Jeju Island’s volcanic shores are well loved in Korea for their sweeping ocean views and natural beauty. So it’s no surprise that the island frequently appears in K-dramas of all types, from romcoms (Jeju is the country’s ‘honeymoon capital’, after all!) to hard-hitting historical dramas. Here are some of the best K-drama filming locations you can visit on Jeju.
Seopjikoji Lighthouse is set at the top of a hill, and has sweeping views out over the ocean. It’s also known as the ‘Wishing Lighthouse’, as locals believe it has the power to grant wishes. The elegant white building has been featured in a number of dramas, including All In and Boys Over Flowers, and Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Seolhyun shared their first kiss here in romantic drama Orange Marmalade.
When you visit Seopjikoji Lighthouse, don’t forget to take a photo or two on the hill. It’s a beautiful location in its own right, with rocky cliffs jutting out sharply into the blue sea, gently rising green fields, and rustic stone walls. Come summertime, the hill is covered in golden rape flowers. Jung Joo and Gun Woo had a romantic moment here at sunrise in the second episode of Warm and Cosy.
Go back in time to the 1890s at Jeju Folk Village. Over 40 acres of land contain carefully researched reconstructions of various types of buildings, including fishing huts, shaman’s houses, agricultural buildings, and family homes. There are 117 buildings and facilities in the village, and a range of artefacts on display. Visitors can dress up in traditional hanboks, take part in workshops, and see events such as cultural performances. The village was used as a key location in the hit historical drama Dae Jang Geum (‘Jewel in the Palace’), as the place where Jang Geum learns medicine as a maid.
Located just a few minutes’ walk from Seopjikoji Lighthouse is the All In House, built specially as a location for the drama mini-series All In. It’s waned in popularity as a tourist attraction (the drama aired in 2003), but you can still visit the interesting church building, recreate your own scenes from the drama, and take lots of photos along the dramatic coastline.
Bomnal Cafe has breathtaking views out over Jeju’s ocean and a bright, welcoming atmosphere. It was a key filming location in the 2015 drama Warm and Cosy, as the cafe where Lee Jung Joo and Baek Gun Woo worked and (spoiler alert!) fell in love. It’s popular in its own right, however — the café is beautifully decorated, making every corner a perfect photo-op, drinks are good, and there are two café corgis who make sure all the visitors are happy.