Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young) and Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) come here on their afternoon out in episode 5 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019) to celebrate her first paycheck and they eat a snack in front of Too Cool For School [투쿨포스쿨].
Seo Ji-Ho (Shin Hyun-Soo) has put up his clothing stall here in episode 45 of My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생) (KBS2, 2017-18) and Choi Seo-Hyun (Lee Da-In) comes to visit. She doesn’t know how to react when he asks her if she has fallen for him.
Park Se-geon (Ahn Hyo-seop) and Nan-hee (Kim Seul-gi) come here on a ‘ring date’ in episode 5 of Queen of the Ring (반지의 여왕), the third story of the mini-series/drama trilogy Three Colors of Fantasies (세가지 색 판타지)(MBC/Naver 2017) and listen to street musicians.
Do Bong-soon (Park Bo-young) and Ahn Min-hyuk (Park Hyung-sik) walk pass on the outer walls of this park on their date in episode 11 of Strong Woman Do Bong soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순) (JTBC, 2017).
Colin (Lee Jong-Hyun) gives a free concert here in episode 13 of A Gentleman’s Dignity (신사의 품격) (SBS, 2012) after having run away. The “four gentlemen” go out to search for him in Hongdae and are standing in front of Colin at the end of the episode. “I heard that someone among the four of you is my father. Who is it?”, greets them Colin.
Seo Joon (Jang Keun-Suk) and Jung Ha-Na (Yoona) meet here in episode 11 of Love Rain (사랑비) (KBS2, 2012) and go on a date.
This is a usual spot for Mei-ri/Mary (Moon Geun-Young) and Kang Mu-Gyul (Jang Keun-Suk) in Mary Stayed Out All Night/Marry Me, Mary! (메리는외박중) (KBS2, 2010). In episode 2 she follows him here and while he plays a song for a small crowd, Mary thinks over her dad’d proposition to get married to Jung-in (Kim Jae-Wook) for a hundred days before deciding who is the right man for her. In episode 8, the day of Mary’s and Jung-in’s engagement, Mu-gyul asks her to meet up here and she finds him, again, playing to a crowd.
Also seen in Monstar (몬스타) (Mnet/tvN, 2013); and Coffee Prince/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점) (MBC, 2007).
Hongdae Playground or Hongik Children’s Park [홍대놀이터공원], as its name says, is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Seogyo-dong [서교동], in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구], that makes up parts of Hongdae [홍대], just opposite of Hongik University. It is a small park where street musicians will find an audience and where you can get small self-made objects at little stands.
As Tentenation reports (many thanks!) it’s trademark playground doesn’t exit anymore. It disappeared in 2016.
19-3 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
서울 마포구 와우산로21길 19-3
Geolocation: 37.552212, 126.923336
Romance Is A Bonus Book Snack: 37.552321, 126.922977
Romance Is A Bonus Book Entry Portal: 37.552092, 126.923121
Sangsu Station [상수역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 1 or 2
Hongik University Station [홍대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 9
— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich, 2014 and © deanekitty29, Summer 2019
— Updated w/ information by Tentenation
— Mary Stayed Out All Night added by deanekitty29