Seoul Releases Online K-movie Tour Youtube Videos of ‘Kingdom’ and Films by Bong Joon-ho
The Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG) and the Seoul Tourism Organization (STO, CEO Lee Jae-seong) released two Youtube video episodes of the online K-movie tour (“Bong-vengers’ Seoul Movie Tour” and “Welcome, First Time on the ‘Kingdom’ Tour?”) for Hallyu fans.
In “Bong-vengers’ Tour in Seoul,” four Korean movie experts, including film journalists and critics, make appearance as the “Bong-vengers” to tour filming locations in Seoul where Director Bong Joon-ho’s movies were shot, and share meaningful stories about his movies and filming locations.
The underground tunnel (located in Cheongun-dong, Jongno-gu) where Kim Ki-taek (played by Song Kang-ho) and his family ran through away from Mr. Park’s (played by Lee Sun-kyun) family in the movie ‘Parasite’, Hoehyeon Underground Shopping Center where the exhilarating chase scene takes place in ‘Okja’, Hangang Park, the main filming location of ‘The Host’, and today’s Haneul Park in Sangam-dong that appeared as reclaimed land in ‘Memories of Murder’ all make an appearance as part of the tour’s main courses.
In connection with each filming location, “Bong-vengers’ Tour in Seoul” introduces other activities in the vicinity where tourists can experience Korea’s history and traditions, such as Seochon, Seoullo 7017, Noryangjin Wholesale Fisheries Market, and the Korean Film Museum, making it a suitable tourist course of Seoul for foreign film enthusiasts.
“Welcome, First Time on the ‘Kingdom’ Tour?” introduces the filming locations for the Netflix drama ‘Kingdom’, which sent a worldwide wave of the “Korean zombie” craze, is centered around the four palaces in Seoul (Gyeonghuigung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace) and is highly recommended for tourists. Four foreign friends who live in Korea tour the palaces while dressed in hanbok worn by the characters in ‘Kingdom’, and solve quizzes to learn about Korea’s history and traditions.
“Welcome, First Time on the ‘Kingdom’ Tour?” features locations that stir up vivid memories of scenes in the drama by starting at Gyeonghuigung Palace, the home of the king who became a zombie, and ending at Changgyeonggung Palace where the Crown Prince knelt before the queen. This tour also visits Geunjeongjeon Hall and Gyeonghoeru Pavilion at Gyeongbokgung Palace where BTS performed ‘Mikrokosmos’, ‘Dynamite’ at along with Changdeokgung Palace, which is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The four friends wear and introduce the hanbok costumes worn by the king, queen, soldier, and physician in ‘Kingdom’ in response to the global interest in traditional props, such as the gat and homi, and hanbok as well as the architectural beauty of the Joseon dynasty.
Videos of Seoul’s online K-movie tour are available on the STO’s official YouTube channel VisitSeoulTV. If you leave a comment on where and why you want to go the most among the filming locations in the video, the event is also underway give Amazon gift cards through a lottery until December 6. Some of overseas viewers who watched ‘Kingdom’ call Joseon dynasty as a country of hats. Also, event participants can buy Gat, Korean traditional hat by Amazon gift card provided as a gift.
“Bong-vengers’ Tour in Seoul”: https://youtu.be/cSv3px_C4LA
“Welcome, First Time on the Kingdom Tour?”: https://youtu.be/BiElveiGjWw
VisitSeoul Homepage: https://english.visitseoul.net