Nodeulseom [노들섬]

Café Minamdang (2022); It's Beautiful Now (2022); Vincenzo (2021); Sisyphus: The Myth (2021); True Beauty (2020-21); Start-Up (2020); I'm Not A Robot (2017-18); Bride of the Water God 2017 (2017); Strongest Deliveryman (2017); Woman With A Suitcase (2016); Healer (2014-15); Who Are You? (2008); When It's At Night (2008); Lovers in Paris (2004); A Good Person (2003)

In the epilogue of episode 2 of Café Minamdang/Minamdang: Case Note/Handsome Shaman (미남당) (KBS2/Netflix, 2022), we see a flashback of Nam Han-jun (Seo In-guk) on his first day as a policeman, standing near the bus stop outside Gate 1. He is approached by a young Han Jae-hui (Kim Min-seo) who hands him a farewell gift, before he skips away with his then girlfriend (Lucy from Weki Meki).

Hyun Mi-rae (Bae Da-bin) and her (still) husband Park Jun-hyung (Lee Hyun-jin) come here at night in episode 3 of It’s Beautiful Now/Now Is Beautiful/It’s Beautiful Right Now (현재는 아름다워) (KBS2, 2022) and fight over their pending divorce.

Han Seung-hyuk (Jo Han-chul) meets up with Jang Han-seo (Kwak Dong-yeon) at this location in episode 13 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).

Kang Seo-hae (Park Shin-hye) thinks back to when she was a child in episode 9 of Sisyphus: The Myth (시지프스: the myth) (JTBC, 2021) and had visited this place with her parents when Seoul was under attack. In episode 14, Seo-hae comes back to this island at night.

The start-up hub ‘Sandbox’ is located on this island, as seen in episode 1 of Start-Up (스타트업) (tvN/Netflix, 2020).

Jo Ji-ah (Chae Soo-bin) — as President Jo — meets here for the first time with Kim Min-kyu (Yoo Seung-ho) on episode 1 of I’m Not A Robot (로봇이 아니야) (MBC, 2017-18) to sell him the limited edition action figure ‘Metal Gear Gunner’. But he refuses to pay because the packaging is not intact.

Yoon So-ah (Shin Se-kyung ) understands on this island in episode 16 of Bride of the Water God 2017/The Bride of Habaek (하백의 신부 2017) (tvN, 2017) that her father didn’t leave her but tried to save her and now lies dead on the ground of Han River. She’s devastated. A little later she is back here with Ha-baek (Nam Joo-hyuk) and he excuses himself for not being able to help and kisses her while transmitting his powers to her; powers that he desperately needs to join the Realm of the Gods to become king and without which he dies. Moo-ra (Krystal Jung), Bi-ryum (Gong Myung) and Joo-dong (Yang Dong-geun) can only watch powerless.

It is on this island that Choi Gang-soo (Go Kyung-pyo) calls for a meet-up of all his friends that he met through his delivery jobs to ask them helping him find the culprit behind the car race in episode 4 and 5 of Strongest Deliveryman (최강 배달꾼) (KBS2, 2017).

Cha Geum-Joo (Choi Ji-Woo) meets up with Yoo Tae-ho in episode 13 of Woman With a Suitcase (캐리어를 끄는 여자) (MBC, 2016) and [Spoiler] all of a sudden ‘Fixer’ (Park Byung-eun) walks up to them.

In Healer (힐러) (KBS2, 2014-15), this is Seo Jung-hoo’s (Ji Chang-wook) and Kang Dae-young (Tae-mi) meeting place. They meet here for a delivery in episode 2 (he wants her to submit Chae Young-shin’s (Park Min-young) nail samples for a DNA test) and again in episode 13 and 19.

This is where Shin Jae-ha (Jin Yi-han) usually meets up with Cha Ho-joong (Kim Bo-kang) to plan schemes in Who Are You? (Nuguseyo?/누구세요?) (MBC, 2008) — like in episodes 9 and 11. [SPOILER] It is also where Cha Seung-hyo (Yoon Kye-sang) “exchanges” Son Young-in (Go Ara) against her father’s paintings in episode 15.

Kang Ji-yoon (Kim Byung-ok), accompanied by his men, makes a shady deal at this site in episode 14 of When It’s At Night/Night After Night (밤이면 밤마다) (MBC, 2008).

Heartbroken Yu Soo-hyeok (Lee Dong-gun) comes here in episode 6 of Lovers in Paris (파리의 연인) (SBS, 2004).

Park Joon-pil (Shin Ha-kyun) and Kang Tae-pyung (Jo Han-sun) affront each other on this artificial island in episode 16 of A Good Person/A Good Man (Joheun Saram/좋은 사람) (MBC, 2003) and Tae-pyung stays here overnight in his car. In episode 1, Park Joon-pil (Shin Ha-kyun) comes here already on his own; lost in thoughts.

Also seen in episode 2 of True Beauty/Yeoshingangrim (여신강림) (tvN, 2020-21).

Variety Show Filmed Here

Busking show Begin Again (비긴어게인) (JTBC, 2017~) was filmed on this island on March 8 2021.
Featured artists and songs:
— 10cm “Think About’Chu”,
— Gummy (거미) “친구라도 될걸 그랬어”,
— 10cm & Kwon Jin-ah (권진아) “Lonely Night”,
— Kang Seung-yoon from WINNER (강승윤) “This Time”

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Nodeulseom [노들섬] is an artificial island in the Han River that has been developed into a performing arts center and opened as such in September 2019. This island, which Hangang Bridge passes over, is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Ichon [Ichon-dong/이촌동] in the Yongsan District [Yongsan-gu/용산구].

Geolocation: 37.516188, 126.961130

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated 29/06/2022
— Photo taken by © Thom Musni, November 2020

— Start-Up added by Mich KDL
— True Beauty added by Thom Musni
— Begin Again added by a KDL Guest
— Café Minamdang added by sarahms

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  1. True Beauty Episode 2 was also filmed here.

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