K-drama scenes to recreate in Singapore
You promise yourself “just one more episode”. But the next thing you know, it’s 4AM in the morning and you’ve binge-watched an entire TV series. Creative storylines, intense plot twists, swoon-worthy romance, and not forgetting the ever good-looking leads and gorgeous backdrops – these are just some of the things that make K-drama scenes so addictive.
Some die-hard fans even travel all the way to shoot locations in Korea just to recreate their favourite K-drama scenes. While any form of overseas travel is out of the question for now, we found eight places in Singapore where you can recreate iconic K-drama scenes together with your oppa.
Disclaimer: Contains spoilers.
1. Crash Landing On You – Punggol Lake
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Crash Landing On You hooked us with its storyline – a North Korean elite officer meets a rich South Korean heiress over the DMZ and falls in love. Their forbidden romance got us on the edge of our couch episode after episode, wondering whether they’ll end up together. Thankfully, the OTP eventually reunited and lived together in Switzerland by the final credits rolled.
Recreate this happy ending at the Punggol Lake. It’s a little out of the way, but the dreamy setting that you’ll be surrounded by is worth the journey. All you need to complete this shot is a small bouquet of flowers.
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Address: Upper Seletar North Link
Getting there: Get to Samwoh Resources Pte Ltd and walk 2 minutes to the lake right next to the main road.
2. The King: Eternal Monarch – National Library
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Created by the same writer as Goblin and Descendants of the Sun, The King: Eternal Monarch showcased an equally vivid storyline and aesthetic cinematography. One of the K-drama scenes that’s well-loved by fans is the one at Hallim Library, which portrayed the poignant emotions between the two leads.
For a similar background of shelves and chairs as in the scene, head to the 9th floor of the National Library. Apart from the colours, the most important part of the still is the symmetry, so do use the bookshelves in the background to help frame your shot.
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Address: 100 Victoria Street, National Library, Singapore 188064
Opening hours: 10AM-9PM, Daily
3. It’s Okay To Not Be Okay – Japanese Cemetery Park
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It’s Okay To Not Be Okay topped Netflix most-watched rankings thanks to its on-point portrayal on mental health topics. But the chemistry between the main leads was off the charts too. Throwback to the first episode where the pair meets – a scene laden with noticeable tension as Gang-tae tells Mun-yeong off for smoking at the garden of the psychiatric ward he works at.
One place in Singapore that has cherry blossom-like flowers is Japanese Cemetery Park, where you’ll find floral archways accented in pink hues. You can head here to not only recreate the memorable scene, but also take a stroll and admire the blooms.
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Address: 22 Chuan Hoe Avenue, Singapore 549854
Opening hours: 8AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 6468 0066
4. Goblin – East Coast Park
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Goblin, as I remember, was one of the most beautiful yet heartbreaking dramas of 2016. Apart from the entertaining bromance between goblin and the grim reaper, the main love story between Gong Yoo and Kim Go-eun was also adorable to watch.
But the cinematography was also a huge draw, and the Quebec scenes shot during fall were especially a visual treat for the eyes.
While we don’t have autumn in Singapore, you’ll still be able to spot fallen leaves at East Coast Park – especially during the monsoon season. At the sprawl of green next to Coffee Bean and Tea Leaves, you’ll find a similar backdrop to the scene, including three trees, a lamp post and a pavement just like in the show.
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Address: 1000 East Coast Park, #01-01 Marine Cove, Singapore 449876
5. Start-Up – Faber Peak
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Koreaboos would likely recall a rooftop scene in almost every K-drama. The same goes for the most-recently buzzed-about Start-Up, where Nam Do-San desperately tries to explain himself and make up to Dal-mi after ruining their business opportunity with Morning Star. That then led to an unexpected, passionate kiss scene that fans were all holding their breath for.
Mount Faber Park is one of the best spots to recreate this scene with its views overlooking the Harbourfront skyscrapers. Get atop Faber Peak – there’s a spot one minute away from Dusk Restaurant and Bar that’s perfect for the shot, near the public toilet and vending machines. Ideally, reach around 6.45PM – 7.30PM to catch the golden hour sunset as your backdrop.
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Address: Faber Peak Singapore, 109 Mount Faber Road, 099203
6. Itaewon Class – staircase outside PS Cafe at Ann Siang Hill
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Whether they ended up together or not, Saeroyi and Soo-ah from Itaewon Class got our hearts fluttering every time they were on-screen. From painting faces for Halloween to taking cute selfies and their piggyback ride home, they delivered many swoon-worthy moments that gave us date ideas to add in our couple bucket list with bae.
To recreate this iconic K-drama scene, head to the staircase walkway at Ann Siang Hill Park – it’s the perfect location to sit down at for a similar shot.
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Address: 45 Ann Siang Road, #02-02, Singapore 069719
7. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo – Wicked Greens
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There was nothing not to love about Weightlifting Fairy, which absolutely nailed the coming-of-age story with relatability and got our hearts melting over the characters’ friendship-turned-romance. Who could forget the butterflies when Joon-hyung went for the straw of the drink they were sharing to make eye contact with Bok-joo on their first date?
For a similar romantic setting that’s also fitting for a date, check out Wicked Greens, a cafe that serves healthy bowls and is located right outside the entrance of West Coast Plaza. Just order any of their drinks, like the matcha latte ($4) or banana smoothie ($3.50) and you’re all set for a similar aww-inducing photo together.
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Address: 154 West Coast Road, #B1-57 Facing Taxi Stand, Singapore 127371
Opening hours: Mon – Wed 10AM-2.30PM, 5PM-7.30PM | Thu-Sun 10AM-2.30PM
Telephone: 9107 1076
Wicked Greens website
8. Love Alarm – National Gallery
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Love Alarm offered the best of both worlds for those who love dystopian plots like Black Mirror and stories centered around high school drama like Gossip Girl. In episode four of the Netflix hit show, Jojo comforts Sun-Oh after he apologises for confronting the instigator behind the rumours about them that’s been circulating around school.
Recreate this heartwarming scene against a similar grey wall backdrop at the National Gallery. To get there, head to the main entrance and turn right towards the corner.
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Address: 1 St Andrew’s Road, National Gallery, Singapore 178957
Treat bae like the female lead in a K-drama with Lee Hwa Jewellery
Apart from the gorgeous outfits that K-drama leads often adorn, jewellery is also paired to complete the look. To make your girl feel like she’s at the center of your very own television romance, adorn her with Lee Hwa Jewellery’s latest Valentine’s Day collection. This includes five sets featuring different designs, such as the K-drama-inspired finger-heart design, Swing Star Lover Heart pendant and minimalist bracelets with floral designs.
Swing Star Lover Heart Pendant ($248) and Swing Star Lover Heart earrings ($438)
K-drama fans would swoon over the Swing Star Lover Heart collection, that features the trademark finger-heart motif that’s featured in multiple dramas like Crash Landing On You and Weightlifting Fairy. It’s dainty yet makes a statement, and will be sure to get a stamp of approval from your equally K-drama-obsessed girlfriends.
The Freesia collection includes the Freesia Necklace ($520), Freesia Ring ($338), Freesia Bracelet ($520) and Freesia Earrings ($298).
For a minimalistic yet elegant piece, the Freesia collection features tiny hearts weaved together to form a freesia flower. It’s subtle and understated, yet adds just enough glam to any outfit.
Left: Destinée The One Earring ($1,314) & Destinée The One Stacking Ring (from $2,708), Right: My Better Half Necklace ($520), My Better Half Ring ($520), My Better Half Bracelet ($999).
If you’re a man of a few words but want to make a romantic gesture, the Destinée The One collection might just do the job for you. The jewellery in this collection lets you show your loyalty, as it takes inspiration from swans that form bonds that last for life. What’s more, the earrings and ring can each be worn in two different ways, so you’re essentially getting two designs in one.
The My Better Half collection lets you proclaim your love in a straightforward manner, with its half a ribbon motif that ends in a cluster of diamonds.
Get her the Twinkle Diamond Embrace Necklace ($520) to convey that your heart beats just for her
Also check out the Twinkle Diamond Embrace Necklace and Adamo Pendant that features a suspended diamond at its sides. It’s designed in a way that makes the pendant sensitive to movement so that it vibrates when the wearer moves – just like how your heart beats for your SO.
Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and if you’re still unsure about what to do for this special occasion, an adventure around Singapore to recreate your favourite K-drama scenes sounds like the perfect plan after a year of binge-watching them.
Add a gift of jewellery into the mix, and you’ll be guaranteed a “Saranghaeyo” from that special someone.
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Cover image adapted from: TvN, Soompi
Photography by Nadia Loewito and Chan Hui Wen.