If you have been watching Korean movies and dramas, you are probably interested or already planning to visit the filming sites to reminisce or re-enact your favorites scenes. In Seoul alone you’ll find many filming sites in different locations. But have you thought about going to that one place where you’ll be able to see not one but most of the sites you’ve watched in movies or dramas? Yes, there are several movie parks in Korea that are made specifically for filming.
I’ll introduce to you my top 3 movie/drama sets in Korea.
Hapcheon Image Theme Park 합천영상테마파크
One place that I really wanted to see is the Hapcheon Image Theme Park in Hapcheon-gun.
I arrived a little early and it was still closed so I had to wait outside but it I didn’t matter coz at the parking area I enjoyed the posters of some movies and dramas that were filmed there.
Just by looking at this map in the gate, I can already picture out that the area is big.
Part of theme park is owned by KBS and other part is owned by MBC. Two of the biggest broadcast channels in Korea. Now you might wonder why of all movie parks in Korea, Hapcheon Image Theme Park is one of my favorite? Well, it’s because of the Japanese colonial era setting. If you watched movies and dramas like The Botherhood of War, Age of Shadows, The Last Princess, Bridal Mask, Chicago Typewriter and many more, they are all filmed in Hapcheon Image Theme Park. Before I went there, I thought that the whole place is on Japanese setting. To my surprise, it isn’t. There are other interesting sites and the area is quite huge.
How many times have you seen this train and rail road in dramas and movies? A lot I guess.
Address: 757, Hapcheonhosu-ro, Yongju-myeon, Hapcheon-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do
Directions: At Hapcheon Bus Terminal, take a county bus headed towards Hapcheon Image Theme Park. (The buses are available at 08:10, 08:30, 09:00, 09:30, 10:30, 11:10, 12:30, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 16:00, 16:50, 17:20, 18:30, 19:30 and the trip takes about 15 minutes.)
Admission Fee: ₩5,000
2. Suncheon Open Film Set 순천 드라마 촬영장
Now this one is really exciting I have to say. The set consists of 3 villages representing different eras from 1950’s, 1960’s to 1970’s. Around 700 movies, TV programs and dramas were filmed in Suncheon Open Film Set such as Baker King, East of Eden, Gangnam Blues, Love Lies (2015), Running Man and others.
Exciting, did I say?! Well, yes it is. You can rent an old-styled school uniform to wander around the film set and shoot your own movie or drama. It’s a film set anyway, so why not?! 🙂 Rental fee is ₩2,000 for 1 hour.
I really enjoy doing this time-travel kind of thing. It’s like I’ve been transported back to the late 50’s after the Korean War. It’s also a nice way to revisit and learn about the past. Many other visitors were also wearing the same uniform and other styles.
Address: 24, Biryegol-gil, Suncheon-si, Jeollanam-do
Directions: From Suncheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 77, 99 or 777. Get off at Suncheon Drama Open Film Set. Or from Suncheon Station take bus no.77 and get off at Suncheon Drama Open Film Set
Admission Fee: ₩3,000
3. KOFIC Namyangju Studios (남양주종합촬영소)
I may be too late for sharing this because this studio in Namyangju already closed last June 1, 2018. I was lucky that came in May when they offered free shuttle bus ride and free entrance to the studio. I heard it is going to be relocated to Busan or other place. But anyway, check this out and visit it as soon as it opens again.
KOFIC Namyangju Studios is a film-making studio complex with an outdoor filming studio, indoor studios, recording studio, and various film-making equipment. It was the film studio closest to Seoul.
This studio features the replica of the Joint Security Area, the border area between the North and South Korea where you can see soldiers from and North and South standing face to face with each other. Since I still didn’t get a chance to visit the real one, this studio is enough for now.
There were also Hanok sets which were the filming sites of the K-Dramas My Love from the Stars, Moon Embracing the Sun, Arang and the Magistrate and more.
These are the film studios that I have visited so far in Korea and I plan to visit more next time. If you know movies and dramas that were filmed in this sites or if you have already visited these places, share your experience to us. 🙂