|Poster of Bae Yongjoon |
and Choi Jiwoo as
immortalized in the
Winter Sonata drama
tall firs winter scene
Winter Sonata drama was part of a 4-parts series, each named after the seasons of the year. Each part of the series had its own plot lines, characters, and actors. Later on, as the series progressed and was marketed outside of Korea, the moniker 'Endless Love' stuck and was used to identify all the series as one. The 4-parts of the 'series', using yearly 4 seasons, are: Autumn in My Heart, Winter Sonata, Summer Scent and Spring Waltz. This series was widely known in South Korea as director Yoon Seok-ho's pet project, dealing with 4 different seasons of love. The show's endings not only have evolved with the times (tragedy used to be the trend, but now lighter, happier endings are preferred), but have kept with the theme, getting progressively more positive as 'spring' approaches.
It was said that this part of the Island is the most photographed area in the whole of Korea. I had seen it, felt it and witnessed it, and now I can vouched for it. The atmosphere is lively, vibrant, stunning and magical. Throngs of people clicking away or just being awed over by the view of the tall fir trees as immortalized in the Winter Sonata drama. On the sad note, there is a memorial site next to the tall fir, a stone monument for the memory of Park Young-ha, who co-star in the Winter Sonata drama. Apparently he committed suicide and a poster is erected by his fans to remember him. It is also sad to note that suicide rate in South Korea is the highest in the world.
Nami Island location: 1024, Bukhangangbyeon-ro, Gapyeong-eup, Gapyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
Coordinates: 37.79154°N 127.525435°
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