Gyeongui Line Forest Park [경의선숲길공원 / 경의선공원]

The Best Ending (2021); Hospital Playlist 2 (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); Reunited Worlds (2017); Goblin (2016-17); The Snow Queen (2006-07)

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 2 (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]

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 episode 2 ‘B Head and Love Letter’ of Drama Stage (드라마 스테이지) (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).

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 or 경의선공원], opened in 2016, is a 6,3km stretch of a public park that was built where the former Gyeongui Line ran (as still seen in The Snow Queen) — hence its name. The old railroad tracks are now entirely part of this park and are souvenirs of its former ‘self’. The park is located in Seoul’s neighborhoods Seogyo [Seogyo-dong/서교동] and Yeonnam [Yeonnam-dong/연남동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구] along the north of Hongdae [홍대], which sort of creates its frontier. Min-kyu (I’m Not A Robot) calls it the hot spot and ‘Street of Youth’.

The part of this park between Hongik University station and Sinchon is formed by Gyeongui Line Book Street [경의선책거리] in which bookshops in train wagon form invite to spend some time.

Geolocation: 37.553964, 126.933020
Geolocation bridge/entry point 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
서울시 마포구 와우산로 35길 50-4
Facebook: @gbookstreet
Geolocation The Snow Queen: 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
— Photo(s) taken by © KDL Guest, 2018 &  © Mich KDL, June 2017/May 2018
Eulachacha Waikiki added by a KDL Guest
Drunk In Good Taste, My First First Love added by Mich KDL

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