National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Gwacheon [국립현대미술관 과천관]

Dali and Cocky Prince (2021); The Last Empress (2018-19); Emergency Couple (2014); My Princess (2011); Secret Garden (2010-11)

This museum’s exterior appears as the one of ‘Cheongsong Art Museum’ established by Kim Dal-ri’s (Park Gyu-young) father, the late Kim Nak-cheon (Jang Gwang) in Dali and Cocky Prince/Dal-ri and Gamja-tang (달리와 감자탕) (KBS2, 2021). This is first seen in episode 1 when Nak-cheon calls his daughter and then again in episode 2 when Dal-ri comes here at night [SPOILER] to mourn her father’s sudden death.

The exterior of this museum appears as the royal history museum in which the Empress Dowager Kang (Shin Eun-Kyung) has to do her social service hours by cleaning it in episode 37 of The Last Empress/Empress’s Dignity (황후의 품격) (SBS, 2018-19) and Oh Ssu-ni’s (Jang Na-ra) father and sister see to her doing it right.

Oh Chang-min (Choi Jin-hyuk) has a blind-date with a minister’s daughter (Jung Joo-ri) at the exhibition Bigger Trees Near Water (와터 근처의 더 큰 나무들) by David Hockney and ran from 2013.09.03 – 2014.02.28 in episode 3 of Emergency Couple (응급남녀) (tvN, 2014).

Oh Yoon-joo’s (Park Ye-jin) exhibition opening of the 20th Anniversary Exhibition of this museum —which appears as ‘Haeyoung Museum’— takes place here in episode 1 of My Princess (마이 프린세스) (MBC, 2011) and in episode 2 she gives and interview here about the origins of her discoveries that are exposed.

Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) has a mat-seon date with Yoon Seul (Kim Sa-Rang) at this museum in episode 1 of Secret Garden (Sikeurit Gadeun/시크릿 가든) (SBS, 2010-11).

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This is the main branch of the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art [국립현대미술관 과천관]; another branch is located in Seoul. This main branch is located in Gwacheon’s neighborhood Makgye [Makgye-dong/막계동]. The museum, together with amusement park Seoul Land [서울랜드], is part of the larger cultural complex Seoul Grand Park [서울대공원].

The installation The More The Better (1988) that is made out of 1003 television screens and is very prominently featured in Secret Garden, was made by Paik Nam-june, a South Korean pioneer of video art, to celebrate the Seoul Olympic Games. The tower that it is housed in in the MMCA, was especially build for this art piece.

313 Gwangmyeong-ro, Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 과천시 광명로 313
(막계동 산 58-4)
Geolocation: 37.431232, 127.020172

Getting here
Seoul Grand Park Station [대공원역 (서울랜드)], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 1, 2 or 3

— submitted by Marion KDL

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