The new kdrama of Ji Chang Wook with Kim Yoo Jung, Backstreet Rookie started it’s airing and fans are too excited to visit it’s filming locations. Just like me! I got too excited so I visited the places right away.

About

Backstreet Rookie is based on a webtoon Convenience Store Saet-byul written by Hwalhwasan and illustrated by Geumsagong in 2016-2017. This drama series is played by the stars Ji Chang Wook and actress Kim Kim Yoo Jung.  The first airing was last June 19 with 16 episodes under the SBS channel.

Synopsis

Ji Chang Wook plays as Choi Dae-hyun has been dumped by his girlfriend 3 years ago. On the same day, he encountered three female high school students. One of them named Jung Saet-byul played by Kim Yoo-jung, who asked him to buy them cigarettes. Instead of buying them cigarettes he bought them candies and told them to stop smoking.

Three years later, Dae Hyun put up a small convenience store and looking for a part-timer to work at night. Saet-byul took the chance to apply and work at the convenience store to stay close with Dae Hyun.

KDrama Backstreet Rookie Filming Locations

SungKyunKwan University (성균간대학교)


This scene was from Episode 1 but it’s the third time when Saet-byul saw Choi Dae-hyun. She kissed and took his cellphone number three years ago but she never called him.

I tried recreating Saet-byul gestures in the scene and also crop and added Choi Dae-hyun in my photo.


From episode 1, Saet-byul and her friends saw Choi Dae-hyun carrying this big stuff toy and a flower after being dumped by his girlfriend.

This location is located near Sungkyunkwan University in the neighborhood of Jongno. You can take a shuttle bus from Hyehwa Station Exit 2 at the front of Marronnier Park.

How to get here:
Address: 서울 종로구 명륜3길 10 (명륜3가 1-28)
🚉 Hyehwa Station (Line 4) Exit 1
➡️ Take a shuttle bus #8 going to Sungkyunkwan University

Homac Hapjeong Branch (호맥)

 

This was the first encounter of Saet-byul and Choi Dae-hyun who’s both running towards each other but with different businesses. Choi Dae-hyun has a date and he’s been running later after saving a kitten. While Saet-byul was hurrying to save her friends.

Homac is a restaurant that serves special hotteok and beer. Located near Hapjeong Station, exit 6 or Sangsu Station, exit 1. The store opens from 4:00 pm till 3:00 in the morning the next day.

How to get here:
Address: 서울특별시 마포구 독막로5길 5 대웅빌딩 1층
🚉 Hapjeong Station (Subway Line 6 or 2), exit 6 or Sangsu Station (Subway Line 6),  exit 1.

Bistro Boy (비스트로보이)

 

 

Bistro Boy is located in Sangsu-dong and just across Hongdae Gaemi restaurant. A few minutes walk from Sangsu Station, exit 1.

This scene was from Episode 2, where Saet-byul was running to the convenience store to deliver good news to her manager Choi Dae-hyun.

How to get here:
Address: 서울 마포구 독막로 67-10 B02호 (상수동 316-12)
🚉 Sangsu Station (Subway Line 6),  exit 1, 3 minutes walk, Hapjeong Station (Subway Line 6 or 2), exit 5, 10 minutes walk.

GS25 Sookmyung Women’s University Branch (숙대드립점)

In episode 1, Choi Dae-hyun was drinking in front of this convenience store after being devastated by his girlfriend. 

How to get here:
Address: 서울 용산구 청파로47나길 19 (청파동2가 42-31)
🚉 Sookmyung Women’s University Station (Subway Line 4),  exit 10, 9 minutes walk

Coffee Smith (커피 스미스)

Scene from Episode 1, the second time that Saet-byul saw Choi Dae-hyun. She said that the bouquet of flowers was beautiful and it is nice to receive one. This was also the scene where Choi Dae-hyun went on a date and been dumped after. 

How to get here:
Address: 서울 강남구 테헤란로8길 25 커피스미스빌딩 1층 (역삼동 828)
🚉 Gangnam Station (Subway Line 7 or 2),  exit 3, 6 minutes walk, Yeoksam Station (Subway Line  2), exit 3, 9 minutes walk.

해동꽃조경

This was the place where Choi Dae-hyun helped a kitten inside a hole from the street despite that he has a date.

If you walk straight you will also reach the Suyeon Sanbang Tea House which is a few meters away from here. The tea house was one of the filming locations of the Korean drama The World of the Married.

How to get here:
Address: 서울 성북구 성북로 50-1
🚉 Hansung University Station (Subway Line 4), Exit 6, 8 minutes walk.

GS25 연희점 (Yeonhui Branch)

From Episode 2, Choi Dae-hyun saw the minor who’s pretending to be an instructor to buy cigarettes from a different store. He who also bought cigarettes from their convenience store.

How to get here:
Address: 서울 서대문구 증가로 21-1 1층 (연희동 122-7)
🚉 Hongdae Station (Subway Line 2), Exit 8
➡️ Take a bus 7612 and drop off to Yeonhui-dong Community Center, walk about 1 minute.

왕십리황소곱창 2호점

Aside from being a part-timer at the convenience store she also has another job during her off and those scenes were filmed here at 왕십리황소곱창 2호점.

How to get here:
Address: 서울 종로구 종로8길 13 (관철동 43-1)
🚉 Jonggak Station (Subway Line 1), Exit 4, 2 minutes walk

I’ll stop from here friends, we still have a long way to go so I’ll update this blog post again later. Be careful when you do filming locations or when you go outside. Wear a mask, don’t go to crowded places, wash and sanitize your hands every time.

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34 thoughts on “KDrama Backstreet Rookie Filming Locations”

  1. I am so amazed how passionate Filipinos are with Korean dramas! I could say that Korean culture has influenced our culture in so many ways! The last korean drama I watched was Full House and I loved it!

  2. OMG. I can tell how you are a fan of Korean Dramas. You even built this site as appreciation for them and actually visited the places featured on their show. I am not a fan of Kdramas and artist but I would love to visit these places as well If I have given the chance.

  3. To be very honest, I am not so much of a kdrama fan; but I’d be sharing this blog post to my friends who are Kfanatics (that’s why I call them, hihi) — I’m sure that they would love this!

  4. It is so cool how passionate Filipinos are in promoting Kdrama. This industry is so huge and saving so much money on promotion. Sana ganyan rin ka passionate kapag local movies naman.

  5. Oh my gosh Seoul is to die for, dreaming to go there! Aaah so many places to visit. This series looks kilig Love the synopsis lucky you to be able to see the shooting locations

  6. Cool! You were also able to visit the places! I’m sure every kdrama fan would want to visit Korea soon. Cos even if I’m not a super duper fan (mejo fan cos park seo joon <3), I've been eyeing to visit to country too!

  7. Wow!!! Ang galeng how you were able to recreate some of the scenes! It’s also nice you were able to identify the exact same location and be able to visit!

  8. The series’ cinematography looks extra. Like they really bring the places to life with lots of neon. I love Ji Chang Wook. He’s like super hot so it’s probably worth it to watch his new series. Should i make balik-loob na to kdramas? Lol.

  9. First time to hear of that kdrama. I should check this out, I just finished watching King. Kung jan din ako nakatira sa Korea malamang ganyan din ginawa ko, to visit filming locations, omg someone should start doing that here in Philippines

  10. I admit I’m not a “diehard” fan of the K-industry (except for Lee Dong Wook) but I lowkey do watch kdramas and listen to their music and eat their food, too and OMG SKINCARE pero siguro pag napunta akong SoKor, I’d be too giddy to go to film locations din sa mga kdramas na napanood ko. :))

  11. Visiting film locations is a fangirl’s dream!! My sister (and her daughter) is a HUGE kdrama fanatic and I remember her mentioning about Backstreet Rokie. I’m darn sure she’d appreciate this greatly!

  12. Sana all nakakapunta sa mga filming locations! Inggit lang ang peg! Hehe.. Di ko pa nauumpisahan ang BR, hintayin ko muna siya matapos. Medyo nagkaroon ng issue mga JCW fans dito sa pinas tungkol sa panunuod sa mga illegal sites ng dramang iyan.

  13. ay girl, grabeh! career mo na naman ang filming locations kaya pala ang lakas makagala:_)…. ang interesting ng story.. hmm, baka pwede ko ding simulan eto.

  14. i havent watch this. maganda ba daw? pero im super aliw dun sa photo versions mo! very good na tunay! makakarealate ako pag nawatch ko na ito! ill get back to this post so i can remember!

    1. Yes sis maganda~~ romantic comedy kasi siya. Meron pa ko ibang version nung photo ung 3 silang magkakaibigan kaso wala akong kasamang friends kaya inedit ung pic ginawa akong 3 hahaha

  15. Wow! It felt like you were on a treasure hunt for these destinations! I screenshoted your instructions just in case I go to Korea! Hopefully, this pandemic will end!

  16. My sister would definitely love this article. She’s into Kdrama so much and also planning to visit Korea perhaps when the virus is over.

    Thanks for including the directions and reminding the readers that as always, practice safety protocols by wearing masks all the time. After the pandemic, I am sure these places will still be popular among tourists.

  17. I love the idea of going on locations where my favorite shows have been filmed. It would probably feel too surreal and I know I’d be swooning over these locations, haha! I’m referring to the stuff I watch though, I’ve yet to try Kdramas.

  18. It started airing na pala! Can’t wait to binge watch again. Haha! You are lucky to be able to visit those filming locations 🙂

  19. Waaaaaaah! Thank you so much for posting Backstreet Rookie filming sites.
    Really hoping to visit all (JCW filming locations. Lol) when I get to Korea. By the way, do you have idea about the GS25 store that Dae Hyun owns, is it really just a set-up?

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