Planning on traveling to South Korea soon, Kdrama travelers? Sometimes all we need to unwind is just a little break from the city’s hectic life. And nothing suits you best than visiting Pocheon City, an inland town in the far northeastern region of South Korea’s Gyeonggi province. And that is especially if you are a big fan of all the 3 seasons of “Dr Romantic” Korean drama. Why? Because in Pocheon lies the real shooting location of the famous Doldam Hospital of “Dr Romantic” series.
Doldam Hospital: The Crucial Icon of All 3 Seasons of “Dr Romantic” Korean Drama
South Korea has a wide variety of heartwarming and healing dramas. However, when it comes to medical romance Korean drama, nothing can beat the famous “Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim”, also known globally as “Dr Romantic”.
Starting from its very first season in 2016, “Dr Romantic” has gained massive recognition with over 20% of average viewership ratings. And as if it wasn’t enough, the rating continued rising for its 2nd season in 2020 even when the Korean drama underwent a major change in the cast lineup.
Today, the same actors who performed their magic and saved many patients in Season 2 have all returned for a whole new season. Han Suk Kyu, Ahn Hyo Seop, and Lee Sung Kyung are back in “Dr Romantic” Season 3 and immediately took over the Most Buzzworthy Korean Drama and Actor Rankings.
Still, even when the cast has undergone a massive change, one thing remains the same that stays in fans’ memories regarding all the 3 seasons of “Dr Romantic” Korean drama: The Doldam Hospital.
From the very beginning in Season 1 and when all dust settled in Season 3, Doldam Hospital is where all the magic and drama happen throughout all “Dr Romantic” series. It was the place where doctor Yoon Seo Jung found solace after her injury. It was also where doctor Kang Dong Joo found his new determination. Finally, it was the place where doctors Seo Woo Jin and Cha Eun Jae found love.
And most importantly, Doldam Hospital is where Teacher Kim upholds his lifetime devotion as a doctor with a single grand principle: saving patients.
Visit The Hospital’s Real Shooting Location in Pocheon City
The real shooting location of Doldam Hospital in all 3 seasons of “Dr Romantic” takes place in a building near Sanjeong Lake in Pocheon City.
Compared to other Korean drama filming sites, Doldam Hospital may seem less popular. However, those who have visited Doldam Hospital shooting location of “Dr Romantic” 3 didn’t come simply for the scenery. Instead, they came for the grand value and memories the hospital upholds.
Before all the 3 seasons of “Dr Romantic” used the place as a shooting location, this place was a famous hotel in Pocheon City. The locals used to call it Lake Sanjeong Family Hotel (산정호수 가족호텔).
Unfortunately, the hotel closed down in 2012. Since then, the place was supposed to undergo a renovation to become a potential cable car station for the whole area of Sanjeong Lake.
But since the place rose in reputation after “Dr Romantic” used it as a real shooting location for all 3 seasons, this building suddenly changed its name into “Dr Romantic Filming Location” in Naver Maps.
What’s more interesting, Google Maps even listed the building as “Doldam Hospital”, considering many travelers who have visited the place were mostly fans of “Dr Romantic”.
Unfortunately, although the place is now famous as “Dr Romantic” 3 Doldam Hospital location, it’s not a real hospital. So, visitors can only walk around outside and forbidden to enter the building.
- Address: Sanjeonghosu-ro, Yeongbuk-myeon, Pocheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
- Business Hour: Mon – Sun from 9 AM to 5 PM
Got a Spare Time? Take a Brief Turn to Sanjeong Lake
So, did you finish imagining yourself as part of the Doldam Hospital team? And you still have lots of time to spare? If that’s the case, you can visit Pocheon City’s Sanjeong Lake.
Approximately 100 meters (328 ft.) from Doldam Hospital real shooting location for “Dr Romantic” 3, you can see a 3.2km (2 miles) trail that gets you around the Lake’s perimeters.
In this lake, you can enjoy a 30-minute duck boat ride in the summer. And when the lake gets frozen during winter, you can slide through its frozen surface in 1-hour ice skating activity. All at affordable prices.
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