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Is the "King the Land" Hotel Real? Here's Where It Was Actually Filmed

You can even book a stay.
Is the "King the Land" Hotel Real? Here's Where It Was Actually Filmed
IMAGE (LEFT TO RIGHT) King the Land/JTBC, Parnas Hotel Jeju
You can even book a stay.

Like most romantic K-drama fans, we can’t resist the tried-and-tested tandem of a snobbish-at-first-sight chaebol and the plucky hardworking gal. The latest on that roster is King the Land, which, aside from its much-raved cast, actually boasts a stellar setting to boot.

In the Netflix-offered drama, YoonA’s Cheon Sa-rang bags her dream job at the King Hotel, where she works her way up the corporate ladder and onto the enviable spot at the front of the lobby. Somewhere along the way, she crosses paths with Lee Jun Ho’s Gu-won, a conglomerate son who’s thrown into an inheritance war. Among those at stake is the King Hotel, where Gu-won is named as its newly minted head manager, much to Sa-rang’s chagrin.

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Is the “King the Land” Hotel Actually Real?

The series poses the King Hotel as the stuff of legend when it comes to the world of hospitality. Of course, that’ll leave anyone curious: Is it actually a real place?

The short answer, however, is no. The drama’s famed hotel is a combination of several filming locations across South Korea. Still, that doesn’t mean visitors won’t be able to immerse themselves in the King the Land experience, as the show’s backdrops are actual hotels that guests can visit.

The Real Hotels Featured in “King the Land”

1. Grand Hyatt Seoul

For its exterior shots, the imposing structure of the King Hotel borrows its image from the Grand Hyatt Seoul, the five-star luxury spot minutes away from downtown Seoul, Myeongdong, and Itaewon, while being against the stunning Han River and Mount Namsan. Thanks to the help of CGI, the grand emblem of “King Hotel” is sprawled on the top of the building’s facade instead of its original logo.

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Book a stay: Agoda / Booking.com / Trip.com

Location: 322, Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 04347 Seoul, South Korea

2. Parnas Hotel Jeju

The King Hotel’s lobby is the dream destination of Sa-rang, given her aspirations as being the face of the hotel. In the Seoul-set hotel, the lobby is a significant setting in the series, but little do viewers know, the scenes are actually filmed in the Parnas Hotel down in Jeju Island. In the beachfront five-star hotel, guests can spot the already iconic brutalist structures of the lobby, with a magnificent view of the surrounding floors. 

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PHOTO BY Parnas Hotel Jeju
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Book a stay: Agoda / Booking.com / Trip.com / Klook

Location: 100, Jungmungwangwang-ro 72beon-gil, Jungmun Beach, 63535 Seogwipo, South Korea

3. Mondrian Seoul Itaewon Hotel (Mondrian Seoul Itaewon Fitness Club)

Sa-rang and Gu-won first come across each other after a case of mistaken identity and a heated exchange. This significant scene is set at King Hotel's resident gym, but in reality, the moment’s background is the Fitness Club of Mondrian Seoul, a hotel located in Itaewon.

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Book a stay: Agoda / Booking.com / Trip.com

Location: 23, Jangmun-ro, Yongsan-gu, Yongsan-Gu, 04392 Seoul, South Korea

4. Josun Palace Seoul Gangnam (Josun Grand Masters Suite)

At the end of the first episode, Sa-rang and Gu-won cross paths once more in an unfortunate matter–especially in Sa-rang’s case. While scrambling for a bathroom while struggling with bowel issues, Sa-rang stumbles upon Gu-won's grand suite. Even mid-stomach ache, she marvels at the sprawling expanse of the room, noting that the bathroom was bigger than her house. 

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While the episode ended on an embarrassing note (a.k.a. Gu-won spotted her sitting on the toilet), anyone would agree with Sa-rang that the suite in question is something worth the awe. Gu-won’s room behind the scenes is actually the Josun Grand Masters Suite at the Josun Palace Hotel in Gangnam, Seoul, which boasts a 4000-square-foot expanse packed to the brim with plush amenities.

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Book a stay: Agoda.com / Booking.com / Trip.com

Location: 231 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea, Gangnam-Gu, 06142 Seoul, South Korea

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