Autumn in Korea 2017, K-Drama Tour Part 3: Samcheong-dong & Daehangno

Annyeonghaseyo!!! Orenmanida. I know my Korea posts are long overdue but I'm finally getting back on track with it! Had to put it on hold for a few weeks 'coz I had to prioritize some things. Anyway, here's Part 3 of my DIY K-drama adventure! As I've mentioned in my previous posts, last November I went on a 15-day Korea trip with Korea Tourism and then later on with my family. I was able to venture out on my own in between. Decided to use my alone time exploring the city by going to different shooting locations from my favorite Korean dramas! On my 9th and 10th day in Seoul, I visited some locations from The Heirs< While You Were Sleeping & Goblin! Photos and stories below...

From my AirBnb in Hongdae, I took a train from Hapjeong to Anguk station and took Exit #1. Upon exit if you see McDonalds, turn right! Street name is Yunposun-Gil. I just used Google Maps to find it. Download Google Maps guys!!! Super useful. Anyway, I was looking for Pastel De Nata, that cute dream catcher shop from the popular K-drama, "The Heirs" starring Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye!:)

1st Stop: Pastel De Nata (The Heirs)

This is how the alley looks like!:) 

You'd see this house on the left side

And this cute coffee shop on the right!

Looks familiar???

One of my favorite scenes from the series was filmed here! 
(photo source: http://ruffeecola.blogspot.com)

Found it! It's on the left side of the road 

Feeling Eun Sang hehe

This shop appears as the dream catcher shop in The Heirs (SBS, 2013). In episode 18, Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) and Kim Tan (Lee Min-Ho) come here independently because they miss each other. I also forgot which episode, but this was where Kim Tan looked for Eun-sang after school. It's a dreamcatcher shop in the drama but in reality it's a small shop selling Portuguese egg tarts! But they also sell dreamcatchers. :)

 This scene!

This is where they found each other again huhu

Price list! No tables and chairs inside.

How to get here:
Address: 31 Yunposun-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Geolocation: 37.577371, 126.983725
To get here: Anguk Station [안국역], Line 3, Exit 1

After taking a few photos (thank God for self-timer and elevated surfaces haha), I walked back to the main road and turned right...
just walk straight until you reach this corner (I turned around and took a photo so the red building should be on your right)

Past the red building you'd see this alley! Turn right again. 

This road is called Yulgok-ro 3-gil :)

2nd Stop: Deoksugung Stone Wall Road / Duksung Women's University

Fun fact: Goblin started my Korean everything obsession! It was the first K-drama I ever watched (I developed a crush on Gong Yoo because of Train To Busan) and the rest is history. So seeing these familiar walls made my heart jump with joy! That day, I missed the famous wall where Kim Shin (The Goblin) and Eun Tak first bumped into each other, but I went back the next day and finally found the spot! It was there all along just near the alley entrance. 

Photo from when I returned the next day hehe. This is the spot!!! That white building in the background is the landmark!

Same building, same window, same wall. Found it!!!

Video from the series! Waah kiligs!

Can't believe I'm in the exact same spot where Gong Yoo was before. Waaah. Surreal!

And this was how I took my shot. Haha! I placed my camera on an elevated surface across the street controlling the shutter button with my phone. Haha.

Struggle bes coz it's a busy street but push lang. Kebs na sa mga judging eyes nila. Haha.

 Finally, a matinong photo! Went back when my family arrived and asked my sister to take my photo. Hihi.

How to Get Here:
Address: Taepyung-ro 1 ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul 
Commute: Anguk Station Exit #1, walk straight and turn right after Shinhan Bank. Alley is located between Deoksung Women’s High School & Poongmun Women’s HS in Samcheong-dong.

From the Goblin first meeting wall, just walk straight and you'd see the...

3rd Stop: "We Are Young" Mural 
I love it

From the main road, you'll see it on the right side just beneath a little overhead bridge

Nam Hong-Joo (Bae Suzy) and Jung Jae-Chan (Lee Jong-Suk) staring at the mural in episode 3 of the K-drama "While You Were Sleeping"

Bong Pil (Kim Jae-Joong) and Kang Soo-Jin (Uee) in front of the mural in episode 7 of Manhole (KBS2, 2017)

Look for this spot!

How to Get Here:
Commute: To get here: Anguk Station [안국역], Line 1, Exit 1

Haven't eaten lunch and was so tempted to eat here but decided to explore some more

Love this shop!!! Super cheap clothes! 

I just walked straight and crossed the road until I reached this huge Kiehls store



Past Kiehls you'll see this spot with wall art on the right side. Looks familiar???

That's because one of the saddest scenes in the K-drama "Goblin" was filmed here!!! In Episode 12, remember how the Grim Reaper kissed Sunny to make her remember her past life and then erased all the bad memories? Huhu.

Spring in Fall? Thank you to the kind Lolo who took my photo! :) Coffee Mill is just beside the clothing store, DALSSI. Just look for the fake cherry blossoms

Also came back here a few days after and took photos with my brother! Haha
 Feeling Sunny and Grim Reaper haha (eew incest)

Feel na feel niya haha

How to get here:
Address: 102-1, Hwa-dong, Jong-no, Seoul
Commute: Subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 1 (Walk about 600 meters)

This is the coffee shop. Wasn't able to go inside but I will next time!

On my way back to the main road and the train station, it started to rain. It was way past lunchtime and and I haven't eaten yet, so I decided to try this local hole in the wall Korean ramyeon/noodle shop along the road. It was small (only 5-6 people could fit inside) but cozy. The sign is in Korean (no English) so I don't know what the shop is called. Buti nalang their menu has an English translation. Hehe.

From the main road past the "We Are Young" mural, it's on the right side. It's the green and red shop in the photo! 

Based on this photo displayed outside, I think they already got featured on television! Cool!


So I went inside and I saw this local girl casually eating a bowl of Korean seafood ramen/ramyeon or Jiamppong. Ansarap niya kumain guys and it looked delicious so I ordered the same thing. And then this friendly Kuya who's also a tourist asked me if I was sure of my order because he got the same thing and as much as he loves eating spicy food, it was too much for him. Shempre mayabang girl power tayo so I said thank you for his concern and told him I can handle it.

My Jiamppong Ramyeon!!! This meal cost 6,500 won

To cut the long story short, Kuya was right. It was the ramyeon from hell. Haha! Spiciness level 9/10! BUT, it was also phenomenal. It just might be the best Korean ramyeon I've ever tasted! As in I'm craving for it right this moment. Gaaaah. The soup was nakaka-choke na spicy but super tasty. There was enough noodles and seafood (squid, shrimp, fish) in it. The white rice helped lessen the spiciness and the Danmuji (Korean yellow pickled radish) helped refresh my palette! Perfect combo. Worth the price and worth the pawis. Kuya was watching me eat so I had to suck it up and act normal. Struggle mga bes. I had to act cool but in reality my taste buds were already numb and I wanted to cough so much. HAHA. Naubos ko yung tissue sa table coz my nose was all runny. LOL. I also finished 2 pitchers of water. Try this place guys! Amazing food and amazing experience. 

5th stop: Madang Flower Shop
 My photo! 

FYI, the flower shop is no longer there!!! But you'd see the cafe above in a scene from "Goblin: The Lonely and Great God" Episode 8 where Grim Reaper and Sunny was walking home and then he suddenly experienced heart pains.  Also, in episode 4 of Goblin , the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) keeps on seeing Sunny (Yoo In-Na) aka Kim Sun in every girl he sees including a woman standing in front of the flower shop. 

Grim reaper and Sunny! Can you see the cafe???

 The cafe and this spot is just a few steps away from the "We Are Young" mural. A lot of shoot locations are in this area!

How to Get Here:
Commute: To get here: Anguk Station [안국역], Line 1, Exit 1
 (O db halos same lang sila ng mga naunang spots sa taas!)

6th Stop: Yeongdap Station Pedestrian Bridge

Another "Goblin" shoot location that I was eager to see was the famous bridge where Sunny and The Grim Reaper first met. For me it was the easiest to find because it's just located at a train station. So from Anguk, I took a train going to Yeongdap (2 train transfers if I remember) and looked for Exit 2. Just follow the signs and you'll get there!

Found it!!! See that building?

Ayan sha o! One of the many scenes ni Grim Reaper and Sunny on the bridge. This is their usual route in the series so andaming scenes dito.

So beautiful up there

First meeting when they wanted to buy the same ring which was Sunny's in her past life. Basta watch it nalang!

 Same bridge where Eun Tak (and her Mom) met her guardian, another Goblin!

 Episode where invisible the Grim Reaper 

 And she saved Sunny from falling which scared her because there's no one there! Funny scene. Hihi.

 Letting go is the hardest thing to do.  OMG this scene is so heartbreaking. HUHUHU.

Shempre aura din ako

Fall foliage

Emo si ako. It was almost sunset and I had the bridge all to myself!

Walking away shot haha

How to Get Here:
Address: 159, Salgoji-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul
Commute: Subway Line 2, Yongdap Station, Exit 2

Had to reload my card!

6th Stop: Dongdaemun

Before going home, I decided to visit Dongdaemun for late dinner!
Bought hot chocolate for 3,000 won 'coz I was freezing!!!

For dinner, I ate some Korean fish cakes (2,000 krw for 2 sticks) and this hotdog with bread and sugar (3,000 krw). Best combo guys. I finished it all! 

Saw my baby on my way to the train platform

Also bought new stocks of Peri-Pera ink velvet matte lipstick and tint!

Woke up late the next day, so I was only able to see three K-drama shoot locations...

My first agenda that day was to visit Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) & Grim Reaper's (Lee Dong Wook) house in the K-drama "Goblin". From Hapjeong, I took a train going to Anguk station! I took Exit 4 and relied on my Google Maps for direction. I got lost because apparently the house is located INSIDE the Duksung Women's University Jongno campus. 

It's this beautiful gorgeous house built in 1910 for the royal family. It's forbidden to the public though

 It is where most of the scenes between Kim Shin & Grim Reaper were filmed.  

 My favorite funny scenes!

Eun Tak also lived here!

When I tried to enter the campus, their guard stopped me and said only students are allowed. WAAAAH. Closed to the public na sha guys. A friend of mine was able to take photos in front of the house weeks before my arrival. She said she just acted cool and pretended to be a student to be able to get inside. So tip lang, do not hold or take out your cameras like I did. Haha. Anyway, taking photos in front of the house is also not allowed so she took a few sneaky shots and then left immediately when they saw a guard approaching them. Haha. Super sad!!!! I really wanted to take a photo in front of the house. I could see it from outside but so near yet so far. HUHU.

Entrance beside the palace but I was not able to enter :(


Since I can't enter the campus, I just visited the UNHYEONGUNG PALACE next door. From there, you could see a glimpse of the Goblin House or the Unhyeongung Yanggwan (Unhyeongung Western House). Admission is free!

One of the amazing things about Seoul is that some of the most interesting historical sites are right in the middle of the business districts. Located near the Jongno Police Station and the Japanese Cultural Center, Unhyeongung Royal Residence is one of them!

Unhyeongung Royal Residence was the home of young Gojong, who later became Emperor during the Joseon Dynasty. Under order of Queen Mother Jo, Unhyeongung was renovated into a grand, palace-like house with four gates. Gojong’s father, Yi Haeung, or better known as Heungseon Daewongun, continued to live at Unhyeongung for most of his life. Damaged during the Japanese colonial period and the Korean War, the Unhyeongung Royal Residence seen today is a much smaller version of the majestic structure that it used to be.

Entering through the front gate, the first noticeable sight is a small row of rooms to the right. This area, called Sujiksa, housed the servants and guards. To the front, left-hand side of Sujiksa is a structure called Norakdang. Many important events, such as birthday parties and ceremonies, as well as the wedding ceremony for Gojong and Myeongseong, were held here. To this day, traditional wedding ceremonies continue to be held at Norakdang.

I wasn't able to take a photo of the Goblin house but I saw it from this angle! Ayan sha sa background.
(photo source: https://daegorr.wordpress.com)

You could rent an audio guide to know more about the place

Norakdang also served as one of the two women’s quarters. The most notable structure inside Norakdang is the kitchen, which was used for food preparation when hosting important events. Right outside Norakdang, there are several rock structures along the path to Irodang. The rock structures are said to resemble various animals. To the left of Norakdang lies Irodang, the main building of Unhyeongung. This was where the wife of Heungseon Daewongun resided. Irodang's most prominent feature is its tall steps and square shape. It was built this way in order to help protect the women inside from intruders. Outside Irodang lays an old well on one side of the wide, open yard. To the right of Norakdang lies Noandang.

Noandang served as the men’s quarters and was where Heungseon Daewongun received his guests. The word noan means "old man" and carries with it the connotation of comfort and ease. Thus, it served as the leisure quarters for the men. However, Noandang was not just a place of rest and entertainment. As the father of a young Emperor, Heungseon Daewongun carried out all his business from Noandang.

Upon exiting Noandang, there lies an Exhibition Hall to the far right. The Exhibition Hall houses a small collection of interesting artifacts and information. Items such as a scale model of Unhyeongung, writing tools, traditional wedding garments, and more, can be seen here.

How to Get Here:
Address: 464 Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Commute: Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4. Just walk straight for 50 meters.

Feeling a tad disappointed, I just decided to proceed to other shoot locations. I was also super hungry so I decided to grab a quick bite from this food place across the street...

No english sign ao don't know what the place is called 

No english menu so I just pointed at the omurice photo 

Finally! Was craving for this! I think I paid 6,000 krw for this. Sulit! I finished everything. So good and with unli sidedish!

Selfie muna

Passed by this cute souvenir shop while walking in Samcheong-dong 

Super cute postcards!

Soju bottle openers

Saw this interesting Tea House!

So many pretty shops in the area

2nd Stop: Whitebirch Story Cafe & Tea House

From the "We Are Young" mural take a left in this alley

You'd immediately see this dainty cafe featured in the K-dram Goblin!

In Episode 11, Sunny asks Eun-tak if she believe in past lives and she answers yes.

Sunny and Eun Tak chat inside the cafe

Self-timer hits outside nalang. Went there on a weekend so it was packed.

The cafe has this country house vibe. So dainty and pretty! But even before I got inside to see if there's a vacant spotthis ate girl told me "no photos". WEHHHH bakeeet.

You'd see this sign outside!

I shall come back for you next time!

How to Get Here:
Address: 74-15 Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Geolocation: 37.578640, 126.981829
Commute: From Anguk Station, Line 3, Exit 1, walk towards the direction of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Turn right on the 2nd street (Yulgok-ro 3-gil) same street as the spots I mentiond earlier in the post. Magkakalapit lang sila. After you’ve passed the "We Are Young Mural" turn left in a tiny alley. The cafe is on the right side. 

Train stations have full length mirrors. They said it's because Koreans are generally conscious about their appearance. Works for me! Mirrorfie galore. Hehe.

3rd Stop: Hakrim Dabang

Hakrim Dabang (Dabang means coffee shop) is one of Seoul's oldest, traditional coffee shops! Even with all the new and modern coffee chains around, it has proudly stood the test of time and patronized by locals and tourists alike. I was able to go inside but the queue was too long so I left without ever trying their famous coffee. Huhu. Anyway, scenes from the K-drama "My Love From Another Star" was filmed here. This was where Doo Min Joon and his lawyer friend often eat, play mahjong and talk about life. 

So from Anguk station, I took a train going to Hyehwa (Line 4) and took Exit 3. Upon exit turn left (same side of the road ha, do not cross)

Walk for about 10 meters and you'd immediately see the cafe on your left! See that brick building with the yellow sign? That's the one!

This one!!

The coffeeshop has this Seoul Future Heritage sign outside

Narrow wooden staircase leading to the cafe. It's like being transported to another time!

During the early days, this place was frequented by poets, scholars and students fighting for democracy. They would gather here and talk about politics, arts, music, literature, etc. I can only imagine the amount of history this place holds within its four walls. 

So vintage! So retro! My kind of place. This place was built in 1956.

The place is a bit small and people usually stay here for average an hour. So mejo matagal the waiting time.

They're selling their own house-blend coffee! 

Since it opened in the 1950's very little has changed! Love how they preserved the place after 6 decades. Decors include old photos, vintage vinyl records and books and rustic tables adding to its old world charm.  

Here are some K-dramas filmed here!

Currently watching this! Scene from the new drama "Because This is My First Life"

This is where Se-hee (Kim Min-Ki) gave Ji-ho (Jung So-Min) a pair of earrings as a gift during their date in Episode 12. Awww. 

 And shempre a scene from my favorite K-drama "My Love From Another Star"!!!

 Doo Min Joon (Kimm Soo Hyun) talking to Jang Young-Mok (Kim Chang-Wan), his long-time lawyer friend in Episode 1 & 10

A scene from "The Heirs" was also filmed here! 

This is where Yoon Chang-Young’s (Kang Min-Hyuk) dad and Rachel Yoo’s (Kim Ji-Won) mother first met each other.

He even went up the wooden stairs!

How to Get Here:
Address: 94-2. Myeongryun4ga, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Korea
Geolocation: 37.5818924, 127.0016664
Commute: Hyehwa Station, Line 4, Exit 3.

4th Stop: Daehangno or University Street

After checking out Hakrim Dabang, I decided to cross the street and check out Daehangno. Also dubbed as "University Street" and "Seoul's Theater District", 
 it is the former location of Seoul National University and home to 40 theaters. In the 1980s, many theater groups started moving to Daehangno, and it soon developed into a cultural center. Its popularity is still maintained by famous small theaters such as Parangsae (Blue Bird) Theater and Hakjeong Theater, and some 30 additional theaters have concentrated here to contribute in keeping Daehangno as the root of performance art in Korea. 

The center of Daehangno, Marronnier Park, has frequent live acts and dance performances by young people. This is why Daehangno is called the “Play Mecca” and “Young Street” as well. Another reason Daehangno became so popular with young people is the various interesting sights and food places you could find here. 

Many restaurants, fast food joints, cafes, and bars are concentrated here, making it convenient for people to find something to do after plays and live-performances. Its unique atmosphere and space continues to be loved by many young people. It reminds me so much of Hongdae because of its youthful vibe!

Love this Baskin Robbins store!

Hello unnie IU!!! 

mainstreet flea market!

Do any of you recognize him? There were a lot of people asking for his photo!

Decided to have some quiet time inside this small cafe

I was so cold so I ordered hot choco (3,000 krw) and waffles (2,500 krw)

personalized sweets!

How to get Here:
Commute: Hyehwa station, Exit 2

Hello oppa! First saw him in the drama, Oh My Ghost and now love ko na sha!!!

On my way home, I passed by the Shinsegae Mall. The fountain is now all lit up! Legend of the Blue Sea feels! :)

That ends Part 3 of my K-drama adventures! I still have a few locations left to share and I visited them na with my family. Hehe. Anyway, do note that most of the places I shared above are just near each other. Your starting point could be Anguk Station, Exit 1 and just Google Maps from there. I explored the area by walking. Will be posting 3 more entries about Korea but might insert Malacca/Melaka or Krabi in between! As always, thanks for reading! Love you all. :)

BUDGET (Airfare, Accommodations, Others in PHP)
Airfare - 5,700
Airport Tax - 1,620 (mine was c/o KTO but will include for total)
Accommodation (family, 5 nights) -  3,825
Accommodation (solo, 7 nights) - 3,780
Portable WiFi - 2.050
TOTAL = P16,975

Budget for Solo Travel Day 1& 2 (KRW/Won)
T-Money load - 10,000
Convenience store purchases - 10,000
KFC dinner - 7,000
Socks - 4,400
Black coat (same as my brown one haha)- 30,000
TOTAL = 61,400 won or P2,941

Budget for Solo Travel Day 3 (KRW/Won)
Lunch at Hungry Tiger - 6,000
Coffee at Coffee Prince - 8,000
Street food at Myeongdong - 7,000
Convenience Store buys - 6,000
TOTAL = 27,000 or P1296

Budget for Solo Travel Day 4 & 5 (KRW/Won)
Lunch at Vietnamese Restaurant - 4,000
Coffee at Dobong Walnut - 3,000
Card re-load - 5,000
Dinner - 6,500
Clothes shopping at Tomato Library - 17,000
Lunch at Popeyes - 8,000
Flower Garden Cafe admission - 3,000
Olive Garden PeriPera lip tint - 6,500  
TOTAL = 53000 krw to P2,600

Budget for Solo Travel Day 6 & 7 (KRW/Won)
Lunch at noodle shop - 6,500
Train card reload - 3,000
Dondaemun dinner - 8,000
Omurice lunch - 6,000
Waffle and hot choco snack - 5,500
Miscellaneous like water - 5,000
TOTAL = 34,000 krw or P1,650

*budget depends on shopping habits and food preferences

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