It is in front of this university’s Engineering Department –appearing as Hangook University– that Joo Won-suk (Cha In-ha) waits for Choi Ho-dol (Jang Yoo-sang) to retrieve his wallet and lets him know that he is not interested in dating him in episode 5 (full episode 3) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20).
Parts of this university appear as ‘Hankook University'(or ‘Korea University’) in My ID is Gangnam Beauty / ID: Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인) (JTBC, 2018). This is where Kang Mi-rae (Im Soo-hyang), Do Kyung-seok (Cha Eun-woo of Astro) and Hyun Soo-a (Jo Woo-ri) are enrolled as chemistry majors and Yeon Woo-young (Kwak Dong-yeon) is a teaching assistant. In episode 2, Mi-rae and Kyung-seok talk in front of the Law School Building [건국대학교 법학관].
Kim Myeong-ha (Kim Min-gue) studies here in Rich Family’s Son (부잣집 아들) (MBC, 2018), and is tasked to ‘buddy’ up with exchange student Mong-mong (Elkie from CLC), who had accidentally spilt wine on him on a plane ride back to Korea. After being re-introduced in episode 9, they walk by the university lake (건대호수), where she asks him to take photos of her. In episode 11, they meet outside the Student Affairs Office — which is, in reality, the university’s Language Institute (건국대학교 언어교육원) — where she tells him that her hot water has run out, and asks him to bring her to a public bath.
This university appears as ‘Eunha University’ in Meloholic/Melo Holic (멜로홀릭) (OCN, 2017). Yoo Eun-ho (U-Know Yunho from TVXQ) studies psychology here and subsequently works as a teaching assistant. As for Han Ye-ri (Kyung Soo-jin), she is paid to study here but is also engaged as an assistant by psychology professor Kim Joo-seung (Choi Dae-chul). This is also where Eun-ho’s first love declaration failed – big time. This changed him into being an expert in love (with his his new mind-reading ability also being of some help here).
Nam Hong-joo (Bae Suzy) dreams of a proposal gone wrong (because of a fire that breaks out) at the Student Union building [건국대학교 서울캠퍼스 학생회관] of this university and goes here to prevent it in episode 10 of While You Were Sleeping (당신이 잠든 사이에) (SBS, 2017). Jung Jae-chan (Lee Jong-suk), on his part, comes here to save her from the angry crowd and they run over a bridge that is located just behind the said building.
Dan-ah (Chae Soo-bin) goes to university here in the epilogue of final episode 16 in Strongest Deliveryman (최강 배달꾼) (KBS2, 2017). She comes out of the Student Union building and Gang-soo (Go Kyung-pyo) waits for her there.
It was outside the university’s Language Institute (건국대학교 언어교육원) that Gal Ji-seok (Jo Woo-jin) met Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in) and promised to help him become a famous author, as seen in a flashback to 8 years before in episode 7 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017).
In Bride of the Water God 2017/The Bride of Habaek (하백의 신부 2017) (tvN, 2017), it was featured in a flashback scene in which Yoon So-a (Shin Se-kyung) saw her friend Jo Yeom-mi (Choi Woo-ri) and asked about Ahn Bin’s (Gong Myung) whereabouts in episode 5 (43:06 – 43:32). Yoon So-a was discussing her intention of returning the diamond ring he had given to her as a gift.
Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) takes her Communication Major Essay Entrance Exam here in episode 7 of Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17). When finished, she accidentally runs into her crush Tae-hee (Jung Hae-in), who is part of the university’s baseball team. Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) – who came here to pick up Eun-tak and is waiting in front of the Konkook/Konkuk University Museum [건국대학교 박물관] – becomes an unwilling witness of their reunion. Later, in episode 12, we see her walking on the campus as a student. In episode 13, the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-Wook) comes here to meet up with Eun-tak (probably at a rooftop café on the Student Union Building) and she draws for him the sword that Shim is carrying in his chest. A little later, and after their trip, Shim comes here for a surprise visit.
In Twenty Again/Second Time Twenty Years Old (두번째 스무살) (tvN, 2015), this appears as Woocheon University, where Ha No-ra (Choi Ji-woo) studies and Cha Hyun-suk (Lee Sang-yoon) teaches at.
Also in the web drama Alrang Malrang (알랑말랑) (Studio Dia, 2019), as the university the main characters attend.
Konkuk University [건국대학교] is a private university in South Korea. It was established in 1946 as ‘Chosun School of Politics [조선정치학관]’ with the Sanghuh Memorial Hall — a building often featured in K-Dramaland. It changed its direction to a general university in 1959 including a name-change to its contemporary name. Its central campus is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hwayang-dong [화양동] in the Gwangjin District [Gwangjin-gu/광진구]. In 2006, the ‘Glocal campus’ in Chungju was added as Konkuk University’s second campus.
The Seoul campus is served by its self-named subway station.
120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 광진구 능동로 120
Geolocation: 37.542702, 127.076323
Geolocation of Konkuk University Museum [건국대학교 박물관]: 37.542380, 127.075570
Geolocation of Student Union Building [건국대학교서울캠퍼스학생회관]: 37.541902, 127.077868
Geolocation of Bridge: 37.541687, 127.077361
Geolocation of Law School Building: 37.541687, 127.075301
Geolocation of Engineering Department [건국대학교 공학관]: 37.541605, 127.078791
Konkuk University Station [건대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 7, Exit 3
— submitted & updated by Marion KDL
— Bride of the Water God 2017 added by Caitlin
— Alrang Malrang, Rich Family’s Son (with help from Lydd), Chicago Typewriter added by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, April 2018 and © Lydd, May 2018