Baeksa Village [백사마을]

Reborn Rich (2022-23); The Golden Spoon (2022); Tomorrow (2022); D.P. (2021); Sell Your Haunted House (2021); Navillera (2021); Over the Rainbow (2006)

Junggye-ro 4na-gil [중계로4나길]

No. 35 — Lee Seung-cheon (Yook Sung-jae/Sungjae from BtoB) runs up this street towards his best friend’s house in episode 1 of The Golden Spoon (Geumsujeo/금수저) (MBC, 2022) and the ambulances in the street already announce no good news.

No. 51 — Korean War Veteran Lee Young-cheon (Jeon Moo-song) lives at this house as seen in episode 6 of Tomorrow (Naeil/내일/來日) (MBC, 2022).

As seen in episode 4 of D.P./DP/Deserter Pursuit (디피) (Netflix, 2021).

Junggye-ro 6-gil [중계로6길]

Yang Woo-jin’s father (Seo Sang-won) — part of an exorcism case in episodes 1-2 of Sell Your Haunted House/Daebak Real Estate (대박부동산) (KBS, 2021) — lives at a house in this village (No. 54) and Hong Ji-ah (Jang Na-ra) and Oh In-bum (Jung Yong-hwa) run into each other when both come independently to this place in episode 2 — Ji-ah, to give Woo-jin father a gift from his son and to let him know that he didn’t take his life and In-bum because he is drawn to this place having absorbed Woo-Jin’s (Jung Soon-Won) memories.

Junggye-ro 2-gil [중계로2길]

No. 81 — This appears as the ‘Three Way Restaurant’ run by Jin Do-joon’s (Song Joong-ki) mother in Reborn Rich (Jaebeoljip Mangnaeadeul/재벌집 막내아들) (JTBC, 2022-23) — as seen in episode 5 when he visits and finds unopened bills and a compulsory execution notice.

Junggye-ro 4-gil [중계로4길]

Sim Deok-chool (Park In-hwan) started his career as a post officer at this village as he remembers in episode 2 of Navillera/Like A Butterfly (나빌레라) (tvN, 2021) and he is, for instance, seen working at this street at the height of No. 75.

Kwon Hyeok-ju (Ji Hyun-woo) lives in a rooftop apartment in this village in Over the Rainbow (오버 더 레인보우) (MBC, 2006) that he shares with his mother and Jeong Hee-su (Kim Ok-bin) and her father; seen from episode 1 onward. The house is most likely located at No. 74-1 at Junggye-ro 2-gil [ 중계로2길 74-1].

Movie Filmed at the Village

Le Grand Chef (식객) (2007)

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Baeksa Village [백사마을] is considered as one of Seoul’s last daldongne (달동네), lit. ‘a village on a hilltop location that seems closer to the moon than the city below’, together with Gaemi Village [개미마을] and Jeongneunggol [정릉골은]. The village is located at the foot of Buramsan Mountain [불암산] in Seoul’s neighborhood Junggyebon [Junggyebon-dong/중계본동] —also known as Junggye Village [중계마을/中界]— in the Nowon District [Nowon-gu/노원구].

Also named 104 Village [104마을] because of its location at San 104 [산 104번지] (with ‘baeksa’ being the Korean pronunciation of ‘104’), it was established in 1967 when people forcibly migrated to this site from shantytowns in areas such as Changsin-dong, Anam-dong, and Yeongdeungpo because of urban development in their former hometowns. In 1971, the village area was restricted from urban development but the ban was lifted in January 2008 and the village was designated a redevelopment area in May 2009.

In 2012, this village was selected as one of 100 regular filming locations for movies and dramas by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Film Council, and featured in the brochure The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell in Love With (영화가 사랑한 서울 촬영지 100선).

Right now, Baeksa Village is part of a redevelopment project that is expected to be completed in 2024. In place of the contemporary houses, there are plans for “1953 units of general pre-sale apartments with up to 20 floors and 484 units of rental housing with up to 4 floors” to be built. To date, about 80-90% of the 1,000 village residents have already finished relocating to other places. More photos of the village can be seen on this blog.

Please note that the village stretches out rather far; so it takes up to 3 hours to walk through it completely.

Address of Junggye Village [중계마을] (Naver)
104-3 Junggyebon-dong, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 노원구 중계본동 104-3
Geolocation: 37.642741, 127.085421

Address of House No. 39-7
54 Junggye-ro 4na-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 노원구 중계로4나길 39-7
(중계동 21-52)

Address of House No. 54
54 Junggye-ro 6-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 노원구 중계로6길 54
(중계동 18-17)
Geolocation: 37.643975, 127.086194

Address of House No. 75
75 Junggye-ro 4-gil, Nowon-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 노원구 중계로4길 75
(중계동 19-40)
Geolocation: 37.642231, 127.086590

Getting here
Chang-dong Station [창동역], Seoul Subway Line 1 and 4, Exit 1
▶ Take bus #1124 from Bus Stop ‘East of Changdong Station (To Nowon) [창동역동측(노원방면)]’ — No. 10266
(for approx. 30 mins.)
▶ Get off at Bus Stop ‘Junggyebon-dong End Point [중계본동종점]‘ — no. 11409.
▶ You will be at the foot of this village.

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 29/11/2022
Tomorrow added by Thom Musni

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