Gungnamji Pond [궁남지]

Bloody Heart (2022); Royal Secret Agent (2020-21); Mr. Queen (2020-21); 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 Great King Sejong (2008)

This pond appears as part of the palace and a distressed Queen Dowager Choi Ga-yeon (Park Ji-yeon) finds refuge here in final episode 16 of Bloody Heart/Red Heart/Red Single Heart (Bulg-eun Dansim/붉은 단심) (KBS2, 2022).

This site is close to the palace in Mr. Queen/No Touch Princess/Queen Cheor’in (Cheorinwanghu/철인왕후) (tvN, 2020-21) and Jang Bong-hwan’s (in the body Kim So-yong) first mission when arriving was to refill the lake with water as he thinks it is the portal how to return to the present day. In episodes 5-6, he jumps into the lake, in one of his many attempts to return but is “saved” by Lee Won-beom (Kim Jung-hyun).

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 Royal Secret Agent (암행어사: 조선비밀수사단) (KBS2, 2020-21); Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter/Gyeryong Fairy Tale/Tale of Fairy (계룡선녀전) (tvN, 2018); The Great King Sejong (대왕세종 / 대왕 세종) (KBS2, 2008).

BTS Filmed Here

In episode 0 —BTS clip ‘[메이킹]신혜선, 첫 촬영부터 인사요정x현장 칭찬봇 등극한 중전?!#철인왕후 | No Touch Princess EP.0“’— of Mr. Queen/No Touch Princess/Queen Cheor’in (Cheorinwanghu/철인왕후) (tvN, 2020-21) this venue is seen as a site for a scene with Kim So-yong, the titular Queen Cheor’in (Shin Hye-seon).

Movie Filmed Here

The Sound of a Flower (Dorihwaga/도리화가) (2015)

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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. In 2021, it was again selected to figure among the Top 100 Must-Visit locations for the years 2021-22.

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.

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; last updated 03/07/2022
Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter added by Mich KDL
The Great King Sejong; Royal Secret Agent; The Sound of a Flower; No Touch Princess; 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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