Seoul Post Tower [서울 포스트타워]

Bad Love (2007)

This building appears as ‘Deahan Construction Company’ in Bad Love/Cruel Love (Motdoen Sarang/못된 사랑) (KBS2, 2007) — as seen, for instance, in episode 15.

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Seoul Post Tower [서울 포스트타워], completed in 2007, is the 20-storey building (with additional 7 floors below ground) of the Seoul Central Post Office [서울 중앙우체국과] located in Seoul’s neighborhood Myeong-dong [명동] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구]; next to Bank of Korea Money Museum [한국은행 화폐박물관] and opposite Shinsegae Department Store — Main Branch [신세계백화점 본점].

Also known as the Zipper Building, this building is best known for being one that splits partway to form two towers, making it M-shaped. It was designed by Chicago Architecture firm smdp studio/RATIO Architects Inc with the guiding principles to “create a singular memorable image” and to “maximize the foreground and public space in front of the structure”. The first three floors contain the public postal spaces and the office lobbies, with the next 6 floors housing postal sorting operations, and the 10th floor containing dining, meeting, and lounge spaces.

Before the Post Tower was built on these grounds, the site was occupied by the Gyeongseong Post Office [경성우편국이다] — Gyeongseong being how Seoul was called at the time. Its Renaissance-style building was built in 1915, eventually damaged during the Korean War, subsequently demolished in the 1950s, and rebuilt in 1957. A commemorative plaque in front of this building also reminds passers-by that this site also housed the residence of Lee Beom-jin (이범진/李範晋, 1852~1911), the first Russian minister, before Gyeongseong Post Office was erected here.

In 2012, this site and its surroundings were selected as one of 100 regular filming locations for movies and dramas by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Film Counsil to be featured in the brochure The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell in Love With (영화가 사랑한 서울 촬영지 100선).

70 Sogong-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 소공로 70
(충무로1가 21-1)
Geolocation: 37.561685, 126.982148

Getting here
Myeongdong Station [명동역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 5
(5 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL

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