Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원]

My Roommate Is A Gumiho (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)

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).

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. The come here in episode 6, all of them come here — 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 56gil. 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 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]. Dalkomm Coffee — Sangam Branch [달콤커피 상암팬엔터점] sits right at this park.

The orange and blue sculpture seen briefly in the Why Secretary Kim scene (episode 6) is located diagonally opposite the park at Samsung SDS Sangam Center [삼성SDS 상암센터], while the street in WSK episode 7 is Worldcupbuk-ro 56gil [월드컵북로56길]. Mi-so and Sung-yeon’s scene takes place outside Miro Nail (미로네일) at Savoy City DMC Officetel (사보이시티DMC), while Young-joon and Yoo-sik’s scene 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

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL
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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