안녕하세요: Suncheon Open Film Location

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Fans of Running Man will find Suncheon Open Film Location familiar since this was the place they filmed Episode 116.

I didn't get to explore Korea as much as I would like, due to the impromptu vacation to Osaka and the fact that I got real sick. Besides, since each day was very short during winter and there honestly wasn't much to do in the dark, I decided to make a few day trips instead of backpacking around like I have initially planned to. So all in all, I spent a day in Suncheon, a day in Gyeongju, and a day in Busan before I head off to Osaka from Gimhae International Airport in Busan.



While some may think it is a waste of time and money to travel to and fro Seoul, I truly think this was not as bad as it sounds especially when I saved on accommodation, which is not as readily available as it is in Seoul. And most importantly, because the night falls extremely early, it is inevitable that I will need to roam around in the dark at some point of time, and I do feel safer doing that in Seoul where I am more familiar with. Besides, I have gotten the Korail Pass which allows me unlimited rides over a 3-day period so I could travel back to Seoul without incurring additional cost ^.^


Yup, you can charge your phone on the train

And here's introducing my first destination,
the Suncheon Open Film Location 순천 드라마 촬영장!

By the way, at the train station there will be a visitor centre where you can pick up a map that highlights the various attractions in the city. What I would usually do would be to plan my itinerary, including the buses to take to get from one location to another, on the train then I would confirm it with the guide at the visitor centre before I set off on my own. To get to Suncheon Open Film Location, you will need to turn right upon exiting Suncheon Station and take bus 77 at the bus stop after the three-way intersection, without crossing any roads. Then, alight at 왕지현대아파트 and follow the signboards on the pathway that will directly lead you to Suncheon Open Film Location.


₩3,000 admission fee for adults

The Suncheon Open Film Location has more than 200 houses divided into three interconnecting villages representing the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. It is also supposedly the largest film set in Korea although I personally thought MBC Dramia was bigger. In any case, I really like how realistic the sets are, which was the reason why I decided to visit despite the fact I am actually not a very huge fan of Korean movies and dramas. The perfectly recreated streets truly bring you back in time and allow you experience how life was like back in those period. Nevertheless, the number of movies and dramas that were filmed here, including East of Eden and the famous A Werewolf Boy, is rather impressive!


The shopping streets


Daldongne -- residential towns for poor families in uphill areas of Seoul


Almost slipped to my death here


Reminds me of Doraemon's dokodemo door


A disco right inside!


Looks just like the old theatres in Singapore too


Uniforms on loan to "live the moment"



It may not look fun on photos, but I genuinely enjoyed walking into and exploring the different shops and houses. The fact that the place is large and relatively empty also meant that there are many great opportunities to take pictures and selfies without being photo-bombed lol. I also like how spontaneous the Korean visitors are. Seeing them renting the full costumes, walking around in them with buchimgae (pan-fried food) and dotorimuk (acorn jelly) in hand or cycling around with a passenger on the back, really make me feel like I was living in the era.

Super cool!
Yvette

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