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5 countries we want to visit after watching Korean dramas

Nowadays, more and more Korean dramas are being filmed in other countries.

Their production teams did an excellent job in looking for breathtaking locations that leave viewers wanting to be transported together with their favourite stars as well.

Here are five countries with scenic filming locations we want to visit after watching Korean dramas:

1.  Canada (Goblin)
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We’ve lost count how many times this building, the Chateau Frontenac, has appeared in the Goblin (2016). Credits: Pixabay.

Who can forget the scene in Goblin (2016) where Gong Yoo (Kim Shin) and Kim Go-eun (Ji Eun-tak) are walking in the park with maple leaves falling gracefully around them?

This particular scene was filmed at Parc Samuel-Hollande in Quebec, Canada.

After watching the goblin and his bride exploring Quebec city, we too want to shop for Christmas deco at La Boutique de Noel, sit at the green pasture of Parc du Bastion-de-la-Reine and stay a night at the Chateau Frontenac Hotel.

2. Slovenia (Black Knight)
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Remember the part in Black Knight when Shin Se-kyung’s character fell down the hill while taking a photo in front of this castle? We bet many viewers lost their minds the moment the camera zoomed in on Kim Rae-won’s expression with the glaring sunlight behind him while he comes to Shin’s rescue. Credits: Pixabay.

This is perhaps the most beautiful and picturesque country on this list.

After Dear My Friends (2016) and Black Knight (2017) were filmed in this country, reports showed that tourists -particularly from South Korea – had been flocking to this Central European country.

Can we blame them? While we would never be able to have Kim Rae-won drive us around Bled town and be our personal photographer like he did for Shin Se-kyung in Black Knight, we still want to follow in their footsteps and have an ice-cream in Piran, pose for a photo in front of Renaissance castle of Predjama and drink a cup of mulled wine in Ljubljana.

3. Macao (Boys over Flowers)
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St. Paul’s Ruins have starred in several Korean dramas including Boys over Flowers. Credits: Pixabay.

This Las Vegas of Asia is the filming location for many Korean dramas including Boys over Flowers, Neighbourhood Hero, Goong and Fated to Love You.

All of these dramas have inspired viewers to visit Macao’s tourist hotspots such as Senado Square, St. Paul’s Ruins and Coloane Island.

4. Hungary (Doctor Stranger)
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Walk on the footsteps of Lee Jong-suk by visiting this iconic landmark of Budapest, Chain Bridge. Credits: Pixabay

The architecture in Budapest, Hungary is insanely beautiful. Thus, it was no surprise Doctor Stranger (2014) chose this country as one of its filming locations.

In Doctor Stranger, Lee Jong-suk and Jin Se-yeon are riding a motorcycle in Budapest.

One of the iconic buildings you can spot in the background is the Hungarian National Gallery. It houses an extensive collection of Hungarian artworks since the 10th century.

5. Greece (Descendants of the Sun)
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This is perhaps the most famous shipwreck in Korean dramas, all thanks to the Song-Song couple. Credits: Pixabay.

Some parts of Descendants of the Sun was filmed in a fictional country called Uruk. Though Uruk doesn’t exist, the beautiful backgrounds actually do and they are found in Greece.

Remember the shipwreck where Song Joong-ki and Song Hye-kyo always had their romantic scenes? The shipwreck has been there at Navagio beach since 1982. It is a famous tourist destination so do not be surprised if you find yourself in a sea of tourists there.

Beside Navagio beach, the filming also took place in the Monastery of Panagia Skopiotissa, Gomati, Myrina and Arachova.

Kim Eun-sook wrote the scripts for Goblin and Descendants of the Sun. Read more about her award-winning dramas here. 

KajoMag picked Black Knight as one of the Korean dramas with a deeper meaning. Read more about other series that made the list. 

10 things you should know about the Bryde’s whale skeleton at Sabah Museum

When you step into the Sabah Museum, the first thing that greets you is a gigantic whale skeleton.

What type of whale is it? Where did they get it from? Are there alot of whale sightings off the coast of Sabah? Perhaps these are the questions that come to your mind as you look at this enormous skeleton.

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A closer look at the whale’s jaw bone.    

Here at KajoMag, we summarised 10 things you should know about the Bryde’s whale skeleton at Sabah Museum:

1. This whale was first found stranded on Dec 14, 2006.

On that day, a group of fishermen found this cetacean stranded near Kampung (village) Lok Urai, Gaya island around 11pm.

Within 12 hours after it was first spotted, a rescue mission was launched by teams from the Fisheries Department, Wildlife Department, Sabah Parks, Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS), NGOs and members of the public.

However, the tide was too low for the rescue team to pull the poor creature back to the ocean. Rescuers had to constantly pour seawater on its body to keep it hydrated.

2. The whale was back to the sea the next day.

By Dec 15 at 7.30pm, the team had succeeded in pulling the whale back into the sea. Nonetheless, the then Sabah Fishery Department director, Rayner Stuel Galid raised concerns that the whale might return to its stranding spot.

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A father pointing at the skeleton while his son looks on.
3. The marine mammal was found dead on Dec 17, 2006.

True enough, the animal was found dead near its stranding spot at Gaya Island. The initial plan was to bury it but there was no suitable location.

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A closer look at the whale’s backbone.
4. Its supposedly final resting place was decided.

The carcass was towed to Stomai Rock, somewhere between Pulau Tiga and Gaya Island. Then, it was anchored about 60 to 70m deep into the sea to allow it to decompose naturally.

5. The then Sabah chief minister wanted the whale to be preserved.

Later on Dec 19, then chief minister of Sabah, Musa Aman instructed the Fisheries Department to work together with Sabah Museum Department, Sabah Parks and UMS to conserve the whale’s bones.

6. The whale was back on land on Dec 20.

A team was deployed to bring back the carcass from where it was anchored. They put a giant fishing net to wrap the carcass so that the skeleton remained intact during the process.

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The 20m long skeleton attracts visitors the moment they stepped into the museum.
7. The ‘deboning’ process begins on Dec 21.

The tedious process of separating the bones from the carcass lasted a few days.

It took about 35 people to work round the clock on the carcass starting from its tail. They also dug three enormous holes at Fishery Station Menggatal to bury the whale’s flesh and organs.

8. The whale skeleton was handed to Sabah Museum on Christmas eve 2006.

The team officially handed the whale skeleton to Sabah Museum on Dec 24, just 10 days after it first found stranded.

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The whale skeleton takes up a huge space of Sabah Museum.
9. The identity of the whale is Bryde’s whale.

The whale was identified as Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni). It was 20.6m long and weighed around 22 to 26 tonnes.

The Kadazandusun people of Sabah call it luulumbo.

According to UMS researchers, approximately 20 species of marine mammals have been recorded in Sabah waters.

The state’s various ecosystems like its coral reefs, mangrove, estuaries and sea grass provides habitats and food resources for these animals, leading to a high number of species found in Sabah.

10. Sabah has the highest  number of whale stranding cases in Malaysia.

The Bryde’s whale at Sabah Museum was not the only stranded cetacean in the state.

In 2012, it was reported Sabah recorded the highest number of whale stranding cases as well as whale sightings compared to other states since the 1970s.

Additionally, Sabah also has the longest coastline in Malaysia. It is surrounded by the South China Sea on the west, Sulu Sea on the northeast and Celebes Sea on the southeast regions.

There are many factors that could contribute to whale stranding such as natural causes due to sickness or old age or military sonar.

However, the reason for this statistic in Sabah is still not scientifically known.

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The gigantic skeleton of Bryde’s whale.

Take a ride to the past at Sabah Museum’s Railway Gallery

Before cars were the thing, transportation in Sabah – formerly known as North Borneo – relied heavily on trains.

In recognition of the historical significance of the railway system in Sabah, the Sabah State Museum opened up a gallery in 2017 dedicated to its locomotive industry.

Located in Sabah’s capital of Kota Kinabalu, the Railway Gallery offers a glimpse of the past through photographs and machines.

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Welcome to the Railway Gallery!

The history of Sabah Railways

In 1896, the British North Borneo Chartered Company introduced the first railway service in Sabah.

The first part of the construction was to the north heading to Beaufort at the bank of Padas river. Then, the track was extended to the south to Weston, about 100km from Kota Kinabalu.

After the Beaufort-Weston railway was completed in 1900, the construction continued from Beaufort to Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu).

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How the train tickets looked like.

Around the same time, the construction of 48km Beaufort-Tenom railways started in 1903 and completed in 1905.

A year later, the Tenom-Melalap railway was completed.

Starting 1912, the railways worked as the main transportation for the country’s most important crop, rubber.

Due to high maintenance cost, the existence of road transportation and the failure of Weston town becoming a harbour, the Beaufort-Weston and Tenom-Melalap railways were forced to close in 1963 and 1970.

A few years later, the Tanjung Aru-Jesselton railway was also closed down.

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There were plenty of old photographs to browse through.

A walk through Sabah Railway Gallery

Visitors who make their way to Sabah State Museum must drop by its Railway Gallery located right behind the museum.

The gallery gives not only the historical timeline of the locomotive industry but also technical information of the old railway technology.

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You can sit at the passenger car and imagine it is early 1900s.

Putting aside the tonnes of typos, it was still fascinating to read through the descriptions on each panel.

The display of black and white photographs of now long gone railway stations and tracks give visitors a glimpse of how important this mode of transportation was back then.

There are plenty of things to see as well such as the tickets they used at the time, a weighing scale they used for parcels and telephones for station to station communication.

Plus, visitors can also sit and pose inside the passenger car imagining it’s the 1920s all over again.

If history or locomotives is your thing, the Sabah Railway Gallery is definitely a must-visit place in Kota Kinabalu.

For a real-life adventure, you can also take the North Borneo Railway which takes you from Tanjung Aru to Papar. Meanwhile, the Sabah State Railway – formerly the North Borneo Railway – still operates from Tanjung Aru to Tenom.



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