Best friends So Mun (Joe Byeong-Gyu), Im Ju-yeon (Lee Ji-won) and Kim Ung-min (Kim Eun-soo) pass by this house on their way to school in episode 1 of The Uncanny Counter/Amazing Rumor (경이로운 소문) (OCN, 2020).
Choi Jun-woo (Ong Seong-woo) hops into a truck along the street outside this building, which drives past it in episode 1 of Moments of Eighteen/Moments of 18/At Eighteen (열여덟의 순간) (JTBC, 2019).
Prosecutor Do Ji-han (Oh Man-seok) and investigator Yang Soo-dong (Kim Young-woong) alight along this street in episode 10 (full episode 5) of Partners for Justice 2/Investigation Couple 2 (검법남녀 2) (MBC, 2019), before heading to a victim’s rented room to inspect it.
Jung Gal-hee (Jin Ki-joo) takes the staircase leading up to this house on her way home in episode 17 (full episode 9) of The Secret Life of My Secretary/I Loved You From The Beginning/How to Train My Blind Boss (초면에 사랑합니다) (SBS, 2019) and the police officer’s car that her brother had called is parked next to this house.
Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) and his colleague Bong Ji-hong (Jo Han-hhul) visit poet Choi Hyeong-su at his home in episode 7 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019) — only to find him dead.
This appears as Kim Hye-ja’s (Kim Hye-ja/Han Ji-min) house in The Light in Your Eyes/Eyes Are Dazzling (눈이 부시게) (JTBC, 2019), where her mother (Lee Jung-eun) runs the salon ‘Happy Beauty Shop’ (행복미용실). Her father (Ahn Nae-sang) and older brother Kim Young-soo (Son Ho-jun) also live here. In episode 1, Hye-ja’s best friends Lee Hyun-joo (Kim Ga-eun) and Yoon Sang-eun (Song Sang-eun) hang out with her on the rooftop — a meta moment as this was where Kim Ga-eun’s character in Because This Is My First Life lived in the show.
Kim Jin-hyeok (Park Bo-gum) waits for Cha Su-hyeon (Song Gye-kyo) along the street outside this house in episode 2 of Encounter/Boyfriend (남자친구) (tvN, 2018-19). After picking him up, she requests for him to accompany her to a rest stop to eat ramyeon.
Lee Yeon-seo (Kim Ga-eun) lives in this rooftop apartment in I Picked up a Star on the Road/I Picked Up a Celebrity from the Street (나는 길에서 연예인을 주웠다) (Oksusu, 2018) and this is also where she keeps Kang Joon-hyuk (Sung Hoon) hostage with the help of her neighbor Hwang Nam-goo (Kim Jong-hoon).
Lee Moon-sook (Yang Geum-seok), mother of the twins, lives here in Good Witch (착한마녀전) (SBS, 2018). In episode 10, Cha Sun-hee (Lee Da-hae), disguised as her sister Cha Do-hee, and Song Woo-jin (Ryu Soo-young) hide chairman Oh Pyeong-pan (Lee Deok-hwa) here.
This is Ho-rang (Kim Ga-eun) and Won-seok’s (Kim Min-seok) rooftop house in Because This Is My First Life/This Life Is Our First (이번 생은 처음이라) (tvN, 2017). After the couple broke up, Ho-rang moved out of the house, leaving Won-seok staying there alone for a time. In episode 16, both Se-hee (Kim Min-ki) and Ji-ho (Jung So-min) met here by chance when they both moved in without each other knowing.
In episode 14 of of Two Cops (투깝스) (MBC, 2017-18), this house is part of a crime scene concerning domestic violence. Gong Soo-chang (Kim Sun-ho) comes here in Cha Dong-tak’s (Cho Jung-seok) body together with Dokgo Sung-Hyeok (Hoya) until Soo-chang sees blood and is thrown out of Dong-tak. More importantly, it is here that both come to understand how Soo-chang got into Dong-tak’s body (water to get in, blood to get out).
In the evening, Dong-tak comes back here to find hints for the case, as does Song Ji-an (Girl’s Day’s Hye-ri). Both meet on the rooftop and Ji-an explains how the media portrays some behaviors as romantic, when they are actually violent in reality. She ends up pushing Dong-tak to a table (K-Drama hero style) as an example. When it becomes awkward between them, she begins to retreat but instead, he pulls her in for a kiss (also in K-Drama hero style) – but not before asking her if his gesture would also be considered violent, which she responds with a ‘no’.
This rooftop is part of the building that housed a Korean restaurant called ‘여기잔치났구먼’ (loosely translated to ‘There’s a party here’). As of May 2018, it is was called ‘Mirula Secret’ [미르라시크릿]. As of February 2019, the sign read ‘행복미용실’ because of filming for The Light In Your Eyes (as seen briefly in Romance Is A Bonus Book). As of August 2020, it is now ‘Subong Yangnyeom Chicken’ [수봉양념치킨].
It is located along Subongnam-ro 18beon-gil [수봉남로18번길] in Incheon’s neighborhood Yonghyeon [Yonghyeon-dong/용현동], in the Michuhol District [Michuhol-gu/미추홀구] (formerly Nam District [Nam-gu/남구]) — a few steps to/from book café Mind Travel [마음여행자] and restaurant Gongwonjang [공원장], and 2 minutes to/from Seo Dal-mi’s House.
81-22 Subongnam-ro 18beon-gil, Michuhol-gu, Incheon, South Korea
인천광역시 미추홀구 수봉남로18번길 81-22
Geolocation: 37.457023, 126.660897
Jemulpo Station [제물포역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 1
Exit A2/14 from the Jemulpo Underground Shopping Center [제물포지하도상가].
➜ From the station exit, cross the road into Subong-ro [수봉로] to the Namjung School bus stop [남중학교 정류장]. If you come up from the underground shopping center, the stop should be just ahead.
➜ Take bus 517 or 519 for 3 stops to the Subong Park Terminal bus stop [수봉공원 종점 정류장].
➜ From there, cross the road and walk straight towards Subongnam-ro 18beon-gil [수봉남로18번길].
➜ You’ll pass by Mind Travel first, before approaching the shop (and the rooftop), which will be on your left. The red brick residential building opposite it is Subong Heights Villa [수봉하이츠빌라].
— submitted by Mich KDL
— updated information and photos taken by © Mich KDL, May 2018
— Photo of The Light In Your Eyes facade courtesy of © fdsa0606, March 2019 (감사드립니다!)
— The Uncanny Counter; The Secret Life Of My Secretary Romance Is A Bonus Book, Good Witch, Two Cops, I Picked up a Star on the Road added by Marion KDL