Le Méridien Seoul [르 메르디앙 서울], formerly Ritz-Carlton Seoul (1995—2021)

Jugglers (2017-18); Jealousy Incarnate (2016); Love and Ambition (2006); Something Happened in Bali (2004); Stairway to Heaven (2003-04); Beautiful Days (2001)

Le Méridien Seoul [르 메르디앙 서울]

2017 ~ 2021

In episode 1 of Jugglers (저글러스) (KBS2, 2017-2018), Jwa Yun-i (Baek Jin-hee) and Nam Chi-won (Choi Daniel) have separate appointments at this hotel. While in the middle of meeting a client, Yun-i was unceremoniously dragged out of the restaurant she was at by her then-boss’ wife, who suspected her of having an affair with him. In episode 7, this was the location of the Best Boss Award ceremony, and where Chi-won met with Yun-i’s mother after she found out that he’s Yun-i’s boss.

The Ritz-Carlton Seoul [리츠칼튼 서울]

1995 ~ 2016

This building appears as The L-State in Jealousy Incarnate (질투의 화신) (SBS, 2016), belonging to Ko Jung-won’s (Go Kyung-pyo) family. This is where his mother stays, where she celebrated her wedding day alone in episode 9, and where we see her get out of the hotel in episode 13. This is also where Pyo Na-ri (Gong Hyo-jin) has a blind date in episode 15 and both Jung-won and Lee Hwa-shin (Cho Jung-seok) get jealous – ending with Hwa-shin being thrown out of the hotel.

The engagement party of Cha Song-joo (Kwon Sang-woo) and Han Yu-ri (Kim Tae-hee) takes place at this hotel in episode 11 of Stairway to Heaven (천국의 계단) (SBS, 2003-04). When Song-joo turns to Han Jung-Seo (Choi Ji-Woo) with the engagement ring in hand, she leave the hall when seeing that Han Tae-hwa (Shin Hyeon-jun) gets arrested before he can join the party.

The annual meeting of music companies in episodes 13-14 of Beautiful Days (아름다운 날들) (SBS, 2001) is held at this hotel and Victory Records and Muse Records directors take part. To Lee Min-Chul’s (Lee Byung-Hun) and Lee Jung-Choon’s (Lee Jung-Kil) surprise their (respectively) half-brother and son Lee Sun-Jae (Ryu Si-Won) appears at the meeting at the side of rival Muse president Yang Kyung-Hee aka Yang Mimi (Lee Whee-Hyang) as Muse’s new producer. In episode 14, Min-chul takes Sun-Tae apart and orders him to stop his involvement with Muse. This is also where Min-chul proposes to Kim Yun-Soo (Choi Ji-Woo) — in the suite on the 17th floor.

Also seen in final episode 81 of Love and Ambition (사랑과 야망) (SBS, 2006); the 16th floor was seen in Something Happened in Bali/What Happened in Bali/Memories of Bali (발리에서 생긴 일) (SBS, 2004).

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Formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton Seoul [리츠칼튼 서울], this hotel — located in Seoul’s neighborhood Yeoksam [Yeoksam-dong/역삼동] in the Gangnam District [Gangnam-gu/강남구] – reopened after a $97 million one-year renovation and rebranding in September 2017 as 5-star hotel Le Meridien Seoul [르 메르디앙 서울]. It closed doors on February 28 2021. The Burning Sun Club, a place that was at the center of the Burning Sun Gate in 2019 was located at this hotel. Le Méridien will re-open doors in October 2022 in Myeong-dong.

This hotel first opened as South Seoul Hotel [남서울호텔] in 1980, was remodeled into Ritz-Carlton Seoul in 1995.

Some of the hotel’s restaurants and facilities that have been featured in Jugglers include Elements Restaurant, LAB XXIV [랩24]) (which appears have relocated here from its previous location in Cheongdam-dong), M Contemporary, and the Davinci Ballroom, which are all located in the same building.

120 Bongeunsa-ro, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 강남구 봉은사로 120
(역삼동 602)
Geolocation: 37.5050708,127.0265615

Getting here
Sinnonhyeon Station [신논현역], Seoul Subway Line 9, Exit 4.
The hotel is just a short walk away from the exit.

— submitted by Mich KDL; last updated 11/06/2022
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, April 2018
Jealousy Incarnate added by Marion KDL

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