Did you watch Hotel Del Luna and immediately want to go to all the sites they mention in the drama? Well, this post is for you. From museums to neighborhoods, we have 10 locations in our Korean Drama Travel spotlight for Hotel del Luna.
(Many with the help of Korean Dramaland!)
1. Seoul Book Repository (서울책보고) or Seoul Book Bogo (서울책보고)
As seen in episode two of Hotel Del Luna, this bookstore is Seoul’s first public second hand bookstore in Korea, opening its doors in 2019. Once a warehouse, this converted space now houses over 120,000 used books. If you want to visit, then go to the Seoul neighborhood of Sincheon (신천동).
2. Myeongdong Street Shops (명동쇼핑거리)
We all know that Man-wol liked to shop. Well, in episode one of this drama, and I’m sure many other episodes the shopping street to be seen in is in Myeongdong, which is a typical hub of high fashion and beauty in Korea. If you visit Seoul, it is a must see. You might even see a drama being filmed there.
3. Palpan-dong (팔판동)
Did you wonder what neighborhood that was where Chan-sung was running scared from a creepy ghost with no eyes? That neighborhood is Palpan (or Palpan-dong) in the Jongno district of Seoul. It is part of the Bukchon Hanok village (the traditional Korean village) which is a must see while traveling. The actual street he runs down is Samcheong-ro 5-gil (삼청로5길).
4. Pizza Avolo aka Sanchez’s Restaurant
Sanchez’s restaurant is a real Pizza place called Pizza Alvolo (파자알볼로) in the neighborhood of Yeongpyong-dong in Seoul. I don’t think an episode went by without at least one shot at this location, so be sure to check it out if you visit Seoul. Their pizza looks all sorts of interesting as well.
5. Coffee in Ddeurak (커피인뜨락)
Because we love coffee over here, we had to mention this blink and you’ll miss it Coffee shop that was briefly seen in episode 1 of Hotel Del Luna during the ghost chase scene. Coffee in Ddeurak looks like it is straight out of West Texas or New Mexico, so of course we had to mention it. Also, it looks super cute.
6. Madeul Subway Station (마들역)
One of the main subway stations we see Chan-sung in is the Madeol subway station in the neighborhood of Samgye (상계동) in the Nowon District (노원구) of Seoul. It was all over episode 1 and sprinkled in several other episodes in the drama.
7. Samcheong-dong Korea Guesthouse (삼청동 코리아 게스트하우스)
This guest house is also one of the places featured in Chan-sung’s run from the ghost in episode one. If you want to find it, then check out the neighborhood of Hwa-dong (화동) which is in the Jongno district (종로구) of Seoul. It is also part of the Bukchon Hanok village.
8. Changhwadang — Daehakno Branch (창화당 대학로점)
The hotel where Man-wol just had to eat dumplings at in episode one, and also where she explained ghosts to Chan-sung, is actually a branch of a popular Chinese dumpling restaurant located in the neighborhood of Myeongnyun 4(sa)ga (명륜4가) in Seoul. So, if you want to see if you can eat a pipping hot dumpling in one bite, check it out!
9. Mokpo Modern History Museum (목포근대역사박물관)
Where our lovely ghost hotel was located! This is actually a real museum located in the city of Mokpo (목포시) which is a whopping 3.5-4 hours from Seoul. So you know they got all those exterior shots ahead of time.
10. Bukhangang Railroad Bridge (북한강철교)
And last, but not least, the bridge that brought all souls to the afterlife is the Bukhangang Railroad Bridge in the town of Yangseo-myeon [양서면]. Though a lot more computer graphics were on display in the drama, you can still see the very industrial character of the bridge from this photo. This bridge is actually a very popular bicycling bridge in a nature area. For detailed instructions on how to get there, check out a post dedicated to the bridge on Korean Dramaland.