In the second to last shot of final episode 16 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19), Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) and Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-gum) are walking up this staircase while holding hands.
It is in front of the ‘Before I Die Mural’ that is located on these stairs that Kang Bok-su (Yoo Seung-ho) makes Kim Myung-ho (Shin Dam-Soo) apologize to Son Soo-jeong (Jo Bo-ah) in episode 4 of My Strange Hero/Bok-Su’s Back (복수가 돌아왔다) (SBS, 2018-19).
When tired from scouting filming locations in episode 8 of Ex-Girlfriends’ Club/Ex-Girlfriend Club (구여친클럽) (tvN, 2015), Kim Soo-jin (Song Ji-hyo) sits down on these stairs at the height of the ‘Before I Die’ Mural and all of a sudden, Bang Myeong-soo (Byun Yo-han) sits next to her wearing their couple sneakers.
This staircase lies on the way to/from Kim Soon-jung’s (Kim So-yeon) house in Beating Again/Falling in Love with Soon Jung/Falling for Innocence (순정에 반하다) (JTBC, 2015) and becomes her and Kang Min-ho’s (Jung Kyung-ho) meet-up place — as seen, for instance, in final episode 16.
Park-ha (Han Ji-min) walks through Ihwa Mural Village [이화 벽화마을] in episode 15 of Rooftop Prince/Attic Prince (옥탑방 왕세자) (SBS, 2012) enjoying the scenery — with Yong Tae-yong (Park Yoo-chun) following her at a distance. At one point, she sits down at this staircase.
This is where Ko Eun-seong (Han Hyo-joo) finds Seon Woo-hwan’s (Lee Seung-gi) grandmother Jang Suk-ja (Ban Hyo-jung) lying unconscious on the ground on her way back home in episode 3 of Brilliant Legacy/Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산) (SBS, 2009).
These stairs are a considerable part of the alleyway Yulgok-ro 19-gil [율곡로19길] — same-named with a major street in this neighborhood — in Ihwa Mural Village [이화 벽화마을], located in Seoul’s neighborhood Ihwa [Ihwa-dong/이화동], Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구]. The stairs lead directly up to the Ihwa-dong Village Museum [이화동 마을박물관] and from there, it is very near to Naksan Park [낙산공원].
[NOTE] It is highly likely that these flowers have been painted over and no longer exist.
Address of Flower Staircase
9-542 Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 이화동 9-542
Geolocation: 37.577301, 127.007566
Address of Before I Die Mural
68-64 Yulgok-ro 19-gil, Ihwa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 율곡로19길 68-64
Geolocation: 37.577413, 127.007929
Hyehwa Station [혜화역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 2
— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 16/05/2022
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, August 2014
— Beating Again added by Elena
— Encounter added by GGRIP