If you’re a huge fan of the recently-concluded K-drama It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, well, welcome to the club! We’re totally enamored of the show’s brilliant storytelling, gorgeous animations, and exceptional cast top-billed by Kim Soo Hyun, Seo Ye Ji, and Oh Jung Se. We’ll definitely miss tuning into this drama every weekend and we can’t wait to visit its iconic filming locations once it’s finally safe to travel again.
That said, a lucky fan was one step ahead of us all: Imee Lee, a Filipina who’s based in South Korea, was able to visit the exact spots where IOTNBO’s most unforgettable scenes where shot. Admittedly a big fan of the series, Imee tells Preview, "It's Okay to Not be Okay is one of the best Korean dramas I've ever watched. There are so many reasons to love this drama—the cast, the story, the cinematography, the OST, and many more. Kim Soo Hyun did a great job for this drama as his comeback project after his military service. I also admire Oh Jung Se and I believe that he will win again in Baeksang [Arts Awards]. As for Seo Ye Ji, she is the perfect person for that role. I can't imagine another actress as Ko Mun-yeong."
Naturally, her K-drama fangirl heart urged her to visit the show’s iconic filming locations to see them for herself. “After I saw the address of their filming locations in Naver, I told my husband that I want to go there, and I'm thankful that he allowed me to,” she shares. “It was not easy to go to their filming locations since it's far from our house—we’re located in Cheongju and the locations are two to three hours away from Seoul—and it's my first time going to those cities here in Korea. But [the long travel] was all worth it to see the locations where they filmed, even though I didn't get to see [the actors shooting] there that time.”
Imee, the blogger behind the Facebook fanpage and YouTube channel Mee in Korea, may not have been able to catch a glimpse of the actors in the flesh, but she certainly had the time of her life taking photos at the exact spots where the scenes of IOTNBO took place and even replicating some of Soo Hyun’s Instagram posts. And the best part? She documented everything—complete with photos and videos—for her fellow K-drama fangirls to see! Check out her posts below, which come with tips on how to get there if you're also planning on (literally) following in her footsteps.