Hongdae Playground [홍대놀이터공원]

Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019); My Golden Life (2017-18); Three Colors of Fantasies III (2017); Laurel Tree Tailors (2016); Ex-Girlfriends' Club (2015); Bel Ami (2013-14); Monstar (2013); A Gentleman's Dignity (2012); Love Rain (2012); Mary Stayed Out All Night (2010); Coffee Prince (2007)

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).

Ra-ra (Ryu Hwa-young) has a shooting at this park in episode 11 of Ex-Girlfriends’ Club/Ex-Girlfriend Club (구여친클럽) (tvN, 2015).

Kim Bo-Tong (Lee Ji-Eun/UI) sets up a flea market stand here in episode 2 of Bel Ami/Pretty Man/Pretty Boy/Beautiful Man (예쁜남자) (KBS2, 2013-14) and David Choi (Lee Jang-woo) buys a hat from her.

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 Laurel Tree Tailors/The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop (월계수 양복점 신사들) (KBS2, 2016); Monstar (몬스타) (Mnet/tvN, 2013); and Coffee Prince/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점) (MBC, 2007).

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Hongdae Playground or Hongik Children’s Park [홍대놀이터공원], as its name suggests, is located just opposite Hongik University in Hongdae [홍대], which is part of Seoul’s neighborhood Seogyo [Seogyo-dong/서교동] in the Mapo District [Mapo-gu/마포구]. It is a small park where street musicians find an audience and where you can get handmade objects at carts located around the vicinity of the park.

As Tentenation reports (many thanks!), the park’s trademark playground doesn’t exist anymore; it disappeared in 2016.

19-3 Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 마포구 와우산로21길 19-3
(서교동 359)
Geolocation: 37.552212, 126.923336
Romance Is A Bonus Book snack cart: 37.552321, 126.922977
Romance Is A Bonus Book entrance: 37.552092, 126.923121

Getting here
Sangsu Station [상수역/上水驛], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 1 or 2
Hongik University Station [홍대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 9

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 05/07/2022
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, 2014 and © deanekitty29, Summer 2019
— Updated w/ information from Tentenation
Mary Stayed Out All Night added by deanekitty29

2 reviews

  1. 2017 view

    No Playground Anymore

    1. Many thanks, Tentenation! Awwww, this is sad to hear…

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