.Are you a fan of the Netflix series Kingdom and want to know where it was filmed? Here are some of the filming locations of the Kingdom in Seoul.
Aside from the coronavirus outbreak which affected our life from the past month another topic was circling on social media these days. It’s the season 2 of the Netflix series Kingdom. Honestly, I’ve never seen the series but due to curiosity, I tried watching it last weekend from season 1 and 2. I’ve been a fan of zombie series like The Walking Dead but stopped watching since I arrived here in Korea. I’ve also seen the movie Rampant, starred by Hyun Bin known as Captain Ri in the recent drama Crash Landing On You. Don’t forget that we have seen these undead people from Train to Busan too starred by Gong Yoo.
Back to the main topic, Kingdom is based on the webcomic The Kingdom of Gods written by Kim Eun Hee. Season 1 was aired last year and it was set in the Joseon dynasty starred by Ju Ji Hoon played the role of Prince Lee Chang. The story started when a notice has been posted stating that the King was already dead and the throne should be pass to the Crown Prince. But Minister Cho Hak-ju (Ryu Seung-ryong) and his family are aiming to have the throne and gain more power and rule the country. They let the people believe that the King was ill and staying in his chamber and no one can visit him without knowing that he was really dead and has been resurrected as a monster.
Prince Lee Chang was eager to know the truth about what really happened with his father so one night he sneaked at the chamber of the King and then he encountered a shadow that looks like a monster. Together with his personal guard Moo-Young (Kim Sang-ho), the nurse Seo-bi (Bae Doo-na), and the mysterious guy Yeong-Shin (Kim Sung-kyu), they work together as a team to save the people and the country from the plague.
In Season 2, many of the cast have died and have the most bloody scenes. It became a challenge for all of them on how to win victory over a large number of undead people. Aside from that, season 2 left a cliffhanger where the actress Jun Ji Hyun was seen in the last scene of the Kingdom. So everyone was waiting for Season 3 that might take a year of waiting like the Season 2.
So if you haven’t watched this series you better watch it now. This a great series to watch since we are all staying at home due to the corona outbreak. I am impressed by how they did and filmed this series. It’s not boring, it’s full of excitement, mystery, action-packed and there are little funny moments too.
Aside from the great storyline, awesome fight scenes, and acting, I noticed the locations where it was filmed. Some of the places were familiar to me and I felt like I’ve seen it and have been there. After watching season 1 and 2, I tried searching for my files and saw familiar photos that I have seen from the series. So I did a little research and found out that I was right. So I ended up listing it here for you and you can add this to your Korean Drama Filming locations bucket list when the outbreak dissolves.
Kingdom Filming Locations in Seoul
Injeongjeon Hall appears in the Netflix series Kingdom where the Queen Consort appears before the court in the role of Queen Regent as she gives orders on behalf of the King (Season 1, Episode 5)
It is the main building of Changdeokgung Palace that has been used as the royal throne. The place where the king deals with the state matters in the past.
Gwallamjeong Pavilion was also featured in the series in Episode 6 of Season 1. The scene here was when the Queen Consort confronts his father about his plans for the nation. Aside from its beautiful landscape, it carries a deep secret where royal guards have been seen dumping corpses at the pond to hide the horrible things happening inside the palace.
Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 율곡로 99)
In the drama, it was introduced as Gangnyeongjeon Hall but reality, it is the Sungjeongjeon Hall at Gyeonghuigung Palace. In this scene, Lord Ahn was looking for Prince Lee Chang and found him at the small cave at the backside of the palace and later brought Prince Lee Chang at the front of the King’s residence.
In the past, this palace has an arched bridge connecting to Deoksugung. But currently, you need to cross to Jeondong street and walk to Desoksugung. Seoul History Museum, the street of Jongno and Jeongdong street are the main landmark of Gyeonghuing Palace.
Address: 55, Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 새문안로 55 (신문로)
In Kingdom’s episode 1, Prince Lee Chang was seen kneeling in the front of the Queen’s residence. He was asking for the Queen Consort’s permission to see the King. In real life, this was the Tongmyeongjeon Hall within Changgyeonggung Palace which was the king’s residence and the venue for banquets being held in the palace during the past.
Address: 185, Changgyeonggung-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 창경궁로 185)