Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길]
Seo Min-young (Shin Hyun-bin) kisses Jin Do-joon (Song Joong-ki) at this walkway in front of the Seoul Museum of Art (appearing as Gallery Raon)in episode 9 of Reborn Rich (Jaebeoljip Mangnaeadeul/재벌집 막내아들) (JTBC, 2022) when she sees Seo Taiji returns to South Korea on a wall TV as Do-joon had predicted. The TV wall in this scene on top of the Korean Air Building (37.563606, 126.974163), which effectively is located close-by, is a CG effect. Both, Min-young and Do-joon, come back separately to this place in episode 15 and Do-joon observers how a lost in thought Min-young walks along this path. in the final scene of info episode 16, both meet here again and Seo Taiji’s 30th Debut Anniversary is broadcasted over the screen this time and she recalls a moment back in time.
When their date comes to an end, Park Jung-woo (Bae In-hyuk) and Do Hae-yi (Han Ji-hyun) have a drink at a street stall at this street in episode 11 of Cheer Up (Chieor-eop/치얼업) (SBS, 2022). [Spoiler] They leave walking along this street and while he had concluded that Hae-yi has no feelings for him, she suddenly draws him near to kiss him.
Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) and Lee Jun-ho (Kang Tae-oh) walk down this alleyway on an evening date in episode 10 of Extraordinary Attorney Woo (이상한 변호사 우영우) (ENA/Netflix, 2022) and she explains to him: “Have you heard of the saying that lovers who walk the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway together will break up? […] In the past, the Seoul Family Court and the Supreme Court were at the north end of the Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway. This saying originated from having t go down this walkway to get a divorce.” When he asks if they shouldn’t change their date location, she retorts: “It has no scientific evidence. Besides, the Seoul Family Court moved to Seocho-dong in 1995 and then again to Yanghae-dong in 2012, along with the Seoul Administrative Court.” When they run into curious school friends of his, the situation becomes a little uncomfortable but Young-woo could’t care less because she all of a sudden understands a clue for the case she is working on right now and runs off.
Kang Yu-seong (Yoon Jong-hoon) and Park Ho-young (Kim Yoon-hye) here take a walk here after their dinner in episode 13 of Sh**ting Stars/Shooting Stars (Byeolttongbyeol/별똥별) (tvN, 2022), [SPOILER] and when Ho-young tells Yu-seong to forget her confession, he confesses his feelings for her instead.
No. 15 — Yeom Chang-hee (Lee Min-ki) cycles along this street in episode 15 of My Liberation Notes/My Liberation Diary (나의 해방일지/나의 解放日誌) (JTBS, 2022) on his way to bring back a book to the local library.
Good friends Lee Soo-jae (Seo Bum-june) and Na Yoo-na (Choi Ye-bin) walk down this walkway at night in episode 4 of It’s Beautiful Now/Now Is Beautiful/It’s Beautiful Right Now (현재는 아름다워) (KBS2, 2022) and he explained how he came here with his college girlfriend and they eventually broke up. They agree to not better jinx a relationship by coming here.
Kim Yoon-yi (Sung Yoo-bin) and Hong Chung (Hong Su-zu) take a stroll along this walkway after their meal in KBS Drama Special: Be;twin (비트윈) (KBS2, 2021).
In a flashback, Hui-ju (Go Hyun-jung) and Woo-jae (Kim Jae-young) are seen on a date at this walkway in episode 3 of Reflection of You (너를 닮은 사람) (JTBC, 2021).
Hwang Hee-tae (Lee Do-hyun) and Lee Soo-ryeon (Geum Sae-rok) come here for a walk in episode 8 of Youth of May (오월의 청춘) (KBS2, 2021), where she tells him what Kim Myeong-hee (Go Min-si) had said to her before she’d left for Seoul. “Let’s part ways here,” Soo-ryeon tells Hee-tae after that, “They say couples always break up if they walk the Deoksugung Palace Stonewall together.”
In a flashback in episode 13 (full episode 7) of Taxi Driver/Deluxe Taxi (모범택시) (SBS, 2021) Ahn Go-eun (Pyo Ye-jin) comes here for an evening stroll with her older sister Jung-eun — before the latter takes her life the following day. (Note: If you are in distress and require a listening ear, please find a hotline on this international resource list. — Mich KDL) This location is seen again in the epilogue of full episode 13.
After another unpleasant visit at his parents’ place on his mother’s birthday, Han Bi-soo (Lee Min-ki) walks down this path deep in thought in episode 1 of Oh My Ladylord/Oh! Master (오! 주인님) (MBC, 2021).
Citizens are seen panicking and trying to protect themselves as best as they can at this walkway when Seoul was under attack, in episode 9 of Sisyphus: The Myth (시지프스: the myth) (JTBC, 2021).
Chae Hyun-seung (Rowoon of SF9) and Yoon Song-ah (Won Jin-ah) walk along this walkway on a date in episode 16 of She Would Never Know/Senior, Don’t Put on That Lipstick (선배, 그 립스틱 바르지 마요) (JTBC, 2021).
Choi Kyeong-jun (Kim Min-suk) confesses his feelings to Suh Rin-i (So Ju-yeon) at this walkway when he was discharged from the army as seen in a flashback in episode 6 of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) — Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21).
Oh Mi-joo (Shin Se-kyung) and Ki Seon-gyeom (Im Si-wan) have a rendezvous at this walkway in episode 2 of Run On (런온) (JTBC/Netflix, 2020-21) but he has totally forgotten about it until she texts him; and this is when he starts running towards her (the best time he ever has ever run), passes by her, turns back and finally stands in front of her.
Sunwoo Joon (Lee Jae-wook) lets himself be photographed by Chu Min-su (Choi Kwang-je) with a student friend of his making it look like they are on a date walking on this walkway; photos that Goo Ra-ra (Go Ara) discovers in episode 14-15 of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (도도솔솔라라솔) (KBS2, 2020).
Park Joon-young (Kim Min-jae) walks down this road in episode 5 of Do You Like Brahms? (브람스를 좋아하세요) and later Chae Song-a (Park Eun-bin) joins him.
On their 100th day of dating, her boyfriend breaks up with Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun) in episode 1 of More Than Friends/Number Of Cases (Kyeongueui Su/경우의 수) (JTBC, 2020), which makes her ex-boyfriend count grow to 12.
Sober Chan-hyuk (Kim Ji-seok) and tipsy Eun-hee (Han ye-ri) came to this walkway to reminisce their memory of fall in their 20’s in episode 10 of My Unfamiliar Family ([아는 건 별로 없지만] 가족입니다) (tvN, 2020).
Han Woo-ju (Jung So-min) walks along this street aimlessly after her outburst at Ji Young-won (Park Ye-jin) at her clinic, in episode 20 (full episode 10) of Soul Mechanic/Fix You/Soul Repairer (영혼수선공) (KBS2, 2020). She comes across some buskers while here, korean is too distressed to watch them perform.
Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong-wook) and Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young) walk down this street in episode 18 (full episode 9) of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020), with cherry blossom tress illuminated around them.
Yoo Ji-ho (Jung Hae-in) and Lee Jung-in (Han Ji-min) walk through this street on their evening walk in episode 19 (full episode 10) of One Spring Night (봄밤) (MBC, 2019).
After dinner, Seo Do-jae (Lee Min-ki) and Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) stroll along this walkway on their first official, all orchestrated, date in episode 5 of The Beauty Inside / Byooti Insaideu (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018).
The Grim Reaper’s (Lee Dong-wook) office is located inside these palace walls in Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17). Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) passes by here in epiosdes 1 and 14 and they have a little chat.
Kim Dong-sik (Kim Dae-myung) gets rejected by his blind date (Jung Da-woon) while they are strolling at this walkway in episode 14 of Misaeng/Misaeng: Incomplete Life (미생) (tvN, 2014).
Nam Da-jung (Im Yoon-ah/Yoona) and Kwon Yul (Lee Beom-soo) walk down this street on a date in episode 15 of Prime Minister & I/Prime Minister and I/Prime Minister is Dating (총리와 나) (KBS2, 2013-14), and she asks him what would be happening when they break up.
Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) cycles down this street in episode 7 of My Love from Another Star/My Love From The Star/You Who Came From the Stars (별에서 온 그대) (SBS, 2013-14) and enters the next telephone booth upon getting an urgent beeper signal to listen to his messages.
Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) piggy-backs a drunk Park Gae-in (Son Ye-jin) back home along this wall in episode 3 of Personal Taste/Personal Preference (개인의 취향) (MBC, 2010).
Choi Sang-hyun (Kim Ju-hyeok) prepares a marriage proposal here for Yun Jae-hee (Jeon Do-yeon) in final episode 18 of Lovers in Prague (프라하의 연인) (SBS, 2005) where he covers a huge part of the wall with love messages.
Also seen in episode 13 of Discovery of Love/Discovery of Romance (연애의 발견) (KBS2, 2014); final scene of final episode 16 of The Greatest Marriage (Choegoui Gyeolhon/최고의 결혼) (TV Chosen, 2014).
Short Series Filmed Here
Bang Jeong-seok (Yoon Park) and Han Kang-hee (Choi Soo-young/Sooyoung) walk down this alleyway on their date in final episode 4 of Fanletter Please (팬레터를 보내주세요) (MBC, 2022). He explains: “There is a saying that if lovers walk along the stone-wall road of Deoksugung, they will break up.” “Then we shouldn’t walk here,” she retorts and he takes her hand they start to run out of the street.
Trailer filmed here
Chae Song-a (Park Eun-bin) and Park Joon-young (Kim Min-jae) walk down this road in the first trailer “1st Teaser Park Eun-bin X Kim Min-jae ([1차티저] 박은빈X김민재)” for Do You Like Brahms? (브람스를 좋아하세요) (SBS, 2020).
Movie filmed here
— Sunny (써니/Sseoni) (2011)
— Love Now (지금 사랑하는 사람과 살고 있습니까?) (2007)
MV filmed here
— Yoona (윤아): ‘Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길의 봄] (Feat. 10cm)’ (2016)
Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway or Doldam-gil [덕수궁 돌담길] or the ‘Walls of Deoksugung Palace’ or ‘Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway’ is a 1.1 kilometers long walkway around Deoksugung Palace [덕수궁]. Its most popular part (and the one mostly seen in K-Dramas) is in fact Deoksugung-gil [덕수궁길], a street with a very broad sidewalk, that is located at the southern and western walls of Deoksugung Palace [덕수궁].
A public art sculpture in form of a rose bouquet — part of SeMA — Seoul Museum of Art [서울시립미술관] — sits in the middle of this walkway; at the palace’s south-western corner. An urban legend says that couples that walk down this street “will eventually break up.” The reasons behind this legend is probably that the building which houses the SeMA at the moment was until 1995, the Supreme Court, which also housed the Family Court, and “couples walked down the trail to go and file for divorce for more than 70 years.”
Until 2018, the walkway was disconnected for about 170 meters “because it crossed into the British Embassy’s rear entrance.” After four years of negotiations between the Seoul Metropolitan Government, the Cultural Heritage Administration and the British Embassy in Seoul the complete trail was opened to the public.
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).
The walkway is located in Seoul’s neighborhood in Seoul’s neighborhood Jeong [Jeong-dong/정동] —administered by the neighborhood Sogong [Sogong-dong/소공동]— in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구].
5-10 Jeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Geolocation: 37.564864, 126.975160
Find Me In Your Memory : 37.565032, 126.973760
Lovers in Prague, The Beauty Inside: 37.564863, 126.975114
Misaeng: 37.566473, 126.973470
One Spring Night: 37.564761, 126.974148
Reaper’s Office (Goblin): 37.567466, 126.973272
Reborn Rich: 37.565166, 126.973492
SeMA rose sculpture: 37.565214, 126.973521
City Hall Station [시청역], Seoul Subway Line 1 and 2, Exit 1 or 12
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 14/01/2023
— Reflection of You; My Unfamiliar Family; Misaeng added by Chelle
— Reborn Rich added by GGRIP