Kyung Hee University — Seoul Campus [경희대학교 서울캠퍼스]

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)

Grand Peace Hall [경희대학교 평화의전당]

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 9 of Record of Youth/The Moment/Youth Record (청춘기록) (tvN, 2020)

Kyunghee University Main Building [경희대학교 본관]

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.

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).

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]; now turned tennis court.


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


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 with four campuses around South Korea (Seoul, Yongin, Hongneung and Gwangneung) and offers education from kindergarten to post-graduate level. The Seoul Campus of Kyung Hee University, which was 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 such as 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 on 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 one of the most popular places all over 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
— Photos taken by © Toni, May 2017
Romance Is A Bonus Book; The Greatest Love; Mrs Cop, My Fantastic Funeral, The Golden Bride; The Classic, 2PM, Apink; Steal My Heart added by Marion KDL
Men Are Men added by Mich KDL
Record of Youth added by Florence

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