K Drama

My kind of ‘Itaewon Class’

Recently, covid19 cases are rising again in South Korea. Hence the government urges people to stay indoors and avoids any unnecessary outdoor activities if possible. Since then, Netflix plays an important role as a good companion at home with the coronavirus outbreak. And I always on the lookout for the latest K-dramas. Is anyone same as me? Itaewon Class is the latest one on my list.

Itaewon Class Poster

Itaewon Class

Based on the webtoon of the same name, Itaewon Class is a coming-of-age plot about Park Saeroyi (Park Seo-joon) who swears revenge on Jang Dae-hee (Yoo Jae-myung) for his father’s death. In short, Park Saeroyi and his team fight to transform their bar-restaurant, Danbam (단밤) into a successful franchise. This drama caught my attention as it just hits differently than other classic love-story dramas.

According to research, Itaewon Class has consistently been on Netflix’s Top 10. The final episode of this series even peaked to 16.5% in Korea. On top of that, the filming location, Itaewon is gaining more reputation recently along with the fame of Itaewon Class.

Follow my footsteps to explore Itaewon if you are one of the fans of Itaewon Class. Let’s go!

Itaewon Class Shooting Locations

The old Danbam (단밤)

Danbam is the first restaurant operated by Park Saeroyi. It is actually in Itaewon but the sign “Danbam” is already gone. I guess it is closed for a moment for renovation. However, do not worry as you will recognize the store easily as soon as you get there.

  • Address: 57-28 Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Nearest Subway Station: Noksapyeong Station (Line 6), Exit 3

You could also get there from Itaewon Station, one station apart from Noksapyeong Station. Walk straight after you come out from Exit 1. Then continue to walk until you see the McDonald’s on the other side of the road. Danbam is just across the road.

Noksapyeong Bridge (녹사평육교)

This is one of the spots that often was featured in the drama. Overlooking Namsan Tower, the bridge was unsurprisingly busier than the previous location. Few groups of people were taking pictures when my friends and I reached there. It was great to know that I am not the only one who loved the drama.

  • Address: Noksapyeongdae-ro 195, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Nearest Subway Station: Noksapyeong Station (Line 6), Exit 3

I would surely visit the place again next time as I heard that the night view there is stunning.

There are actually many more iconic shooting locations of Itaewon Class in Itaewon. While my friends and I could not resist hunger and we changed our plan to visit some nice cafes around the area.

Nice cafes around Itaewon

Wafille (와필레)

It is always nice to use the hot weather as an excuse to enjoy something sweet. This waffle theme cafe in Itaewon has a fun red & white retro diner-style decor. They do offer a selection of classic or chocolate coated waffles. It is the best one in the world. I guarantee.

Do you know what is an enviable life? It is where you get up to the smell of Liege waffles. Ohh, at the moment the waffle picture is making my mouth watery!

  • Address: 556-3, Itaewon-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Business hours: 12:00-21:00 (Closed on Monday)

The Royal Food & Drink (더로열푸드앤드링크)

The Royal Food & Drink is kind of a coffee shop-cum-restaurant-cum-bar. Considering the place is quite small, the menu is rather diverse. And I really like the food choices and the drinks that they create. A nice mix of breakfast and brunch items, salads, sandwiches, and main meals, along with coffee, smoothies, cocktails, wine, and beer. 

The views from the second and third floors are cool and popular to Instagrammers, while I personally prefer the post-industrial feel of the inside.

  • Address: 37, Sinheung-ro 20gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Business hours: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday)

You can see more information on their Facebook page.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/theroyalfad

Initially, my friends and I planned to explore all the iconic filming spots of Itaewon Class. However, it turned out chit-chatting in cafes. Why not? As long as we enjoyed the moments.

Peace out…

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🇲🇾 Zhao Lin Chew

An engineering student who hates being cooped up in a house. Follow me up on Instagram lingirl_chew