Staircase Sowol-ro [소월로 계단]

Graceful Family (2019); Hip Hop King (2019); The Third Charm (2018); She Was Pretty (2015)

It is at this staircase the young Mo Seok-hee pleads with Han Je-kook (Bae Jong-ok) to let her stay in South Korea with her grandfather as seen in a flashback in episode 3 of Graceful Family/Elegant Family (우아한 가) (MBN, 2019).

After getting off the bus when arriving in Seoul in Track 1 of Hip Hop King – Nassna Street (힙합왕-나스나길) (SBS, 2019), Bang Young-baek (Lee Ho-won / Hoya, formerly of INFINITE) walks up to the top of this staircase to take in the view over his new home. Afterwards this becomes his refuge where he comes to write rhymes – like in Track 2. In track 4, this is where Young-Back comes after a fight at night. It is Song Ha-jin (Lee Na-eun) who finds him here on her way back home from her part-time job and directly runs back to get ointment to treat his wounds.

Lee Young-jae’s (Esom) older brother Soo-jae’s (Yang Dong-geun) coffee truck ‘Amor Fati’ is located at the top of these stairs in The Third Charm / The 3rd Charm (제3의 매력) (JTBC, 2018). On Joon-young (Seo Kang-joon) comes here to look him up in episode 3, and it is here that he finds out the truth about what happened on the night Young-jae broke up with him 7 years ago. In episode 4, Joon-young is back here and gets questioned in detail about his job, parents etc. by Soo-jae — as his sister’s boyfriend. Before he heads off on his backpacking trip to Portugal, Joon-young meets Soo-jae here for one last time.

Min Ha-ri (Koh Joon-hee) comes to this park after she has admitted to Kim Hye-jin (Hwang Jung-eum) in episode 11 of She Was Pretty (그녀는 예뻤다) (MBC, 2015) that she has fallen in love with Ji Sung-Joon (Park Seo-joon) and cries bitterly, while Hye-jin can only observe from afar.

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This staircase is located in Seoul’s neighborhood of Huam [Huam-dong/후암동] in the Yongsan district [Yongsan-gu/용산구]. If you walk all the way down the stairs to Sinheung-ro 20-gil (신흥로20길), you’ll reach The 100 Factory [더백푸드트럭] and Doodoong Namsan [두둥남산].

Address
168 Sowol-ro, Huam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 용산구 소월로 168
(서울특별시 용산구 후암동 406-101)
Geolocation: 37.547514, 126.984240
Geolocation Amor Fati truck: 37.547405, 126.984371

Getting here
Noksapyeong Station [녹사평역], Seoul Subway Line 6, Exit 2
Take the Yongsan 02 bus from the Hanshin Apt bus stop (한신아파트 정류장) for 5 stops to Haebangchon Ogeori bus stop (해방촌오거리 정류장) — located in front of a MiniStop convenience store — and walk straight up the slope (on Sowol-ro 20gil) till you reach the main road. Make a left turn (don’t cross the road) and walk against the flow of the traffic. The stairs and the area of the The Third Charm scene will be on your left after you pass a green sign that says Hangil Church (한길교회).

— submitted by Mich KDL & Marion KDL

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