Descendants of the Sun (태양의 후예) -Incheon

For those who are not familiar with the korean drama, Descendants of the Sun is a  Korean romance drama starring Song Joong Ki as Special Forces Captain Yoo and Song Hye Gyo, a doctor who is his love interest. Descendants Of The Sun (also fondly known as DOTS) not only received much love in South Korea, but enjoyed immense popularity within Asia.

The show earned high ratings in South Korea aired over KBS 2TV and in China on iQiyi, from February through middle of April 2016 and broke viewership records. The drama has been sold to a record of 20 over countries, and was South Korea’s hit drama in 2016.

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Picture Credit: KBS website

Although some of the scenes of DOTS were filmed in Greece, the list of film sites in homeground South Korea is non-exhuastive. Here, I’ll be exploring a list of exclusive film sites in Incheon, you can learn more other film locations here.

Located in Incheon, Songdo International City is one of Korea’s newly built cities. It is built on reclaimed land and offers a number of exciting tourist attractions. Due to its close proximity to the sea, there are plenty of scenic water attractions and water sports. The whole city is surrounded by many futuristic-looking buidlings, and symbolically acts a model city for the future of Incheon.

  1. Songdo Central Park (송도 센트럴파크)
  2. Incheon Chinatown (인천 차이나타운)
  3. Gaehangjang Street (개항장 거리)
  4. Wolmido Island (월미도)
  • Songdo Central Park

Songdo Central Park is easily my favourite place, the park is tranquil, peaceful and very beautiful. We were there both in early evening and morning, and it is extremely pretty both in the day and night. Take a water taxi and explore the sky line of the Incheon’s newest city, or simply take a stroll with your loved ones around the meadows.

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Apparently DOTS filmed at a scenic dal.komm coffee next to the central park. We were on a tight schedule, if not I might really pay a visit at dal.komm coffee. Check out more details here.

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Picture Credit: http://blog.naver.com/elqkdmffj/220689919484

We went to the iconic bridge in Songdo Central Park which also happens to be the film site of Who Are You: School 2015.

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The film site of Who Are You: School 2015, starring Nam Joo Hyuk and Kim So-Hyun

The famous Superman Returns: Song triplets also stay in the vicinity, and the variety show was filmed primarily in Songdo Central Park. Take a walk in the park and trace the steps of triplets Daehan, Minguk and Manse.

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Songdo Central Park (송도 센트럴파크)

Opening Hours: 24/7
Admission: Free

Directions: Take Incheon subway line and get off at Central Park Station.

For more information, please visit:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2382754

  • Incheon Chinatown 

Incheon Chinatown is the only existing Chinatown in South Korea, and everytime I visit Chinatown, I always feel that I’m transported to a province in China. The place is a sensory explosion of chinese architecture, signs and posters are blasting all in chinese letterings, and the chinese food is extremely authentic. This is probably one of the few places in Korea that you can find hot steamed dumpings (生煎).

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Remember to pay a visit to one of these chinese restaurants that serve Black Bean Noodles (JaJangMyeon 자짱면) and Sweet and Sour Pork (Tang Su Yok) 탕수육. We visited 연경 燕京大饭店 and their JaJang Myeon and Tang Su Yok were extremely yummy.

Incheon Chinatown (인천 차이나타운)

Opening Hours: 24/7
Admission: Free

Directions: Take Seoul Subway Line No 1 and alight at Incheon Station. Get out at Exit 3. The entrance to Incheon Chinatown is across the street.

For more information, please visit:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264513

  • Gaehangjang Street 

Walking along Chinatown, you will notice a flight of stairs that stands out. The stairway was previously used as a boundary that divides the territories of the former Qing Dynasty (Old China) and Japan in the past.

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Continue to walk up and you will be rewarded with a statue of Confucius.

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If you walk to the right of the stairs, you will immediately realize the sudden stylistic change of architecture. This street is known as Gaehangjang street (Open Port) in the past, and served as a Japanese consulate in the past. The Jung-gu Office, Incheon brand of Japan’s various banks and other pieces of important historic sites can be found here too.

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If your eyes are sharp enough, you will realize that Descendants of the Sun 1st Episode was actually filmed in the street next to it. It is the scene where Song Joong ki and Jin gu shared an action scene, where they chased after a pickpocket with BB guns.

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Picture Credit: KBS DOTS Episode 1

Gaehangjang Street (개항장 거리)

Opening Hours: 24/7
Admission: Free

Directions: Take Seoul Subway Line No 1 and alight at Incheon Station. Take Bus 3, 12 or 24 from the bus stop in front of Daehanseorim (대한서림앞) and get off at Incheon Police Office Bus Stop (인천경찰청).

For more information, please visit:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=2382826

  • Wolmido Island 

Wolmido Island is located right off the coast of Incheon. The korean name of Wolmi-do comes from the shape of the island, the island is similarly shaped to that of a half-moon.

The biggest attraction in Wolmi-do Island is a mini theme park called My Land. It is catered to kindergarten children, and this kiddy adventure land was featured in Superman Returns, where Song Triplets went on an excursion.

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I was trying to find the shooting booth where Song Joong Ki and Jin gu were playing at the first ep of DOTS, and it was a special cameo by Lee Kwang Soo. However, due to time constraint (again!), I wasn’t able to find it.

Picture credit: http://blog.naver.com/nhj2748/220722640591, KBS DOTS First Episode

Wolmido Island  (월미도)

Opening Hours: 24/7
Admission: Free

Directions: Take Seoul Subway Line No 1 and alight at Incheon Station. Take Bus 2, 15, 23 or 45 bound for Wolmido. Get off at Wolmido City Tour, Wolmi Culture Street, or Wolmi Last Bus Stop.

For more information, please visit:

http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=264305

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