Written and directed by Dong-hyuk Hwang, “Squid Game” is a survival action-drama television series. The story revolves around 456 candidates selected to participate in a series of children’s games, each with a deadly twist. The protagonist, Seong Gi-hun or Ki-hoon (Jung-jae Lee), is unemployed, divorced and has accumulated a huge debt. He is a chronic gambler who steals his mother’s money to support her addiction. When he learns that his daughter will be leaving South Korea with her mother and stepfather within a year, Gi-hun decides to participate in the game.
The show takes place mainly in Seoul, South Korea. The game itself takes place on an island off the South Korean coast. If you’re wondering where Hwang and his crew filmed “Squid Game”, we’ve got you covered.
Filming locations of the squid game
‘Squid Game’ is primarily filmed in Daejeon, a city located in central South Korea. According to the cast and crew of the show, the first season of “Squid Game” was shot without much CGI. Real sets were built to shoot some of Season 1’s most awe-inspiring scenes, including the games, and hundreds of people were involved. Hwang said the process was not easy, as ‘Squid Game’ would be the first Korean series to revolve around a game of death, and he had no references he could use as inspiration. But given the end result, he was clearly right.
Daejeon, South Korea
Filming for the “Squid Game” primary takes place in Daejeon, South Korea’s fifth largest metropolis. The city is located relatively close to Seoul. It takes about 50 minutes to reach Daejeon from Seoul by high-speed KTX or SRT train. People have resided in the area since the Stone Age. It later became a strategic military ground. During the Joseon era, Gongju Mokha’s Hoideok-hyeon and Jinjam-hyeon controlled it. Daejeon really started to prosper and grow during the Japanese occupation of the country. In 1995, along with Busan, Daegu, Incheon, Gwangju and Ulsan, Daejeon became a metropolitan city.
Daejeon is a major center of art and culture in South Korea. It also has a thriving entertainment industry. Several prominent South Korean broadcast networks have opened branches in the city. Projects like ‘Train to Busan’, ‘Mr. Sunshine’ and ‘The 8th Night’ were also filmed in Daejeon.
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