“What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim” was the hit drama of the summer, holding strong viewership until its end in July. The romantic comedy follows the story of the narcissistic Lee Young-joon and his highly capable secretary Kim Mi-so. You, too, can follow their love story by visiting the key filming sites of the drama!
Forest of Wisdom is where Young-joon and Mi-so shared an intimate moment over the book “Every Moment was You.” It was also where the two held hands for the first time, making hearts throb. Somewhere between a library and a café, Forest of Wisdom is freely open to all visitors. The floor-to-ceiling shelves full of books on a variety of topics are sure to please bookworms and instagrammers alike.
Although it did not appear in the drama, Book Café Hesse, located just across the street from Forest of Wisdom, is worth a visit. The café is named after the author Hermann Hesse who was well known for his love of gardening. Likewise, the café gives off a warm garden vibe. The terrace also provides a great view over the entire Paju Book
City area. If you’re looking for a bite to eat, we highly recommend the fluffy soufflé pancake.
Bojeong-dong Café Street is where Mi-so, who only ever focused on work, had her first blind date, as well as where Young-joon and Mi-so created new memories together as a couple in the final episode. The main street is lined with trees, perfect for taking a walk. In addition to the many sweetly decorated cafés, the area also features pubs, restaurants, and clothing shops.
Young-joon and Mi-so shared stories about their childhoods while walking together on Hantangang Sky Bridge in Pocheon. The bridge is perfect for taking in the sunset, being 50 meters above the Hantangang River canyon and is strong enough to hold up to 1,500 people at once. Despite its stability, the bridge does vibrate with each step, and the glass floor section creates a very thrilling experience.
Young-joon and Mi-so walked through the streets of Daegu on a simple date before their wedding. One place they visited was the 3.1 Independence Movement Stairs, an important part of the March 1st Movement that took place in 1919. The wall beside the stairs is austerely decorated with photographs of the moment and Daegu at the time. From the top of the stairs, one can get a view of downtown Daegu and Gyesan Catholic Cathedral.
Jebudo Waterwalk is located at what used to be the ticketing booth for Jebudo Island. The observation facility offers an unobstructed view of the changing of the tides as well as the sun as it sinks into the waters. In the drama, Mi-so looked out over the ocean while telling Young-joon about her memories of happy times spent here with her family.
Young-joon meets Mi-so’s family on Jebudo Island, and it is also where he tries ganjang gejang (soy-marinated crab) for the first time. The island is famous for this dish, with many people coming all the way here just to eat it. One of the more popular ganjang gejang restaurants on the island is Nonttureong Batttureong, which also serves hwangtae gui (grilled dried pollack) and haemul pajeon (seafood and green onion pancake). Stop by and you can see for yourself why Young-joon fell in love with the taste.
* This column was last updated in October 2018, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details from the official websites before visiting.