Greece is in debt again — this time, it owes South Korea a big favour, but in a good way. Thanks to the monster K-drama hit Descendants of the Sun, there’s growing interest in all things Greek, specifically the island of Zakynthos, about an hour from Athens by air. Zakynthos, which is part of the Ionian Islands, stood in for the fictional war-torn nation of Urk where the show’s group of Korean peacekeepers are stationed in.
Tour guide agencies like Viator (viator.com) has already come up with DOTS-themed packages while Airbnb has compiled a list of properties on Zakynthos that’ll have fans re-live (or even re-enact) their favourite moments from the show. Below are a few spots that caught our attention. (Just a reminder: Neither arrangements include Korean hunks, shirtless and glistening with sweat. That you'll have to supply your own.)
#1: IF YOU WANT TO STAY… near the town area, where you can still have a breathtaking view of the sea.
STAY AT: Marisia Apartment II
#2: IF YOU WANT TO STAY … somewhere you’d feel like you’re in a live-action 3D postcard and have a sudden desire to compose poems.
STAY AT: Makris Gialos Beach Apartments B
#3: IF YOU WANT TO STAY… just 30m away from the sandy Xehoriati Beach, where you can go for a morning run… shirtless.
STAY AT: Thea Bungalow
#4: IF YOU WANT TO STAY … near Shipwreck Beach (or Navagio) where you can see the ghostly remains of a smuggling vessel washed ashore more than 30 years ago. (It’s also the place where Song Joong-ki romanced Song Hye-kyo on the show.)
STAY AT: Christina’s B&B
For more details, visit airbnb.com.sg. Catch all the episodes of Descendants of the Sun (again) on viu.com.