Have you ever wonder how did they film the Korean Drama: Crash Landing On You (CLOY)? Did they really film in North Korea? Let us walk you through the different types of film locations where the film revolve between Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-ri’s forbidden love story, and but what made their story memorable was also the locations that they filmed at.
While much of the story was set in North Korea, scenes were actually filmed in locations in South Korea, as well as other magical film locations in Switzerland and Mongolia.
1. KOREA: HALLASAN NATIONAL PARK, JEJU ISLAND
Kicking off in with the location where it all started. In the hit K-drama series, this is where Yoon Se-ri crash-landed into Ri Jeong Hyeok’s life in the North Korea DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) as a result of a paragliding accident. Things are never the same again.
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.
2. KOREA: TAEAN, SOUTH KOREA
The iconic North Korean village that’s home to the ever-charming Captain Ri and the comedic village women is located three hours from Seoul and it is open to the public so you can actually visit it.
According to blogger, Mee in Korea, the trip to this fictional North Korean village was a long one, but you’ll have access to Ri Jeong Hyeok’s home, the village laundry area, Young Ae’s home and the rest of the village. It will be as if you’re walking through the village set.
3. KOREA: COMMODORE HOTEL IN BUSAN, SOUTH KOREA
Did anyone notice that every time our favourite characters visit Pyongyang, they only stay at this one particular hotel?
Fortunately, you too can book a stay here. The fictional Pyongyang hotel where Yoon Se-ri meets Gu Seung Joon coincidentally is actually the Commodore Hotel in Busan.
4. KOREA: TANGEUM LAKE RAINBOW BRIDGE IN CHUNGJU, SOUTH KOREA
Co-stars Seo Dan and Gu Seung Joon’s chemistry made all our hearts flutter too- especially in one particular scene: the confession scene. This super romantic scene was filmed at the Tangeum Lake Rainbow Bridge in Chengju, South Korea overlooking a gorgeous view of the city – totally the perfect place for a romantic confession, don’t you think?
5. KOREA: HANTAN RIVER SKY BRIDGE IN POCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
On one of their random strolls in South Korea, Ri Jeong Hyeok recalls a memory in Switzerland where he asks a seemingly troubled woman to take his and Seo Dan’s photo. Little did he know that he saved Yoon’s life. This sweet conversion takes place at the Hantan River Sky Bridge just in Pochen, South Korea overlooking gorgeous landscapes as well.
6. KOREA: YEONGJONGDO SEONNYEO BAWI BEACH IN INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA
In the show, both Cho Cheol Gang and Ri Jeong Hyeok sneak their way into South Korea through a secret underground tunnel that apparently takes anywhere between 12-24 hours to crawl through. Their first step on South Korean soil takes place at a beach, which we now know is Yeongjongdo Seonnyeo Bawi Beach in Incheon.
7. KOREA: BINAE ISLAND IN CHUNGJU, SOUTH KOREA
Binae Island in Chungju actually happens to be a popular camping site among South Koreans, and it was where the cast filmed the sweet last picnic scene that Yoon Se-ri shared with Captain Ri’s Company Five.
8. KOREA: BYEOLMARO OBSERVATORY IN YEONGWOL, SOUTH KOREA
In the first episode of the series, Yoon Se-ri is set to test out a new product for Seri’s Choice by paragliding over a scenic landscape in Seoul.
She kicks off her rollercoaster adventure at the Byeolmaro Observatory in Yeongwol, South Korea which is a hilltop planetarium that offers the most stunning views! Although we aren’t exactly sure if any paragliding activities are available there.
9. SWITZERLAND: LAKE BRIENZ, ISETWALD
Ri Jeong Hyeok’s sad, yet beautiful piano scene was shot on the southern shores of Lake Brienz, Switzerland.
This is located at the small village of Iseltwald and the lake landing where the piano scene was filmed is situated in front of a private residence next to the port of Harbor Iseltwald.
10. SWITZERLAND: SIGRISWIL PANORAMA BRIDGE
This attraction is definitely not for the faint of heart. In the series, Ri Jeong Hyeok and Seo Dan visit Sigriswil Panorama Bridge, among other top sites in the city, and asked a woman (who just happened to be Yoon Se-ri) to take their photograph on the bridge.
Sigriswil Panorama Bridge in Switzerland
11. SWITZERLAND: FIRST FLIEGER, GRINDELWALD
Ri Jeong Hyeok and Yoon Se-ri’s tearful reunion was filmed against the gorgeous landscapes of Grindelwald – and it made the entire scene 10 times more beautiful.
You can experience your own paragliding adventure at First Flieger if you’d like to soar through the same stunning scapes.
12. SWITZERLAND: LAKE LUNGERN IN OBWALDEN
One of the final scenes in the entire series shows our hero and heroine together at last, in Switzerland where it appears they’ve set up their new home.
You’d think a place this beautiful can’t possibly exist in reality, but it does and you can visit it at Lake Lungern, Obwalden.
13. SWITZERLAND: VICTORIA JUNGFRAU
In the final episode, Yoon Se-ri attends an annual piano recital at Victoria Jungfrau, a castle-like accommodation, which is organised by Seri’s Choice and her family’s company. It is implied that this is also the event that brings her and Ri Jeong Hyeok together annually to Switzerland.
14. SWITZERLAND: GRANDHOTEL GIESSBACH
You’ll get a quick glimpse of the Grandhotel Giessbach in the series as it acts as the fictional music school Ri Jeong Hyeok attended before his military days. You can see more of this location in the scene where Seo Dan visits Ri Jeong Hyeok for the first time since their engagement.
15. SWITZERLAND: KLEINE SCHNEIDEGG
Unfamiliar? Probably because you’ve skipped through it.
The scene featuring Kleine Schneidegg can be found at the very end of episode two and it shows the two protagonists in Switzerland watching paragliders side by side years before Yoon Se-ri crash-landed in North Korea.
16. SWITZERLAND: MÜNSTERBRÜCKE
A number of iconic Switzerland attractions can be seen in the episode where Seo Dan visits Ri Jeong Hyeok for the first time, including Münsterbrücke, a passenger bridge in the city.
17. SWITZERLAND: LINDENHOF, ZURICH
In one of Yoon Se-ri’s failed attempts to find Ri Jeong Hyeok in Switzerland, she walks through a quaint park in Lindenhof, Zurich and mistakes a pianist for Ri Jeong Hyeok.
18. MONGOLIA: ULAANBAATAR
In the K-drama, Yoon Se-ri and Ri Jeong Hyeok embarked on a journey to Pyongyang by train, which ended up taking 13 to 16 hours due to a train fault. The pivotal scene where the two characters ended up spending the night in a field actually took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Pyongyang Station they arrived at was filmed in the same city as well.
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This article was first published in Her World Online.