COVID-19 really cancelled most of our life’s plan. Luckily, there are memories of our travels we can always look back to thanks to the photos taken during the trip! Today’s episode of ThrowBack Thursday Travels, we are going to talk about an exciting trip to Québec City! From its astonishing architecture, rich history, and delish cuisines, Québec has earned a special place in my heart. Je me souviens!
Quebec city, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1985, and it is the only fortified castle town in North America.
I had the chance to visit Québec for the first time in 2017 when I toured around Canada while applying for Universities. When I first moved to Canada in 2018, I have dreamt of going back and visiting Québec. One of the reasons is, I fell in love with its beautiful architecture and great history behind the province. But above all, it’s also the home of the Goblin (nope, not an actual Goblin, but a fantasy handsome fictional goblin).
In 2016, a famous Korean drama called Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (a.k.a. GOBLIN) was released and it broke the records. Some of the scenes in the drama were shot in Québec City which helped draw more Asian tourists in the City. And I guess being a big Korean drama fan, I didn’t want to miss this chance. Visiting its filming location made me relive all the “feels” I have for the drama.
Let’s explore Québec City, the home of the Lonely and Great God!
Petit Champlain District
Address: 71 Rue du Petit Champlain, Québec City, Québec
Considered as one of the most beautiful sites of Old Quebec, the Quartier Petit Champlain is a must-see location! Located at the bottom of the cliff under the Château Frontenac Hotel, this area is a “must see” when visiting Quebec. This is one of the oldest commercial street in North America. It’s geographically a low-lying region hence it’s also known as the “Lower Town.” In the Korean drama, Petit Champlain is also the location of the iconic red door that the Goblin (Kim Shin), uses to teleport from Seoul to Québec.
According to the city’s travel guide, Petit Champlain is also known for its breakneck staircase that was built in 1635. The meaning behind the name lies with the slope’s steepness that could cause someone’s neck to break should he falls. Luckily like Ji Eun Tak and Kim Shin, I didn’t fell on the way up. The view on top was really pretty. You can see the whole district which are all beautifully decorated, from its restaurants, cafes, pubs to its gift shops and galleries.
This is also where she first said “I love you” to Kim Shin. The breakneck stairs is located at Petit Champlain district, Escalier Casse-Cou, Ville de Québec.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Address: 1 Rue des Carrières, Québec, QC G1R 4P5
Probably the most photographed hotel in the city. This is also called the Goblin Hotel since the main character owns this hotel in the drama. It first opened in 1893 which made it as the historic hotel in Old Québec’s Upper Town district. Its architectural design is based on a revivalist french renaissance style called “Châteauesque“ from which it got its name.
Interestingly, when me and my friends visited, we were told that the hotel is actually running a hotel package called The Ultimate Goblin Experience in Québec City. The rate is around $1500 cad and man, that is beyond our budget. We just stayed in a small airbnb inn in downtown Québec, and it wasn’t that bad because most of our days were spent outside anyways. BUT, luckily, we were able to get a free tour inside the hotel, and it was so beautiful inside. It has an antique but well-maintained furniture and interior designs and GOLD is everywhere! I got the chance to take a picture at the Golden Mailbox which was also featured in the drama.
I wasn’t able to take pictures of the chandeliers there but they were so stunning. SIA would be proud singing her song there right now.
Address: Monument Pierre-Dugua-De-Mons, Promenade des Gouverneurs, Ville de Québec, Canada G1R 3N9
This is my favorite spot in Québec City! It’s a lookout point overlooking Frontenac Hotel, Duferrin Terrace and St. Lawrence River. It is also featured in the drama couple of times. You can also find here the Plains of Abraham which was the place where Kim Shin sat and looked at the tombstones of the people he knew and the place where he and Ji Eun Tak met again after her reincarnation. The tombstones were actually just props for the drama. Here’s my picture taken at the same spot where Kim Shin sat down.
A bit of trek is required to go here from the Frontenac hotel, nevertheless, it was truly picturesque. This calls for more pictorial 😀
According to Québec guide for visitors, this spot was named after Pierre Dugua de Mons who played a key role in establishing the first permanent French presence in North America. In 1603, he was appointed Lieutenant Governor of New France and by 1608, he sent Samuel de Champlain to build a new trading post at the city. He basically led the colonization of New France and then founded Québec.
A lot of activities can be done on this area such as picnic, or stroll along the walls of the Citdel. Pictures taken here are really postcard-worthy!
LA BOUTIQUE DE NOËL
Address: 47 Rue De Buade, Québec, QC G1R 4A2
It’s Christmas everyday at La Boutique de Noël! It’s one stop in Québec you should never miss. They sell Christmas decorations, lights, tree-toppers design. Even you’re not going to buy anything, inside the store gives a strong festive vibe. Few scenes from Goblin was also shot here, including the iconic winter kiss.
Address: 1275 Ch Ste-Foy, Québec, QC G1S 4S5
This was honestly one of the hardest locations to find. It is a small park located inside a neighbourhood, and it didn’t help that I went here during summer. Goblin was shot during Fall season so everything looked different. Google maps helped a lot and also the houses near the park helped me find the area.
FONTAINE DE TOURNY
Address: fontaine de Tourny, Quebec City, QC
The iconic fountain where Kim Shin realized he is falling in love with Ji Eun Tak. Fontaine de Tourny is located in Québec’s City’s Parliament Hill. The fountain’s history is really interesting. You can learn more HERE about the historic site.
My whole trip to Québec with my friends is really unforgettable. It was tiring but fun! Aside from visiting the filming locations, we also visited local coffee shops, tasted Quebecois treats such as pizza, chocolate, ice cream. Visiting local small souvenir shops made the trip extra exciting. As a bookworm, I didn’t miss the chance to visit independent bookshops!
Contrary to what most people say, at least I can speak based on my experience upon going here twice, the people were really nice. They were really helpful with directions and translations especially when you’re ordering food. It’s true that they prefer speaking french, but they wouldn’t mind speaking english for you to help you. Québec City is rich in history and I’m really excited to explore other parts of the province. This place will always be special to me as much as Goblin is to me. Now that I am living in Canada, I can see myself coming back here.
Here’s the maple leaf I took during my summer trip in Québec as well as Kim Shin’s (Goblin) poetry confession of his feelings for Ji Eun Tak.
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xoxo, Cheena Louisse