The king of Hallyu (Korean Wave) and the Korean actor with the most followers on social media, Lee Min-ho, is back. The King: Eternal Monarch is the first drama he selected after completing his military duties. The drama demonstrated its global influence by being on Netflix’s Top 10 list of the “world ranking,” obtained from the 190 countries where Netflix can be streamed. Let’s discover the filming locations of The King: Eternal Monarch—the fantasy romance that goes back and forth between two dimensions in a parallel world.
Gwanghwamun Square – Art Garden, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts – Bukchon Jin Gomtang – Bank of Korea Money Museum
In Episode 1, Emperor Lee Gon (Lee Min-ho) of the Korean Empire travels through a dimension and meets Jung tae-eul (Kim Go-eun), a Korean detective. The destined meeting of the two protagonists takes place in Gwanghwamun Square, which has stood as the center of the capital city, Seoul, for 600 years. The mysterious night lights of Sejong-ro that stretch out in front of Gyeongbokgung Palace is the setting of the scene in which the two protagonists stare into each other’s eyes that left a strong impression on viewers. Gwanghwamun Square is also home to the bronze statues of Admiral Yi Sun-sin and King Sejong the Great in addition to the underground cultural space, Haechi Plaza. The skyline of Gyeongbokgung Palace, Bukaksan Mountain, and the skyscrapers seen from the square symbolizes the dynamic image of Seoul where the past and the present coexist. The site with Gyeongbokgung Palace, Namdaemun Market, and Insa-dong can be seen as the starting point of a tour of Seoul.
Address: 172, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Directions: Exit 9 of Gwanghwamun Station(Subway Line 5, #533)
This is the place where Jung Tae-eul and Kang Shin-jae meet the red wallet thief in Episode 4. As a mini park located behind the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, various sculptures were installed in the former parking lot to create an art garden. The wide variety of flowers and trees offer a seasonal change and relaxation in nature even in the city. The benches and rest areas are popular among nearby office workers and travelers as places of rest and meetings. The place with the S-shaped sculpture seen in the drama is home to a cafeteria where visitors can enjoy a chat over tea and other beverages. There are also many different restaurants near the park, making it a suitable place to enjoy a foodie tour.
Address: B175, Sejong-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Directions: In front of Exits 1 and 8 of Gwanghwamun Station(Subway Line 5, #533)
This is the Korean restaurant where Lee Gon dined with Jung Tae-eul and Kang Shin-jae (Kim Kyung-nam) in Episode 3. Just as the king in the drama visited this restaurant, President Moon Jae-in also visited last May with his advisers. The taste of the soup boiled for hours over a hot fire is both savory and light. The meat in the gomtang (bone soup) has the peculiar chewiness and fine savory taste of ox head. The restaurant specializes in gomtang, ox knee joint soup, and boiled beef slices, also offering grilled dried pollack and seafood and green onion pancakes. Bukchon Jin Gomtang is popular among office workers who work in the vicinity of the restaurant. The restaurant is located at the entrance of Samcheong Park, making it a great place for a meal for tourists visiting Bukchon Hanok Village.
Address: 137-2, Bukchon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. every day
Directions: Take the Jongno #2 bus from Exit 2 of Anguk Station (Subway Line 3, #328), get off at the Board of Audit and Inspection, and walk 5 minutes
In Episode 2, Lee Gon roams through the strange parallel world of South Korea, discovers a poster for an exhibition with the portrait of a king, and falls deep into thought. The building on which the poster hangs is the Bank of Korea Money Museum. The museum is a stone building of a renaissance style that displays the architectural style of the early 20th century. Originally used as the headquarters from the Bank of Korea, the central bank of Korea, the building reopened as the Money Museum in 2001 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Bank of Korea. The museum exhibits 20,000 rare currencies of Korea and foreign countries that the Bank of Korea owns, as well as international standard gold bars. The museum also shows the steps of making money and explanations on money and economics through graphic panels. The bank is open to foreigners as well as locals. The museum is currently operated through a reservation system due to the “COVID-19” situation. The Money Museum is also located near Myeong-dong, Namdaemun Market, Eulji-ro, and other main attractions in Seoul.
Address: 39, Namdaemun-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. every day (closed Mondays)
Directions: 4-minute walk from Exit 7 of Hoehyeon Station(Subway Line 4, #425)
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