BTS Locations in South Korea: Find Out Where Your Favorite Boy Band is Filming
Known for hit songs like “Dynamite,” “Spring Day,” and “On,” the Korean boy band BTS has taken the world by storm. Short for Beyond the Scene, Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bangtan Boys, the 7-member musical group has been offering the public catchy tunes, eye-catching choreography, and a unique musical style since its debut in 2013.
Though the group is based in South Korea, they’ve amassed a considerable following across the world with fans who are proud to call themselves part of the BTS Army (an abbreviation for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”).
If you’re part of the Army, you’ve no doubt wondered about the filming locations of their most famous music videos. So, come along with me as we explore the BTS locations in South Korea. Let’s follow in their footsteps together!
BTS Locations for Filming in South Korea
Here are some of the most iconic BTS locations across South Korea where the group filmed their most popular videos:
Yangpyeong Seohuri Forest
A beautiful forest located in the Gyeonggi Province just outside of Seoul, Seohuri has become a very popular destination among BTS fans since the group’s visit in 2018.
The location of their 2019 Season’s Greetings calendar photoshoot, the Yangpyeong Seohuri Forest is commonly referred to as the Bangtan Forest.
Framed photos on easels mark the various locations where the BTS members’ photos were clicked. This makes it easier for fans to recreate the photos if they want!
BTS Bus Stop
The Spring Day album cover location is a must-visit destination for the BTS Army. It’s located in Gangneung alongside the pristine Jumunjin Beach and its blue waters.
You can easily get there by bus, train, or car.
The bus stop alone is an iconic spot for recreating the BTS album cover, but the beach is also a wonderful tourist attraction. You can spend an afternoon walking on the sand and soaking up the sun. Listening to “Spring Day” where the album cover was shot is surely an experience worth ticking off your bucket list!
Jecheon Mosan Airfield
The Jecheon Mosan Airfield has become the latest tourist hotspot, especially for the BTS Army after its appearance in the “EPILOGUE: Young Forever” music video. Visit the airfield and experience the beauty of the filming location firsthand. It’s a great way to feel connected to BTS. Seeing the sights will surely make you understand why they selected this site in the North Chungcheong Province.
The airport was constructed in 1950 and served as a training ground for defensive forces. It is now a public park with several coffee shops and restaurants close by so you can grab a deliciously authentic Korean snack.
That’s not all, you can also enjoy the surrounding mountains and experience the beautiful Cheongpung Lake through a cable car ride. It’ll be an unforgettable day, especially if you have your earphones on for “EPILOGUE: Young Forever.” playing in the background.
Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park
The Yongin Dae Jang Geum Park is a very popular and extremely well-preserved filming location situated just an hour from Seoul in the Gyeonggi Province. Perfect for a day trip, this is the filming location of Suga’s “Daechwita” music video.
The BTS Army flocks to the theme park that recreates the streets and traditional houses of each of the Three Kingdom Periods of the Joseon Dynasty.
After opening its doors in 2005, several well-known, historical K-dramas have been filmed here. Most notably, the show Dae Jang Geum (Jewel in the Palace) was shot in this outdoor location and the park was named after it.
A great place to visit throughout the year, this is one of the most invigorating BTS locations to visit, especially if you’re into history!
Maengbang Beach in Samcheok-si, Gangwon-do is the location of the boy band’s photoshoot for their second single album, Butter. The beach was popularized in 2021 by BTS, and has become an iconic destination with around 8,000 people visiting every day!
When you visit, you’ll see why it’s such a popular destination now, and why BTS selected it for their photo shoot. The pristine sand and blue waters are stunning to behold, and the brightly colored umbrellas and chairs only add to its charm.
You can spend the day relaxing, recreating BTS photographs, and playing volleyball on the sand.
The Gyeongjeong Beach is where The Most Beautiful Moment in My Life trilogy album was shot. It’s the site where Taehyung dives into the sea against a mesmerizing backdrop of the sky.
Iconic as this shot is, you won’t be able to recreate it. You can, however, visit the location to see what the landscape and surroundings are like. It’s a beautiful place where you can spend a nice day enjoying the views and gazing out at the sea.
Located in Jangheung-myeon, IIyeong Station, has become an incredibly popular BTS Army destination. The famous BTS song “Spring Day” was shot here. When you visit, you’ll see why it was the chosen location for the music video. It has a wonderful urban charm and BTS fans will love recreating the “Spring Day” scenes at the original shooting location.
This abandoned train station is a little north of Seoul but can easily be visited if you wish. You’re likely to run into other BTS Army members when you go, so you can enjoy meeting like-minded fans of the group.
The Filming Process of BTS: Behind the Scenes Insights
BTS members really go all out for their fans and this commitment shows in their music videos. To make each video as perfect as possible, the members give it their all during countless rehearsals.
While practicing for the “MORE” music video, it even reached a point where J-Hope hurt himself. “This isn’t easy. I was doing a lot of head banging and it still hurts,” he said.
Hence, adoring fans love to watch and rewatch their videos, looking for hidden meanings and symbolism. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to enjoy their dashing good looks of course! Kim Taehyung or V once said that a lot of the Army’s theories about their music videos are beyond their imagination.
BTS videos always have an intriguing, interesting cinematic universe and theme. The amount of work that goes into each is evident from the spectacular final results.
From endless planning and brainstorming, to rehearsals and practices, the group has released a plethora of different videos, each unique in its own way. This includes a one-take music video which entailed a dance number of over three minutes.
The Meaning Behind the Locations: BTS’ Special Connection to Gyeonggi Province
Gyeonggi Province is South Korea’s most populated province. The name roughly translates to “Seoul and the surrounding areas of Seoul.”
BTS members seem to have a special connection to the province, due to their birth, families, and childhood.
BTS member Jin was born in Anyang and brought up in Gwacheon when his family moved there — both of which are in the Gyeonggi-do Province.
Meanwhile, BTS leader RM was born in Ilsan, a city near Seoul that celebrates an annual flower festival as its main attraction. It’s also got sprawling hills and a beautiful lake to add to its charm, making it a wonderful hometown to grow up in. Ilsan is a part of Goyang in the Gyeonggi Province as well.
Other BTS members also lived close to Seoul, and therefore have a close connection with the Gyeonggi Province which is evident in the way they speak of their country and hometowns.
A lot of the BTS locations in their music videos and photoshoots are based in and around the Gyeonggi Province. It’s no wonder, considering the natural and manmade beauty abounding the province. The province’s natural environment has mountains, lakes, and seas. It also boasts several natural parks and beautiful rivers.
Booking one of the following popular BTS tours will allow you to make the most of your time, visit as many locations as possible without worrying about organizing your own transportation!
- BTS Pilgrimage Tour in Busan: Follow the Footsteps of Jimin, Jung Kook & V
- Gangneung check-in hotspot! BTS Bus Station, Arte Museum Gangwon-do Tranquil and Elegant Coast Day Tour (Depart from Seoul)
- 1 Day ARMY Real Fans Tour in Seoul
- IN THE SOOP BTS Ver. (PyeongChang) Filming Location Tour
- 1 Day ARMY Fans Tour (sites, restaurants & SPA)
South Korea is steeped in cultural and historical significance. However, it has played a notable role in pop culture as well due to the popularity of K-dramas and K-pop groups.
After BTS became a global sensation, fans from across the world keep flocking to important BTS locations to understand the group’s history and roots.Whether you’re traveling independently, or looking to join a tour, I hope this guide will help you get started. Don’t miss the next posts of my blog! You will love to learn more about the exciting South Korean world!
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