Do you like watching Korean drama with a unique story and a lot of twists after twists? Then you would surely love watching the 2020 romantic-fantasy Kdrama “The King: The Eternal Monarch” with leads Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eun. Similar to hit 2016 Kdrama “Goblin“, its writer is none other than the brilliant Kim Eun-sook. What’s interesting about this drama is that it is set in two parallel worlds – the Republic of Korea where Jung Tae-eul (Kim Go-eun) lives and the Kingdom of Corea whose king is Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho).
Most of the scenes from The King was actually filmed outside of Seoul. Going to each of them might be a difficult task because of their distance to each other. But don’t worry because is here is a list of some of their filming locations in Seoul and Busan that you can easily visit:
Ahopsan Forest (Busan)
One of the most important location in The King is the bamboo forest that serves as the time portal between the two worlds. This forest is the Ahopsan Forest (아홉산숲) located in Busan. Aside from bambo forest, this privately owned forest also features forests of cedar and pine trees.
Location: Busan, Gijang, Cheolma-myeon (부산 기장군 철마면 미동길 37-1)
Busan Cinema Center
Another filing location of The King in Busan is the Busan Cinema Center. (SPOILER ALERT) In episodes 11 to 12 of the drama, King Lee Gon and his guards fight with the men of his traitor uncle, Lee Lim in the street outside of the cinema center. This center serves as a venue of the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
Location: 120 Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, U-dong, Haeundae, Busan, South Korea (부산 해운대구 수영강변대로 120)
Haeundae Square (Busan)
Furthermore, The King episodes 9 and 10 were also filmed at Busan, particularly in Haeundae Square. In the fictional Kingdom of Corea, Busan was the country’s capital. King Lee Gon sets up a “New Year’s Moonlit Walk With The King” at the Haeundae Square to lure his uncle Lee Lim from his hiding place. This place is just walking distance from the Haeundae Beach, Busan’s most famous beach. Read more about it here.
Location: Gunam-ro, Haeundae Beach, Jung-dong, Busan, South Korea
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From Busan, now let’s move on to The King filming locations in Seoul.
Gwanghwamun Square (Seoul)
Gwanghwamun Square was also featured in this series. Actually, you can already see this square on the teaser trailer of the The King. No more spoilers but this place plays significant role in the story. Gwanghwamun Square is located near the Gyeongbokgung Palace.
Location: 1-68 Sejong-daero, Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울 종로구 세종로 1-68)
Trade Tower (Seoul)
And lastly, Trade Tower building was also shortly featured in the episode 5 of The King. This building is close to Starfiled COEX Mall. Read more about it here.
Location: 511 Yeongdong-daero, Samseong 1(il)-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 강남구 삼성1동 영동대로 511)
Bonus: Sunshine Studio (Nonsan)
No more spoilers. But the Sunshine Studio in Nonsan city is also a filming location of The King. This place is the filming studio of the Korean drama “Mister Sunshine” written by Kim Eun-sook too. It is the first public-private joint drama theme park in Korea where Nonsan city provided the site and infrastructure. Learn more about Sunshine Studio here.
Location: 102 Bonghwang-ro, Yeonmu-eup, Nonsan, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea (충청남도 논산시 연무읍 봉황로 102)
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