As the romance between Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo blossomed in Descendants of the Sun, fans were also interested in the popular drama's exotic filming locations. It turns out that there were several different filming sites in Greece and Korea that, together, made up the fictional country of Uruk.

1. Zakynthos Island - a Greek island in the Ionian Sea. The island is said to be named after Zakynthos, the son of Dardanus, whose parents were Zeus and Electra according to Greek Mythology. The island was inhabited as early as the Neolithic Age (10,200 - 8,800 BC) and was mentioned in ancient Greek poet Homer's epic poems the Illiad and the Odyssey.

When you visit the Zakynthos island, a must-see destination is the Navagio beach, where Song Joong Ki took Song Hye Gyo to see a shipwrecked vessel from 1980 that still sits in the sand.

Wouldn't you want to visit the beach and recreate the romantic interlude enjoyed by the Song-Song couple? 

2.  Lemnos island - another Greek island located in the northern part of the Aegean Sea. It has more than 30 sandy beaches, and its famous Gomati sand dunes have been referred to as the "Sahara of Lemnos."

3. Arahova - a mountain town in the western part of Boeotia, Greece. Its skiing locations attract many visitors in the winter. Arahova provided many of the urban settings whenever our DOTS couple went to visit the nearby town.

4. Taebaek provided the location for the military barrack, but it is actually located in Gangwon province, South Korea. The filming site was built over an old coal mine.

Unfortunately, the filming site has been torn down, disappointing the tourists who have gone there. The city of Taebaek has decided to rebuild the filming site to attract tourists. Good idea! Even South Korean President Park Geun-hye has mentioned that the mega-hit drama is an opportunity to promote the country's culture to the world. 

(But will there be a team of shirtless soldiers running by?)

5. Samtan Art Mine in Jeongseon-gun, Gangwon-do is an abandoned coal mine located at the foot of the Hambaeksan Mountain that has been transformed into a cultural art complex. In DOTS, it serves as the setting for the difficult underground scenes during the earthquake's aftermath.

Are you surprised that it took so many different locations to film the fictional country of Uruk? That's part of the magic of drama-making.

If you are interested in traveling to one of more of these locations, you may have to hurry because many tourists are already flocking to them, with the most popular being the Navagio beach at Zakynthos island.

What location would you like to visit the most?


Descendants of the Sun

Starring Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Gyo

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