It’s happened to all of us; we’re watching a K-drama, loving the characters at their dumbest and most embarrassing moments, and wishing we could sit right next to them. Then, you remember that it’s a drama and that the characters are nothing more than created roles (cue the loud sobbing). These characters may be nothing more than works of fiction, but that doesn’t mean the sets are! Many K-dramas use actual locations to shoot many of their scenes.
Here’s a list of locations that have been used to film some popular Korean shows!
- Milky Way Cafe (몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방) - He Is Psychometric
Milky Way Café, or 몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방, from the drama He Is Psychometric is a cute café that, other than being home to a tender moment between the female protagonist and her friend, is home to many sweet treats and goodies. From soft cakes to chilling fruit smoothies, Milky Way Café can cure you of your sweet tooth!
Located in the Mapo District of Hapjeong, Seoul, Milky Way Café is only an eight-minute walk from exit seven of Seoul Subway Line two and six!
- Evening Garden (저녁정원) - Something in the Rain
If you’ve watched Something in the Rain, you’ll see that the homey Evening Garden, or 저녁정원, is the café where the two protagonists end up reuniting! Located in the village of Panpo-ri on Jeju Island, this café is the perfect place to hit up if your craving coffee and fruity cakes. But honestly, the aesthetics of this café alone are enough to warrant a visit!
- Café Paper Tree - Romance is a Bonus Book
Café Paper Tree makes a stunning showcase in Romance is a Bonus Book (a Fever Guys Fam favorite!), when two characters meet up at this cafe to discuss work, but end up falling asleep instead! At this cafe, you can find a variety of drinks to heat you up or cool you down. Not only that, but Art Gallery Café, another location featured in Romance is a Bonus Book, is right next door!
You can visit Café Paper Tree if you ever find yourself in Paju’s neighborhood of Manbul-Dong by taking bus 2200 at Hapjeong Station to Lotte Premium Outlet Bus Stop.
- Dal.komm Café - Memories of Alhambra
The next location was featured in K-Drama Eateries That Exist in Real Life and is a popular cafe with multiple branches called Dal.komm Café. However, the specific branch we’ll be looking at is in Sangam-dong after its showcase in Memories of Alhambra, when two characters argue over finding another character. Now, it’s no wonder that this café is so popular, as their diverse menu can satisfy your fruity, chocolatey, or caffeine cravings!
To get to Dal.komm Café in Sangam-dong, take Seoul Subway Line 6 and head to exit 9.
- Bojeong-dong Café Street
This filming location is a bit special. It’s not just one café, it’s four! Bojeong-dong Café Street is a popular location for K-dramas to film, what with scenes from What's Wrong with Secretary Kim, A Gentleman’s Dignity, and The Tuna and the Dolphin all having been shot here. Looking around this street, it’s easy to see why! The number of unique, aesthetic, and tasty shops on this street alone provides for good backgrounds and satisfied stomachs!
To get to Bojeong-dong Café Street, take the Bundang Line at Jukjeon Station and get off at exit two. Wear a pair of comfortable shoes as there is a fair amount of walking in order to get there.
Whether you end up at Jeju Island for a feel of Something in the Rain, or you fall asleep on someone’s shoulder in Paju in the hopes of recreating Romance is a Bonus Book, you’ll find a special connection waiting to be made wherever you choose to visit!
Cover Image: Jung Yoo Jin & Wi Ha Joon in Romance is a Bonus Book (tvN)
Written by Leonard Cox