If you have been reading tales of my Seoul trip, you may have already guessed that I’m a huge fan of Korean Dramas and have been one since I was probably about 12 years old or so when the good old Autumn In My Heart was playing on national television. So when I visited Macao, there were a few places that looked so familiar to me, not for the many pictures that was on the internet, but for the fact that they were locations where famous Korean dramas that I have watched, were taken at!
Here are 5 locations in Macao to relieve the moments from well loved and famous Korean dramas.
The lively hub of Macao is also a spot made famous by Boys Over Flowers – the Korean version of F4. Walk around Senado Square and reminisce the time when Ji Hoo borrowed a guitar in exchange for egg tarts and became a street musician in order to help Geum Jan Di pay for her calligraphy. This was one of my absolute favourite scene from BOF too!
If you have recently watched Neighborhood Hero, starring Park Shi Hoo, some parts were taken in Senado Square too!
St Paul’s Ruins
St Paul’s Ruins is the icon of Macao and is thronged by tourists daily. It is no surprise that this was also a location where the Boys Over Flowers Korean drama was shot at! In Episode 14 of BOF, Ji Hoo and Geum Jan Di decided to extend their Macao trip for an additional day to explore Macao and they went on a historical tour around St Paul’s Ruins!
Can you ever forget this scene? 😉
Who can forget the prominent opening episode of “Fated To Love You”, starring Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara where early footage shows Jang Hyuk standing in the gondola, about to propose to his girlfriend.
If you want to, you can also hop aboard the gondola, just like Geum Jandi and F3 did in Boys Before Flower and allow yourself to be serenaded by “Con Te Partiro” by the gondolier.
Lord Stow Bakery, Coloane Island
Fans of Goong, rejoice! The egg starts from the famed Lord Stow’s Bakery as featured in the final episode of the drama – is real, and they are delicious! Definitely one of the most delicious egg tarts I have ever tasted in my life. There may not be much in the tiny little island of Coloane but if there is one thing I would advice you to do, is to make a trip there even if it’s purely for the egg-tarts!
St Francis Xavier Church, Coloane Island
Another location, where fans of “Goong” can identify. Yoon Eun Hye left the royal life to live a simple life in Macao and the final episode shows Ju Ji Hoon following her there and the two finally tied the knot in a simple ceremony in St Francis Xavier Church on Coloane Island.
When I visited, the feast of the Drunken Dragon was going on and the tiny square in from of the church was packed with people of all ages and there were plenty of merriment.
Well, there you have it – 5 locations in Macao where Korean dramas are taken at. Writing this sure help relieve the memories of these dramas and I hope they do for you too. Did I miss out something in this list? Leave your comment below!
Disclaimer: I was a guest of Macao Government Tourist Office, Malaysia Representative on the #ExperienceMacao trip but all thoughts, as always, are my own.