Lee Ji-eun (Kim Si-eun) comes here with Ha Joon (Cha In-ha) in episode 5 of web drama Miss Independent Jieun 2 (세상 잘 사는 지은씨2) (Dingo Story/V Original, 2019), after confronting their project group member Se-ra, who had pretended to be sick in order to avoid attending a meeting.
Jang Yoon (Yeon Woo-jin) brings Hong Yi-young (Kim Se-jeong of Gugudan) to this park for its view in episode 8 (full episode 4) of I Wanna Hear Your Song/Let Me Hear Your Song (너의 노래를 들려줘) (KBS2, 2019) and after a while she asks if she can kiss him. Yoon doesn’t seem to reciprocate her feelings and awkwardness sets in until he leans in for a kiss.
Ki Dae-joo (Koo Ja-sung) asks Veronica Park (Kim Jae-kyung) to meet up at this park in episode 11 of The Secret Life of My Secretary/I Loved You From The Beginning/How to Train My Blind Boss (초면에 사랑합니다) (SBS, 2019) and demands her to sign a proxy statement for the upcoming shareholders meeting of T&T Mobile.
Han San-hae (Shin Dong-wook) proposes to Bok Seung-ah (Kwon Yu-ri) here in final episode 31 (final full episode 16) of Dae Jang Geum Is Watching / The Great Jang-geum Is Watching / Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma (대장금이 보고 있다) (MBC, 2018-19).
Cha Hyun-o (Shin Hyun-soo) and Han Yoo-kyung (Han Seung-yeon, formerly of Kara) meet here for the second time in episode 1 of Twelve Nights (열두밤) (Channel A, 2018) on the first day of their short 4-days stay in Seoul in 2010. Sleeping on a bench, she wakes up with her head leaning on his shoulder and he dances for her afterwards, telling her about him wanting to be a dancer.
Ji Soo-Ho (Yoon Doo-Joon) and Song Geu-Rim (Kim So-Hyun) come here in episode 9 of Radio Romance (라디오 로맨스) (KBS2, 2018). They talk about their families and she tells him that she now understands that his silence is his way of taking and she finally hugs him while he is crying.
Son Moo Han (Kam Woo Sung) comes here with his dog for creative thinking in episode 1 of Should We Kiss First/ Shall We Kiss First (키스 먼저 할까요) (SBS, 2018).
Yoon Ji-Ho’s (Jung So-Min) co-worker Yeon Bok-Nam (Kim Min-gue) brings her here on his motorbike after work in episode 7 of Because This Is My First Life/This Life Is Our First (이번 생은 처음이라) (tvN, 2017). He wants to show her the beautiful view and she clearly tells him that she has no feelings for him. The next evening (in episode 8), they come back here and Nam Se-Hee (Lee Min-Ki) — who thinks that Bon-nam has bad intentions — comes to safe Ji-ho. To do so, he runs up stairs in Ihwa Mural Village and passes by Gaeppul [개뿔] – as shown in episode 9.
Do Bong Soon (Park Bo Young) spends time at the Naksan Park Playground [낙산공원 놀이광장] with her mother and grandmother (who’s there for a visit) in episode 7 of Strong Woman Do Bong soon (힘쎈여자 도봉순) (JTBC, 2017). Aha Min Hyuk (Park Hyung Sik) who has brought Bong Soon here is introduced to grandmother as the son-in-law of the family which make the situation a bit awkward. This is also the place where grandmother beats up some gang members upon her arrival in episode 6 and where Bong-Soon, on her turn, beats up the same gang members in coming to rescue to “her boys” in episode 8. This is also where she bickers with Min-Hyuk about her working contract in the same episode.
In episode 14 of Feast of Gods (신들의 만찬) (MBC, 2012), Choi Jae-Ha (Joo Sang-Wook) piggybacks Ko Joon-Young (Sung Yu-Ri) while passing outside of the park’s playground along side the fortress walls. Lee Hae-Joon (Rain) and Shin Da-Hye (Lee Min-Jung) walk up the same slope in episode 7 of Come Back Mister/Please Come Back, Mister (돌아와요 아저씨) (SBS, 2016) when he brings her home.
When Nam Da-jung (Kim So-eun) helps an elderly to find her way –it is part of a reality show filmed with a hidden camera she is not aware of– in episode 1 of Liar Game (라이어 게임) (tvN, 2014), they come to this park and the grandmother leaves Da-jung behind to go the the restroom.
Park Hyun-Soo (Yeon Jeong-Hun) tells Jung Mong-Hee (Han Ji-Hye) here that he just learned that his wife is in the hospital because she overdosed in sedatives in episode 15 of I Summon You, Gold! (금 나와라, 뚝딱!) (MBC, 2013).
Lee Jae-Shin (Lee Yoon-Ji) and her royal guard Eun Shi-Kyung (Jo Jung-suk) come here in episode 7 of The King 2 Hearts (2012) and sit down on the fortress wall. They make a wish at a shooting star, she sings about first love and he falls in love watching her.
Yong Tae-yong (Park Yoochun) and Park-ha (Han Ji-min) also come here for a walk in episode 12 of Rooftop Prince (2012) and rest a while on the fortress wall.
Jang Joon-Ha (Namgung Min) brings his half-sister Bong Woo-Ri (Hwang Jung-Eum) here in episode 16 of Can You Hear My Heart (내 마음이 들리니) (MBC, 2011). She doesn’t know that he is the half-brother she is looking for since he has parted years ago and shares memories about her brother with him.
Naksan Park [낙산공원] is a public park in Seoul, opened in 2002. It sits on Mt. Naksan [낙산] (hence is name) and the location is known since the Joseon Dynasty for its stunning view over Seoul. Its name translates to ‘Camel Mountain’ as its shape resembles that of a camel. Another particularity of this park is that parts of Seoul’s fortress walls run through it.
Naksan Park is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Dongsung-dong [동숭동], in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구].
Naksan Park general
41 Naksan-gil, Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 종로구 낙산길 41
(동숭동 산 2-10)
Geolocation: 37.580667, 127.007461
Geolocation of various dramas scenes:
Walking up to Naksan Park Can You Hear My Heart: 37.582069, 127.007121
Portal: Can You Hear My Heart: 37.581317, 127.008170
Bench Twelve Nights: 37.581527, 127.007979
Naksan Park Playground [낙산공원 놀이광장]
50-152 Dongsung-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 종로구 동숭동 50-152
Geolocation: 37.580914, 127.008233
Parking Motorcycle Because This Is My First Life (2017): 37.581180, 127.008127
Viewpoint Because This Is My First Life (2017): 37.580659, 127.008427
Hyehwa Station [혜화역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 2 (9 min. walk) or
Hansung University Station [한성대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 3 (16 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Marion KDL, July 2012
— Dae Jang Geum is Watching, Miss Independent Jieun 2 added by Mich KDL