Marronnier Park [마로니에공원]

Twenty-Five Twenty-One (2022); Twelve Nights (2018); About Time (2018); Mystery Queen 2 (2018); Revolutionary Love (2017); The Liar and His Lover (2017); Bride of the Century (2014); Shut Up Flower Boy Band (2012); La Dolce Vita (2008); 9 End 2 Outs (2007); Winter Sonata (2002); Friends (2002); Steal My Heart (1998); Feelings (1994)

Na Hee-do’s (Kim Tae-ri) long time chat friend (of whom she ignores age, gender and home town) proposes to meet up at this park with a yellow rose as sign in episode 8 of Twenty-Five Twenty-One/25 21 (스물다섯 스물하나) (tvN, 2022). [SPOILER] When Hee-do’s chat friend, her real life rival Go Yoo-rim (Kim Ji-yeon/Bona of WJSN) arrives at this park —also with a yellow rose and accompanied by her friend Baek Yi-jin (Nam Joo-hyuk) who wants to make sure the person Yoo-rim meets is not a fraud— for the meeting and understands with whom she had shared intimate thoughts over three years, she hurries away in shock after quickly handing over her rose to Yi-jin.

Cha Hyun-o (Shin Hyun-soo) comes here in episode 2 of Twelve Nights (열두밤) (Channel A, 2018) on the third day of his short 4-days stay in Seoul in 2010 to visit his friend Park Sun-joo (Han Ji-eun) who rehearses for the ’17th Seoul Contemporary Dance Company Performance’ and they both have a chat outside the Arko Arts Theater [아르코예술극장] and she shares her stage fright with Hyun-o.

Lee Do-ha (Lee Sang-yoon) and his ex-girlfriend Kim Joon-ah (Kim Gyu-ri) talked about their past in this park, just outside of Arko Arts Theater [아르코예술극장] in episode 7 of About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임) (tvN, 2018).

Detective Ha Wan-seung (Kwon Sang-woo) asks by-passers about a pervert case at this park in episode 13 of Mystery Queen 2/Queen of Mystery 2 (추리의 여왕 2) (KBS2, 2018).

In a flashback in episode 1 of Revolutionary Love (변혁의 사랑) (tvN, 2017), we see how Baek Joon (Kang So-Ra) confessed to Kwon Je-Hoon (Gong Myung) here.

The backdrop of the cafe where Yoon Soo-rim (Joy) shared her good news of being scouted at Sole N Music Agency to Kang Han-Kyeol (Lee Hyun-Woo) in episode 5 of The Liar and His Lover/Lovely Love Lie (그녀는 거짓말을 너무 사랑해) (tvN, 2017).

Na Doo-rim (Yang Jin-sung) takes part in a cake eating contest that is held by a bakery at this park in episode 3 of Bride of the Century (백년의 신부) (CSTV, 2014) and is seen by coincidence by Choi Kang-joo (Lee Hong-gi of F.T. Island) when she is called out as the winner.

The band Eye Candy decides to play a gig at this park in front of the Arko Arts Theater [아르코예술극장] in episode 1 of of Shut Up Flower Boy Band/Flower Band/Shut Up & Let’s Go (닥치고 꽃미남 밴드) (tvN, 2012) after another gig at a club was cancelled. When setting up to play, they have a run-in with rival band Strawberry Fields that has a show at the theater the same evening and sees Eye Candy as a concurrence. The members of the two bands finally get into a fight when Im Soo-ah (Jo Bo-ah) arrives at the scene to watch Strawberry Field’s show but Eye Candy’s leader Joo Byung-hee (Lee Min-ki) recognizes her as “his muse” and hugs her in front of Strawberry Field’s singer Yoo Seung-hoon (Jung Eui-chul) who has a crush on Soo-ah.

Yoon Hye-jin (Oh Yeon-soo) comes here with a group of Japanese tourists in final episode 24 of La Dolce Vita/Bitter Sweet Life (달콤한 인생) (MBC, 2008). When seeing break-dancers she is reminded of Lee Joon-soo (Lee Dong-wook).

A year before, Hong Nan-hee (Soo Ae) walks past here in episode 1 of 9 End 2 Outs/Two Outs in the Ninth Inning (9회말 2아웃) (MBC, 2007).

This is also where Jung Yoo-Jin (Choi Ji-Woo), on the way to her engagement party, sees Lee Min-Hyung (Bae Yong-Jun) walking by in episode 3 of Winter Sonata/Winter Love Story (겨울 연가/겨울연가) (KBS2, 2002); when everybody has thought that he was dead. Totally forgetting about her engagement party, she frantically runs after him and tries to find him. In vain.

Kim Ji-hoon (Won Bin) and his best friend Park Kyoung-joo (Lee Dong-gun) have a heart-to-heart talk about his relationship with Tomoko Asai (Kyoko Fukada) at this park in episode 2 of Friends 2002 (Peurenjeu/프렌즈/フレンズ) (MBC/TBS, 2002) and he warns him about the complicatedness to date someone from Japan.

Suh Ki-jo (Han Jae-suk) walks through this park lost in thoughts through memory lines close to the end of final episode 16 of Steal My Heart/Fascinate My Heart/Try to Snatch my Heart (내 마음을 뺏어봐) (SBS, 1998) and suddenly he notices that Han Ye-rin (Kim Nam-joo) passes him by and calls out her name. They exchange a few words before each of them parts in opposite ways.

Everyone meets up at this park art the end of episode 2 of Feelings (Neukkim/느낌) (KBS2, 1994), and for a moment Kim Yu-ri (Woo Hee-jin) is missing.

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Marronnier Park [마로니에공원], opened in 1976, is a public park located on Daehak-ro [대학로] in Seoul’s neighborhood Dongsung [Dongsung-dong/동숭동]—overseen by the administrative neighborhood Ihwa [Ihwa-dong/이화동]— in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].

This park, which has a symbolic marronnier (horse chestnut) tree at its center (hence its name), sits in short walking distance to/from Hakrim Dabang [학림다방]. It hosts all kinds of outdoor cultural event centers, sculpture exhibitions, and art centers. One such center is ARKO Artist House [예술가의집], as seen in Introverted Boss (2017).

Up till 1975, the site of today’s Marronnier Park was where the garden of the College of Liberal Arts and Law Faculty of Seoul National University [서울대학교 문리대학과 or 서울대 문리대 for short] was located, until it moved to its current location at Gwanak Campus by the what’s known today as Korea Land and Housing Corporation [한국토지주택공사]. Since the 1980s, Marronnier Park has been rebuilt as a cultural and artistic park.

The park 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). In 2017, it was designated Seoul’s Future Heritage (서울미래유산) given out since 2012 by the city’s government.

Address of Marronier Park [마로니에공원]
104 Daehak-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 대학로 104
(동숭동 1-124)
Geolocation: 37.580364, 127.002803
Geolocation of Winter Sonata scenes: 37.580974, 127.002623
Geolocation of La Dolce Vita scenes: 37.580740, 127.002872

Address of Arko Arts Theater
서울특별시 종로구 대학로8길 7
(동숭동 1-111)
Opening Hours: 11:00-19:00
* Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Getting here
Hyehwa Station [혜화역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 2

— submitted by Csteffiejoi, updated by Marion KDL; last updated 32/05/2022
About Time added by Toni

2 reviews

  1. been here and i must say ITS A MUST PLACE TO VISIT!!

    so beautiful 🙂

  2. Also seen in episode 2 of Liar & Lover

    HI! I’m pretty sure this is also where Soo-rim waits for Han-Kyeol in episode 2 and meets his singer-songwriter father who plays his guitar here and asks Soo-rim to sing along. I love the funky sculptures and the red brick buildings of this place.

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