Jeongjo-ro 777beon-gil [정조로777번길]
Seo Hyun-joo (Hwang Jung-eum) heads to this staircase in episode 9 of Men Are Men / To All The Guys That Loved Me / That Guy Is The Guy (그놈이 그놈이다) (KBS2, 2020) and finds Hwang Ji-woo (Yoon Hyun-min) waiting for her there. She confronts him about the reason she’s been feeling troubled, which is whether or not he truly has feelings for her — but is finally convinced when he kisses her.
Song Da-hee (Lee Cho-hee) and Yoon Jae-seok (Lee Sang-yi) sit along the stairs along these fortress walls in episode 64 (full episode 32) of Once Again / I Have Been There Once (한 번 다녀왔습니다) (KBS2, 2020), apologizing to each other and making up after their time apart. It is here too that they share their first kiss — and are unknowingly spotted by her older sister Song Na-hee (Lee Min-jung) and his older brother Yoon Kyu-jin (Lee Sang-yeob), who are also unaware that it’s them.
While Park Sae-ro-yi (Park Seo-joon) is on his morning jog along this street, Oh Soo-a (Kwon Na-ra) overtakes him as she running toward her interview for the rolling admission to university in episode 1 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020); she had noticed when entering the bus that she had forgotten her ID at home and had no other choice as to run.
The characters in Once Again / I Have Been There Once (한 번 다녀왔습니다) (KBS2, 2020) often come here for evening walks to talk things out with each other — for example, Song Na-hee (Lee Min-jung) and Yoon Kyu-jin (Lee Sang-yeob) in episode 64 (full episode 32), who meet to discuss their relationship.
Jangan park [장안공원]
In a flashback of her time in high school, Kang Mi-rae (Im Soo-hyang) confessed to her friend Yong Chul here, in episodes 1 and 6 of My ID is Gangnam Beauty / ID: Gangnam Beauty (내 아이디는 강남미인) (JTBC, 2018). However, he rejects her calling her ‘Kang Hulk’ or ‘Kang Ork’ and telling her everybody calls her ‘gross.’
Banghwa Pavilion [방화수류정]
As seen in episode 12 of Lucky Romance (운빨로맨스) (MBC, 2016).
The surroundings just opposite this gate, and the Suwoncheon Stream (수원천) are seen in episode 12 of Lucky Romance (운빨로맨스) (MBC, 2016).
Other filming locations at this landmark
— Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace [화성행궁]
MOVIEs FILMED HERE
— My Girlfriend Is an Agent (7급 공무원) (2009)
— The Classic (클래식) (2003)
— My Mother and Her Guest (사랑방 손님과 어머니) (1961) [Banghwa Pavilion and Hwahongmun]
Variety Shows Filmed Here
— 2 Days & 1 Night/1 Night 2 Days/1N2D (1박2일) (KBS2, 2012-13-Season 2), Trip #132 of Season 2’s episodes 427-428, aired on 24 February and 3 March 2013. The episodes were filmed as part of KBS’ 40th anniversary. Locations visited include Janganmun Gate [장안문], the North-East Gate Guard Platform [북동적대] and Hwahongmun.
— Those Who Cross The Line/Crossline (선을 넘는 녀석들) (MBC, 2018) — as seen here.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress [수원 화성] is a UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to 1796, when it was constructed by Jeongjo, the 22nd ruler of the Joseon Dynasty. It was built “specifically to memorialize and honor” the Crown Prince Sado, who was put to death by his own father, King Yeongjo, in 1762. The fortress –which took over two years to build, starting from 1794– is also said to be part of the king’s “his political strategy to eradicate faction struggles and establish king-led politics” and to be used “as a fortress of national defense to the south“.
The fortress is located in Suwon’s [수원시] neighborhood Yeonghwa [Yeonghwa/영화동] in the Jangan District [Jangan-gu/장안구]. Its well-maintained walls span 5.74 km in length; visitors can walk along its circumference easily, and also check out the 48 structures situated along it. The closest structure to the Jeongjo-ro 777beon-gil staircase is the South GunTower/Namporu [남포루], while the Once Again park scenes are at the cross of Jeongjo-ro 777beon-gil and Paldalsan-ro, characterised by the ‘tunnel’.
An overall map of the premises can be viewed here.
320-2 Yeonghwa-dong, Jangan-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기 수원시 장안구 영화동 320-2
Geolocation (Janganmun Gate): 37.288592, 127.014440
Geolocation of Jeongjo-ro 777beon-gil stairs (approx.): 37.277400, 127.013959
Geolocation of Paldalsan-ro (approx.): 37.277319, 127.013542
Suwon Station [수원역], Gyeongbu HSR/Seoul Subway Line 1/Bundang Line, Exit 9
(8 mins. by bus, then 5 mins. on foot)
— submitted by Mich KDL
— Photos taken by © Thom Musni and © dihischu 2013