Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원]

One Dollar Lawyer (2022); Miracle (2022); My Liberation Notes (2022); Sh**ting Stars (2022); Business Proposal (2022); My Roommate Is A Gumiho (2021); She Would Never Know (2021); So I Married An Anti-Fan (2021); Lovestruck in the City (2020-21); More Than Friends (2020); Start-Up (2020); Was It Love (2020); The King: Eternal Monarch (2020); Mystic Pop-up Bar (2020); Meow, The Secret Boy (2020); Find Me in Your Memory (2020); Itaewon Class (2020); Touch (2020); Perfume (2019); My Fellow Citizens! (2019); Touch Your Heart (2019); I Picked up a Star on the Road (2018); The Beauty Inside (2018); Time (2018); Wok of Love (2018); Still 17 (2018); My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018); Let Me Introduce Her (2018); Why Secretary Kim (2018); My Husband Oh Jak-Doo (2018); Eulachacha Waikiki (2018); Should We Kiss First (2018); I'm Not A Robot (2017-18)

Cheon Ji-hoon (Namgoong Min) guides Baek Ma-ri (Kim Ji-eun) across this park the Pan Building toward the in episode 11 of One Dollar Lawyer (천원짜리 변호사) (SBS, 2022).

When homeless, Luice (Kang Chan-hee/Chani from SF9) walks along this park and sees news about this tax evasion on the screen on the Samsung SDS Sangam Data Center [삼성SDS상암데이터센터] from here in episode 5 of Miracle/Milakeul (미라클) (Viu, 2022).

Gu Ja-gyeong (Son Seok-koo) decides to (finally) call Yeom Mi-jung (Kim Ji-won) eat something at a pojangmacha located at this park at night in episode 15 of My Liberation Notes/My Liberation Diary (나의 해방일지/나의 解放日誌) (JTBC, 2022).

Gong Tae-sung (Kim Young-dae) films a scene of the drama ‘The World of Stars’ at this place in episode 5 of Sh**ting Stars/Shooting Stars (Byeolttongbyeol/별똥별) (tvN, 2022). [SPOILER] He eventually gets upset with the also-present Oh Han-byul (Lee Sung-kyung), who had more or less ignored him the whole day. In episode 14, the newly-broken up Yoon Jae-hyun (Shin Hyun-seung) and Jin Yoo-na (Lee Si-woo) film their last scene as their characters – with much real emotion put in.

As Cha Sung-hun (Kim Min-gue) follows a drunk Jin Young-seo (Seol Jin-a) on her way home in episode 6 of Business Proposal/A Business Proposal/Sanaematsun (사내맞선) (SBS/Netflix, 2022), [SPOILER] it is at the corner of this park that she drunk-confesses her feelings to him, and they end up kissing.

While stopping at a red light at the western end of this park in episode 11 of Our Beloved Summer/That Year We (그 해 우리는) (SBS/Netflix, 2021-22), jealous Guk Yeon-soo (Kim Da-mi) sees an advertisement display with idol NJ (Roh Jeong-eui) and has to admit that she has assets.

Lee Dam walks along the peripherals of this park in episode 13 of My Roommate Is A Gumiho/Frightening Cohabitation (간 떨어지는 동거) (tvN, 2021), when she tries to cut the ‘red thread’ that binds her and Gye Seon-woo (Baek In-hyuk). Suddenly, she is teleported elsewhere and comes face to face with the mountain spirit/Sanshin (cameo by Go Kyung-pyo). This scene is briefly seen again in episode 14.

After meeting up with a former WonderWoman colleague at a café located at this park, Lee Geun-young (Choi Soo-young) walks along this park in episode 9 of So I Married An Anti-Fan (그래서 나는 안티팬과 결혼했다) (Naver TV, 2021) when receiving a phone call from Who-joon (Choi Tae-Joon).

All characters of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) – Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21) are seen driving or walking around this square in episode 1.

On their evening out on Christmas Eve, Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun) and Lee Soo (Ong Seong-wu, formerly from Wanna One) cross this park in episode 1 of More Than Friends/Number Of Cases (Kyeongueui Su/경우의 수) (JTBC, 2020) and this is where he tells her that he leaves the next day to study in the States.

Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo) walks in thought across this park and stops in front of the red light in episode 2 of Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020). In episode 12, when the question if actor Ryu Jin (Song Jong-ho) is the father of her child went public, Ae-jung crosses over this square again and struggles, fatigued.

In episode 8 of The King: Eternal Monarch (더킹:영원의 군주) (SBS, 2020), Jo Yeong (Woo Do-hwan) is nearly caught by Myung Na-ri (Kim Yong-ji) while impersonating Jo Eun-Seop (Woo Do-hwan).

The pocha set in this park that is run by Wol-ioo (Hwang Jung-eum) is located at this park in episode 1of Mystic Pop-up Bar (쌍갑포차) (JTBS, 2020). It is also at this park that Han Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae) runs into Song Mi-ran (Park Ha-na) who calmly walks in front of an approaching truck that he stops at the last moment.

Kim Sol-ah (Shin Ye-eun) looks for Hong-jo (Kim Myung-soo) at this park in episode 8 (full episode 4) of Meow, The Secret Boy/Welcome (어서와) (KBS2, 2020).

After having had dinner, Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong-wook) and Yeo Ha-jin (Mun Ka-young) get drunk film director Ji Hyun-keun (Ji Il-joo) driven home by Yeo Ha-Kyung (Kim Seul-gi) in shoving him into Ha-jin’s van at the eastern side of this park right in front of the PAN Building [더팬빌딩] in episode 9 (full episode 5) of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020).

When Jang Geun-won (Ahn Bo-hyun) understands that his father’s secretary Mr. Kim (Hong Seo-jun) is driving him to court to be sentenced in episode 10 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020), he rushes out of the car at a stop light and runs across this square.

Kang Do-jin (Lee Tae-hwan) shoots a drama on this square in episode 4 of Touch (터치/Teochi) (Channel A, 2020) when he learns that he will be on the Double X cover.

Min Jae-hee (Ha Jae-suk) sits at this park conversing with Park Joon-yong (Kim Ki-doo) over the phone in episode 22 (full episode 11) of Perfume/Peopyoom (퍼퓸) (KBS2, 2019), telling him that her perfume had most likely been stolen by Kim Tae-joon (Jo Han-chul). Yoon Min-seok (Kim Min-gue), who had followed her from a distance, ends up getting his cover blown, and he helplessly watches Jae-hee cross the road while he’s surrounded by fans.

A tipsy Kang Soo-il (Yoo Jae-myung) enters a chauffeured car along Worldcupbuk-ro 56-gil (in front of Miro Nail) in episode 21 of My Fellow Citizens!/Fellow Citizens (국민 여러분!) (KBS2, 2019) — unaware that he would later be abandoned in the middle of the road as a way to frame him for his drinking habit.

It is in front of the Dalkomm Coffee branch at this park that Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) buys a hedgehog doll when passing by a street seller’s stand in company of Kim Se-won (Lee Sang-woo) in episode 11 of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019).

After having lunch, Han San-hae (Shin Dong-wook), Bok Seung-ah (Kwon Yu-ri of Girls’ Generation) and her client/cousin (special cameo by Kangnam) walk past this park in episode 11/12 (full episode 6) of Dae Jang Geum Is Watching / The Great Jang-geum Is Watching / Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma (대장금이 보고 있다) (MBC, 2018-19).

After Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo) surprisingly break ups up with him in episode 15 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19), a lost and heartbroken Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-gum) walks down the sidewalk along this park and crouches down to cry (37.582181, 126.887769).

Contract worker Lee Yeon-seo (Kim Ga-eun) runs across this urban park to get sweets for her company’s meeting with Kang Joon-hyuk (Sung Hoon) in episode 1 of I Picked up a Star on the Road/I Picked Up a Celebrity from the Street (나는 길에서 연예인을 주웠다) (Oksusu, 2018).

Another pojangmacha that serves as meeting point of Han Se-gye (Seo Hyun-jin) and her good friends and manager Yoo Woo-mi (Moon Ji-in) and Ryu Eun-ho (Ahn Jae-hyeon) to drink together and let out their frustrations with life (especially for Se-gye) in The Beauty Inside / Byooti Insaideu (뷰티 인사이드) (JTBC, 2018) is located here. They all come here in episode 6 — including Se-gye in a changed form (cameo by Kim Min-suk).

On his way to Seol Ji-Hyun (Seohyun of Girls’ Generation) who is about to kill herself in episode 10 of Time (시간) (MBC, 2018), Cheon Soo-Ho (Kim Jung-Hyun) walks through this park — Soo-ho on the phone — and gets hit by a car when crossing over Worldcupbuk-ro 56-gil. She tells himself that she can’t die now, stands up and keeps on running towards Soo-ho.

The pojangmacha to which confused and heartbroken Seo Poong (Lee Joon-ho) and Doo Chil-seong’s (Jang Hyuk) men come to drink is located here in episode 13 of Wok of Love/Greasy Melo (기름진 멜로) (SBS, 2018). Poong stays behind when everyone else leaves (including Dan Sae-woo (Jung Ryeo-won) who has also stopped by shortly) and this is when he meets stray kitty Dimsum. In episode 36, Doo Chil-seong (Jang Hyuk) and Oh Maeng-dal (Jo Jae-yun) drinking here and Yong Seung-ryong (Kim Sa-kwon) comes to provoke them.

While still roaming the streets searching for her uncle, Woo Seo-ri (Shin Hye-sun) mistakes somebody at this park for her uncle in episode 7 of Still 17 / Thirty But Seventeen / 30 But 17 (서른이지만 열일곱입니다) (SBS, 2018).

Stressed out Ji Eun-han (Nam Sang-mi) passes by this park on her way to the funeral of her aunt in episode 1 of Let Me Introduce Her/About Her (그녀로 말할 것 같으면) (SBS, 2018).

Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) walks along this park in episode 6 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018), when Park Yoo-Sik (Kang Ki-Young) stops with his car next to her and tells her to hop in. In episode 7, Mi-so is spotted meeting Lee Sung-yeon (Lee Tae-hwan) on the peripherals of the park by Yoo-sik, who’s in the car with Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon). Yoo-sik covers Young-joon’s eyes in case he spots anything, much to Young-joon’s disdain.

Han Seung-joo (Uee) complains about how Oh Jak-doo (Kim Kang-woo) is always misunderstood as a cold guy to Eric Jo (Jung Sang-hoon) in this park in episode 9 of My Husband Oh Jak-doo (데릴남편 오작두) (MBC, 2018).

Han Yoon-ah (Jung In-sun) and Son Hun-joo (Kang Kyeong-jun) meet here for the first time in episode 9 of Eulachacha Waikiki/Laughter in Waikiki/Welcome to Waikiki (으라차차 와이키키) (JTBC, 2018).

This is where robot Aji3 (Chae Soo-bin) meets and talks to a homeless person when resting next to him on a bench after she has started to discover Seoul on her own on episode 29 of I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야) (MBC, 2017-18). It also appears in the trailer of Should We Kiss First/ Shall We Kiss First (키스 먼저 할까요) (SBS, 2018).

Also seen in episode 3 of She Would Never Know/Senior, Don’t Put on That Lipstick (선배, 그 립스틱 바르지 마요) (JTBC, 2021); in episode 4 of Start-Up (스타트업) (tvN/Netflix, 2020); My ID is Gangnam Beauty/Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인) (JTBC, 2018).

Teaser Filmed Here

Han Kang-bae (Yook Sung-jae) gets allured into a pocha set in this park that is run by Wol-ioo (Hwang Jung-eum) and where he finds delicious anju (food you eat with alcohol) and liquor in the Teaser 1 ‘You and I are all in!’ ([티저 1] 너나 나나 다 갑이라구!) for Mystic Pop-up Bar (쌍갑포차) (JTBS, 2020).

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Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원] is a small urban sculpture park located in Seoul’s neighborhood Sangam [Sangam-dong/상암동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구]. It is framed in the east by Worldcupbuk-ro 56-gil [월드컵북로56길] and in the west by Worldcupbuk-ro 58-gil [월드컵북로58길]. The Pan Building [더팬빌딩] sits right at this park.

The orange and blue sculpture seen briefly in the Why Secretary Kim scene (episode 6) is ‘Human Network’ (휴먼 네트워크) by Lee Won-kyung (이원경) and Seo Jeong-ja (서정자) source. It is located diagonally opposite the park at Samsung SDS Sangam Center [삼성SDS 상암센터]. As for Young-joon and Yoo-sik’s scene in WSK episode 7, it takes place a distance away around the traffic lights nearer to Sangam DMC Prugio City [상암DMC푸르지오시티].

1594 Sangam-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 상암동 1594
(listed as ‘서울 마포구 상암동 260-2’in Google Maps)
Geolocation: 37.581810, 126.887646

Getting here
Digital Media City Station [디지털미디어시티역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 9
(17 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 19/11/2022
The King: Eternal Monarch added by Lyra
Start-Up added by Thom Musni

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  1. The Bus Stop in Episode 4 of Start-Up was Located her but not existed in real life

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