The Independence Hall of Korea [독립기념관]

Criminal Minds (2017); IRIS (2009); Boys Over Flowers (2009;)

It is here that the team apprehends the suspect and accomplice involved in a bio-terrorism attack in episode 5 of Criminal Minds (크리미널 마인드) (tvN, 2017), as they were about to unleash the same – if not deadlier – concoction. Yoo Min-young’s (Lee Sun-bin) niece was also present at the same time, on a school outing.

This appears as the ‘Woo Song Museum’ in episode 1 of Boys Over Flowers/Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 남자) (KBS2, 2009) when Geum Kang-san (Park Ji-bin) looks up the F4 members for his sister Geum Jan-di (Ku Hye-seon). He explains that this museum showcases the cultural assets owned by (fictive) independence fighter So Yoon-he who is F4 So Yi-jeong’s (Kim Bum) grandfather (while Yi-jeong is shown visiting this venue).

Also seen in IRIS (아이리스) (KBS2, 2009).

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The Independence Hall of Korea [독립기념관] is located in the village of Namhwa [Namhwa-ri/남화리] in Cheonan’s township Mokcheon [Mokcheon-eup/목천읍] in the Dongnam District [Dongnam-gu/동남구]. It has 7 exhibition halls that cover various aspects of Korea’s history, from the prehistoric age and the Joseon Dynasty, to the Japanese colonial rule period, through to Korea’s independence. The Hall was opened on 15 August 1987, which also marked Korea’s National Liberation Day. Admission is free.

95, Sambang-ro, Mokcheon-eup, Dongnam-gu, Cheonan-si, Chungcheongnam-do
충청남도 천안시 동남구 목천읍 삼방로 95
(남화리 230-1)
Geolocation: 36.7835383,127.2232038

Getting here
Cheonan Station [천안역], Seoul Subway Line 1
From Seoul, you can take the KTX to Cheonan-Asan Station [천안아산역], walk to Asan station and take the subway to Cheonan Station [천안역]. A number of local buses depart from Cheonan Bus Terminal (천안종합버스터미널), and stops directly at the Hall.

— submitted by Mich KDL

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Free Admission March - October: 9:30am-6:00pm November - February: 9:30am-5:00pm Closed on Mondays (unless it is a public holiday)