Monday, October 28, 2013

[Gyeonggi, Korea] The historial drama playground, MBC Dramia

Fans of MBC Korean historical drama must make a visit to this Hallyu hub - MBC Dramia located at Yongin, Gyeonggi-do, Seoul.  This is the exact location where drama hits such as Jewel in the Crown (Lee Young-Ae and Ji Jin-Hee), Jumong (Song Il-Guk and Han Hye-Jin), Dong-yi (Han Hyo-Joo and Ji Jin-Hee), The Great Queen Songdeok (Lee Yo-Won, Go Hyun-Jung and Uhm Tae-Woong), Yi San, Wind of the Palace (Lee Seo-Jin and Park Ji-Min), The Duo (Chun Jung-Myung, Lee Sang-Yoon, Han Ji-Hye and Seo Hyun-Jin) and recent top dramas - Moon Embracing Sun (Kim Soo-Hyun and Han Ga-In), Dr Jin (Song Seung-Heon and Park Min-Young) and Gu Family Book (Lee Seung-Gi and Bae Suzy)!

Unlike other drama sets which are built and destroyed subsequently, MBC Dramia allow visitors to enjoy the architects of different periods from The Three Kingdom Period to the Joseon Dynasty.
Built in the land of 2,800,000 sq metres, MBC Dramia is one of the biggest Korean wave birthplaces with the shooting complex of 165,000 sq metres wide, mini local market places of 8 different regions in Korea and hanok houses.

There is an booth to purchase the admission ticket to MBC Dramia.  Prices are relatively reasonable, all under 10,000 won.  A huge MBC signage welcomes you as you walk pass the main entrance. 

Along the way, there are lots of drama banners attached to the fences capturing the filming scenes of the various dramas made in this mega studio.

This is an area featuring the downtown street / marketplace.  Fans of Gu Family Book may recall this to be the place where the lantern festival took place.  In that scene (Episode 14), Yeo-wool (Bae Suzy) put on a dress for the first time on her date with Kang-chi (Lee Seung-Gi), who was dumb-founded when he saw her in a dress.

The following location is at the top of the hill.  In the Gu Family Book, this place was the "Muhyeongdogwan", the martial art academy where Yeo-Wool's father was the instructor.

In the pavilion opposite the house, that was where Kang-chi was asked to count beans!

Enjoy the view of the entire MBC Dramia from the pavilion which is the highest point in this filming site.  Can you imagine how the scenery will be at the peak of the autumn season?  It will be extremely awesome!

Other locations in the site includes military drill hall, police bureau, palaces, houses of high-ranking officials etc.

To fully enjoy the architecture in the entire place, set aside about 2 hours as there will lots of photo opportunities with the sets and the character standees.  There is also a small oriental teahouse and souvenir shop to rest and shop.  Here's the layout of the filming site for reference.

Tips: Do find out ahead of visit whether any MBC historical drama is being filmed at MBC Dramia.  You may be lucky enough to meet the actors/actresses!  Unfortunately for me, the filming for Goddess of Fire ended a few weeks earlier, otherwise, I might have a chance to meet Kim Bum!!

MBC Dramia
778-1 Yongcheon-ri, Baegam-myeon, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, Seoul
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm (March to October); 10am to 5pm (November to February)

Admission Fee
Adult: 7,000 won
Students: 6,000 won
Children: 5,000 won

Getting there
From Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal, take an intercity bus to Baekam Terminal.
Take bus 35-1 or a taxi to MBC Dramia.


From Yongin Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 10-4, 94 or 94-1.
Get off at Baekam Terminal and transfer to bus 35-1.  Get off at Yongcheon (용천) and walk 600m.

Estimated travelling time from Seoul is 2hr to 2.5hr

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[This trip is made possible by the Asian On Air programme, organised by the Korean Air and Korea Tourism Organisation].

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