Seoul Central District Court [서울중앙지방법원]

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)


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

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’):

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:

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 architecture history and cultural life in general. The building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Seocho [Seocho-dong/서초동] in the Seocho District [Seocho-gu /서초구].

157 Seochojungang-ro, Seocho-gu, Seoul
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 added by Mich KDL
Legal High submitted by deannekitty29

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