Gyeongui Line Forest Park [경의선숲길공원 / 경의선공원]

Unlock My Boss (2022-23); Today's Webtoon (2022); The Best Ending (2021); Hospital Playlist S2 (2021); Lovestruck in the City (2020-21); Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020); Record of Youth (2020); More Than Friends (2020); Love Revolution (2020); Love With Flaws (2019-20); My First First Love (2019); Her Private Life (2019); Eulachacha Waikiki 2 (2019); Drunk In Good Taste (2018); The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot (2018); Eulachacha Waikiki (2018); I'm Not A Robot (2017-18); Drama Stage (2017-18); Because This Is My First Life (2017); The Liar and His Lover (2017); Reunited Worlds (2017); Goblin (2016-17); The Snow Queen (2006-07)

On Ma-eum (Kim Se-jeong) takes a break at this park from her part-time job and receives a positive answer from NEON in episode 1 of Today’s Webtoon (Oneurui weptun/오늘의 웹툰) (SBS, 2022).

No. 86 approx. — Ahn Jeong-won (Yoo Yeon-seok) brings Jang Gyeo-wool (Shin Hyun-bin) home at night in episode 3 of Hospital Playlist S2 (슬기로운 의사생활 2) (SBS, 2021) and the part with a kiss at the north-western end of this park.

For his interview on his relationship with Oh Seon-yeong (Han Ji-eun), Kang Geon (Ryoo Kyung-soo) walks down this park in episode 16 of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) — Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21).

When searching for Sunwoo Joon (Lee Jae-wook), Goo Ra-ra (Go Ara) frantically runs through the eastern end of this park in episode 15 of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (도도솔솔라라솔) (KBS2, 2020); passing by restaurant Commune148 [커뮨148].

Ahn Jeong-ha (Park So-dam) and Sa Hye-joon (Park Bo-gum) come here on an evening date in episode 8 of Record of Youth/The Moment/Youth Record (청춘기록) (tvN, 2020), sitting on a bench — in front of Kinji Yeonnam Branch [킨지 연남점]– and enjoying listening to music together while holding hands.

This park lies on Gong Joo-yeong’s (Park Jihoon) way to school in web drama Love Revolution (Yeonaehyeokmyeong/연애혁명) (Kakao TV, 2020); he is thus seen regularly walking or running through it — as in episodes 1 and 2, for instance.

Kyung Woo-yeon (Shin Ye-eun) and Lee Soo (Ong Seong-wu of Wanna One) start their exploration of Yeonnam-dong — the first neighborhood treated in their book Seoul’s Stories— by walking through this park in episode 4 of More Than Friends/Number Of Cases (Kyeongueui Su/경우의 수) (JTBC, 2020).

When Joo Seo-Joon (Kim Jae-Yong) walks pass this park with an agency mate in episode 3 (full episode 2) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20), he suddenly sees classmate Lee Joo-Hee (Joo Hae-Eun) who works as a delivery girl in front of the barber shop Kenko located at this park. Saying goodbye to his friend, he lets her know that his sister Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) looks for her.

In episode 13 of My First First Love/Because It’s My First Love (첫사랑은 처음이라서) (Netflix, 2019), Oh Ga-rin (Choi Ri) manages to track down a dejected Choi Hun (Kang Tae-oh) after a disastrous lunch with his father, and it is here that Hun officially reveals his feelings for Ga-rin, with a kiss.

Cha Woo-sik (Kim Sun-ho) has a date here in episode 1 of Eulachacha Waikiki 2 / Welcome to Waikiki 2 (으라차차 와이키키 시즌2) (JTBC, 2019) with the landlady of the Guest House Waikiki (Jeon Su-kyeong) trying to tell her that he cannot return her feelings — until they meet her two intimidating sons by coincidence.

Most of the walking scenes in Drunk In Good Taste/Have A Nice Dessert! (#좋맛탱: 좋은 맛에 취하다) (tvN/Why Not, 2018) take place here, since Yeonnam-dong is the neighborhood that the show is set in. Jung Chung-nam (Kim Hyang-gi) and Lee Yeon-nam (Kim Min-gue) are seen walking through different parts of the park; the opening scene with Chung-nam conversing with her older sister Seo-hyun (No-eul — ex-RAINBOW) was also here.

Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) come here for a walk in episode 3 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17).

Also seen in episode 4 of The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot (마음의 소리: Reboot) (KBS2/Netflix, 2018).

Gyeongui Line Book Street [경의선책거리]

A telephone number they are tracking down brings Park In-seong (Chae Jong-hyeop) and Ma-pi (Kim Sung-oh) to this place in episode 7 of Unlock My Boss/Unlock the CEO (사장님을 잠금해제) (ENA, 2022-23) when trying to uncover more information about Kwak Sam-soo’s (Kim Byung-choon) recent death (which they think was, in fact, a murder).

Choi Hun (Kang Tae-oh) and Oh Ga-rin (Choi Ri) walk here in episode 12 of My First First Love/Because It’s My First Love (첫사랑은 처음이라서) (Netflix, 2019).

Ryan Gold (Kim Jae-wok) and Sung Deok-mi (Park Min-young) come to this section of this park on a date in final episode 16 of Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활) (tvN, 2019).

In episode 2 of Eulachacha Waikiki/Laughter in Waikiki/Welcome to Waikiki (으라차차 와이키키) (JTBC, 2018), Kang Dong-gu (Kim Jung-hyun) has an upset stomach and while in search for a toilet in this parks meets girlfriend Min Soo-ah (Lee Joo-woo) who ends the relationship here with him. Later he finds a portable toilet in this park. He does his business thinking that it’s a public toilet but it turns out to be toilets for sale. While debating with the salesperson, Han Yoon-Ah (Jung In-Sun) comes along and hears of Dong-gu’s story.

Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) in robot mode and Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) come here in episode 9 of I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야) (MBC, 2017-18). Min-kyu understands that Ji-ah has a soothing effect on his allergy and embraces her. In episode 12, Min-kyu is back here with his first love Ye Ri-el (Hwang Seung-un)- desperately hoping he can kiss her on this, their second date. Ji-ah — accompanied by Hong Baek-gyun (Uhm Ki-joon) — is close by so that his allergy won’t break out. In the end, both Min-kyu and Ji-ah find themselves alone, underneath an umbrella (a prototype that she has created once and somehow ended up in Min-kyu’s hands) and she kisses him.

Also seen in Drama Stage: Assistant Manager B and Love Letter (B주임과 러브레터) (tvN, 2017-18), when Jo Woo-jin (Song Ji-hyo) walks lovesick through this park or is piggybacked.

Yoon Ji-Ho (Jung So-min) and Nam Se-Hee (Lee Min-ki) come here on their date in episode 12 of Because This Is My First Life/This Life Is Our First (이번 생은 처음이라) (tvN, 2017). Se-hee sees a game stand where he can win a doll in form of a snail (Ji-ho’s favorite animal) by popping balloons with a dart. He fails miserably until Ji-ho steps in and wins to the amazement of everyone else watching. This is also the case of Yang Ho-rang (Kim Ga-eun) and Sim Won-seok (Kim Min-suk) who, coincidently, came here as well for their date at the same moment. A little walk later on, Se-hee gifts Ji-ho with earrings.

Also seen in episode 25 of Reunited Worlds/Into the World Again (다시 만난 세계) (SBS, 2017); The Liar and His Lover / Lovely Love Lie (그녀는 거짓말을 너무 사랑해) (tvN, 2017).

Web Drama filmed here

Choi Woong (Jung Gun-joo) breaks up with Go Min Chae (Choi Hee Jin) at this street in episode 1 of The Best Ending/The Greatest Ending (최고의 엔딩) (Naver TV Cast/V Live, 2021).

Gyeongui Railway Line [경의선/京義線)] X Seogang-ro [서강로] (Before opening of the park)

Han Deuk-gu’s (Hyun Bin) mother’s street stall in episode 1 of The Snow Queen (눈의 여왕) (KBS2, 2006-07) is located at nowadays Eastern entry of this park. Before and at the time of filming, the Gyeongui Railway Line was still in operation and ran over a bridge that is seen in The Snow Queen. The bridge was destroyed with the construction of this park.

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Gyeongui Line Forest Park [경의선숲길공원/경의선 숲길 공원 or 경의선공원] — also known as Yontral Park [연트럴파크] as it resembles New York’s Central Park—, opened in 2016, is a 6,3km stretch of a linear public park that was built where the former Gyeongui Line ran (as still seen in The Snow Queen) — hence its name. Modeled after New Works High Line, the old railroad tracks that were built in 1905 by the Japanese colonial government are now entirely part of this park and are souvenirs of its former ‘self’. The part of this park between Hongik University Station’s Exit 6 and Wau Bridge [와우교] is formed by Gyeongui Line Book Street [경의선책거리] in which bookshops in train wagon form invite to spend some time. Opened on October 29 2016, this 250 meters-long section was created under the “theme of books.”

The park stretches between Seoul’s neighborhoods Yeonnam [Yeonnam-dong/연남동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구] along the north of Hongdae [홍대] in Seogyo [Seogyo-dong/서교동], which sort of creates Hongdae’s frontier to Hyochang [Hyochang-dong/효창동] in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구]. Min-kyu (I’m Not A Robot) calls it the hot spot and ‘Street of Youth’.

In 2018, it was designated Seoul’s Future Heritage (서울미래유산) given out since 2012 by the city’s government.

Geolocation: 37.553964, 126.933020
Geolocation of bridge/entry point in I’m Not A Robot/Eulachacha Waikiki: 37.555529, 126.930660

Gyeongui Line Book Street [경의선책거리]
50-4 Wausan-ro 35-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로 35길 50-4
Facebook: @gbookstreet
Geolocation of The Snow Queen scene: 37.553405, 126.933781

Geolocations of Eulachacha Waikiki scenes:
[1] Meeting Dong-gu & Soo-Ah: 37.555538, 126.930876. It is right at the bridge above. From the park it is the little pathway left of coffee roasters 카페목수의딸 (Address:서울 마포구 와우산로38길 2 [동교동 188-1])
[2] Toilets: 37.547870, 126.939409; they were placed just in front of Dongwon Tile [동원타일도기] (Address: 서울특별시 마포구 독막로31길 17 [신수동 85-23])

Commune148 [커뮨148]
326-1 Baekbeom-ro, Wonhyoro 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 백범로 326-1
(원효로2가 1-48)
Geolocation: 37.538023, 126.965056

Kenko Barber Shop [켄코바버샵]
26-13 Wausan-ro 33-gil, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로33길 26-13
(서교동 329-9)
Geolocation: 37.555944, 126.929404

KINJI Yeonnam Branch [킨지 연남점]
서울특별시 마포구 동교로 227-11
(연남동 373-10)
Geolocation: 37.560753, 126.923499

Getting here
Hyochang Park Station [효창공원앞], Seoul Subway Line 6 & Gyeongui–Jungang Line, Exit 4

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 28/12/2022
— Photo(s) taken by © KDL Guest, 2018 &  © Mich KDL, June 2017/May 2018
Eulachacha Waikiki added by a KDL Guest

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Gyeongui Line Book Street: Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Closed: Mondays