20 Awesome Seoul K-Drama Filming Locations To Visit Now

Have you ever wanted to visit your favorite Seoul K-Drama filming locations? Now that Korea is open again, it’s time to start planning your K-Drama pilgrimage to the best spots in Seoul and recreate your favorite scenes in person.

There’s so much to love about K-Dramas: the fierce acting, the sappy romance, the plot twists, the slice-of-life insights and the feel-good factor it provides… even the kimchi slaps. One of the best things about these shows is the wide variety of stunning traditional, modern and natural settings you see in the background. They’re often just as beautiful as the stars of the show and most are places you can visit.

This guide will introduce 20 of the best K-Drama filming locations in Seoul and the dozens of K-Dramas filmed there, how to get to each location, and why you must visit them, even if you’re not a K-Drama fan.

Seoul’s Best K-Drama Filming Locations

Various Seoul K-Drama Filming Locations

Seoul, packed with dozens of famous landmarks, monuments, historic palaces, unique districts and cultural attractions, is the perfect place to film a K-Drama.

Whether it’s a historic-zombie drama like Kingdom, a romantic-fantasy drama like The King: Eternal Monarch, or packed with social commentary like Itaewon Class, they all show off Seoul’s beauty in the background.

There are so many amazing K-Dramas to watch these days. Whatever your addiction, you’ll find somewhere in Seoul with a K-Drama connection. From royal palaces to tall towers, famous districts, stonewall walkways, and even one of Korea’s top universities, there are many awesome places in Seoul for K-Drama fans to explore.

Here are the 20 best locations to visit in Seoul. Historical drama fans, be sure to rent a traditional Korean hanbok when you visit for that authentic Joseon-era look.

Have fun snapping your favorite scenes.


1: Namsan Tower (N Seoul Tower)

Namsan Tower, also known as N Seoul Tower, is an unmissable tourist spot in central Seoul. Offering romantic 360 degree views of Seoul, this is the best place to watch the sun setting over the city before placing a love-lock and walking along the fortress wall-lined pathways hand in hand.

This is one of the most accessible Seoul K-Drama filming locations and one that features on most travel itineraries for Seoul. Fans of Boys Over Flowers will recognize Namsan Tower as the spot Jan Di and Jun Pyo were meant to have a romantic date.

Featured In:

Boys Over Flowers, Rooftop Prince Hwayugi / A Korean Odyssey, The Legend of the Blue Sea, My Love From Another Star, Hotel de Luna, Terius Behind Me, Who Are You: School 2015, Dating Agency Cyrano, The Last Empress

How To Get There:

Take the Namsan Cable Car from Myeongdong or the shuttle bus from Myeongdong Station.

Address In Korean:

서울특별시 용산구 남산공원길 105


2: Seoul Fortress Walls

Seoul’s ancient fortress walls run throughout the heart of the city, stretching 18.6km past many famous destinations, including Namsan Tower. Visitors can walk along the raised paths and see out over the city. One of the best places to see the fortress walls is the stretch between Naksan Park and the Seoul City Fortress Wall Museum in Dongdaemun.

Fans of Itaewon Class will recognize the fortress walls as the last stop on Jo Yi Seo and Park Saero Yi’s mini date. It’s the background for many other K-Drama filming locations in Seoul as well.

Featured In:

Run On (2020-21), Do You Like Brahms? (2020), Find Me In Your Memory (2020), Itaewon Class (2020), Love Alarm (2019), I Picked up a Star on the Road (2018), The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018), Two Cops (2017), Three Colors of Fantasies III (2017), Criminal Minds (2017)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Dongdaemun Station and follow the fortress walls up the hill, or go to Hyewha Station and pass through Ihwa Mural Village up the hill towards the fortress walls.

Address In Korean:

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3: Gyeongbokgung Palace Grounds

Seoul’s royal palaces are popular K-Drama filming locations for historical dramas for obvious reasons. These beautiful palaces in Seoul show life in Joseon-era Korea and allows visitors to experience palace life, complete with a Korean hanbok, which you can rent nearby.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is the biggest and most popular of these palaces. It has provided the backdrop for top K-Dramas such as Goblin, The Royal Gambler and Kingdom. Fans can recreate their all of their favorite scenes inside this historic palace grounds.

Featured In:

Traces of Love (2020), When My Love Blooms (2020), Failing In Love (2019), Mother of Mine (2019), Kingdom (2019), Temperature of Love (2017), My Sassy Girl (2017), Chicago Typewriter (2017), Goblin (2017), The Royal Gambler (2016), Queen In-Hyun’s Man (2012)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Anguk Station or walk from Gwanghwamun Station

Address In Korean:

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4: Gwanghwamun Square

Located right outside Gyeongbokgung Palace is the large pedestrian area known as Gwanghwamun Square. Renovated in 2022, this area is packed with impressive museums, open-air markets, cultural performances and historic monuments, including the towering statues of Korean legends Yi Sun Sin and King Sejong.

Fans of City Hunter will recognize this area as the place where Lee Min Ho first arrives in Seoul. More recently, Gwanghwamun Square featured as a K-Drama filming location for The King: Eternal Monarch, as you can see in the picture above. You might not be able to find any horses in central Seoul, but you can still recreate this scene for yourself.

Featured In:

The Devil Judge (2021), A Piece of Your Mind (2020), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), The Great Show (2019), One Spring Night (2019), Memories of the Alhambra (2018-19), The Last Empress (2018-19), Twelve Nights (2018), Radio Romance (2018), City Hunter (2011)

How to get there:

Take a subway to Gwanghwamun Station.

Address in Korean:

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5: Cheonggyecheon Stream

One of the most peaceful places in Seoul, the Cheonggyecheon Stream is a charming stream that runs for 11km through the heart of Seoul. There are often festivals, lanterns, artworks and other outdoor exhibitions near the start of the stream, close to Gwanghwamun Square.

The Cheonggyecheon Stream is a popular date spot couples and also makes for a romantic K-Drama filming location when couples want to have a romantic walk by the river, just as Yoo Ah In and Lim Soo Jung’s did for their first date in Chicago Typewriter.

Featured In:

You Raise Me Up (2021), Oh My Ladylord (2021), Vincenzo (2021), True Beauty (2020-21), Lovestruck in the City (2020-21, S1), Do You Like Brahms? (2020), Flower of Evil (2020), Find Me In Your Memory (2020), Chicago Typewriter (2017)

How To Get There:

For the start point, take the subway to Gwanghwamun Station and walk 1 block south, or to City Hall Station and walk 1 block north.

Address In Korean:

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6: Bukchon Hanok Village

Sandwiched between royal palaces is the historic Bukchon Hanok Village district in central Seoul, one of the most popular of Seoul’s K-Drama filming locations. The traditional Korean buildings in this area are rich in history, beautiful architecture and offer great photo opportunities.

There’s a famous dream catcher shop here where Lee Min Ho finds Park Shin Hye in The Heirs. Well, actually it’s an egg tart shop, but fans will recognize it anyway. You’ll see plenty of other famous sites walking around these charming houses.

Featured In:

Ghost Doctor (2022), My Roommate Is A Gumiho (2021), You Are My Spring (2021), Run On (2020-21), True Beauty (2020-21), Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020), Flower of Evil (2020), Hotel del Luna (2019), Touch Your Heart (2019), Twelve Nights (2018), Goblin (2016-17)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Anguk Station and walk north from Exit 2.

Address In Korean:

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7: We Are Young Mural

Painted on one of the walls near the Bukchon Hanok Village is an absorbing mural of an elderly couple kissing with the caption “We Are Young” plastered above them. Created by Wie Yeong Seon (AKA SIS) in August 2013 and restored by the local government in 2018, this curious mural is definitely a photo hotspot and source of inspiration.

The mural appears in several K-Dramas based in Seoul, including the first episodes of Hotel Del Luna and My Strange Hero – a subtle message to the audience, perhaps? Bae Suzy and Lee Jong Suk pass each other here in While You Were Sleeping, glancing at each other and the mural before walking on.

Featured In:

Hotel del Luna (2019), My Strange Hero (2018-19), While You Were Sleeping (2017), Manhole (2017), My Golden Life (2017)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Anguk Station and go out Exit 6. Walk straight for 1 street and then turn into Yulgok-ro 3-gil.

Address In Korean:

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8: Yeouido Hangang Park

The Yeouido Hangang Park is one of the most popular locations for Seoulites to flock to at any time of year. The park hosts Seoul’s biggest cherry blossom festival in April, is busy all summer with picnickers and buskers, and for fall foliage and silver reeds in October.

It’s unsurprising that this has become one of Seoul’s best K-Drama filming locations, with seasonal backgrounds, fireworks festivals, and unique attractions. Tripathi Anupam and Park Hae Soo were released here in episode 2 of Squid Game.

Featured In:

One Ordinary Day (2021), Inspector Koo (2021), Squid Game (2021), Monthly Magazine Home (2021), Navillera (2021), The Penthouse S2 (2021), More Than Friends (2020), Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020), The King: Eternal Monarch (2020), Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Yeouinaru Station and go out Exit 2 or Exit 3.

Address In Korean:

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9: Gyeongui Line Forest Park

The 100 year old Gyeongui Line was once a busy trainline through central Seoul, but is now home to one of the quaintest green spaces in the city. You’ll find plenty of urban culture, trendy cafes and restaurants and relaxing nature in this long pathway stretching away from the Hongdae area.

The romantic, peaceful nature of the Gyeongui Line Forest Park makes it an ideal K-Drama filming location in Seoul for filming the hottest K-Drama couples meeting, walking hand-in-hand and enjoying this oasis of calm in Korea’s busy capital. Yoo Yeon Seok and Shin Hyun Bin walk through this park in Hospital Playlist, before parting with a kiss at the end of the line.

Featured In:

The Best Ending (2021); Hospital Playlist S2 (2021); Lovestruck in the City (2020-21); Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020); Record of Youth (2020); More Than Friends (2020); Her Private Life (2019); Drunk In Good Taste (2018); Because This Is My First Life (2017); Goblin (2016-17)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Hongik University Station and use Exit 2.

Address In Korean:

서울특별시 마포구 동교동 147-89


10: Hongdae

Spreading out from Hongik University, the busy streets of Hongdae is a district of Seoul that’s synonymous with youth culture and street fashion. Inspired by art and design students, the area has become a hub of creativity, shown in the wide range of shops and galleries in the area. There’s also street art, live performances, and the widest variety of restaurants in Seoul.

Due to the youthful energy present in Hongdae, a lot of K-Dramas showing coming-of-age stories have been filmed here, such as Doom At Your Service and Boys Over Flowers.

Featured In:

Doom at Your Service (2021), Must You Go? (2021), Boys Over Flowers (2009)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Hongik University Station or Hapjeong Station. Hongdae covers the area between these two stations.

Address In Korean:

서울특별시 마포구 서교동 364-27


11: Seoullo 7017 Eco Bridge

Seoullo 7017, so called because it was built in 1970 and converted into a park in 2017, is one of Korea’s leading innovations in eco-friendly urban planning and a great way to enjoy nature when walking from Seoul Station towards Myeongdong. The best time of day to enjoy it is just before sunset, when the sun sets at the end of the path, throwing shadows over the trees, plants and other nature.

Famous Seoul K-Drama scenes here include the time when Song Joong Ki passes over this walkway in Vincenzo on his way to Yoo Jae Myung’s house and Moo Bin gives Ae Ra a pair of shoes on in Fight For My Way, encouraging her to be like Cinderella and put them on.

Featured In:

Grid (2022), Inspector Koo (2021), Police University (2021), Vincenzo (2021), Love With Flaws (2019-20), He Is Psychometric (2019), Clean With Passion For Now (2018-19), Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo (2017), Fight For My Way (2017)

How To Get There:

This walkway connects Seoul Station and Hyehwa Station and can be accessed from either station.

Address In Korean:

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12: Seoul Land

Seoul Land is a great place for families to explore and play, as well as those seeking famous K-Drama filming locations in Seoul. This sprawling park inside Seoul Grand Park features more than 40 rides and attractions and offers a full day out for the whole family. There’s also Seoul Zoo, a beautiful lake and an elephant train to ride on.

K-Drama lovers will recognize Seoul Land from When My Love Blooms where Park Si Yeon and Yoo Ji Tae come together in front of the carousel and she begs him not to abandon her again. Bong Soon and Min Hyuk also have a date in Seoul Land in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Would you like to have a date here, too?

Featured In:

When My Love Blooms (2020), The Secret Life Of My Secretary (2019), The Smile Has Left Your Eyes (2018), Strong Woman Do Bong-soon (2017), She Was Pretty (2015), The Golden Bride (2007-08), Goong (2006)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Seoul Grand Park Station and use Exit 1/2/3. Head towards the main entrance of Seoul Grand Park and turn left to get to Seoul Land.

Address In Korean:

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13: Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel

A seemingly innocuous tunnel that has stood for decades became one of Seoul’s hottest K-Drama spots after a number of dramas used this tunnel for iconic scenes, including slo-mo walks, runway walks and some shady going-ons.

Goblin fans will definitely recognize this K-Drama filming location as the place where Gong Yoo and Lee Dong Wook perform their runway walk after purchasing some green onions for Kim Go Eun. Why not try it yourself?

Featured In:

Mint Condition (2021), Imitation (2021), Hello, Me! (2021), Private Lives (2020), Record of Youth (2020), My First First Love (2019), Touch Your Heart (2019), While You Were Sleeping (2017), Manhole (2017), The Best Hit (2017), Goblin (2016-17)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Sinchon Station and use Exit 2 of the Gyeongui Line (not Seoul Subway Line).

Address In Korean:

서울특별시 서대문구 신촌동


14: Yonsei University

After you’ve taken pictures in the Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel, keep on walking and you’ll find another of Seoul’s top K-Drama filming locations – Yonsei University. This prestigious university, one of Korea’s top three elite universities, has a beautiful campus and architecture that certainly stands out among Korea’s traditional buildings.

Unsurprisingly, K-Dramas based on university life are often filmed here. Even the high school drama Extraordinary You was filmed here, although it’s not a high school at all. The ivy-covered brick walls of the Sinchon campus are open to the public, so you can live out your favorite K-Drama moments from True Beauty, When My Love Blooms and more.

Featured In:

The Sound of Magic (2022), Snowdrop (2021-22), True Beauty (2020-21), KBS Drama Special: Modern Girl (2020), Men Are Men (2020), When My Love Blooms (2020), Extraordinary You (2019), Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019), Age of Youth 2 (2017), Age of Youth I (2016)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Sinchon Station and use Exit 2. Walk through the Sinchon Graffiti Tunnel and the campus is right in front of you.

Address In Korean:

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15: Yeonnamdong

Yeonnamdong is one of the up and coming areas to check out in Seoul these days, taking some of the limelight away from nearby Hongdae. While this area includes the Gyeongui Line Forest Park, it’s actually a much larger area that includes lots of narrow streets full of cozy cafes, artsy stores, unique restaurants, and a mix of students and young adults enjoying a slower pace of life.

Walk around the back streets and look out for the murals on the wall, craft markets, and pop-up stalls. Check out Seongmisan-ro 23-gil (성미산로23길) – it has many beautiful decorations you can use as backgrounds for your pictures and was used in The Secret Life of My Secretary.

Featured In:

More Than Friends (2021), The Secret Life of My Secretary (2019), Descendants of the Sun (2016)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Hongik University and keep walking past the Gyeongui Line Forest Park. Yeonnamdong spreads out to either side of the park.

Address In Korean:

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16: Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway

Deoksugung Palace is a lovely palace that shouldn’t be missed on a trip to Seoul. However, it’s not just the palace that is a big attraction for K-Drama fans, the Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Pathway that goes around the palace is also worth visiting. This pretty footpath is lined with leafy trees and passes through one of Seoul’s most beautiful neighborhoods.

Walk the walls at night to re-enact the scene where Seo Bum Joon tells Choi Ye Bin talk about his troubled past in It’s Beautiful Now. Visit in fall to see lovely autumn leaves, just like Kim Ji Seok and Han Ye Ri did in My Unfamiliar Family.

Featured In:

Be;twin (2021), Reflection of You (2021), Youth Of May (2021), Oh My Ladylord (2021), Sisyphus: The Myth (2021), Lovestruck in the City (2021), Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020), More Than Friends (2020), Do You Like Brahms? (2020), Find Me In Your Memory (2019), Goblin (2016)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to City Hall Station and use Exit 12. Walk towards the palace and follow the wall around the outside.

Address In Korean:

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17: Namdo Bunsik — Ikseon Branch

Ikseondong is a hot place to visit in central Seoul, full of narrow streets and hanok houses – it’s like a compact version of Bukchon Hanok Village but with loads of trendy cafes, art shops, and fantastic restaurants. This area is hidden from the busier main streets, but once you find it, you’ll see why it’s so popular with locals.

Walking around Seoul’s best K-Drama filming locations can be tiring work, so recharge your batteries at Namdo Bunsik in Ikseondong. Not only does this cute little restaurant serve delicious, authentic Korean food, it’s also featured in the K-Drama True Beauty. Joo Kyeong and her buddies go here after school many times to share good food, chat lots and to make lasting memories.

Featured In:

True Beauty (2020-21)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Jongno 3-ga Station and use Exit 4. Walk across the road and you’ll find the main entrance to Ikseondong Hanok Village. There will be lots of narrow streets and one-story buildings here.

Address In Korean:

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18: Hotel Seine

If you’ve fantasized about visiting the Hotel Del Luna that you saw in the 2019 K-Drama of the same name, then you’re in luck! Kind of. The Hotel Seine in Ikseondong, close to Namdo Bunsik, is a real place, but it’s actually a vintage, hotel-themed cafe.

The front desk you can see in the K-Drama is a counter where you can order your favorite coffee and relax, pretending you’re a guest of the Hotel Del Luna. The Hotel Seine comes with a rooftop lounge which is called the Full Moon Rooftop Lounge, which is ‘Man Wol’ in Korean. Sound familiar? True fans will know.

Featured In:

Hotel Del Luna (2019)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Jongno 3-ga Station and use Exit 4. Walk across the road and you’ll find the main entrance to Ikseondong Hanok Village. There will be lots of narrow streets and one-storey buildings here.

Address In Korean:

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19: Changdeokgung & Changgyeonggung Palace Grounds

The twin palaces of Changdeokgung & Changgyeonggung each offer up unique sights that make them must-see locations in Seoul. While Gyeonbgokgung is a more impressive palace, these two locations offer more natural beauty and therefore stunning backdrops for photo tours dressed in traditional Korean hanbok. Check out the Secret Garden inside Changdeokgung and the botanical gardens of Changgyeonggung.

If you enjoyed the Netflix K-Drama Kingdom, you’ll see many familiar filming locations from the show inside these palaces, especially Changdeokgung. This palace was traditionally reserved for the Crown Prince, which is why Ju Ji Hoon can be seen in this palace many times.

Featured In:

The Red Sleeve (2021-22), The King’s Affection (2021), Kingdom I & II (2019, 2020), Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (2019), The Crowned Clown (2019), Moonlight Drawn by Clouds (2016), The Royal Gambler (2016), Secret Door (2014), Rooftop Prince (2012)

How To Get There:

Take the subway to Anguk Station and use Exit 3. Walk for about 100 metres and you’ll see the palaces in front of you.

Address In Korean:

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20: Eungbong Mountain Park

This small mountain (it’s really just a hill) offers incredible views over the Han River and Seoul Forest from the pagoda-topped mountain park. Take a short walk up to the peak and you’ll see Namsan Tower to the north and Lotte World Tower in the East. Visit at night for scenic night views of Seoul.

Fans of So I Married An Anti-Fan will recognize this Seoul K-Drama filming location as the place where Choi Tae Joon and Choi Soo Young go for a late night date. It later becomes their secret meeting spot. Moon Ga Young and Kim Seul Gi enjoy a short hike to this lookout point in Find Me In Your Memory. You can try hiking up here and enjoying the view, too.

Featured In:

So I Married An Anti-Fan (2021), Find Me in Your Memory (2020), Are You Human? (2018), Wok of Love (2018), Suits (2018), Black Knight (2017-18), My Secret Romance (2017), Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo (2016-17), We Broke Up (2015), It’s Okay, It’s Love (2014)

How To Get There:

Take bus 421 from Seoul Station or Myeongdong and get off at the Eunbongdong Hyundai Apartment stop. The entrance is opposite this stop.

Address In Korean:

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Planning A Trip To Korea?

Has this list of the best Seoul K-Drama filming locations inspired you to plan a pilgrimage to Korea’s capital? Maybe you’ve already got plans to go and want some advice about the current travel restrictions, what else there is to see and do and other unmissable experiences to be had in Seoul and beyond?

If so, be sure to check out our South Korea Travel Guide for more info about Beautiful Places In Seoul you must see, where to stay, when to visit, and everything else you need to plan your trip to Korea. And be sure to brush up on Korean Etiquette and Culture to avoid making any cultural faux pas.

Traveling outside Seoul? Then there are loads more K-Drama filming locations to check out, too. Be sure to visit Pohang if you’re crazy about Hometown Cha Cha Cha or When The Camellia Blooms – there are tons of filming locations here. You can even book a K-Drama filming location tour to Pohang.


Where To Stay In Seoul To See K-Drama Sights

Intercontinental Seoul Parnas Hotel

Want to know where to stay to see these beautiful places in Seoul? Want to be close to the royal palaces and traditional hanok houses, or in the heart of modern Korean culture, street food, and fashion? Not sure of the most convenient places to stay with good subway connections, great nearby restaurants, or lively nightlife?

Whether you’re traveling on a budget, want to spend on the best service available, or want to balance both, we’ve selected 9 of the best Seoul hotels that you’ll love. Click on the name of each hotel to check prices.


Luxury Hotels

If you want the best the Seoul has to offer, then these three hotels are for you. Located in Seoul’s wealthy neighborhoods of Gangnam and Itaewon, these hotels are in walking distance of Michelin-starred restaurants, chic boutiques, galleries and museums, and the finest shopping experiences available.

Signiel Hotel Seoul ★★★★★​
One of the best hotels in Korea, if not the world, the Signiel Hotel Seoul is inside the world’s 6th tallest building – the Lotte World Tower – and will give you an incredible stay in Seoul. Experience unbeatable views from the Seoul Sky Observatory on the 117th floor.

Grand Hyatt Seoul ★★★★★
This sleek hotel is tucked away in a peaceful residential area with trendsetting fashion boutiques, cozy cafes & upmarket restaurants, all within sight of the N Seoul Tower. The views from the hotel are spectacular.​

InterContinental Seoul Parnas ★★★★★​
The hotel is adjacent to COEX Mall with convenient access to one of the topmost shopping, entertainment, and business complexes in Korea. Guest rooms and suites feature floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a sophisticated ambiance to unwind and relax.


Mid-Range Hotels

Families, couples, and other travelers that want to experience the best of Seoul without breaking the bank can sleep easy with these next three hotel recommendations. Discover stylish accommodation in these popular districts, each with fantastic city views. These hotels all conveniently located for sight seeing, shopping, and eating out. Great hotels with reasonable prices.

Mondrian Seoul Itaewon ★★★★★​
Mondrian Seoul Itaewon is an immersive lifestyle destination fueled by bold, captivating designs expressed through a playful mindset–an ideal choice both for forward-thinking locals and for international visitors who are looking for fresh and exciting cultural experiences.

Four Points by Sheraton Seoul ★★★★​
Explore vibrant Gangnam and famous local attractions including Apgujeong and Garosugil, the Han River, museums and the Hyundai Department Store. Immerse yourself in K-pop culture and K-beauty experiences, great shopping, trendy restaurants and famous lounge bars and clubs.

Lotte Hotel Seoul ★★★★★​
Step outside the hotel and you’ll find yourself in Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s most popular district for tourists, with royal palaces, famous markets, street food stalls, and a wealth of shopping all a few footsteps away. This hotel is a great base for busy travelers.


Budget Hotels

Seoul has a wealth of budget accommodation options that will help make your money go further. These hotels are all under $100 but offer comfort and convenience. One hotel even has a beautiful rooftop pool. Although these hotels are cheaper, don’t lower your expectations. You’ll always find great service in Korea. Save on sleeping to spend more on shopping, souvenirs, sights, and all the other fun things there are to do in Seoul.

L7 Hongdae by Lotte ★★★★​
L7 Hongdae is a delightful cultural station, filled with chic and artistic decorations and colorful rooms that resonate with the stylish inhabitants of the neighborhood. Travelers looking for a relaxing place to stay in a trendy area will love this hotel.

Rosana Boutique Hotel ★★★★​
The Rosana Boutique Hotel is a stylish hotel that offers a comfortable night’s stay at budget prices. Located under the shadow of the world’s 6th tallest building – The Lotte World Tower, this is a great hotel for bargain hunters who want beautiful surroundings without 5 star prices.

Mercure Ambassador Hongdae ★★★★​
Well known for urban arts, indie music, clubs, restaurants and various entertainment offerings, Hongdae is where you can experience the beating heart of Seoul’s creativity. Watch local students perform at night and try out cutting-edge youth fashion in the boutiques.


Our Recommended Seoul Travel Essentials

Best Of Korea Recommendations

From mobile internet to travel passes that save you time and money getting around, here are some of our top tips for when you visit Seoul.

Flights To Korea: Check prices on flight search sites like Skyscanner and Expedia before booking your flights. You can find some amazing discounts and flights to match your schedule from 100s of different airlines.

Getting To Seoul From Incheon Airport: Ride the Airport Express high-speed train to Seoul Station and connect to the subway system and local taxis. However, if you’re traveling as a group, or have a lot of luggage, an Incheon Airport Private Transfer direct to your hotel is a lot more comfortable.

Transportation: Grab a T-Money Card as soon as you arrive at Incheon Airport. You can use it to ride the subway, buses, and pay for purchases in shops, cafes, convenience stores, and more.

Mobile Internet: Internet access makes traveling so much easier these days. Check the weather, get around, order food, book tickets, and so much more. Best of Korea recommends a Korean Sim Card if you want to use Korean apps (you need a number), or a Portable WiFi Router if you just want Internet access without the number. Preorder online and collect at the airport.

Discover Seoul Pass: If you want to see some of Seoul’s hottest attractions, definitely buy a Discover Seoul Pass. This will get you free entry to the N Seoul Tower, COEX Aquarium, Lotte World, Royal Palaces, and lots more. You even get a free T-Money Card and Airport Express Ride with the card.


If you’ve got any more great Seoul K-Drama filming locations you’d like to share with us, be sure to let us know in the comments.

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