Nakwon Arcade [낙원상가]

When My Love Blooms (2020)

Han Jae-hyun (Jin-young of GOT7) walks down the stairs of this building in episode 1 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020) with Yoon Ji-soo (Jeon So-nee) on his heels, after they met each other at the video store by chance. In episode 5, Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) comes to the Nakwon Music Mall in the present day to buy a guitar for Ji-soo, which he had promised her he would do in their younger days.

Movie filmed here

Eun-ja’s (Kim Guk-hee) noodle store is located in the basement market, and Hyun-woo (Jung Hae-in) tries to convince Mi-soo (Kim Go-eun) to visit her there in Tune in For Love (유열의 음악앨범) (2019).

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Nakwon Arcade [낙원상가] –also known as ‘Nagwon Arcade’– consists of two parts: Nakwon Music Mall [낙원악기상가], known for its many instrument shops; and Nakwon Market [낙원시장], an underground market with shops and food stalls. It is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Nakwon [Nakwon-dong/낙원동] in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구]. Ilmi Sikdang [일미식당] (no.148) is located at the market.

428 Samil-daero, Nakwon-dong, Jongno-gu  Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 삼일대로 428
(낙원동 288)
Geolocation (front of building): 37.571982, 126.987651
Geolocation (market side stairs — approx): 37.573294, 126.987608

Getting here
Jongno 3-ga Station [종로3가역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 9
Jongno 3-ga Station [종로3가역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 1
(8 min walk)

Look out for the big blue ‘낙원악기상가’ sign on the building — the sign for the ‘Nakwon Music Mall’ — and head to the alley on the left to access the underground market. Otherwise, cut through the building and head out to the back for the alternative route to the market, and the stairs seen in the respective shows.

— submitted by Mich KDL

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