National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul [국립현대미술관 서울관]

True Beauty (2020-21); Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020); About Time (2018); Why Secretary Kim (2018); Jugglers (2017-2018); School 2017 (2017); Time Between Dog And Wolf (2007)

The (fictional) bus stop to which Choi Soo-ah (Kang Min-ah) chases somebody who took an indecent photo of Im Ju-kyung (Moon Ga-young) in episode 2 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21) is located at the entrance of this museum.

In episode 6 of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (도도솔솔라라솔) (KBS2, 2020), Sunwoo Joon (Lee Jae-wook) thinks back to the moment when he witnessed from the street corner outside of this museum how his best friend Kim Ji-hun (Lee Si-woo) is [SPOILER] run over by a truck just after having said goodbye.

In episode 12 of About Time (멈추고 싶은 순간: 어바웃타임) (tvN, 2018), Jo Jae-yoo (Kim Dong-joon) runs after Choi Michaela (Lee Sung-kyung) outside this museum and tells her to go eat chicken with him (at the Rocket Crispy Chicken restaurant) as his payment to her for borrowing money for his fare.

This is the setting for Yumyung Art Hall, the art center owned by Lee Young-joon’s (Park Seo-joon) company, which appeared in episode 4 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018). The Forest of Wisdom library was shown in the drama as being part of this art center. In episode 8, Lee Sung-Yeon’s (Lee Tae-Hwan) book concert takes place here to inaugarate Yumyung Art Hall. When Kim Mi-So (Park Min-Young) sees Lee Young-Joon (Park Seo-Joon) leaving the place, she runs after him and confesses her feelings, which ends with a kiss (finally!).

This was where Jwa Yun-i (Baek Jin-hee) met her art curator ex-boyfriend, Lee Kyung-joon (Sung Joon) in the opening scene of Jugglers (저글러스) (KBS2, 2017-2018) in episode 1, as they analyzed an artwork inspired by The Juggler [Jongleur], a 1930 artwork by French painter Georges Rouault – which was also what gave the drama its title. (The original print is located in MoMA in New York)

Ra Eun-ho (Kim Se-jeong) and Song Dae-whee (Jang Dong-yoon) have a talk on a bench (a production prop!) just in front of this museum in episode 4 of School 2017 (학교 2017) (KBS2, 2017).

Also seen in Time Between Dog And Wolf (개와 늑대의 시간) (MBC, 2007).

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The National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art [국립현대미술관 서울관], opened in 2013, is located Seoul’s neighborhood of Sogyeok [Sogyeok-dong/소격동], in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구]. This is considered a branch museum; the main museum is located in Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do. The museum sits vis-à-vis Radio M [라디오엠].

30 Samcheong-ro, Sogyeok-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 삼청로 30
(소격동 165)
Geolocation: 37.5794091, 126.9803691
Geolocation of About Time scene: 37.579694, 126.981246
Geolocation of Why Secretary Kim kiss: 37.579362, 126.980577

Getting here
Anguk Station [안국역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 1
Gyeongbokgung Station [경복궁역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 2.

— submitted by Mich KDL
Why Secretary Kim, About Time added by Toni
True Beauty; School 2017 added by Marion KDL

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