Traveling to South Korea never be complete if you don’t visit the ‘fake’ island named Namiseom island. Became famous as the main location for famous K-drama early 2000s named Winter Sonata, Namiseom island itself became one of prettiest places I’ve visited during my autumn trip at South Korea. To make it cuter, even it’s just only located at Chuncheon which around 90 minutes from Seoul, It feel like we visit another country name Naminara Republic because all tourist traveled to Namiseom island by passing an immigration gate and having entrance ticket as a visa, such a creative local tourism!
Jade Garden Natural Arboretum is another beautiful location outside Seoul. Located at Gangwon province which is about 90 minutes from downtown Seoul, Jade Garden became a famous attraction based on Kdrama The Winter the Wind Blows which spend most of its shooting time at Jade Garden whereas the red brick house is also became Oh Young’s -female main character played by Song Hye Kyo- house. Based on those facts? How could I resist not to go there?
Besides strolling around Seoul, I also visit nearest provinces at SK like Gyeonggi since it has so many wonderful theme-villages attractions like Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park, which judging from the name, it was inspired by Swiss-village rather than Korean-traditional village. I knew this place from The Return of Superman episode when Uhm Tae Woong and his daughter, Ji On, went there and it seemed this place is overload with cuteness.
As I wrote at my previous posts, SK’s trip happened bcos of my DotS fever. LOL. After I failed to go to the army camp location at Taebaek, I only visited two DotS shooting locations at Seoul, one of them is Dal.Komm coffee at Incheon. This coffee shop is definitely a must visit bcos it was a location whereas two main character of DotS -Yoo Shi Jin and Kang Mo Yeon- had different view and went apart at 2nd episode and when both of them finally said love to each other for first time at 15th episode.
Cafe Valor or Studio Valor isn’t an ordinary cafe. At first, it was a store of vintage furniture but the store’s uniqueness made Studio Valor as eligible background for movies, video clips or even photoshoot. I think that’s main reason why the owner changed the store concept became a store-cafe whereas you still could buy furniture and home accessories there while having foods and drinks. As for me, I knew this place based on movie Beauty Inside (2015). The female main lead works at a furniture company, and Studio Valor is the exact shooting location for that.
At SK, I had a day-trip at Seoul which I called as ‘an art appreciation day’ whereas one of schedules is visiting Studio Concrete (SC). SC is a small 3-floor art studio which also served as coffee shop. SC became so famous because one of the founders was the well known and talented young actor
with sexy lips, Yoo Ah In. YAI’s passion for art and design made him teamed up with some artists and they designed the famous 1 to 10 emotion sweatshirt which is supposedly was sell by SC as their offline store.