Dokkaebi or Goblin (also known as Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) is one of the hit dramas aired by tvN. Another work by the talented writer Kim Eun Sook, combined with the strong casts’ lineup such as Gong Yoo, Kim Go Eun, Lee Dong Wook, Yoo In Na and BTOB’s Sungjae, the drama was getting attention even before the filming started.
Thanks to the beautiful cinematography and its skyrocketing popularity, tourists are interested to visit the filming spots of the drama. We at K-popped! were lucky enough to get a chance to visit two of Goblin’s shooting locations located at Gangwon-do.
1. Jumunjin Breakwater
Remember the memorable scene in Episode 1 where Eun-tak (Kim Go Eun) first summoned Dokkaebi (Gong Yoo) by blowing out her candles, and suddenly he’s standing there by the sea with her, asking if she’s the one who called him there? That rocky pier that both of them stood on is called Jumunjin Breakwater. It was built to protect the coastline from the effects of erosion and longshore drift.
After long hours of travelling, we finally arrived at the Jumunjin Beach. Blue sea, white sands and flocks of seagulls made us forget about the fatigue from the 6 hour flight from Malaysia to Incheon, plus another 3 hours by bus from Incheon to Gangwon-do. The scene was just worth it as it was absolutely breathtaking.
After its appearance in this popular drama, a lot of fans visited this place just to take photos and reenact the famous drama scene. Spot on! We were the same! There is a on-site props rental service available, so we rented a buckwheat flower bouquet and a red scarf for just 1,000 won each.
Address: 81-32 Gyohang-ri, Jumunjin-eup, Gangneung, Gangwon-do, South Korea
How to get there : Express Bus / Intercity Bus to Gangneung Express Bus Terminal or Jumunjin Express Bus Terminal
Just to refresh your memories, take a look at the clip below where Dokkaebi appears in front of Eun Tak :
2. Yongpyong Resort
Yongpyong is the very first ski resort and one of the biggest ski and snowboard resort in Korea. The resort has ski facility, golf, accommodation facility, and waterpark together. Their world-class ski slopes is known to be among the best in Asia. It is no wonder that Yongpyong will be the host for the 2018 Winter Olympics and 2018 Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang for technical alpine skiing events of slalom and giant slalom.
In Episode 9 of Goblin, Eun Tak hid from Kim Shin by working a part time job at a ski resort. That beautiful ski resort filled with white snow is Yongpyong Ski Resort.
After we arrived at the ski resort, we were amazed at how big the resort is. We bought the Gondola (cable car) ticket to go up to the peak. The price was about ₩15,000. This Gondola was also shown in the Goblin drama, and it offers a breathtaking view of Balwangsan Mountain. The course is about 7.4km long.
If we thought the Gondola view ride was fascinating enough, we were greeted by an even more magnificient view when we arrived at the top. The temperature was still fine but the wind was a bit harsh. No kidding! If you are planning to go, please prepare yourself with warm clothes, even better if covered from top to toe, just in case it got super windy and cold.
Besides Goblin, Yongpyong is also famous for being the shooting location for hit drama Winter Sonata.
Address: 715 Olympic-ro, Daegwalnyeong-myeon, Pyeongchang-gun, Gangwon-do, South Korea
How to get there : Express Bus (available from Incheon airport)
Watch the clip below where it was filming at Yongpyong Resort.
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