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Filming Iryeong Station & Byeokjae Station – Hallyu

Writer신철희Date09/05/2019

If you’re looking for spectacular places to spice up your Instagram feed, consider heading to these two places

Iryeong Station & Byeokjae Station – Hallyu


Korea’s Decommissioned Railroad: Photo-worthy Spots

If you’re looking for spectacular places to spice up your Instagram feed, consider heading to these two places. Located just 90 minutes away from Seoul Station, these places are worth a half-day trip for some unforgettable memories.


These two places are Iryeong Station, one of the filming sets of BTS’s song ‘Spring Day’, and Byeonkjae Station, which has recently garnered a lot of media attention for being a photo for ‘Insaeng Shot’ (인생샷) or translated to Life Shot, the best photo you’ve taken in your life. Both s are about a 15 minute drive away from each other and thus can be visited together.

Iryeong Station

Ride the Hallyu Wave with V from BTS

Step into the shoes of Kim Tae-hyung, known usually by his stage name V, at Iryeong Station. Stand in the same spot he stood and look in the direction he looked. Take a step down into the train tracks and touch the same tracks he did.

Get Lost in Nostalgia

There’s something so scenic about something so vintage. From the rust on the signage to the unkempt features of this station, everything points toward photos that can’t be managed easily anywhere else. While the world develops so rapidly, humans tend to want to hold on to something that allows them to soak up the reality, and that often lies in the old things that bring about a feeling of nostalgia.

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Apart from being a decommissioned train station, it is located near Seoul, allowing for half-day trips or day-trips over the weekends here. Thus, many people are taking the time to visit these places to add another photo to their collection. It has become one of the more trendy places to take photos rather than the regular haunts of cafes and landmarks.


Tip: Set a tripod on the opposite platform from the signage to get a nice wide shot that’s level to the platform to capture the same scene as V.

Address: 327 Samsangri, Jangheung-myeon, Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do

Directions (78 minutes): TTake a train from any station within Seoul to Gupabal Station (구파발역) on Line 3 (Orange Line) and get out at Exit 1. Turn right and head to the bus stop and get on Bus 360. Take the bus for 16 stops and get off at Iryeong Station. Cross the road and walk through the small alleyway to get to the decommissioned station.

Operating Hours: There are no operating hours as it is a decommissioned station.

Best Time to Visit: As it is outdoor, it would be nice to go during seasons with better weather such as Spring or Autumn. You could also go during the Winter after a snowfall to achieve the same effects as BTS’s music video.

People to go with: Head to this area together with other BTS fans, your partner or friends.


Byeokjae Station

The Best Shot You’ve Ever Taken – Why Not?

Another decommissioned station, this one’s famous because of a beautiful train tunnel with a gorgeous backdrop view of Bukhan Mountain. Top that with a silhouette of you or your partner, that’s just everything you need for the best photo of your life. Photos on train tracks have always been trending on social media, but couple that with lovely skies and a breathtaking backdrop and you’ve got yourself something different.

Day or Night, It’s Your Call

You can choose to come in the day or at night, each having its own merits. In the day, when you have clear skies, Bukhan Mountain is perfectly in view and you can just get the right shot with your silhouette in the middle. At night, you can bring in portable fairy lights which can help to light up your subjects. Stars are not clear to see in this part of Korea so you would have to rely on photoshop for a starry night sky behind the mountain.


Tip:Check the weather forecast before going. If it’s going to be a cloudy, foggy or rainy day it would be best to skip the trip. The would not be as nice if you are not able to see the beautiful backdrop.

Address: Byeokjae Station, Daeja-dong, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do

Directions (69 minutes): Take a train from any station within Seoul to Samsong Station (삼송역) on Line 3 (Orange Line) and get out at Exit 6. Turn right and head to the bus stop and get on Bus 033. Take the bus for 9 stops and get off at Byeokjae Station. Once you get off, head toward the road leading into the train tracks. When facing the tracks, turning right leads you to the station, and turning left leads you to the tunnel. You can choose to walk around the tracks before heading to the tunnel should you wish to take photos on the railway tracks.

Operating Hours: There are no operating hours as it is a decommissioned station.

Best Time to Visit: Autumn would be the best season to go to this . The weather is lovely, the leaves might be a lovely red color.

People to go with: Head to this area together with your friends or with your partner. This place would be the best for a small group of 2-3 as there isn’t much space to take photos that fit the frame.

Editing Tips

I used a vintage style editing palette for the photos from Iryeong Station. It’s a very old station which is a blast from the past, and this brings about feelings of nostalgia and reminiscence. It puts on lighter colors as well to try and match the winter colors in the BTS music video scene.
For the photoset in Byeokjae Station, I darkened the foreground while brightening the background to give a sharper silhouette image with a brighter background, highlighting the Bukhan Mountain and blue skies. It was a shame that the clouds would not disperse throughout our time there. Of course, with better editing skills, it would be easy to replace the background with a desired one, but that would mean the photos would lose its integrity.


tip: Take the photos in RAW to allow more room for post-processing. Think about the type of shots that you want to imitate or produce and then prepare accordingly. Bringing portable lighting equipment might be good if you’re thinking of visiting the tunnel at night. Do go on a weekday if possible as there are certain weekends where there is a 40-minute wait to take photos at the tunnel. The last thing you would want is to be rushed into taking quick photos and having to leave.