Jongno Tower [종로타워]

When My Love Blooms (2020); Search: WWW (2019); Black Knight (2017-18); Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo (2017); Fight For My Way (2017); Personal Taste (2010)

Building’s Exterior

Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) sees the news coverage of Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) being at the Prosecutors’ Office on the public screen of this building in episode 7 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020).

Top Cloud [탑클라우드] (closed on May 13, 2018)
Currently: Wework — Jongno Tower [위워크 종로타워]

Floor 33

In episode 6 of Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (흑기사) (KBS2, 2017-18), Kim Young-mi (Shin So-yul) invites Jung Hae-ra (Shin Se-kyung) to a dinner here But it’s only so that Park Cheol-min (Kim Byung-ok) who is also present can ask Hae-ra to help him for his shopping mall project.

Yoo Jae-Ha (Yoo Min-kyu) and Choi Yeon-Kyung (Kim Ah-joong) have dinner here in episode 7 of Live Up To Your Name, Dr. Heo/Deserving of the Name (명불허전) (tvN, 2017).

Park Moo-Bin (Choi Woo-sik) invites Choi Ae-Ra (Kim Ji-won) for dinner here in episode 5 of Fight For My Way/Third-Rate My Way (쌈 마이웨이) (KBS2, 2017).

Han Chang-ryul (Kim Ji-seok) breaks up with Park Kae-in (Son Ye-jin) at this restaurant in episode 1 of Personal Taste/Personal Preference (개인의 취향) (MBC, 2010).

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Jongno Tower [종로타워] —also known as Samsung Jong-no Tower— is a 33-storey, 132 meter-high office building that is today considered as an urban landmark of Seoul. Completed in 1999, it was designed by New York based firm Rafael Viñoly Architects. When designing it, they proposed an alternative to the high-rise restrictions set by the Blue House by building an air passage for air force operations between the buildings lower and upper parts. The firm received the ‘Exceptional Merit Award’ from the The DuPont Benedictus Awards, a worldwide competition by DuPont and The American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2000.

This building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Gongpyeong [Gongpyeong-dong/공평동] — under the administration of Jongno- ga-dong/Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa) [종로1.2.3.4가동] — in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구]. It sits vis-à-vis of YP Books — Jongno Branch [영풍문고 종로본점] and Bosingak Pavillon [보신각터].

Please note that the restaurant Top Cloud [탑클라우드], which was situated at the top floor of this building, closed its doors on May 13, 2018 due to the expiration of the lease contract. Since September 2018, the space has been used by co-working space provider Wework — Jongno Tower [위워크 종로타워]. This is also where the Barro office interior scenes featured in Search: WWW episode 2 were mostly filmed.

51 Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 종로 51
(공평동 70)
Geolocation: 37.570724, 126.983582

Getting here
Jonggak Station [종각역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 3
(Step out and you’re right there!)

— submitted by Marion KDL & Mich KDL
— Photo taken by © dihischu, 2011 and © Mich KDL, September 2019

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