Autumn trip to Seoul

Hi everyone!

How time flies and even i’m not yet fulfilled my promise to post my last korea trip pics part 2, and yet here i am, i will be returning to Seoul in 3 days. But this time, i’m returning for some business (and also shopping) there LOL. But i will try to take pics as usual because autumn in korea really really beautiful! And this time, i will try to make some reviews about places in seoul instead of pictures only. So, stay tuned everyone! *wink*

One Fine Summer – Seoul Travellog part 1

Hi guys!

Finally the promised seoul travellog is here! I went to Seoul, Korea last August for 12 days. I stayed only in Seoul because i want to feel the most of Seoul. Do cafe hopping, shopping for clothes, cosmetics and souvenirs, sight seeing, leisurely stroll around, eat yummy foods and street snacks, wearing hanbok, and so on. I will not share the detail on how to get here and there in Seoul because already so many fellow blogger covered it up on their blog post ^^ instead, i will share some of my photograph while i’m in Seoul in a random order. So, here we go : (more…)

Holiday to Korea!!

ImageHi Everyone!

I’m so excited that i will be in Seoul, Korea for the second time later on August! I’ve been there once but already a long long time ago, in November,2004. This time i will be exploring Seoul with my mom for 12 days (originally 9 days only, but after me and my mom start making the itinerary, we start to realize that 9 days wasn’t enough for us 😀 so, we decided to alter our air tickets). 

Basically i will be exploring most popular Seoul tourism places like itaewon, gangnam, apgujeong, myeongdong, hongdae, jamsil, garosugil, ganghwamun, bundang, and many more. For this time, i will travel independently (last time i join a full tour service). As i really hoping that it will be a memorable travel experience, i already listed all the interesting places, all the food i wanted to eat, and i’m self learning basic korean language now (i know i will need it somehow >.< ).

Later i will share my experience while i’m in Seoul and also i will share some of my photographs! and if any of you already been to Seoul before me on August, i will be glad if you willing to share your experience with me!




Filming locations that i would like to visit in Korea

Hi Everyone! Today i want to share with you guys the filming locations of K-Drama that i would like to visit if i go to Korea someday. I’m a fan of K-Dramas (my first K-Drama was winter sonata and i watched it when i’m in junior high school) and many K-Dramas shoots at a great place and sceneries, and i LOVE the sceneries! so i thought i will list down the locations, and here we go!

The Moon that Embraces the Sun filming locations

I just finished watching this drama and i love this so much! love the story and love the places too!  i’m a fan towards korean historical dramas because it gave me different feels of watching the dramas, more like showing the culture and heritage of Korea through the drama itself. As for other dramas that i mentioned, some of them are from several years ago so i don’t really remember the story but i remembered for sure that the story is great and the BG scenes too! 🙂

Yongin MBC dramia

Yongin MBC Dramia is the filming set where Korean historical dramas like Jumong, Queen Seondeok, and Dong Yi were filmed. The facility features buildings from the Three Kingdoms era (the era of the Goguryeo, Baekje, and Silla Kingdoms, between the 4th and mid-7th century) to the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). In The Moon That Embraces the Sun, royal palace scenes were mostly filmed here.

Korean Folk Village

The Korean Folk Village features the lifestyle and private houses of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). It has on exhibit various items from the era, including household tools, farming tools, and crafts. Various events are held by season, such as farmers’ music performances, tightrope dancing, and traditional wedding reenactments. The market inside the village sells various traditional foods like injeolmi (rice cake), bindaetteok (mung bean pancake), pajeon (spring onion pancake), and Korean liquors. In The Sun and the Moon, the local markets, the private residences of the commoners, and the night scenes were filmed here.

Personal taste filming locations

Bukchon Hanok Village

Located in 31 Beon-ji (Gahoe-dong, Bukchon), Sanggojae is a “fusion hanok,” a traditional Korean house with modern touches. Built by Gae-in’s father, Professor Park Cheol-han (played by Gang Sin-il), the house’s name means “a place for mutual love” and reflects Professor Park’s love for his family.

Lie to me filming locations

Beartree park

Scenes featuring the big mansion and beautiful garden of Hyeon Myeong-jin (Gi-jun’s aunt and chairperson of World Group) were filmed at Beartree Park in Yeongi-gun County, Chungcheongnam-do Province. Beartree Park is an arboretum with around 400,000 flowers and trees from thousands of different species. The park also has a pond with 500 carp, a ‘petting zoo’ with dozens of bears, and a deer hill where deer and elk roam—not to mention areas for peacocks and mandarin ducks. Beartree Garden is abloom with colorful flowers all year round and the tropical arboretum is abundant with plants from all over the world, making this particular filming location as unique as it is beautiful.

Cinderella stepsister filming locations

Pocheon Sanjeonghosu Lake, open film set of Daeseongdoga

The open film set of Daeseongdoga is located inside Sanjeonghosu Lake area in Gyeonggi-do Province. Aside from a gorgeous lakeside view, the site features traditional architecture. The Daeseongdoga film set sits on an area of 1,000 square meters; the entire filming location is 13,000 square meters wide. Inside the building is a makgeolli laboratory, a fermentation room, and study room. The interior of the set is filled with antique furniture and ceramics designed to match the vibe of the Daeseongdoga Brewery, a building with a long and proud history.

Herb Island

Located in Pocheon-si in Gyeonggi-do Province, Herb Island is where Jeong-u (Taecyeon) and Eun-jo (Moon Geun-young) spend the day together. The site has a great collection of herbs and flowers in its herb garden and museum. There is also an herb restaurant, herb café, and an herb store selling various herb products. Also of interest are the aromatherapy center, the Venice Village, and petting zoo.

City Hunter filming locations

Buam dong

Nestled in Mount Bugaksan, Buam-dong is one of the hidden jewels of Seoul. The area is home to charming cafes and unique restaurants and shops and is a place where nature flourishes. Close to Gyeongbokgung Palace and Insa-dong and connected to Changuimun Gate and the Bugaksanseong Fortress trail, Buam-dong offers a pleasant mix of culture, tradition, and convenience. In the drama, it is the filming location of scenes showing Yun-seong’s mother’s house and neighborhood. Buam-dong has also appeared in the dramas ‘My lovely Sam Soon’ and ‘The First Shop of the Coffee Prince.’

Boys before flowers filming locations

Gyeongju Shilla Millenium Park

Ragung hotel in Gyeongju was the setting for Yun Ji-hu’s traditional Hanok home. This high-class hotel consists of 16 separate houses, which are connected by corridors. The construction of the hotel required the largest number of specialized carpenters since the restoration of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Ragung was actually the name for the royal palace during the Silla dynasty. Guestrooms include private gardens and hot spring baths. The hotel is located in Korea’s very first historical theme park, the Shilla Millennium Park, and hotel rates include breakfast, dinner, and admission tickets to the theme park.

Jumong filming locations

Hwangmaesan mountain

The cave from which Haemosu was rescued by Jumong and was taken care of in is a famous destination for migratory birds located at Hwangmaesan Mountain. Haemosu trains Jumong in martial arts at this location, and the two characters share some good memories as teacher and student. The final death scene of Haemosu was also filmed here on the wide grassy field, where it is especially beautiful on the mountaintop.
This location also served as a backdrop for the movie ‘Tae Guk Gi: Brotherhood of War’. This film location also overlooks the ocean. Some scenes were filmed at the foot of Hwangmaesan Mountain at the movie theme park. This park is known as the film location for the movie ‘Gingko Bed’ as well.

Yumyeongsan Mountain’s Seolmaejae Natural Park

The armies of Jumong, Byeoldongdae and Cheolgigun, fight fierce battles at the Seolmaejae Natural Park located at Yumyeongsan Mountain. This is also the film location for the scene where Jumong falls into a pit. Drama ‘Damo’ and the movie ‘King and the Clown’ were both filmed here as well.

Drama Haesin’s Film Location – Wan-do

The drama ‘Haesin’ was filmed at Wan-do, and serves as the backdrop for Hyeontoseong Fortress in ‘Jumong’. The Silla Village set was built for the KBS drama ‘Haesin’, and the set has about 40 tile-roofed houses, including private houses, Chinese-looking streets, a tavern, and waterways, recreating the China of Dang Dynasty. The Cheonghaejin Pogu (Port) Village set includes about 42 buildings, a ferry dock, vessels, a military camp, and more.


Finally, that’s the list! haha.. So many right? I’m not greedy but you know, looking all of the places, i really excited and also curious for the real thing! i wonder if you feel the same as me. whats your opinion? agree or disagree? Please share it with me! 감사합니다! 😉




Picture & information source : Visitkorea & Google

Drama review : The Moon that Embraces the Sun

Hi Everyone!

K-Drama lovers must already know this recent historical K-Drama, The Moon that Embraces the Sun. They had high rating during the airing, i really excited to watch this drama. Sadly this drama reached the final episode on Mar 15 2012 in total of 20 episodes. Today i want to make a short review about this drama, hope this review helpful for you 😉


The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. Wol was born as Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a noble family who won the love of the crown prince, Hwon. Her enemies, jealous of her family’s position in court, schemed against her and wrestled away her rightful place as crown princess and nearly takes her life. Years later, an embittered Hwon meets Wol, now a female shaman who has no recollection of her past.

Main Cast

Kim Soo Hyun as Lee Hwon
Yeo Jin Goo as Hwon (15 years old)
Han Ga In as Heo Yeon Woo / Wol
Kim Yoo Jung as Yeon Woo (13 years old)
Jung Il Woo as Prince Yang Myung
Lee Min Ho as young Yang Myung
Kim Min Seo as Yoon Bo Kyung
Kim So Hyun as young Bo Kyung

Relation Chart

Casts Photos

Kim So Hyun, Ji Jin Hee, Kim You Jung

Adult Casts

I really like this drama a lot. The storyline is great despite of 4 episodes cut from originally 24 episodes 😦 . But i think there are some plot that lack of attention and not too great ending especially Seol and Prince Yang Myeong ending (sorry for the spoiler for those who haven’t watch this drama) and i like their childhood story better than when they are grow up. My final rating for this drama is 8/10. What do you think? Do you like this drama? Your thoughts in comment are appreciated! 😉

Photo source : MBC & Soompi