Aya [아야]

Twelve Nights (2018); Rich Family's Son (2018)

Han Yoo-kyung (Han Seung-yeon, formerly of Kara) stops in front of this ‘photo studio’ in episode 1 of Twelve Nights (열두밤) (Channel A, 2018) on the first day of her short 4-days stay in Seoul in 2010. She decides to walk inside and the shop owner Lee Ri (Ye Soo-jung) tells her that she sees keen photographer eyes in Yoo-kyung. At the end of the day, Yoo-kyung comes running back here and to her surprise Cha Hyun-o (Shin Hyun-soo) opens the door — their fourth fated meeting: he is here to let photos taken of him and she is here to develop her photos (which continues to episode 2). She comes back here in episode 2 to get the photos she has developed that night. They are both back here in episode 3.

Kim Myeong-ha (Kim Min-gue) waits in a cafe on this street for his exchange student ‘buddy’ Mong-mong (Elkie from CLC) in episode 11 of Rich Family’s Son (부잣집 아들) (MBC, 2018), who had asked him to bring her to a public bath as there was no hot water where she was staying. His initial grumblings were subsequently soothed over when he saw her looking fresh (and pretty) after her bath.

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Aya [아야] is a milliner’s (hat shop), and not a cafe or a photo studio as K-Dramaland makes it out to be. Opened in 2012, it proposes handmade hats, usually made out natural fibers. The unique hats are created by the hat shop owner – who studied fashion design at ESMOD Tokyo, to match everyday clothes. Their price ranges between 150,000 ~ 250,000 Won. It’s located on Gyedong-gil [계동길], the central street of Seoul’s neighborhood of Gye [Gye-dong/계동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구], which is part of Bukchon Hanok Village [북촌한옥마을].

93 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 93
(서울특별시 종로구 계동 67-24)
Geolocation: 37.581555, 126.986661

Getting here
Anguk Station [안국역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 2 or 3

— submitted by Mich KDL, with help from Lydd
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, May 2018

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