Yes I went to Québec City because of the Korean drama “Goblin” (도깨비).
Now don’t get me wrong, I always wanted to go to Québec but it was stressful to even think about planning the trip. I’d like to think that the Kdrama gave me the little push I needed to finally get me to Québec City. After finishing the drama, I knew I had to head over there and walk through the scenes.
About the Kdrama Goblin (도깨비)
It goes by the name Goblin because that’s what (도깨비) means in Korean. The word (도깨비) actually translates to a type of powerful being, could be a demon, a god, a deity or spirit; not at all the same as westerners view goblins. A 도깨비 isn’t necessarily good or bad since there’s a variety of them that can help you or make your situation worse; it varies story to story. The full name of the Kdrama is “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비)“. As you can see, 도깨비 here is translated as “Guardian”.
The Kdrama [spoiler alert] is about a general named Kim Shin (김신), who is killed after being framed a traitor by his king. Upon his death, he is punished by God for the deaths of his loved ones (who were executed by the king) and for the countless of killings he committed during the wars he fought for his king. He can only die after he finds the Goblin’s Bride and she pulls out the sword from his chest. At first Kim Shin (김신) thought immortality was a blessing but after watching people near him age over time and die, he realized it was a lonely curse.
Hundreds of years later, it’s modern day in South Korea and Kim Shin stubbles upon a dying woman begging to be saved. Kim Shin (김신) is reluctant at first, but saves her after he realizes she’s pregnant. The Grim Reaper comes to collect their souls but can’t find the bodies for 9 years. Eventually the mother dies when the daughter, Eun Tak (은탁), turns 9 years old and runs into the Grim Reaper. Eun Tak (은탁), who’s born as the Goblin’s Bride who also sees and talks to ghosts, is saved by another deity who prevents the Grim Reaper from taking her.
She then spends 10 years under the abuse of her aunt until she somehow ends up summoning the Goblin after making a birthday wish on her 19th birthday. All kinds of chaotic and funny moments ensue as they get to know each other and she is forced to prove she is in fact, the Goblin’s Bride. To make matters worse, the Grim Reaper ends up living with the Goblin after unknowingly leasing his house for 20 years. As the characters get to know each other, more is revealed about their past lives and the sins they’ve committed.
1. Parliament Gardens & Fontaine De Tourny
This was my first stop on my little “self goblin tour” around town. I wasn’t sure if this was the place when I first arrived because as you can see it’s not as busy and magical looking like in the Kdrama. It was so cold and raining so much that the fountain was off. It wasn’t November yet but it had already snowed in many parts of Canada. The building and garden are right across the street from the fountain and the actual fountain is the center of a round-about, hence the name Fontaine De Tourny. The building was also getting renovated which is why you can see the fence all around it.
Address (Parliament Gardens): The Parliament Gardens, 1045 Rue des Parlementaires, Quebec City, QC G1A 1A3, Canada
Address (Fontaine De Tourny): Fontaine de Tourny, Quebec City, QC, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 4
2. La Terrasse Sainte-Denis & Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace & Plains of Abraham
Take close note of this, a lot of online blogs will tell you that the location to the hill scene in Goblin (도깨비) is called Plains of Abraham but that’s not really true. In reality Plains of Abraham is a part of Battlefield Park as a whole which is a very big park with a lot of history. When you use the GPS, look for La Terrasse Sainte-Denis, this is where you want to go. If it wasn’t because I knew I had to walk towards Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, I would’ve kept walking the wrong direction.
La Terrasse Sainte-Denis isn’t too far from the Parliament Gardens. If you walk through the Parc Du Bastion De La Reine you can get here pretty quickly and it’s really interesting to walk over some of the ruins. Though it was very windy and cloudy, the view on top of the hill was incredible. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac truly looked amazing from here.
At the bottom of the hill, you will run into Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace. This is where you can sit down on a bench and take the best photos of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac and the St. Lawrence River which are very beautiful. There’s a small walkway with stairs to get down to Fairmont Le Château Frontenac which the GPS won’t tell you about. Don’t take the long way around! If you’re going down this hill, the walkway will be left from the terrace; you can’t miss it.
Address (La Terrasse Sainte-Denis): La Terrasse Saint-Denis, Quebec City, QC G1R 3N9, Canada [Gmaps]
Address (Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace): Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace, Parc des Champs de Bataille, Avenue Saint-Denis, Québec, QC G1R 4N2, Canada
Kdrama Appearance (La Terrasse Sainte-Denis): Episode 1
Kdrama Appearance (Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons Terrace): Episode 15
3. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
It was A-MA-I-ZING to stand so close to this place! It felt like a dream because I was not only seeing it through my eyes but I was recalling what it looked like in the Kdrama. It started pouring when I got to the building as you can see in the photo on the right but I think it made the photo look a bit magical.
Address: Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, 1 Rue des Carrières, Quebec City, QC G1R 4P5, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 2
4. Porte Prescott Bridge
I almost missed this place. I had a list of places I was going to go to and walked the wrong way as I was trying to find Rue Du Petit Champlain. It was dark and I walked right past it and ended up on this bridge. As soon as I set foot on it, I remembered Ji Eun Tak (지은탁) running across the bridge. I felt like how she felt on Episode 14 when she walks past the ghost on this bridge and he’s like, “Long time no see” and she’s like, “I know right”. She’s all confused because it was her first time in Canada but feels like she’s been there before. I snapped 2 photos before I realized I had to turn around to go back to Rue Du Petit Champlain.
Address: Porte Prescott, Côte de la Montagne, Quebec City, QC G1R 6C7, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 2 & 14
5. Rue Du Petit-Champlain
Take note that you can’t get here from the places listed above without having to go down the cliff through stairs and slanted roads. I thought it was a straight shot at first but there’s no other way to get down. I wasn’t sure where I was; it took me a while to realize this was the place because it was night time. I actually walked past this place twice.
I can’t lie and say I wasn’t excited when I got here. I thought, “maybe this is how Eun Tak (은탁) felt when she saw this place”. Granted, it was a prettier and warmer place in the Kdrama, but I think I captured the, “I’m kind of lost and full with awe” feels. The Rue Du Petit Champlain is literally a road with small local stores. There were many bakeries, souvenir shops, some restaurants, a miniature garden area, clothing boutiques and a few other things. During the day, it’s a much lovelier place with local musicians playing and stores with open doors and windows.
I wrote a separate review for the Rue Du Petit Champlain! Check it out!
Address: Rue du Petit Champlain, Québec, QC, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 2
6. Théâtre Petit Champlain a.k.a the Red Door in Rue Du Petit Champlain
It’s important to note that the Red Door that Eun Tak (은탁) uses to travel from South Korea to Québec is in Rue Du Petit Champlain. It’s part of a building which is a theatre called Le Théâtre Petit Champlain. I almost missed this. I was super exhausted, wet from the rain and very cold. I just wanted to get something to eat and sleep. I even told myself I could come back the next day or even come back to Québec next time to finish my trip. I convinced myself, “I’m already here, let’s do this”!
I’m so glad I continued because I would’ve missed this iconic scene, one of my favorite scenes. I love to travel and going to new places so that exciting feeling when Eun Tak (은탁) bursts through the door chasing after Kim Shin (김신) is so relatable. This was one of my favorite spots to visit because I ran into so many Koreans also taking pictures with the Red Door. It was clear that many Koreans were touring around Old Québec because of the Kdrama too.
Address: Theatre Petit Champlain, 68 Rue du Petit Champlain, Quebec City, QC G1K 4H5, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 2
7. La Boutique De Noël De Québec
Did I say the Red Door was my favorite scene? I meant to say La Boutique de Noël de Québec was my most favorite! In case anyone is just wondering around to visit the Kdrama scenes in Québec, make sure to actually go inside this store. It’s awesome! It’s super pretty and magical. Even if you’ve been to Christmas decor shops, I personally think this is one of the best I’ve seen. It’s small but very captivating. The songs they played made the place feel mystical. To be honest, the Kdrama didn’t capture how amazing this place actually looked and felt in real life.
Address: La Boutique de Noël de Québec, 47 Rue De Buade, Quebec City, QC G1R 4A2, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 15
8. Hotel La Maison Demers in Rue Sainte-Ursule
Initially I wasn’t going to go to this place. It was dark and it was such a small scene in the Kdrama that I didn’t think it was significant but when I looked at my GPS, I saw that it was nearby so I changed my mind. I decided to walk by and snap a quick photo. It wasn’t easy finding this place because it looked like a normal house. I walked past it thinking it was just a house but came back because it looked familiar. I stepped up close to it and saw the house number 68 like in the Kdrama.
The Red Double Doors in Rue Sainte Ursule, I found those by luck. I simple walked down the road until I found them. I can’t quite remember what side of the street they’re in but they’re there, for sure!
Address (Hotel La Maison Demers): Hotel La Maison Demers, 68 Rue Sainte-Ursule, Quebec City, QC G1R 4E6, Canada [Gmaps]
Address (Rue Sainte Ursule): Rue Sainte-Ursule, Quebec City, QC, Canada
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 1
9. Parc Samuel-Holland
Something to note, this last spot is father away than all the other spots which is why I went to this one last. You could walk here if you want to see the restaurants and houses in between but I would recommend taking the bus if you don’t want to walk.
It was a bit disappointing to see that the leaves had mostly fallen but this was the last place I stopped to see before leaving Canada. I walked through the park but couldn’t catch any leaves that were falling like in the Kdrama. I settled for picking a few small ones from the ground that I liked to frame. I sat down for a little while to relax. It was very calm there even though it was very small and on a decently busy street.
Address: Parc Samuel-Holland, Quebec City, QC, Canada [Gmaps]
Kdrama Appearance: Episode 2
Aside from not going inside of Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, I went to every Goblin scene in Québec City! It was a great trip. I wish I could’ve stayed longer. I hope to return soon when the weather is better; I think Québec City would look real pretty during spring.
To do this tour, you can take 1 whole day to do it all if you plan it right. Below I made a map to show how close everything is. Except for Parc Samuel-Holland which is a bit farther away, all the places I talked about above are below.
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