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"I Went to Korea to Find These Korean Drama Spots!"

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From Japanese drama and Terrace House, I tried watching Korean dramas just late last year when a friend sent me a link to Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (also known as Love in the Moonlight). I had no expectations, but then I slowly caught myself finishing at least one episode every night! When I started eating more bibimbap and bingsu, and following Korean actors' Instagram accounts, I knew I was hooked! Since then, I never stopped my nightly K-Drama habit, moving on to next "recommended" ones every time I finish a series.

As for my K-Drama Tour Instax series, it happened very randomly, a personal project that I came up with just the night before my flight. It wasn't my first time in Korea, so I've already covered most of the country's must-see places and the usual tourist spots. My original plan was just to catch springtime in Seoul, my favorite season.

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Since I had around five days, I realized that I needed a game plan to maximize this trip. Aside from spotting cherry blossoms, I listed a K-Drama Bucket List with shooting locations and Korean drama experiences. From just three to five, my list grew to 10+ sites and activities with at least one for each K-Drama I've seen. Because I'd be traveling solo, I printed Instax photos from the K-Drama scenes as my travel guide. With the language barrier in Korea, it's also easier to ask for directions when you just show a photo of where you're heading.

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At the airport while waiting for my early flight schedule, I dined in a cafe and took out the list to search online for their addresses or the nearest subway. Then I arranged them by subway line number, all handwritten at the back of my AirAsia receipt. I was almost all set by the time I boarded the plane.

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And because I love Candymag.com, I am sharing my #KDramaTour itinerary to you below!

Goblin

Entrance Fee: Free
How To Get There: Anguk Subway Station Line 3, Exit 4. Walk straight from exit until you reach Duksung Women's University.

I stayed near Seoul National University of Education Station Line 3, so I looked for a place in my bucket list that's in the same line number. Turns out, the lone location in Line number 3 is the Goblin's House!

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Legend of the Blue Sea

Entrance Fee: Free
How To Get There: Get off Myeong-dong Station. Look for the cable car of Namsan Tower (I used Google Maps). Heo Joon Jae's house is just before climbing the stairs to the cable cars. Address: 29 Sogong-ro 4-Gil

It took me long walks and many wrong turns just to get here! My clue from research is that it's near the entrance of Namsan Tower's cable cars. I followed the tower from Myeong-dong, and since "Heo Joon Jae's House" is not in Google Maps (lol), I typed in "Namsan Cable Car." 

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Entrance Fee: Free
How To Get There: Get off Gireum Station Subway Line 4, Exit 3. Take a bus (171, 1112, 1213, 7211) to Kookmin University. Just cross the street from the university and go down the stairs. You'll see Bok Chicken is on the left side.

In time for dinner, I chose to navigate Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo's Bok ChickenI love love the Goblin and Heo Joon Jae's houses, but I was even TEN TIMES KILIG when I saw Bok Joo's! All Weightlifting feels came rushing back!

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The Heirs

Entrance Fee: Just buy a drink (5900 KRW for the Mango Coconut Smoothie)
How to get there: Sinsa Station Line 3, Exit 8

Park Shin Hye worked here in the classic K-Drama The Heirs. Found a branch near Sinsa Station, although it's not the same as the one from The Heirs (which is in Gangnam). I ordered the Mango Coconut Smoothie, the same drink Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin had! Super unique combi, and it's yummy.

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Goblin

Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: Yongdap Station Line 2, Exit 2

Funny story, I got so excited and immediately took so many pictures on the first bridge I saw from Yongdap station's exit, only to realize that it was the wrong one! Had to go up a few flights for the right bridge. So remember, it's the one with the white bars. Anyway, there was almost no passerby when I took photos here, so you can have your "Grim-Sunny-jade ring moment." Hehe.

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Cheese in the Trap

Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: Gangbyeong Station Line 2
For the actual Coffee Bay from the series: Gasan Digital Complex Station Exit 4

It's not the same branch where Hong Seol worked as a cashier/barista in the series, and I wasn't able to dine because of time constraints, but hey, it's a Coffee Bay cafe!

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Legend of the Blue Sea

Riverside Spa Land
Entrance Fee: Basic rate is 9000 KRW
How to get there: Gangbyeong Station Line 2

Jimjilbang is Korea's version of a traditional public bathhouse, which has been on my Korea travel bucket list for a while now. Finally got to try it during this trip, and at the same branch where they shot scenes from LOTBS!

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Descendants of the Sun

Entrance Fee: Free, my coffee was around 4800 KRW
How to get there: Jeongja Station Line B, Exit 3

Ended my second day with a cup of latte in the classic K-Drama cafe: Dal.Komm! I've seen this logo so many times in several dramas like Descendants of the Sun, but I realized that I haven't been in one on any of my Korea trips. The actual shooting location is usually far, but I spotted a branch in Seoul through Google Maps, and it's an easy walk from the train station. 

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Goblin

Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: City Hall Station, Exit 1

Passed by this area during our Deoksugung Palace walking tour with Trazy. Several scenes in Goblin were shot here, including the one in my Instax print. It's also the place where Kim Shin first met the Grim Reaper. 

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

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Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: City Hall Station, Exit 1

The backdrop in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo after she had her "first date" with obesity doctor and her big-time crush Jung Jae Yi. It is actually in front of Seoul Museum of Art, which we also accidentally passed by during the Deoksugung Palace walking tour with Trazy.

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My Love from Another Star

Entrance Fee: 13.5 USD
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station Line 5, Exit 3

It's a 30-minute leisurely cruise around Seoul's Hangang River. Aside from spotting popular landmarks like the Namsan Tower and National Assembly Building, the cruise also reminded me of my favorite love team Do Min Joon and Cheon Song Yi from My Love from Another Star. They even played the drama's theme song on the boat!

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Legend of the Blue Sea

Entrance Fee: Free
How to get there: Yeouinaru Station Line 5, Exit 3.

Didn't realize this was a Legend of the Blue Sea shooting location, but I immensely enjoyed my stroll around Hangang Park on my way to my cruise schedule. It was where Heo Joon Jae and his mom watched fireworks when he was a kid. Only found out thanks to Instagram comments when I posted this photo! Aside from this park, which is now my new favorite place in Seoul, also in the area is the 63 Square where Shim Cheong "worked" as a mermaid.

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I can't pinpoint just one reason why I am so hooked with K-Dramas. Sure, there are the super handsome oppas and poreless leading ladies with the most kilig love stories ever. I also admire their cute sense of style, and get a serious case of LSS with their OST. But above that, I noticed that in most Korean dramas that I've watched, the main character always puts value in hard work, loving one's self, and showing how important families and friends are in their life.

Also, I always get all sorts of ~*feels*~ for every episode that I watch, so I guess relatability is the ultimate K-Drama charm. And being in the exact same spot where I've watched a good scene, I can almost hear the theme song playing! In a way, it makes me feel like I am even closer to my K-Drama type of happy ending. ♥

What K-drama shooting locations do you want to visit in the future? Share them with us below or via Twitter @candymagdotcom. We always love hearing from you. :)

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Kathreece Quizon 18 hours ago

Today, I am sharing my mother's story. I wish my mother was a constant in my life, like an angel who guards you to sleep and comes right there when you called. But angels come back home too, in heaven where they always belonged, and my mother went back a little early. My mother died when I was 13 years old. My last memory of my mother: Letting go when you are not yet ready is a very cruel thing that one has to ever experience. It is a sudden wave of total sadness and desperation crashing into your very core.

On the 28th of July 2013, we went to a resort in Bataan for the employees’ getaway. My parents own a 7-11 franchise, and it had always been a tradition to give their store clerks a get-together every year. I remember very well the last breakfast I had with my mother. The Sunday morning sky was clear and sunny, and the sea was calm and tranquil as we ate our breakfast on a cottage under the tall palm trees. She shared with us a strange dream she had the other night. She dreamt about an unknown woman holding an ice pick chasing her down on a dimly lit street, then she woke up just before the woman could grab her arm. We never knew what that dream exactly meant and now, I wished I never knew its meaning. After breakfast, my family and our employees decided to take a swim at the beach. The day was nice. The morning air may be chilly but the sun’s kiss on our skins gave us warmth. It was perfect. Everything is fine and the tides are low which made it very enjoyable to swim. We swam a little farther from the shore and we stopped to the point where the water reached our shoulders. We were talking about the good things in life and reminiscing the good old days. Those are the things that I’ve always loved about my family because I never had a meaningless conversation with them.

A few moments later, we heard a panicking call for help from one of our store clerks. It was Rachel. She was struggling to keep her head above water. She was already drowning but the odd thing was, she was only a few feet away from us. At first, we thought she was just playing around until we felt the sand in our toes dissolving like powder. It felt like as if the seafloor submerged deeper. I remembered sighting the shore and it seemed so close yet very far away. We were all panicking at that time. No one knew how to swim except my mother so without having second thoughts she swam towards Rachel and called out to my father, “Yung mga anak mo! Dalhin mo sa pampang yung mga anak mo!” and I never thought I already heard my mother’s last words to my father. I was paddling like a dog, gasping for air, as I say a little prayer to God to take us all back to safety. I felt my father grabbing our swimsuits, trying to lift our bodies so we can breathe even though he was also struggling to keep himself alive. Once I felt my toes touch the ground, there came a veil of relief that covered my whole body. As soon as my father and my sister made it to the shore we started calling out for help. There were no lifeguards on duty at that time, no personnel, nor guards. I saw my mother already floating in her stomach. We sighted a boat sailing nearby, we waved our hands and called for their attention. They almost ignored us because they cannot comprehend what we were trying to relay but the good thing was a passenger in the boat noticed my mother and Rachel in the water.

My mother’s body was laid on the shore. She was unconscious and her whole body was pale as white. My father performed CPR but my mother couldn’t get the water come out of her mouth because the food she ate earlier got stuck in her throat and blocked the passage. A concerned tourist offered his car to deliver my mom in a nearby health center or a clinic of some sort since the hospital was miles away from the beach and she needs immediate care. My father told us to stay in the hotel room and prepare mom’s belongings so that if she wakes up she has fresh clothes to change into. My sister and I finished packing our things and waited for our father to pick us up from the hotel. I was crying and I couldn’t stop myself because I was afraid to lose my mother. I couldn’t imagine what my life would be if I lose her that day. Moments lasted until we heard a knock on the door and it was my father, crying, and apologizing to us. He hugged me and my sister tightly and saying, “Sorry, anak, sorry hindi na uuwi si mommy, sorry hindi ko nasagip si mommy”. And that was the moment I felt sinking into the ground. I never knew what to feel at first. I was numb because my worries were now actually a reality that I have to live in. I was at shock because I am now one of the kids in those cliche teleseryes who lost a mother at an early age. We went to the health center to settle everything. The clinic was very small and it sure did lack equipment. He told us to stay in the car. I wanted to see my mom, but I know he never wanted us to see her like that. I didn’t know what to feel. I was having high anxiety levels that my stomach is churning and I wanted to vomit. I got off the car and entered the health center to find the restroom. When I was finding my way around, I passed by the emergency room. I saw my mother lying in a foldable bed, lifeless, her hands dangling from the side of the bed, she has violet bruises on her skin, and her body was partially covered with a white towel.

That is when it sunk into me that she’s dead and never coming back. My father asked the others to just commute back to Manila because what we need right now is comfort from our family. The drive back home was one of the most painful memory I had as a kid. My father was in the steering wheel crying his eyes out. We drove from Bataan to Pampanga. We went home to my grandmother’s house, the nearest house that we can call “home” because how are we still going to be “home” without her?

Once we reached Pampanga, we stopped over to the gas station and my father made some calls to our loved ones to tell them that my mother passed away. He then called my aunt to help him arrange for the funeral. We got home and my grandmother hugged us and told us to get some rest. Already tired of crying, I went to sleep for a while. I woke up and for a second, I thought everything that happened the other day was all just a dream. That she was there in Manila, sitting on the couch reading some furniture magazine, waiting for us to go home. But that’s how cruel life is, right? I got up and weirdly, I felt sands in the bed. It was gray, just like the ones on the beach. I thought maybe it was just dirt but it was a fair amount to believe that maybe she visited us before she left. - ?

- The part of how I conquered the grief of her passing is shared in my personal blog. I felt the need to share my story with everyone since she's the woman I look up to. Feel free to visit my personal blog too when you have the time. I love writing my stories. Thank You! link: http://qkathreece.wixsite.com/kathreecequizon/post/breaking-waves

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