It’s no secret that Korean dramas have captured the eyes of viewers around the world as they give a glimpse of aesthetic and dreamy locations that house the show’s plot. While we sometimes think that these places are too good to be true, a lot of these dramas are actually filmed at well-known universities in the country. Some of these universities even have heritage sites and museums on campus, which just adds to the many reasons why you should drop by! Ahead, check out eight famous Korean universities featured in K-dramas and where you can find them on your next trip to Korea.
8 Popular Korean Schools That Have Been Featured in K-Dramas
1. Keimhyung University
Located in the Nam District of Daegu, Keimyung University is a private institution that houses lush trees and scenic campus roads. The university’s architecture can also be attributed for its 19th century American-style buildings, from its brick walls and white columns. Apart from the architecture, Keimyung University is also known for its amphitheater and tennis court, both of which were featured in a few episodes of Extraordinary You. The campus was also featured in the 2019 drama Melting Me Softly and the iconic 2009 drama Boys Over Flowers.
Address: 104 Myeongdeok-ro, Nam-gu, Daegu, South Korea
2. Sungshin Women’s University - Woonjung Green Campus in Mia
Commonly featured as a hospital in dramas like Unlock My Boss, Backstreet Rookie, and Tale of the Nine Tailed, Sungshin Women’s University sits at the heart of the Gangbuk District of Mia-dong, Seoul. This university boasts iconic glass exteriors and a spiral art gallery similar to New York’s Guggenheim Museum.
Address: 55 Dobong-ro 76ga-gil, Gangbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea
3. University of Seoul
Known for a Seoul Future Heritage Site called Kyongnong Hall, the University of Seoul is definitely an iconic institution. Found at the heart of the Dongdaemun District of Seoul, the university is part of the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Seoul Film Commission’s 2012 book titled The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell In Love With. Popular K-dramas like Itaewon Class, Penthouse, and Melancholia have previously filmed in the university. The university itself even detailed the parts of the campus wherein Melancholia was filmed!
Address: 163 Seoulsirip-daero, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
4. Seoul National University
You might recognize the name Seoul National University or SNU from many K-dramas before. Thanks to being mentioned in the shows Squid Game and Extraordinary Attorney Woo, SNU is known on-screen and off-screen as one of South Korea’s most prestigious universities. Located in the Gwanak District of Seoul, SNU houses traditional and modern-contemporary buildings that were featured in The Seoul Architectural Guide from 2013. The university has also been featured in Because This Is My First Life and Penthouse.
Address: 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul, South Korea
5. Yonsei University
Along with SNU, Yonsei University is also considered one of South Korea’s most prestigious universities. Similar to the University of Seoul, the university is part of the book The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell In Love With. K-Dramas are typically filmed in its Sinchon Campus, which is famously known for the Underwood Hall, a gothic-style building and historical landmark. The building itself is seen in Cheer Up, True Beauty, and Snowdrop. You can even see Yonsei University’s Amphitheater in the backdrop of Han Ji Hyun’s Instagram post during the filming of Cheer Up!
Address: 50 Yonsei-ro, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
6. Sun Moon University - Asan Campus
Found in Tangjeong Township, Sun Moon University’s Asan lush campus is tucked into the hills of the district, giving us perfect K-drama vibes! Case in point: Sun Moon University’s central library has been featured in One The Woman, D.P. and Penthouse.
Address: 70 Seonmun-ro 221beon-gil, Tangjeong-myeon, Asan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
7. Korea National Sport University
Dubbed as South Korea’s only national sport university, Korea National Sport University has appeared multiple times in the hit drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. We see Nam Joo Hyuk’s character training at the steps of this university in some episodes of the show. Want to visit? The university is located in the Songpa District of Seoul and shares a border with the South Korea Olympic Park.
Address: 1239 Yangjae-daero, Bangi-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
8. Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Also known as Seoul Tech, the Seoul National University of Science and Technology spans across the Geongneung and Hagye neighborhoods in the Nowon District of Seoul. The university houses both traditional and modern-contemporary buildings that have been featured in the Seoul Architectural Guide from 2013. Its scenic lake and track field have been featured in the final episode of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, as well as in Because This is My First Life and Touch Your Heart.
Address: 232 Gongneung-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea