Saturday Summary #21

We Are Dating Now (2002, episode 5)

by Marion KDL

I’ve gotten into a Hwayuki slump and this made me think of Brilliant Legacy. Re-watching this 2009 drama made me marvel and curious about the changes of filming locations over the years. So I decided to time travel even a bit further to 2002 through watching We Are Dating Now.

And I was lost.

Usually, when watching K-Dramas, I recognize a lot of places and neighborhoods and ‘find my way around’ K-Dramaland. I feel a geographic familiarity with what is onscreen. Not so with We Are Dating.

The café and restaurant landscape is totally different from the current landscape; from the places to the interiors. But also specific types of locations are a lot more frequented than nowadays as, for example, subway stations. And in general, I just don’t have any references for most of the places shown. Another main difference is certainly the camera angles. Most situations are filmed as close-ups (and I mean close-ups!). Rarely the wider (architectural) landscape comes into the frame. So it becomes even harder to get an idea of the place itself.

All in all, I’m curious to find out more about older K-Dramaland and its locations. So you will definitely see a couple of older K-Dramas listed in the locations from now on.
So many thanks to Chelle, Mich and Toni for keeping us posted on the newer locations this past two weeks!


Because This Is My First Life (2017, episode 11)

Another thematic overview is up!
This time you can read up on 35 Because This Is My First Life Filming Locations.


Because This Is My First Life (2017, episode 11)

Of course we have this one at Sinjeon-ri Breakwater.

Universe’s Star (2017, episode 2)

And another 2017 kiss in Universe’s Star at Lotte World [롯데월드].


Hwayuki (2018, episode 12)

This architectural beauty could be even more often on my screen: House of Open Books

Brilliant Legacy (2009, episode 16)

Such a surprise! I thought The Forest Garden [숲속정원] was a very recent staple. And then the building appeared in Brilliant Legacy. Of course (?), the café didn’t exist in 2009. But the place is the same.

My Golden Life (2017-18, episode 45)

Also, if you are in Hongdae, you might want to pass by this café. It’s a rather new staple but quite often on our screens lately: colline [콜린]


Jugglers (2017-18, episode 16)

Hwayuki (201718)
— Throwing rose petals at Sun-mi, E12: House of Open Books
— Getting stabbed, E11: Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원]
— Getting treated, E11: Seoul Medical Center [서울 의료원]

Radio Romance (2018)
— Geu-rim’s mother’s restaurant ‘Art Gallery’: Aglio [알리오]
— First team outing, E3: Pork restaurant 쌍대포 본점
— Advertising the show of the concurrence, E5: Mapo Tourist Information [마포관광정보센터]

Cross (2018)
Seonlim Hospital (선림병원), ♡ submitted by Mich

Longing Heart (2018)
— The Firefly Bridge: Moolmi Water Sports [물미수상레져]
— Getting coffee, E6: Green Pitcher [그린피쳐]
— On a date, E10: Ilsan Cultural Park [일산문화공원]

My Golden Life (2017-18)
— Permission to date, E45: colline [콜린]

Jugglers (2017-18)
— Finding a home, E1: Cheongmaru Real Estate Agency [청마루부동산]
— Easy rider, E16: Dosan-daero 49 gil [도산대로49길]
— Wang Jeong-ae’s house: DW Design Residence [DW 디자인 레지던스]

Black Knight (2017-18)
— Having lunch, E3: Gonbap [곤밥]

I’m Not A Robot (2017-18)
— Ji-ah’s grandmothers’ restaurant: Su-san Jayeonsan Hoejip [수산자연산횟집]
— Going for a drink: Winebar Claret [클라레]

Because This Is My First Life (2017)
— The ‘real’ kiss, E11-12: Sinjeon-ri Breakwater

Fight For My Way (2017)
— Fighting over Ae-ra, E4: Gonbap [곤밥]

While You Were Sleeping (2017)
— Saving a ballon, E3: Ilsan Cultural Park [일산문화공원]

Tunnel (2017)
— Gathering for dinner, E11: Jomaru Gamjatang – Bongcheon Store [조마루감자탕 봉천점]

Universe’s Star (2017)
— A date & a kiss, E2: Lotte World [롯데월드], ♡ submitted by Chelle

Mrs. Cop 2 (2016)
— Schemings, E11: Gallery White Block [화이트블럭], ♡ submitted by Mich
— Meeting up, E11: Four Seasons Hotel Seoul [포시즌스호텔]
— A brief appearance, E11: Seodaemun Prison History Hall [서대문형무소역사관]

Happy Home (2016)
Chinese restaurant ‘Gahwamansasung’

The Producers (2015)
— The workplace: KBS Broadcasting Station [여의도KBS홀], ♡ submitted by Toni
JYP Entertainment [JYP엔터테인먼트], ♡ submitted by Toni

Trot Lovers (2014)
— Postponed engagement ceremony, E13: The Convention (Jamsil) [더컨벤션 잠실점]

Brilliant Legacy (2009)
Ko Eun-Seong’s House
— Having a drink & a back-hug E4: Once In A Blue Moon [원스인어블루문]
— Waiting for the bus, E16, and asking to wait, E27: The Forest Garden [숲속정원]
— Feeling betrayed, E19: Ilsan Cultural Park [일산문화공원]

We Are Dating Now (2002)
— An outing with friends, E1-2: Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park Ski World [비발디 파크 스키월드]
— First Love, working part time & going on a date: Lotte World [롯데월드]
— Vacation from military service, E9: Culture Station Seoul 284 [문화역서울284]
— On a date, E11: COEX Aquarium [코엑스 아쿠아리움]
— On another date, E11: Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원]

The Producers (2015, episode 3)

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