Sungnyemun Gate / Namdaemun Gate [숭례문 / 남대문]

Your House Helper (2018); Hwayugi (2017-18); My Golden Life (2017-18); Falsify (2017); Chicago Typewriter (2017)

Yoon Sang-A (Go Won-Hee) passes by this gate in episode 3 of Your House Helper (당신의 하우스헬퍼) (KBS2, 2018) while she talks on the phone with her mom wiring her money.

It is close to this gate that Jin Sun-mi (Oh Yeon-seo) stops while standing at a red light to offer some popcorn to a little boy ghost in episode 3 of Hwayuki/A Korean Odyssey (화유기) (tvN, 2017-18) for which she rolls a flyer of her real estate agency in form of a bag. In the same time, zombie Bong-soon (Lee Se-young) arrives here with a truck, crawls out of it and finds Sun-mi’s address on the left behind ‘flyer-bag’.

Seo Ji-an (Shin Hye-sun) and Choi Do-kyung (Park Si-hoo) pass by here on their way to Namdaemun Market [남대문시장] on their afternoon together in episode 32 of My Golden Life (황금빛 내 인생) (KBS2, 2017).

We see this gate in a panorama shot in episode 16 of Falsify (조작) (SBS, 2017).

On their date in episode 9 of Chicago Typewriter (시카고 타자기) (tvN, 2017), Han Se-joo (Yoo Ah-in) and Jeon Seol (Lim Soo-jung) take the Seoul City Tour Bus [서울시티투어] — with ghost Yoo Jin-oh (Go Kyung-pyo) tagging along. They also pass by this gate.

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Completed in 1399, Sungnyemun Gate [숭례문], unofficially referred to as Namdaemun Gate [남대문],  was one of the four gates of the fortress build to protect the South Korea’s capital (now Seoul) in Joseon times. It was designated South Korea’s National Treasure No. 1. In 2008, the gate was destroyed after an arson attack on it, and was reopened to the public in 2013 after 5 years of restoration work costing over US$22 million, involving “35, 000 people and more than 1,000 master craftsmen”.

The gate is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Hoehyeon [Hoehyeon-dong/회현동], in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구], between Seoul Station and City Hall.

40 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 중구 세종대로 40
(남대문로4가 29)
Geolocation: 37.559956, 126.975291
Geolocation of My Golden Life scene: 37.559905, 126.975903
Geolocation of Hwayuki scene: 37.559886, 126.974119

Getting here
Hoehyeon Station [회현역], Seoul Subway Line 4, Exit 5
City Hall [시청역], Seoul Subway Line 1 and 2, Exit 8 or 9

— submitted by Marion KDL
— Photos taken by © Mich KDL, September 2016, November 2017
My Golden Life added by Marion KDL

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