Places to go Inside Manila if You Want to Feel Like You're in a K-drama
by Anne Marielle Eugenio, April 18, 2020 9:39pm
Art by Dani Elevazo
Whenever we finish a K-drama series, our urge to visit Seoul, Jeju Island, and other places featured in the drama becomes more and more intense. But because of the budget restrictions and other factors, we can’t really travel overseas with just a snap. Still, there’s a way for us to get that atmosphere without traveling far and spending a fortune.
You can search for places Inside Manila where you’ll feel as if you’re in a K-drama setting.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Sta. Mesa, Manila
The Polytechnic University of the Philippines has Narra trees planted near its gates. When the trees’ yellow flowers fall down, it creates an autumn-like and picture-perfect setting. It will somehow remind you of Goblin when Kim Shin and Ji Eun-tak strolled in Canada. The scenery is just outside the gate so no need to enter the university. You can’t unless you’re a student or employee.
Sariwon Korean Barbecue
Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
There’s a sudden urge for us to have our mouth water upon the sight of Korean barbecue in a drama series. Remember how Kim bok Joo gleefully eats those grilled meat strips with her friends? You can have that too! The Sariwon Korean Barbecue offers authentic Korean cuisine straight from the country itself.
Chonglo Korean Restaurant
If historical dramas are your cup of tea, then Chonglo Korean Restaurant should be on your bucket list. This restaurant not only offers Korean dishes, but also the opportunity to wear a hanbok (Korea’s traditional outfit). You’ll get to feel like you’re Hae Soo or Wang So in Scarlet Heart even for a moment.
Tom N Toms Coffee Manila
Julio Vargas Avenue, Pasig City
Even before Goblin, we already loved Gong Yoo in Coffee Prince where he was paired with Yoon Eun-Hye. We would be glad to have a taste and glimpse of South Korea’s coffee and cafe atmosphere. Thanks to one of the country’s best coffee franchises, Tom N Toms Coffee, which came to Manila, that dream can come true.
Chinese Garden of Rizal Park
The Changdeokgung Palace in South Korea is one of the film locations of the Netflix series “Kingdom.” The Gwallamjeong Pavilion has the same vibe in an area in the chinese garden in Rizal Park. It’s not exactly Korean but that isn’t really the case.
Bonifacio Global City
Strong Woman Do Bong Soon’s scene in Naksan Park featured an overlooking view of the buildings in Seoul. That scenery of the city skyline at night is like Bonifacio Global City from afar. With the lights coming from establishments and cars, BGC’s scene is also a sight to behold.
Valenzuela People’s Park
Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-jo are the ultimate OTP in W-Two Worlds. We were jealous when there’s a scene where they wore matching outfits. They shared ice cream and rode a bicycle together in a park filled with evergreens. There’s a place called Valenzuela People’s Park which will remind you of that site, whether you’re with someone or alone.
These places prove Manila really has much in store for us. May these give a new perspective of our own. Its places will probably remind us of a scene in our favorite series, of a familiar vibe. But most of all, Manila reminds us of home.