On a bright day, I visited dal.komm Coffee, a filming location for the popularly aired TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God. When you watch the drama, you will see scenes featuring this coffee shop: a scene of the Grim Reaper Lee Dong-wook talking with his junior colleague; and a scene where Kim Go-eun orders honey grapefruit.
The coffee shop in those scenes was this dal.komm Coffee in Jeongja-dong. When I opened the door to enter the shop on the first floor, the sweet coffee aroma foretold of the warm ambience. My eyes then landed on the wall next to the window. Several large picture frames were hanging on the red wall, and I wanted to take selfies sitting in front of the wall while drinking a cup of coffee. Before I knew it, I started walking toward the wall. An artwork of stacked-up record players was arranged long, and a guitar was placed in front. The interior itself gave off a free-spirited mood. Then, toward the counter… When I looked upward, I saw a red menu plate written in white color, which gave a refined feel. Compared to other coffee shops, this place seemed to have more Americano varieties. I ordered K4 Dutch Coffee. Although it takes longer to drip coffee, Dutch Coffee has soft aroma and deep flavor, so I like it. Only a few coffee shops offer this coffee, so I was very excited. As I savored the coffee while sitting at the spot where Lee Dong-wook once sat, I enjoyed my time here more than I expected. The coffee shop offered a wide variety of beverages such as tea, juice, ice cream sherbet, and confectionery as well. One more thing — if you use the app, you can accumulate mileage and get a 5% discount.
Address: 135, Jeongjail-ro, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do (#108, #109, Prugio City 3-cha, 162-4, Jeongja-dong)
Opening Hours: Weekdays 8:00-23:00
Transportation: Near the Jeongja 1-dong Community Service Center at Exit 3 of Jeongja Station on Bundang Line
I paid a visit to Mirinae Sanctuary, a sacred Catholic place. The holy site was situated very near Yongin. After finding out that the name “Mirinae” is a pure Korean word for “Milky Way,” the name sounded more attractive. This place was named “Mirinae” because, after persecuted Catholic believers moved to this place and formed a Catholic village, nighttime light reflected on the stream, along with the moonlight, looking like Milky Way. When you watch the TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Kim Go-eun summons Guardian at a Catholic church. It is the Mirinae Catholic Church, which boasts of high ceiling and beautiful stained glass. While sitting on a pew in the late afternoon, I looked at the empty wall for a moment. I appreciated the beautiful colors of stained glass projected on the wall, along with sunlight entering through the windows. Paintings on one side of the wall and tile pictures explaining the history of Catholicism on the opposite side of the wall — together, they made for the majestic ambience of the sanctuary. It seems to be the perfect place for outing.
Address: 420, Mirinaeseongji-ro, Yangseong-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: 9:00~18:00
Transportation: Take a bus at Seoul Express Bus Terminal and get off at Anseong Central Bus Terminal. At the Anseong Central Bus Terminal, take Bus No. 50-7 and get off at Mirinae Sanctuary Bus Stop (takes 1 hour).
I visited Seoknamsa Temple in Anseong. The temple, which has a thousand-year history, is situated on the northeast foot of Seounsan, the highest mountain in the Anseong area. It was built during the Unified Silla period and was designated as a temple for praying for the peace and prosperity of the nation during the Joseon Dynasty. In the TV drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Kim Sin prayed for Wang Yeo and Kim Seon at this temple and, after finding out that the Grim Reaper was Wang Yeo in the previous life, attempted to strangle the Grim Reaper here. I headed to Daeungjeon, the main hall of the temple situated at the end of the steps touching the sky. After walking up the long steps, I lighted incense at the Daeungjeon Hall and saw the tower and the Rock-carved Standing Buddha, turning back the clock to the past. I was particularly amazed at the Standing Buddha since it was carved on the rock so elaborately. When the sun set in the west, as I was watching sky lanterns turning up one by one while standing in front of the Daeungjeon, I remembered the scene where Gong Yoo was flying off a wish lantern.
Address: (Geumgwang-myeon) 3-120, Sangchonsaemal-gil, Geumgwang-myeon, Anseong-si, Gyeonggi-do
Operation: All year round
Transportation: Take Gyeongbu Line at Seoul Station and get off at Anseong Central Bus Terminal (takes 1 hour). Take Bus No. 1, get off at Okcheongyo Bus Stop, transfer to Bus No.100, and get off at Sanjung-ri Sangchon Bus Stop (takes 1 hour).
To wrap up the day, I moved to Café Zino. After parking your car at the parking lot, you will see a big building with a European facade. Then, you will feel a little hesitant after finding out that you need to take off your shoes inside the cafe. Or you might wonder whether it is really a cafe. When you open the door a little, you will hear music; when you look inside the café, you will feel comforted by the ambience of the café, which resembles a cozy living room. In sync with the first impression of the building, the café has European antique furniture. I found the place where Gong Yoo and Ji Eun-tak once sat, ordered hot chocolate, and looked around. The café had very simple offerings ― coffee, hot chocolate, and tea. The chandeliers on the ceiling, the soft lightings projecting high-quality paintings, and the piano in one corner made me feel like a noblewoman while drinking tea. nlike the modern feel that I had at dal.com Coffee where I dropped by in the morning, I savored the serenity from this antique ambience created by aged furnishings. It seems to be a perfect place to visit with your acquaintances in the evening to have small talk.
Address: 211-31, Saeori-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
Closed on: Mondays
Transportation: Get on Gyeongui-Jungang Line at Seoul Station, get off at Geumchon Station, transfer to Bus No. 77-4, and get off at Jayuro Hospital Bus Stop (takes 2 hours).