If you want to love, love like them. Seoul in the drama “Encounter”
See & Do Tours
“Encounter” is a romantic story about Soo Hyun (Song Hye Kyo), a woman who looks like she has everything but has never lived a moment as herself, and Jin Hyuk (Park Bo Gum), a man who knows how to live happily in every ordinary day. The two main characters’ heart-wrenching yet sweet romantic relationship against all odds touched the hearts of many viewers. Let’s visit the sites where “Encounter” was filmed, and remember the heartbreaking relationship between this man and woman who loved to read and travel.
Hongjecheon – Stamp Coffee bakery cafe – Barun Chicken Jonggak Location – Ihwa-dong
In episode 5, Jinhyuk brought Soo Hyun to the Hongjecheon Trail for a date at an art gallery. There are beautiful works of art displayed at each pillar supporting the bridge along the Hongjecheon Trail. The painting that the two characters stopped to admire was “Where will we meet again, and how” by Whanki Kim. It is located near Hongnamgyo Bridge. Why not take your partner on a romantic date along the trail to enjoy some of the artwork?
Address: Namgajwa-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul
Directions: Walk for 20 minutes from Gajwa Station (Gyeongui Line station #K315) Exit 4
On episode 14, Soo Hyun decides to break up with Jin Hyuk to preserve his family’s happiness. On their last date, right before Soo Hyun breaks up with Jin Hyuk, they drop by Stamp Coffee in Yeonnam-dong. This is a popular café in the Yeonnam-dong area, and you will see a long lineup by the café every day. Before you even enter the café, the freshly baked bread and dessert displayed along the window will catch your eye in a heartbeat. You won’t find anything here that does not look appetizing, from the chocolate scone and tiramisu ordered by Soo Hyun and Jin Hyuk to the café’s most well-known menus like jelly meringue cookies and mascarpone strawberry cheesecake.
Address: 161-7, Seongmisan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 11:00~21:00
Directions: Walk for 13 minutes from Hongik University Station (Line 2 station #239, Gyeongui Line station #K314, or Airport Railroad station #A03) Exit 3
On episode 14, Jin Hyuk confesses his feelings about Soo Hyun to his mother, who is worried about their relationship. This scene was filmed at Barun Chicken by Jonggak Location. They only fry 58 chickens per batch of oil to keep the food both hygienic and flavorful. In fact, they will give you a number along with your fried chicken, which indicates what number your chicken is in the same batch of oil. The items most ordered are a soy sauce chicken that comes with deep-fried shrimp, and the Soondeok Set, which comes with boneless fried chicken and cheese tteokbokki.
Address: 35, Insadong 3-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating Hours: 15:00~24:30
Directions: Walk for 3 minutes from Jonggak Station (Line 1 station #131) Exit 3
After a heart-wrenching breakup, the two characters meet again in the last episode where they enjoy a date like any other couple. This happy date that came after a long time of struggle was in Ihwa-dong. Soo Hyun and Jin Hyuk begin their date in Ihwa-dong, then walk up to Naksan Park. The proposal takes place by the steps in front of Café Gaeppul, where Soo Hyun said that she wanted to go to Santiago with Jin Hyuk, to which Jin Hyuk answered, “Can we go after we get married?” This proposal shook everyone’s hearts. This café is at the highest point of Ihwa-dong, where you can enjoy refreshments and a beautiful view of Seoul before walking up to Naksan Park.
Address: Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Directions: Walk for 15 minutes from Hyehwa Station (Line 4 station #420) Exit 2