International St. Mary's Hospital
(국제성모병원)
Simgoklo 100-gil, 25 Seo-gu, Incheon Metropolitan City
인천 서구 심곡로100번길 25

In the Korean drama, Minwoo plays the role of a young man born with a silver spoon. Meaning he's rich and he's that one person Minki apparently hated - since he seems like the reason for the band's split.

The hospital is actually the International St. Mary's Hospital in Incheon, one of the most advanced and world-renowned hospitals in South Korea. It is not just known for its up-to-date facilities but also for its uniqueness. Imagine? It's a hospital with an arcade, mall, and a theme park.

You won't believe me? Check out these sites: Official ISH Websitewhat0117

If these seemed familiar to you, you must have watched Doctor Stranger.
This was the "Myeongwoo Hospital" owned by Kang Sora's father, and where everyone was employed. LOL





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Cheonggyecheon
Seorin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 서린동

After running away from his friends, Minki (Lee Hongki) found himself getting emotional at Cheonggyecheon in Jongno-gu, Seoul.

One of the most famous tourist attractions in South Korea, Cheonggyecheon is a beautified stream crossing the district. It is designed for the public to find solace and sanctuary. It's a wonderful and free venue for some picture taking, romantic dates, morning exercises, and a lot of other activities.

Cheonggyecheon is the home of the Seoul Lantern Festival.
It is also a popular filming site for Korean dramas and music videos.



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Daehak-ro 10-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 대학로10길



So just recently, a new Korean drama starring FT Island's Lee Hongki, Roommate's Park Minwoo, Lee Shi Woon, and Kwak Dongyun began. It's called the Modern Farmer. 

During its first few weeks of filming though, the drama had created quite a stir among netizens and fans because the fictional band in the story used the name "ExSo" which stands for Excellent Souls. Now you have an idea about the issue, right?

Yep. EXO-L were quite annoyed that they used something totally similar to the popular KPOP group EXO. I personally didn't like the idea because it could create confusion among those new people should this drama be a total hit. Searches for EXO might lead to the fictional EkSo and believe me, that could generate an effect.

But then, I'm not taking that seriously because I believe in EXO and I know the group's popularity does not rely on searches alone. Hehe. That's why I gave this Korean drama a chance. ^__^






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HAVE YOU GUYS ALL WATCHED XIUMIN'S MV FOR EXO 90:2014?
PLEASE DON'T ASK IF YOU SHOULD, I MANDATE YOU GUYS.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
BECAUSE MINSEOK'S ACTING WAS JUST SO PERFECT LIKE SO WHAT IF YOU WON'T HEAR HIM SPEAK OR ANYTHING.
HIS EYES MADE MAGIC OKAY
HIS EXPRESSIONS EXPRESSED GRIEF.
AND THOSE TEARS.
THOSE TEAAAAAAAAAAARSSSSS.

Okay. I'm calming down.
Discover why he's called the 'Muggle King' (coined by fans!) by yourself.
I'm just gonna tell you where majority of the music video was filmed:

YONGMA LAND
118 Mangu-ro 70-gil, Jungrang-gu, Seoul 
(서울 중랑구 망우로70길 118)

I have previously ID-ed this amazing Korean drama filming site before. Thanks to Juniel and Jonghyun's music video. The place piqued my interest so much because who would have thought that it is actually an abandoned amusement park, right? Yup. It's abandoned and while it should be creepy and whatnot, it is actually used in Korean productions and even as settings for wedding photoshoots!

Here are the proof shots:


from dustjsdl24@Naver





Yongma Land is situated in quite a secluded area in Seoul, but tourists flock to it for some interesting photography. I've looked around Korean blogs and found these interesting ones to provide you with nice pictures:

aja0706 | uc_st | dustjsdl24 | llollvy

I guess I'll never get tired of repeating this: Yongma Land had proven me how ingenious Koreans are. It had proven to me how Koreans can find the beauty in even the most dilapidated areas, and I believe that's something not every culture has. Though I wish everyone has that gift.



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The Raum
564 Eonju-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
(서울시 강남구 언주로 564)
Official Website

So I have officially started ID-ing Cantabile Tomorrow with Joo Won and Shim Eunkyung and I'm loving the Korean drama so far. I have to admit I wasn't able to watch Nodame Cantabile (Japan) nor read the manga so this story is all new to me. :)

I could've begin the ID-ing with better scenes and settings but as I'm so much into weddings and elegance these days, I put this first.

The Raum is a social venue in Gangnam where different events, mostly weddings, are held. It is a typical shooting location for many Korean dramas and variety shows because of its sophistication and telegenic qualities. I love the scheme, it screams total luxury; and I love how this one building could present so much beauty inside.

Curious as to what I'm talking about? You can visit this blog for pictures:



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Teheran-ro 13-gil, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
서울 강남구 테헤란로13길 

So this is where the cute ruffling of Soeun's hair and their holding hands. HAHA
I really like this couple!
Jaerim's so straightforward and Soeun's just so game about everything!
♥ 

This is in Yeoksam-dong ♥


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Blind Art Hall/Blind Restaurant
145 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul
(서울 광진구 능동로 145)

I'm kinda interested with Jaerim and Soeun so I began watching their episodes.
And their first meeting was held here.

The Blind Art Hall is basically one of the most interesting restaurants in Seoul.
The establishment lets diners eat in total darkness, placing their orders before they were guided by waiters who wear eyegears that let them see things clearly in nightmode inside.

At first, I thought it was a galaxy-themed dining area but it was much more than that.
More than its uniqueness, I think BLIND has undeniably relayed the idea that how you see your date should not depend on their physical aspects. Talk to them while you're in the dark and see their inner beauties. :)

Got my point? For directions, please feel free to drop me a comment!



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To the Different
63 Dokmak-ro 7-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
(서울 마포구 독막로7길 63)

In Episode 7 of My Lovely Girl, Yun Sena (Krystal) met Sunjin (Alex) after she knew who actually rejected her song. It's a cute cafe, known for its desserts which I think was totally delicious even by looking at pictures here.

This is actually a request from a reader. This cafe is in Hongdae so it's fairly easy to locate.
There are two nearby Subway stations so Bibie, I suggest that you put on comment where you're coming from coz maybe I can help you with the directions if you're not taking a cab. :)




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Once in a Blue Moon
85-1 Chungdam-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul
(강남구 청담동 85-1)

i've lost track of my posts here in Manager Hyung because of several personal and KPOP issues but I'm back, and hopefully I can actually update this blog regularly!

Anyway, I decided to skip and watch the 7th episode of My Lovely Girl.
And then I came across this Korean drama filming scene where a proposal happened. LOL
Okay, so this is in Once in a Blue Moon and all you who had been following my posts will surely find this familiar?
I have posted about this jazz club quite a number of times already :p

For directions, feel free to drop a comment!



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Am I okay? Clearly, I'm not. But for some reasons, I have expected this to happen. I knew that eventually, the absence will turn into another goodbye. 2014 sucks, right? It does. My top three biases clearly shoved me to the ground with the issues they got into.

But Luhan's issue seems to be the most striking to me. Without hesitations, I can actually say that his is the only termination issue which I can openly accept without bitterness or whatever.

Funny how some people hate on him; but it's inspiring how many are still in the same position as I am. Perhaps, he has the same reason as the others for leaving; but you know what made it all different? Luhan said goodbye to the members and had the decency to take it slow. 

No, I'm not comparing. I'm mainly pointing out the facts. Luhan must have said goodbye to the members. Remember Sehun changing his IG profile to 'EXO Let's Love' and unfollowing everyone? That's my biggest clue. Something came up and I knew right then and there that it must have something to do with Luhan. Meaning, he knew beforehand. 

And with Yixing posting on Weibo that message of support, I was convinced that they really were given a heads-up before everything happened.

For the past few weeks, I was restless. I knew something was bound to happen. This morning, when I woke up at around 6AM, I stared at Luhan's posters pinned on my ceiling and I just posted on my private Twitter account a picture of him with the caption: "Whatever happens, happens. From the beginning til the end, I love you." 

I also had to post on my Facebook account this:



And the news broke out three hours later.

No, I'm not a sasaeng fan. I'm mainly relying on instinct.


I'm not the only one who must have felt this though. Those who are actually stanning Luhan as who he is and not just because he's a member of EXO will understand. During the two years that he was with the group, it's not difficult to know him fully. After all, like Tao and Yixing, he's one of the most honest in the group. He's one of the easiest to read because he makes it possible to read him. He doesn't hide. He doesn't pretend that much. If ever he did, it's to not make his fans worry.

But everybody has his limits. And maybe, he really did came across his before TLP Bangkok.

If you're asking me if I believe his health issues, yes I do. He has a serious fear of heights and being someone with one, I can tell it's difficult. Remember that episode from Showtime when they got into the cable car? You must have all think it was funny but for Luhan stans like us, it was so painful seeing Luhan crunched up on a corner fearing the whole ride. Remember when they put him on a pole in the beginning of a performance? All we were asking was why were they doing this to Luhan. 

But did you guys hear him complain? When it all became too much to bear, he did. But let's all bear in mind that that's after two years. He doesn't have a right? He's still ungrateful? I don't think so.

Please don't compare this with Kris' situation. It's totally different except for the reasons.


Now, here's what's making my blood boil: SME is trying to turn the tables. They released a statement implying Luhan to be an ungrateful member who left after gaining from them. The question is WHO GAINED FROM WHO? Luhan was part of SME's biggest cashcow, EXO. Luhan is the biggest name in China right now. Put Luhan's face in every SME merchandise and it will get sold out easily. Even in Korea, Luhan has managed to establish a big fan group. Now who gained from who?

I'm not forcing anyone to believe Luhan. I'm sorry for putting my insights here. We all have different opinions. We all have different thoughts about this. And I know I might come off unfair because I never did this when Kris left. But I've got my reasons. I've got my own understanding. And right now, even though it hurts, I'm with Luhan on this.

It's amazing how from the beginning until the end, this guy had taught me a lot of things about life. He taught me about fighting for his dreams when he pushed through with being an idol despite his parents disapproval. He taught me about staying humble when he preferred pushing his brothers to the spotlight than stepping on it. He taught me about always being patient despite the harsh treatments when he continuously smiled even though he was pushed down in the airport. He taught me about still being himself when he never forget to be who he has always been with his friends whenever he goes back to China. He taught me how to be grateful when he decided to push through with his limits and perform in his hometown before leaving. 

He taught me how to be a person, and that's why his influence will never fade on me.

Luhan is more than just a KPOP idol who has a beautiful face, lovely voice and awesome dancing skills. He might just be the most wonderful person I've known in this whole industry. 

And so whatever happens, wherever life takes us, I will be with Luhan until the end.  







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The Ananti Club Seoul
90-2beonji, Bangili-san, Seorak-myeon, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do
www.ananticlub.com

Replacing It's Okay, That's Love is the Korean drama My Lovely Girl starring f(x)'s Krystal and Rain. Also in the casts are Hoya and L of Infinite.

I must admit Soojung's line got me, but apparently, the plot of this story is yet to interest me.
I think I've read a lot of fanfics with this theme so my expectation died a little.
But it's only the first episode.
I'm waiting for possible plot twists and what-not. I need the story to put spices and twists.

So in the drama, Krystal was working as a part-time hotel staff.
And the exciting thing is that the scenes were shot at The Ananti Club Seoul, the very same hotel used in The Heirs where Krystal acted as the sweet and bratty Lee Bona. This is where the class went to for a field trip? LOL I forgot.

The hotel is definitely one of the bests in Gyeonggi and it kinda struck me senseless when I learned that this is actually where they filmed the fishing scenes of Do Min Joon for My Love From the Star. *_*



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