Staircase Samseongyo-ro 18ga-gil [삼선교로18가길]

My ID is Gangnam Beautiy (2018)

This staircase lies on the way home for roommates Kang Mi-Rae (Lim Soo-Hyang) and Oh Hyun-Jung (Min Do-Hee) as well as neighbors Yeon Woo-Young (Kwak Dong-Yeon) and Do Kyung-Seok (Cha Eun-Woo from Astro) in My ID is Gangnam Beauty / ID: Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인) (JTBC, 2018). We see them here in episodes 8, 9 and 10.

The top of the stairs is, for instance, where Mi-rae and Kyeong-seok were recycling and Mi-rae accidentally slipped when stepping on a can in episode 9. It is also in the middle of this staircase that Kyung-seok asks Mi-rae if she likes him by any chance and she tells him that she only sees him as a good friend in episodes 11-12. Finally, this is where both of them hold hands for the first time in episode 13 after they decided to date.

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This Staircase at Samseongyo-ro 18ga-gil [삼선교로18가길] is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Samseon [Samseon-dong/삼선동] in the Seongbuk District [Seongbuk-gu/성북구].

Note: The small, rectangular white lamps seen lining the sides of the staircase in MIDIGB were added just for the show; they do not actually exist. In real life, the staircase is bathed in warm, yellow lights.

This is a residential area so please keep this in mind when visiting.

Geolocation: 37.587609, 127.013097

Getting here
Bomun Station [보문역], Seoul Subway Line 6 / Ui LRT, Exit 2
(10 min. walk)
Hansung University Station [한성대입구역], Seoul Subway Line 2, Exit 4
(12 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL,
— Details on episode 9 and the lighting added by Bernadette
— Photos taken by © Iris27, September 2018 and © Bernadette, October 2018

9 reviews

  1. went here! its raining during my trip. perfect weather i guess for the scene. i loue the staircase. its pretty high and lots of steps but you’ll get a nice view from the top… 😉

  2. Hi! I’d like to share a photo of mine but how do I do so? I’m new to the site ^^”

    1. hello Bernadette! thanks for wanting to contribute your photo 🙂 please email us at info [at] koreandramaland [dot] com! (replace at/dot with the respective symbols)

  3. thanks so much for the replies, marion and mich! will take note of these tips and will surely share some photos once i’ve succeeded visiting the said places. super love this page! ❤❤❤

  4. hi! is the staircase and café teruwa easy to find from the subway stations (bomun and seongnam stn)? or are there specific directions? i want to visit these places when i come to s.korea 2 weeks from now but i’m afraid i might get lost cos i will travel solo. thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Iris27 🙂 Lucky you! Honestly, I don’t think it is very difficult to find these two places. Especially the Teruwa Branch is basically walking straight from the station (even if it is not a nice walk). What I really suggest, however, is to rent a smartphone with internet flat fee right when you arrive at Incheon Airport. To me it was ultra useful as I just ‘google-mapped’ when I wanted to make sure that I’m still on the right track (it also comes in handy as there are apps that help planning bus and subway itineraries). Let us know how it worked out or drop us a line if we can help out with anything else!

    2. hi Iris! to add on – suggest you download Naver Maps because it may give a better location gauge, since it’s a Korea-specific map. there’s an English version of it so no worries if you don’t know Korean 🙂 in cases like the cafe, they should be able to recognise the name of the cafe in the map, otherwise put in the Korean name/address and you should be able to locate it. like google maps, you can find out how to get to the location via public transport/going on foot. just be mindful that they drive on the left hand in Korea so directions (in terms of trafflc flow) may be quite different (it always confuses me haha). have fun! feel free to send us photos so we can update the page 🙂 we’ll credit you for them!

  5. hello there.. so i watch some bts from the drama and found out the cafe name but cannot find the exact branch


    1. Hi Monica! I’ve found it since a while and it will come up soon 🙂
      It’s this one if you want to look it up already: ‘떼루와 동서울대점’; it’s located in Seongnam.

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