Trace the steps of Your Favorite Idols in Korea



  • Undeniably, K-Pop Stars, K-Dramas and K-Movies took over the world by storm. Their upbeat songs, romantic dramas and interesting storylines caught the attention of the whole world. Fans worldwide clamor to get a taste of their favorite idol’s lives.

    Why not follow their footsteps as you visit the popular places where they filmed their successful projects.

    Join the BTS Army in Maengbang Beach

    BTS, the biggest boyband in the world nowadays released earlier this year their hit single “Butter.”

    As part of their promotions, they shot in the breathtaking Maengbang Beach in Samcheok. BTS enjoyed frolicking in the sands while filming their sketch there. The shoreline was already known as a tourist spot but it became even more popular when the famous idols spent their time there.

    Walk in the beach and take photos like BTS or have a relaxing time while fishing. If you come around July or August, you can enjoy the annual Samcheok Beach Summer Festival. You can join different contests, watch late night concerts, shop at various pop-up stores, and enjoy lots of beach activities.

    Around the city you can also visit attractions like the Samcheok Culture & Art Center, Samcheok Cheokjudonghaebi & Pyeongsutochanbi Monuments or ride the Sea train where you can see the spectacular coast view of the region.

    Experience the Train to Busan

    Relive the excitement of this zombie apocalypse film in Seoul. Monsters won’t run after you, but you’ll be surrounded by shops, hotels, and culture attractions in the train stations. The movie released in 2016 was filmed in Seoul, Daejeon and Dongdaegu stations.

    You’re bound to enjoy lots of things in the central station. Get a taste of various Korean snacks and dishes sold nearby the platforms in Seoul station. Hop on the train to the nearby stops and widen your creative perspectives when you visit the Seosomun Shrine History Museum and Royyal Dog Mural.

    As you continue your trip to Deaejon, engage in sports activities in Hanbat Sports Complex where you can enjoy tennis, swimming and even track and field. You can also see a large windmill in Daedong Sky Park as you enjoy the scenic view.

    Dongdaegu is the second busiest station after Seoul. Expect the tracks with lots of people but no zombies like in the movie! Experience comfort in this place with a huge selection of restaurants offering international cuisines. Concert halls and auditoriums are also nearby like the Daegu Concert house, Ayang Art Center and the Suseong Artpia.

    Crash landing in Jeju Island

    The K-drama, “Crash Landing on You,” captured the hearts of millions around the world. A huge uproar even came after the stars, Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin announced their real-life relationship prompting their fans wishing to experience the romantic places seen in the series.

    Jeju Island, where the beginning of the show was filmed, is a dream destination for a lot of people. Here you can enjoy your time with nature in Hallasan National Park overlooking the tallest mountain in the country, Mount Hallasan. Parasail like Yoon Se-ri in the drama and enjoy the view from above. You can also dream about meeting your own Ri Jeong-hyeok in Cheonjeyeon Waterfalls.

    You can also travel three hours away from the capital to Taean and experience the countryside just like how the cast lived in the local village. Or have a romantic day with your special someone just like the Ri-Ri couple by the Yeongjongdo Seonnyeo Bawi Beach in Incheon, South Korea.

    Be a Royal à la Cha Eun Woo

    A lot of K-drama’s revolve around the historical dynasties of Korea. My Sassy Girl, Jewel in the Palace, and Moon Embracing the Sun are some of the memorable ones that dipped on the majestic eras. During the lockdown this pandemic, Korea’s “face genius” tried on a prince’s role in Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung. Cha Eun Woo, a K-pop Idol, enchanted the hearts of many as he educated viewers at the same time with his drama resulting to the audience’s added fascination to Korea’s early years.

    A huge part of the K-drama was filmed in Changdeokgung Palace. The beautiful palace is located in Seoul and was home to a lot of Joseon Royals. Visit the palace and feel how its like to be royalty like Eun Woo and surround yourself with great architecture and fascinating designs. Walk by the luscious green paradise inside the kingdom when you visit the “Secret Garden.” Visitors can easily book tours and be guided inside the premises where royals lived. Continue to learn the place’s great significance to Korean culture.

    BONUS: Play Squid Games!

    Squid games became the most streamed series ever this 2021. It’s global success really influenced different generations piquing their interest to play the games in the show. The games itself were mostly filmed in the studios but due to its incredible success, lots of places were built and modified with the show as its inspiration.

    Remember Yeong-hee, the big doll they played “Red light, Green light” with? You can find a real version of her in Seoul’s Olympic Park. People continue to flock it for a quick photo op.

    A Dalgona candy stand owned by An Sae-hwan near Hyehwa station actually supplied the honeycomb candy for the second game of the series making this stall a must-go-to place when you visit Seoul.

    A part of the show happened in Wolmi Theme Park. Visit it and go on exciting rides with your “teammates.”

    Lastly, include Yeouido Park, where Gi-hun was picked up for the games in your itinerary and enjoy nature at its best.