Cheonggyecheon Stream [청계천]

The Interest of Love (2022-23); You Raise Me Up (2021); Oh My Ladylord (2021); Vincenzo (2021); True Beauty (2020-21); Lovestruck in the City (2020-21, S1); Do You Like Brahms? (2020); Flower of Evil (2020); Find Me In Your Memory (2020); Love With Flaws (2019-20); VIP (2019); My Fellow Citizens! (2019); Clean With Passion For Now (2018-19); Hide and Seek (2018); Let's Eat 3 (2018); My Mister (2018); Suits (2018); My Golden Life (2017); Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo (2017); Chicago Typewriter (2017); One More Time (2016); Five Children (2016); Mother's Garden (2014); 49 Days (2011); Spotlight (2008); Lovers in Prague (2005); Something Happened in Bali (2004)

Cheonggye Plaza [청계광장]

A hopelessly depressed Do Yong-sik (Yoon Si-yoon) walks towards this plaza in episode 1 of You Raise Me Up (유 레이즈 미 업) (Wave, 2021) and compares his life with those who have made it. This is exactly when he sees Do Ji-hyeok (Park Ki-woong) getting out of his car at the height of Cheonggye Korea Building [청계한국빌딩] (No. 11) to offer Lee Ru-da (Ahn Hee-yeon/Hani of EXID) a red rose-babybreath bouquet to apologize for the other day.

Kim Yeong-ho (Kang Chae-min) is seen hanging out with his friends here in final episode 20 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).

Han Bi Soo (Lee Min-ki) walks past this plaza lost in thoughts in episode 2 of Oh My Ladylord/Oh! Master (오! 주인님) (MBC, 2021) after his manager pleaded with him to keep working on his drama script.

While driving Im Ju-kyeong (Moon Ga-young) home, Lee Su-ho (Cha Eun-woo of ASTRO) stops his car on the street along this plaza and reaches over to kiss her in final episode 16 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21).

Cha Eun-hyuk (Song Chang-eui) throws coins into the stream as he waits for Min Chae-rin (Lee Yu-ri) in episode 24 of Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) (MBC, 2018).

This plaza is briefly seen during footage of a mass candlelight protest in episode 11 of Spotlight (Seupoteuraiteu/스포트라이트) (MBC, 2008).

While job hunting, Lee Soo-jung (Ha Ji-won) pauses for a while at the place where this plaza will be built a year a later in episode 5 of Something Happened in Bali/What Happened in Bali/Memories of Bali (발리에서 생긴 일) (SBS, 2004).

Mojeon Bridge/Mojeongyo [모전교] — Bridge #1

Ahn Soo-young (Moon Ga-young) and Ha Sang-soo (Yoo Yeon-seok) walk to work in parallel along this stream — each one on one side — at the height of SK Seorin Building [SK서린빌딩] in episode 9 of The Interest of Love (Sarang-ui Ihae/사랑의 이해) (JTBC, 2022-23).

Jung Da-jung (Kim Ha-neul) and —the adolescent version of— Hong Dae-young (Lee Do-hyun) walk between this bridge and bridge #2 on their date at night in episode 15 of 18 Again (18 어게인) (JTBC, 2020).

Na Jung-sun (Jang Na-ra) brings Park Sung-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) here to talk about the affair that had taken place, and they sit at a bench between this and the next bridge in episode 6 (full episode 3) of VIP/V.I.P. (브이아이피/Beuiaipi) (SBS, 2019). She tells him not to breathe a word about it till the day they die, adding that it may still take her time to forgive him.

While Yang Jung-guk (Choi Si-won) calls Charles (Yang Dong-geun) along the street to let him know his status, Park Hoo-ja’s (Kim Min-jung) henchman Choi Pil-joo (Heo Jae-ho) crosses this bridge from the opposite end and tries to strike him from behind with a hammer in episode 9 of My Fellow Citizens!/Fellow Citizens (국민 여러분!) (KBS2, 2019). Little did Pil-joo know that Jung-guk was well trained by his wife, Mi-young (Lee Yoo-young), and could thus overthrow him in no time.

In episode 1 (we see a replay in episode 2) of Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo/Deserving of the Name (명불허전) (tvN, 2017), Joseon acupuncturist Heo Im (Kim Nam-gil) surfaces in the stream after being shot by arrows in the past and travelling through time into the future. Later, we see him rest at the Mugyo-dong Intersection [무교동사거리] that lies at this bridge while trying to understand where he is.

Geolocation: 37.569022, 126.979248
Getting here: Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 5 OR Jonggak Station [종각역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 5. This bridge is located at the junction of Mugyo-ro [무교로] and Cheonggyecheon-ro.

Gwangtong Bridge/Gwangtonggyo [광통교] — Bridge #2

Park Joon-young (Kim Min-jae) and Chae Song-a (Park Eun-bin) get some fresh air at the stream close to this bridge in episode 4 of Do You Like Brahms? (브람스를 좋아하세요) (SBS, 2020) and she tells him how she fell in love with Yoon Dong-yoon (Lee You-jin).

Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong-wook) meets Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young) here for a late night date-walk in final episode 32 (full episode 16) of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020), proceeding to stroll along Cheonggyecheon-ro (청계천로) after.

Drunk and heartbroken Gil O-sol (Kim You-jung) and Jang Sun-gyeol (Yoon Gyun-sang) come here after his two-year stay in the States in final episode 16 of Clean With Passion For Now (일단 뜨겁게 청소하라) (JTBC, 2018-19) and while he falls asleep in her shoulder she confesses her feelings to him.

Choi Kang-seok (Jang Dong-gun) meets up on this bridge — situated in walking distance from his office — with his informant in episode 2 of Suits (슈츠) (KBS2, 2018) to get more information on Assemblyman Cho.

Seo Ji-soo (Seo Eun-su) tells Choi Do-kyung (Park Si-hoo) to meet up at this bridge in episode 2 of My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생) (KBS2, 2017) convinced that he is a con artist that wants to rip off her sister.

After a disheartening performance at Seoul Plaza, and after lashing out at his girlfriend Moon Da-in (Yoon So-hee) along the street, Yoo Tan (Kim Myung-soo) crosses this bridge in episode 1 of One More Time/The Day After We Broke Up (헤어진 다음날) (Netflix, 2016) and meets a little girl (Kim Ji-young) selling matchbooks. She asks if she’d like to buy one, but he gives her candy instead, telling her he has no money.

In episode 1 of 49 Days (49일) (SBS, 2011), we see Shin Ji-hyun (Nam Gyu-ri) run across this bridge to her wedding.

Geolocation: 37.568915, 126.981054
Getting here: Gwanghwamun Station [광화문역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 5 OR Jonggak Station [종각역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 5

Gwang Bridge/Gwanggyo [광교] — Bridge #3

At the night before his enlistment, Koo Dae-young (Yoon Doo-joon) and Lee Ji-woo (Baek Jin-hee) take a walk on this stream on a date in episode 12 of Let’s Eat 3 (식샤를 합시다 3) (tvN, 2018). They stop at a poem exhibition at Cheonggyecheon Gwanggyo Gallery [청계천광교갤러리] that lies directly under this bridge. They both are especially attracted to Na Tae-joo’s poem The Name I Want to Call Secretly.

Geolocation: 37.568881, 126.982743

Jangtong Bridge/Jangtonggyo [장통교] — Bridge #4

Park Jae-won (Ji Chang-wook) comes to back to this bridge in episode 5 of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) — Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21), as this was the place where he and Lee Eun-o (Kim Ji-won) were supposed to meet up when back in Seoul. He recounts how she had called him —we see that is is from a real phone booth close from here at Samil-daero [삼일대로] in front of the Billy Angel—Jongno Gwancheol Branch [빌리엔젤 종로관철점]— and told him that she will not come and he should forget about her. Afterwards, Jae-won walks across the stream reminiscing his time with Eun-o. He passes by here in episode 7 too.

After leaving this restaurant, Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) and Kim Mi-kyung (Kim Seul-gi) walk across this bridge on their way back home in episode 4 (full episode 2) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20).

Geolocation: 37.568336, 126.985634

Sewoon Bridge/Sewoongyo [세운교] — Bridge #8

Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyeong (Song Joong-ki) stands facing ‘Geumga Plaza’ in episode 1 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), saying that his goal is to demolish it. Later, the surrounding area (including this bridge) can be seen as the building is ‘demolished’

Baek Hee-sung (Lee Joon-gi) stands in this covered overpass above this bridge in episode 2 of Flower of Evil (악의 꽃) (tvN, 2020) and communicates with Nam Soon-gil (Lee Kyu-bok) —who sits on a bench located by the stream— from above, to get the information he was going to share with Kim Moo-jin (Seo Hyun-woo) about Do Hyun-soo.

Park Dong-hoon (Lee Sun-kyun) stands on the street Cheonggyecheon-ro [청계천로], close to this bridge — facing, however, the opposite side of the stream, where the words ‘Daewon Gonggu’ [대원공구] can be seen on a sign) — in episode 14 of My Mister/My Ajusshi (나의 아저씨) (tvN, 2018), reflecting on the past after finding out that his phone had been tapped by Lee Ji-an (Lee Ji-eun, or IU), and that she had been listening in on his conversations all this while.

MV filmed here

NCT 127 [엔시티127]: ‘Regular‘ (Korean and English version) (2018)

Estimated Address: 162 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 청계천로 162
(산림동 200-1)
Geolocation: 37.5683353, 126.9935123 — note that this directly leads to Sewoon Plaza [세운상가].
Getting here: Euljiro 4-ga Station [을지로4가역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 3

Dumuldari Bridge [두물다리] — Bridge #21

Im Ba-reun (L of Infinite, Kim Myung-soo) and Park Cha O Reum (Go Ara) come here to take some fresh air in the evening in episode 10 of Ms. Hammurabi/Miss Hammurabi (미스 함무라비) (JTBC, 2018). Ba-reum tells O Reum that he wants to support here in her mistakes and he proposes to scream out their anger; while doing so they find themselves standing in a spot reserved for making love declarations; located at the foot of this bridge.

Geolocation: 37.570772, 127.033545

Along Cheonggyecheon Stream [청계천]

Min Chae-rin (Lee Yu-ri) and Cha Eun-hyuk (Song Chang-eui) share their first kiss on the stone path in the middle of the stream in episode 24 of Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) (MBC, 2018).

Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in) and Jeon Seol (Lim Soo-jung) take a stroll here on their date in episode 9 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017) — with ghost Yoo Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo) tagging along.

Lee Yeon-tae (Shin Hye-sun) and Kim Sang-min (Sung Hoon) go on several dates here in Five Children/Five Enough (아이가 다섯) (KBS2, 2016), for instance in episode 46 where Sang-min brings packed lunch.

Yun Jae-hee (Jeon Do-yeon) and Choi Sang-hyun (Kim Joo-hyuk) go for a walk here as well in Lovers in Prague (프라하의 연인) (SBS, 2005).

Also seen in episode 39 of Mother’s Garden (엄마의 정원) (MBC, 2014).

Movies filmed here

New Year Blues (새해전야) (2021)
Mr. Zoo: The Missing VIP (미스터 주: 사라진 VIP) (2020)
Cold Eyes (감시자들) (2013)
Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard (전우치) (2009)

Variety Show Filmed Here

Episode 5 of YouTube series Lotto King [로또왕] (Dalla Studio, 2021)

CF filmed here

[SEOUL X BTS] EoGiYeongCha Seoul – BTS (Official Video) (2021) for the Seoul Tourism Organization

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Cheonggyecheon Stream or Cheonggyecheon [청계천], officiated in 2005, is a 10.84km (6.8 mi) long waterway that flows through downtown Seoul —in the neighrborhood of Jongno- ga-dong/Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa) [종로1.2.3.4가동]— forming the Southern border of the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구], formerly covered by a highway. According to Claudia Chow (article in Portuguese), the water that flows in this channel comes from the Han River, “and 120,000 tons of water are pumped non-stop daily.”

Mojeon Bridge/Mojeongyo [모전교] and Gwangtong Bridge/Gwangtonggyo [광통교] make up part of the major 22 bridges that cross this waterway, and are the first two from west of the stream. At the southern end of Cheonggye Stream’s Jangtong Bridge, a part of the Berlin Wall was installed at a place now called ‘Berlin Square’ in 2005. It was a as a symbolic gesture wishing peace and reunification of the Koreas.

This site was selected in 2012 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).

— submitted by Marion KDL, last updated 19/01/2023
— Photos taken by © sianiam, March 2019
— NCT 127 MV added by Chelle

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