The Ananti Club Seoul
90-2beonji, Bangili-san, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
www.ananticlub.com

Replacing It's Okay, That's Love is the Korean drama My Lovely Girl starring f(x)'s Krystal and Rain. Also in the casts are Hoya and L of Infinite.

I must admit Soojung's line got me, but apparently, the plot of this story is yet to interest me.
I think I've read a lot of fanfics with this theme so my expectation died a little.
But it's only the first episode.
I'm waiting for possible plot twists and what-not. I need the story to put spices and twists.

So in the drama, Krystal was working as a part-time hotel staff.
And the exciting thing is that the scenes were shot at The Ananti Club Seoul, the very same hotel used in The Heirs where Krystal acted as the sweet and bratty Lee Bona. This is where the class went to for a field trip? LOL I forgot.

The hotel is definitely one of the bests in Gyeonggi and it kinda struck me senseless when I learned that this is actually where they filmed the fishing scenes of Do Min Joon for My Love From the Star. *_*



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E-Land Cruise
290 Yeouido-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
(서울 영등포구 여의동로 290)

It's Okay, It's Love is finally done.
As it is one of the best Korean dramas of the year, I can't help but feel a little sad about it ending.
It basically reflects the reality I'm trying to avoid and it struck me senseless with each scene.
I'm so never gonna forget Jaeyul, Hyesoo, and Kangwoo.
And personally, I am just so thankful that D.O. was given a great project as this for his debut in acting.

They say that to move on from something, you have to find another to replace it.
I don't want that, but one line convinced me:

"사람 엄청 많은데... 나 만 혼자야"
(There is awfully a lot of people, but only I am alone.)

So this was Krystal's line in her new starring drama with none other than Rain.
And the moment I heard it, I knew I need to watch the drama.

I am yet to understand the plot. But the fact that Krystal is here, with Rain and Myungsoo definitely hypes me up on the interest department. I'm practically drooling over the fact that they paired my princess with the superstar because this is like a huge milestone in her career.
The first thought was a fiction story I read starring Krystal and Kris though. LOL. It was about Rain being a douchebag, hitting on Krystal when they worked together for a drama. LOL Of course, that was just a fan fiction.

And then there's L.
God. You guys are informed about the MyungStal ship right? haha
Two bitch-faces I really love. <3

So moving on, I'm kinda excited as to how Krystal's acting will be here.
I am entirely addicted to how natural she was in The Heirs and the other drama she did with Jongsuk so I'm really looking forward to this.
^___^

Since I've got this here, expect more!!

AND OH!
About the location...
E-Land Cruise is actually where the yacht scenes of My Love from the Star were filmed.
^___^


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Caribbean Bay
199 Everland-ro, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199

The heat was on that August and so on the 2nd episode of A Pink's Showtime, the girls (minus Eunji) went to Caribbean Bay in Gyeonggi for a photoshoot/vacation.

Familiar? Why should it not be?
Caribbean Bay is basically the most popular resort in South Korea. Among its endorsers are 2PM, SNSD and Miss A. Victoria and Khun had their separate commercial for it too. And a lot of Korean variety shows had filmed here.

To be honest, it's one of the places I really wanted to go to. Although I'm not a fan of swimming and my body isn't fit for wearing those bikinis and all, I still want to experience the fun there. It's a huge development that features several pools and slides and I really want to conquer my fear of height there. :p

The Caribbean Bay is just within the Everland complex. I'm not entirely sure about how to go there but let's see what I can do. :) Should you need help, drop a comment!




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Riverland Bungee Jump
2320 Yumyeong-ro, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
(경기 가평군 설악면 유명로 2320)

To show the strong conviction of the APink members, they were brought to Riverland Bungee Jump to do, well, the bungee jump.
I think it has become a trend among KPOP stars to come here for some MT or whatever. After all, jumping into a 50-meter height is quite difficult even for strong ones.

As for the girls, it was fun seeing them especially Naeun because I saw her bungee jumping episode on WGM with Taemin. It's just so cute how she didn't hesitate to talk about her previous experience despite not mentioning her ex-husband's name.

Okay so I'm not going to religiously watch the show because of my tight schedule, but I might be browsing through pictures and hopefully, can identify KPOP shooting locations from them.
Wish me luck!



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Namsan Cable Car
83 Sopa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
(서울 중구 소파로 83)

When Jessica went back to Seoul from her tour after three weeks, she wanted to play with her sister and drove them to the Namsan Cable Car that Friday Night on Episode 7.
I think it's very sweet for them to go on an evening date like this especially after not seeing each other for a long time. ^__^

The Namsan Cable Car is an important tourist destination in Seoul because it is the easiest way to the famous Namsan Tower. Although it is quite expensive than walking, it is less tiring and much more exciting.

If you think it's familiar to you, well I think it should be.
A lot of Korean dramas had used this as a shooting location for important scenes.
Like Boys Over Flowers. This is where Junpyo and Jandi got stuck at. Yep, that moment when Junpyo decided to vandalize the cable car, it's this.

Also, this was what EXO used to go to Namsan Tower.
I don't think I'll easily forget that because Luhan was really so scared. :'(



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English Village
1779 Beomheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
(경기 파주시 탄현면 법흥리 1779) 

I'M BACK!!!!!!!!
I'm so sorry for neglecting this blog for so long.
I was too busy with real life.
And now, I'm making it up to all of you guys by bringing this out!

Just recently, Lay starred in the remake of the Missing You MV with SM Rookies Taeyong.
They showed it via their new show: EXO 90:2014.
To be very, very honest, I am yet to watch an episode of the new Korean variety show but I'm gonna find time to watch everything soon!

So in this new MV, Lay and Taeyong were in the English Village Paju Camp.
Yep, the same place where they filmed Miracles in December.
As I've said repeatedly, it's a famous filming location even before.

This is one of my most favorite tourist spots in Korea and I'm hoping you're liking it too.
Super Junior filmed U in here too so yeah. :)


What do you think of this place?






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Singil-dong Spicy Jjamppong
233-4 Dosin-ro, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
(서울 영등포구 도신로 233-4)

I think it's in Episode 8 when the Roommates decided to look for the spiciest food to feed Sora, who never sweat while eating hot dishes. They went around and Gayeon, Nana, Seho and Seojun went to this restaurant in Seoul for the famous spicy jjamppong!

Like revealed in the variety show, this one was actually recognized by Star King, and other programs. I think it was rather amazing how they really have the spiciest jjamppong when I cannot even tolerate a regular one.

During the filming of the show, the cook challenged the Roommates that if they can finish the large bowl fully, he will give away jjamppongs to customers on the following week. And LOL they did, and so the free jjamppongs happened. :p

To see more about the restaurant, you can visit this blog.

To get there, one has to take the subway to Singil Station and then go for quite a long walk to the main site. For more detailed directions, please do drop a comment and let's see what I can do to help. :)


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New York Sandwich
12 Wausan-ro 14-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
(서울 마포구 와우산로14길 12)

This was in the earlier episodes.
When Jaeyeol first moved in to the house, the four housemates eventually went out for a drink and talked about things.
The venue was a cute open cafe and they were having fun actually, until Soo Kwang got into trouble in which he was aided immediately by his friends. Unfortunately though, things didn't turn out well for the group so they had to run and escape from the thugs.
But in the end, it was a memorable experience especially for the two main characters. HAHA.
Typical for Korean dramas, I know.

So the cafe they went to is the New York Sandwich in Hongdae.
There are several branches around Seoul so if you're going on a tour to Korea, you might want to grab your breakfast or lunch from their stalls? :)
If you need help in finding the exact location of this branch, feel free to drop a comment. I'll gladly help you with the directions!



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Bidulginang Falls
415-2 Daehwisan-ri, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi
(경기 포천시 영북면 대회산리 415-2) 

Nature is the optimum reason why I am so fascinated with Gyeonggi Province.
I always tell people that if you're going on a tour to Seoul, you might as well extend your stay and visit the province surrounding the city. I do it all the time virtually and I keep on falling in love with the Korean tourist attractions, and I wonder how more it will make me feel once I really set foot on the place.

I've always been in love with the gardens of Gyeonggi, as well as the themed villages in it.
But when I watched the It's Okay, It's Love, I realized that there is much to the province than greens alone. And one of the most beautiful proofs of this claim is the Bidulginang Falls in Pocheon-si.

I have heard that it has been a filming location for several Korean dramas but I think I just didn't pay attention. Now that I did, I was stunned. The surrounding is so gorgeous, with water falling off from the open cave roof, and the clear, shallow pond below. It's so picturesque, I swear.

Going back to the drama, this is where the first big kiss of Hyesu and Jaeyeol happened. Remember after they got stuck in Daegu because of an incident involving their friends?

See more pictures of this place here.

I don't really know if I can help you with the directions because it's not quite easy to locate; but let's see what I can do. Just drop me a comment if you need help. Maybe we can work it out together. :)



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Herb Hillz
524-1 Yonggye-ri, Gachang-myeon, Dalseong-gun, Daegu
대구 달성군 가창면 용계리 524-1

I forgot which episode it was, but remember when they went to a gig of a friend?
This is where they went and it's in Daegu.
It's also where Hyesu saw Jaeyeol sleeping in a restroom.

Herb Hillz is a beautiful Eco-theme park located uphill and is a really beautiful place for some family camping trip or you know, bonding sessions.

It's open daily.
Monday-Friday 09:30~19:00 
Weekends 09:30~20:00

I think a lot of Korean dramas had filmed here but I can't tell which.
I just feel like it LOL because this is really a stunning place.
If you're interested, you can browse through this blog and this blog for pictures.




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담꽃
29-2 Hasin-so 2-gil, Banpo-myeon, Gongju-si, Chungnam-do
(충남 공주시 반포면 하신소2길 29-2)

When Hyesu changed her mind to go to a weekend holiday with Jaeyeol, the boyfriend then decided to bring her to a special place: his mom's house.

His mom's house is actually 담꽃 (Dam Kkot). If we can trust my Korean language abilities, then it must be Wallflower in English. Or maybe Fence Flowers? Whichever it is, it's beautiful.

It's a beautiful place which I thought was just around Gyeonggi. Never thought it would be in another province. When I saw it, I immediately felt comforted, so how much more if we pay a visit to this Korean drama filming location? It is actually a restaurant so I'm guessing it's open to public.

Through the pictures in this blog, you can have a tour around the place.
I don't think I can be trusted when it comes to directions to this filming site but let me see what I can do should you need my help. :)



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Han's Hair
547 Seoleung-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
(서울 강남구 선릉로 547)

Was it Episode 7 or 8 when Jaeyeol was supposed to meet Hyesu but ended up being attacked again by his hyung, Jaebeom? The older one injected him with Amytal (Hi Potterheads, Veritaserum could be real!) but as it didn't work (because it was actually water), he just stabbed his younger brother with the needle repeatedly. And then, he slammed the young one's body on the glass wall of this salon.

It's along the highway so it's fairly easy to locate. now I'm off to find the bus station where they were supposed to meet and the bread shop. ^__^

For directions to this place, please do feel free to drop a comment.
I know it's not a nice Korean tour destination but you know, for the sake of this Korean drama, it wouldn't hurt to stop and take a picture there, right? LOL



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32-13 Ave.
Dosandae-ro 26-gil, Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울 강남구 논현동 도산대로26길

I AM SO CRYING RIGHT NOW.
I WAS IN A HIATUS AND I PROMISED MYSELF THAT I WON'T STOP UNTIL I GET TO FIND THIS LOCATION.
And I looked everywhere, looking around the most 'likely' neighborhood
only to find out that my first instinct was right.
I SHOULDN'T HAVE WASTED TIME!
I actually thought it was in Sinsadong. But then it's in Nonhyeon-dong so close enough!
ARGH! I was looking around Pyeongchang-dong!!!!

Anyway, so here is the house where everyone lives.
Right. The COFFEESMITH sign is not really there. The one they're working at is in Hongdae.
As far as I know, it's actually a fashion house? Although the house might really be a house.
Gosh. It's just so beautiful and easy to visit!
I should have found this when my friends were still there!

okay. So I'm calming down.
Let's talk about the Korean drama.

Apparently, it's becoming more and more famous as the story progresses.
We're in Episode 12 and our WHY questions were slowly getting answered one by one.
As I thought, Kangwoo was imaginary, and that's what made D.O.'s character REALLY important.
And I love it how his character supported everything.

Now, I just can't help it. I need to let this out.
Personally, I've been wondering why Kangwoo appeared often on Jaeyeol's life after he dated Hyesu.
Here's my two cents in:
Kangwoo is the alter-ego of Jaeyeol, right? But at the same time, he is a memory that haunts him, that pins him in the dark. Kangwoo is a reminder of the past that never really gets erased, and the past - like a devil sometimes - never wants to be forgotten.

Jaeyeol CAN move on from it though, with the help of the psychologist he's dating.
But no, Kangwoo won't let that.
Kangwoo will never allow himself to fade away, and so he appears constantly.

I'm not a psychologist; but I think I have a point here, right?
What do you think?


Anyway, if you wish to visit this It's Okay That's Love filming location, feel free to drop a comment and I'll help you with it!



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