As part of South Korea’s soft power, dramas are increasingly being broadcast abroad on television and the internet. Day by day, people are watching K-Dramas, creating an allure in South Korea and making people want to travel to Seoul and the countryside. Korea has a lot to offer and many places are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Let’s discover some of the most beautiful places that appeared in historical dramas!
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul
Dramas: “Kingdom” (2019), “My Sassy Girl” (2017), “The Real Player” (2016), “Queen In-Hyun’s Man” (2012).
Place: The North Palace, built in 1395, is often referred to as such due to its location. Compared to the other palaces such as Gyeonghuigung and Changdeokgung, Gyeongbokgung Palace is considered to be the most beautiful. You can read more about it here.
Address: 161, Sajik-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
2. Bukchon Hanok Village in Seoul
Dramas: “My Roommate is a Gumiho” (2021), “Hotel del Luna” (2019), “Goblin” (2016)
Place: Bukchon Hanok Village is made up of hundreds of traditional houses, known as “Hanok”, dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. The neighborhood’s name, which literally means “Northern Village”, owes itself to its location, situated north of two major landmarks in Seoul, Jongno and Cheonggyecheon Stream. Today, many of these houses are used as cultural centers, restaurants and inns. You can read more about it here.
Address: 37 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3. Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul
Dramas: “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” (2019), “The Red Sleeve” (2021), “The King’s Affection” (2021), “Kingdom” (2019), “The Crowned Clown” (2019), “Moonlight drawn by clouds” (2016), “The Real Player” (2016), “secret door” (2014), “Prince of the Roof” (2012)
Place: Changdeokgung Palace was built in 1405 after the construction of Gyeongbukgung Palace. It served as the main palace for the most prominent kings of the Joseon Dynasty. It is one of the few remaining royal palaces that is well preserved. The palace grounds are made up of a public palace area and a residence building for the royal family. The back garden features a large tree that is over 300 years old and a small pond. It is also a place where kings can rest. You can read more about it here.
Address: 99 Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
4. Dae Jang Geum Park in Gyeonggi-do
Dramas: “The Red Sleeve” (2021), “Mr. Queen” (2020), “Tale Of The Nine Tailed” (2020), “The Tale of Nokdu” (2019), “Rookie Historian Goo Hae Ryung” (2019) ), “The moon that embraces the sun” (2012), “Jumon” (2016), “The King’s Affection” (2021), “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020)
Place: One of the most popular historical dramas in Korea is “Park Dae Jang Geum”, located in Yongin. Park facilities are based on historical records and feature several semi-permanent structures that represent the lifestyle and architectural style of the past. The natural landscapes that surround the park make visitors feel like they are traveling back in time. You can read more about it here.
Bonus: BTS’s Suga shot his “Daechwita” music video there!
Address: 25, Yongcheon drama-gil, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
5. Korean Folk Village in Gyeonggi-do
Dramas: “The moon that embraces the sun” (2012), “100 Days My Prince” (2018), “Kingdom” (2019), “Tale Of The Nine Tailed” (2020)
Place: Korean Folk Village aims to introduce visitors to the culture of the late Joseon period through various activities such as cultural classes and shaman faith. It also features unique areas such as a farming village, a Confucian academy, a village street, and a nobleman’s house. You can read more about it here.
Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
6. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress in Gyeonggi-do
Dramas: “Love in the Moonlight” (2016)
Place: Suwon was one of the regional government centers during the Joseon Dynasty. The fortress known as Hwaseong was built to protect the city from invaders. In December 1997, it was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fortress was built from the year 1794 to the year 1796, and has an elevation of 5.7 kilometers. This structure was built to establish a new pioneer city. It also hosts several cultural events each year.You can read more about it here.
Address: 320, Suseong-ro, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea / 21, Changnyong-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
7. Baekje Cultural Land in Chungcheongnam-do
Dramas: “Moon Lovers: Ryeo Scarlet Heart” (2016), “The Last Empress” (2018).
Place: Baekje Cultural Land was used to film the drama”Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo.” It has a museum, a temple, a restaurant and rest areas. This is a representation of the Kingdom of Baekje, portrayed in the film.
Address: 455 Baekjemun-ro, Gyuam-myeon, Buyeo-gun, Chungcheongnam-do
8. Choi Champan’s House in Gyeonsangnam-do
Dramas: “Alchemy of Souls” (2022), “Love in the Moonlight” (2016)
Place: One of the most prominent historic buildings in Suwon is Choi Champan, which is a traditional Korean house known for being the setting for a Korean novel, “The Land” by Park GyeongRi. This structure is also very large and offers fantastic views of the surrounding area. Through this house, visitors can gain a deeper understanding of the culture of the late Joseon era. You can read more about it here.
Address: 66-7 Pyeongsari-gil, Agyang-myeon, Hadong-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea
9. Woljeonggyo Bridge in Gyeonsangbuk-do
Dramas: “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020)
Place: The Woljeonggyo Bridge, which spans a river in Gyo-dong, was built during the unified Silla period. Unfortunately, it was destroyed during the Joseon Dynasty due to a fire. In April 2018, the bridge was reconstructed and became the longest wooden bridge in Korea. The bridge’s first reconstruction was from 2008 to 2013 and final touches were added from April 2016 to April 2018.
Address: 48 Gyo-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
10. Mungyeongsaejae Provincial Park in Gyeonsangbuk-do
Dramas: “Royal Secret Inspector Joy” (2021), “The King’s Affection” (2021), “Lovers of the Red Sky” (2020), “Haechi” (2019)
Location: Mungyeong Saejae is a mountain pass in the middle of Korea. It is located in North Gyeongsang Province, in a city called Mungyeong. It is yet another famous filming location for many historical dramas in Korea.
Address: 932, Saejae-ro, Mungyeong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
11. Andong Hahoe Village in Gyeonsangbuk-do
Dramas: “Pachinko” (2022)
Place: One of Korea’s most famous folk villages is Hahoe, surrounded by the Nakdonggang River. The villagers are descendants of the Pungsan clan. It is also classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address: 2-1, Hahoejongga-gil, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
12. Saseongam Temple in Jeollanam-do
Dramas: “The King: Eternal Monarch” (2020), “Moon Lovers: Ryeo Scarlet Heart” (2016)
Location: Saseongam is named after four monks who lived and studied in the area. It was established during the reign of King Seong of Baekje in 544 CE. The main hall features a Buddha that would have been carved with the fingernails of a monk named Wonhyo. The views from the building are said to be spectacular.
Address: 189 Jukma-ri, Muncheok-myeon, Gurye-gun, Jeollanam-do
If you could add any places, what would you choose? Have you ever visited any of these K-Drama venues? Let us know in the comment below!