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The 7 Best Korean wave Hot Spots in Seoul

Are you a K-drama or K-pop fan planning on visiting Seoul? If so, please take note of the following attractions! We can recommend perfect destinations for Korean wave fans that include popular K-drama filming sites, where you can feel the aura and spirit of Korean wave stars directly. Here is a list of seven Korean wave hot spots in Seoul. Buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

N Seoul Tower

					Selected as Seoul’s No. 1 landmark by foreign travelers, N Seoul Tower is Seoul’s representative tourist attraction with gorgeous panoramic views of the entire city. The alluring night vista, in particular, has made the tower a popular dating venue for young couples. There is one thing you shouldn’t miss: love padlocks! Even featured in the popular K-drama ‘My Love from the Star’, these love padlocks are said to have the magical power of making your love last eternally when locked onto the tower’s railing. However, don’t lose hope if you happen to be between lovers! You will find many other padlocks that harbor a wish for family health or other yearnings. The gift shop in the tower makes it easy to buy the padlock of your choice. Go ahead and leave a special memory at this magical place with your padlock! The seventh floor restaurant is recommend if you are romantically inclined and feel like relishing in the night landscape of Seoul in a more relaxed setting. The restaurant serves French cuisine and rotates 360 degrees in one hour and forty minutes, letting you appreciate Seoul’s gorgeous cityscape with ease. Relax, enjoy your meal, and take in the splendid night vista of Seoul.

Gyeongbokgung Palace

Located dead center, in downtown Seoul, Gyeongbokgung Palace is a beautiful ancient royal palace and is equally as popular as N Seoul Tower among travelers. The palace has been featured in numerous historical dramas and movies such as ‘The Moon Embracing the Sun’, starring Korean wave star Kim Soo-hyun. A unique way to enjoy this beautiful palace is to wander around wearing hanbok (Korean traditional clothing), as if you were a main character in a K-drama. There are several hanbok rental shops in Samcheong-dong to the east of the palace, where you can pick a hanbok appropriate for your special experience. Travelers wearing a hanbok get free admission to the palace, so you have nothing to lose by temporarily indulging in your own fantasy! 
Gyeongbokgung Palace is also home to a wide variety of events throughout the year. Don’t miss the Royal Changing of the Guard Ceremonies held daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. This is a historically true reenactment of the royal palace changing of the guard ceremony (known as sumunjang), who patrolled royal palaces and the walled capital city. Make sure you catch one of the two daily ceremonies so you can take pictures with current guards after the ceremony!

Some Sevit

One of Seoul’s best and most beautiful night vistas, Some Sevit (also known as Floating Islands) on the Hangang River is well-known as a filming location for various movies and dramas, including the popular Hollywood movie ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, the K-drama ‘She Was Pretty’ starring   Korean wave stars Park Seo-joon and Choi Si-won (a member of the boy band Super Junior), and the K-drama ‘Goblin’, which created a sensation across the entire Asian continent. Nearby Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain adds to your visual delight with rainbow-colored streams of water that dance to beautiful melodies. This moonlit landscape presents an unparalleled spectacle in Seoul.

SMTOWN & Hallyu K-Star Road :
Must-see Places for Avid K-pop Fans

Operated by S.M. Entertainment, home to K-pop artists such as Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, and EXO, SMTOWN features a concert hall where you can enjoy concerts and vivid hologram musical performances, and a celebrity shop that carries goods designed by S.M. Entertainment artists as well as goods worn by them, a hologram musical theater, and a concert hall.
Hallyu K-Star Road, which includes part of Apgujeong-dong and Cheongdam-dong, also serves as a “pilgrimage destination” for Korean wave fans in the area who wish to visit major entertainment companies such as JYP Entertainment and Cube Entertainment. ‘Art Toys’ in the image of popular idol stars line the street, providing plenty of photo opportunities. The nearby Gangnam Tourist Information Center provides information about restaurants and cafes frequented by idol stars, designer shops, and other types of information useful for K-pop fans.

MBC World

MBC World is a broadcasting theme park run by the Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC), the birthplace of shows such as ‘Infinite Challenge’ and ‘We Got Married’, this park is a well-known attraction among Korean wave fans. Here, visitors can enjoy a variety of experiences, that include a hologram theater, where you can sing and dance with the holographic images of idol stars, a photo zone where you can become the lead character of your favorite K-drama, and an area where you can take photos with the images of famous TV show characters. A photo box, where you can take selfies with G-Dragon reclining on your knees, provides a realistic experience of heart throbbing shyness! You never know, MBC World is located in Digital Media City (DMC), home to all major broadcasting companies, you may run into a random Korean wave star in person if you are lucky!

Gangnam Style

If you have ever found yourself dancing to the rhythm of Psy’s mega-hit song "Gangnam Style” , this is a must-visit photo zone. Just stand under a sculpture in the shape of the crossed hands of a person performing the “Gangnam Style” horse dance, and you will hear the groovy “Gangnam style” music accompanied by psychedelic lights. Liam Gallagher, a member of the rock band Oasis and Chris Martin, lead singer of the British rock band Coldplay, have already taken selfies at the sculpture and posted them on social media sites, eliciting a massive buzz. Now, it’s your turn!

Grevin Seoul Museum

Our final hot spot is Grevin Seoul Museum, the first Asian branch of the famous Musée Grévin in France. Here, you can see the realistic, life-sized wax figures of Korean wave stars such as Lee Min-ho, Kim Soo-hyun, Jang Keun-suk, and Hyun Bin. You can take as many photos as you want, so why don’t you take some keepsake snaps with your favorite stars, the people you have always dreamed of meeting?
We have taken you to various Korean wave hot spots scattered around Seoul. However, there’s one more venue we have reserved as a bonus—a place where you can feel the vestiges of ‘Wanna One’, the hottest idol group these days. It’s the Gyeonggi English Village, a filming location for Produce 101 Seasons 1 & 2. To get there, take Seoul Metro Line 1 or 6, get off at Hapjeong Station Exit 1, and take the 2200 bus to the Gyeonggi English Village. The bus will stop right at the entrance! The venue is easily reachable by public transportation, it has become a popular attraction among K-pop fans. The village offer a unique experience to Korean wave fans who wish to see the training camp for Produce 101 participants also featured in various TV shows, dramas, and music videos such as Running Man. We hope our Korean wave fans enjoy the rich appeal of Korean wave content through the diverse culture, beautiful scenery, and exotic experiences represented by the Seven Best Korean wave Hot Spots in Seoul. Have fun!
* This page was last updated on January 31, 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here!
                            
                        

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