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Wanderlusting After NYC? Korean Actor Jung Hae In Takes You On A Virtual Tour In The Comforts Of Your Home

The actor turns into a producer—and tour guide—for his ‘Walk-cumentary’ set in New York City

It’s impossible to miss Korean actor Jung Hae In in K-drama fans’ long list of favorite leading men. You’ve probably admired this guy since his first lead role in Something in the Rain, fell in love at first sight in Goblin (Episode 7 and 8, to be exact), or grew fond of him in his newer dramas One Spring Night and A Piece Of Your Mind. 

But apart from showcasing his acting chops in these dramas, the 32-year-old actor recently dipped his toes in producing as well. Through variety show Jung Hae In's Travel Log, The ‘Walk-cumentary,’ as he’d like to call it, takes the audience around New York City—his dream city—through the actor/producer’s eyes. Exploring the city that never sleeps with two friends and fellow actors Eun Jong Gun and Lim Hyun Soo, we get to see Hae In and the Big Apple in a new light. 
If you’re missing NYC, revisiting your favorite spots through this travel documentary is a refreshing escape from the daily grind; if you haven’t been there, it’s a fun experience following the adventures of New York first-timer Hae In. 
With the current lockdown due to the global health pandemic, a virtual escapade is the next best option. Let this melodrama actor be your New York vacation tour guide as you relax in the comforts of home—on your couch, in your jammies, with a face mask (this time, the one for your skin). Jung Hae In and the gang will do all the walking (literally) for you—no passport required. Let's go!

Day 1

An amazed Hae In arrives in New York City. He goes straight to business and explores Midtown and Downtown Manhattan—watching skaters at Rockefeller Center, meeting a new friend in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, climbing up the red steps in Times Square at night, and drinking in the nightscape view from the Empire State Building. The actor also samples well-loved NYC fare from the original food truck of Halal Guys and Burger Joint.






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Day 2

Hae In begins the day with an al fresco brunch at Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. After his meal, he goes for a quick stroll around nature. He drops by the New York Public Library, and ends his day gobbling down tasty oysters in Oyster Bar Restaurant (located inside Grand Central Station). His oyster picks: The Widow's Hole and Blue Point oyster varieties, with a glass of draft beer and lots of Tabasco sauce! 


Day 3

Jong Gun and Hyun Soo join Hae In on his third day in the city. The trio sits in an acting class in Pace University, where they experience a typical day as a student in New York—from actually performing in class to eating a meal with their classmates and playing basketball during lunch.


In the evening, they head to Ellen's Stardust Diner, which serves delicious American fare, alongside amazing performances from their singing waitstaff. After having their fill of good food and experience, the three settle in Times Square to catch street performances before heading home.


Day 4

Hae In crosses off one item from his bucket list—crossing the Brooklyn Bridge! They take selfies and film the whole journey to the end of the bridge, astonished with its construction and views (including the sight of the Statue of Liberty, of course!).


The three sit for lunch in Atrium Dumbo, where they order more oysters and seafood items on the menu. And since they’re already in the area, they can’t pass up the opportunity of taking photos at famous DUMBO (or the Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Their next stop is the nearby Pebble Beach, where Hae In, Jong Gun, and Hyun Soo try stone skipping (guess if they’re successful!) and spend the rest of the afternoon there. The sun sets and the group visits the iconic Charging Bull, spots the tallest building in the US, the One World Trade Center, and caps off their journey with beer and grub at Stone Street.


Day 5

Fifth day in New York is dedicated to wandering the hipster streets of Williamsburg. The trio goes shopping (purchasing custom hats along the way), snaps photos in interesting spots and corners, and admires locals’ style sensibilities. They take a gastronomic break at Smorgasburg Brooklyn (a weekly open-air food market), feasting their eyes on delicious food from the countless stalls, eventually settling on oysters (again), hot chicken burgers, skewered shrimp, and grilled corn. 


They walk off all the food they devoured through a Graffiti Art Tour where they discover the stories behind the murals and graffiti in the Bushwick Collective Art Street. A visit to Brooklyn isn’t complete without dropping by the Brooklyn Brewery. Beer-lover Hae In is ecstatic as they tour the brewery and taste fresh-from-the-tap brew. The actor favors the Brooklyn Lager.



Day 6

It’s a rainy day, so Producer Jung brings his companions on a scenic drive along Hudson River, spotting the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Pier 40 at Hudson River Park. On Broadway, the annual Halloween attraction, the Blood Manor, is the highlight of the trio’s day. As they brave New York’s premier haunted house—think of it as Hae In, Hyun Soo, and Jong Gun in a horror film—their reactions are priceless!



Day 7

It’s their last day in New York. The trio goes on separate trips—Hyun Soo enjoys the day in Rockefeller Center and nearby spots while Jong Gun goes for a run by the riverside. Hae In spends the day stretching his legs in Central Park. His must-dos: Watch street shows (he especially loves the bubble show), have a picnic under a tree shade, marvel at the beauty of the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, and ride a boat in the Loeb Boathouse. He ends the night as a passenger of The Ride NYC.






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BONUS: Day 8

The last episode features Hae In and his companions on a trip to Niagara Falls, going on a full experience of the destination via air, water, and land. They start with a zip line ride for an aerial view of the falls. They hop aboard the Hornblower Niagara Cruises, powering through the falls’ natural force. And finally, they walk through the heart of the Horseshoe Falls for a closer taste of its wonder at Table Rock Welcome Centre.






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Did you enjoy the trip? Take note of this itinerary for your next NYC visit—see you at the Big Apple and enjoy it like Jung Hae In!


Watch all the episodes of Jung Hae In’s Travel Log on Viu.

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