Saturday Summary #45

by Marion & Mich KDL We slowly say good-bye to autumn as the first snow enters K-Dramaland. “There is an interesting saying about the day of the first snowfall,” explains Kim Seol-ah in her radio show ‘Kim Seol-ah’s Dawn Stroll’ in episode 33 of Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life and continues by saying: “‘Your clothes change […]


by Marion & Mich KDL

We slowly say good-bye to autumn as the first snow enters K-Dramaland.

“There is an interesting saying about the day of the first snowfall,” explains Kim Seol-ah in her radio show ‘Kim Seol-ah’s Dawn Stroll’ in episode 33 of Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life and continues by saying: “‘Your clothes change from light to thick later in the month’. What do you think it means? I bet you are wondering what it means. It means the temperature drops enough for you to wear thick clothes around this time of the year.” A user then sends in another saying about the first snowfall: “Get a loan if you must in order to have the cold from the first snow.” But Kim Seol-ah leaves this thought as a cliff hanger. Let us see if the upcoming episodes will give us an explanation. In any case, we are looking forward to one of the more sweet and heartwarming K-Drama tropes — having lovers promise to meet up on the first day of snowfall.

Let us also welcome the first K-drama snow with the soothing sounds of the song The First Snow [첫눈] by solo singer Zitten [짙은], as Seol-ah did in her show: https://youtu.be/YqwXci_SPWE

OUR HIGHLIGHTS


Boys Over Flowers (BOF) was certainly a gateway drama to the world of K-Dramaland for quite a lot of people (not only us), so we decided that it definitely needed a 10th Anniversary Overview.

It is quite a curiosity that we seem to be the only ones commemorating the first decade of the F4’s existence — we’ve not seen any meta references in this year’s dramas too. This is also understandable as the real life misdeeds and misbehaviors by some of the main actors and actresses that took place this year have overshadowed the characters in the drama itself.

At KDL, we’ve focused on the locations and the drama’s fictional world, of course; read up on how in the span of the last 10 years, BOF can be considered as a game changer in the K-Dramalandscape.
— Marion KDL

We also have two flower meaning additions! Read up on the Lily of the Valley — the flower meaning with the longest presence in K-Dramaland thus far (from 2006 to 2019)– and a very new addition: the light pink rose.

Monsta X’s Right Now (2016, ep 6)

I know this isn’t drama-related, but I suppose I would consider this a (somewhat unfortunate) highlight of my past month. Fans of the K-pop group Monsta X have been going through a hard time because of the departure of member Wonho, and over a month later, are still fighting for and supporting his return.

As a fellow fan that misses seeing the original 7 members together, I decided to rewatch some of their variety shows — and to my pleasant surprise, I spotted some locations that we already have on KDL! If you’re a Monbebe like myself, you can take a look at our current Monsta X related locations here, or scroll to the bottom of this post for the newest ones. We are #StillHereForMX7, and that will not change ♥ — Mich KDL

OUR FAVORITE STAPLES

Boys Over Flowers (2009, episode 4)

Hotel Wiz [위즈호텔] is quite an interesting staple. Not really easily recognizable, never talked about and still … it has been in K-Dramaland’s existence since 2006.

VIP (2019, episode 13)

What a surprise it is to finally see this long-time staple before the year ends! This time, we got to see more of what its name suggests — the Gallery.

VIP (2019, episode 15)

Here’s another location staple we’ve not seen since last year’s Are You Human? — this time, featured as a location for a jewellery showcase and auction.

KISS, KISS, KISS

The Tale of Nokdu (2019, episode 26)

With this couple, even a tight hug after a breakup (and what scenery?!) transmits more feelings than other couple’s kisses.

SPOTLIGHT ON AN AREA: SEONGMISAN-RO-29-GIL & IHWA

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019, episode 16)

Go on an autumn walk with Mich KDL and discover this lovely street in Seoul’s neighborhood Yeonnam. One thing is guaranteed: it will make you want to immediately book your long awaited trip to South Korea!

Encounter (2018-19, episode 16)

We’ve also added a combined listing for Ihwa Mural Village [이화벽화마을] so that you’ll have all locations in one spot.

NEWLY ADDED FILMING LOCATIONS

Mr. Sunshine (2018, episode 10)

As always, thanks for following and supporting us on KDL, whether it’s through the daily updates, our special blog posts, or even through submitting a location/photographs! Every contribution helps to grow the largest collection of K-drama locations online — by K-drama fans, for K-drama fans 🙂

Till the next Saturday Summary — read on below to check out the newest location additions from the past month!

Love With Flaws (2019, episode 1)

Love With Flaws (2019), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Lee’s family home: Buam7 [부암동 7번지]
— Seo-joon’s talent agency: JCC Creative Center [JCC크리에이티브센터]
— A break-up [E1]: Posco Tower Songdo [포스코타워송도]
— A drink after a break-up [E1]: A.Y Lounge Bar [에이와이 라운지]
— Reflections on money [E1]: Yeouido Park [여의도공원]
— Arriving in South Korea [E1]: Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항]
— Catching up [E1]: Faro Grand [파로그랜드]

Never Twice (2019, episode 2)

Never Twice (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Marion KDL
— Nakwon Inn: Yedamheon Hanok [예담헌]
— Guseong Hotel #1: Grand Hyatt Incheon [그랜드 하얏트 인천]
— Guseong Hotel #2: Grand Hilton Seoul [그랜드힐튼 서울]
— Meeting up [E3]: Milky Way Café [몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방]
— Looking forward [E4]: Dongjak Bridge [동작대교]

Unasked Family (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Mich KDL
— School bus pick-up: Jaha Super [자하슈퍼]

VIP (2019, episode 7)

VIP (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Mich KDL
— Deep in thought (1) [E2 (full 1)]: Banpo Bridge [반포대교]
— After a company dinner [E4 (full E2)]: Cheongdam Cinecity Building [씨네시티빌딩]
— Driving across in silence [E6 (full 3)]: Seogang Bridge [서강대교]
— Talking things out [E6 (full 3)]: Cheonggyecheon Stream [청계천]
— Meeting mom [E7 (full 4)]: Peace Piece [피스피스]
— Driving alone [E9 (full 5)]: Seogang Bridge [서강대교]
— Taking a rest [E11 (full 6)]: FATUM [파툼]
— Meeting up [E13 (full 7)]: Gallery White Block [화이트블럭]
— Sending off Tifone’s chairman [E13 (full 7)]: Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항]
— Meeting the VP’s mistress [E13 (full 7)]: Bar Omusa [오무사] 
Tifone showcase and auction location exterior [E15-16 (full 8)]: Southcape Club House [사우스케이프오너스클럽]
Private auction room [E15-16 (full 8)]: Conrad Hotel Seoul [콘래드호텔]

Catch the Ghost (2019, episode 1)

Catch the Ghost (2019), ♡ added by deanekitty29
— Wangsoori Station: Wangsimni Station [왕십리역]

Extraordinary You (2019), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— ‘Seuli High School’ and Hanok Visit [E1,7,17]: Keimyung University — Seongseo Campus
— Death anniversary [E22]: Yongin Park [용인공원]
— Memories of Joseon Times [E22 (full E11)]: Okjeongho Gujeolcho Theme Park [옥정호 구절초테마공원]

The Tale Of Nokdu (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Marion KDL
— A picnic [E13 (full E7)]: Gosanjeong Pavilion [고산정/ 孤山亭]

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019, episode 6)

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Marion KDL & Chelle
— Giving out leaflets [E6]: Myungsung Church [명성교회]
— Getting advice from a lawyer [E9]: Green Cloud Coffee Shop [그린클라우드커피]
— Saying farewell [E16]: Seongmisan-ro 29-gil [성미산로29길]

Melting Me Softly (2019), ♡ added by Thom Musni, unless otherwise stated
— TOB broadcasting company: DDMC [동아디지털미디어센터], ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Shooting ‘Go Go 99’ [E11]: Pocheon Art Valley [포천아트밸리]
— Meeting up [E14]: Cooing Brunch [쿠잉 or 쿠잉브런치], ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Being attacked [E15]: First Garden, Paju [퍼스트가든]
— Canada [E16]: Gyeonggi English Village — Paju Camp [경기영어마을 파주캠프]

Strangers From Hell (2019)

Strangers From Hell (2019), ♡ submitted by Chelle
— Eden Goshiwon: One Heart Church [한마음교회]
— Having dinner [E1]: Maehwayang [매화양]
— Buying flowers [E5]: Daehak-ro 11-gil [대학로11길]

Secret Boutique (2019, episode 23)

Secret Boutique (2019), ♡ added/submitted by Marion KDL
— Breaking down [E20 (full E10)]: Banpo Bridge
— Getting threatened [E20 (full E10)]: Asosan [아소산 본점]
— A trap [E20 (full E10)]: Grey Scale Coffee [그레이스케일커피]
— Yuncheon Market [E23-24 (full E12)]: Gyodong Daeryong Market [대룡시장]

Hotel del Luna (2019), ♡ submitted by Marion KDL
— A birthday spent at Hangang [E1]: Ichon Hangang Park [이촌 한강공원]

Love Alarm (2019, episode 6)

Love Alarm (2019), ♡ submitted by Thom Musni
— Meeting after 4 years [E6]: Ewha Womans University [이화여자대학교]

Moments of Eighteen (2019), ♡ submitted by Thom Musni and Marion KDL
— The morning after a break-up [E10]: Dogok Station [도곡역]
— A school trip [E10]: Phoenix Pyeongchang [휘닉스 평창]

Quiz From God: Reboot/God’s Quiz 5 (2018-19), ♡ submitted by Mich KDL
— Having a chat [E9]: Sinpo-ro 27beon-gil [신포로27번길]

My Mister (2018), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A phone call [E6]: Woonsan Korean Restaurant

Mr. Sunshine (2018), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A place to contemplate [E2, E10]: Gosanjeong Pavilion [고산정/ 孤山亭]

Bad Thief, Good Thief (2017), ♡ added by Mich KDL
COMF Tree Restaurant [컴프트리]

Please Find Her (2017, episode 1)

Please Find Her (2017), ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Going jogging (1) [E1]: Yeouido Hangang Park [한강 공원 여의도 지구]
— Going jogging (2) [E1]: 63 Square [63스퀘어]
— Going jogging (3) [E1]: Hangang Railway Bridge [한강철교]
— Going jogging (4) [E1]: Itaewon Subway Station [이태원역]
— Halloween street/Buying ice-cream [E5/8]: Daehyun Cultural Park [대현문화공원]

She Was Pretty (2015), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Doing an interview [E11]: Yeouido Park [여의도공원]

The Legendary Witch (2014-15), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A vacation [E30]: Jeju International Airport [제주국제공항]

Plus Nine Boys (2014), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A date course [E3]: Nongoldam-gil Street [동해 논골담길]

The Heirs (2013, episode 16)

The Heirs (2013), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Moving to the sea [E16-18]: Nongoldam-gil Street [동해 논골담길]

A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A date [E18]: Yeouido Park [여의도공원]
— Defending Yi-soo [E16]: Pattern Ethiopia [패턴에티오피아]

Boys Over Flowers (2009), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— A date [E22-23]: Seoul Grand Park [서울대공원]
— The Yoon Foundation [E23]: Songdo ConvensiA Convention Center [송도컨벤시아]
— A scheme [E4]: Hotel Wiz [위즈호텔] *
* check out the listing for more dramas filmed here

The Snow Queen (2006-07, episode 1)

The Snow Queen (2006-07), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Gwahak (Science) High School #1 [E1]: Keimyung University Daemyung Campus
— Gwahak (Science) High School #2 [E1]: Seoul City Astronomical Observatory [서울시립천문대]
— The math olympiad [E1]: Sun Moon University [선문대학교 아산캠퍼스]
— A truck of doom [E1]: Hangang Bridge [한강대교]
— Rejecting an advice [E2]: Ssangdaepo Restaurant [쌍대포 본점]
— Going to see sea lions [E3]: 63 Square [63스퀘어]
— Sobering up [E3]: Banpo Hangang Park [반포한강공원]
— A fashion show [E4]: Grand Hyatt Seoul [그랜드하얏트 서울]
— In the bus with a pretty view [E5]: Seogang Bridge [서강대교]
— A short date [E6]: Yeouido Park [여의도공원]
— Meeting one’s mother and a break up [E7, E9]: Cafe Blüte [까페 블뤼테]

Ruler Of Your Own World (2002), ♡ added by Marion KDL
— Pickpocketing [E1]: Gwangheungchang Station [광흥창역]

NEWLY ADDED TEASERS

Psychopath Diary (2019, teaser 2)

Psychopath Diary (2019), ♡ submitted by Mich KDL
— Teaser 2: Jaha Super [자하슈퍼]

NEWLY ADDED MOVIES

The Princess and the Matchmaker (2018)

Declaration of Idiot/Declaration of Fools (바보선언) (1985)
Ewha Womans University [이화여자대학교]

Love Forecast (오늘의 연애) (2015)
NC Cube Canal Walk [NC큐브 커넬워크]
The Galleria Luxury Hall West [갤러리아백화점 WEST점]
YTN Building [YTN 뉴스퀘어]
Gwanghwamun Square [광화문광장]

Ode to the Goose (거위를 노래하다) (2018)
Yoon Dong-Ju Literature Museum [윤동주문학관]
Duksung Girls’ High School [덕성여자고등학교]

The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합/Goonghap) (2018)
Okjeongho Gujeolcho Theme Park [옥정호 구절초테마공원]

NEWLY ADDED MVs/STORY FILMS

CIX – Hello, Strange Place Story Film, 04. Abrupt Absence (2019)

CIX [씨아이엑스]: ‘Hello, Strange Place’ Story Film (03. Self Slaughter) (2019)
Banpo Bridge [반포대교]

CIX [씨아이엑스]: ‘Hello, Strange Place’ Story Film (04. Abrupt Absence) (2019)
Bookfriends Café [북프렌즈카페]
KDL note: The CIX videos contain mature themes of suicide and violence.
Please watch only at your own discretion.

MONSTA X [몬스타엑스] (2018): ‘Jealousy’
A.Y Lounge Bar [에이와이 라운지]

NU’EST (뉴이스트) (2015): ‘Look (A Starlight Night)’ — 5th Mini Album CANVAS
Mapo Bridge [마포대교]

NEWLY ADDED VARIETY SHOWS

The Return of the Superman (2013-present)

The Return of Superman (2013–present), ♡ added by Chelle
— Song triplets neighborhood: Songdo Central Park [송도센트럴공원]
— Learning to ski: Yongpyong Resort [용평리조트]

Monsta X-Ray Season 2 (2017), ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Working at a cafe [E1]: Cafe Humming Bella [허밍 벨라]
— Working at an aquarium [E2-3]: Hanwha Aqua Planet Ilsan [아쿠아플라넷 일산]
— Playing games to win money [E4]: Incheon Open Port Museum [인천개항박물관]
— Attending a ‘VIP premiere’ [E6]: JTBC Building [제이티비씨]

Monsta X’s Right Now (2016), ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Racing up the Ruins [E6]:
The Ruins of St. Paul’s [大三巴牌坊/성바울성당]

The Human Condition Season 1 (2012), ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Living without electricity [E10-13]: ZooZooPet [쥬쥬펫]

NEWLY ADDED K-POP LOCATIONS

— BTS Pop Up store ‘House of BTS [하우스 오브 BTS]’: Cafe Alver [알베르]

Mr. Sunshine (2018, episode 10)

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