Visiting Dramaland: 10 beautiful filming locations to visit from My Love from Another Star
As every K-drama fan knows, the world captured within every drama presents us with an experience all its own. It can bring us to tears, make us smile, incite anger, coax out giggles—the possibilities and wonders that await us are quite endless. However, have you ever found yourself wanting more? Perhaps you have wondered what it would be like to personally experience what your favorite characters have experienced and see what they have seen. Or perhaps sometimes you find yourself daydreaming about visiting the places your favorite characters have been to. If so, then join us in Visiting Dramaland, a new series of articles dedicated to bringing you one step closer to your favorite dramas by making the iconic scenes more accessible to you. Each article will focus on a popular drama and some of its most memorable filming locations, giving you the necessary information to visit and re-live those unforgettable moments in real life. And so, without further ado, let's visit the fantastic world found in My Love from Another Star!
1. The Cafe Alley
In episode 2, Do Min Jun passes through a street featuring various cute and cozy looking coffee shops while on a bicycle. If you were wondering where he was, it was the Cafe Alley of Baekhyeon Dong, a.k.a. Pangyo Cafe Alley, one of the three cafe alleys located in Bundang. Since the airing of the drama, many of its coffee shops have become more popular as tourists and fans continue to visit the iconic alleyway. If you are interested in enjoying a cup of coffee while reminiscing about the drama, make sure to check out the I’m Home coffee shop, which has become particularity popular among fans.
I’m Home coffee shop:
Address: 3-1 Pangyoyeok-ro 10 beongil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (Baekhyeon-dong 578-8)
2. The Flower-Scented Cartoon Café
In episode 3, the comic book cafe run by Cheon Song Yi’s friend Bokja is actually a real comic book cafe open to the public. For only 2,000 won you can enjoy the ambiance (not to mention the comics), or shell out 5,000 won for a three hour visit. Unfortunately, the cafe does not actually have the VIP room featured in the drama, but either way, it is a fun way to re-live the drama as well as relax and enjoy some great comics!
Address: B1, 50-6, Changcheon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
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3. Hangang River Ferry Cruise
In episode 4, a movie star invites other elite individuals to her private wedding on a rented ferry cruise. This cruise takes place on the iconic Hangang River, which runs through the heart of Seoul. If you enjoy being on the water, you, too, can get on the ferry cruise at either Yeouido Wharf or Jamsil Wharf. (There are 11 departures from Yeouido and seven departures from Jamsil.) If you time your cruise with the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain performance, you will be able to double your enjoyment with a ferry ride and a show!
Website: www.elandcruise.com (Korean)
If you are interested in Korean food, you may remember that in episode 7, Cheon Song Yi and Do Min Jun enjoy a delicious looking bowl of udon noodles together. If you want to know what that bowl of noodles tasted like, head over to Yurimmyeon restaurant located in Sogong dong, Jung gu, Seoul. The noodle shop has been in business for over three generations and is sure to satisfy your noodle cravings! If you are in the vicinity, don't forget to check it out!
Address: 139-1 Seosomun ro, Jung gu, Seoul
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5. Hangnim Dabang
In episode 8, Professor Do and Lawyer Jang play a round of janggi (Korean chess) at a traditional style cafe called Hangnim Dabang, which has been in business since 1956. The tables and chairs are still arranged in the same way as they were in the past, providing an old-fashioned atmosphere for those who are looking for a more historic experience. Moreover, the shop was also a filming location featured in other Korean dramas like Heirs and High Kick Through the Roof, making it a can't-miss location for fans of these dramas.
Address: 94-2, Myeongnyun 4-ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul
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6. Jangam Reservoir
If the bustling city is not your scene, no worries, this drama has something for everyone. The 11th episode features a scene where Cheon Song Yi and Do Min Jun spend time together in the snow-covered outdoors. This scene was filmed at the beautiful Jangam Reservoir inside the Gungmangbong Recreational Forest in Pocheon, Gyeonggido. This local is relatively unknown to the general public, making it the perfect getaway for those fans who love the outdoors and prefer a bit of piece and quite. If you are not afraid of the cold, the park also offers visitors the opportunity to camp out on the frozen lake during the winter months.
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7. Korean Folk Village
If Korean history is your cup of tea, there is something for you too! In episode 11 of the drama, viewers are taken back to the Joseon Dynasty where Do Min Jun consults with Heo Jun, a noted doctor of the time, and confesses that he came from a far away star. This scene was filmed at the Korean Folk Village in Yongin, Gyeonggido inside a straw shoe workshop. Visitors to the Folk Village will be able to not only relive the drama, but also get a first hand experience of what life was like back in the day. Note: When you visit the Korean Folk Village, make sure and stop by the photo zones which mark the various filming locations in the drama.
Address: 90 Minsokchon ro, Giheung gu, Yongin si, Gyeonggi do
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8. Dongdaemun Design Plaza
In episode 14, Cheong Song Yi shoots a scene where she performs a stunt, diving off the side of the building supported by wires. This scene was filmed in the Dongdaemun area of Seoul. The building (aptly resembling a space ship) was designed by world-famous designer Zaha Hadid and took four years to build. If you have any interest in architecture, make sure to check out this area!
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9. Petite France
Of course we cannot leave out the kiss scene! In episode 15, Do Min Jun kisses Cheon Song Yi surround by the beautiful and mood-setting background of rustic European style buildings. This romantic scene was filmed at Petite France in Gapyeong, Gyeonggido, which has since drawn a lot of attraction with tourists and fans alike. Understandably, this intriguing location was also a filming location for Secret Garden and Beethoven Virus.
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10. Jangsado Island
Finally, in episode 19, we see Do Min Jun and Cheon Song Yi visiting a beautiful island, turning up the romance. This scene was filmed on the scenic island of Jangsado, located to the West of Geoje Island. For the romantics in the group, this is a must-visit location as the Camellia Path, where Do Min Jun proposes to Cheon Song Yi, is one of the breathtaking sites awaiting visitors to the island. Who could say no to a question popped in such a romantic destination?
Homepage: http://jangsado.co.kr (Korean)
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We hope you enjoyed your first visit to Dramaland and are one step closer to fulfilling your own drama dreams! Let us know where your favorite drama locations are and which drama you would like to visit next!
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