Have you seen the most talked Korean drama of 2020 “The Penthouse: War in Life”? If not yet, then this may be the sign for you to watch it. The Penthouse tells the life of wealthy families of the Hera Palace. It mainly focuses on the disparity of the rich and the poor, the struggle for prestige, power, ambition and education, as well as revenge. It is pretty similar to other hit K-dramas such as the SKY Castle and The World of Married, but even crazier. Every episode you can look forward to a lot of twists and character development that will surely make your blood boil at some point. And even though most of the characters are problematic, you will still end up waiting for the next episodes.
The Penthouse was a success domestically and internationally that it will have the 2nd and 3rd seasons. Aside from its plot, the series also has a very talented cast that makes it more spectacular. While waiting for the airing of the season 2, here is a list of some filming locations of The Penthouse season 1 that you can visit in Korea:
A.Y Lounge Bar
In the episode 14 of The Penthouse, Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene) meets Logan Lee (Park Eun-seok) at A.Y. Lounge Bar. This bar is Gangnam’s most stylish lounge that is also a famous K-drama filming locations. This place is also available for parties with your friends! Click here for more information.
Location: 13 Gangnam-daero 92-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 강남구 강남대로92길 13 )
Cheonho Bridge appeared in the episode 4 where Oh Yoon-hee sits while watching the fireworks from the Hera Palace. This bridge crosses the Han River and connects the districts of Gangdong-gu and Gwangjin-gu.
Location: Pungnap-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul
Fairmont Ambassador Seoul
Another The Penthouse filming location is the Fairmont Ambassador Seoul. This luxurious hotel in Seoul appeared as a place where Logan Lee stays. It was featured in several episodes such as 10 and 11.
Location: 108 Yeouido-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 영등포구 여의대로 108)
Ha Yoon-cheol (Yoon Jong-hoon) meets with his father-in-law at Korea House restaurant in episode 11 of the series. It is a restaurant and cultural venue that have the beauty of traditional Korean cuisine and culture. You should check Korea House’s instagram page before you visit since they are having seasonal events through IG page.
Location: 10 Toegye-ro 36-gil, Pil-dong 2(i)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 중구 퇴계로36길 10)
A little bit of spoiler if you have not seen the last episode yet. Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon) comes to Provoke Seoul to get revenge at Logan Lee. This place is a regenerated cultural complex space in Seoul which is a former flour mill factory. Click here to see Provoke Seoul’s instagram.
Location: 87 Yeongsin-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 영등포구 영신로 87)
Paradise City Hotel & Resort
Of course, this list wouldn’t be complete wihtout including the Hera Palace. Part of the fictional Hera Palace was actually filmed at Paradise City Hotel & Resort in Incheon.
Location: 186 Yeongjonghaeannam-ro 321 Beon-gil, Unseo-dong, Jung-gu, Incheon, South Korea (인천광역시 중구 영종해안남로321번길 186 )
Also, another filming location that should be on this list is the Seokyeong University which appeared as Cheong-a Arts School & Foundation for the Arts. This is the most coveted university among the children of Hera Palace. This university has several beautiful buildings and sites so is often used as a K-drama shooing place.
Location: 124 Seogyeong-ro, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 성북구 서경로 124)
Seoul Marina Club & Yacht
And lastly, Seoul Marina Club & Yacht was also featured in episode 18 when Oh Yoon-hee meets with Sim Soo-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah). You can make a reservation on their website.
Location: 160 Yeouiseo-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 영등포구 여의서로 160)
If you are looking for simple itineraries and guides to help you plan your Hallyu-themed trip to Korea, you may refer to the sample below:
- 1-day Seoul Itinerary for Kdrama Fans
- 2-day Seoul Itinerary for Kdrama Fans
- 3-day Seoul Itinerary for Kdrama Fans
- 4-day Seoul Itinerary for Kdrama Fans
- 5-day Seoul + Gangwon + Gyeonggi Itinerary
- 1-day Seoul Itinerary for Kpop Fans
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