Since the airing of the drama “Now, We Are Breaking Up in Korea (2021),” many have felt the spring breeze passing through the cities of Busan, Incheon, and Gapyeong. After all, how could they not? From the intensely memorable first meetings to coincidental encounters and romantic situations that anyone would dream of, these heart-throbbing scenes unfolded in the filming locations located in these cities. The leads of the drama do not go for romantic kisses, nor are they head over heels in love. But viewers cannot help but feel their heart throbbing when they watch the show. Who wouldn’t want to visit these places where one could quickly fall in love? Introducing the filming locations of the drama, Now, We Are Breaking Up.
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Day 1: (Seoul) Hannam-dong T Alley in Yongsan-gu – (Incheon) Art Center Incheon or (Paju) MOCHUISLE, Heyri Art Village
Day 2: (Gapyeong) The Garden of Morning Calm – Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park
Day 3: (Busan) The Bay 101 (Marine City and the Gwangandaegyo Bridge) – Haeundae LCT The Sharp Landmark Tower
In the show’s version of Busan, 2021 Fashion Week is in full swing. It is a luxurious event that goes very well with the splendors of Busan. The view of Haeundae at night, which opens the first episode, is a view famous among visitors whether it be couples, families, and business travelers. The best spot to watch the view of Haeundae at night is The Bay 101. The building houses a flea market in the show. But in real life, the building is a commercial complex with cafés, ateliers, and yacht rentals. Aside from that, the view of the Gwangandaegyo Bridge, Marine City and the yachts on the sea from the terrace make it a popular destination for Busan’s night view.
Haeundae LCT The Sharp is one of Busan’s most recognizable landmarks. Two of the three buildings are residential while the remaining 101-story building, called the Landmark Tower, is a commercial facility that houses hotels, observation decks, and restaurants. The observatory, Busan X the SKY, located at the 98th–100th floor of the building is especially popular for its view of Haeundae Beach and Busan city, as well as the transparent floors with a view down the 100-story building. Drama’s fans certainly have their reason to visit, for this is the restaurant where Yeong-eun and Jae-gook met for the second time, and the dishes they had are actually sold as well.
Busan X the SKY
The exotic setting of the restaurant MOCHUISLE in Paju also appears on the show as the place of Yeong-eun’s painful breakup. The sadness associated with this café-restaurant contrasts its popularity on social media, thanks to its interior design resembling a medieval monastery or the Hogwarts banquet hall. For photographers, there are plenty of backgrounds to choose from, from an old-fashioned interior to library lounge, as well as the terrace resembling a glass arboretum and a rooftop space.
The drama was also filmed in Incheon at the Art Center Incheon, Discovery Climbing Square ICN, Songdo, and Yeongjongdo Island. The most prominent of them is the Art Center Incheon because it doubles as the company’s headquarters where Yeong-eun works. Art Center Incheon is an art and cultural space equipped with a large concert hall that also serves as a popular filming location. Other popular dramas, such as “Angel’s Last Mission: Love (2019)” and “Do You Like Brahms? (2020)” were filmed here as well. The unique form of the building, the wide square that takes on different colors depending on the season, the high-rise buildings of Songdo surrounding the center, and the sea view make the complex one of the most popular tourist sites in Incheon in recent years.
Art Center Incheon
France holds a sentimental value for Yeong-eun. She had metㅇ her former love and had a lot of happy memories there. Surprisingly enough, Yeong-eun’s date scenes in France were filmed in Gapyeong’s The Garden of Morning Calm. This arboretum, located in the beautiful Gapyeong area, resembles a gigantic natural art museum with nearly 5,000 species of flowers and trees. Each space is created with different themes, such as Eden Garden, Road to Heaven, and Korean Garden, providing Korean landscaping culture and an exotic atmosphere to visitors. Being an outdoor arboretum, the best times to visit are during spring and fall, where you can enjoy the flowers or the falling leaves. In winter, however, visitors will find the arboretum decorated with lights.
Along with The Garden of Morning Calm, Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park serves as a filming location for scenes set in France. This theme park was created to replicate the “small-village festival in Switzerland.” Set against the green Hwayasan Mountain, reminiscent of the splendor of the Alps, the theme park replicates small Swiss towns with buildings, a clock tower, a square, and gardens. The park has various exhibitions on Swiss cultures, such as lifestyle, wine, and cheese, along with other interesting facilities, including a Trick Art Museum, photo zones, Santa Village, and Sheep Ranch. Visitors can even take a picture with a bear mask, the symbol of Bern.
Edelweiss Swiss Theme Park
The street fashion scene in the second episode was filmed in the Daesagwan-ro area of Yongsan-gu. The alley toward the Saturday Mood shop, whose smiling face logo also appeared in the drama, is also known as the “T Alley” for the T-shaped congregation of luxury brands and unique concept stores. It is nearby a residential district, so it is a great place to see both the daily living spaces of Korean people and the energy of the bustling commercial district. Another charm of the area is the 20 to 30-year-old stores owned by the locals.