With the increasing popularity of the Korean Entertainment Industry, many Korean drama and Korean pop culture fans are making their way to Korea to either see their favorite stars or visit the filming locations of their favorite Korean dramas. Being a Korean drama fanatic myself, I love visiting the filming locations of my favorite Korean dramas. And I visited a lot of them already. The most recent filming locations I visited were the filming locations of Goblin and Legend of the Blue Sea which are located in Gangneung, Gangwon Province.
RARAMURI, the house by the sea
Xury Kim’s Raramuri is a small tile-roofed house which is located right by Deungmyeong Beach. It is a kind of house that as soon as you set your eyes on it, you will realize that it is not an ordinary house. From small art pieces hanging on the walls in every nook and cranny to an old piano and analogue TV sticking out of the ground, everything about Raramuri is unique and artistic. Well, it is because the owners are both artists.
Raramuri is a guesthouse con cafe where the last episode of The Legend of the Blue Sea was filmed. And the pine forest with a wooden foot-walk where Shim Cheong and Heo Joon Jae were seen walking side by side as well as the wooden bench where they sat next to each other while watching the blue sea were also there.
If being a filming location of The Legend of the Blue Sea does not convince you to visit Xury Kim’s Raramuri, what if I told you that it is also a filming location of Goblin? I am not kidding. Raramuri was the house where Ji Eun Tak lived with her mother when she was young where she eventually met “Grim Reaper” when she was 9 years old.
I personally love Raramuri both as a K-drama filming location and a place to relax and recharge. Just sitting on the bench in front of it while watching the waves as they kiss the shore is very relaxing.
The first meeting at JUMUNJIN BREAKWATER
Another filming location which is located in Gangneung is the Jumunjin Breakwater. This is where Ji Eun Tak celebrated her birthday all alone, a confused Kim Shin appeared out of nowhere.
After it’s appearance on TVN’s Goblin, Jumunjin gained popularity, especially among couples. Couples visiting Jumunjin often re-enact the iconic scene featuring the rather awkward meeting of Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak.
Jeongdongjin/Gangneung Bus Terminal ➡ Jumunjin Breakwater ➡ Deungmyeong Beach and Xury Kim’s Raramuri ➡ Jeongdongjin Station
By Express Bus + Bus
From Seoul Express Bus Terminal, take an express bus to Gangneung Intercity & Express Bus Terminal. Then from Gangneung Intercity & Express Busterminal, take Bus 101 bound for Haksan (학산) & Eodan (어단). Get off at Yonggang Dongseobu Market Stop (용강동서부시장 정류장). It takes about 9 minutes with 4 stops. Then take Bus 300 bound for Gongdan (공단) & Hyangho-ri (향호리). Get off at Gangwon Provincial College (강원도립대).
By Train + Bus
Take a train from Cheongnyangni Station to Jeongdongjin Station. Then take Bus 1o9, 112 or 113 at a bus stop in front of CU Convenience Store. Get off at Namdaecheon (남대천) & Gangneungyo (강릉교) Stop. Cross the street and turn right. Then cross the street again at the intersection and turn left. Get on Bus 300. Get off at Gangwon Provincial College.
Once you are at the Gangwon Provincial College Stop, walk towards the main gate of the college(to the right). Enter the gate and walk straight until you reach the fence. Go right from there. Continue walking until you reach the beach. Then turn left.
Heading to the next destination…
Take Bus 300 from the bus stop across from the college. Get off at Lotte Castle APT. Bus Stop. Get on bus 112 and get off at Deungmyeong Haebyeon Stop (등명해변정류장). Cross the street and walk towards the beach. (Watch out for the train!) Follow the wooden foot walk (to the left). It will lead you to Xury Kim’s Raramuri. Cool your self off with a cup of cold Americano or even a can of beer! Enjoy the artistic and unique creations of the owners.
Head back to the Jeongdongjin Train Station.
You can opt to either walk or take a bus to Jeongdongjin Train Station. If you opt to walk, just follow the road to the left. Watch out for cars.
Other things to see and do in Jeongdongjin
The Time Museum, Hourglass Park, Sun Cruise Theme Park, Jeongdongjin Rail Bike, the Sea Train and Sun Cruise Yacht Coffee Shop. (Make sure to make reservations in advance for the Sea Train & rail bike since these are usually sold out the day of.) And of course, Jeongdongjin’s spectacular sunrise is something that you wouldn’t like to miss if you’re staying overnight.