Madagascar [마다가스카르] (2007—2020)

Soul Mechanic (2020); Marry Me Now? (2018); My Golden Life (2017-18); Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo (2016-17); Cunning Single Lady (2014)

Lee Shi-joon (Shin Ha-kyun) asks Han Woo-joo (Jung So-min) to meet up at this café in episode 4 (full episode 2) of Soul Mechanic/Fix You/Soul Repairer (영혼수선공) (KBS2, 2020) to apologize and to ask her if she wants to join him to cheer on Oh Yu-min (Cameo by Wi Ha-joon) at a football game.

Park Yoo-Ha (Han Ji-Hye) meets a good friend here in episode 5 of Marry Me Now?/Shall We Live Together (같이 살래요) (KBS2, 2018) and tells her about her divorce and the hardships she has gone through during her marriage.

This café appears often as a meeting place in My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생) (KBS2, 2017-18) from episode 28 onward. Seo Ji-An (Shin Hye-Sun) breaks up her last ties to her sister Seo Ji-Soo (Seo Eun-Su) at this café in episode 28. Sun Woo-Hyuk (Lee Tae-Hwan) confesses here to Ji-soo, he breaks up here with her and they later meet here again after the breakup in episode 41 shortly before she is supposed to leave to France for here studies.

During a bling date meeting, Jung Joon-Hyung (Nam Joo-Hyuk) gets a call from Kim Bok-joo (Lee Sung-Kyung) and leaves the round as quickly as possible in episode 9 of Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (역도요정 김복주) (MBC, 2016-17).

When still married, Na Ae-ra (Lee Min-jung) meets up with school friends at this café in episode 1 of Cunning Single Lady/Sly and Single Again (앙큼한 돌싱녀) (MBC, 2014).

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Gallery Coffee, Studio Madagascar [마다가스카르], opened in 2007 by professional photographer Shin Mi-sik (신미식이), was a gallery café located on the first floor of Aram Building [아람빌딩] in Seoul’s neighborhood Hyochang [Hyochang-dong/효창동] in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구]. Shin Mi-sik had specialized on taking photos in Africa (and here Madagascar), hence the café-gallery’s name. Shin also opened Pattern Ethiopia [패턴에티오피아] in 2011, which also closed doors in 2020.

Since at least September 2020, bakery-café BC158 is located here.

158 Hyochangwon-ro, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 효창원로 158
(서울특별시 용산구 청파동3가 132-22)
Geolocation: 37.542075, 126.962288

Getting here
Hyochang Park Station [효창공원앞역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 1/2
(Walk down Hyochangwon-ro until you see the café on your right hand side.)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated 10/04/2022

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