Who doesn’t know Shinhwa High or Jeguk High?
Even if you don’t watch K-Dramas regularly, the importance of high schools in K-Dramaland is basic knowledge. Actually, there are not a lot of K-Dramas which make it without at least a small high school scene.
There are two types of high schools in K-Dramaland:
The one for the privileged and uber-rich children of the high society where people who do not belong to this social milieu only have access via a scholarship. These are for example Shinhwa High School, Susin High School or Jeguk [Empire] High School. The other type of high school is where all others students go to. Seungri [Victory] High School, Ilwon High School (Plus Nine Boys), Haekwang High School (Second Time Twenty Years Old), Kyungsan High School (My Heart Twinkle Twinkle), Kwang An High School (Reply 1997), or Chunkuk High School are examples here. Some students also attend specific arts high school; like those of Dream High who go to Kirin Art High School.
No matter what kind of school, each of them has their bullies. The bullies of F4 of Shinwa High School are without doubt the most famous ones in K-Dramaland.
Also, wearing an uniform is obligatory in K-Dramaland’s high schools.
A special place of each high school is its rooftop. It is often used by students as a space to fight each other, for rebels who ditch class, for lovers to meet up, or for bullies to lock up somebody up there.
High Schools in K-Dramaland
State High Schools
- Choong Ang High School [중앙고등학교]
— The Goblin (2016-17); She Is Nineteen (2004); Winter Sonata (2002-03)
This school became famous with Winter Sonata (2002-03). But also Kang Seung Jae (Yoon Kye Sang) from She Is Nineteen (2004) attends this high school in She is Nineteen aka My 19 Year Old Sister in Law (2004). Han Yoo Min (Jung Da Bin) joins him in episode 4. And right! It is also the school that Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun) goes to in The Goblin (2016-17).
- Duksung High School [덕성여자고등학교]
— The Goblin (2016-17); Laurel Tree Tailors (2016-17); Another Miss Oh (2016); Coffee Prince (2007)
Na Yeon-Sil (Jo Yoon-Hee) from Laurel Tree Tailors (2016) went to school here. She remembers it in episode 1. But the school itself is lesser known than its entry gate and the road that leads up to it. Ko Eun-Chan (Yoon Eun-Hye) and Choi Han-Gyul (Gong Yoo) run pass the entry of Duksung High School in Coffee Prince (2007). This is also the same exact spot where Oh Hae-Young (Seo Hyun-Jin) runs toward Park Do-Kyung’s (Eric) in Another Miss Oh (2016). And it is also the way Ji Eun-Tak (Kim Go-Eun) walks when getting back from her school in The Goblin (2016-17).
Base-line? This is a must-know school for K-Drama watchers.
- Hana Academy Seoul [하나고등학교]
— High School Love On (2014); A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012)
This school appears as Chunkuk High School in High School Love On (2014) that both Shin Woo-Hyun (Nam Woo-Hyun) and Lee Seul-Bi (Kim Sae-Ron) attend. In A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012), Seo Yi-Soo (Kim Ha-Neul) teaches at this school that appears as JW High School.
- Incheon Haesong High School [인천해송고등학교]
— Who Are You School 2015 (2015)
This is the school where everything happens in Who Are You School 2015 (2015).
- Incheon Health High School [인천보건고등학교]
— Doctors (2016); Reply 1988 (2015-16); The Time We Were Not in Love (2015); High School King (2014)
This school appears as Namyang Girl’s High School in Doctors (2016) — the school that Yoo Hye-Jung (Park Shin-Hye) attends and where Hong Ji-Hong (Kim Rae-Won) teaches.
In Reply 1988 (2015-16), this was the all-boy high school everyone went to.
Lee Min-Seek (Seo In-guk) in High School King aka High School King of Savvy (2014) goes also to this school.
Also seen in The Time We Were Not in Love (2015).
- Osan High School [오산고등학교]
- Yeongdeungpo Technical High School [영등포공업고등학교]l
- Yul Cheon High School [율천고등학교]
— School 2013 (2012-13)
This high school appears as Seungri [=Victory] High School in School 2013 (2012-13)
- Shinmyung Girls’ High School [신명여자고등학교]
— Reply 1988 (2015-16); I Can Hear Your Voice (2013)
In Reply 1988 (2015-16), this school appears as Ssangmun Girls’ High School [쌍문여자고등학교] and it is the school that Sung Duk-seon (Lee Hye-ri) attends.
In I Can Hear Your Voice (2013), Park Soo-Ha (Lee Jong-Suk) and Ko Sung-Bin (Kim Ga-Eun) go to this school.
— The Liar and His Lover (2017)
Mush & Co go to school here.
— Reply 1997 (2012)
This high school appears as Kwang An High School in Reply 1997 (2012).
Other state high schools
Private High Schools
- Dongtan Global High School [동탄국제고등학교]
— Lookout (2017); The Heirs (2013); To The Beautiful You (2012)
This school is best known because it appears as Empire aka Jeguk High School in The Heirs (2013). Jeguk High School’s cafeteria is at Restaurant Hometown Kitchen in Seoul.
The student who has killed Jo Soo-Ji’s (Lee Si-Young) daughter goes also to this school and in episode 4 of MBC Lookout (파수꾼) (2017), Soo-Ji comes here to take revenge.
In To the Beautiful You (2012), Koo Jae-Hee (Sulli) faked that this is her high school when her brother came to visit in episode 4.
- Yangji High School
— Cheer Up! (2015)
This school appears as Sevit High School in Cheer Up! aka Sassy Go Go (2015).
- Shinhwa High School
— Boys Over Flowers (2009)
If you don’t know this school, you probably do not watch K-Dramas. Without doubt this fictive school is the most famous in K-Dramaland.
It actually is not one high school where this was filmed. Shinwha High School is located at three places:
(1) Keimyung University [계명대학교]
(2) Gyeonggi English Village
(3) Artinus Farmer’s Table [아티누스] — this is Shinhwa’s school restaurant.
- Susin High School [nicknamed Prison High]
— White Christmas (2011)
This is the school where everything happens in White Christmas (2011)
Arts High Schools
- Han Eum School of Music [in reality: Maiim Visionvillage] — Cantabile Tomorrow
- Hanjoo Arts High School — Page Turner-1
- Jung Yi Performing Arts High School–Reply 1988-2
- Kirin Art High School
— Dream High (2011)
The outsides were filmed at the Incheon Art Platform
- [Kaywon High School] — Goong
Specialized High School
- Genie Physical Education High School [in reality: Mokwon University] — To the Beautiful You