It’s not new for K-drama fans to have an urge to find out where our favorite dramas were filmed. In fact, we make it our goal to be able to visit the filming sites and snap a photo similar to the iconic scenes in that drama!
Now, if you’re a fan of Lee Min Ho and Kim Go Eun’s latest drama The King: Eternal Monarch, then you’ll definitely recognize this iconic church from the series! Perhaps, you’ve got this place written on top of your travel bucket list, too, the next time you’re in the Kingdom of Corea, er, we mean South Korea!
The good news is, this church actually exists in real life! Luckily, you don’t need to scour South Korea to find it. The Korean Tourism Organization reveals that the gothic church featured in the hit K-drama can be found in Daegu City.
Called the Gyesan Catholic Church, this place of worship actually carries so much history upon being built by Priest Robert, A.P. who first came to the city for missionary work. According to Visit Korea website, the church was initially designed to follow a Korean-style design. Unfortunately, the wooden church was ravaged by a fire in 1899, and Fr. Robert had to rebuild the church we see today using imported stained glass and galvanized iron from France and Hong Kong.
This Romanesque church features imposing gothic design elements like stained-glass windows, eye-catching pinnacles topped with Latin crosses, and stone brick walls, making it a striking structure to behold.
The Gyesan Catholic Church can be found in 10 Seoseong-ro, Jung-gu, Daegu. Daegu City is the fourth largest city in South Korea and is a few hours away from Seoul. You can easily take a bus or a train to get to the city.
We can’t wait for this whole pandemic to end so we can finally visit all these beautiful The King: Eternal Monarch filming locations!