Places to Go in Korea!
By Lydia Jin
There are SO MANY places I want to go in South Korea! South Korea is known for its’ K-Pop music, tech giant Samsung, K-dramas, kimchi and more. As a person who is a big fan of K-Pop and K-drams, I have come down with a list of few places inspired by k-dramas and other popular television shows that would be super cool to visit in South Korea!
1. Yeonnam Greene Cafe (located in Yeonnam-dong, Mapo-gu Seoul)
Yeonnam Greene Cafe is a famous comic 2D-style cafe located in Seoul! They also make their signature drinks in cups that also look 2D, giving the feeling of being in a comic book. I would want to come here if I ever visit Seoul because it is so cool and Instagrammable with its black and white interiors. This cafe is also featured in the recent film To All The Boys: Always and Forever (2021), when Lara Jean and her sisters visited South Korea for Spring Break. This cafe also reminds me of the K-drama W: Two Worlds featuring Lee Jung Suk and Han Hyo-Joo, where their characters go into each other’s world, which is the true reality and a comic book version of the world.
Picture Credit: https://thesmartlocal.com/read/themed-cafes-seoul/
Myeongdong is known as the ‘bright cave’ or ‘bright tunnel’ and is one of the finest shopping in Seoul with its massive amount of shops. I would want to come to visit here because of the different tasty and unique street foods across the area. It also sells many K-pop merchandise, clothes, accessories, and more. A great place to spend some money for a vacation. Many celebrities and shows have also featured this popular location. For example, True Beauty, To All The Boys: Always and Forever, Running Man, and Devilish Joy.
3. N Seoul Tower (love locks)
N Seoul Tower or also known as Namsan Tower is a must-go destination when visiting South Korea! It is the second-highest point in Seoul at 236 meters tall. It is a radio tower built-in 1971. The Namsan Tower served as a backdrop for many K-dramas throughout the years, as well as a location for filming certain scenes! For example, the recent drama True Beauty had a scene filmed at Namsan Tower by the love locks. To All The Boys: Always and Forever also featured a scene at the love locks. The tower gives a beautiful view of Seoul, and it is a great way to lock your love with your significant other!
4. Gwangjang Market
As a foodie, Gwangjang Market is the perfect place to go when visiting South Korea! It offers a variety of traditional and authentic Korean snacks and street foods. It is one of the largest and oldest traditional markets in Seoul, first established in 1905. They have popular foods like mandu, Mayak gimbap, tteokbokki, and a variety of soondae. This market was featured in many shows like both Running Man China and Korea. It was also featured in the movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever when Lara Jean and her sisters visited Seoul. EXO’s Kai and Suho and Stranger Things’ Gaten Matarazzo and Caleb Mclaughlin visited the market as well for the EXO X Stranger Things 3 Stranger Tour.
Picture Credit: https://www.timeout.com/seoul/shopping/gwangjang-market
5. Bamboo Ahopsan Forest (Busan)
Beyond the city areas of South Korea, the Bamboo Ahopsan Forest is a great place to visit and see the natural beauty of South Korea. It was featured as the main background for the K-drama The King: Eternal Monarch, where the main characters Lee Gon (king), Jeong Tae Eul, Jo Yeong, and a few others, travel between the two parallel universes. I would want to come here because it seems like a great place to take a walk while being surrounded by tall, beautiful bamboo trees.