Stairs to Namsan Tower — Sam-soon Stairs [삼순이 계단]

Devilish Joy (2018); Jugglers (2017-18); Let's Fight Ghost (2016); Bubblegum (2015); What Happens to My Family (2014-15); Pride and Prejudice (2014); Boys Over Flowers (2009); La Dolce Vita (2008); My Name is Kim Sam-Soon (2005)

These stairs were made famous through – and named after – My Name is Kim Sam-Soon/My Lovely Sam Soon (내 이름은 김삼순) (MBC, 2005) and its famous last kiss scene in episode 16. Since then, they regularly show up as filming location.

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Gong Ma-sung (Choi Jin-hyuk) and Joo Gi-bbeum (Song Ha-yoon) have a date here at the end of episode 7 in Devilish Joy (마성의 기쁨) (MBN/Dramax, 2018). All dressed up, she walks up the stairs and waits, waits and waits. In vain. Ma-sung, standing on the parking lot just vis-à-vis the street where the stairs begin, can’t remember why he came here; has lost his memory — again.

In episode 8 of Jugglers (저글러스) (KBS2, 2017-2018), Nam Chi-won (Choi Daniel) reaches over to kiss Jwa Yun-i (Baek Jin-hee) at the top of this staircase after crashing her blind date. Their spot is just next to (or slightly behind) the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education [서울특별시교육청 교육연구정보원] building.

In Let’s Fight Ghost / Bring it on, Ghost (싸우자 귀신아) (tvN, 2016), Kim Hyun-ji (Kim So-hyun) disappears here on top of the stairs in episode 8.

In episode 6 of Bubblegum (2015), Park Ri-Hwan (Lee Dong-wook) and Kim Haeng-ah (Jeong Ryeo-won) eat oden at a street stall right at the foot of the stairs.

Kang Seo-wool (Nam Ji-hyun) takes these stairs in episode 1 of What Happens to My Family/What’s With This Family (가족끼리 왜 이래) (KBS2, 2014-15) to visit Namsan Tower.

So Yi-jeong (Kim Bum) and Chu Ga-eul (Kim So-eun) have a talk at the top of this staircase (at the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education) in episode 24 of Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 남자) (KBS2, 2009), with Ga-eul telling him that she will not be looking for him anymore — despite him wanting to say otherwise.

Yoon Hye-jin (Oh Yeon-soo) climbs these stairs with a group of Japanese tourists in final episode 24 of La Dolce Vita/The Sweet Life (달콤한 인생) (MBC, 2008) to bring them to the Namsan Park Fountain [남산공원분수대].

Also seen in episode 2 of Pride and Prejudice (오만과 편견) (MBC, 2014).

CF filmed here

Samsung Anycall Bodyguard CF with Kim Bum and Kim So-eun (as So Yi-jeong and Chu Ga-eul) (2009) (behind-the-scenes video)

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The Sam-soon Stairs [삼순이 계단] are located at Namsan Park [남산공원] in the neighborhood of Hoeyeon-dong [회현동], Seoul.

Address
서울 중구 회현동1가 산 1-2
(서울 중구 남산공원길 649)
Geolocation: 37.554717, 126.981772

Getting here
Hoehyeon Station [회현역], Seoul subway Line 4, Exit 4.
You can get to the stairs via Namsan Park [남산공원], which is also where the Namsan/Mokmyeoksan section of the Seoul Fortress Wall/Hanyang City Wall [서울한양도성 서울성곽길 남산(목멱산)구간] is located.

— Submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, 2011 & May 2018
Jugglers, Boys Over Flowers, AnyCall CF added by Mich KDL

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  1. hi... is it near from namsan cable car? thanks...

    hi… is it near from namsan cable car? thanks…

    1. Hi Jovelyn! Actually I never walked that bit. But it seems not that far. Google tells me that it can’t calculate the time, but if you type in the address/geolocation of the stairs (above) and the address of Namsan Cable Car, which is 서울특별시 중구 소파로 83, into any digital map, you’ll see that it’s not very far apart. Basically you just need to walk a bit on that road in front of Namsan Cable Car station [남산케이블카].
      Hope that helps!

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