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Your Ultimate Day Trip Guide to K-Drama Attractions
October 06, 2017
There are countless beautiful places to visit in Korea, but let’s face it — nobody can really go to each and every place in such a short time. As a K-Drama fan, you might even have a harder time to fit everything in your itinerary, from the beautiful attractions of Korea like the Gyeongbokgung Palace to the most iconic K-Drama locations like the N Seoul Tower. The struggle is definitely REAL when there’s just too much to see but far too little time in your Korean getaway!
BUT don’t worry, we’ve prepared this quick day-trip guide around Seoul for K-Drama fans like you who want to get the best of both worlds! This guide includes locations and activities, which will make your stay in Korea the ultimate #TravelGoal and make your fangirl heart skip for joy. Make the most out of your stay, and follow this dream K-Drama itinerary!
Coffee Prince Café
Photograph by Sakaori, distributed under a CC-BY-SA 3.0 license
Let’s start the day with coffee and a trip down memory lane. Avid fans will find it worthy to make a side-stop to the Coffee Prince Café — the exact café that “Coffee Prince” was filmed at! It still looks exactly like how it did in the drama, and the interiors are filled with memorabilia. It’s best visited in the morning when you’ll most likely have the place to yourself.
How to get there? Take Seoul Subway Line 2 to Hongik University, and go out of Exit 8. Turn right at Seven Springs corner and pass the intersection. At the three-way intersection, turn left. Walk about 100 meters on the road above the playground and walk towards the road on the right side. Walk about 500 meters until you find the coffee shop on the right.
What to do? You’ll be expected to order something before you’re allowed to take photos of the café. Try the smoothies, coffees, and sweet desserts to jumpstart your morning.
You must also take time to stop by the well-known universities of Seoul to marvel at the campuses and to reminisce on your student days. One of the must-visits is Yonsei University, one of the oldest, most prestigious, and most beautiful institutions in South Korea because of its ivy-covered buildings and scenic garden. You’d be familiar with Yonhi Hall if you’ve been a fan of “My Sassy Girl” or had been binge-watching “Reply 1994.”
How to get there? From the Coffee Prince Café, take Bus 08 from Sinchon Station to Sinchon Station Grand Mart, then walk to Yonsei University.
What to do? Take Instagram-worthy photos at the English-style garden and courtyard, or stroll along the beautiful walking trails throughout the campus grounds. Don’t forget to check out the monument of beloved poet Yun Dong-ju whose poem “Foreward” is engraved there.
Bok Chicken (Jageun Maeul)
Photograph by Gabbie Bagasao Santiago
For lunch, head to the iconic Bok Chicken restaurant ran by Bok Joo’s father in “Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo!” You’ll be surprised to know that this restaurant wasn’t built specifically for the drama; it’s a real establishment they decided to use as a frequent filming location!
How to get there? From Yonsei University, walk to Yeonhui Samgeori and take either Bus 110A or 153 to Cheongdeok Elementary School. Walk to Kookmin University Main Gate. Cross the street, go down the stairs, and you will see the restaurant.
What to do? They may not serve the huge plate of fried chicken we’re always craving for from the series, but you should try their variety of Korean food, ranging from soups to rice meals.
Ihwa Mural Village
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One of the beloved neighborhoods in Seoul is the Ihwa Mural Village in Naksan Park, where 60 artists from more than 10 years ago, transformed this off-the-road destination into the colorful place that it is today as seen in “Rooftop Prince,” “King 2 Hearts,” and “Angry Mom.”
How to get there? From Bok Chicken, walk back to Cheongeok Elementary School and take Bus 7211 to Donam-dong Samsung Apt. Entrance. Walk to Gireum Station and ride the Seoul Subway Line 4 to Hyehwa Station. Go to Exit 2. Walk until you see Dongdung-gil Street and turn left. Keep walking until you reach the Lock Museum then turn right in Naksan Gongson-gil Street. Walk until you reach Naksan Park.
What to do?Have fun discovering and taking creative shots at the different murals and art installations. Must-sees are those paintings that span entire staircases, and the “Before I Die…” interactive mural. Cute cafés are also dotted around the area, where you can have your afternoon snacks and rest for a while after an adventurous stroll.
Han River E-Land Cruise Ship
Imagine setting sail along the Han River at sunset with “You Are My Destiny” from “My Love From the Stars” playing through the ferry speakers? You’ll definitely get that kilig feeling, remembering all your favorite scenes from the series.
How to get there? From Ihwa Mural Village, walk to Korea National Open University and take Bus 109 to KT Gwanghwamun Branch Office. Walk to Gwanghwamun Station and take the Seoul Subway Line 5 to Yeouinaru Station. Go to Exit 3. Take a 5 minute walk towards Han River to reach E-land Cruise Yeouido Dock.
What to do? Enjoy entertainment-themed performances over dinner or while you unwind, appreciate the relaxing and romantic atmosphere aboard the cruise ship. Oh, and make sure to drink in moderation; you wouldn’t want to accidentally fall off like Cheon Song Yi almost did!
N Seoul Tower
End your tour at this 237-meter tower that stands atop Namsan Mountain, which promises nothing less than stunning views of the Seoul city skyline.
How to get there? From E-Land River Cruise Dock, walk to Yeouinaru Station and take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station. From there, head to Sejong Center for the Performing Arts and take Bus 402 to Huam Mineral Spring. Then, walk going up to the tower. If you plan on riding the cable car, walk to Model Apt. and take Bus 505 to Namsan Tunnel 3. You will find the boarding place nearby.
What to do? Enjoy the scenic cable car ride all the way to the top, exactly where Geum Jan Di and Gu Jun Pyo got stuck in one episode of “Boys Over Flowers.” Then, marvel the view of the skyline or if you’re with your significant other, leave a love lock on the railings with a heartfelt message to one another. But if it’s too cheesy for you, you can just simply admire the quirkiness of the place like what Do Min Joon and Cheon Song Yi did during their date in “My Love From the Star.”
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