FILMING LOCATIONS: Park Hae Jin and Jo Bo Ah’s Korean drama “Forest” filmed episodes in Manila

Park Hae Jin and Jo Bo Ah’s Korean drama “Forest” filmed some of the series’ episodes in various places in the Philippines including Okada Manila, Cove Manila, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Intramuros, and SM Mall of Asia during their visit in the country last year. The scenes filmed in country recently aired in some of the show’s episodes, here are the exact filming locations in Manila that can be seen in their on-going drama:

MALL OF ASIA – Bay Area Amusement Park

During their play date, Jung Young Jae (Jo Bo Ah) took Kang San Hyeok (Park Hae Jin) on a sight-seeing spree. One of the activities the on-screen couple did during their trip to Manila was riding a zipline at the Mall of Asia Bay Area Amusement Park. A one one-way ride is around 150 pesos per person, with an option to have a souvenir photo taken for 100 pesos.



The two also rode a side car, saw the Manila Cathedral up-close, danced with the locals, ate Filipino food, and made a wish while admiring the Christmas lights display at Intramuros.


Park Hae Jin and Jo Bo Ah tried various Pinoy dishes such as the Paella Ilustrado (P895), Sinigang na Bagnet (P495), Callos Madrilena (P475), and Bagnet (P530) at Ilustrado Restaurant.



A room in Okada Manila typically starts at 18,000 pesos per night. For the drama, the on-screen couple’s room was the Manila Bay Suite. The said room has a “private massage room, entertainment room, expansive dining and living rooms, jet tubs and rain shower bathroom,” and a magnificent view of Manila Bay’s famous sunset.


OKADA MANILA – Cove Manila

Cove Manila is an indoor beach club and nightclub in the Philippines. Various Korean artists, including Korean boy group iKON, already performed here. Several Korean DJs also got to play their sets at the said venue. In the series, the two got into an argument during this particular scene, as Jo Bo Ah’s character was seen sipping an alcoholic beverage at Cove Manila’s bar area.


OKADA MANILA – Restaurants

Some of the restaurants featured in “Forest” includes Italian restaurant La Piazza, plus Yu Lei, which serves delectable Shanghainese and Chinese cuisine. A typical meal for two people costs around 2,000 pesos for La Piazza and 4,200 pesos for Yu Lei.


OKADA MANILA – other amenities

Okada’s wellness spa, “The Retreat Spa,” and cigar area “Okada Lounge” was also featured in the series.


OKADA MANILA Grand Ballroom

The Grand Ballroom, which can host around 500 attendees, was used as a conference hall in show.


NAIA Terminal 1

PAL’s airplane and the newly renovated NAIA Terminal 1 was also seen in the series.



Aside from Okada Manila, Filipino brands such as the Philippine Airlines and Tanduay were also featured sponsors in “Forest.” Kko Kko, a Korean chicken restaurant with branches in Manila, was also one of the sponsors.


Which scene from “Forest” that was filmed the Philippines is your favorite?

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