Sim Soo-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah) has a meal here with Joo Seok-kyung (Han Ji-hyun), Joo Seok-hoon (Kim Young-dae), and Bae Ro-na (Kim Hyun-soo) at the Steak House [322 소월로–스테이크 하우스] of his hotel in episode 1 of Penthouse 3/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 3 (펜트하우스 3) (SBS, 2021).
Hansung’s private fashion party takes place at this hotel in episode 4 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020) and Seo-kyung (Park Si-yeon) had asked Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) to play the piano at the party to be able to teach her a lesson. Seo-kyung effectively sets out to humiliate Ji-soo — while Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) watches the scene from afar — but Ji-soo leaves the scene and takes a breather in this hotel’s empty Grand Floor. This is where Jae-hyun soon finds her and –as in the old days– puts his shoes on her feet (she had taken of the hurting heels before).
Do Min-ik’s (Kim Young-kwang) blind-date with Veronica Park (Kim Jae-kyung) is set up at the Paris Bar of this hotel (which appears as Kingdom Hotel) at the end of episode 6 and beginning of 7 of The Secret Life of My Secretary/I Loved You From The Beginning/How to Train My Blind Boss (초면에 사랑합니다) (SBS, 2019). However, Veronica Park had noted a wrong hotel and when Jung Gal-hee (Jin Ki-joo) comes to avert Min-ik, he confuses her with his blind-date and she decides in a second to play along; impersonating Veronica Park — her former boss.
This is where we first meet Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) in episode 1 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018), as he walks through the hotel and outdoor swimming pool area to attend a function – however, his mind is occupied wondering why his secretary Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) wishes to quit her position. Later in the episode, we see Mi-so rushing to the entrance of the hotel, where Young-joon is waiting for her to send him back home. He presents her with a flower bouquet in the car – not knowing that she has hay fever.
[SPOILER] In final episode 16, this is where Young-joon and Mi-so tie the knot, in the presence of family and friends. While the wedding takes place at the Grand Floor, the scene where Secretary Seol (Kim Ye-won) runs into Park Yoo-sik (Kang Ki-young) and Seo-jin (Seo Hyo-rim), and then Young-ok (Lee Jung-min) takes place outside the entrance to the Grand Salon.
Moon Soo-ho (Kim Rae-won) and Jung Hae-ra (Shin Se-kyung) go ice skating at Grand Hyatt’s outdoor ice skating rink [그랜드하얏트 서울 아이스링크] on their date in episode 13 of Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (흑기사) (KBS2, 2017-18).
This is the hotel that Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) and Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) stay at in episode 15 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17).
This hotel appears as ‘Yat Hotel’ in episode 4 of Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 남자) (KBS2, 2009) in front of which Goo Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho) offers Geum Jan-di (Goo Hye-sun) a ride home after their night spent together at Namsan Tower. In episode 9, Jan-di and Jun-pyo as well as Chu Ga-eul (Kim So-eun) and her boyfriend come here to ice-skate on their double-date. Everything is fine until Ga-eul’s boyfriend takes Jun-pyo aside to tell him that there are better girls than Jan-di. Of course, Jun-pyo cannot hold back and beats him up. In episode 12, Jan-di meets up at this hotel with Jun-pyo’s mother who wants them to break up but Jan-di holds her ground even if it takes an emotional toll on her. In episode 15, Jun-pyo’s birthday party is celebrated here and his mother has also invited Jan-di. She tries to humiliate Jan-di first by asking her to play a birthday song for her ‘class mate’ and then announces that Jun-pyo’s fiancée will join everyone now to the surprise to her son and also Ha Jae-kyeong (Lee Min-jung) — Jun-pyo’s supposed fiancée. Later, an enraged Jun-pyo wants to talk with Jan-di and drags her away without noticing that it is actually Jae-kyeong he had wrist-grabbed. In episode 16, So Yi-jeong (Kim Beom) and Ga-Eul come here for ice-skating pretending to be a couple in episode 16 only to be followed in secret by Jan-di –with Jun-pyo in tow– who spy on them. But in reality this was Yi-jeong and Ga-eul’s scheme to get Jan-di and Jun-pyo back together. In episode 19, Yi-jeong takes Ga-eul to this hotel’s restaurant on their ‘date’ to meet his father for dinner and he makes mean comments towards the two. Later, it is Jun-pyo who drops off Jae-kyeong at this hotel after their evening out at Jan-di’s rooftop apartment.
Han Do-kyong (Choi Ji-woo) works out at the customer-only gym of this hotel in episode 3 of Air City (에어시티) (MBC, 2007).
The fashion show that Kim Bo-ro (Sung Yoo-ri) attends in episode 4 of The Snow Queen (눈의 여왕) (KBS2, 2006-07) takes place at this hotel. This is also where Han Deuk-gu (Hyun Bin) tracks her down and saves her from a too invasive admirer.
Yoo Eun-ho (Son Ye-jin) and Lee Dong-jin’s (Kam Woo-sung) wedding takes place here in Alone in Love (연애시대) (SBS, 2006).
On her way back to home from a party of Victory Records that took place here in episode 2 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001), Kim Yun-Soo (Choi Ji-Woo) is stopped at the entry of this hotel by Lee Min-Chul (Lee Byung-Hun) who passes by her with his car (on his way to a meeting) and he tells her that he will invite her soon to thank her properly for scolding his sister Lee Min-Ji (Shin Min-A) for her bad behavior the other day.
Also seen in Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인) (SBS, 2004). The swimming pool scene, Han Gi-ju (Park Shin-yang) and Gang Tae-young’s (Kim Jung-eun) lobby kiss and Tae-young singing for Gi-ju at the bar as well as their engagement party and the college hockey party took all place here.
In Goblin, the two lovers stay at the Presidential Suite of this hotel.
322 Sowol-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 소월로 322
Geolocation: 37.539349, 126.997147
Hangangjin Station [한강진역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 1
(6 min. by car/taxi; 13 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL