Gwanghallu-won Garden [광한루원]

Selection: The War Between Women (2019-20); Joseon Matchmaking Agency (2019); The Crowned Clown (2019); Grand Prince (2018); The King in Love (2017); Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (2016); Moon Lovers (2016); The King’s Face (2014-15); Jang Ok-Jung (2013); The Fugitive of Joseon (2013); Rooftop Prince (2012); Sent From Heaven (2012); The Princess’ Man (2011); Chuno (2010); Hometown of Legends (2008); Conspiracy in the Court (2007); Damo (2003)

This garden appears as parts of the palace and of Hanyang in Selection: The War Between Women/Queen: Love And War (간택 – 여인들의 전쟁) (TV Chosun, 2019-20). It is here that the aspirants for the Queen’s position walk through –crossing the Ojak Bridge– and where the King Lee Kyung (Kim Min-gue) goes on a date with one of the aspirants, Kang Eun-ki (Jin Se-yun), in episode 1. In episode 11, the King and Kang Eun-bo (Jin Se-yeon) share a kiss at Bongnaeseom Island of this garden.
(Please note: The production team altered the wooden sign board of Gwanghallu Pavilion in the background by obscuring the middle “寒” syllable (Gwanghallu – 광한루 – 廣寒樓)).

This garden appears as parts of the palace in Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung (신입사관 구해령) (MBC, 2019) and we see Lee Rim (Cha Eun-woo) crossing the bridge accompanied by Heo Sam-bo (Sung Ji-ru) in episode 1, for instance.

This garden appears as parts of the palace in The Crowned Clown (왕이 된 남자) (tvN, 2019). Being still new in office as a king, clown Ha Sun (Yeo Jin-Goo) gets briefed by Eunuch Jo (Jang Gwang) when crossing the Ojak Bridge in this garden in episode 2 and later in the episode he meets Queen Yoo So-woon (Lee Se-young) here who accompanies her servants to a red bridge in this garden which is holds the legend to grant wishes. In episode 3, Ha Sun and So-woon meet here by chance late at night and both make a wish while throwing a stone in the lake and being surrounded by light worms.

In Moonlight Drawn By Clouds/Love in the Moonlight (구르미 그린 달빛) (KBS2, 2016), this garden also appears as part of the palace. In episode 1, the Crown Prince Hyomyeong (Park Bo-gum) pretends to study at the Yeongjugak Pavilion [영주각] on Bongnaeseom Island [봉래섬] of this garden when his father the King passes by. In episode 5, Princess Myungeun (Jung Hye-sung) asks Hong Ra-on (Kim You-jung) to join her in a boat on the lake in the garden. The Crown Prince Hyomyeong passes by, observes the scene, and when Ra-on falls into the lake, he immediately jumps into the water to save her.

After having rescued Hae-soo (Lee Ji-Eun/IU) in episode 4 of Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (달의 연인-보보경심 려) (SBS, 2016), Wang Wook (Kang Ha-neul) tells her on the bridge of this garden how scared he had been to lose her and when he leans in for a kiss, they are interrupted.
Note: Gwanghalluwon Garden is a historical anachronism in this drama because it takes place during the early Goryeo Dynasty and the garden was constructed from the early Joseon Dynasty onwards.

Crown Prince (Yoo Ah-in) plays janggi (Korean chess) with a minister at the Bangjangjeong Pavilion [방장정] on Bongnaeseom Island [봉래섬] of this garden in episode 6 of Jang Ok-Jung/Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love (장옥정, 사랑에 살다) (SBS, 2013). Also, in episodes 3-4 the gantaek scene takes place at the Wanwoljeong Pavilion [완월정] of this garden.

The garden is prominentfly featured in Rooftop Prince/Attic Prince (옥탑방 왕세자) (SBS, 2012) during the Joseon flashbacks/part of the story: specifically where the “Crown Princess” (revealed to be Bu-yong, the previous incarnation of Park Ha) died by “drowning” (as well as by arsenic poisoning). It is also where Crown Prince Yi Gak buried a letter for Park Ha (Han Ji-min) in the final episode 20.

Again, this garden appears as part of the royal gardens in which the King of Joseon Injo (Kim Kap-soo) meets up with Longkodo/Yonggwada (General Qing) Inggūldai/Yonggoldae (Yoon Dong-hwan), meet up for an archery game in episode 13 of Chuno/The Slave Hunters (추노) (KBS2, 2010) and talk politics.

The garden is used in the final part of Episode 4: Ghost Letter/Your Letter (귀서/鬼書) of Hometown of Legends/Hometown Legends/Korean Ghost Stories (전설의 고향) (KBS, 2008), which is basically a fictional dramatization of the rumors (야사) that Queen Munjeong (문정왕후, King Jungjong’s 3rd consort) allegedly poisoned her stepson King Injong (Kim Young-jae) so that her own son (the future King Myeingjong) can rule. In the final scene, the royal investigator asks Queen Munjeong (Lee Duk-hee) why she spared him on the Ojak Bridge of this garden.

Also seen in Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency/Flower Crew: Joseon Matchmaking Maneuver Agency/Joseon Matchmaking Agency (꽃파당 : 조선혼담공작소) (JTBC, 2019); The King in Love/The King Loves (왕은 사랑한다) (MBC, 2017).

The Wanwoljeong Pavilion [완월정] of this garden was also seen in Grand Prince/Grand Prince: He Yearns for Love/The King (대군 – 사랑을 그리다) (TV Choson, 2018); The King’s Face (왕의 얼굴) (KBS2, 2014-15); The Fugitive of Joseon/Mandate of Heaven/Heaven’s Will (천명 : 조선판 도망자 이야기) (KBS2, 2013); Sent From Heaven/I Need a Fairy (선녀가 필요해) (KBS2, 2012); The Princess’ Man (공주의 남자) (KBS2, 2011); Chuno/The Slave Hunters (추노) (KBS2, 2010); Conspiracy in the Court/Ballad of Seoul/Seoul’s Sad Song (한성별곡) (KBS2, 2007); Damo / The Legendary Police Woman (조선 여형사 다모) (MBC, 2003).

Movies Filmed Here

All movies are filmed at the Wanwoljeong Pavilion [완월정]; commonly mistaken as “the” Gwanghallu Pavilion, which is apparently mostly off-limits due to its designation as Treasure #281. — Lr
The Princess and the Matchmaker (궁합) (2018)
The Throne/Sado (사도) (2015)
The Treacherous (간신) (2015)
The Sound of a Flower (도리화가) (2015)
— Bongnaeseom Island and Gwanghallu Pavilion (with replaced signboards reading “Uijongnu Pavilion” [의종루 義淙樓]) are seen in The Royal Tailor (상의원) (2014).
Masquerade/ Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King (광해 왕이 된 남자) (2012) shot here, particularly using Ojakgyo Bridge, in the scene where fake!king Ha-seon (Lee Byeong-heon) was taking a nighttime stroll with the Queen (Han Hyo-joo), and one guard threatened to unmask the fake king and the queen defended him. The movie’s drama adaptation “The Crown Clown/The Man Who Became King” also used this location. — Lr.
The Divine Weapon (신기전) (2008)
Hwang Jin Yi/Hwang Jin-i (황진이) (2007), scene where Hwang Jin-i (Song Hye-kyo) faces off Byeok Kye-soo (Jo Seung-yeon)
Filmed at Gwanghallu Pavilion
Chunhyang (춘향뎐) (2000)

Variety Shows Filmed Here

2 Days & 1 Night/1 Night 2 Days/1N2D (1박2일) (KBS2)
Family Outing (패밀리가 떴다) (SBS) was filmed at used Gwanghallu Pavilion.

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Gwanghalluwon Garden [광한루원] is an ancient garden complex built in 1419 under King Sejong’s reign. The garden is especially know as the place where the two faithful lovers Yi Mong-ryong and Chunhyang of the South Korean folk tale Chunhyangjeon [춘향전; 春香傳], literally translated as ‘The Tale of Chunhyang’, first met. The tale is the best known South Korean love story and the two lovers are often referred to as the South Korean Romeo and Juliet. The 2005 K-Drama Sassy Girl Chun-hyang is one of the several versions into which this tale was adapted.

The garden encompasses a couple of edifices like Wanwoljeong Pavilion [완월정] –commonly mistaken, Lr shares with us, as “the” Gwanghallu Pavilion, which is apparently mostly off-limits due to its designation as Treasure #281– or Gugansogae [구간소개]. Especially the Gwanghallu Pavilion [광한루] and the Ojakgyo or Ojak Bridge [광한루원 오작교] are regularly seen in K-Dramaland. Gwanghallu Pavilion also takes up place 25 in CNN’s 2019 list of 50 beautiful places to visit in South Korea.
It is located in Namwon’s neighborhood Cheongeo [Cheongeo-dong/천거동].

Address
447, Yocheon-ro, Namwon-si, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
전북 남원시 요천로 1447 광한루
(천거동 78)
Geolocation: 35.403918, 127.379758

Getting here
Namwon Station [남원역]
(About 15 minutes by bus from here. Take bus no.3-321 from bus stop Chilseung [칠승] for 1 stop to bus stop Gongseolsijang(Wangjeong-dong) [‘공설시장(왕정동)’] and walk from here.

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © dihischu, 2013

Joseon Matchmaking Agency added by Mich KDL
Masquerade; Grand Prince; The King’s Face; The Fugitive of Joseon; Sent From Heaven; The Princess’ Man; Chuno; Conspiracy in the Court; Damo; Jang Ok-Jung; Rooftop Prince; Hometown of Legends and all movies and variety shows added by Lr

6 reviews

  1. King in Love

    Hi, this is Lr

    The location was at least used in “The King In Love”, where Wang Won runs toward Eun San at the Ojakgyo Bridge.
    Not sure of the particular episode (since I didn’t watch this, being a flop and a waste of time), but it’s in the final part of the main trailer (though it’s restricted to Korea only)

    Of course, it’s another historical anachronism, being that the drama was based on the reigns of father-and-son Chungnyeol (the first Goryeo king to marry a Mongolian princess) & Chungseon (Korea’s first half-breed monarch), when Goryeo became a client state (in Mongolian context quda “in-law”) of the Mongol Empire following the invasions via the Yuan Dynasty

  2. Royal Tailor

    Hi this is Lr

    Currently watching “Royal Tailor”, and here are the locations used:
    -Gwanghallu Pavilion – though production replaced the signboards to read as “Uijongnu Pavilion” (의종루 義淙樓)
    -Bongnaeseom Island

  3. Corrections/additions

    Hi it’s me Lr again

    1. in the picture gallery, “Crowned Clown” ep.4 screencaps (where Lee Se-yeong is standing on the pavilion) are actually of Gwallamjeong Pavilion at Changdeokgung Palace (창덕궁 관람정)

    2. “Gantaek” ep.11 kiss scene between the King (Kim Min-gyu) & Eun-bo (Jin Se-yeon) takes place at Bongnaeseom Island. The staff also altered the wooden sign board of Gwanghallu Pavilion (in the background) by obscuring the middle “寒” syllable (Gwanghallu – 광한루 – 廣寒樓)

    3. Gwanghalluwon Garden is a historical anachronism in “Moon Lovers”, as the drama takes place during the early Goryeo Dynasty and the garden was constructed from the early Joseon Dynasty onwards

    4. I checked the 1999/2000 “Chun-hyang” (춘향뎐) movie (uploaded by the Korean Film Archive on YouTube), but contrary to what I earlier commented (re, seen on a tourist-related Naver blog post) there is no indication of the cast using Wan’woljeong Pavilion; they all actually used Gwanghallu Pavilion

    1. Hi Lr, Many thanks for all the corrections/additions. It is all added to the listing now. 🙂

  4. Hometown of Legends

    Hi it’s me again
    The garden is used in the final part of “Hometown of Legends” (전설의 고향, 2008 version) episode 4, which is basically a fictional dramatization of the rumors (야사) that Queen Munjeong (문정왕후, King Jungjong’s 3rd consort) allegedly poisoned her stepson King Injong so that her own son (the future King Myeingjong) can rule

  5. Rooftop Prince

    The garden is prominentfly featured in “Rooftop Prince” (옥탑방 왕세자) during the Joseon flashbacks/part of the story: specifically where the “Crown Princess” (revealed to be Bu-yong, the previous incarnation of Park Ha) died by “drowning” (as well as by arsenic poisoning)
    it is also where Crown Prince Yi Gak buried a letter for Park Ha in the final episode

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