Filming In South Korea

LOGO NEEDAFIXER  Seoul, South Korea

South Korea is full of interesting natural features, from volcanoes and mountains to unspoilt beaches and lush green forests. The capital of Seoul stands in the shadow of the surrounding mountains and is a colourful, modern city with vast skyscrapers and busy, neon-drenched streets. That’s why the country has been the site of such a diverse range of film and TV productions, and South Korea has become one of Asia’s biggest film industries.

Some of Our Filming Work in South Korea

Filming in South Korea

South Korea is generally welcoming to foreign film crews, and will usually approve permits within about a week. The country has a few major studios such as the Seoul Film Studio Complex, and while the capital is at the hub of the movie industry, cities such as Busan also have their own facilities for production. NEEDaFIXER SOUTH KOREA have excellent local knowledge and can arrange permits and find facilities to ensure your production stays on schedule.

Filming in an Asian country can be challenging due to the language barrier, which is why NEEDaFIXER offers so many pre-production and production services. We can hire crew members in South Korea, whether you need camera operators, sound technicians, producers, directors, or runners, meaning you’ve got people ready to shoot when you arrive. We can even supply drones and pilots if you want exciting aerial shots.

South Korea has lots of state of the art equipment and facilities for filming, and we can get everything ready for when you and your colleagues arrive. Casting in South Korea can be a challenge as there’s not a great deal of diversity. We have many film industry contacts around the country and can gather showreels of local talent for you to consider.

You’ll see the cities and countryside of South Korea as a backdrop to many feature films and TV series. Star Trek Beyond had scenes filmed on Seoul’s neon-lit streets, and Avengers: Age of Ultron was also partially filmed in the city. Busan, the second biggest city in South Korea, has been used to film hundreds of Korean language movies, as well international hits such as Oldboy and Dancing Ninja.

Fixers in South Korea

NEEDaFIXER SOUTH KOREA have a database of diverse film locations around the country, and we can source the best spot for your production.

You may decide to film in one of the many bustling cities, and we can help set up a shot in a busy area. While you can’t close off roads in Seoul, you can film at less busy times, or we can find an alternative city that’ll look just as good.

We source South Korean filming locations, sort out permits and ensure you have everything you need to start shooting, making the experience of filming in the country so much more pleasant.

What can our fixers in South Korea do for you?

Although South Korea is no stranger to film production, there are a few challenges that can present themselves. It can be difficult to reach more remote locations, so you might need help with accommodation and transport from the NEEDaFIXER SOUTH KOREA crew.

Some city locations can be incredibly crowded, and it’s not always possible to close off streets. Therefore, our local knowledge can be very helpful, whether we help you choose an alternative time to film or find a similar-looking location that’s less busy. We can also help overcome the language barrier by dealing with locals in the film industry on your behalf, so you just have to turn up ready to film.

Popular Filming Locations


A major movie filmed on the streets of Seoul was Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some of the locations used included the Mullae Steel Complex, Gangnam Boulevard, and the futuristic Nuritkum Square. Seoul is most famous for its architecture and big city vibe.

If you’re looking for a metropolis backdrop for your filming location, there area number of modern buildings and streets that will make shooting your movie a dream.


Busan provides the backdrop to many famous Korean TV dramas. The colourful houses of Gamcheon Culture Village are great for capturing a more traditional look. Jangsado Island is also less than an hour away, and in spring this area is full of flowers in bloom for a romantic look.

You can also take advantage of the beaches and mountain scenery which is perfect for dramatic productions. There’s so much beauty in Busan, so if you’re looking for a place with some wonderful history, we can support you with finding the best locations.

Jeju Island

South Korea’s largest island Jeju is a popular tourist spot thanks to its waterfalls, vast parks, and unspoilt landscape. It has been featured in many documentaries, but could also be suitable for TV or movie productions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How easy is it to get permits?

If you’re looking to close off the streets of Seoul, please be aware this is impossible and is better filmed when the city’s streets are less busy on the weekend. Otherwise, permits usually take 3-7 days for everywhere else in Korea.

Do I need a visa or work permit?

It’s completely dependent on your country of origin, so please do check with your local embassy before you fly. The government of South Korea might even offer incentives for foreign productions.

Can I hire equipment once there?

There’s a wide variety of standard and specialised equipment available in Korea, including specific tools such as techno cranes and heli-mounts for large-scale scenes.

What is the climate like?

Generally speaking, there is a four-season climate, but Korea does have a rainy season, which takes place between July and August and it’s the hottest time of the year. December – February is the coldest month and the best times to film is their spring and autumn seasons, which are mild and usually dry.


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