With music being a universal language and the Korean Wave gaining popularity worldwide, it’s unsurprising that there are now tons of K-pop fans around the world. With that, the K-pop music video industry has also blossomed, treating avid fans to gorgeous backdrops and K-pop MV locations that fuel fans’ wanderlust.
So, if you’re looking to see the sites of your favourite K-pop music videos yourself, here are some stunning K-pop MV locations you can visit.
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1. Los Angeles Theatre
What do BTS’s Black Swan and Kang Daniel’s 2U have in common? These K-pop music videos were both filmed in the historic Los Angeles Theatre. While captured spectacularly in both Korean pop videos, the theatre is grand in its own right with a French Baroque-inspired decor and has also been the film set for the Oscar-winning film, The Artist, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, and many more.
2. Kyung Hee University
Most of the universities in Korea are open to the public, so make full use of the opportunity to take a tour around the neo-classical architecture beauty that is Kyung Hee University. Unlike typical universities, the grand campus has an amphitheatre with a stunning pond and fountain feature. Bathed in Blackpink’s signature pink, the amphitheatre served as the perfect backdrop for the dance anthem; As if It’s Your Last. In addition, you may have even seen this university in fancams of your favourite K-drama actors’ fanmeets like Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Gum.
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3. Meydan Bridge
The Avengers of K-pop, SuperM, assembled to film their debut Korean pop video, Jopping, in Dubai against the stunning Meydan Bridge. The bright lights illuminated Dubai’s Meydan Bridge as SuperM took to driving down the road, as well as riding motorbikes around Happiness Street in Business Bay and Al Khail Road, and performing on a highway stretch in the desert. And hey, it’s definitely worthy of your Instagram feed, so snap a shot while driving down the same stretch as the SHINee, EXO, NCT, and WAYV members.
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4. Jumunjin Beach
Jumunjin Beach is no stranger to ARMY’s and K-drama fans alike. Not only does the bus stop in Jumunjin Beach appear in BTS’s You Never Walk Alone music video, it is also seen in the hit fantasy drama Goblin starring Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun. While you’re in the area, why not recreate the memorable BTS album cover or the romantic scene in Goblin?
5. Hluboká Castle
One of Korea’s top-picks from the hit survival show Produce 101, Park Ji-hoon from Wanna One, featured the prestigious State Chateau of Hluboká; Hluboká Castle in his 2019 solo title track: L.O.V.E. One of the most-visited castles in Czech Republic and not too far from Prague, there couldn’t have been a prettier or grander backdrop for the swoon worthy love ballad.
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6. Yongin Daejanggeum Park
The hypnotising rap song Daechwita by BTS’s Suga is set in the equally hypnotising Yongin Daejanggeum Park, the largest historical drama set in Korea. Travel back in time to the Joseon Era, as the traditional architecture of the park dates back to the 13th century. Additionally, it’s a paradise for K-drama lovers as iconic historical dramas like The Scholar Who Walks the Night and Jumong were also filmed here.
7. Seoul Metropolitan Library
I’m a mother-father gentleman! We’ve all belted the lyrics to PSY’s Gentleman as we imitated the iconic hip dance. On top of the K-pop video filming, the Seoul Metropolitan Library has made an appearance in the beloved reality TV show, Running Man. Whether you’re a K-pop fan or book lover, this is a vibrant paradise for all with over 70,000 books and an Instagrammable vibrant decor.
8. Seoul Wave Art Centre
Next stop is The Seoul Wave Art Centre, which opened in 2020, and has since been among the top K-pop MV filming locations. Not only has it been featured in Chungha’s sophisticated Dream of You video, it has also notably appeared in K-pop music videos like BTS’s special Butter performance video and DAY6’s Even of Day. The centre consists of three levels of open space with special art exhibits, as well as a beautiful Starbucks overlooking the blue waters.
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9. Forest of Wisdom Library
Regarded as the pioneers of K-pop and the first to hold the title of the nation’s girl group, Girls’ Generation made their iconic debut with Into the New World and member Hyoyeon filmed her dance break on the steps of Forest of Wisdom Library. From its staircase to winding book cases, it’s easily the most Instagrammable library in South Korea. That said, it’s drama-worthy too with appearances in Hotel Del Luna, What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, and many more.
10. Yongma Land
Speaking of the nation’s girl groups, TWICE made their epic debut with Like Ooh Ahh at the eclectic Yongma Land. It’s not just used for doomsday concepts though, it’s also the backdrop for K-pop video filming of the catchy Bar Bar Bar by Crayon Pop, soothing ballad Spring Love by Eric Nam & Wendy (Red Velvet), and many more K-pop music videos. And, though it’s abandoned, it’s still kept as an attraction open to tourists!
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11. Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park
Who best to round up this list than BTS at the famous Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park? Found in Los Angeles, the park features the towering Sepulveda Dam, which served as a backdrop for the cinematic ON MV. On top of that, rock formations in the park have appeared in countless films such as Star Trek, Austin Powers, and Westworld.
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Here’s to globe-trotting like a true-blue K-pop fan at these remarkable K-pop MV locations across the globe!