2019 came with a bucket brimming with top-rated K-dramas that fangirls all over the world can't simply get enough of. From webtoons with supporting characters taking the lead, high school love scenarios with a modern touch, to an iconic, short-tempered hotelier who screams (oops!) high-end fashion, it was a year that upped the usual K-drama setting we're all familiar with.
But if there's anyone who has already moved on from last year's best of the best, it's certainly not us. We remember the year that was with so much warmth in our hearts that we can't seem to get those scenes out of our heads. And as much as we love the dramas itself, we certainly can't get over the ~*aesthetic*~ places it came with. We that know you feel the same way, so below is a list of 10 Instagram-worthy K-drama locations that await for you to discover:
1. Yonsei University
Sitting as one of South Koreas SKY Universities (an acronym for the country's Top 3 schools: Seoul National University, Korea University, and Yonsei University), this location appeared as "Seuli High School," where a part of Extraordinary You was filmed. It was famous even before the award-winning, webtoon-turned-drama was aired (FYI, Reply 1994 was also shot here!)—with the campus' dream-like atmosphere that's perfect for to you fantasize in, just like the comic book characters of EOY.
Where you saw it: Extraordinary You Episode 2, when Eun Dan-Oh was talking with her BFF, Shin Sae-mi.
Address: 50 Yonsei-ro, Sinchon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
2. Seoul Book Bogo
What used to be an old warehouse turned to be South Korea's first public second-hand bookstore that's both a bookworm's haven and architectural wonder. Seoul Book Bogo houses a massive number of hard-to-find books and a one-of-a-kind interior—one with arch-shaped bookshelves that will reel you in. Aside from capturing photos, you can also capture moments as you get lost in rare treasures and unearth classics (and remember the whimsical beauty that is Hotel Del Luna).
Where you saw it: Hotel Del Luna Episode 2, when one of Jang Man Wol's staff assisted an older ghost.
Address: 1 Ogeum-ro, Jamsil 4(sa)-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
3. Guryongpo Modern Culture And History Street
Be the strong, independent woman like Oh Dong Baek as you take a trip down memory lane at the Guryongpo Modern Culture and History Street. This is where the Camellia Bar was located in When The Camelia Blooms and is a few walks away from the beach where you can gaze at the blue sea and the gaping sky.
Where you saw it: When The Camellia Blooms official poster, with Oh Dong Baek and Hwang Yong Sik gazing at each other.
Address: 153-1, Guryongpo-gil, Guryongpo-eup, Nam-gu, Pohang, Gyeongsangbuk-do 37931, South Korea
4. Ewha Woman's University
Get instant notifs with heart reacts when you post this prestigious school on your feed. Ewha Woman's University is a private all-girls' university with IG-worthy corners here and there. When you're done taking photos and re-living Love Alarm, you can roam the famed shopping streets nearby where you can score great finds. And maybe find your love match. Who knows?
Where you saw it: Love Alarm Episode 6, when Kim Jojo met Lee Hye Yeong again after four years.
Address: 52 Ewhayeodae-gil, Bukahyeon-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
5. White Birch Story Café
In the Bukchon Hanok Village lies a hue-tiful coffee shop that will make your heart flutter (just like how Touch Your Heart did!) with its playful, fairytale-like interior design. White Birch Story Café's quaint and homey vibes make up for its traditional Korean peg, adorned with a handful of details that you can spy with your little eye.
PS: A scene from the popular K-drama, Goblin, was filmed here, too. Talk about lead star Yoo In Na having a major throwback!
Where you saw it: Touch Your Heart Episode 2, when Oh Yoon Seo and Kwon Jung Rok first hugged! *BRB squealing again*
Address: 74-15, Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
6. Binae Island, Chungju
Enjoy nature at its peak at Binae Island in Chungju, found in the Southern part of the Han River. In here, you can hear the gentle sound of the stream as you stare at the vast fields that blanket the entire location. It's a hidden gem loved by photographers that's perfect to get that nature-inspired IG shot or channel your own Yoon Se-ri ala Crash Landing On You.
PS: Famed K-pop group, GFRIEND, recently took their concept photos here for their latest album, Labyrinth.
Where you saw it: Crash Landing On You Episode 6, where Yoon Se-ri and Ri Jung Hyuk had their picnic.
Address: Chungju, Chungbuk, South Korea
7. Moonee Café
A rooftop coffee shop that offers a panoramic view of the city, this location made everyone ~*kilig*~ when the At Eighteen lead stars were supposed to have their first kiss. Catch up with your friends, savor their menu, or just breathe in the good life—there are just three of the things that you can do here and in this neighborhood (we promise there's more than 18).
Where you saw it: A Eighteen Episode 12, when Choi Joon Woo was about to kiss Yoo Soo-bin, but then her father calls and the world came to a stop.
Address: 37 Sinheung-ro 20-gil, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
8. SOMA Museum Of Art
Appearing as "Cheum Museum of Art" in Her Private Life is SOMA Museum of Art in real life, which you can find inside the Seoul Olympic Park. There is so much to experience beyond the displays, allowing you to fangirl to your heart's delight (in private or not). We bet you'll feel imaginative and say "Art is life" right after, similar to how Sung Deok Mi felt when she managed her fansite page, "Cha Shi An Is My Life."
Where you saw it: In most of the episodes of Her Private Life since this is where Sung Deok Mi works.
Address: 424 Olympic-ro, Oryun-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
9. Dotobori Brothers
What you might know as "Seon-ha Dumplings" in Romance Is A Bonus Book is Dotori Brothers, a Japanese restaurant with an adorable acorn (which translates to dotori) that will welcome you home. With long lines even before the homage-to-books K-drama was broadcasted, this location is a must-visit due to its signature Egg Salmon Set—a rice meal topped with fresh salmon, salmon-don poached eggs and avocado, that's perfect for your #foodstagram and appetite.
Where you saw it: Romance Is A Bonus Book Episode 4, when Haerin and Cha Eun Ho came here to eat.
Address: 41, Gyeonghuigung-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
10. Faro Grand
Envision seeing the stunning landscape of the city right before your very eyes. Beautiful. Now imagine enjoying meals and drinks while at it. Even more appealing. Located on the 36th floor of the Mirae Asset Center is Faro Garden, a seafood restaurant that serves Japanese and Chinese cuisines where you can dine in the sky. It offers a sweeping view of Seoul, similar to how the highest-rated cable-TV drama, SKY Castle, had you on the edge of your seat.
Where you saw it: SKY Castle Episode 6, when eomma Han Seo Jin and Kim Joo Young seonsaengnim had a lunch meeting.
Address: 04539 26 Eulji-ro 5-gil, Jung-Gu, Seoul South Korea