Gungnamji Pond [궁남지]

The Tale of Nokdu (2019); My Country: The New Age (2019); Haechi (2019); The Last Empress (2018-19); Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter (2018); Radio Romance (2018); Seven Day Queen (2017)

The king Gwanghae (Jung Joon-ho) meets at this pavilion (appearing here as part of the palace) with his advisor in episode 6 (full episode 11) The Tale of Nokdu (조선로코 녹두전) (KBS2, 2019).

Seo Hwi (Yang Se-jong) his sister Seo Yeon (Cho Yi-hyun), Nam Sun-Ho (Woo Do-Hwan) and Han Hee-jae (Seol Hyun) come to this pond to fly a kite at a popular fest in episode 2 of My Country: The New Age (나의 나라) (JTBC, 2019).

Yi Geum (Jung Il-Woo) and Yi Hwon/Prince Yeonryeong (Noh Young-hak) have a heart to heart talk at the pavilion in episode 2 of Haechi (해치) (SBS, 2019).

Empress Dowager Kang Eun-ran (Shin Eun-kyung) always drinks tea in the pavillion The Last Empress/Empress’s Dignity (황후의 품격) (SBS, 2018-19). This is also where she receives Oh Sunny/Oh Ssu-ni (Jang Na-ra) who came to ask for compensation in episode 2. The location itself is also a major plot point regarding Empress Sohyeon’s murder by drowning.

Ji Soo-Ho (Yoon Doo-Joon) has a drama shooting at this place in episode 1-2 of Radio Romance (라디오 로맨스) (KBS2, 2018). Song Geu-Rim (Kim So-Hyun) comes here in hope to convince Soo-ho to take part in their radio show. One of her ways to do so is to take a role where she substitutes for the main actress and has to jump several times into the pond. Finally, Soo-ho picks her up and drives her home.

Lee Yoong (Lee Dong-gun) force-kisses Shin Chae-kyung (Park Min-young) at this pond in episode 10 of Seven Day Queen/Queen For Seven Days (7일의 왕비) (KBS2, 2017) while Lee Yeok (Yeon Woo-jin) watches the scene from afar.

Also featured in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter/Gyeryong Fairy Tale/Tale of Fairy (계룡선녀전) (tvN, 2018).

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Gungnamji Pond [궁남지] — literally meaning a pond in the south of the royal palace — is said to be Korea’s first artificial island/pond created by King Mu of the Baekje Period and part of the detached palace; a period during which Korea’s capital was located in Buyeo, where the pavilion is located at.
Gungnamji Pond was designated Historic Site No. 135 on June 10, 1964. In 2019, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism –announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)– selected Baekje Historic Areas (of which Gungnamji Pond is a part) as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2019-2020.

It is located in Seodong Park [서동공원] — not to be confused with same-named sculpture park in Iksan — in in the Buyeo Township [Buyeo-eup/부여읍] in the Buyeo County [Buyeo-gun/부여군], Chungcheongnam-do; around 3 hrs South of Seoul by public transport.

Address
52 Gungnam-ro, Buyeo-eup, Buyeo, Chungcheongnam-do
충남 부여군 부여읍 궁남로 52
(부여읍 동남리 117)
Geolocation: 36.269619, 126.912241

— submitted by Marion KDL
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter added by Mich KDL
Haechi; The Last Empress; Seven Day Queen added by Lr

4 reviews

  1. Queen For 7 Days

    Hi, it’s me Lr, and yes “Seven-day Queen/Queen For Seven Days” (7일의 왕비) did indeed use Gungnamji.

  2. Last Empress

    Hi it’s me Lr
    Gungnamji was also utilized by “The Last Empress” (황후의 품격)

  3. Queen For 7 Days

    Not sure of this but I think this was also used as a location shot in “Seven-day Queen/Queen For Seven Days” (7일의 왕비), during a scene between Chae-gyeong (PMY) & the King (Yeonsan-gun; LDG)

    1. Hi Lr, Thank you for the hint! It has been ages that I have watched this drama, so I am not sure too. Maybe somebody else can verify it?

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