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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo Kdrama Filming Locations in Seoul

Are you a fan of the hit 2016 to 2017 Korean drama “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo”? It is a coming-of-age sports drama which starred one of the most loved Kdrama love teams turned reel to real, Lee Sung-kyung and Nam Joo-hyuk. The drama has gained favorable reviews from its young viewers and received popularity overseas. It depicts the lives of students who are fighting for their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process, and growing every step of the way.

Here is a list of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo filming locations in Seoul that you can easily visit:

Bok Joo Chicken Restaurant

First on this list is the Bok Joo Chicken restaurant. But did you know that is not really a chicken restaurant? The real name of Bok Joo Chicken Restaurant is Jageun Maeul (작은마을) which means small town or village. This restaurant serves as the family restaurant of Bok-joo in the series. It is also memorable among Kdramas fans because it is where top actor Lee Jong-suk made a cameo appearance in the 2nd episode. Bok-joo and her friends usually dine in at Bok Joo Chicken where they talked about their lives in school and their personal struggles. Learn more about this restaurant here.

Location: 35 Jeongneung-ro 6-gil, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul

Hongik Sootbul Galbi

Another restaurant that appeared in the episode 7 of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is the galbi restaurant Hongik Sootbul Galbi. This restuarant is located in the shopping street of Hongda. See other fun things that you can do in Hongdae here.

Location: 146-1 Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 마포구 어울마당로 146-1)

Sahmyook University

The entrance of Sahmyook University appeared as part of ‘Haneol Sport University’ in the series. The first encounter of Jung Joon Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) and Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung) took place here. This university is actually a private christian university owned by the American Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Location: 815 Hwarang-ro, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea (서울특별시 노원구 화랑로 815)

Seoul Museum of Art

Seoul Museum of Art or SeMA appeared in the episode 6 of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Jung Jae-Yi (Lee Jae-Yoon) stops in front of this museum when driving Kim Bok-Joo (Lee Sung-Kyung) home from the concert. The museum has a public art sculpture in form of a rose bouquet. Know the other Kdramas filmed at SeMa here.

Location: Near Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway

Seongsan Bridge

Another Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo filming location is the Seongsan Bridge located at Mangwon Hangang Park. This is where Joon-hyung meets with his ex-girlfriend Song Shi-ho (Kyung Soo-jin) in 3rd episode of the drama. See the list of other Kdramas filmed in this bridge here.

Location: Mangwon Hangang Park

Wonhyo Bridge

Moreover, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo also filmed a scene at Wonhyo Bridge. This bridge is a part of the Yeouido Hangang Park. Bok-joo comes here when frantically looking for Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk) in the episode. Wonhyo Bridge crosses the Han River and connects the districts of Yongsan-gu and Yeongdeungpo-gu. It is just few walks from Eland Cruise docking area. A lot of Kdramas, variety shows and even music videos were filmed at Wonhyo Bridge. Learn more about it here.

Location: Yeouido Hangang Park

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🇵🇭 Joey

A scholar, marketer, educator, traveler, and ultimately, a fangirl currently living in South Korea. I mostly write about Hallyu-related places as well tips on traveling and living in Korea.