Gaemi Village [개미마을]

Kkondae Intern (2020); A-Teen (2018); Bel Ami (2013-14)

Joonsoo Food’s employees distribute free ramyun boxes to the villagers of this part of town in episode 3 of Kkondae Intern/Old School Intern (꼰대인턴) (MBC, 2020).

Dokgo Ma-te (Jang Keun-suk) moves into a house at this village (n. 127) with his mother in episode 1 of Bel Ami/Pretty Man/Pretty Boy/Beautiful Man (예쁜남자) (KBS2, 2013-14) and stays here before he moves out at the end of the episode.

Web Drama filmed here

Do Ha-na (Shin Ye-eun) and Yeo Bo-ram (Kim Su-hyun) come to this neighborhood in episode 22 of web drama A-Teen/Eighteen (에이틴) (Playlist Studio, 2018) in search of Kim Ha-na’s (Lee Na-eun of APRIL) house, as the latter had not been turning up for school. It is here that they find out that Ha-na has been living with her grandmother this whole time, and is not well off like she had made herself out to be.

MOVIE filmed here

— Lucky Chan-sil (찬실이는 복도 많지) (2020 — Source)
Miss Granny (수상한 그녀) (2014)
— Miracle in Cell No. 7 (7번방의 선물) (2013)

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Gaemi Village [개미마을 or 홍제동 개미마을 in full] is a mural village is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hongje [Hongje-dong/홍제동] in the Seodaemun District [Seodaemun-gu/서대문구]. It is also considered one of Seoul’s last daldongne (달동네), lit. ‘a village on a hilltop location that seems closer to the moon than the city below’, together with Baeksa Village [백사마을] (slated for redevelopment completed in 2024) and Jeongneunggol [정릉골].

First established as a place where the poor settled during the Korean War in 1950, it was christened ‘Indian Town’ as the homes resembled a slum or shanty town similar to those in India. The village was subsquently renamed ‘Gaemi’, or ‘Ant’ after how the villagers “live diligently like ants“. This is one of the few daldongne (달동네) that has been designated as a ‘Seoul Future Heritage (서울미래유산)’ site by the Seoul Metropolitan Government —a designation given out since 2012 by the city’s government— to preserve the appearance of the 1950s and 1960s village.

Address of Gaemi Village
Segeomjeong-ro 4-gil, Hongje-dong, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 서대문구 세검정로4
(홍제동 9-81)
Geolocation (House 127 — Bel Ami)
Geolocation (House 121):
 37.590612, 126.952713
Geolocation (House 100-14): 37.591200, 126.952245
Geolocation (House 100-22): 37.590983, 126.952506
Geolocation (House 100-68): 37.590862, 126.952605

Getting here
Hongje Station [홍제역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 1
▶ Take the village bus Seodaemun 07 (서대문07) from the Hongje Station Exit 1 bus stop [홍제역.1번출구 정류장]
▶ Alight after 9 stops (~12 min. ride) at Bud Tree Shop/Beodeu Namu Gage bus stop [버드나무가게 정류장.
▶ The various landmarks will be about up to approx a 2-8 minute walk each.

— submitted by Mich KDL, updated by Marion KDL; last updated 09/03/2023

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