Sewoon Plaza [세운상가]

KBS Drama Special: The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup (2021); Inspector Koo (2021); My Name (2021); Vincenzo (2021); When My Love Blooms (2020)

Oh Jin (Shin Ye-eun) leads Koo Won-bin (Hong Kyung) to the exit of this building after their unfortunate run-in with a drunk Cha Min-jae (Kang Tae-oh) in KBS Drama Special: The Effect of a Finger Flick on a Breakup (딱밤 한 대가 이별에 미치는 영향) (KBS2, 2021).

Department Head Kim (Jung Suk-yong) comes to a pojangmacha (food tent) for anchovy broth noodles here in episode 7 of Inspector Koo/Koo Kyung-yi (Gu Gyeong-i/구경이) (JTBC/Netflix, 2021). He receives a package from a tenant, and later and answers a call for a request to have ‘Top BodyGuard’ take over the security detail for the ‘PEACEHERO2’ launch.
Approximate geolocation: 37.569586, 126.995420 – near red #2 staircase

Cha Gi-ho (Kim Sang-ho) comes to this building (seen as ‘Culture Space Inchang’) in episode 4 of My Name/Maineim (마이 네임) (Netflix, 2021), not knowing that he’s being watched.

Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyeong (Song Joong-ki) stands at the top of this building facing ‘Geumga Plaza’ (which is actually Cheonggye Plaza [청계상가]) in episode 1 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021), saying that his goal is to demolish that building. He eventually comes to live at the apartment block in this building. In episode 16, Jang Han-seok (Ok Taec-yeon from 2PM) and Jang Han-seo (Kwak Dong-yeon) both come to the same spot, where Han-seok takes a photo to “remember Geumga Plaza as a historical building”.

Yoon Ji-soo (Lee Bo-young) and Han Jae-hyun (Yoo Ji-tae) come to this building to look at pianos for Ji-soo’s planned piano school in episode 12 of When My Love Blooms/The Most Beautiful Moment in Life (화양연화 – 삶이 꽃이 되는 순간) (tvN, 2020).

Sewoon Plaza Apartments [세운상가 가동아파트]

Vincenzo Cassano/Park Joo-hyeong (Song Joong-ki) puts up at apartment 606 in this building (though a far cry from his lavish living in Italy), as seen in episode 1 of Vincenzo (빈센조) (tvN/Netflix, 2021).

Fun fact: In this superfan quiz video on The Swoon, actor Song stated that the apartment was actually on the third floor, and the interior was a set.

Variety Show Filmed Here

— Episode 314 of My Neighbor Charles (이웃집 찰스) (KBS1, 2015-present)

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Sewoon Plaza [세운상가], also known as Makercity Sewoon/Sewoon Sangga/Sewoon Arcade/세운전자상가, is a building that is well-known for its electrical shops. Established in 1968 as Korea’s first electronics market, it has since reinvented itself as a place for young ‘makers’ and creative businesses to hone their craft. It also boasts an impressive rooftop with sweeping views of the vicinity.

The building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Jangsa [Jangsa-dong/장사동] — under the administration of Jongno- ga-dong/Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa) [종로1.2.3.4가동] — in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구], linked to Cheonggye Plaza [청계상가] via an overpass. It sits just opposite Jongmyo Shrine [종묘] and is in walking distance to Cheonggyecheon Stream [청계천]; in fact, Sewoon Bridge/Sewoongyo [세운교] leads directly to the building’s back entrance.

159 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 종로구 청계천로 159
(장사동 116-4)
Geolocation: 37.569982, 126.995155

Getting here
Jongno-3-ga station [종로3가역], Seoul Subway Line 1, Exit 12
(4 min. walk)

— submitted by Mich KDL
— Photo taken by © Mich KDL, January 2020; Thom Musni, February 2021

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