One of the positive things from this extended quarantine period is that now we have enough time to catch up on a lot of TV series that during our normal daily busyness it was impossible to spend enough time to watch them. There are many interesting series to watch, but one particular title that has become a huge hit is a K-Drama on Netflix called–you guessed it–'Crash Landing on You'.
Crash Landing on You tells a story of a star-crossed lovers; billionaire Yoon Se-Ri (played by South Korea's Queen of Melodrama Son Ye Jin) from South Korea, and Captain Ri Jong Hyeok (played by the dashing Hyun Bin), an officer of the North Korean army. The story not only centers around the two, however, the supporting casts' performances are incredibly captivating, especially the two other lead characters; the cunning but kindhearted Gu Seung Joon (played by Kim Jung Hyun) and the fierce and beautiful Seo Dan (played by Seo Ji Hye), the comedy is on point, and–what interests us the most–the shooting locations are extremely beautiful!
In this first episode of our Netlifx and Travel series, SweetEscape have picked our top 5 (out of the 18) locations that you could visit to recreate the scenes from this hit K-Drama once all of this is over! So get ready to jump on this journey with us, and don't worry if you get lost, because as Yoon Se-Ri said, "Sometimes the wrong train takes you to the right direction."
After a tornado swept up billionaire businesswoman Yoon Se-Ri during a paragliding practice, she literally crash landed at the North Korean side of the DMZ, her chute tangled up in a tree until she was found by Captain Ri from the North Korean army. This fateful meeting serves as the starting point of this beautiful drama involving the two.
Although in the story Se-Ri crash landed on North Korea, the filming actually took place in the South, specifically in the beautiful Hallasan National Park in the island of Jeju. The lush greenery and seemingly untouched nature is a perfect background for the scene, and can also be the perfect place for your next SweetEscape session in Korea!
After a few attempts to leave the North failed, Captain Ri decided to bring Yoon Se-Ri to Pyongyang to create a fake passport and blend in with a North Korean athletics team that is going to participate in a competition in Europe, before disappearing and flying to the South. To have her passport photo taken, they visited the government sanctioned photographer at Pyongyang Hotel, where Se-Ri unexpectedly met Gu Seung Joon and Seo Dan. The hotel served as a location oftenly visited by the characters when they are in Pyongyang.
The majestic yet traditional Korean hotel was shot at the Commodore Hotel in Busan, South Korea. Plan your next visit to Busan and stay in the hotel to recreate some of the moments from the series! You can also make the hotel as the meeting location with your photographer, before exploring other beautiful locations in Busan such as the colourful Busan Gamcheon Culture Village.
During her lowest fell into depression, Yoon Se-Ri decided to go to Switzerland and intended to end her life there, only to be rejected by the euthanasia clinic she attended. Unbeknownst to her, Ri Jong Hyeok and Seo Dan were also in Switzerland, the latter pursuing the former who was studying music there. The trio met a few times without knowing each other, first Seo Dan and Se-Ri at a chocolate shop, then again at the bridge where Se-Ri almost jumped to her death, which led to Se-Ri taking Jong Hyeok and Seo Dan's photo together.
The town where the trio spent a sweet little escape from Korea was Zurich, especially at the town square near St. Peter's Church and at Lindenhof. The next time you visit Zurich, take some moment to recreate these famous scenes from the series, and you don't have to ask a stranger to take your photos! You can get SweetEscape to capture everything perfectly.
One of the things that helped Yoon Se-Ri climbed back up from her depression is by paragliding, and the first time she watched someone doing it (and eventually tried it herself) was at First Flieger, Grindelwald, Switzerland. Without her knowing, Ri Jong Hyeok was also there on that day, admiring the moves of a paraglider right next to her. Later on at the last episode of the series, after years of going to Switzerland hoping to see Captain Ri again to no avail, finally Yoon Se-Ri went on another paragliding flight, and after she landed, she found Ri Jong Hyeok waiting for her at the same place.
The beautiful mountainous Grindelwald is the perfect backdrop for a majestic SweetEscape session. The glorius Swiss alps and the colourful flower beds at the foot of the mountains is simply too beautiful for words to describe!
There are two famous Swiss lake locations that the series chose as shooting locations: one is Lake Brienz, Isetwald, where Ri Jong Hyeok played the tune he wrote for his late brother on a piano by the lake after he was being called back to North Korea, while the other is Lake Lungern, where the star crossed lovers finally lived happily ever after, enjoying a beautiful stay in a little cottage by the lake.
A similarly beautiful lake location is at Lake Geneva in Montreux, Switzerland. You can pick up some beautiful flowers and enjoy the breathtaking view while recreating the romantic ending scene from the series here, while SweetEscape capture your moments perfectly!
Are you ready to recreate the beautiful scenes from Crash Landing on You? While we can't visit the Korea or the beautiful Switzerland now, we know that one day soon all of this is going to end, and we can go back to our traveling routines once again! Until then, stay at home, watch more series, and look forward to the next edition of SweetEscape's Netflix and Travel!