I Went On A Solo K-Drama Location Tour
Four years ago, I entertained the idea of visiting the Jade Garden arboretum seen on the K-drama That Winter, The Wind Blows. Fast forward to 2017 and with only a few days in Seoul on my own, I quickly realized that I needed more days to plan the Korean drama-inspired tour of my dreams. Most of the locations on my initial list were a few hours away from Seoul, so I figured I'd just focus on those that are easily accessible.
With my timeframe, I was able to squeeze in one filming location from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo and several from Goblin. Wanting to make the most out of my adventure (and letting my crazy creative side get the best of me), I staged "photoshoot" sessions, either by recreating scenes or shooting from the same angles. Here are some of them:
Scenes: Where Grandma Samshin is usually spotted; also the place where Sunny and Grim Reaper first met
Location: Yongdap Pedestrian Bridge
Directions: Ride the Seoul Subway. If coming from the main line of Line 2: get off at Seongsu and transfer to the platform going to Sinseol-dong. If coming from Line 1: get off at Sinseol-dong, transfer to Line 2 going to Seongsu. Get off at Yongdap station, Exit 2. The exit is connected to the bridge.
Less than 10 people got off the station, so I had the bridge all to myself. I'm not exaggerating—during my entire stay, a grand total of two people passed by the bridge. The area below the bridge is busier, with points of interest for locals and tourists alike. There's a walking path next to the stream, a workout park, and some installation art, to name a few.
Scene: Kim Shin seeing Grim Reaper's tea room through the wall
Location: Deoksugung Stone-Wall Road
Directions: Ride the Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2 and get off at City Hall station, Exit 2. Walk past the palace then turn right. When you see the Seoul Museum of Art to your left, turn right. Walk straight for a couple of meters until you spot the first corner on your right.
There were parked cars and a heated tent around the ~*corner*~, which makes the "view" a bit different from the one seen in the series. It was quite tricky to take a photo at the exact spot where Gong Yoo paused to stare, as cars would stop by the corner to pick up passengers, so be careful and alert when snapping pics.
Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
Scene: Where Jae Yi pulled over to get Bok Joo some meds for her hiccups
Location: Seoul Museum of Art
Directions: Ride the Seoul Subway Line 1 or 2 and get off at City Hall station, Exit 2. Pass by the palace then turn right. You'd see the art installation to your left from the station, and to your right if coming from the "tea room" corner mentioned above.
In case you're particular with details: there's no bench in front of the installation. If you have the luxury of time, you can also check the museum out, which is open all days except New Year's Day and all Mondays.
Planning a trip to Seoul soon? I'll let you in on a tip: You can visit all these places in one day!
What places would you like to recreate when you go to Seoul?