Romantic Seoul in “Touch Your Heart”
See & Do Tours
Jin-shim (Yoo In-na) is a famous actress who has been enjoying popularity since her debut. However, it took a single scandal for her to lose popularity, and in order to get back on her feet she becomes a secretary at a law firm to practice for a secretary role in a movie. Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) is a lawyer that has lived his whole life by the book. Though successful in his field, he is lacking in relationship skills. “Touch Your Heart” is a romantic comedy drama in which these two characters with opposite personalities meet and fall in love. Let Seoul “touch your heart” like it has touched these two!
Kium Chobap - White Birch Story Café – Poongnyeon Gopchang – Yoyoma’s Kitchen
On the first episode of “Touch Your Heart”, Jung-rok coldly walks out of his office, leaving behind Jin-shim, who cannot be alone even to eat. Though he was harsh on Jin-shim, he soon feels bad for her and brings takeout sushi back to the office. This sushi restaurant, called “Maeum Chobap” in the drama, is actually a shop called Kium Chobap located in Seogyo-dong. It is a popular Japanese restaurant in the Hongdae and Hapjeong area. From a sashimi set to à la carte dishes and sushi, there is a wide variety of dishes available, which is why we recommend the set menus to those who have difficulty choosing. Start off with some sushi with big slices of sashimi, followed by spicy sashimi salad, tempura, oden soup, and fish roe rice to finish off the meal. From 11:30 to 14:30 on weekdays, the lunch sushi set, fish roe rice set, and sashimi don are available at quite affordable prices.
Address: 77, Jandari-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 22:30 daily (closed in afternoon, 14:40 to 16:30)
Directions: Walk for 8 minutes from Exit 2 of Hapjeong Station Line 2 (#238) / Line 6 (#622)
At the end of episode 2, Jung-rok catches Jin-shim falling, leading to an accidental hug. Melting the hearts of the viewers, this adorable scene was filmed in the Bukchon Hanok Village. You can enjoy the essence of traditional Korean houses at the Bukchon Hanok Village right at the heart of Seoul, which is what makes this one of the favorite tourist spots in the city. White Birch Story, the café where the two characters hugged, is a café nestled inside a renovated traditional Korean home. While boasting an elegant exterior, it is full of charming trinkets and decorations for a unique mood on the inside. This is also the famous spot where Yoo In-na’s previous work was filmed, as well as the popular drama “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”.
Address: 74-15, Yulgok-ro 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Bukchon Hanok Village)
Directions: Walk for 7 minutes from Exit 1 of Anguk Station (#328) Line 3
On episode 2, Jung-rok reserves a spot at a quiet restaurant for a dinner with Jin-shim, who is stressing over her relationships with others. This little dinner spot is Poongnyeon Gopchang, located in Bongcheon-dong. Unlike in the drama, in reality the restaurant is a very popular one that has been in operation for the past 30 years, with an endless flow of customers. They use only premium Korean beef tripe that is juicy and flavorful. The gopchang platter is their most popular menu. The ‘hidden menu’, gopchang ramyeon noodles, is spicy yet refreshing, perfect for the end of the meal.
Address: 8, Euncheon-ro 6-gil, Gwanak-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00 daily
Directions: Walk for 8 minutes from Exit 4 of Bongcheon Station (#229) Line 2
On episode 10, Jung-rok and Jin-shim go out for a date at an Italian restaurant. This restaurant, Yoyoma’s Kitchen, has been a long-time local favorite around the Seoul Arts Center, and is known as a great date destination. The name of the restaurant, Yoyoma, comes from the name of the globally renowned cello musician, Yo-Yo Ma. To suit its name, the inside of the restaurant is decorated with wooden furniture and violins hanging from the ceiling, making it feel almost as if you are inside of a giant instrument yourself. The most popular menu here is the beef tenderloin steak, made with top-quality beef produced in Korea, and the sea urchin roe pasta, which is a rosé pasta topped with sea urchin roe. The lunch menu offers a set that includes organic soup and salad, a main dish, and coffee, as well as original drinks and wines.
Address: 20, Banpo-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Opening Hours: 11:30 to 22:00 daily
Directions: Walk for 9 minutes from Exit 5 of Nambu Bus Terminal Station (#341) Line 3