A Korean Odyssey is one of the most popular K-dramas right now. It tells the story of the mischievous mythical god Son Oh-Gong who gets exiled on Earth and falls in love with Ji Sun Mi, a woman who can see supernatural beings. Given its immense popularity, it’s highly possible that fans will be touring its filming locations in the very near future. Filming is ongoing, so there probably won’t be any official Korean Odyssey tours until the show ends.
Here are the show’s most recommended filming locations you could visit before the crowds start to flock. Not only are the truly beautiful, regardless if they’re featured on the show or not. All of these were based on the guides provided by flyhoneystars and koreadramaland.
Sorae Ecological Park
The first two episodes of A Korean Odyssey were filmed in Sorae Ecological Park, which is located in the Namdong district of Incheon. The park used to be a salt production facility until 1996. Over a decade later, it was restored and made into an ecological park. According to the Korea Tourism Organization, the closed salt field functions as an “ecological habitat for various marine life and migratory birds”. Today, the beautiful park is famous for its grassy fields, vintage farm structures, and quaint-looking windmills.
Oil Tank Cultural Park
Another interesting location is the Oil Tank Cultural Park, located in the Mapo district of Seoul. In the series, an old oil tank repurposed as a glass pavilion is used as Son Oh-Gong’s realm here on Earth. According to the Seoul Metropolitan Government website, the park was once an “oil depot base for petroleum in the 1970s”. The oil depot base was prohibited to the public and was even closed down during the 2002 World Cup as it was deemed a dangerous facility. Now it has been revived and made into a cultural space where cultural events can be held. It has the size of twenty-two football fields and features gigantic oil tanks which have been repurposed to function as a performance hall, exhibit space, a history hall, information exchange center, and a space for conference rooms and cafes. Even non-fans would find this place thrilling!
Son Oh-Gong’s earthly garden is filmed at Shingu Botanical Park. It’s located between Seongnam and Seoul, at the foot of Illeungsan Mountain. Its 560,000 square meters area houses almost 1,800 plant species. Bond with nature in the Park’s Forest Exhibition Hall and visit its five different gardens, which includes a Garden for Endangered Plants. The park is also known among students studying landscaping, horticulture, and gardening for this is where their practical classes are held.
Watch out for our future posts on A Korean Odyssey’s other filming locations, as well as the filming locations of other Korean sci-fi and fantasy dramas.
(Cover photo from Netflix)