Konkuk University [건국대학교]

Tale of the Nine Tailed (2020); Love With Flaws (2019-20); Maybe, Maybe Not (2019); My ID is Gangnam Beauty (2018); Rich Family's Son (2018); Meloholic (2017); While You Were Sleeping (2017); Strongest Deliveryman (2017); Chicago Typewriter (2017); Bride of the Water God 2017 (2017); Goblin (2016); Twenty Again (2015)

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 in episode 5 (full episode 3) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20). Won-suk also lets Ho-dol know that he is not interested in dating him

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 Faculty 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 is 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 comes here to pick up Eun-tak and waits 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 Shin carries in his chest. A little later, and after their trip, Shin comes here for a surprise visit.

This university appears as ‘Woocheon University’ in Twenty Again/Second 20s/Second 20’s/Second Time Twenty Years Old (두번째 스무살) (tvN, 2015), where Ha No-ra (Choi Ji-woo) studies and Cha Hyun-suk (Lee Sang-yoon) teaches at; as first seen in episode 1.

Also appears in episode 5 of Tale of the Nine Tailed/Tale of The Nine-Tailed Fox (구미호뎐) (tvN, 2020).

Web Drama filmed here

Featured in web drama Maybe, Maybe Not/Alrang Malrang (알랑말랑) (Studio Dia, 2019), as the university the main characters attend.

Movies filmed here

Nobody’s Daughter Haewon (누구의 딸도 아닌 해원) (2013)
Our Sunhi (우리 선희) (2013)
Oki’s Movie (옥희의 영화) (2010)

Variety show filmed here

— Episode 15 of reality dating show Heart Signal 3 (하트시그널 시즌3) (Channel A, 2020 – Source) – bridge

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Konkuk University [건국대학교] is a private university in South Korea. It was established in 1946 as ‘Chosun School of Politics [조선정치학관]’ along with the Sanghuh Memorial Hall, a building often featured in K-Dramaland. It changed its direction to a general university in 1959, which included 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], served by its self-named subway station. In 2006, the ‘Glocal campus’ in Chungju was added as Konkuk University’s second campus.

A collection of this university’s buildings is one of the 380 traditional and modern-contemporary buildings in Seoul selected for the The Seoul Architectural Guide (2013, page 144-45).

120 Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 광진구 능동로 120
(화양동 1)
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 Faculty Building: 37.541687, 127.075301
Geolocation of Engineering Department [건국대학교 공학관]: 37.541605, 127.078791

Getting here
Konkuk University Station [건대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2 and 7, Exit 3

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 08/04/2022
Bride of the Water God 2017 added by Caitlin
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, April 2018 and © Lydd, May 2018

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