Asosan — Ilsan Main Branch [아소산 일산본점/阿蘇山]

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Lee Seo-jin (Han Hye-jin) has a business lunch at this restaurant in episode 3 of Divorce Attorney Shin/Sacred Divorce (신성한, 이혼) (JTBC, 2023) and gets a dubious offer which she declines immediately and leaves the place.

Ahn Soo-young (Moon Ga-young) has to join her boss to a VIP client dinner at this restaurant in episode 5 of The Interest of Love (Sarang-ui Ihae/사랑의 이해) (JTBC, 2022-23). While she is supposed to charm the client, she just does her work and explains diverse offers of her bank (which doesn’t sit well neither with her boss nor the client).

Kim Yu-ri (Lee Se-young) and Kim Jeong-ho (Lee Seung-gi) meet up with CEO Hwang (Kim Won-hae) at this restaurant in episode 11 of The Law Cafe (법대로 사랑하라) (KBS2, 2022) to get a pointer on Dohan Group from him.

CEO Masha Kim (Hwang Bo-ra) meets up with a reporter here in episode 10 of Miracle/Milakeul (미라클) (Viu, 2022).

Kim Hee-woo (Lee Joon-ki) and colleague Kim Seok-hoon (Choi Kwang-il) meet up with Jo Tae-seob (Lee Kyoung-young) at this restaurant in episode 12 of Again My Life (어게인 마이 라이프) (SBS, 2022).

Yong Sook (Kim Hae-sook) waits in a private room of this restaurant to meet an assemblyman in episode 11 of Inspector Koo/Koo Kyung-yi (Gu Gyeong-i/구경이) (JTBC/Netflix, 2021), but her right-hand man, Department Head Kim (Jung Suk-yong) receives a call informing him that he would not be turning up.

Jo Yeon-joo (Lee Ha-nee/Lee Honey) meets up at this restaurant with a chairman in episode 1 of One The Woman (원 더 우먼) (SBS, 2021) and asks him for ‘equal treatment’, meaning that she also would like to receive bribes like her male colleagues do.

An So-hee (Lee Sun-bin) bombards her autobiography client, who tries to date Han Ji-yeon (Han Sun-hwa), with a string of foul words here in episode 7 of Work Later, Drink Now/City Girl Drinkers/Drinker City Women (Soolkkundoshiyeojadeul/술꾼도시여자들) (TVING, 2021). She runs into Kang Buk-gu (Choi Si-won) outside their private room and opens a bottle with her shoe’s heel before leaving.

Kim Ga-on (Jin Young of GOT7) tracks Kang Yo-han’s (Ji Sung) for an evening on this running bike until this restaurant in episode 1 of The Devil Judge (악마판사) (tvN, 2021) to understand his intentions and sees that he has a meeting with the counsel here that he’ll confront next day at ‘The Live Court’.

Kim Sang-gu (Jung Man-sik) and Cha Min-joon (Yoon Hyun-min) meet up at this restaurant in episode 6 of Get Revenge/Revenge/The Goddess of Revenge (Boksuhaera/복수해라) (TV Chosun, 2020-21).

In episode 7 of Hush (허쉬/Heoswi) (JBTC, 2020-21), CEO Park (Kim Jae-chul) of the Daily Korea Newspaper meets MPs Jung (Choi Seung-il) and Go (Shin Hyun-jong) here for lunch and they congratulate themselves on how they successfully manipulated the media and legal system to have Go acquitted of charges of recruitment solicitation, and Jung’s son get off a drink-driving charge. Editor Yoon (Lee Ji-hoon), who did all the dirty work, also joins them.

Lee Jung-kyung (Park Ji-hyun) meets up with professor Song Jung-hee’s (Gil Hae-yeon) at this restaurant in episode 8 of Do You Like Brahms? (브람스를 좋아하세요) (SBS, 2020).

Kang Min-jung (Kim Hye-eun) and Jo Yi-seo (Choi Myung-bin) meet an investor here in episode 14 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020) to lobby for appointing Yi-seo as non-executive director of Jangga Group.

Kim Yeon-cheol (Kwon Hyuk) and Chairman Bang Young-geun (Lee Jae-yong) have lunch at this restaurant and discuss plans for their hostile takeover of Jinhwan Architecture & Construct in episode 11 of When I Was The Most Beautiful/When I Was The Prettiest (내가 가장 예뻤을때) (MBC, 2020).

Baek Man-woo (Son Jong-hak) meets Gangsu Police Station Chief Oh Young-jun (Hong Seo-jun) with the help of a senator at this restaurant in episode 14 of Flower of Evil (악의 꽃) (tvN, 2020). They talk about Do Hyun-soo (Lee Joon-gi) and how Dr. Baek is terribly worried for Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won) that he could not sit still and do nothing while staying in the dark.

Namgoong Joon-soo (Park Ki-woong) meets up with new intern Lee Man-sik (Kim Eung-soo) at this restaurant in episode 4 (full episode 2) of Kkondae Intern/Old School Intern (꼰대인턴) (MBC, 2020) and promises him a permanent position if he “does nothing,” i.e. does everything to trouble Ka Yeol-chan’s (Park Hae-jin) work.

Myeong Gye-cheol (Woo Hyeon) meets up at this restaurant with Tak Sang-gi (Lee Sang-hoon) to plan their next steps in full episode 3 of Good Casting (굿캐스팅) (SBS, 2020).

Bae Gyu-ri (Park Ju-hyun) comes to this restaurant to meet with Ryu Dae-yeol (Lim Ki-hong) as ‘Samchon’ (Uncle) in episode 8 of Extracurricular (Ingansueop/인간수업) (Netflix, 2020), but discovers that Oh Ji-soo (Kim Dong-hee) had come to meet him in her place.

In episode 9 and 10 of The World of The Married/A World of Married Couple (부부의 세계) (JTBC, 2020), CEO Yeo Byeong-Kyu (Lee Kyoung-Young) meets up with Dr. Kim Yoon-Ki (Lee Moo-saeng) at this restaurant, curious as to what kind of emotion is left between son-in-law Tae-Oh (Park Hae-joon) and Tae-oh’s ex-wife Sun-woo (Kim Hee-ae).

Do Jin-woo (Oh Min-suk) invites his former father-in law Kim Young-woong (Park Young-gyu) and sister-in-law Kim Yeon-a (Jo Yoo-jung) as well as Kim Cheong-a (Seol In-a) and Koo Joon-hwi (Kim Jae-young) for a meal at this restaurant in episodes 44-45 (full episodes 22-23) of Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (사랑은 뷰티블 인생은 원더풀) (KBS2, 2019-20). Joon-hwi misunderstands the situation and thinks that his cousin has revealed his real identity and confronts him about it. Everyone watches the scene in disbelief as they only see an office worker confronting his boss.

Jo Joon-hyung (Kim Joong-ki), Dr. Kim Min-jun and the prosecutor meet up at this restaurant in episode 10 of Leverage (Rebeoriji: Sagijojakdan / 레버리지:사기조작단) (TV Chosun, 2019) to discuss how they will continuously manipulate the result of the trial.

Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-A) threatens Lee Joo-ho (Chang Ryul) at this restaurant to lay low for the moment in episode 20 (full episode 10) of Secret Boutique (시크릿 부티크) (SBS, 2019).

Ko Mi-ran (Won Jin-a) meets up at this restaurant with Kim Hong-seok (Jung Hae-kyun), Son Hyun-ki (Lim Won-hee) and Ma Dong-chan (Ji Chang-wook) to ask for $7 million compensation for her lost 20 years in episode 4 of Melting Me Softly/Let Me Melt (날 녹여주오) (tvN, 2019).

Kwon Ki-seok (Kim Joon-han) has a dinner appointment at this restaurant with his father Kwon Young-kook (Kim Chang-wan) and soon-to-be father in law Lee Tae-hak (Song Seung-hwan) in episode 31 (full episode 16) of One Spring Night (봄밤) (MBC, 2019) and tells both of them his plans to marry Lee Jung-in (Han Ji-min) in autumn.

Jang Tae-joon (Lee Jung-jae) attends a meeting at this restaurant with Song Hee-seob (Kim Kap-soo) and Kim Hyung-do (Lee Cheol-Min) in episode 2 of Chief Of Staff/Aide (보좌관) (JTBC, 2019).

Over a meal here in episode 9 (full episode 5) of Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019), Min Ye-rin (Go Won-hee) starts nagging at Yoon Min-seok (Kim Min-gue), amusing him to the point that he comments that she sounds like his aunt. “But why do you sound so cute?” he wonders out loud.

When Koo Dae-young (Kim Sung-kyun) briefly presents the network of people involved in father Lee’s (Jeong Dong-hwan) death and their background in episode 14 of The Fiery Priest/Hot Blooded Priest (열혈사제) (SBS, 2019), this venue appears as Nam Suk-goo’s (Jung In-gi) house.

Oh Se-Ho (Kwak Dong-Yeon) meets up here with the elite student’s mother group leader of his school in episode 22 of My Strange Hero/Bok-Su’s Back (복수가 돌아왔다) (SBS, 2018-19). They talk about bribes while Kang Bok-du (Yoo Seung-ho) and Lee Gyeong-hyeon (Kim Dong-young) are overhearing and recording the conversation from the adjacent room.

In episode 7 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19), Chairman Kim Hwa-jin (Cha Hwa-yeon) sets up a dinner at this restaurant with party leader Cha Jong-hyun (Moon Sung-keun) on merging their political parties. Cha refuses and leaves but is ambushed by reporters when getting out of this restaurant.

Kang Joon-sang (Jung Joon-ho) and meets up here with Sky Castle neighbor Cha Min-hyuk (Kim Byung-chul) in episode 10 of SKY Castle (SKY 캐슬) (JTBC, 2018-19) to talk about their children’s education; which in fact is just a pretext to get close to Min-hyuk.

It is here that Prof Choi Seok-han (Uhm Ki-joon) asks Park Tae-soo (Ko Soo) to join him to carry out Han Min Sik’s cardiac surgery in episode 1 of Heart Surgeons / Two Lives One Heart (흉부외과: 심장을 훔친 의사들) (SBS, 2018).

Han Kang-ho (Yoon Si-yoon) meets a representative of the Hanyoung Group for lunch here in episode 13 of Your Honor/Dear Judge (친애하는 판사님께) (SBS, 2018), to discuss the Lee Ho-sung trial.

The exterior of this restaurant appears as the place at which Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) has her first official lunch with her mother-in-law (Kim Hye-Ok) in episode 16 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018).

Cheon Soo-ho’s (Kim Jung-hyun) brother Cheon Soo-chul (Seo Hyun-woo) meets up here with their family’s lawyer Nam Dae-chul (Choi Duk-moon) in episode 3 of Time (시간) (MBC, 2018) to test his alliances. In episode 11, both of them meet up again and are joined by Shin Min-seok (Kim Joon-han) and lawyer Jeong. Episode 15 sees Soo-chul, Dae-chul and Min-seok meet up again here.

Governor Choi Jung-pil (Lee Jung-gil) requests to meet prosecutor Baek Jun-su (Jang Geun-seok) at this restaurant in episode 21 of Switch/Switch: Change The World (스위치 – 세상을 바꿔라) (SBS, 2018), to tell him the truth about the missing 100 million won from K-Savings Bank. Their departure from the meeting location is eventually spotted by a lackey of Geum Tae-woong (Jung Woong-in), who reports it to him.

Kwon Shi-hyun’s (Woo Do-hwan) father, Kwon Seok-woo (Shin Sung-woo) and Choi Soo-ji’s (Mun Ka-young) mother, Myung Mi-ri (Kim Seo-hyung) have a business meeting here in episode 11 of The Great Seducer/Tempted (위대한 유혹자) (MBC, 2018).

Do Han-joon’s (Dong Ha) parents, judge Yoo Myung-hee (Kim Hae-sook) and Do Jin-myung (Lee Deok-hwa) meet here over dinner in episode 7 of Nothing to Lose/Judge vs. Judge (이판사판) (SBS, 2017-18).

The section chief Yang takes Byun Hyuk (Choi Si-won) here for a business meeting with CEO Min (Song Young-kyu) in episode 11 of Revolutionary Love (변혁의 사랑) (tvN, 2017) and Hyun feels visibly uneasy about this.

The trio of friends and enemies of the Social Avengers Club — both husbands Lee Byung-soo (Choi Byung-mo) and Bae Young-pyo (Jung Suk-yong) as well as the school director Hong Sang-man (Kim Hyeong-il)– meet up here in episode 8 of Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (tvN, 2017). Sang-man warns the two others about their wives.

Prosecutor Choi Dam-dong (Kim Won-hae) meets up with Lee Yoo-beom (Lee Sang-yeob) here after he has quit his job in episode 28 of While You Were Sleeping (2017) (당신이 잠든 사이에) (SBS, 2017).

Yoon Ji-ho (Jung So-min) is taken to this restaurant by writer Hwang in episode 3 of Because This Is My First Life/This Life Is Our First (이번 생은 처음이라) (tvN, 2017) and Yong-seok and Director Park already sit here. Ji-ho cannot believe that this is their masterplan to downplay and even give her the fault for having been sexually harassed and nearly raped by Yong-seok. She speaks up and leaves.

This is also where Baek San (Kim Young-chul) meets up with Kang Ki-hyung (Son Hyun-joo) in episode 8 of Criminal Minds (크리미널 마인드) (tvN, 2017) to tell him that he knew all along that Ki-hyung had PTSD and to ask him to leave the team.

Hong So-hee (Jo Kyung-sook) meets with reporter Song Jong-wook (Lee Kyu-bok) here in episode 3 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017) after reading his article on Han Se-joo’s (Yoo Ah-in) stalker, and bribes him to write another ‘scandalous’ type article on the latter.

Nam Gyoo-man (Namgung Min) and prosecutor Chae Jin-kyung (Oh Na-ra) meet attorney Park Dong-ho (Park Sung-woong) here in episode 9 of Remember – War of the Son (리멤버) (SBS 2015-16) to get him on their side.

Kim Woo-chul (Choi Won-young) meets up with professor friends at this restaurant in episode 12 of Twenty Again/Second 20s/Second 20’s/Second Time Twenty Years Old (두번째 스무살) (tvN, 2015) and hears about a potential job opening.

Yoon Dong-ha (Park Seo-joon) meets up with his father Yoon Se-joon (Jo Sun-Mook) here in final episode 16 of A Witch’s Love/Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) (tvN, 2014).

Oh Ro-ra (Jeon So-min) meets up with her brother Oh Geum-sung (Oh Chang-suk) at this restaurant in episode 5 of Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) (MBC, 2013).

Also seen in episode 1 of The Devil Judge (악마판사) (tvN, 2021); Racket Boys (라켓소년단) (SBS, 2021); Hyena (하이에나/Haiena) (SBS, 2020); episode 6 of The Great Show/Widaehan Sho (위대한 쇼) (tvN, 2019); A New Leaf/Reformation/Repentance (개과천선) (MBC, 2014).

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Asosan — Ilsan Main Branch [아소산 일산본점/아소산 본점/阿蘇山], opened in 1996, is a Japanese restaurant, probably named after Mount Aso (阿蘇山, Aso-san) in Japan, located in Goyang’s neighborhood Madu [Madu-dong/마두동] in the Ilsandong District [Ilsandong-gu/일산동구]. CEO Kim Soon-gul (김순걸) likes to highlight that his restaurant is not only a Japanese restaurnat but an authentic Japanese cuisine restaurant which translates not only in their cooking but also in the restaurant’s apprearance. Asosan’s signature dish is sashimi, which probably explains why it is usually served in K-Dramaland. Previously, Asosan had two other outlets; the reason why mentions of restaurant usually carry the ‘main branch’ moniker addition.

128 Jeongbalsan-ro, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 고양시 일산동구 정발산로 128
(마두동 967-1)
Geolocation: 37.659206, 126.782655

Getting here
Jeongbalsan Station [정발산역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 4

▶ From here, walk till the first street, which is Jeongbalsan-ro [정발산로]
▶ Take a left turn into the street
▶ Keep on walking until the restaurant appears on your right-hand side.

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 24/03/2023
Leverage added by deanekitty29
Flower of Evil; The World of The Married added by Chelle
Hush added by sarahms
Work Later, Drink Now; Itaewon Class; Encounter added by GRIPP

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