“Wind-Bell” Finds a Healing Space in Seoul
See & Do Tours
“Wind-Bell” is a work that was selected at the “Seoul Story Drama Script Contest” and made into a web drama. It garnered attention for its cast members, including Jin-young from idol group B1A4 and Min-a from AOA. The drama follows the story of Daniel (Jin-young) who was adopted abroad and, after becoming a globally-famous writer, returns to Seoul to find the family who gave him up for adoption. Visit the various locations of Seoul that comforted Daniel's aching heart.
The Geographical Center of Seoul - Jogyesa - Dong Gam - The Place Seoul
In Episode 9. Daniel and Yeo-jin (Min-a) visit the Geographical Center of Seoul near N Seoul Tower. As its name would suggest, this spot is the center of Seoul from a geographical perspective, and has on display a structure with a map of Seoul and the Hangang River. Min-a feels unsatisfied, claiming that the place doesn't have any associated legends and is not romantic, so Daniel proposes that they create a legend that says that if you make a wish, it will come true. Create a special memory standing at the Geographical Center of Seoul by making a wish like these two characters with the grand scenery in the background.
Address: 126, Namsangongwon-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Directions: Myeong-dong Station (#424), 10 min. walk from Exit 4
In Episode 6, Daniel, after making spiteful remarks to his mother whom he longed for his entire life, visits Jogyesa. There, he takes part in a templestay experience and restores the stability of his mind and body. Jogyesa, which is located in Jongno, is famous for their templestay program for foreigners. The program is available as a daytime/nighttime one-day course or a 2-day 1-night course, both of which involve a fulfilling schedule consisting of a traditional tea ceremony, meditation, ritual of 108 bows, etc. Reservations can be made online, but please refer to the announcements as the schedule and number of participants may vary depending on the course.
Address: 55, Wujeongkuk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Contact: +82-2-768-8660 (Korean) +82-2-768-8523 (English) (Jogyesa Templestay Office)
Directions: Subway line no. 1 Jonggak Station (#131), 7min. walk from Exit 2
In Episode 3, Daniel sees a father scream at his son at a restaurant and gets angry. The scene in which Daniel, who was abused as a child, bursts out in anger was filmed at Dong Gam, a restaurant located in Jongno-gu. The restaurant sells carefully-selected meats, including hanu deungsim (Korean beef sirlion) and boneless ribs, which are grilled on top of a charcoal grill for a fragrant scent and clean taste. The savory and sweet hanu yukhoe (beef tartare) is also a recommended choice. The generous vegetable wraps set menu, which also includes stir-fried spicy pork, freshwater snail ssamjang and soybean paste soup, is popular for lunch.
Address: 45-27, Wujongkuk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00-22:00, Closed on Monday
Directions: Subway line no. 1 Jonggak Station (#131), 6 min. walk from Exit 2
This location served as the setting for “Wind-Bell”, the fictional guesthouse that the web drama centers around, where Daniel spent his childhood. In real life, the place operates as a guesthouse under the name of “The Place Seoul.” It is popular amongst many domestic/international tourists as a place where you can experience traditional activities and elements of the Korean lifestyle, such as ondol, Korean heated floors. The guesthouse also runs a cafe that boasts a large selection of traditional teas and foods made with eco-friendly organic produce with a simple and healthy taste. The room where Daniel stayed at in the drama is the “Sansuyu Room” located immediately on the right side of the main door.
Address: 52-11, Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Operating hours: Check-in 3 p.m., Check-out 11 a.m.
Directions: Subway line no. 3 Anguk Station (#131), 5min. walk from Exit 3