Lee Eun-oh (Kim Ji-won) returns to this prior workplace of hers in episode 4 of Lovestruck in the City (도시남녀의 사랑법) – Series 1: City Couple’s Way of Love (KakaoTV/Netflix, 2020-21) and meets up with her old boss to ask for a possible mandate for her newly founded company O3.
This building also appears as:
– Song & Kim’s Law Firm in Hyena (하이에나/Haiena) (SBS, 2020) at which Yoon Hee-jae (Ju Ji-hoon) works – as seen, for instance, in episode 1.
– Jangga Corporation’s headquarters in Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020)
– “OK & GAP ENTERTAINMENT” in Entertainer (딴따라) (SBS, 2016)
The lobby of this building appears as the one of Minbo Group in episode 7 of The Devil Judge (악마판사) (tvN, 2021) when Kang Yo-han (Ji Sung) pays Min Yong-sik (Hong Seo-joon) an unannounced visit.
This is seen briefly as the building of ‘World Oil’, which Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) comes to in episode 8 of Start-Up (스타트업) (tvN/Netflix, 2020) in hopes of getting them to endorse their visual recognition technology for the visually impaired.
Lee Jung-hwan (Go Kyung-pyo) follows General Manager Kim (Kim Min-sang) to this building (seen as ‘One Hotel’) in episode 6 of Private Lives/Private Life/Sasaenghwal (사생활) (JTBC, 2020) and infiltrates the security room in order to gain remote access to the CCTV system.
Kim Je-ha (Ji Chang-wook) tries to attack Representative Park Kwan-soo (Kim Kap-soo) in episode 4 of The K2 (더 케이투) (tvN, 2016) in the lobby of this building.
Bover Lounge [보버라운지], 1F
Han Seo-jin (Yum Jung-ah) meets up here in episode 13 of SKY Castle (SKY 캐슬) (JTBC, 2018-19) with teacher Jo (Lee Hyun-jin), Kim Joo-young’s (Kim Seo-hyung) secretary, and finds out that they knew that Kim Hye-Na was her husband’s daughter.
The State Room [더스테이트룸], 26F
Jo Yeon-joo (as Kang Mi-na) (Lee Ha-nee/Lee Honey) meets Mi-na’s father-in-law and the Hanju Group chairman (Jeon Kuk-hwan) for a meal here in episode 5 of One The Woman (원 더 우먼) (SBS, 2021); while in a neighboring room, prosecutors Ryu Seung-deok (Kim Won-hae) and Ahn Yoo-jun (Lee Won-geun) have a discussion, with the senior Ryu attempting to coerce Yoo-joon into doing some dirty work.
Yoo Dong-man (Cha Tae-hyun) goes undercover to gamble at this location on the trail of an illegal casino ring in episode 1 of Police University//Police Academy (Kyeongchalsueob/경찰수업) (KBS2, 2021).
Han Bi-soo (Lee Min-ki) meets up at this location with top actress Oh Joo-in (Im Jin-ah/Nana of Afterschool) in episode 1 of Oh My Ladylord/Oh! Master (오! 주인님) (MBC, 2021) as she is interested to star in his new drama and [SPOILER] he rejects her for a third time. In episode 10, they both return here to turn the bad memories from episode 1 into good ones and Bi-soo gifts Joo-in with a necklace.
The Won family comes here to celebrate Won Hae-na’s (Jo Yoo-jung) acceptance into the law faculty in episode 5 of Record of Youth/The Moment/Youth Record (청춘기록) (tvN, 2020).
Baek Hee-sung (Lee Joon-gi) celebrates his birthday at an awkward dinner in this room, with wife Cha Ji-won (Moon Chae-won), their daughter Eun-ha (Jung Seo-yeon) and his parents in episode 1 of Flower of Evil (악의 꽃) (tvN, 2020).
This is seen as one of the meeting rooms of the Sunwoo Pharm office in Men Are Men / To All The Guys That Loved Me / That Guy Is The Guy (그놈이 그놈이다) (KBS2, 2020) — as seen in in episode 2, when Kim Sun-hee (Choi Myoung-gil) comes to meet Sunwoo’s CEO Hwang Ji-woo.
In the present day, this appears as Ka Yeol-chan’s (Park Hae-jin) apartment in Kkondae Intern/Old School Intern (꼰대인턴) (MBC, 2020) — as seen, for instance, in episode 2 (full episode 1).
This appears as this interior of club ‘Red Purple’ at which Baek Chan-mi (Choi Gang-hee) and Hwang Mi-soon (Kim Ji-young) go on a double mission in full episode 4 of Good Casting (굿캐스팅) (SBS, 2020).
Lee Jung-hoon (Kim Dong-wook) and Yeo Ha-jin (Moon Ga-young) meets with a drama producer and director for a meal here in episode 11 (full episode 6) of Find Me in Your Memory (그 남자의 기억법) (MBC, 2020).
Han Dong-Gil (Lee Seung-Chul) lets Im Cheol-Yong (Ahn Nae-Sang) and Han Mi-Young (Lee Seung-Yeon) know at a business dinner at this venue that Kang Joon-Soo (Jang Jae-Ho) — who is about to join them– will become the new Managing Director of Donghan Food in episode 1 of Yoobyeolna! Chef Moon/Unique! Chef Moon/Eccentric! Chef Moon (유별나! 문셰프) (Channel A, 2020).
Jang Geun-won (Ahn Bo-hyun) has a drink at this venue in episode 3 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020) when he receives a phone call from the police with regard to his brother.
Lee Min-Hyeok (Gu Won) takes Joo Seo-yeon (Oh Yeon-seo) to a meeting at this venue with old class mates in episode 13 (full episode 7) of Love With Flaws (하자있는 인간들) (MBC, 2019-20) and he confesses his feelings for her publicly but does get not taken seriously by her.
Eun Dan-oh (Kim Hye-yoon) and Baek Kyung (Lee Jae-wook) have a dinner with both families at this venue in episode 16 (full episode 8) of Extraordinary You/Ha-Ru Found by Chance/A Day Found by Chance/Suddenly One Day (어쩌다 발견한 하루) (MBC, 2019). Off-stage, Baek Kyung talks with Dan-oh and verifies with her that all their memories together don’t mean anything for her.
This venue appears as ‘J Boutique’ run by Jenny Jang (Kim Sun-A) in Secret Boutique (시크릿 부티크) (SBS, 2019) – as seen, for instance, in episode 1.
It is at a room of this venue that chairman Mo Wang-pyo (Jeon Kuk-hwan) has asked Han Je-kook (Bae Jong-ok) to join MC Group as seen in a flashback in episode 5 of Graceful Family/Elegant Family (우아한 가) (MBN, 2019).
It is at this venue at a forced dinner organized by their respective mothers, that Do Min-ik (Kim Young-kwang) understands in episodes 23 and 24 (full episode 12) of The Secret Life of My Secretary/I Loved You From The Beginning/How to Train My Blind Boss (초면에 사랑합니다) (SBS, 2019) that Veronica Park (Kim Jae-kyung) he is sitting opposite to is not the one that he has met and fell in love with (it’s the peanuts!).
One room of this place appears as the hotel (supposedly in the USA) at which Oh Ga-rin’s (Choi Ri) mother stays in episode 2 from My First First Love/Because It’s My First Love (첫사랑은 처음이라서) (Netflix, 2019).
The mothers Han Sung-sook (Song Ok-suk) and Lee Eun-sook (Ha min) and soon to be in-laws, meet here by coincidence as both come here for a skin treatment in episode 6 of Fates & Furies/Fates and Furies (운명과 분노) (SBS, 2018-19).
Kang Ha-yeon (Jin Hee-kyung) and Choi Kang-seok (Jang Dong-gun) client meeting for a high profile divorce case with opposing party in episode 3 of Suits (슈츠) (KBS2, 2018).
The engagement party of Yoon Sang-A’s former friend (and rival) takes place here in episodes 6-7 of Your House Helper (당신의 하우스헬퍼) (KBS2, 2018). Yoon Sang-A’s (Go Won-Hee) pleads Kim Ji-Woon (Ha Seok-Jin) to come along as her partner and both ‘lend’ clothes at a department store for which Sang-a wants to a get a refund later; nothing did she know that Kwon Jin-Kook (Lee Ji-Hoon) would be invited as well, that he trips and spills his wine on her jacket (which is how their entangelement really begins).
At the very beginning of episode 1 of Why Secretary Kim/What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim (김비서가 왜 그럴까) (tvN, 2018), Lee Young-joon (Park Seo-joon) comes here to party with his friends (and his ‘girlfriend’). But all he does is ignoringhis friends and sitting down on a sofa and asking himself: “Why Secretary Kim?.” Later in the episode he meets up here with his best friend and collegue Park Yoo-sik (Kang Ki-young) for a drink again reflecting on the fact that Kim Mi-so (Park Min-Young) told him that she will quit being his secretary.
Jung Mal-ran (Lee Mi-sook) meets congressman Na Gi-chu (Park Ji-il) at this venue appearing as a part of Cheong-A Group’s headquarter in episode 1 of Money Flower (돈꽃) (MBC, 2017-18).
Kang Ye-seul (Lee Tae-im) meets Yoo Tan (Kim Myung-soo) at this meeting room in the KG Entertainment building, in episode 1 of One More Time/The Day After We Broke Up (헤어진 다음날) (Netflix, 2016). While looking through an exclusive contract proposed for him, he’s shocked to see just how much it’s worth, upon receiving a cheque for ₩100,000,000.
This place is featured as the interior of the mansion in which Chairman Jang (Kang Nam-gil) resides in in Another Miss Oh / Oh Hae-young Again (또 오해영) (tvN, 2016).
This appears as the spa that Rachel Yoo (Kim Ji-won) asks Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) to come to in episode 6 of The Heirs (왕관을 쓰려는 자, 그 무게를 견뎌라 – 상속자들) (SBS, 2013) to put her in her place as a ‘new rich’. In episode 19, Kim Tan’s (Lee Min-ho) birthday party takes place at this venue (its exterior is filmed somewhere else) and he comes hand in hand with Cha Eun-sang (Park Shin-hye) to the shock of everyone of his extended family.
Park Joo-ri (Shin Joo-ah) dines out with Hwang Ma-ma (Son Chang-min) at this venue in episode 5 of Princess Aurora (오로라 공주) (MBC, 2013).
Also seen in episode 6 of Lawless Lawyer (무법 변호사) (tvN, 2018).
Movie filmed here
– Veteran (베테랑) (2015)
State Tower Namsan [스테이트 타워 남산] is an office building located in Seoul’s neighborhood Myeong [Myeong-dong/명동] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구], in walking distance to/from Shinsegae Department Store — Main Branch [신세계백화점 본점].
The State Room, according to this 2011 Korea Times article, is “billed as Seoul’s first gentlemen’s club for business purposes”.
100 Toegye-ro, Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 중구 퇴계로 100
Geolocation: 37.560342, 126.982974
Myeongdong Station [명동역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 4
(3 min. walk)
— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Florence, August 2018 and © Mich KDL, October 2019