Memories of the Alhambra (2018-19) — An Overview

SUMMARYCASTSCREENWRITERINSPIRATION FOR THE DRAMA’S TITLEFILMING LOCATIONSLOCATION DOUBLESKDL CREDITS SUMMARY Memories of The Alhambra [알함브라 궁전의 추억] (tvN, 2018-19) Written by Song Jae-jung, Directed by Ahn Gil-ho Production companies Studio Dragon [스튜디오드래곤 주식회사] and Chorokbaem Media [초록뱀미디어] December 1 2018 ~ January 20 2019 [Sat~Sun] 16 episodes * * * Memories of the Alhambra is a […]

SUMMARY

Memories of Alhambra (2018-19, episode 2)

Memories of The Alhambra
[알함브라 궁전의 추억]
(tvN, 2018-19)

Written by Song Jae-jung, Directed by Ahn Gil-ho
Production companies Studio Dragon [스튜디오드래곤 주식회사] and
Chorokbaem Media [초록뱀미디어]

December 1 2018 ~ January 20 2019 [Sat~Sun]
16 episodes

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Memories of the Alhambra is a love story between a CEO and hostel owner, that transcends two kinds of reality — that of real life, and virtually, through a fictional AR game.
— by Marion KDL

 

CAST

 

Memories of Alhambra (2018-19, episode 1)
Note that this is not the full cast credits for this show — only those mentioned on KDL!

 

Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin)
CEO of J One Holdings, which specializes in
computer games

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Cha Hyung-seok (Park Hoon)
CEO of IT company Neword and Jin-woo’s rival;
ex-cofounder of J One Holdings

Lee Soo-jin (Lee Si-won)
Hyung-seok’s wife and Jin-woo’s ex-wife
Seo Jung-hoon (Min Jin-woong)
Hyung-seok’s secretary
Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-Hye)
Owner of Bonita Hostel, guitarist and tourist guide, appears as ‘Emma’ in AR game
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Jung Min-joo (Lee Re)
Hee-joo’s sister
Jung Se-joo (Chanyeol of EXO)
Hee-joo’s brother and programmer of AR games


SCREENWRITER

Memories of Alhambra (2018-19, episode 1)

Song Jae-jung may not be a name that’s readily recognisable, but you’d surely have watched at least one of the dramas over the course of her very prolific screenwriting career. Starting out as a writer for daily dramas (most notably, 2006’s Unstoppable High Kick), she moved on to pen dramas like The Secret of Keukeu Island (2008) and Coffee House (2010). But, it’s in the fantasy/time-traveling genre that she’s truly been able to find her niche, starting with the popular Queen In-hyun’s Man (2012), followed by Nine (2013) and W: Two Worlds (2016), which won her the Best Screenplay award at the MBC Drama Awards that year. With Memories of the Alhambra, Song Jae-jung has truly taken this genre to another level. — by Mich KDL

 

INSPIRATION FOR THE DRAMA’S TITLE

The drama’s title is inspired by a Spanish guitar song of the same name, written by Spanish composer Francisco Tárrega (1852 – 1909), considered to be one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Composed in 1896, Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra) — which showcases a guitar technique known as tremolo — is one of his best known pieces.

Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye) plays this song in episode 3, where she appears as Emma in the AR game that Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin) plays. On preparing for this scene, Park Shin-hye said: “I practiced a lot but it was difficult for me to master the tremolo. I even practiced with a slowed-down version of the song at first to build my skills up.”

The song itself has already been featured on several film soundtracks, like in French film Jeux interdits (Forbidden Games) (1952), British film The Killing Fields (1984), and in US films Sideways (2004) and Margaret (2011). — by Marion and Mich KDL

FILMING LOCATIONS

Memories of Alhambra (2018-19, episode 1)
This overview will be updated when new locations are added.
Search Memories of the Alhambra on KDL for a visual look of all locations.

Last update: 20/06/2019

SEOUL [서울]

GANGNAM-GU [강남구]
Nonhyeon-dong [논현동]
Y Spazio [와이스파치오] [E9]
JONGNO-GU [종로구]
Gwanghwamun Square [광화문광장] [E7]
Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역] [E7]
Jongno 6(yuk)-ga [종로6가]
Heunginjimun Gate/Dongdaemun Gate [E16]
MAPO-GU [마포구]
Sangam-dong [상암동]
Dalkomm Coffee — Sangam Branch [E16]
Seogyo-dong [서교동]
Joseon [조선시대] [E13-14]
SONGPA-GU [송파구]
Sincheon-dong [신천동]
Lotte World Tower & Mall [E14]
YEONGDEUNGPO-GU [영등포구]
Yeouido-dong [여의도동]
E-land Cruise [이랜드크루즈] [E12]
Yeouido Park [여의도공원] [E16]

ANSEONG

YANGSEONG-MYEON [양성면]
Memorial Cathedral St. Mirinae [미리내성지] [E7]

BUSAN

GEUMJEONG-GU [금정구]
Namsan-dong [남산동]
Baptist Hospital [침례병원] [E5-6]

CHEONGJU

SANGDANG-GU [상당구]
Sacheon-dong [사천동]
Sacheondong Catholic Church [사천동성당] [E16]

GANGNEUNG

Gangmun-dong [강문동]
Seamarq Hotel [씨마크 호텔] [E15/16]

INCHEON [서울]

JUNG-GU [중구]
Unseo-dong [운서동]
Paradise City Hotel & Resort [E3-4]
NAMDONG-GU [남동구]
Jangsu-dong [장수동]
Incheon Grand Park [인천대공원]

PAJU [파주시]

TANHYEON-MYEON [탄현면]
Café Zino [지노 파주] [E3]
Gyeonggi English Village — Paju Camp [경기영어마을 파주캠프] [E6]

HUNGARY

BATONYTERENYE
Kisterenye Railway Station [E10]
BUDAPEST
Keleti Railway Station
MEZOTUR
Mezőtúr Railway Station

SPAIN

BARCELONA
Estacio de França Train Station [E1]
GAVA
Gavà Railway Station [E1/2]
GIRONA
House in Barri Vell, Girona
La Terra [E1]
Stone Bridge [Pont de Pedra] [E2/3]
GRANADA
Albaicín District
Calle Calderería Nueva [E3]
Mirador San Nicolás [E3]
San Miguel Alto Shrine [E2]
Realejo-San Matias
Alhambra [E3+E10]
San Pedro
Hail Mary Motherhouse School [E3]
Street Puente Espinosa [E3]

SLOVENIA

LJUBLJANA
Old Town
Building Old Town Ljubljana [E3]
Cobblers’ Bridge [Čevljarski most] [E3]
Hercules Fountain [Herkulov vodnjak] [E1]
Sorbara Steak House [E2/3]


LOCATION DOUBLES

Memories of the Alhambra (2018-19, episode 2)

It is widely known that major parts of Memories of the Alhambra were shot in Spain. But shooting in Spain was apparently not as easy as initially thought and planned out, especially for the railway station scenes. It seemed that the production team could not shoot at either Granada Station or Barcelona Sants, the main Barcelona train station, which led to the production team looking out for ‘location doubles’.

The South Korean team found a partner in Hungarian company, Progressive Productions, which proposed train station doubles in Hungary. This was because the country’s train stations were thought “most suitable, for such reasons as their architecture, their flexibility and infrastructure”, as they state on their webpage — and, of course, because of their appearance.

< Gava Station (exterior scenes) / Mezőtúr Station (interior scenes) >

What makes everything a even more complicated (also as a watcher) is that the two Spanish train stations, Granada and Barcelona Sants, turned out to also have doubles in Spain itself. So, instead of filming at the real Granada Station, the Spanish Gava Station (mainly for its exterior) and the Hungarian Mezőtúr Station (for the scenes on the platforms) stood in as doubles.

< [1] Barcelona Sants Railway Station, Photo by © JT Curses, [2] Estacio de França Train Station (exterior scenes), [3] Keleti Railway Station (interior scenes) >

The same goes for Barcelona’s main train station. This time, Estacio de França Train Station in Barcelona (mainly its exterior) and the Budapest Keleti Railway Station [Keleti pályaudvar] (for the interior scenes on the platforms) were used as location doubles.

KDL CREDITS

Locations: Marion KDL, LiTay, Thom Musni
Photos: Angel, Thom Musni
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