Secret Blue Garden at Gangwondo is Psycho But It’s Okay’s Filming Location. The ‘Ok Hospital or 괜찮은병’ is actually not a hospital but a cafe. Really?
This year tvN released this drama that talks about a different kind of fairy tale. That fairy tale is contradictory to what we have grown up with.
Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아) or It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is the comeback drama of Kim Soo Hyun after his hit drama My Love from the Stars 5 years ago. It took him 5 years to come back on the screen because he served his military service for 2 years. While Seo Ye-ji‘s last drama was in 2018, the Lawless Lawyer.
Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아) or It’s Okay to Not Be Okay is a new romantic Korean drama that revolves around Kim Soo Hyun who plays Moon Kang Tae, a caregiver who works in a psychiatric ward. While Seo Ye-ji as Ko Moon Young is a famous writer of children’s books.
The story is about how they will heal both their emotions and psychological issues when one doesn’t believe in love and the other knows nothing about love.
Going to the Cafe
Last July 26, we went to Gangwondo to visit one of the main filming locations of the Korean drama Psycho But It’s Okay. It’s like two and a half hours drive from our house in Seoul and took us about four hours going back home due to heavy traffic from Yangpyeong to Seoul.
I was asking my husband to drive me there but he kept on refusing because it was raining badly that week. But that Sunday, the weather was fine and he told me we were going to the place that I was talking about. I took the chance to prepare as fast as I can before he changed his mind.
We left at home at 10:30 am and we arrived around 1:15 pm. During travels, I used to fall asleep but even though I felt very sleepy, I tried not to sleep. I need to be awake for the sake of my husband who’s driving me just to reach this place.
So we arrived already. I took the chance to take some photos and videos from the cafe. When I saw it in the drama I really thought it was a hospital but in real life, it is a cafe. The drama only uses the outside and entrance of the cafe and about two rooms which are the hospital canteen and the one it’s like a waiting room something.
Secret Blue Cafe (시크릿 블루 베이커리 카페)
Secret Blue Cafe is located in Ayajin, Goseong at Gangwondo. At first, I thought there will be few visitors but I was surprised that there’s a lot of visitors that day. Plus the cafe is just a few steps away from Ayajin Beach that’s why.
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Another thing why I wanted to visit this place is the beach. The view from the cafe is very relaxing and it’s really a great place for someone who wants a quiet place. There’s a stair going to the beach so we went down to let my son play.
If you haven’t Psycho But It’s Okay (사이코지만 괜찮아) or It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, catch it on tvN every 9 pm, Saturdays and Sundays or on Netflix. I also wrote the 10 Life Lessons from Psycho But It’s Okay, check it out.
How to get here from Seoul?
OK Psychiatric Hospital / 괜찮은 병원
Secret Blue Cafe – Ayajin / 시크릿블루베이커리 카페
Address: 강원도 고성군 토성면 아야진북길 31-6 (토성면 아야진리 226)
31-6, Ayajinbuk-gil, Toseong-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
1. From Dong Seoul Bus Terminal (Gangbyeon Subway Station) ride a bus going to Sokcho.
2. From Sokcho bus terminal, just walk going to the bus stop in front of the terminal.
3. Ride bus # 1-1 going to ‘Ayajin 2 Ri’ bus stop. It will take around 30min. Then From Ayajin 2 Ri bus stop, you can see the entrance of Secret Blue Cafe.
What do you think about this place? Wanna do a virtual tour? Watch the video here: Psycho But It’s Okay Filming Location | The Seoulo Traveler
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My mom is a big fan of Psycho But It’s Okay! She will love this place, will tell her about Secret Blue Cafe
hindi pa ako makarelate! di ko pa napapanood ito eh! inaantay ko makumpleto pati di ko alam kung ready na ako for a new kdrama since reply 1988 last month LOL pero ayun na nga ang ganda nun cafe! nakakatuwa at napuupuntahan mo yung mga fil loc!!!
Firstly, your hubby is so supportive! That’s a long ride but totally worth it, right? I am so happy for you for having to visit one of the filming locations of the shows you love. As for me, I’d love to go where Harry Potter and The Lord of The Rings filmed. That’d be so epic! hehe
My Onni You says
Hahaha we foughr first before he agreed
OMG FINALLY! A drama na makakarelate ako hahaha I’m following this series sa Netflix and it’s hella good! Pogi ni Kim Soo Hyun as always since dream high hahaha 😀 andamiko na gustong puntahan na mga filming location dahil sa blog mo, Abby.
Hazel Salcedo says
Wow 2 1/2 hrs to get here? But it’s totally worth it! And it’s nice na malapit lang sa beach! Glad your hubby finally agreed to take you there!
May De Jesus-Palacpac says
I love “views!” I would love having a beach within my view! Ganda diyan!
My Onni You says
Super! Gusto ko balik balikan.
I love how beautiful the ocean is! It seems like the perfect date location and your pictures are also as beautiful ❤️
Roxas Edgardo says
super Ganda ng Place Ate Abby.. and Super NakkaRelax Tlaga in Coffee Time and Sarap balik balikan sobrang sarap din tlaga panuorin
Christian Foremost says
It’s so weird that a cafe can be used as a hospital? I guess I’d have to watch the series to get it right? I do miss my oppa and he’s like just so frigging cute!!! I’ll give in. Lol
My Onni You says
Entrance and exterior lang ung ginamit and it’s actually the back side. Relaxing kasi ung place kaya bagay talaga sya as hospital.
I have not watch it yet gusto ko kasi tapos na ung buong season para dere-deretso ang pag watch. But I really want to watch it. I want to go on the cafe tapos may beach pa nearby. I will bookmarked it ngayon palang.
I love that it’s near the beach I’m curious what they changed in the cafe to accommodate the drama’s aesthetics.
My Onni You says
They didn’t change anything. Except for adding the name of the hospital from the drama. There’s a video link included at the article you can watch it.
Franze Garcia says
Yung mga props anjan pa? HAHA since on going pa sya e. Glad that you can roam around places in Korea na. While here in PH still stuck.
My Onni You says
yeap nandun pa nung nagpunta kami pero naglast taping na daw sila nung nakaraan so baka tatanggalin na after.
Polly Amora says
I’m not a kdrama fan but my sister is and I think she’s mentioned Psycho but It’s Okay once. Secret Blue Cafe has this peaceful and pleasant vibe going on and I like that they’ve used glass windows – I’m a nature lover so I appreciate looking at nature. And another props for it being near the beach.
blair villanueva says
I haven’t watch the show but I admit how cool it is that they promote the shooting location too. Did we also do this to our Filipino movies?
Gel Jose says
Mapanood na nga ang series na ito! Para man lang in the loop na ko hehe
Romark Concepcion says
Wow. You reside in South Korea! I experienced its amazing weather when I was in Busan. I am not a fan off K-something, I am not a fanatic in general. But hey! Amazing photos!
Ooohhh love the photos! I haven’t watched any K-dramas for the longest time because I am CERTAIN I’ll get addicted all over again, haha! The café’s vibe is also so cozy!
Ma. Theresa Martinez says
Haven’t watched this yet. Not a big fan of the actor kasi haha. But this is on my list. They have lovely filming locations. Wish to go there someday.
My Onni You says
Yes super lalayo ng filming locations nila
I’m so inggit! I want to go to a beach, and you got to go to a filming location that seems to have an awesome cafe and a beach a couple of steps away!
While I don’t usually watch k drama, I get the feeling of wanting to go to a certain film or anime location and do a pilgrimage of sorts. looks like you had lots of fun!
Marites Co says
Woahh! yan isa talaga sa mga reason ko kung bakit gusto kong pumunta sa Korea for the filming location super beautiful ang mga spot filming location lalo na favorite ko ang lead character sarap mag selfie
Jojiena Vinas says
I love the place. it is a perfect location for it. It is magical.