Seoul Central District Court [서울중앙지방법원]

Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (2019); Search: WWW (2019); Justice (2019); Investigation Couple 2 (2019); Legal High (2019); Touch Your Heart (2019); Your Honor (2018); Investigation Couple (2018); Miss Hammurabi (2018); Marry Me Now? (2018); Should We Kiss First (2018); Cross (2018); Nothing to Lose (2017-18); Love Returns (2017-18); Go Back Couple (2017); Defendant (2017); Whisper (2017); The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016); Woman With a Suitcase (2016); Marriage Contract (2016); The Legendary Witch (2014-15); Marriage Not Dating (2014); Temptation (2014); I Can Hear Your Voice (2013); Reply 1997 (2012)

Workplace

Seoul Central District Court is one of the main workplaces of judges and prosecutors in K-Dramaland.

Sunwoo Young-ae (Kim Mi-sook) works at this court as judge in Beautiful Love, Wonderful Life (사랑은 뷰티블 인생은 원더풀) (KBS2, 2019) — as seen in episode 1 (full episode 1) for instance.

On her way to work in episode 1 of Legal High (리갈하이) (JTBC, 2019), an old lady that protests against a certain ‘pervert’ and money-crazy lawyer Ko Tae-rim (Jin Goo), grabs Seo Jae-in’s (Seo Eun-su) attention — which, of course, will forge her impression of Tae-rim.

Kwon Jung-rok (Lee Dong-wook) is shown leaving the courts in the highlight reel of Touch Your Heart/Reach of Sincerity (진심이 닿다) (tvN, 2019).

Most people work here in Your Honor/Dear Judge (친애하는 판사님께) (SBS, 2018). From episode 3 onwards, Han Kang-Ho replaces his brother Han Soo-Ho (Yoon Si-Yoon) and Song So-Eun (Lee Yoo-Young), a trainee judge, becomes his assistant.

This is where the prosecution team in Partners for Justice/Investigation Couple (검법남녀) (MBC, 2018) work at, including Eun Sol (Jung Yoo-mi) and Kang Hyeon (Park Eun-seok), and they also return here to fight more cases in Partners for Justice 2/Investigation Couple 2 (검법남녀 2) (MBC, 2019).

Park Cha O-reum (Go Ara) and Im Ba-reun (L of Infinite, Kim Myung-soo) work here as judges in Ms. Hammurabi/Miss Hammurabi (미스 함무라비) (JTBC, 2018). We see them often in front of the East Hall.

In episode 1 of Return (리턴) (SBS, 2018), Dokgo Young (Lee Jin-wook) confronts prosecutor Choi Ja-hye (Ko Hyun-jung) about a case.

Lee Jung-joo (Park Eun-bin) and Sa Ui-hyun (Yeon Woo-jin) presides at this court in Nothing to Lose/Judge vs. Judge (이판사판) (SBS, 2017-18) and it is also Do Han-joon’s (Dong Ha) workplace.

This is Lee Dong-joon (Lee Sang-yoon) workplace in in Whisper (귓속말) (SBS, 2017).

In Woman with a Suitcase (캐리어를 끄는 여자) (MBC, 2016) Cha Geum-joo (Choi Ji-woo) works here regularly as a paralegal.

This is also where the scammer trio Heo Joon-jae (Lee Min-ho), Jo Nam-doo (Lee Hee-joon) and Tae-oh (Shin Won-ho) occupy an office in disguising themselves as elevator technicians to welcome a ‘client’ and his wife in episode 1 of Legend of the Blue Sea (푸른 바다의 전설) (SBS, 2016-17).

Going to Trial

A number of people leave this court after a hearing (either their own, or others’):

Defence lawyer Lee Tae-kyung (Choi Jin-hyuk) goes to trial here in episode 1 (full episode 1) of Justice/Jeoseutiseu (저스티스) (KBS2, 2019) to defend the son of the National Tax Service who’d assaulted and raped a fellow classmate — ensuring that he’d be acquitted from his crime. In episode 2 (full episode 1), he returns for another trial and runs into Seo Yeon-ah (Nana), who turns out to be the prosecutor. She also sees Song Woo-yong (Son Hyun-joo), who had accompanied Tae-kyung to the building.

In episode 16 of Cross (크로스) (tvN, 2018), Kang In-kyu (Go Kyung-pyo) leaves the court after his hearing, which sees him only receiving a short-term suspension for a first offence.

Hong Seok-pyo (Lee Sung-yeol of INFINITE) has a trial here in episode 1 of Love Returns/Hate to Love You (미워도 사랑해) (KBS1, 2017-18).

Joo Jang-mi (Han Groo) has to defend herself against the accusation of continuous harassment here in episodes 1-2 of Marriage Not Dating (연애 말고 결혼) (tvN, 2014) and Kong Ki-tae (Yeon Woo-jin) comes running to help her to ask her in return to meet his mother and fake that they want to get married.

Getting a divorce

Also, quite a few people hand in their divorce papers and other juridical papers here:

Song Ga-gyeong (Jeon Hye-jin) and Oh Jin-woo (Ji Seung-hyun) has their divorce finalized here in episode 14 of Search: WWW/Type in Search Word: WWW (검색어를 입력하세요: WWW) (tvN, 2019). While he couldn’t quite find the words to say to end of their decade of marriage, Ga-gyeong thanks Jin-woo “for being miserable” with her. Later, she tells him that she’ll attend his movie premiere with him, as they haven’t had any proper photos taken together through their marriage.

Chae Sung-woon (Hwang Dong-joo) and Park Yoo-ha (Han Ji-hye) finalize their divorce here in episode 5 of Marry Me Now?/Shall We Live Together (같이 살래요) (KBS2, 2018).

In a flashback in episode 4 of Should We Kiss First/ Shall We Kiss First (키스 먼저 할까요) (SBS, 2018), we see how Son Moo-han (Kam Woo-sung) witnessed the discussion between An Soon-jin (Kim Sun-ah) and Eun Kyung-soo (Oh Ji-ho) after their divorce.

Ma Jin-joo (Jang Na-ra) and Choi Ban-do (Son Ho-jun) leave this building after their divorce in episode 1 of Go Back Couple (고백부부) (KBS2, 2017)

Han Ji-hoon (Lee Seo-jin) and Kang Hye-soo (Uee) go here to divorce and he tears up the divorce papers on the stairs outside afterwards in episode 12 of Marriage Contract (결혼계약) (MBC, 2016).

In episode 9 of Temptation (유혹) (SBS, 2014), Cha Seok-hoon (Kwon Sang-woo) and Na Hong-joo (Park Ha-sun) also submit their divorce papers here.

Seo Eun-hye (Kwon Yu-ri of Girls Generation) hands in a motion for retrial here in episode 18 of Defendant (피고인) (SBS, 2017).

This place was also seen in The Legendary Witch (전설의 마녀) (MBC, 2014-15); I Can Hear Your Voice (너의 목소리가 들려) (SBS, 2013); in episode 14 of Reply 1997 (응답하라 1997) (tvN, 2012).

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Seoul Central District Court [서울중앙지방법원] is a building designed by South Korean architect Kim Swoo-geun [김수근] (1931 – 1986); a key figure in South Korean’s architectural history and cultural life in general. The building — which also incorporates the Seoul High Court (서울고등법원) and Seoul Bankruptcy Court (서울회생법원) — is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Seocho [Seocho-dong/서초동] in the Seocho District [Seocho-gu /서초구].

Address
157 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 서초구 서초중앙로 157
(서초동 1701-1)
Geolocation: 37.496068, 127.011484

Getting here
Seoul Nat’l Univ. of Education Station [교대역 (법원·검찰청)], Seoul Subway Line 3 and 6, Exit 6 or 11

— submitted by Marion KDL
Cross, Investigation Couple (1&2), Touch Your Heart, Justice, Search: WWW added by Mich KDL
Legal High submitted by deannekitty29

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