Kyung Hee University — Seoul Campus [경희대학교 서울캠퍼스]

The Interest of Love (2022-23); The Empire (2022); Sh**ting Stars (2022); Melancholia (2021); How To Be Thirty (2021); Record of Youth (2020); Men Are Men (2020); Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019); Clean With Passion For Now (2018-19); Top Star Yoo-baek (2018-19); About Time (2018); Mrs Cop 2 (2016); My Fantastic Funeral (2015); The Greatest Love (2011); The Golden Bride (2007-08); Steal My Heart (1998)

This is the university that Ha Sang-soo (Yoo Yeon-seok) attended and he brings Ahn Soo-young (Moon Ga-young) here at night to eat at one of his favorite restaurants that is located on campus in episode 10 of The Interest of Love (Sarang-ui Ihae/사랑의 이해) (JTBC, 2022-23). After walking up the ‘Hill of Oblivion’ (at the eastern entry of this campus), they find out that the restaurant is already closed. In episode 11, Soo-young comes here for her lunch break as she recently started to work at a new branch close-by. All of a sudden, Sang-soo stands in front of her and they take a campus tour among the autumn foliage. in the final scene final episode 16, both a repack here and while walking up the hill go through what-ifs of their relationship.

Grand Peace Hall [경희대학교 평화의전당]

Gong Tae-sung (Kim Young-dae) films an award ceremony scene of the drama ‘The World of Stars’ at this place in episode 5 of Sh**ting Stars/Shooting Stars (Byeolttongbyeol/별똥별) (tvN, 2022) and becomes more and more miffed that also present Oh Han-byul (Lee Sung-kyung) doesn’t take notice of him.

This building is shown as being part of ‘Asung High School’ in Melancholia (멜랑꼴리아) (tvN, 2021) – as seen in episode 1, when parents and students are addressed by director No Jung-a (Jin Kyung).

This university appears as ‘Myungwon University’ at which Daniel Choi (Song Jae-rim) gives a talk at Grand Peace Hall in episode 7 of Clean With Passion For Now (일단 뜨겁게 청소하라) (JTBC, 2018-19) that Gil O-sol (Kim You-jung) and her best friend Min Joo-yeon (Min Do-hee) attend. Jang Sun-gyeol (Yoon Gyun-sang) also comes here to confess his feelings to O-sol only to see how Daniel does the same and before him.

The drama awards ceremony that Yoo Baek (Kim Ji-Suk) attends in episode 1 of Top Star Yoo-Baek (톱스타 유백이) (tvN 2018-19) takes place here.

Choi Michaela (Lee Sung-Kyung) auditioned here for a part in a musical in episode 1 of About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임) (tvN, 2018).

The awards show at which Dok Ko-jin (Cha Seung-won) is nominated for his film ‘Fighter’ in episode 10 of The Greatest Love/Best Love (최고의 사랑) (MBC, 2011) takes place at this venue. This is also where Ku Ae-jung’s (Kong Hyo-jin) former manager Sang (Jeong Man-sik) intervenes so that she cannot present the children’s award and Ko-jin pays the manager back physically when he finds out about it (and thus indirectly renounces at this award).

Also seen in episode 1 of The Empire (Di Empaieo: Beob-ui Jeguk/디 엠파이어: 법의 제국) (JTBC, 2022); in episode 9 of Record of Youth/The Moment/Youth Record (청춘기록) (tvN, 2020).

Kyunghee University Main Building [경희대학교 본관]

Baek Seung-yoo (Lee Do-hyun) is picked up from here by his father Baek Min-sik (Kim Ho-jin) to head for his science high school placement test in episode 2 of Melancholia (멜랑꼴리아) (tvN, 2021), and Ji Yoon-su tries to convince Min-sik to let his son stay.

Kang Jun-woo (Song Chang-eui) thinks back to a happy moment during his student days with Ok Ji-young (Choi Yeo-jin) in episode 1 of The Golden Bride/Bride from Vietnam (황금신부) (SBS, 2007-08) when cleaning up his study books and finding a photo from that day.

In a flashback in episode 3 of How To Be Thirty/Not Yet 30 (아직낫서른) (Kakao TV, 2021), Hong A-young (Cha Min-jee) meets her crush while walking with her friends, against the backdrop of this building.

KHU Central Library [경희대학교 중앙도서관]

On a visit to Hanguk University in episode 10 of Men Are Men / To All The Guys That Loved Me / That Guy Is The Guy (그놈이 그놈이다) (KBS2, 2020), Hwang Ji-woo (Yoon Hyun-min) brings Seo Hyun-joo (Hwang Jung-eum) to the library in order to show her proof of their past lives (in the forms of Kang Jin-ho and Song Min-ju respectively).

It is inside this library that Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) and Kim Jae-min (Kim Tae-woo), the CEO of Gyeoroo Publishing, met for the first time as Eun-ho explains in an interview at Hesse Boulangerie 152 [헤세브랑제리152] in episode 2 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019).

Ko Yoon-jung (Kim Sung-ryoung) comes to this library in episode 3 of Mrs Cop 2 (미세스 캅 2) (SBS, 2016) to read up on scientific research on serial killers.

Also seen in Chuseok Special Drama — My Fantastic Funeral (나의 판타스틱한 장례식) (SBS, 2015).

Lee Seung-yoo (Kang Min-hyuk of CNBLUE) gives his ex-girlfriend Lee Hye-ryung (Kim Ji-sung) the cold shoulder as she embraces him outside this building in episode 8 of How To Be Thirty/Not Yet 30 (아직낫서른) (Kakao TV, 2021).

Open Air Theater [경희대학교 서울캠퍼스노천극장]

Han Ye-rin (Kim Nam-joo) and Yoon Suk-chan (Park Shin-yang ) study at this university in Steal My Heart/Fascinate My Heart/Try to Snatch my Heart (내 마음을 뺏어봐) (SBS, 1998), as seen for instance in episode 2 when Suk-chan surprises Ye-rin at the old open air theater [경희대학교 노천극장]; which has since been turned into a tennis court.


Natalie (Natalri/나탈리) (2010 — Source)
My Mighty Princess (무림여대생) (2008) – So-hwi (Shin Min-a) studies here
The Classic (클래식) (2003) – Sang-min (Jo In-sung) and Ji-hye (Son Ye-jin) run to this building under the rain


2PM (투피엠): ‘Promise (I’ll Be)’ (2016)
Apink (에이핑크)‘Only one [내가 설렐 수 있게]’ (2016)

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Kyung Hee University [경희대학교 서울캠퍼스], founded in 1949, is a private university that offers education from kindergarten to post-graduate level, with four campuses around South Korea (Seoul, Yongin, Hongneung and Gwangneung).

The Seoul Campus of Kyung Hee University, established in 1954, is the university’s first campus. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hoegi [Hoegi-dong/회기동] in the Dongdaemun District [Dongdaemun-gu/동대문구]. Many actors and actresses as well as K-Pop stars also graduated from this university; notable alumni include Gong Yoo, Han Ga-in, Kim Sun-A, Kim Yoo-ri, Lee Seung-hyung, Rain, as well as members of EXO, Super Junior and Big Bang.

The building seen in About Time is Kyung Hee University’s Grand Peace Hall [경희대학교 평화의전당], also known as the ‘Grand Auditorium’; situated at the Seoul Campus. It’s frequently used as a venue for fanmeetings (e.g. Song Joong-ki’s 5th fanmeeting “The Day We Meet Again” [2016.04.17] and Park Bogum’s “For You to Blossom” fanmeeting [2018.04.01]). Note that only the exterior of this building appeared in About Time; the interior scenes were likely filmed somewhere else.

This site was selected in 2012 as one of 100 regular filming locations for movies and dramas by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Film Council, and featured in the brochure The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell in Love With (영화가 사랑한 서울 촬영지 100선).

According to Naoko Abe’s book ‘Cherry’ Ingram: The Englishman Who Saved Japan’s Blossoms (cf. appendix, p. 316), this campus is considered among one of the most popular places around the world for cherry blossom viewing.

26 Kyunghee-daero, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 동대문구 경희대로 26
(회기동 1-5)
Geolocation: 37.5953632, 127.0527612
Geolocation of Peace Hall: 37.598602, 127.052718
Geolocation Open Air Theater: 37.596621, 127.054338

Getting here
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Station [외대앞역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 1,5,6

— submitted by Toni, updated by Marion & Mich KDL; last updated 11/02/2023
— Photos taken by © Toni, May 2017
Record of Youth added by Florence

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