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Actor Gong Yoo (left) as Kim Shin the Goblin, actress Kim Go-eun as Ji Eun-tak (middle) and actor Lee Dong-wook as the Grim Reaper in the Korean drama "Goblin". (tvN's 'Goblin' official Facebook/File)
South Korea's latest hit drama Goblin has received tons of tourists at its filming sites visited by Kim Shin the Goblin (Gong Yoo) and his bride, Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun).
Antara reported that among the most popular places was the breakwater area on Jumunjin Beach in Gangneung, where the couple met and talked for the first time. Ji was blowing out her birthday candles and making a wish when she accidentally summoned the Goblin to the beach.
Local merchants took the opportunity to sell flowers, red scarves and umbrellas, which are the props used in the drama, for 1,000 won (less than US$1) each to visitors who wanted to reenact the drama’s scene.
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Among the most popular places was the breakwater area on Jumunjin Beach in Gangneung, where the couple met and talked for the first time. (tvN Goblin's official Facebook/File)
Kim Ye-min told local newspapers that she went to the area the weekend after she saw “the beautiful ocean view in the drama”. She mentioned that she needed to wait in line because there were many people who wanted to take a picture in the same spot.
Hanmi, an old bookstore in Incheon featured frequently in the drama, has also become a popular spot among K-drama enthusiasts. Bookstore owner Jang Won-hyek shared that the number of visitors to his store had increased tenfold on the weekends and tripled on weekdays. “We have received several foreign visitors since the drama aired,” he said.
Hanmi bookstore owner Jang Won-hyek shared that the number of visitors to his store had increased more than tenfold on weekends and tripled on weekdays.(tvN via The Korea Herald/File)
Jang said that the street where the bookstore is located was revived, thanks to the drama.
Unhyeon Palace, a Renaissance-styled building situated inside Deoksung Women’s University in Seoul, has also been visited by many tourists. Previously used as a filming place for the 2006 drama Princess Hours, it serves as the white mansion where the Goblin lives.
Other popular filming sites are Dragon Peak ski resort atop Mount Balwang’s summit in Yongpyong region and Woljeongsa Temple. Cheongna Lake in Incheon was also used as the background of a scene where the Goblin told Ji about the sword stuck in his heart.
As a response to the drama’s popularity, Incheon local administration reportedly planned to create a special tour for Goblin fans. (mas/kes)