Namyangju Film Studio

Many people have taken tours of the Hollywood film studios, such as Warner Bros., Paramount, Universal, etc.  However, many other countries offer tours around their studios and backlots as well.  Here we’ll take a look at Namyangju Film Studio in South Korea, located in Gyeonggi-do, about an hour outside of Seoul.

LOCATION: Namyangju Film Studio, 138, Bukhangang-ro 855beon-gil, Joan-myeon, Namyangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

The road to the studio.  You can find bus rides from Seoul that will take you straight to the studio.

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Inside this building is the studio and several exhibits.  You can go above this building to the outdoor grounds where many sets stand.

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The reverse view from atop of the same building, which is pretty spectacular.  As you can see, the studio is tucked away in the Korean countryside, far away from the city lights.

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One of the most internationally famous films to shoot at the studio was Chan-Wook Park’s “Joint Security Area.”

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The production built an entire, full scale recreation of the Joint Security Area, a highly militarized section of the border between North and South Korea, intended to hold discussions between the two sides.  Obviously filming a movie in the real J.S.A. would not be possible.  Even though the Chan-Wook Park film was completed decades ago, to this day, the set on Namyangji remains the go-to spot for pretty much all South Korean productions looking to film scenes set in the J.S.A.  We did a separate article on this particular set here.

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A tank and some military vehicles from the 2015 film “The Long Way Home” (a.k.a. “Seoboojeonsun”).

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A full scale ship from the 2014 film “Pirates” (a.k.a. “Hae-jeok: Ba-da-ro gan san-jeok”).

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There is also a set for an entire old, traditional Korean village at the studio, but it was being used for filming the day of our visit, so unfortunately our views of this area were limited.

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Some train cars.

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Some interesting paintings along the walls as you head into the interior portions of the studio.

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This contraption was sitting outside of the studio.

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A rope bridge in front of a blue screen, where visitors can simulate crossing a treacherous passing.

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Some film costumes.  The military costumes to the left are from the 2007 film “May 18” (a.k.a. “Hwa-ryeo-han-hyoo-ga”), while the costume on the right is from the 2007 film “Hanbando.”

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Some excellent models and miniatures.

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This photo does not do justice to how beautiful and intricate this miniature shipwrecked city is.

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The prop room.

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Some props and costumes from old Korean films.

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Some old Korean awards and honors.

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If you’re a film lover and find yourself in South Korea, it’s worth taking a visit out to Namyangji Film Studio.  We of course realize most people reading this will likely never make it out there, so we hope this post is the next best thing.

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (2015)

Film locations are of course not limited only to the United States and neither are we!  Several sequences in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” were shot in Seoul, South Korea.

Ultron tries to force Dr. Helen Cho to make him a new body at U-Gin Genetics Research Lab, where Captain America later shows up.  The research lab is in fact a cultural building used for restaurants, exhibitions, conferences and performances on the Some Sevit Floating Islands.  The islands were man-made on the banks of the Han River, in an effort to bring more cultural activity to the area.  There are three islands there, which are all interconnected.  The research lab building is on the largest of the three islands; Some Gavit.  The building was designed to resemble a flower in full bloom.  All three islands can be easily accessed by foot, don’t be mislead by the “island” distinction.

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LOCATION: 683 Olympic-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul, 06500, South Korea

Later in the film, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow are in pursuit of Ultron in an action piece that takes place all over the streets of Seoul.  It would be exhaustive trying to cover every street piece, so instead we’ll highlight one key area.  Hawkeye and Black Widow soar in a jet over this sculpture in front of the MBC building.  MBC is one of the major broadcast stations of South Korea.  Several other broadcast stations’ headquarters can also be found in this area.

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LOCATION: 267 Seongram-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul, 121-904, South Korea

They even commemorated the shooting of the film by placing a Captain America shield and Avengers plaque in the ground at the base of the sculpture.

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There is also a video monitor at the location, which plays the Seoul action sequences from the film on repeated rotation.  Below the video screen is information (in Korean) about the shooting of the film at this location.  It’s always a pleasure to see locations embrace and commemorate films in this manor.

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Related articles: The Avengers (2012)