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 is likely to read ‘행복미용실’ because of filming for The Light In Your Eyes (as seen briefly in Romance Is A Bonus Book).
It is located in Incheon’s neighborhood of Yonghyeon [Yonghyeon-dong/용현동], in the Michuhol District [Michuhol-gu/미추홀구] (formerly Nam District [Nam-gu/남구]) — a few steps away from book café Mind Travel [마음여행자] and restaurant Gongwonjang [공원장].
81-22 Subongnam-ro 18beon-gil, Yonghyun-dong, Michuhol-gu, Incheon, South Korea
인천광역시 미추홀구 용현동 수봉남로18번길 81-22
(인천광역시 미추홀구 용현동 55-286)
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 18-beongil [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