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?
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I've been investing in arts, photography, and writing. I've also got back to reading the other day and I finished reading this amazing book entitled 300 Things I Hope by Iain S. Thomas. It is all about the things the author hopes his readers to do in all aspects of life. So, I decided to make a version of it with all of the things I'm hoping for.
I hope I get to see my friends be successful in life. I hope to make a big mural someday. I hope to be a well-known artist like the artists I look up to. I hope to marry the person I am in love with today. I hope to be a little kinder to myself. I hope to see happiness even in the smallest things. I hope to travel the world. I hope to be a good mother and a wife to my future family. I hope to have my artworks displayed in a gallery or an exhibit. I hope to learn more about creative writing. I hope I won't learn how to get tired and give up my passion. I hope I won't get too hard on myself whenever I don't get the results I've been wanting to see in my works. I hope to love myself more even on the days I hate it the most. I hope to lead and empower women; to be their voice and for them to believe in themselves that they can be the woman they look up to. And when I've reached my limit of these things, I hope I won't get tired of reminding myself that my emotions don't make me weak, hence, makes me stronger. These are some of the things I always hope for. What about you? What are you hoping for?
I started fixing myself this quarantine. I mean, I started trying makeup products. As a teen, I'm on my phone almost every hour of the day, scroll on my social media accounts, especially Instagram, and also Pinterest where you get to see nice and pleasing photography by bunch of amazing and beautiful people from different parts of the world. So I started taking my own as well. I did not know that taking your own photo and try to get an Instagramable one is sooooooooo hard, it's exhausting. I do not have alot of space in my room, and I would definitely not do it outside our house because of Corona Virus, and I don't want to be seen by our neighbors HAHA so I have no choice but to make tiis inside my room.
Out of atleast 25 shots, only 2 are a nice picture. While I'm all sweaty and tired, I am proud of what I could do beyond my comfort zone. And this definitely built my self confidence, (and I secret love the compliments I received from both people I know and don't know) It's not my first time visiting in here, Candy! But I'm new to writing my thoughts and experiences, so bare with me HAHA.
Until next time!
First. Pixie dust and paper cuts – these are the first things Wendy knew about Peter Pan. Aurora first met Prince Philip when she was sixteen. Learning how to ride a bike was also a first while I was growing up, but you are probably the first of too many. The first collection of dust and stars; maybe Luna will try to ask, who was your first? I might answer and tell her that it was you.
The first of too many stars in the sky. You are the first of too many fallen leaves during fall – and you will be the most anticipated snowflake as winter comes. A dark path that you can’t see without any light, hence, you were once the moon and there are the stars that shine so bright at night. Are we too early? Or we just really want to be ahead of time? Even in a glimpse, I would like to see the two of us connect as if we can reach the sky. There are other parts of the heavens you have never saw and other oceans you haven’t laid your feet onto – but the constellations will always wait for you. Close your eyes, love, close your eyes. Start counting backward: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1. Count backward until you see the twinkling lights that will guide you to the right path. To the right satellite; to the right person. A first.
There are many firsts – first love, first heartbreak, first sport you played, the first thing you do in the morning, the first thing you remember about the person in front of you. There are a lot. It’s actually up to us how we will consider something as a first. So, Primo, you are already a first of too many.