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Kingdom Filming Locations in Seoul

.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.

Credit to Netflix

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

CHANGDEOKGUNG PALACE

Injeongjeon Hall

Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)
Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)

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

Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)

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)

GYEONGHUIGUNG PALACE

Sungjeongjeon Hall

Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)
Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)

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)

CHANGGYEONGGUNG PALACE

Tongmyeongjeon Hall

Screenshot from Kingdom (credit Netflix)

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)

 

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21 Comments

  • Nica

    Umpisahan ko ma sama kagabi kaya lang baka maling desisyon na panoorin ko sya sa gabi haha kaya Itaewon Class yung start ko na panoorin hahaha. Matatakutin kase ako. Pero kapag nagkaron ako lakas ng loob papanoorin ko talaga Kingdom kase naiintriga ako sa story nia, dami friends ko na nanonood eh

  • Karla

    I haven’t watched Kingdom yet but I’ve been to all the palaces you’ve mentioned! Now I need to check my files to see if I have some pictures in those specific areas. Love this list!

    • myonniyou

      Hindi siya nakakatakot. Mas actually takot at nandidiri pa ko sa series ng The Walking Dead pero ito literal na Korean zombies. Watch mo and you’ll learn why

  • Angie Sisracon

    I don’t watch zombie films or movies not because I’m scares or what. It’s just not my preference. But when someone who actually, was not a fan, recommended Kingdom, I gave in and watched. And it was a thrilling experience. It was reaaally good. I also watched the Season 2 and I am patiently waiting for the next one. This is the only zombie tv series for you.

  • Anie Ordillo

    This is so cool! I love Kingdom! I binge-watched the series for 2 days, haha! Korean culture is very fascinating talaga, would love to visit these places someday. Also, is that you on Korean hanbok? Ganda!

  • Jowell (@FLINGeros.PH | @FoodFlings.PH)

    Haven’t seen kingdom because I am a scaredy cat! haha! Though I think I have been to one of the locations you listed, I really can’t remember haha! But thanks to this I will either watch The Kingdom (yeah right) or visit the locations you mentioned and now know something about it and brag to my friends haha! 🙂

  • Hazel

    I’ve watched both seasons! Ang ganda!!! I love the plot and the interesting characters! Can’t wait for season 3 anyway, it’s nice that you were able to identify the film locations and you have photos of them too! I’ve been to south korea before but i cant remember if i’ve been in those palaces! Pero parang familiar

  • Nadj Villaver

    I watched Kingdom series and I can’t wait for the next season. This is what I love about Korean shows, how they incorporate cultural places and they really invest on good locations to showcase their culture and tourism. Sana we can have Filipino shows too na ganito.

  • Sarrah Cea

    I have no plans to watch Kingdom because I easily get scared! Haha but reading your post and seeing your photos in Hanbok made me reminisce that experience in Korea. I hope to visit again and walk around the palaces wearing gorgeous hanbok.

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