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[Beanie Recs] More dramas with a Jeju Island setting


Ahoy, Beanies! It’s time to gather your collective genius for a new recommendation series that features you and your drama knowledge. Each week we’ll drop a drama conundrum and leave it up to you to provide a drama rec, and the appropriate rationale behind it, be it long or short. Respond below!

I really enjoyed the Jeju Island setting of Our Blues. Are there any other good (or good enough) dramas that are set on Jeju?


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The 2014 miniseries "Secret Love" ("시크릿 러브"), consisting of 5 romantic stories featuring the members of the KPop group KARA, had an episode filmed entirely on Jeju Island entitled "Have You Ever Had Coffee With An Angel?" Ji Chang Wook and KARA's Park Gyu Ri were the leads.

Extreme amounts of fluffyness (and a sprinkling of angst), but was worth watching for the gorgeous scenery whilst the characters (who worked for a travel agency, mind you) travelled around showing us the hot spots of Jeju-do.

The entire series is out there on the usual dodgy illegal streaming sites (which I refuse to link here). 🤬

And RIP Goo Hara. 😭🙏

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My Girl comes to mind - the beginning was in Jeju. Gives you a glimpse of early Lee Joon-gi and Lee Dong-wook and is also a fun rom-com (for the most part).

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Same here! Because of My Girl, when I think of Jeju, I think of Jeju tangerines, which are well-known to be delicious.

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Yes the tangerines were particularly memorable. I remember them too!

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I know you've asked about dramas, but what came to my mind was actually Hyori's Bed and Breakfast 1. I love the first season, and you can appreciate what Jeju has to offer a great deal. I haven't finished season 2 yet, though. Season 1 was also really special because IU was their helper and she was a sight to behold. Very creative and artistic.

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I also liked the program. Hyori is the one Korean celebrity who draws people in because of her personality. She is able to draw reality out of other people. I liked when Yoona was the guest.

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Loved both seasons of Hyori's Bed & Breakfast for the genuine interactions with real people and all the pups/cats. Very soothing, relaxing yet funny show.

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As always, I am here to say: Kim Sam Soon!
Instead of being at the beach, the Jeju parts were on Hallasan, the big mountain we see in the background on all the other dramas 😉
Hilarious, touching, memorable and made me a lifelong fan of Choco Pies.

Oh wait! Also there are scenes involving a hotel opening ceremony (and a knock-down, drag-out fight), some lovely touristing by the 2nd couple (learned to say “do I look like a pushover? in Korean), and a glimpse of the shore when the “hero” dumps the heroine at the side of the road. Oh my gosh. So many funny things happen in this drama.

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My first taste of Jeju from KSS, classic!

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❤️🥰❤️

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you are soooo right! in 'our blues' when i was watching the snow scene at hallasan it brought me back to the rain scene in 'my lovely sam soon' both are iconic!

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Here’s a (pretend) Chocopie for you! 🍪

I wonder if the Korean internet has a real Chocopie emoji 🤔

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Two that immediately come to mind are Dinner Mate and Warm and Cozy. I absolutely loved Dinner Mate. The other was entirely forgettable.

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Warm and Cozy was my first thought too, but I would NOT recommend that one bit xD

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Yes I was just coming here to say I strongly DO NOT recommend Warm and Cozy 😅

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In two of my first dramas the characters relocated to Jejo at some point in the story. My Girl, and Dae Jang Geum.

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I liked HIGH CLASS. Jeju locations were used as reflective places for the characters. It also brought home the isolation of Jo Yeo Jeong's character against the status, power and behavior of the rich school mothers.

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Boys over Flowers
Secret Garden
The Legend of the Blue Sea
Something in the Rain
Lie to Me
Scent of a Woman
Fated to Love You
Crash Landing on You

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Wait, how is CLOY set in Jeju?? 👀
I have no recollection of that xD

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https://www.klook.com/en-PH/blog/cloy-filming-locations/ Kicking it off in the location where it all started. In the series, we see Yoon Se-ri crash landing in the North Korea DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) as a result of a paragliding accident. This iconic scene is actually set in the beautiful Hallasan National Park in Jeju Island, South Korea. It’s popular among tourists and tours and hikes are offered for tourists to enjoy!

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Ohhh!! Makes sense!! I had no idea! Never thought much about that location 😅

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I didn't realize Crash Landing had Jeju standing in for North Korea in episode 1! That forest was lovely.

Only the last few minutes of the last episode of Something in the Rain/Pretty Noona were set in Jeju, and you'd have to suffer through 20+ hours of a deeply screwed-up and disappointing drama to reach that deeply screwed-up and disappointing moment. Not that I'm bitter or anything. 😡

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Oh! I am! I am incredibly bitter!

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Just thinking about it (Pretty Noona) abs I’m enraged again. Many people share the same sentiment though.

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Both CLOY and Noona had ambiguous endings which throws off some viewers and real conclusion to the invested story. I thought the first half of Noona had more chemistry than all of CLOY. After reading post series interviews about Noona, I came to terms on how SYJ wanted to portray her character in that series as an immature adult. Running away to Jeju for a minimum wage cafe job was strange.

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If OP wants Jeju Island filming locations, then check out @michh Mich's Korean Dramaland https://koreandramaland.com/

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If you don't mind old dramas, the excellent family drama LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is set entirely in Jeju.

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Heartstrings (You’ve Fallen For Me) starring Park Shin Hye and Jung Yong Hwa of CNBlue. Heartstrings was one of my first dramas. I loved the lighthouse scene.

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The final episode of Sh**ting Stars is set mostly on Jeju.

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I laughed at what Ultimate PPL that was, they hit just about every feature of the island. The Cahmber of Commerce must have negotiated well 😂

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I read The Clamber of Commerce! 🤣
They did well, didn’t they? It’s a secret of the universe why it didn’t get the ratings it deserved.

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Oh well, Cahmber or Clamber or Climber, they are to be congratulated!

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Oh no the Clams have taken over the Government

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😏 when you least expect it 🦪🦪🦪

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I prefer to think that it was also an occasion for all the staff to have a few vacation days.

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There are a lot of dramas with some scenes on Jeju Island (Secret Gardem, The Legend of Blue Sea, My Lovely Sam-Soon, Something in the Rain, Love Alarm 2, etc.) but the whole drama, it's rarer.

Dramas that take place on a island :

Top Star Yoo-Baek was filmed on Daemo Island, the scenery was beautiful.

Hospital Ship had a beautiful scenery too, taking place on small islands.

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There's a lovely little web drama from a few years back with So Ji-sub and Kim Ji-won called One Sunny Day which takes place on Jeju. It's an adorable little story about two strangers who meet by chance. I believe it was made in part to highlight Jeju as a tourist attraction, so the island actually plays a large role in the story itself and its natural beauty is highlighted throughout. It also has a killer soundtrack which intoduced me to Ggotjam Project. It's one of my favorite web dramas and and easy binge.

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Oh yes this cute little show was set in Jeju. And also the Ost was great but I still can't find that one acoustic song that plays in the background of theor random market trip.

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On the Way to the Airport has a few Jeju episodes.

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Several dramas featured the Seaes Resort on Jeju which some Beanies have actually visited! It was used in
The Snow Queen
Goong (Prince’s bday party)
Secret Garden
And probably many others.

koreandramaland.com has lots of listings of dramas and their specific Jeju locations (hi, @michh!)

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When you start thinking about it, you almost wonder which dramas don’t have scenes in Jeju.

There’s an old one called Loving You (Lee Dong Wook is the 2ML, it’s so old) set on Jeju where the family owns a clementine farm.

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Oh jeez, another oldie “All In” with Lee Byung Hun and Song Hae Kyo (they had a “scandal” together IRL). There’s a lot of use of a chapel at the edge of the sea. The drama is about working in the gambling industry so of course it ends up in Las Vegas 🤷‍♀️

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Other than what already is mentioned:
Warm and cozy
Jewel in the palace (part of thr drama)
A part of Marriage blue(movie)

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Check out the event

It is a minidrama that completely happens on Jeju osland

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Tamra Island from 2009 was set in Jeju! Honestly haven't watched since, so it might be widely outdated, but I remember thinking it was fun back then.

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TAMRA THE ISLAND literally refers to Jejudo- it was an older name for the island.

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My first Jeju do drama was Swallow the Sun 2009, with Ji Sung. The island captured my imagination, especially the sea and the Haenyeo. Ever since then, I'll watch anything that is set there, and one day I'll go. So I guess the product placement works.

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I’m not sure if it was filmed on Jeju or not but the first two eps of Pinocchio were filmed on an absolutely gorgeous island.

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This is not a drama recommendation but a movie. It's Architecture 101 starring Suzy/Lee Je Hoon (as the younger version of FL & ML) and Han Ga In/Uhm Tae Woong. ML is an architect and FL wanted him to re-design her late father's house in her hometown - which is in Jeju!

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