Are you a fan of historical drama? Then Dae Jang Geum Park is perfect for you! Here are my 10 favorite spots at Dae Jang Geum Park.
If there’s one place that every Korean drama fan wanted to visit – it is the Yongin MBC Dramia or known as Dae Jang Geum Park. Do you know why? There are so many of the traditional dramas that we have watched that were filmed here. Just like Moon Embracing the Sun, Dae Jang Geum, Empress Ki, King’s Doctor, and many more.
On September 12, I was given a chance to join my friends’ tour who came from Canada. They asked me to join and accompany them. They book the tour via Viator and gladly it was a holiday and I am able to join them.
Dae Jang Geum Park is located in Yongin which is an hour and a half drive from Seoul. It is the largest historical drama open set in Korea where most of MBC’s historical dramas were filmed.
The park’s traditional architectural style was based on the Three Kingdoms of Korea, the Goryeo, and Joseon dynasties. You will easily recognize the differences between each dynasty thru the designs of the roofs, living spaces, walls, and stones.
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My 10 Favorite Filming Spots at Dae Jang Geum Park
If there’s one dream for every Korean drama is to visit the filming locations of their favorite dramas. Dae Jang Geum Park made our dreams come true to experience the things we see in Korean dramas. And in this article, I am listing my top 10 favorite filming spots at Dae Jang Geum Park.
1. Jewel in the (Dae Jang Geum) Set (Spot #1)
I was in college when I first watched Dae Jang Geum. Back then, the drama became famous all over the world. I still remember that one of the official soundtracks of the drama was ‘Alipin’ by Shamrock.
Dae Jang Geum was aired in Korea from September 2003 up to March 2004 and was recorded as the most hit Korean drama in the world. That’s where the Hallyu wave was born!
2. House of Choe Woo (Spot #2)
The House of Choe Woo was used as the main set of the drama God of War. The drama was about a warrior named Kim who was a former slave. Later he became the most powerful man during the Goryeo military regime.
Although I haven’t seen the said drama, I saw this familiar place from Empress Ki of Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won.
3. House of Nobleman (Yangban) (Spot #3)
Yangban refers to noblemen in Korea during Goryeo and Joseon eras. It is the ruling class during those times which refers to civil servants and military officials.
This house was featured in the drama by Jung Il Woo and Seo Ye-ji’s Diary of a Night Watchman.
4. Traditional Market (Spot #4)
The traditional Market at Dae Jang Geum Park was seen in many historical dramas like King’s Doctor, Kang Chi: The Beginning, Dongyi, Moon Embracing the Sun, Arang and the Lord, and a lot more.
Aside from that, the music video ‘Daechwita’ also featured the traditional market.
5. Police Bureau and Prison (Spot #5)
Spot No. 5 is a set known as the police bureau and a prison during the Joseon dynasty. If you will notice the architectural design is colorful which is different from Goryeo and Three Kingdoms.
This is one of the filming locations of Moon Embracing the Sun starring Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo, and Kim Min-seo.
6. Injeongjeon Hall (Spot #7)
Injeongjeon Hall was used by kings to take care of state affairs and regularly appeared in many Korean dramas.
It was featured in famous dramas like The Queen of Seondeok, Dong-yi, and the Moon Embracing the Sun. As well, as The Queen’s Umbrella starring Kim Hye-soo.
In May 2020, BTS member SUGA featured the park in his music video Agust D, ‘Daechwita’. In Korean history, Daechwita is a Korean traditional music for the royal military played to announce the presence of the King or for a parade of troops.
7. Yeolsoengak Pavilion (Spot #14)
The architecture style of Yeolsoengak Pavilion was based on the Silla dynasty and has been built for the drama The Queen Seondeok.
8. Hyeminseo (Medical Institution) (Spot #18)
During the Joseon dynasty, Hyeminseo was the medical center in charge of medicine and treatment of the people.
9. Military Drill Hall (Spot #22)
The military drill hall is the set for filming martial arts and action scenes in historical dramas. But BTS member Suga used the military drill hall as a background in his music video.
10. Jeonokseo (Central Prison) Spot #23
This set was based on the Joseon dynasty featured in the drama Flower of Prison.
Obviously, the music video of Suga ‘Daechwita’ was also shot here.
How to get here?
Address: 778-1 Yongcheon-ri, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Korean Address: 경기 용인시 처인구 백암면 용천리 778-1
– FROM SEOUL (Using Public Transportation)
1. Take a bus going to Baekam at Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal.
2. Get off at Baekam Bus Terminal and transfer to Bus #105 (Shuttle between Jirunggol and Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park) and get off at Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park.
#105 Bus Landmark: Hanaro Drugstore (across the Baekam Bus Terminal)
– FROM SUWON
1. Take the #10 Bus from Suwon going to Baekam Bus Terminal.
2. Transfer to Bus #105 (Shuttle between Jirunggol and Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park) and get off at Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park.
|Adults (age over 19)||9,500 won|
|Students (age 13-18)||8,000 won|
|Children ( age 4-12)||7,000 won|
|Preschooler (under 4)||FREE|
|Tour Car||3,000 won (15 mins)|
Summer Season (March to October) : 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Winter Season (November to February) : 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dae Jang Geum Park also built a new camping site aside from the Korean drama sets that you can see inside. I am not just sure if the camping site has a separate entrance fee.
Sadly, I wasn’t able to visit the Moon Embracing the Sun cafe and the camping site but will definitely go back and check it out!
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How about you do you love watching Korean traditional dramas? What’s your favorite historical drama? How do you find the Dae Jang Geum Park? Is it yay or nay?