Are you a fan of Korean dramas? Do you love watching k-dramas and dreamed of visiting your favorite K-drama filming locations? Well, then come to Korea, visit these places, and fulfill your fangirl dreams.
There are famous attractions in Gapyeong, a county in Gyeonggi Province, and Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, both are northeast of Seoul. Here are the filming locations of some of my favorite dramas that I visited when I went to Gapyeong.
1. The Garden of Morning Calm
The Garden of Morning Calm is a large arboretum that features different flowers, plants, and trees. It is said to be the oldest private garden in Korea.
In the k-drama, Love in the Moonlight or Moonlight Drawn By Clouds, aired in 2016, the garden is part of the Royal Palace. My favorite actor and the adorable actor Park Bo-gum, and the gorgeous actress Kim Yoo-Jung starred in this drama that portrays a youth romance drama set in the 19th century Joseon Dynasty.
The drama, She Was Pretty, starring Park Seo-Joon (Ji Sung-Joon) and Hwang Jung-Eum (Kim Hye-Jin), also shoot in the garden their picnic scene in the final episode. This is a romantic comedy-drama aired in 2015, based on a true story about two former acquaintances who meet again at a fashion magazine’s publishing office.
Another drama, I’m Not a Robot, also filmed some cute scenes in the garden. It is a series aired in 2017 starring the lovely actress Chae Soo-Bin and charming actor Yoo Seong-Ho. The drama is about a wealthy man who suffers from a severe allergy when interacting with other people that end up falling in love with a woman who pretends to be a robot.
Address: 432 Sumogwon-ro, Sang-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Operating hours: 8:30 am – 7:00 pm
2. Petite France
Petite France , a small French-style theme park constructed the year 2008 in Gapyeong, Korea.
The hit drama, My Love from the Stars, filmed some of their fluttering scenes here. It was aired in early 2014, starring the handsome Kim Soo-Hyun (Do Min-Joon) and versatile actress Jun Ji-Hyun (Cheon Song-Yi). It portrays the story of an alien who landed on Earth and a top actress, falling in love with each other. The drama was such a great hit that it gained popularity throughout the world and not only in Korea.
Address: 1063 Hoban-ro, Oeseo-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Opening Hours: 09:00 am ~ 6:00 pm (No Holidays)
* Depending on seasons and weather conditions, opening and closing times for Petite France are subject to change.
3. Nami Island
Nami Island or Namiseom, a half-moon shaped island located in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province, South Korea.
One of my all-time favorite Korean dramas was Winter Sonata. Winter Sonata known also as Winter Love Story or Winter Love Song) was a drama series aired in 2002. The main leads were Bae Yong-Joon and Choi Ji-Woo. It is a love story that touched the hearts of women. The drama showed us how to love a woman with complete gentleness, kindness, and understanding. No wonder it was a big hit drama worldwide.
Address: 1 Namisum-Gil, Namsan-myeon, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do, South Korea
Admission Fees (Entrance Fee + Ferry Fare):
Operating Hours: Ferry Schedule
- 07:30am-09:00am (30 minute intervals)
- 09:00am-06:00pm (10-20 minute intervals)
- 6:00pm-11:40pm (30 minute intervals)
Before, I was just dreaming of visiting these amazing places, and then after coming to Korea finally, I was able to fulfill my fangirling dream. Visiting these K-drama filming locations I’d seen only in television before feels like cloud nine for a fangirl like me.