● Filming Locations
* Gwanmaedo Beach, Maenggoldo
Gwanmaedo Beach is located within Dado Marine National Park and one hour from Jindo by boat. It is famous for white sand spanning around 99,174 m2, and its clean, unpolluted waters. Visitors traveling by boat are treated to a view of the many charming islands in the archipelago before arriving at Gwanmaedo, which is the beach boasting the largest pine grove in the nation. If you ever get a chance to visit Gwanmaedo Beach, you might want to try the mouth-watering fresh and natural sliced raw fish, abalone, dolmiyeok (meaning “stone brown seaweed” because it grows on rocks), laver grown on underwater rocks, and anchovies. In the drama, Gwanmaedo Beach and Maenggoldo are used as the setting for Maenggoldo, the place where Deo-mi and Dong-yeong first meet which is also Deo-mi’s hometown. It is difficult to get there within a day if you are traveling from Seoul, so you will need to spend one night in downtown Jindo.
Directions: Get off at Gangbyeon Station on subway line no. 2 -> Take a bus bound for Jindo at Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (twice a day at 09:10, 16:29; travel time: 5 hours, 40 minutes; fare: 26,000 won)
Get off at Central City Station on subway line no. 3 or 7 -> Take an express bus bound for Jindo at Seoul Express Bus Terminal (four times a day at 07:35, 09:00, 15:30, 16:35; travel time: 5 hours, 40 minutes; fare for general seat: 20,200 won, fare for special seat: 30,100 won)
From Jindo Terminal, take a bus bound for Paengmok Port (a 25-minute trip) -> From Paengmok Port, take a ferry to Gwanmaedo (09:30 (9,550 won), 10:20, 12:00 (7,300 won))-> Get off at Gwanmaedo Port
From Jindo Terminal, take a bus bound for Paengmok Port (a 25-minute trip) -> Take a ferry to Maenggoldo (09:00; fare is 13,600 won) -> Arrive at Maenggoldo Port
Address: Gwanmaedo Beach, Jodo-myeon, Jindo-gun, South Jeolla Province
Tourist information: +82-61-1330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-61-1330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Jindo County culture and tourism website: http://tour.jindo.go.kr/
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Yangjae Citizens’ Forest
The place where Dong-yeong and Deo-mi were on a date, having ice cream, and riding a bicycle together is filmed at Yangjae Citizens’ Forest, where citizens of Seoul enjoy visiting. If you want to enjoy a wonderful date like the date these two characters had, this is the place you should visit. The Citizens’ Forest houses athletic facilities include tennis courts, promenades, a fountain, and an outdoor performance hall. It is a multifunction cultural space that even has an outdoor wedding hall. It is located near Gangnam Station, so it is a good idea to visit if you plan to be in the Gangnam area.
Directions: Take exit no. 7 from Yangjae Station on subway line no. 3 -> Take a taxi (less than ten minutes)
Address: 236 Yangjae-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Tourist information: +82-2-1330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-2-1330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Seopdari Bridge in Jucheon, Yeongwol, Gangwon Province
Seopdari Bridge (a makeshift bridge made of pieces of wood and pine tree branches) in Juchoen, Yeongwol, Gangwon Province is where filming for the drama first started. It is set up in a beautiful field, creating awe-inspiring scenery with its surroundings. The first episode featured a fashion show by celebrated designer Jang Bong-sil and was filmed both on and around Seopdari Bridge. The bridge the audience rushed across to go see the fashion show was Seopdari Bridge. Seopdari Bridge was once very famous long ago and several folk songs were written to celebrate its significance. Its 300 years of history is made famous from a site in Jucheon, Gangwon Province, where the Seopdari Festival is held every year.
Directions: Get off at Gangbyeon Station on subway line no. 2 -> Take a bus to Yeongwol from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (runs 13 times a day from 07:00 to 22:00; fare: 12,400 won) -> Take a bus to Jucheon from Yeongwol Terminal -> Get off at Jucheon Terminal and take a taxi
Address: Seopdari Village in Panun-ri, Jucheon-myeon, Yeongwol-gun, Gangwon Province
Tourist information: +82-33-1330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-33-1330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
* Wondang Horse Ranch
In the 13th episode, Dong-yeong tells Jang Bin that he should get involved with any dangerous work so that he can live a normal life. Dong-yeong, who worries about Jang Bin as if he were Bin’s older brother, tells Jang Bin that he hopes Bin will fall in love and marry the person he loves. This scene was filmed at Wondang Horse Branch where Jang Bin driving a white jeep along a beautiful tree-lined street to get to the ranch, and the gorgeous sight of Dong-yeong having a conversation with Jang Bin while sitting on a white fence. This place, which is a popular site for couples to visit for a date, is well known since many movies, dramas, and commercials were filmed here. Transpiration to this place is a little inconvenient but it is a good place to enjoy a leisurely stroll. When visiting Wondang Horse Ranch, you should also visit Seosamneung (the royal tombs) located right next to the ranch.
Directions: Take exit no. 5 from Samsong Station on subway line no. 3 -> Take shuttle bus no. 1 and get off at the entrance of the stallion ranch -> Follow the tree-lined street on foot
Address: 201-79 Wondang-dong, Deogyang-gu, Goyang City, Gyeonggi Province
Tourist information: +82-31-1330 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +82-31-1330 end_of_the_skype_highlighting (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
Entrance fee: Free
Photos courtesy of SBS and CINE21