romantic scene from I Hear Your Voice!
If you’re a fan of the period dramas like The Moon Embracing The Sun and Rooftop Prince, then Gyeongbokgung palace is one of the many palaces to visit while you’re in Seoul. Take the chance to dress up as gatekeepers and do not miss the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony!
From The Master’s Sun to City Hunter, the Han River is featured in plenty of Korean dramas and movies. It is also a popular tourist destination within Seoul, with cafes and parks lining the length of it. So, grab a drink and take in the view of the city at night or just take a stroll along the river.
If you’re a fan of Coffee Prince, the youthful and romantic Hongdae is a must-visit. Get a drink at the café that was home to the classic drama or channel your inner kid at the Hongdae playground. Even taking a walk along the Hongdae Mural Street will be just as delightful.