Nonsan Sunshine Land is a complex cultural space where you can experience and enjoy various activities and sights. The area is huge, comprises different divisions such as the Military Experience Center, Survival Experience Center, 1950 Studio, and the Sunshine Studio. You can experience various pleasures through the Military Experience Center, the Survival Experience Center and the Sunshine Studio. Sunshine Land is located in Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea. It is a site where visitors can enjoy activities in the military experience halls, survival experience halls. Moreover, visitors can also have a great time touring the drama and movie filming sets that present a vivid historical picture in the mid-1950s.
Military Experience Center
The Military Experience Center grants visitors the feeling of what it is like to be in the military through recreation games. You can enjoy a variety of activities such as indoor shooting, screen shooting, and a VR (Virtual Reality) experience in the Military Experience Center. If you want to have some excellent fun with your friends and families, you can visit here.
The 1950 Studio is based on the 1950s after the Korean war. It is not as huge as the Sunshine Studio however, there’s a lot to see such as carpenter shop, barbershop, restaurant, bars, pharmacy, bank, theater, school, etc. It is also known as 1950s Seoul Street. The whole studio site still has traces of war and it is really fun to look around as they provide an interesting place to see the historic charm and a glimpse of Seoul during the Korean War. This place offers visitors a trip to the past in the 1950s.
Are you a Korean drama fan? Have you watched the popular Korean drama, ‘Mr. Sunshine’? It is a drama written by the popular drama writer, Kim Eun-sook, and popular TV actors appeared in the drama such as Lee Byung Hun, Kim Tae Ri, Yoo Young Seok, Kim Min Jung, and Byun Yohan.
KOREAN DRAMA- MR. SUNSHINE
Sunshine Studio would probably the main highlight of Sunshine Land. As I mentioned earlier, it is the main filming location of the 2018 Korean drama series ‘Mr. Sunshine’ where important scenes were filmed here. It centers around Eugene Choi, born into slavery, who runs away to America and returns to Joseon as a United States Marine Corps officer, where he meets and falls in love with the granddaughter of an aristocrat, Go Ae Shin. The series is set in Hanseong, the former name of Seoul, in the early 1900s, and focuses on activists fighting for Korea’s independence from other country forces and authorities. The drama was a hit and due to its popularity, the Sunshine Studio attracts a lot of visitors, making it one of the must-visit tourist spots in Nonsan.
Ok, let’s have a glance at the Sunshine Studio.
This is the Glory Hotel. It has a lobby, a reception desk, a merchandise shop where you can see some remarkable things used in the drama, and a mini-theater where you can watch some scenes from the drama.
On the second floor of the hotel, there’s a cafe where you can enjoy a cup of coffee with your friends or loved ones. Plus, you can also have a whole studio view from the second floor.
HONGYEGYO BRIDGE AND JONGNO STREET
The Hongyegyo Bridge and Jongno Street where Go Ae Shin and Eugene Choi met for the first time
The Japanese bar where Eugene Choi, Kim Hee Sung, and Goo Dong Mae normally meet and have a drink
GO AE SHIN’S GRANDFATHERS’ HOUSE
THE DEAAN GATE
HANSUNG ELECTRIC TRAM
The Hansung Electric Tram appeared several times in the drama.
GYEONGUI LINE AND SEE YOU AGAIN GARDEN
The Gyeongui Line and See You Again Garden appeared on the drama’s finale.
You can also see some significant items on display that were used as props in the drama just around the corners of the studio.
I really had a great time at Nonsan Sunshine Land. If you already watched the drama, ‘Mr. Sunshine, I recommend you to visit here and see it yourself. If you’re a fan of the drama, you will surely have a great time touring the studio.
102, Bonghwang-ro, Yeonmu-eup, Nonsan-si, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea
From Yongsan Station take a KTX or Mugunghwa train to Nonsan Station. From Nonsan Station Bus Stop (2-3minute walk from Nonsan Station) or Yeonmudae Express Bus Terminal Bus Stop, take Bus No. 216 and get off at Hwangha 4-ri Bus Stop. Then, walk for approximately 5-10 minutes to get to Sunshine Land. (From Seoul to Nonsan: roughly 1 hour and 45 minutes by KTX / 3 hours by bus)
- Sunshine Land: 09:00-18:00 (November-February – 09:00-17:00)
- Sunshine Studio: 10:00-18:00
*Closed on Mondays
- VR experience: 15,000 Korean Won
- Screen and Indoor Shooting Range: 2,000 Korean Won
- Sunshine Studio: 7,000 Korean Won for Adults; 5,000 Korean Won for Youth; 3,000 Korean Won for Children