Jungangtap Historic Park [중앙탑사적공원]

Vincenzo (2021); Crash Landing On You (2019-20); My Strange Hero (2018-19)

Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) and Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-bin) have a coffee at Chungju Tangeum Rainbow Road in episode 19 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), which is located at this park. It is here that he promises her that he’ll come back; part of their conversation is later seen in episode 20.

Ri Jeong-hyeok (Hyun Bin) reunites at this park in front of the pagoda (supposedly in Seoul) with his four underlings Pyo Chi-su (Yang Kyung-won), Park Kwang-beom (Lee Sin-young), Kim Ju-meok (Yoo Su-bin), and Geum Eun-dong (Tang Joon-sang) as well as Jung Man-bok (Kim Young-min) in episode 12 of Crash Landing on You (사랑의 불시착) (tvN, 2019-20). He then calls Yoon Se-ri (Son Ye-jin) to let her know and she hurries over as quickly as she can. In episode 13, it is at Tangeum Rainbow Road that Gu Seung-jung (Kim Jung-hyun) tells Seo Dan (Seo Ji-hye) that Ri Jeong-hyeok had gone to Seoul.

Kang Bok-su (Yoo Seung-ho) and Son Soo-jeong (Jo Bo-ah) scout this park as a location for a school trip in episode 14 (full episode 7) of My Strange Hero/Bok-Su’s Back (복수가 돌아왔다) (SBS, 2018-19). During the visit, both come closer and the afternoon turns into a date until Lee Gyeong-hyeon (Kim Dong-young) and Yang Min-ji (Park Ah-in) join them and disturb the couple’s sweet time. But Bok-su finds the right moment in the evening to leave Gyeong-hyeon and Min-ji behind and he and Soo-jeong end the day kissing in front of the pagoda of this park.

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Jung-angtap Historic Park [중앙탑사적공원] is a public park located in the village of Tappyeong [Tappyeong-ri/탑평리] in Chungju’s Gageum Township [Gageum-myeon/가금면]. The park is located about a 20 minute drive to/from Suju Palbong Campsite [수주팔봉야영지] and about 30 minutes by public transport to/from Dan B Coffee Shop [단B커피숍/단비커피숍].

The park houses the 14.5m-tall Seven-story Stone Pagoda (충주 탑평리 칠층석탑 or 중앙탑공원 중원탑평리7층석탑/ 忠州 塔坪里 七層石塔), which is “National Treasure No.6… the largest and tallest stone tower of the unified Silla period,” as So-jeong explains to Bok-su in My Strange Hero — and rightly so. The pagoda is also called the ‘Jungangtap Tower’ as it’s believed to have been constructed at the very center of the country, or jungang (중앙) in Korean. A sculpture park was subsequently constructed around the pagoda.

Chungju Museum [충주박물관] and Chungju Liquorium [세계술문화박물관 발효교육과학관] are also located on the park’s ground, as well as Tangeum Rainbow Road (also known as Tangeum Lake Rainbow Bridge, or its various Korean names ‘충주 탄금호 무지개길’, ‘충주 무지개다리’ or ‘탄금호 무지개다리가’), which was erected on the human-made Tangeumho Lake [탄금호].

Chungju City sponsored the drama Crash Landing on You; the reason why the park was featured in the show.

Address of Jungangtap Historic Park [중앙탑사적공원]
11 Tappyeong-ri, Gageum-myeon, Chungju-si, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea
충청북도 충주시 가금면 탑평리 11
Geolocation: 37.016798, 127.866532
Geolocation of the Seven-story Stone Pagoda: 37.015924, 127.866639
Geolocation of Chungju Tageum Rainbow Road: 37.015692, 127.867804

Getting here
By Bus from Seoul
➜ Take a bus to Chungju Bus Terminal [충주공용버스터미널] from Central City Terminal in Seoul [센트럴시티터미널] (1 hr 50 minutes).
or from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal [동서울종합터미널] (also known as East Seoul Bus Terminal) (1 hr 40 minutes).
➜ From here, it is about 30 mins by bus.

— submitted by Marion KDL

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