‘Vincenzo’ is a story about Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), an Italian lawyer turned mafia boss. He returns to Korea intending to locate the hidden gold beneath the Geumga-dong Apartment Complex, also known as Geumga Plaza.
There, he meets the other interesting characters who live in the building. However, the Babel Group real estate company has illegally taken the building over, and Vincenzo uses his skills to reclaim it with the help of lawyer Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-been). This Korean drama is a mix of action, drama, and comedy; and is a huge hit among viewers.
Interestingly, many of the popular Vincenzo filming locations can be visited by travelers on their trip to South Korea.
Vincenzo Filming Locations Across South Korea
It is one of the most popular and well-known filming location of the K-drama Vincenzo. It is the “Geumga Plaza” from the series, the key location around which the story revolves.
Cheonggye Plaza (also known as Cheonggye Arcade) is an apartment block full of electrical shops.There are shops filled to the brim with electrical items such as LED lights, wires, and even some other hardware products. It connects to the Sewoon Plaza via an overpass. It falls under the administration of Euljiro, the hip area of Seoul.
It is also a filming location for other K-dramas such as True Beauty and Move to Heaven.
Sewoon Bridge across Cheonggyecheon River
You can see the Sewoon Bridge across the Cheonggyecheon River, as shown in the Pilot episode while the Geumga Plaza was being dismantled.
This man-made creek runs through several of Seoul’s important locations, including Dongdaemun, Gwangjang Market, City Hall, and Euljiro. The possibilities for activities near the creek are limitless, and here are just a few:
- The Seoul Night Market is open during spring and autumn and is one of the popular yearly attractions. Many locals visit Cheonggyecheon for a daily walk.
- Youngpoong Books is one of South Korea’s largest stationery and book stores. It is near Jonggak Station Exits 5 and 6. Many visitors come here to buy souvenirs.
- By the way, Jonggak Station also contains an underground street. Although it is not as large as other well-known underground shopping alleys, it is highly interesting due to its location.
While eating at the Common Ground in episode 5, Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-bin) and Vincenzo discuss their strategy for combating Babel Chemicals.
Common Ground, built entirely of 200 shipping containers, is the world’s first and largest container shopping mall and Korea’s first cultural and commercial center. It originally opened its doors to the public in April 2015, and since then, it has delivered fun and interesting retail experiences, gourmet food, lifestyle trends, and much more. Furthermore, Common Ground includes a variety of spaces that can accommodate a variety of events and activities
Seoullo 7017 Skygarden
If you’re in Seoul, don’t miss the Seoullo 7017 Skygarden, which also served as one of the filming locations for Vincenzo. Song Joong-ki visits this region in episode 3 after receiving a letter from lawyer Hong Yu-chan, who invites him to his home for a drink. The Seoul Skygarden, also known as the Skypark, is an elevated linear park created on top of a former highway overpass.
The Skygarden, in the heart of Seoul, is a plant village, an ever-changing landscape that incorporates the widest variety of Korean species into a public park, with 52 plant families containing approximately 160 species and sub-species. There are a total of 24,000 plants in the park.
There are 16 tiny pavilions in the park – Cafes, shops, exhibitions, gardener’s pavilions, trampolines, foot baths, stage and children’s theatre, and an information center are some of the amenities available. Several stairwells, lifts, bridges, and escalators connect the city to the new park, reconnecting it to the surrounding urban fabric.
After transforming into Tae Ho, Vincenzo went on a date with Min Seong (Kim Sung Cheol) and enjoyed himself in an amusement park. Doori Land is the name of this property, and famed actor Im Chae Moo owns it. In that scene, he played a ticket collector.
The Space Fighter, which the characters in Vincenzo rode, is part of Doori Land, which also features a play park with different rides. A study center, a toy and gift shop, and a party room are also available.
In 1991, Im Chae Moo founded Doori Land with his own funds. In a television interview, he stated that today’s kids are more likely to turn to video games and find it difficult to socialize with others outside, so he created a park for them to play in. His entertainment park in Yangju, Gyeonggi, cost around $11.6 million to construct. For several years, the admission was free, but since it reopened, you must now purchase a ticket.
Vincenzo was proven to be more than just an action-comedy K-drama in Episode 16. In a setting with nature as a backdrop from Byukchoji Gardens, we saw him in a heartbreaking conversation with his mother.
It has appeared in dozens of K-dramas under the name The Botanical Garden BCJ. Some of these dramas include Young Lady and Gentleman (2021); The Penthouse (2021); and Hyde Jekyll, Me (2015).
The area is abundantly covered in tulips of all colors, and there are numerous magnificent pavilions. It is open at night and has several valuable bonsai and antique trees and many birds. The area isn’t exceptionally vast, and you can enjoy a two-hour stroll at a relaxed pace.
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