Anna Kim (Lee Il-hwa) thinks back to a moment when she visited this café on a date with Park Soo-cheol (Lee Jong-won) in episode 11 of Young Lady and Gentleman/A Gentleman and a Young Lady (신사와 아가씨) (KBS2, 2021-22).
Also seen in episode 15 of Awaken/Day and Night (낮과 밤) (tvN, 2020-21).
Cafe Island in the Woods [숲속의 섬]
Kang Bok-du (Yoo Seung-ho) meets up with teacher Park (Cheon Ho-jin) here and give shim evidence about the corruption at their school in episode 22 of My Strange Hero/Bok-Su’s Back (복수가 돌아왔다) (SBS, 2018-19).
This is the café Kang Ji-woon (Jung Il-woo) notices when looking through old family photos in episode 14 of Cinderella and Four Knights (신데렐라와 네 명의 기사) (tvN, 2016). Actually it is a cafe his parents frequented and where his mother left notes for him and his father — which is what he discovers when he goes there.
In Signal (시그널) (tvN, 2016), this café is part of the ‘Shin Da-hae’ case in episode 4. Though she was thought to be dead, a man had seen her alive here and took a photo of her.
Gong Hyuk (Woo Hyeon) and Suk Dae-hwang (Kim Il-woo) meet here in Beautiful Gong Shim (미녀 공심이) (SBS, 2016).
This is also where Park Do-kyung (Eric) goes with his team after work in episode 15 of Another Miss Oh (또 오해영) (tvN, 2016). He is lost in thought and picks up a photo album of customer photos of 2014 and finds a torn photo showing only himself with “Thank you for your love. June 10, 2016″ written next to it – a note recently added. He remembers that the other Oh Hae-young (Jeon Hye-bin) was on the other half of the photo.
Jang Hee-Tae (Uhm Tae-woong) and Kim Il-ri (Lee Si-young) comes here in episode 13 of Valid Love (일리있는 사랑) (tvN, 2014-15) and have a heart-to-heart talk as he wonders if Il-ri still loves him.
Kim Ji-hoon (Won Bin) meets up with his film friends at this café when he is discharged from the armee in episode 3 of Friends 2002 (Peurenjeu/프렌즈/フレンズ) (MBC/TBS, 2002).
Cafe Island in the Woods [숲속의 섬], opened in 1980, was considered to be the oldest café in Ilsan till its closure in October 2019. It is located in Goyang’s neighborhood Pung-dong [풍동] –part of administrative neighborhood Pungsan [Pungsan-dong/풍산동]— in the Ilsandong District [Ilsandong-gu/일산동구], a 10 min. walk to/from Pino Bistro Italiano [피노 이탈리안 레스토랑].
In November 2019, it was announced that there were plans for the Goyang City Council to buy over the building, which was on the verge of demolition, to preserve its symbolism by transforming it into an “educational and cultural space”. The purchase was completed in January 2020.
The space has been restored and currently operates as ‘Baekma Hwasarang’ [백마화사랑], which apparently was the café’s original name in the 80s. As seen in this 2021 blogpost, it appears that the previous exterior and name continues to be retained.
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14-14 Aenigol-gil, Ilsandong-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 고양시 일산동구 애니골길 14-14
Geolocation: 37.668656, 126.790542
Pungsan Station [풍산역], Gyeongui Jungang Line, Exit 2
Take a right into Pungsan-ro (you want to leave E-mart behind you) and the next left into Aenigol-gil and the second right again (it’s a very tiny alley street; don’t walk pass it).
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL (Jan 2021)
— Photo taken by © Thom Musni, August 2018