3 film locations to go on your next holiday

by Michelle Chin mchin@sph.com.sg
published on 12 July 2016

Go on location and experience the stunning beauty of destinations captured on screen.

Head for these locations which have served as the backdrop to famous scenes in movies and television serials.

1. Charming seaside town

A Unesco World Heritage site, the Old City of Dubrovnik is a beautiful town bordering the Adriatic Sea in southern Croatia.

In  American drama television series Game of Thrones, scenes featuring King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, were filmed at Dubrovnik. Filming sites include Dubrovnik’s city walls, Pile and Ploce gates, and Minceta Tower.

Explore the ancient city. See Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. The beautiful structures have an old-world grandeur and make for excellent photo opportunities. Take a walk along the city walls surrounding the city to admire the coastline and splendid views of the city.

The best times to visit are May to October, when the days are warm and sunny.

Beach lovers will appreciate the pristine beaches. Fresh local seafood, including shellfish, fish and squid, is easily available. Some well-loved local dishes include octopus salad called salata od hobotnice, and a Dubrovnik-style dessert which is a type of custard pudding called Dubrovnik Rozata.

Cultural buffs will enjoy the museums and galleries, where they can view historic exhibits and contemporary art.

2. Pinnacle of romance in Seoul

Located in the central region of Seoul, N Seoul Tower at the peak of Mount Namsan is popular with locals and tourists. Before heading to N Seoul Tower, drop by Mount Namsan’s hiking trails to appreciate greenery and a slice of nature in the metropolis.

At N Seoul Tower's observatory, visitors can appreciate the panoramic views of the city skyline. They can also visit dining establishments, and a snack shop, and museum.

N Seoul Tower was the filming location of Korean drama serial Boys Over Flowers, where male lead Lee Min Ho and female lead Ku Hye-sun shot their scenes together.

The viewing deck with “locks of love” at the tower was a filming location of the popular Korean drama series My Love From The Star. Couples and families fasten locks on railings on the terrace as symbols of lasting love or well-wishes for the family.

3. Pretty as a picture

The Hobbiton Movie Set was where The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit trilogies directed by Peter Jackson were filmed. Located at the town of Matamata at Waikato, in New Zealand's North Island, this sprawling farmland provided the perfect setting for The Shire, the home of the hobbit characters. 

Take in the sight of rolling hills, lush landscapes, and look out for familiar spots that served as backdrops for the movies. Don't forget to have a drink at the Green Dragon Inn or tuck into some local dishes at The Shire's Rest Cafe.

Sign up for guided tours where you can visit locations such as the charming hobbit holes, the Mill and the famous Party Tree. Farm stays are also available.