Bookcafe Noon [북카페눈]

Love In Contract (2022); Good Job (2022); Monthly Magazine Home (2021); Moments of Eighteen (2019); Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019); Familiar Wife (2018); The Idolmaster KR (2017)

Kang Hae-jin (Kim Jae-young) tracks down a stalker and gets hold of him outside this place in episode 11 of Love in Contract (월수금화목토) (tvN, 2022).

This café appears as the bakery-café ‘Bbangya’ opened by Don Se-ra’s (Kwon Yu-ri/Yuri of Girls’ Generation) best friend Sa Na-hee (Song Sang-eun) in Good Job (Gutjap/굿잡) (ENA, 2022) — as seen in episode 1. The building itself, where the café is located appears as ‘SW Plaza’, where Yang Jin-mo’s (Eum Moon-suk) law firm is located at the second floor.

After learning that Yu Ja-seong (Kim Ji-seok) and Na Young-won (Jung So-min) were dating and he broke up with her, Shin Gyeom (Jung Gun-joo) confronts Ja-seong about this; stopping his car in front of this building in episode 12 of Monthly Magazine Home/Monthly House (월간 집) (JTBC, 2021).

This café can be seen at a distance from Gyeoroo Publishing’s parking lot in episode 2 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019).

In the second alternate universe, Cha Joo-hyuk (Ji Sung) meets Lee Hye-won (Kang Han-na) at this café in episode 14 of Familiar Wife (아는 와이프) (tvN, 2018), after they run into each other when Joo-hyuk was on the way back to the bank from lunch. She confesses to him that she’d liked him back in college, but this time he chooses not to act upon it, and walks away instead. After he leaves, Hye-won spills water on herself by accident, and a waiter — who turns out to be Hyun-soo (Lee You-jin) — offers her a napkin.

In The Idolmaster KR/The IDOLM@STER.KR (아이돌마스터.KR – 꿈을 드림) (SBS Plus/Amazon Prime, 2017), the girls visit this café numerous times. For example, Sori (Kim Sori of CocoSori) knits gloves here in episode 13. The ‘825 Entertainment Headquarters’ and the studio where the girls practice are located in the buildings that surround the café. Its courtyard is also present in most of episodes of the drama, and the main protagonists can often be seen walking through it or discussing their future plans in it.

Also in episode 4 of Moments of Eighteen/Moments of 18/At Eighteen (열여덟의 순간) (JTBC, 2019).

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Bookcafe Noon [출판도시북카페눈 or 북카페눈 for short] is a café located in Paju Book City in Paju’s [파주시] neighborhood Munbal [Munbal-dong/문발동] — part of its administrative neighborhood Gyoha [Gyoha-dong/교하동], just opposite Forest of Wisdom [지혜의숲]. The building also houses Hyohyeong Publishing [효형출판].

To note for The Idolmaster KR: the buildings surrounding this café are occupied mainly by book-related facilities and coffeehouses. It is thus possible that only the outdoor scenes were filmed in the courtyard and the indoor scenes were filmed somewhere else.

Instagram: @bookcafenoon

125-11 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 파주시 회동길 125-11
(문발동 532-2)
Geolocation: 37.707591, 126.687194

Getting here
Hapjeong Station [합정역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6, Exit 1
▶ Head to the Hapjeong Station bus stop [합정역 정류장] (14-895)
▶ Take bus 2200 for 5 stops (approx. 29 mins) to the Eunseok-gyo Crossing bus stop [은석교사거리 정류장] (30-004)
▶ From there, it’s a 2-minute walk.

— submitted by AlexeyV; last updated 26/10/2022
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, October 2019
Familiar Wife, Romance Is A Bonus Book added by Mich KDL
Moments of Eighteen added by Thom Musni

1 review

  1. At 18

    Moments of Eighteen Episode 4 was also filmed here.

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