Jungangtang [중앙탕] (1968—2014)

Coffee Prince (2007)

Jungangtang [중앙탕]

Ko Eun-chan (Yoon Eun-hye) delivers food to this (formally) only-women bathhouse in episode 1 of Coffee Prince/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점) (MBC, 2007). The women there think that she’s a young man and chase her out of the bathhouse.

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Originally known as Jungangtang Bathhouse [중앙탕/중앙목욕탕], in operation for 46 years till around 2014, this building is now home to the Joseon Minhwa Gallery [갤러리조선민화 미술관], which opened in 2021. It is located on Gyedong-gil [계동길] — a little further down the road from Aya [아야] — in Seoul’s neighborhood Gye [Gye-dong/계동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구], part of Bukchon Hanok Village [북촌한옥마을].

This building also formerly housed the Bukchon Flagship Store of South Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster [젠틀몬스터 북촌 플래그십스토어] from 2015 to 2020. It was also known as ‘Gentle Monster Bathhouse’ as it had retained the original interior of Jungangtang Bathhouse.

92 Gyedong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 계동길 92
(계동 133-5)
Geolocation: 37.581378, 126.986885

Getting here
Anguk Station [안국역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 2 or 3
(9 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL with updates by sarahms and Mich KDL
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, May 2018

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