XO, Kitty is a show that follows the adventures of Kitty, the youngest sister of Lara Jean Covey from the popular Netflix movie trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. In the show, Kitty embarks on her own romantic journey, which takes her all the way to South Korea to be with her long-distance boyfriend, Dae. But did Netflix actually film in South Korea?
The show revolves around Kitty as she decides to explore life beyond her older sisters who have moved on. After discovering that her mother had studied at the Korean Independent School of Seoul (KISS), the same school where her boyfriend Dae is studying, Kitty believes it’s a sign and decides to pursue her romantic adventure in South Korea.
While KISS is a fictional school, many of the locations in the show are real. Most of the first season was filmed in South Korea, specifically in Seoul, the capital city. These are the places you’ll see in the show:
1. Incheon Airport: The show starts with Kitty’s arrival at Incheon Airport, showcasing its modern architecture. While some scenes were shot at the actual airport, the concluding airport scenes were filmed indoors at the Korea International Exhibition Center (KINTEX).
2. Korean Independent School of Seoul: The KISS campus was a combination of various locations. The exterior shots were filmed at Kaywon University of Art and Design, known for its beautiful and modern architecture.
3. Talent Show Hall: The talent show scene at the end of the season was shot at the Independence Hall of Korea in Cheonan, a city south of Seoul.
4. KISS Library: The library scenes were filmed at the National Library of Korea in Sejong, another city south of Seoul. The library’s unique design with book cubbies and spiral staircases impressed the actors.
5. Yuri’s Trendy Boutique: The boutique scene where Yuri goes shopping was filmed at Stylenanda Pink Hotel in Myeongdong, a popular shopping district in Seoul.
6. KISS Welcome Party: The welcome party scene was shot at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a well-known landmark in Seoul with parks, exhibition halls, stores, and a design museum.
7. Rubik: The party scene at Club Rubik was filmed at Rubik, a jazz lounge located in Paradise City, a resort complex.
8. Han Hotel: Various locations were used to portray Yuri’s father’s hotel empire. Exterior shots were filmed at State Tower Namsan, and the Grand Hyatt Seoul was used for Yuri’s home. The Pacific Hotel was chosen for the press conference scene.
9. Hike Walk: The hiking scene took place at Seojangdae, a historical command post at Mt. Paldalsan in Suwon.
10. Food Market: The grocery shopping scene was filmed at Hanaro Mart in Seoul, specifically at the Seoul Central Market.
11. Camping: The school trip in the show was set at Yeongheungdo Island, and the glamping experience was at Black Tree Campground.
12. Riverside Walk: The emotional confrontation scene between Professor Alex Finnerty and Principal Lim was filmed on Nodeul Island, near the Han River, which offers a beautiful backdrop of the city’s skyline.
These locations provide a glimpse into the real beauty of South Korea, both within Seoul and its surrounding areas. With the show’s renewal for a second series, we may get to see even more stunning locations in the future.