Seongdong Detention Center [구 성동구치소]

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Colleagues Choi Su-yeon (Ha Yoon-kyung) and Woo Young-woo (Park Eun-bin) visit inmate Gye Hyang-Sim (Kim Hieora) whom they defend in the frame of the ‘North Korean Defector’s Assault & Robbery Case’ at this prison in episode 6 of Extraordinary Attorney Woo (이상한 변호사 우영우) (ENA/Netflix, 2022).

Jo Sang-koo (Lee Je-hoon) is released from this prison in episode 2 of Move To Heaven/Move To Heaven: I Am a Person Who Arranges Articles Left by Deceased (무브 투 헤븐: 나는 유품정리사입니다) (Netflix, 2021).

Myul Mang (Seo In-guk) visits an inmate at this prison in episode 2 of Doom at Your Service/Destruction Doom (어느 날 우리 집 현관으로 멸망이 들어왔다) (tvN, 2021).

Lee Man-ho (Jo Jae-ryong) gets released from this prison in episode 1 of Law School (로스쿨) (JTBC, 2021).

Lee Chae-rok’s (Song Kang) is incarcerated at this prison (appearing as ‘Anyang Correctional Institution’) in Navillera/Like A Butterfly (나빌레라) (tvN, 2021) and in episode 1, Chae-rok drops out of an audition to be in time for his father’s release. But when he asks, he learns that he missed his father by a few hours who then calls him from a pay phone.

Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyeong (Song Joong-ki) comes to ‘Cheongpa Women’s Correctional Institution’, where his birth mother is incarcerated, in episode 1 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).

Han Do-kyung (Shim Hyung-tak) is incarcerated at this prison in Times (Taimjeu/타임즈) (OCN, 2021) — as seen, for instance, in episode 5.

Kang Ma-ri (Shin Eun-kyung) comes to visit her husband here in episode 11 of Penthouse S1/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 1 (펜트하우스) (SBS, 2020-21), for a specially-arranged clandestine meeting to have ‘a meal’.

Seo Yi-kyung (Lee Si-young) comes here in episode 6 of Sweet Home (Seuwiteuhom/스위트홈) (Netflix/Production Plan, 2020-21) to find out what happened to her late fiance, who was a prison doctor. She goes through his office and finds his iPad, which explains the condition that he had that led to the monster phenomenon.

Han Ae-ri (Lee Se-young) is incarcerated here for murder in episode 2 of Kairos (카이로스) (MBC, 2020) and [SPOILER] Kim Seo-jin (Shin Sung-rok) finds a way to make it undone – the first time he can make use of his time travel skills (coming from the future).

Cha Hyun-tae (Park Sung-geun) serves his sentence at this prison in Private Lives/Private Life/Sasaenghwal (사생활) (JTBC, 2020), and is visited separately by his daughter Cha Joo-eun (Seohyun from Girls Generation/Seo Ju-hyun) and wife Kim Mi-sook (Song Seon-mi) — as seen in episode 4.

Park Jin-gyeom (Joo Won) comes here to visit time-traveler Lee Se-hoon (Park In-soo) in episode 6 of Alice (Aelliseu/앨리스) (SBS, 2020), to find out the latter’s connection with his mother, Park Sun-young (Kim Hee-seon).

In episode 4 of When I Was The Most Beautiful/When I Was The Prettiest (내가 가장 예뻤을때) (MBC, 2020), Oh Ye-ji (Im Soo-hyang) visits her mother who is incarcerated in this prison but refuses to see her. When Ye-ji leaves she promises herself that this was her last visit.

Seo Do-won (Yoon Si-yoon) comes here to visit Lee Sung-wook (Cha Yeob) in episode 3 of Train (트레인) (OCN, 2020).

In a flashback in episode 14 of Men Are Men / To All The Guys That Loved Me / That Guy Is The Guy (그놈이 그놈이다) (KBS2, 2020), Kang Jin-ho (Yoon Hyun-min) is released from this prison after being captured and tortured by the police for his secret political activities, and is received by Kim Su-jeong (Kim Da-ye).

Reporter Park Soo-chang (Jang In-sub), held at this prison for being a stalking threat to Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young, is released from here in episode 28 (full episode 14) of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020).

In the 1980s, Jung Ha-eun (Jin Se-yun) visits Kong Ji-cheol (Jang Ki-yong) who is incarcerated at this prison in episode 4 (full episode 2) of Born Again (본 어게인) (KBS2, 2020) being convinced that he did not commit the murder he is accused of, only to hear him admit to the crime.

Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) is released from this prison after 4 years and is received by his secretary in episode 1 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020). In episode 5, Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) is released from here and received by her then-lawyer, Lee Se-hoon (Kim Young-hoon), who confesses that he likes her. Back in the 90s, Jae-hyun (Jin-young from GOT7) is released from here and is received by his mother (Son Sook) and Lee Dong-jin (Eun Hae-seong).

This prison appears as ‘Chungcheong Prison’ in which Park Sae-ro-yi (Park Seo-joon) was incarcerated for 2 years and gets out from in episode 2 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020).

Lee Tae-joon (Lee Dong-gun) is released from this prison in episode 3 of Leverage (Rebeoriji: Sagijojakdan / 레버리지: 사기조작단) (TV Chosun, 2019).

Lee Hyun-ji (Go Min-si) sits in for murder at this prison in episode 8 (full episode 4) of Secret Boutique (시크릿 부티크) (SBS, 2019) to be able to conclude a deal with Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-A).

Heo Yoon-do’s (Lee Jang-woo) mother is incarcerated in this prison for 15 years for a crime she did not commit in Graceful Family/Elegant Family (우아한 가) (MBN, 2019). Yoon-do sees her for the first time in 15 years at this prison in episode 5. Later, he comes back to this prison with Mo Seok-hee (Lim Soo-hyang) so that she can meet his mother; sentenced for having murdered Seok-hee’s mother. When Seok-hee comes back from the visit, Yoon-do explains that the person she has just seen is his mother.

Gi Moo-hyeok (Yoon Kyun-sang) visits Kim Han-soo (Jang Dong-joo) in episode 1 of Class of Lies /Mr. Temporary/Undercover Teacher (미스터 기간제) (OCN, 2019) at this prison who is the main suspect for murdering a class mate of Chunmyung High School.

Prosecutor Do Ji-han (Oh Man-seok) and detective Yang Soo-dong (Kim Young-woong) come here in episode 28 (full episode 14) of Partners for Justice 2/Investigation Couple 2 (검법남녀 2) (MBC, 2019) to grill jailed gang member Im Ha-soo about Jang Cheol (No Min-woo) — who is revealed to be Ha-soo’s childhood neighbor.

The older sister of Park Hoo-ja (Kim Min-jung) is seen being released from here in the epilogue of episode 28 of My Fellow Citizens!/Fellow Citizens (국민 여러분!) (KBS2, 2019). In episode 33, Hoo-ja herself is released from here, thanks to her third sister who helped her be under ‘house investigation’ instead.

Jo Se-hwang (Kim Kang-woo) is released from this prison in episode 1 of Item (아이템) (MBC, 2019).

Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) and Oh Yoon-seo (Yoo In-na) come here in episode 5 of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019), and Jung-rok speaks to suspect Im Yun-hui about her sentencing and trial.

This is where Hwang Woo-joo (Kang Chan-hee of SF9) is held in detention in episodes 17-19 of SKY Castle (SKY 캐슬) (JTBC, 2018-19), and in episode 1 of Player/The Player (플레이어) (OCN, 2018), when chairman Cheon Dong-sub (Kwak Ja-hyoung) is released from prison.

Also seen in episode 1 of Rugal (루갈) (Netflix/OCN, 2020); episode 7 of The King: Eternal Monarch (더킹:영원의 군주) (SBS, 2020); in episode 1 of Lie After Lie/Lies of Lies (거짓말의 거짓말) (Channel A, 2020), Legal High (리갈하이) (JTBC, 2019) and Two Cops (투깝스) (MBC, 2017-18).

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Seongdong Detention Center [구 성동구치소] was in use till 2017, when all facilities moved to the high-rised Eastern Seoul Detention Center [서울동부구치소]. The building of this former correction facility — which was founded in 1977 and is over 57,000 square metres — is still located in Seoul’s neighborhood Garak [Garak-dong/가락동] in the Songpa District [Songpa-gu/송파구].

10 Ogeum-ro 40-gil, Songpa-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 송파구 오금로40길 10
(가락동 162)
Geolocation: 37.498905, 127.128995

Getting here
Gaerong Station [개롱역], Seoul Subway Line 5, Exit 4
(7 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion & Mich KDL; last updated 15/07/2022
Leverage added by deanekitty29

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