Paradise City Hotel & Resort [파라다이스시티]

Memories of Alhambra (2018-19); SKY Castle (2018-19); Player (2018); Time (2018); Why Secretary Kim (2018); The Great Seducer (2018); Misty (2018); Avengers Social Club (2017); Revolutionary Love (2017); Father Is Strange (2017)

The interior of this hotel appears as the hotel that Cha Hyung-seok (Park Hoon) and his wife Lee Soo-jin (Lee Si-won) reside at in Grenada, Spain, in episode 3-4 of Memories of the Alhambra (알함브라 궁전의 추억) (tvN, 2018-19).

It is at this hotel’s Emerald Room where Hannam Bank’s VIP event takes place that match-makes with the best tutors for the high school students of their clients in episode 1 of SKY Castle (SKY 캐슬) (JTBC, 2018-19) at which Han Seo-jin (Yum Jung-ah) and No Seung-hye (Yoon Se-ah) take part. The meeting with the tutor Kim Joo-young (Kim Seo-hyung), to which the two mothers are invited, then takes place in one of the hotel’s rooms.

This is appears as Wonsung Hotel in episode 1 of Player/The Player (플레이어) (OCN, 2018), in which a money launderer secretly hid his stash in a room on the 28th floor. Conman Kang Ha-ri (Song Seung-heon) poses as a security guard and manages to snake his way into this hiding spot, after scaring away a part-timer (special cameo by Yoo Seung-ho) who was guarding the entrance. This eventually led to the last person in the launderer’s team being caught by the prosecution, lead by Jang In-kyu (Kim Won-hae). In episode 2, the hotel’s Emerald Room is where Hyunjin Group’s Foundation launch is held, and where the team exposes the family of their wrongdoings.

This is where Cheon Soo-ho (Kim Jung-hyun) resides in Time (시간) (MBC, 2018) in episodes 1-9. Whereas the lobby and a room of this hotel appears as the lobby of the hotel/apartment complex where he lives, the pool that is supposed to be part of his apartment were filmed at Park Hyatt Busan [파크 하얏트 부산].

In episode 11 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018), Kim Mi-so (Park Min-young) comes to the spa at Yumyung’s Illusion Hotel with her colleagues Kim Ji-ah (Pyo Ye-jin) and Bong Se-ra (Hwang Bo-ra) for a moment of relaxation together, on the premise of seeking feedback on the spa’s services. But this was actually Lee Young-joon’s (Park Seo-jun) way of giving Mi-so the special treatment, without it seeming to be so.

On the day of graduation in episode 1 of The Great Seducer/Tempted (위대한 유혹자) (MBC, 2018), Choi Soo-ji (Mun Ka-young) meets her boyfriend at the Italian restaurant La Scala, by passing through the entry of Chinese restaurant Imperial Treasure and he breaks up with her in front of his friends. In episode 2, we see Eun Tae-hee (Joy from Red Velvet) passing through the lobby of this resort heading to the 2018 Myeongjeong Foundation event where she gets a scholarship. It is also at this event that Kwon Shi-hyun’s (Woo Do-hwan) dad and Soo-ji’s mother announce their engagement (the exterior of this place is filmed here).

The ‘Korea Broadcasting Awards 2017’ that Go Hye-Ran (Kim Nam-Joo) gets awarded at for her work take place here in episode 1 of Misty (미스티) (JTBC, 2018).

Lee Byung-soo (Choi Byung-mo) stays here overnight to be in time to meet clients the next morning in episode 12 of Avengers Social Club (부암동 복수자들) (tvN, 2017). But, of course, the Buam-dong Avengers Social Club makes sure that he doesn’t wake up in time, and he is humiliated in front of his father the next day.

The Gangsu Group party in episode 1 of Revolutionary Love (변혁의 사랑) (tvN, 2017) takes place here. Byun Hyuk (Choi Si-won) comes too late and his furious father and takes out his rage on Kwon Je-hoon (Gong Myung) with nothing less than a baseball bat.

This hotel & resort appears both as Ilsan Palace Hotel and Bundang Grand Hotel — a filming location for Ahn Joong-hee’s (Lee Joon) drama in episode 30 of Father Is Strange (아버지가 이상해) (KBS2, 2017), which Byun Mi-young (Jung So-min) brings him to. Joong-hee’s make-up for a make-out scene isn’t to the drama director’s wishes, so he asks Mi-young to kiss Joong-hee to make the make-up more believable. Of course, a very awkward situation for Mi-young and especially Joong-hee who already struggles with a crush on his ‘sister’.

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Paradise City Hotel & Resort [파라다이스시티] is located in Incheon’s neighborhood of Unseo-dong [운서동], in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구] — only a 15 minutes walk from Incheon Airport. The resort comprises a hotel, restaurants, a casino, a shopping area and art galleries. The horse seen in Father Is Strange (2017) is an art piece by Damien Hirst and the other sculpture in the lobby is by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. ‘The Spa at Paradise’ seen in Why Secretary Kim is both an aesthetic spa and an anti-aging clinic. The event hall seen in SKY Castle and Player is the Emerald Room.

Address
인천 중구 영종해안남로321번길 186
(운서동 2874)
Geolocation: 37.437623, 126.455970

Gettting here
Incheon International Airport Terminal 1 station [인천공항 1터미널역], AREX / Incheon Airport Maglev, Exit 1, 2 or 3

— submitted by Marion KDL
Why Secretary Kim added by Toni
Player added by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Angel, November 2018

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