70% of the scenes in Our Blues are shot in Jeju island, featuring its picturesque sites as well as native residents from Gonae-ri, Aewol and Seogwipo as "extras".
Jeju island, also known as the "Hawaii" of South Korea, is an island with an area of 707.8 square miles (or 1,833 km2) and a population of 672,948 residents.
This island has certainly plenty to offer in terms of visit-worthy spots. So that's what we will do here — spot and explore the locations in Jeju island where Our Blues was filmed. Add these to your itinerary in your next visit to Jeju island!
Biyangdo is one of the islands that Dong-seok (Lee Byung-hun) travels to to peddle his wares. His all-purpose blue truck, which doubles as his home/bed at night, carries all forms of goods, tools and fresh produce that island villagers need and buy from him.
Biyangdo is a small island in the northwestern corner of Jeju island with a land area of 0.77 square miles (or 2 km2).
The Guemneung Pier is the pier that boats in Our Blues are frequently seen departing from and arriving to. On a clear day, you will be able to see the Sinchang windmills from a distance.
Captain Park Jung-joon (Kim Woo-bin's character) and his brother Ji-joon (acted by Baek Seung Do) steer one of the boats that transport haenyeos to their diving spots for abalones, conches and sea cucumber.
In Our Blues, the filmed haenyeos' diving spot is the body of water between Geumneung Pier and Biyangdo island — this is but one of several haenyeo diving spots around Jeju island.
Who are Haenyeos? Haenyeos are trained and certified divers who can dive as deep as 30 meters into the sea without an oxygen tank to physically harvest abalones, conches and sea cucumbers.
They can usually stay underwater for over 3 minutes before surfacing to stash their catch in buoyed nets before resuming their dives. Jung-joon's love interest, Young-ok (Han Ji-min), is also one of the haenyeos.
In Our Blues, the Hallim Traditional 5-day Market is the place where most of the Our Blues main characters set up shop to sell their produce and goods.
Eun-hee (Lee Jung-eun) runs a fish stall, while the elderlies Ms. Hyeon and Ok-dong sell vegetables. Dal I and Byeol I operate a beverage stall, while In-kwon (Park Ji-hwan) runs a soon-dae (blood sausage stew) food stall. Ho-sik (Choi Young-joon) delivers ice to stall holders in the market.
The Jeju Ferry Passenger Terminal is the start of that fateful trip between Han-soo (Cha Seung-won) and Eun-hee to Mokpo. Well, it was ostensibly a nostalgaic trip to re-visit the places that both of them went in their high school trip, but of course, Han-soo had other elaborate intentions in mind.
Trip Information. Back to travelling via the Jeju Ferry, passengers can take the ferry by using their own vehicles and will be allocated designated parking spaces in the underbelly of the large ferry.
The trip between Mokpo and Jeju island takes around 4.5 hours, with about 2 ferries per day usually. The ticket costs are around US$50 per passenger and an additional US$300-$400 depending on brand and model of your vehicle.
This is the scenic route where Young-ok drove to pick up the elderly haenyeos from their meeting point to the Geumneung Pier for their morning dive.
You can also see the onshore Sinchang Windmills in the immediate backdrop and the offshore wind mills further away. The wind farm helps to generate energy from the ample winds in Jeju island and supply eco-friendly electricity to the island.
The map below shows the location of the Sinchang wind farm and the scenic Sinchang Windmill Coastal Road for a windy drive in the north-western coast of Jeju island.
Going back 30 years in Our Blues, this is the beach at the Pacific Rim Peace Park where Han-soo and Eun-hee hung out with the rest of their school friends in their happier teenage days
The Pacific Rim Peace Park 환태평양평화소공원 is located near the southernmost tip of Jeju island. The park was set up to commemorate the painful memories of the historically wars that have been waged on the island from the Mongolians to the Japanese to civil uprisings.
Knowing that Seon-ah (Shin Min-a) 's son loves horses, Dong-seok brought her to a horse ranch in Jeju island so that she can take photos and videos of horses to share with her child.
There are several horse ranches within Jeju island. Unfortunately, we are not able to pinpoint the location of the ranch filmed in Our Blues. But the Jeju Horse Park is worth a visit as well — a sprawling ranch located along the northeastern base of the immense Hallasan.
Ride programs costs around US$20 — US$40 (25,000 to 50,000 Korean won).
Hallasan is a shield volcano and the highest mountain (1,947 meters or 6,388 feet) in South Korea. It is also one of the three well-known mountains of South Korea, alongside Jirisan and Seoraksan.
Cheonjiyeon Waterfall is one of the main waterfalls in Jeju. The 72-feet (22 meters) tall waterfall draws its water from the Yeonhee-chun stream.
Udo Island — visit the largest island of Jeju. Udo is essentially a lava plateau and looks like the shape of a cow lying down. Go on a bike trip and check out the eight kinds of scenery Udo has to offer — Udopalkyeong (우도팔경/牛島八景).
Well, we set out to identify the filming locations of Our Blues in Jeju island and have uncovered quite a few here in his post. There are certainly more scenes in Our Blues that we hope to add to this collection.
You can also download the high resolution version of the map.
We also hope that this version of our Jeju island map will be useful to you when you excitedly plan your next visit to Jeju. Enjoy!