Daehak-ro [대학로]

True Beauty (2020-21); Goblin (2016-17); High-End Crush (2015-16)

— no. 120: Han Seo-jun (Hwang In-yeop) faces off with Im Ju-kyung’s (Moon Ga-young) former high school bullies along this street just in front of KFC — Daehakro Branch [KFC 대학로점] in episode 6 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21).

— no. 95:  Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) walks along this street toward Exit 3 of Hyehwa Station [혜화역] in episode 2 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17) on her way to search for a part-time job.

— no. 142: G.Choi’s department head Heo (Lee Si-eon) chases Kang Min-joo (Yoon Bo-ra from SISTAR) down this street past Cafe Pascucci, and across the road towards Daemyung-gil [대명길] in episode 1 of High-End Crush (고품격 짝사랑) (MBN, 2015-16).

VARIETY SHOW filmed here

Episode 86’s opening of YouTube series Workman [워크맨] (Lululala, 2019-present) was filmed here, where host Jang Sung-kyu arrived just outside Exit 2 of Hyehwa Station for his work experience as a part-time theater crew.

Other locations located on this street

— no. 57:  Taxi Stand Hongik University Daehangno Arts Center Grand Theater
— no. 104: Marronnier Park [마로니에공원]
— no. 119: Hakrim Dabang [학림다방]
— no. 120: KFC — Daehakro Branch [KFC 대학로점]
— no. 122: Cafe Gabbiano [가비아노]

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Daehak-ro [대학로] (also stylized as Daehangno), which translates to “college street”, is a 1.1 km six-lane road stretching from Jong-ro [종로] in Seoul’s neighborhood Ihwa [Ihwa-dong/이화동] to Hyehwa Rotary [혜화동로터리] —the intersection with Dongsomun-ro [동소문로]— in Seoul’s neighborhood Hyehwa [Hyehwa-dong/혜화동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].

This street is the namesake of Seoul’s neighborhood Daehangno, formerly known as Sunggyobang [숭교방]. The area was formerly known as a gathering and meeting place for college students and young people, especially since the College of Liberal Arts and Law Faculty of Seoul National University [서울대학교 문리대학과] was located at the site that’s currently Marronnier Park [마로니에공원]. The school was moved to its current location at Gwanak Campus in 1975 by the predecessor of today’s Korea Land and Housing Corporation [한국토지주택공사].

The street was designated a “street of culture” on May 5, 1985 and has since then been considered as the “Korean version of Broadway… [with] everything related to culture, art, and performances”, as stated on the Daehakro Performing Arts Festival’s webpage. It was from then on that cultural arts organizations moved into the area, making it known for (outdoor) plays, musicals, poem recitations, and concerts.

Singer Kim Jong-hoon (김종훈) named his 1989 album “Gypsophila/Daehak-ro/Street full of love (안개꽃/대학로/사랑이 담긴 거리)” in reference to this street.

KFC — Daehakro Branch [KFC 대학로점]
120 Daehak-ro, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 대학로 120
(동숭동 1-27)
Geolocation: 37.581863, 127.002255

Getting here
Hyehwa Station [혜화역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 2
(1-2 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL
High-End Crush, Workman added by Mich KDL

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