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Did you know? K-Drama ‘Forest’ shot scenes at these places in Manila

Here are some of the shooting locations of ‘Forest’ in Manila.



03/23/2020 11:37 AM
Did you know? K-Drama ‘Forest’ shot scenes at these places in Manila
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The 2020 South Korean romantic-drama series Forest made buzz in May 2019 after it was revealed that Park Hae-jin and Jo Bo-ah flew to Manila to shot some scenes on location for the show.

While most of the scenes were shot in Gangwon Province in South Korea, a few important scenes were shot in Manila. 

In case you missed it, episodes 19 and 20 in the series see Kang San-hyeok and Jung Young-jae at Okada Manila and SM Mall of Asia’s By The Bay Amusement Park.

Forest featured touristy spots such as the Ilustrado Restaurant, Manila Cathedral, and the Puerta Real Gardens shot inside the historic Walled City of Manila, Intramuros.

On Instagram, Philippine-based Korean TV personality and radio host Grace Lee, who plays a medical expert in the series, previously shared photos and videos from the set of the show.

Lee, who marks her acting debut through the said series, did a scene with Jo Bo-ah’s character. She also serves as one of its co-producers. 

See some of the photos shared by Grace Lee below:


Monitoring😉 #koreandrama #koreantelenovela #glimmerproduction #glimmerph #secret

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Keeping calm in the middle of taping chaos 😉 #koreantelenovela #koreandrama #glimmerph #glimmerproduction #secret

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First time to try acting😅 Being a co- producer for this Korean drama series, I had lightly accepted our partner's offer for a small role thinking it'd be a fun experience. Well it was, but realized soon enough acting isn't something you just take lightly... no matter how small the role. Jo Boa was such a pro and lead the scenes so well. Thanks to this beautiful & kind actress, awesome director and the rest of a very encouraging team, it ended without me having embarrassed myself too much😉 조보아 씨 잘 리드 해주셔서 고마워요~ 역시 프로👍🏻 #glimmerproduction #glimmerph #시크릿 #secret #koreandrama #한국드라마 #화이팅

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Last day of local taping of #secret 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 it is the first korean drama series project of #glimmerph #glimmerproduction It was a very difficult project... but we learned so much! To my awesome team!! I'm so very very proud of you! My goal when I set up glimmer production was to help improve and promote Philippines through productions of Korean content which is distributed world wide. And this is one that will prove true to my initial goal. Here I am with #parkhaejin our lead actor and @ivylim209 wife of our company's president and my sister @jinxie26 who happens to be a huge fan of Park Hae Jin 💕 #koreandrama #koreanproduction #kdrama

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Meanwhile, a netizen named Gia Allana shared photos from the series, identifying each of the locations shot in the country. 

“follows the story of a guy who is part of special rescue team named Kang San-hyuk (Park Hae-jin) and a female surgeon named Jung Young-jae (Jo Bo-ah) who meet at a mysterious forest — discovering each other’s secrets along the way.