Forest of Wisdom [지혜의숲] — Library

Memorist (2020); Hotel Del Luna (2019); Search: WWW (2019); Romance is a Bonus Book (2019); Clean With Passion For Now (2018-19); Why Secretary Kim (2018); Switch: Change The World (2018); Hwayugi (2017-18); I'm Not A Robot (2017-18); Avengers Social Club (2017); Chicago Typewriter (2017); Father I'll Take Care of You (2016-17); Come Back Mister (2016); She Was Pretty (2015); A Witch's Romance (2014)

Koo Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-goo) meets up with Kim Yoo-na (Kang Mi-na) at this library in final episode 16 of Hotel Del Luna (호텔 델루나) (tvN, 2019).

Webtoon artist Kim gives a press conference at this venue in episode 7 of Search: WWW/Type in Search Word: WWW (검색어를 입력하세요: WWW).

The exterior of this building appears as ‘Gyeoroo Publishing’ company at which Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) works as chief editor in Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019). The car park of this place is also seen in episode 2, when Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young) gets into Eun-ho’s car after attending an interview at the company. Other characters also come here — like like Ji Seo-joon (Wi Ha-joon) in episode 7, who waits outside the office for Dan-i, to take her out on a ‘date’.

Anchor Kim Hye-won (Na Hae-ryung) has a book signing event here in episode 11 of Clean With Passion For Now (일단 뜨겁게 청소하라) (JTBC, 2018-19) to which Jang Sun-gyeol (Yoon Gyun-sang) is invited. Coming late to the event, he tells her clearly that he likes somebody else.

This is the library that is part of the art center that Lee Young-joon’s (Park Seo-joon) company built and is planning to open soon in Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018). In episode 4, he and Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) looked around the library when the electricity went off. They sit for a while and she reads her favorite book. As Young-joon holds the phone for her as a pseudo flashlight, he asks her, “Have I ever told you that you’re pretty?”

It is here that Oh Ha-ra (Han Ye-ri) discovers that swindler Sa Do-chan and prosecutor Baek Jun-su (both roles played by Jang Geun-seok) are spitting images of each other, in episode 21 of Switch/Switch: Change The World (스위치 – 세상을 바꿔라) (SBS, 2018).

An evil demon operates from this library and entices children through children books to leave their homes and come towards her in episode 9 of Hwayuki/A Korean Odyssey (화유기) (tvN, 2017-18). She does the same with Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) and Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) saves her in episode 10.

Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) and Aji3/Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) come here on their last ‘date’ in episode 19 of I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야) (MBC, 2017-18). Aji3/Ji-ah picks up the book “The Velveteen Rabbit ” and tells Min-kyu the story. In episode 20, Min-kyu comes back here to read the book while remembering Aji3/Ji-ah.

Lee Mi-sook’s (Myung Se-bin) husband, a university professor, holds a public conference here celebrating his new book that speaks to a revolution of the education system in episode 1 of Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (tvN, 2017). Kim Jung-hye (Lee Yo-won) is also present and noticed that Mi-sook is abused by her husband and asks her if she wants to get revenge; a first step towards the Buam-dong Social Revenge Club.

Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in) and author rival Baek Tae-min (Kwak Si-yang) film a commercial for books here in episode 3 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017).

Han Sung-joon (Lee Tae-hwan) brings his crush and aspiring writer Oh Dong-hee (Park Eun-bin) here in episode 27 of Father I’ll Take Care of You (아버님 제가 모실게요) (MBC, 2016-17) to diminish her fear of writing. He ends up reading his favorite short story “The Stars” by Alphonse Daudet to her while she falls asleep on his shoulder. And then the first (real) kiss in episode 30 when Dong-hee and Seong-jun spend a night at this library — after she has heard that she has lost the writing competition and hides here out of shame. Seong-jun finds her, cheers her up and they end up kissing. These two are adorable.

Lee hae-joon (Jung Ji-hoon/Rain) comes running to this library in episode 14 of Come Back Mister/Please Come Back, Mister/Come Back, Ahjussi (돌아와요 아저씨) (SBS, 2016) to meet X who was revealed to be the chairman’s interpreter.

This is the office library in She Was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다) (MBC, 2015) and where Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) and Ji Sung-joon (Park Seo-joon) read the same children’s book from Hye-jin’s fathers publishing company one after the other, without noticing the other is in the same place in episode 3.

The head quarters of the magazine ‘Trouble Maker’ in A Witch’s Love/Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) (tvN, 2014) are located in the part of this building that houses the IKB Bank [IBK기업은행 파주출판도시출장소] — as seen in episode 1 and 5 for instance.

Also seen in Memorist (메모리스트) (tvN, 2020).

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Forest of Wisdom [지혜의숲] is a library that’s part of Paju Book City [파주출판도시], located in Paju’s [파주시] neighborhood of Munbal-dong [문발동] –part of its administrative neighborhood Gyoha [Gyoha-dong/교하동]. It is known for its signature floor-to-ceiling bookshelves.
Hesse Boulangerie 152 [헤세브랑제리152] sits right opposite of this place.

145 Hoedong-gil, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기 파주시 회동길 145
(문발동 524-3)
Geolocation: 37.708343, 126.686952
Geolocation of car park: 37.707731, 126.687126, opposite Book Cafe Noon (북카페눈)

Getting here
Hapjeong Station [합정역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 6, Exit 1
Head to the nearest bus stop ‘Hapjeong Station [합정역 정류장]’ and take bus 2200 for 5 stops (approx. 29 mins) to bus stop ‘Eunseok-gyo Crossing [은석교사거리 정류장].’ From there, it’s a 2 minute walk to the library.

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Thom Musni, March 2019, © sianiam, 2019 and © Mich KDL, October 2019
I’m Not A Robot added by deanekitty29
Why Secretary Kim added by Toni
Switch: Change The World added by Mich KDL
Hotel Del Luna, Romance is a Bonus Book added by Thom Musni, updated by Mich KDL

3 reviews

  1. Bucket list!

    Switch: Change The World. Why Secretary Kim? Romance is a Bonus Book 😍😍😍

  2. Also seen in final episode of Hotel del Luna

  3. Also location for Romance is a Bonus Book

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