While watching our favorite Korean TV shows, we imagine ourselves in the exact location as our favorite K-pop idols and actors. People often mistakenly believe they'll need to take a flight to South Korea to visit these places, but numerous Korean dramas and reality shows have actually been shot at different exotic spots in Indonesia. Here are 7 Korean TV series filming locations in Indonesia that you should put on your future travel bucket list!
1 | Yogyakarta - Twogether
The original Netflix series Twogether features two handsome actors, Lee Seung Gi and Jasper Liu, exploring Asia and accepting the challenges coming their way at each destination. For them, the first location is Yogyakarta, Indonesia. They begin their adventure in Semanu, home to the famous Jomblang Cave. Here, tourists can experience an adrenaline rush as they go 50 meters below the forest floor to explore the beauty of the cave. A majestic tunnel is an amazing place for the tourists to visit and witness the famous “Light of Heaven”, magnificent rays of light entering from the mouth of the cavity and falling into the tunnel.
Another tourist spot that Twogether features is the Prambanan Temple, the largest Hindu temple complex in Indonesia with three main attractions: Trimurti: Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva. This Hindu temple has become a popular tourist destination in Indonesia and was also used as a Candi Agung in olden days to hold royal and religious ceremonies.
2 | Bali - Something Happened in Bali/ Memories of Bali
This Korean TV series from 2003 is based around the story of a Korean Bali tour guide who falls in love with a successful businessman. One episode shows them exploring a monkey forest in Bali. Tourists, who love nature and animals, can do some sight-seeing in Bali’s most famous tourist spot, the Sangeh Monkey Forest. Home to 17th-century Hindu temple ruins, this destination allows people to explore a 35-acre forest while feeding tame macaque monkeys.
3 | Bali - First Love of a Royal Prince
Just like the famous Korean TV series mentioned above, First Love of a Royal Prince is a story about a tour guide in which Bali falls in love with a handsome royal prince. This drama has been shot at many popular beaches of Bali, Indonesia. One of these beaches is the spectacular Balangan Beach, the ultimate getaway spot to witness exotic seaweed formation near the limestone cliffs and to savor the perfect ocean sunset view. It’s no wonder this romantic K-drama chose Bali as one of its main filming locations.
4 | Bali - We Got Married
This well-known variety show, We Got Married, features two famous K-pop idols, Yura of Girl’s Day and Hong Jonghyun, who go on a honeymoon in Bali as a virtual married couple. One of the locations visited by them is the Bali Treetop Adventure Park, Kebun Raya Bali, a botanical garden that offers 72 adrenaline-pumping activities. It features 7 adventure circuits of different levels that both children and adults can enjoy.
5 | Bintan - Worlds Within
What better way to express your love than to go on a trip to Bintan Island, a place of heavenly leisure. Apparently, that's what the Korean drama series Worlds Within, starring Song Hyekyo, and Hyun Bin, suggests. One of the largest islands in the Riau Archipelago, this location is home to an exclusive pristine beach, Lagoi, a 3.5-kilometer stretch of white sand. Lagoi beach fits the description of a romantic spot as it features a stunning Lantern Park at night. This place also offers quality resorts and a variety of water sports, including kayaking, snorkeling, and jet skiing.
6 | Komodo - Law of the Jungle
In the reality show Law of the Jungle, K-pop idols are sent to survive in remote locations, one of which is Indonesia’s Komodo National Park. Tourists can observe the wildlife and take appropriate precautions. With the recommended help of a ranger, they can get up close and personal with the Komodo Dragons. Located in Flores, the island not only serves as a habitat for the 70-kg reptile, but also as a place where people can witness the sublime underwater wildlife and walk on the pink sand of Pantai Merah or Pink Beach.
7 | Bogor - Running Man
Various episodes of the popular reality show Running Man have been filmed in Indonesia, including Bogor. The show features Taman Safari, a world-class conservative park. Tourists can explore the wildlife as they drive through the park and can even enjoy trekking and outbound activities. They can also unwind in the cozy scenic settings of Kota Bunga Estate in the Highland Resort in Puncak that offers a wide range of Japanese or Mongolian-style houses and hotels.
Now, you can relive the scenes from your favorite Korean TV series by visiting the heavenly islands of Indonesia. Dream and plan ahead so you can travel tomorrow to the spectacular wonders of Indonesia!
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