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How to Make your own Korean drama Tour

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How to Make your own Korean drama Tour: Korean drama, Secret Garden. Some scenes filmed at Seeas Hotel on Jeju Island.

 

Koreans seem to own the formula on great drama. In fact, K-dramas are becoming a rapid addiction around the world. Popular in Asia, in parts such as Japan, Thailand and India; the rage has even been making itself known in the U.S. (just ask Hawaii!)

My mother has watched 92 dramas (probably more than any Korean) this past year! I can’t imagine watching that amount of dramas in one year less a lifetime. Her friends, bitten by the k-drama bug years earlier,  surpass her ranking. Hard to imagine, right?


Korean drama tours and  K-drama film locations

K-drama clubs and film tours are beginning to spring up, with sightseeing itineraries to feed drama-hungry fanatics. Thanks to the Korean Tourism Organization and its publishing drama locations on its tourism site, fans don’t have to waddle up steep cash for a guided tour to locations of  their favorite shows. Instead, they can make their own itinerary. Although sitting with a busload of crazed fans to share your passion is equally fun, I imagine…

 

How to find Korean drama locations in Korea?

Korea reels with locations and you may accidentally stumble upon a few and not even know it! That’s how I’ve come upon some in Gyeongju, Seoul, Jeju Island… and if the drama is really popular, it may sport an advertisement banner to  recognize  the spot, like the Pasta drama sign outside a restaurant.

Pasta Korean drama film location

Stumbled upon Pasta’s restaurant location while exploring the streets in Apgujeong, Seoul

(Photos above/below) Another drama site, Queen Seondoek of Silla, in one of the tourist sites in historical Gyeongju.  

How to make your own DIY Korean drama Tour?

1. Visit the Korea Tourism site and look for their Theme Tours tab.

2, Click on Film Location Tours or just click here.

3. Click on the button pages of  your favorite shows and see some of its film locations.

4. Map your  itinerary.

It’s as easy as that.

Many locations will showcase a banner of the popular Korean show that was filmed there so that even if you didn’t know you were visiting a film location, you’ll realize you are. Korea’s tourism is very good about that.

When my mom visited me over the holidays, we visited Jeju Island (and Seoul). I tailored some of our  Korea itinerary to three main dramas we shared in common (of course, along the way we accidentally found more locations but these are the ones we liked best). Here’s an example:

Seoul Film location

Coffee Prince Cafe Korean Drama: Tiramisu Cafe in Hongdae, Seoul (one of the locations of Coffee Prince Cafe but not the main one)  *you can read my post here


Myeongdong

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Bukchon Hanok Village in Samcheong-dong boasts Personal Taste & a handful of other shows.

Jeju Island Locations

Read: Top 8 Things to Do on Jeju Island

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Boys over Flowers jeju hyatt regency hotel review, korean drama locations on jeju island My mom and I booked a stay at the Hyatt Regency in Jungmun Resort on Jeju. It also was one of the locations for Boys over Flowers.   Wedding Chapel location for Boys over Flowers 

 

 

Teddy Bear Museum, Jeju

Read: Teddy Bear Museum on Jeju Island

 

Seeas  Hotel, Jungmun Resort Area, Jeju Island

See inside the hotel here.

Seeas Hotel in Jungmun Resort, Jeju Island . Location for many popular Korean dramas:  Gung/Princess Diaries, Boys over Flowers, Secret Garden and more.    Best Korean drama film locations: Visitors are only allowed to the lobby and outside grounds and restaurant areas. Guests are allowed access to the inside areas.   Getting there: Tourist bus at the airport makes a stop at this location but it a little outside the Jungmun Resort area.

Oedolgae Rock, Jeju Island

Best Korean drama film locations: My mother and I visited Oedolgae Rock off of Jeju Island and discovered it was a film location too.     Oedolgae Rock    Getting There: This location can be gotten to by local bus or taxi. We took a taxi for ease.

Where to buy your Korean Drama and K-pop fan paraphernalia 

So you’re a fan and want to build your fandom of you favorite K-pop or Korean drama star with pictures, notebooks, keychains, socks. Where can you buy it?

Seoul has a handful of shops selling celebrity paraphernalia.  There’s the gift and souvenir shops in Insadong (on the main walking street), Namdaemun Market, a small corner shop in Myeongdong‘s subway near one of the exits (wish I could remember which one!).  The latter you can even buy K-pop CDs and subtitled versions of the K-dramas or films for cheap.

Read Top 5 Souvenirs to Buy in Korea

If you walk through the markets or underground subway stores of big cities, you’ll find skin care shops with Korea’s most popular pin-ups. The skin care shops such as Faceshop, It’s Skin, Tony Moly, Missha occasionally offer freebie sample products with celebrity faces on them. I’m a fan of Faceshop. I took my mom in and she got a free face pack with Rain on it; another time, she got a free box of cottons with 2PM and Kim Hyun Joong on it!

Shopping in Insadong (click here to learn more about it)   Shopping in Myeongdong (click here to learn more about it)  

Korean drama paraphanalia found across Seoul  

What are some of your tips to planning a Korean Drama Tour?

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15 Comments

  1. Bubble says:

    I am going to Korea solo next Wed.. glad I found your blog and will do some of the stuff listed here. thanks.

    Will also go to My Love from the Star exbidition (really my reason to go to Korea now) so wish me luck 🙂

  2. Debjani Dutta says:

    Hi, I’m a research scholar from India working on the Korean Wave and I was wondering if I could use some of your pictures in an academic paper, particularly the Pasta and Queen Seondeok ones. I’ll give full credits to the site, of course. Please let me know, and thanks in advance!

  3. Windy says:

    thanks for your entry guy!I love Korea Film and after this blog I think I really wanna take a tour to there! 🙂
    By the way,nice to meet you.Can we make friends?I want to know more about this country,maybe I’ll come Korea someday 🙂

  4. Laura in Cancun says:

    All these shows look so cool! 🙂

  5. Malou says:

    Also, Daegu’s very own Keimyung University was the filming location for the exclusive Shinhwa school in Boys Over Flowers! I saw the university before watching the drama, so I was thinking .. hmm.. that place looks familiar, thinking it was in Seoul or something!

  6. bweiss says:

    A tour there would be a great experience for whatever reason you went.

    • @bweiss: yes & Korea actually has some great lower cost city tours that are excellent too. The country is def trying to make it better for tourists.

      @Malou: Yeah, I saw that! I’ll actually be hitting that university tomorrow to get my travel shots at Dongsan Med Ctr. LOL.

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