Giordano — Gangnam Branch [지오다노 강남점]

Springtime (1999)

Tower Records (until 2000)

Chae Hee (Hwang Soo-jung) and Hyun Woo (Jang Dong-gun) walk past this record store during their afternoon out together and then to the crosswalk in front of this shop (which doesn’t exist in the present day) in episode 3 of Springtime/Day of Youth/Youth (MBC, 1999).

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Giordano [지오다노 강남점] is a Hong Kong-based retailer of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories. This branch is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Seocho [Seocho-dong/서초동] in the Gangnam District [Gangnam-gu/강남역]. It sits in walking distance to/from LP Bar Zeppelin [LP BAR 제플린] and Master Seoul [마스터서울].

Before Giordano moved into this building in 2000, Gangnam Station Tower Records [강남역 타워레코드] was located here. Tower Records was a Californian-based retail music franchise that operated from 1960 until 2006, when it filed for bankruptcy. It opened up stores in South Korea in the 90s, with the Gangnam Station branch becoming the representative meet-up place for young people in Gangnam; a tradition which hasn’t changed though Tower Records does not exist anymore. One notable personality that visited this branch was the late Michael Jackson, who visited Tower Records in 1996 and 1999.

1 Gangnam-daero 65-gil, Seocho 4(sa)-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 서초구 강남대로65길 1
(서초4동 1306-1)
Geolocation: 37.500500, 127.025930

Getting here
Gangnam Station [강남역], Seoul Subway Line 2 / Shinbundang Line, Exit 10 (formerly Exit 6, during the Tower Records era)
(5 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL

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