After their date at Haneul Park aka Sky Park [하늘공원], Min Seo-young (Ko Bo-gyeol) takes the bus in front of the Geonchunmun Gate [경복궁 건춘문] in episode 4 of Go Back Couple /Go Back Spouses (고백부부) (KBS2, 2017) and Choi Ban-do (Son Ho-jun) happily bids her good-bye. But his happiness is short-lived when his future in-laws, Ma Jin-joo’s (Jang Na-ra) parents, walk by.
It is in on the bridge leading to Hyangwonjeong Pavilion of Gyeongbokgung Palace [경복궁 향원정] that Princess Hyemyeong (Oh Yeon-seo) encounters her brother, the prince, with his tutor Gyun Woo (Joo Won) when on stroll in the palace’s garden in episode 4 of My Sassy Girl (엽기적인 그녀) (SBS, 2017). Hyemyeong and Hyun Woo introduce themselves but soon recognize each other after coming up from their bows and directly start bickering when the prince asks if they know each other.
On Jung-sun (Yang Se-jong) and Lee Hyun-soo’s (Seo Hyun-jin) are introduced in front of this palace for the first time when taking part in a running group in episode 1 of Temperature of Love (사랑의 온도) (SBS, 2017).
This is where ghost Yoo Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo) disappears to when on a stroll with Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in) and Jeon Seol (Lim Soo-jung) in episode 9 of Chicago Typewriter (tvN, 2017). When Se-joo and later Seol catch up to him, he asks Se-joo to take a photo of him and Seol in front of this place.
Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) arrive here when coming back from Québec in episode 2 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17) and they pass together through the Gwanghwamun Gate [광화문].
Also seen in Queen In-Hyun’s Man (tvN, 2012).
The palace exterior and interior is also featured in the Korean Tourism Organisation’s (KTO) 2018 tourism campaign, Have You Ever, in EXO Suho’s video about Korean history and traditions (0:17-0:24).
Gyeongbokgung Palace [경복궁] — meaning literally ‘great fortune’ — was the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Cheongunhyoja [Cheongunhyoja-dong/청운효자동] in the Jongno district [Jongno-gu/종로구]. Gwanghwamun Square [광화문광장] leads right up to it.
It is designated South Korean’s Historic Site No. 117 and the National Palace Museum of Korea [국립고궁박물관] sits on its grounds.
161 Sajik-ro, Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa), Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 사직로 161
Geolocation: 37.578001, 126.976869
Geolocation Gwanghwamun Gate [광화문]: 37.575995, 126.976925
Geolocation Geonchunmun Gate [경복궁 건춘문]: 37.578385, 126.979468
Gyeongbokgung Station [경복궁역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 5
— submitted by Marion KDL
— My Sassy Girl added by deanekitty29
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, 2014 and Florence, August 2018