In the Philippines, the first batch of Asianovelas started in 2003. Since then, Korean dramas or K-Drama has been gaining enormous Filipino fan base especially the millenials.
Korean dramas offer a refreshing kind of plot that you don’t usually find in common western storylines. Aside from great actors and actresses, one of the noticeable elements that will make you get hooked to the story are the cinematography and locations which certainly add different emotions to the story.
If you’re a certified K-Drama fan and wants to explore the location of your favorite Koreanovela anytime soon, here are our recommended places to visit.
Nami Island – Winter Sonata
Winter Sonata is a hit South Koreanovela Drama Series which debut in 2002. Nami Island’s stunning tree-lined pathway and calming scenery was used as a setting of this romantic drama series.
Before the TV show started, Nami Island’s tourists were mostly domestic and Japanese. When the romantic drama became a huge hit, the island has a remarkable increase of visitors from the Philippines, Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.
Petite France – My Love from the Stars
Petite France is a small cultural village located in Gapyeong composed of 16 cute french buildings. This instagram-worthy tourist destination has been the filming location of “My Love from the Stars” during 2014.
Relive the love story of how a handsome alien, trapped for 400 years on Earth, falls in love with an actress, played by glamorous movie star, Jeon Ji-hyun. Visit Petite France to see where the starring couple kissed and reenact their date from N Seoul Tower.
Namsan Tower – Boys Over Flowers
Boys over Flowers which was shown in 2009 is the Korean version of “Meteor Garden,” a popular Taiwanese Series which featured the hit boy band “F4.” Namsan Tower is an iconic K-drama location known for its amazing views and unforgettable night scene.
The tower became the setting of Jun pyo and Jan Di’s supposed romantic date. With its famous ‘Locks of Love;’ and the tower’s fence where couples hang padlocks to symbolise their eternal love, Namsan Tower sparks romance for those who wants to visit here.
Jumunjin Beach – Goblin
Goblin is a fantasy romance about a modern day “Goblin” which stars Gong Yoo a popular Korean actor. Your Korean drama escapade will not be complete without paying a visit to Jumunjin Beach, one of Goblin’s filming locations.
Jumunjin Beach is a beautiful shallow beach with clear water and gorgeous blue sky. It’s located at the northern-most part of Gangneung, Gangwon Province. It’s also one of the shooting locations for the popular K-Drama , where the main actress Eun Tak (played by Kim Go Eun) met Goblin (played by Gong Yoo) for the first time in the series.
Seoul Museum of Art – Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo
This Koreanovela is a coming-of-age story about a group of college athletes who wants to achieve their dreams, experiencing and finding love in the process. Seoul Museum of Art prides itself as one of the leading art venues which showcases a series of world-famous exhibitions.
In the TV series, you will notice the big ball of flowers in the scene when Kim Bok Joo (Lee Sung Kyung) waits for Jung Jae Yi (Lee Jae Yoon) to arrive with medicine. This spot is actually in front of the Seoul Museum of Art, which boasts a beautiful Renaissance façade paired with modern architecture in the back.