Most K-Pop MVs are filmed (naturally) in Korea, but there are times when Seoul and Jeju just won’t cut it. Sometimes, you’ve got a single on your hands that calls for tropical white sand beaches, the colorful lights of Vegas, or the stately appeal of Big Ben. Filming a K-Pop MV overseas is expensive, but the additional cost is worth it just to get those exotic locations – and also to acknowledge your appreciation for the overseas fans who have helped make K-Pop the international sensation it is today.
For the purposes of this list, we are limiting our choices to those where we feel the location played a major role in the video – if the setting is indistinguishable from other locations, then we will not include it here.
In the first moments of “I,” Taeyeon’s searing vocals unfurl against a brilliantly rendered landscape of bright sky and green grass. The song and video are a journey of self-discovery, and from morning to sunset, New Zealand’s gorgeous countryside makes the perfect backdrop.
It’s time for the Scandinavian countries to receive some K-pop love! The only thing prettier than the cobblestone streets and classical architecture is the sight of VIXX, suited up for the cool Swedish weather in blazers and sweaters.
Generic beach settings are a dime a dozen in K-pop MVs, but “Loving U” takes us on an unmistakably Hawaiian excursion. SISTAR allows us to share in their all-American Oahu road trip, filled with beach fun, roller-skating, and checking out the local surfer boys. It’s like vacation goals, friendship goals, and body goals all rolled into one.
From the double-decker trams to the ferry, from the harbor views to the streets, “I Wanna Love” takes us on a whirlwind trip through Hong Kong. Expect some random moments, such as a serious binge-fest of canned pineapples.
Both MVs showcased similar sides of Las Vegas – high-octane lights, brilliant desert landscapes, and of course, the high-roller cars and penthouse suites suitable for the likes of BIGBANG and B.A.P. In the end, it really comes down to which song you like best.
A California girl by origin, Jessica takes us back to her home state for her debut. The uplifting “Fly” gives us a bohemian take on the California desert, with an eclectic Southwestern-style house and a brightly painted adobe mountain.
“Beautiful Night” lives up to its title, giving us a colorful night out on the town, complete with pretty people and fireworks.
Lovelyz escapes the harsh Korean winter and heads for the mild beaches of Okinawa. The purity of the landscapes makes a great backdrop for their outstanding vocals.
Here’s some EunHae love for you! Of all the K-Pop MVs that have been filmed in London, we think Donghae and Eunhyuk’s duet provided the most tourist-friendly version. The video does a split-screen to follow both guys as they go about their separate journeys through beautiful London, until the happy end where they run into each other.
Which MVs make you want to travel? Feel free to voice your opinions below!