From the bustling megacity of Seoul to the rice fields of Hamyand and the Bamboo forests of Damyang, filming locations in South Korea are a mix of natural landscapes as well as modern and ancient man-made structures.
The country’s skyline and the unique natural beauty make it a hub for film and TV productions. Popular movies shot in the country include Marvels’ Avengers – Age of Ultron and Black Panther as well as sci-fi thrillers like Star Trek and Wachowski.
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Below are some popular filming locations in Seoul and other South Korean cities.
Officially dubbed The Special City, the bustling capital is the largest metropolis and a modernized mega-city by all standards. It hosts both historical and modern-day architectural wonders such as the Five Grand Palaces, the Fortress Wall of Seoul and the Namdaemun Market.
The Temple of the Ocean Mudra or Haeinsa Temple is the head temple of the Jogye Order. Built in 802, some call it the home of the Tripitaka Koreana. This is the complete Buddhist scripture which has been carved into 81,350 printing blocks and housed inside. Besides the ancient building with a rich history, there are also several natural scenic views around the temple.
Demilitarised Zone (DMZ)
Located about 30 miles North of the capital city, the demilitarized zone is a 160 miles stretch of land dividing the Korean Peninsula. The area became a buffer zone as part of the Armistice agreement in 1953 and it is more than a mere political border. Despite being heavily guarded, tourist activities take place in the area. The South Korean side of the border boasts parks, museums and many sights that draw millions of tourists.
With the right permissions, the DMZ can be used for filming as well.
Damyang Bamboo Forest
The town of Damyang is most famous for its bamboo forest. The lush green forest provides one of the rarest and iconic scenic views in the northern area of South Korea.
The Damyang Bamboo Forest is certainly one of the filming locations in South Korea that offers a scenic Asian-like natural backdrop.
Bukhansan National Park
The densely forested National park covers an extensive area and hosts several temples. In addition, there are three large granite peaks as well as the popular Bukhansanseong Fortress and its long defensive walls. Bukhasan is certainly one of the filming locations in South Korea to keep an eye on.
Silk Waterfall in the Jiri Mountain
The Jiri mountain is the highest peak in mainland South Korea but the 2nd tallest in the country. The mountain hosts several Buddhist temples, the three sage palaces, waterfalls, and other scenic views.