Jeonju University [전주대학교]

Juvenile Justice (2022); Was It Love (2020)

Noh Ae-jung (Song Ji-hyo), Ryu Jin (Song Jong-ho), Oh Dae-o (Son Ho-jun) and Oh Yeon-woo (Koo Ja-sung) all attended this university’s ‘Department of Theater and Film’ in Was It Love/Did We Love?/We, Were in Love (우리, 사랑했을까) (JTBC, 2020), which appears as ‘Hankuk University’. Ae-jung and Dae-o were also a campus couple and they were members of the university’s film club together with Ryu Jin — as seen, for instance, in episodes 2, 5 and 6. In episode 13, Ryu Jin brings Ae-jung’s daughter to this campus and recounts her mother’s and Dae-o’s love story.

Main Building [전주대학교 본관]

In a flashback, a hysterical Sim Eun-seok (Kim Hye-soo) runs out from this ‘courthouse’ after receiving news that her young son was in an accident, in episode 9 of Juvenile Justice/Juvenile Judgement (멜소년심판) (Netflix, 2022).

Movie Filmed Here

Twenty (스물) (2015)

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Jeonju University [전주대학교] is a private Christian university located in Jeonju’s neighborhood Hyojadong 2(i)-ga [효자동2가] in the Wansan District [Wansan-gu/완산구].

This university was first established in 1964 as the evening college Jeonju Youngsaeng College or Eternal Life Evening College [영생학원은], which offered night classes to officer workers looking to further their education. Margaret Emma Carlo (마가렛 칼로) (1917-2005), a North American missionary, who ministered in South Korea from 1962 to 1968, served as this college’s first dean. At the end of the 1970s, the college functioned more in the daytime, was renamed ‘Jeonju College’ and was moved to its current location in 1981. Two years later, the college acquired university status and hence took on its current name.

Most scenes in Was It Love where filmed around this university’s Star Center [전주대학교 스타센터], opened on May 3 2011 as the university’s library and student center. The building, the university’s largest, is located right in the center of campus.

303 Cheonjam-ro, Wansan-gu, Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
전북 전주시 완산구 천잠로 303
(효자동3가 1203)
Geolocation: 35.813925, 127.090093

Getting here
By Bus from Seoul
Central City Terminal in Seoul [센트럴시티터미널]
➜ Take bus to Jeonju Express Bus Terminal [전주고속버스터미널] (2h 40min ride)
➜ From here, it will take approximately 15 minutes by taxi or 1 hour by public transport.

— submitted by Marion KDL

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