Every day, millions of series and movies are being watched all over the world. With streaming platforms like Netflix an Apple TV, it was never as easy as it is now to spend all night in front of your TV. And you don’t even have to put up with the commercials. And with as many available titles, there’s without a doubt something for everyone. Maybe you’re a fan of horror movies, maybe there’s nothing you love more than a good old David Attenborough documentary, maybe you’d want to watch all of ‘Friends’ in one sitting if only you’d have the time.
However, sometimes, there’s a new series or a new movie which gets more attention than usual. Something everyone’s talking about starting from day one. Something which you’re not able to let pass if you don’t want to feel left out when you’re colleagues are talking about it all day long. Not so long ago, ‘Bridgerton’ was the series of the moment yet since then, it’s been pushed aside by ‘Squid Game’. The Korean series has not only shattered Netflix’ viewing records yet it also inspired quite a bit of trends. Think about the sugar cookies for instance, or the trend-setting outfits worn by the participants. And if, just like us, you love travelling, you probably couldn’t help but wonder where the series was filmed. Well, these three locations are a good starting point.
The series’ main character, Gi-hun, lives in Seoul and this is also where the city scenes were shot. The specific district is Ssangmun-dong, in the northern outskirts of the city. Some particular spots are the Baegun Market on Samyang-ro 154-gil where Sang-Woo’s mother runs a fish shop and the Pokopang arcade in Chang-dong, where Gi-hun tries to win a present for his daughter.
2. Seongapdo island, Incheon
As player 067 refers to Jeju Island in the series, one might think the fictional island on which the games take place is actually Jeju. Yet as the location needed to be remote and (almost) uninhabited, the few fragments we see of the island are actually filmed on Seongapdo, an island in Ongjin County sparsely inhabited by fishermen.
With a series like ‘Squid Game’, a good filming studio is indispensable. Most of the scenes were actually recorded inside such a studio, located in the Korean city Daejeon. The city’s a television production hub, about 50 minutes by train from Seoul. It’s generally considered to be Asia’s Silicon Valley and all typical, colorful decors from the series were built here.