The Must-Visit Spots in South Korea for Start-Up Fans

A lot of people are currently obsessed with the Netflix series Start-Up, and for good reason. We don't blame you; there’s just so much to love about the show, from the easy-to-follow plot, the characters, the cast, the OST, down to the touching and relatable moments. Not to be missed are the cool sites in South Korea which served as filming locations for the series. If you're planning to go on a trip to South Korea in the future, make sure to include these Start-Up filming locations to your itinerary.

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Here's a list of must-visit Start-Up filming locations:

Oil Tank Culture Park

Take a trip down memory lane at the Oil Tank Culture Park, an “eco-friendly culture complex” that used to be—you guessed it—an oil depot in Seoul. Transformed into a historical landmark, it now houses a multipurpose pavilion, information center, amphitheater, and areas for concert performances, workshops, and exhibitions.

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The Oil Tank Culture Park appeared in a scene as the exterior of Sand Box, where Dal Mi (Bae Suzy) crossed paths with Won In Jae (Kang Han Na) and asked her to bring her pen pal Nam Do San (Nam Joo Hyuk) to her networking party.

Oil Tank Culture Park is at 03914 87 Jeungsan-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Nodeulseom Island

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Be one with nature in this stunning open space that offers an incredible view of the Han River. You can walk around the open space, go book hunting at the Nodeul bookstore, or drinnk a cup of coffee while people-watching at the nearby café. 

The island is basically the setting of the start-up hub "Sandbox," so it's not surprising that there were a lot of scenes that were filmed here. A lot of which involved the Samsan Tech team, but our favorite would be when Do San comforted Dal Mi after a big reveal.

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Nodeulseom Island is at 04427 445 Yangnyeong-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Yeouido Hangang Park by the Floating Stage

Enjoy the fresh breeze when you go biking or strolling at the Yeouido Hangang Park. There are free concerts held on the floating stage after sunset with the Han River as the backdrop, complete with a musical fountain show for an unforgettable experience.

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In the show, Dal Mi’s grandmother or halmeoni, Mrs. Choi, owns a Korean corndog truck that’s located here. This is where Han Ji Pyeong (Kim Seon Ho) would often visit Mrs. Choi, and talk about their secret while munching on Korean corn dogs and sipping yogurt drinks, of course.

Yeouido Hangang Park is at 330 Yeouidong-ro, Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

Dongjak Bridge

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Drive around the Dongjak Bridge at night during your trip to Seoul and be mesmerized by city lights that fill the entire place. This location might already be familiar to you because a lot of K-Dramas have been filmed here, and even BTSLove Yourself: Her photo teaser was also shot on this bridge.

Remember that night when Dal Mi and Do San finally met? They used Ji Pyeong’s luxurious convertible (with the real rich guy following them in a taxi, LOL) and drove across this bridge! A crying Dal Mi was seen here looking at Sand Box’s fireworks display, with Do San low-key telling her how pretty she is. Alexa, play “I Know” by Oh My Girl!

Main image from Instagram/I Seoul U; taken in November 2019.


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