When a viewer becomes a traveler, it means a particular Korean drama has drawn the attention of that person to its visual storytelling. It happens because filming locations somehow give a sense of human connection.
Hence, here are six (6) Korean dramas that will inspire you to travel, in no particular order:
1. Memories Of The Alhambra (2018) in Spain
The Memories Of The Alhambra (2018) Korean drama starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye, will lavish you with the splendour of Alhambra in Granada, Spain, which is considered as the crown jewel of the region. To watch this drama feels like a walk through the beautiful villas, courtyards, walls, fountains, and lush greenery. The reddish color of the Alhambra buildings, its interior, sunset, as well as the lights at night add romantic vibes overall.
This drama will definitely make you search online about a romantic travel to Spain with your loved one. Here are some behind-the-scene photos from Park Shin-hye:
2. Vagabond (2019) in Morocco
The drama, Vagabond (2019) starring Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy will bring you to the amazing landscapes, unique culture, and colorful stuctures of Morroco in North Africa. The camera shots will also give you a panoramic view of the vibrant city, the interior of houses, picturesque narrow alleyways as well as the beautiful locals in the city. It also displays the magnificent sight of desert with its golden-orange sand dunes.
Since it is a Muslim country, you will see Bae Suzy wearing a beautiful headscarf in the drama. Lee Seung-gi doing an action scene, running and jumping from one rooftop to another will also give you a glimpse of the pretty houses.
Morocco will surely be one of your bucket list of places to go to with your friends if you like some adventures. Here are some behind-the-scene photos from Lee Seung-gi and Bae Suzy:
3. Crash Landing On You (2019-2020) in Switzerland
Switzerland is known to be a place of beautiful lakes, mountain peaks, charming villages, and rolling meadows. It is also famous for wedding destinations, hiking, and paragliding. The married couple, Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin, made it more likeable for travel with their romantic story in the hit drama, Crash Landing On You (2019-2020). It is where the drama couple met for the first time and met again in the end despite distance and cultural differences.
The picturesque landscapes of Switzerland were displayed, including the beautiful lake while Hyun Bin was playing a piano, the mountain peaks while Son Ye-jin was paragliding, and many more. Here are some behind-the-scene photos from Son Ye-jin:
4. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) in Pohang City
Pohang City, which is located in the Northern province of South Korea, became a popular tourist destination because of the Korean drama, Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021).
The show introduced the hometown as a good place for seafood, road trip, and picturesque sceneries such as the lighthouse, Kim Seonho’s small boat on top of the hill, as well as the beautiful rocks and beaches. Shin Mina’s dental clinic in the drama was transformed into a restaurant that serves warm food, overlooking the ocean. A shop for surfing is also available where Kim Seonho was trained to surf.
Here’s a video from tvN drama that will surely make you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and travel right now to Pohang for rest and healing:
5. Jirisan (2021) in Mt. Jiri
Jirisan (2021), starring Jun Ji-hyun and Ju Ji-hoon, is an adventurous trek at Mt. Jiri also known as Chirisan, the second-tallest mountain in South Korea. It stands 6,283 feet tall or 1,915 meters above sea level and is a popular hiking destination that has different routes or trails to choose from.
The drama displayed the magnificemt beauty of the mountain with its huge rocks, peaks, trees, river, and trails. Viewers who love to trek, rock climb, go camping, or see the sunrise at the summit will surely love this show and plan this mountain as the next destination to hike.
6. Our Blues (2022) in Jeju Island
The ongoing drama, Our Blues (2022), is surely a sumptuous sight of the charm of Jeju Island also known as Jejudo, the largest island of South Korea. It is a popular relaxing vacation spot that boasts of the beautiful natural landscapes, such as the volcanic lava tubes or cones, forest, waterfalls, mountains, and Hallasan, the highest peak in the country.
The drama features one of the famous activities in Jeju, the female divers or “haeyeo” who collect abalone under the sea without a scuba gear. Han Ji-min is one of the divers while Kim Woo-bin is the small boat captain. It also displays the noteworthy dark blue sea at dawn as well as the excellent sunset backdrop where Lee Byung-hun and Shin Mina spent time with.
Here’s a series of photos from Shin Mina:
About the author:
Myra Bansale studied photography and human behavior. She writes articles for KORB such as insights on mental health from Korean TV series and has contributed a research article on cancel culture. She also loves to travel, hike, and take photographs.