University of Seoul [서울시립대학교]

The Empire (2022); Melancholia (2021); The Penthouse S3 (2021); The World of The Married (2020); Itaewon Class (2020); Romance Is A Bonus Book (2019); Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter (2018); Familiar Wife (2018); 3 Days (2014); Gap-dong (2014); Give Love Away (2013-14); Let’s Eat (2013-14); Miss Korea (2013-14); 7th Grade Civil Servant (2013); Two Weeks (2013); All About My Love (2013); Love For Ten – Generation of Youth (2013); The Queen of Office (2013); My Princess (2011); Miss Ripley (2011); Still, Marry Me (2010); Soul (2009); I Love You, Don’t Cry (2008-09); Summer Scent ( 2003); Did We Really Love? (1999); Tomorrow Love (1992-94); The Three Day Promise (1991)

Baek Seung-yoo (Lee Do-hyun) is dropped off by his father Baek Min-sik (Kim Ho-jin) at the UOS Centennial Memorial Hall [100주년기념관] — appearing as a science-specialized high school — to do a placement test in episode 2 of Melancholia (멜랑꼴리아) (tvN, 2021). Birch Hall [자작마루] appears as ‘Asung Hall’ — part of ‘Asung High School’ — where Seung-yoo makes it just in time for a qualifying competition to represent Asung High School at the beginning of episode 3, and where he is introduced as a teacher during a school gathering years later in episode 7. Also in episode 3, Seung-yoo and teacher Ji Yoon-su (Im Soo-jung) appears outside the university museum [박물관] next to this hall (37.583154, 127.056729) after visiting an art exhibition.

The ‘Seoul University of Music’ auditions take place at this university’s Music Hall [음악관] in episode 2 of Penthouse S3/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 3 (펜트하우스) (SBS, 2020-21).

The exterior of Changgong Hall [창공관] appears as ‘Family Love Hospital’ where Ji Sun-woo (Kim Hee-ae) works as an associate director in The World of The Married/A World of Married Couple (부부의 세계) (JTBC, 2020).

This university appears as ‘Gwangjin University’ at which Oh Soo-a (Kwon Na-ra) takes her entrance exam at the Law Faculty Building [서울시립대학교 법학관] in episode 1 of Itaewon Class (이태원 클라쓰) (JTBC, 2020) while Park Sae-ro-yi (Park Seo-joon) waits for her outside.

Cha Eun-ho (Lee Jong-suk) comes here to give a lecture in episode 13 of Romance is a Bonus Book/Romance is a Supplement/How To Publish Love (로맨스는 별책부록) (tvN, 2019). During the lecture, he receives a text message from Song Hae-rin (Jung Eugene) telling him that Kang Dan-i (Lee Na-young) had resigned from the company.

This is the setting for Yiwon University, where Jung Yi-hyun (Yoon Hyun-min) teaches at and where the Babeans Coffee café that Sun Ok-nam (Ko Du-shim/Moon Chae-won) works at is located, in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter/Gyeryong Fairy Tale/Tale of Fairy (계룡선녀전) (tvN, 2018). In episode 2, Ok-nam and her daughter Jeon-seom (Kang Mi-na of Gugudan) walk along the street towards the university’s entrance, to return to the café after their hair appointment.

Also seen in Familiar Wife (아는 와이프) (tvN, 2018), as the university that Cha Joo-hyuk (Ji Sung) and Lee Hye-won (Kang Han-na) attended. In final episode 16, Joo-hyuk brings Seo Woo-jin’s (Han Ji-min) back here for a walk, and talks about their future.

Also seen in episode 1 of The Empire (Di Empaieo: Beob-ui Jeguk/디 엠파이어: 법의 제국) (JTBC, 2022) – the Concert Hall is seen; in Three Days/3 Days (Sseuri Deijeu/쓰리 데이즈) (SBS, 2014); Gap-dong/Gabdong, the Memories of Murder (Gapdongi/갑동이) (tvN, 2014); Give Love Away/Will You Love and Give it Away? (사랑해서 남주나) (MBC, 2013-14); Let’s Eat (식샤를 합시다) (tvN, 2013-14); Miss Korea (미스코리아) (MBC, 2013-14); as part of NIS in 7th Grade Civil Servant (7급 공무원) (MBC, 2013); Two Weeks (Tuwikseu/투윅스) (MBC, 2013); in final episode 16 of All About My Love (내 연애의 모든 것) (SBS, 2013); The Queen of Office (직장의 신) (KBS2, 2013); My Princess (마이 프린세스) (MBC, 2011); Miss Ripley (미스 리플리) (MBC, 2011); as ‘Myeongin University’ (명인대학) in High Kick! 3/High Kick: Revenge of the Short Legged (하이킥 3/하이킥! : 짧은 다리의 역습) (MBC, 2011-12); The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry/Still, Marry Me (아직도 결혼하고 싶은 여자) (MBC, 2010); Soul/Possessed (Hon/혼) (MBC, 2009); I Love You, Don’t Cry/Don’t Cry My Love (사랑해, 울지마) (MBC, 2008-09); Summer Scent (여름향기) (KBS2, 2003); Did We Really Love? (우리가 정말 사랑했을까) (MBC, 1999); Tomorrow Love (내일은 사랑) (KBS2, 1992-94); The Three Day Promise (3일의 약속) (KBS2, 1991).

Web Drama Filmed here

Jeong Gi-eok (Lee Sung-yeon from INFINITE) and Yoon Min-ah (Son Ji-hyun, formerly of 4MINUTE) study at this university in Love For Ten – Generation of Youth (러브포텐 – 순정의 시대) (Netflix, 2013).

Movies Filmed Here

Twenty (스물) (2015)
— Scarlet Innocence (마담 뺑덕) (2014)
— The Suspect (용의자) (2013)
— The Client (의뢰인) (2011)

Variety Show Filmed Here

— Episode 314 of My Neighbor Charles (이웃집 찰스) (KBS1, 2015-present)

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Established in 1918, the University of Seoul (UOS) [서울시립대학교] is a public university in Seoul’s neighborhood Jeonnong [Jeonnong-dong/전농동] in the Dongdaemun District [Dongdaemun-gu /동대문구]. It was formerly known as Kyung Sung Public Agricultural College, before changing its name in 1997. UOS celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2018, and the UOS Centennial Memorial Hall [100주년기념관] was established to commemorate this milestone.

Kyongnong Hall [경농관], the university’s oldest building, was refurbished in 2013 along with the University Museum and Birch Hall [자작마루], and are collectively known as Seonbyeokwon [선벽원]. The three buildings won the grand prize in the 2013 Seoul City Architecture Contest after their refurbishment, with Kyongnong Hall and Birch Hall being designated as ‘Seoul Future Heritage’ sites in 2013 (#29 & #30 on the City Management (도시관리) list). The Concert Hall was added to this campus in 2016 and was built by Wooridongin Architects.

This site was selected in 2012 as one of 100 regular filming locations for movies and dramas by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Seoul Film Council, and featured in the brochure The Places In Seoul Cinema Fell in Love With (영화가 사랑한 서울 촬영지 100선). A selection of this university’s buildings also is one of the 380 traditional and modern-contemporary buildings in Seoul that were selected for the The Seoul Architectural Guide (2013, page 134-35).

Note: The cafe in Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter was constructed specially for the show and does not actually exist on campus. As of August 2018, it was located between the Student Hall [학생회관] and the Auditorium [대강당], which it’s nearer to, and was likely to only be up until September 2018, when filming ended. From the university’s main entrance, head towards the direction of 21세기관 and 대강당 is next to it. Prepare for a walk. Refer to the university map here.

163 Seoulsirip-daero, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울특별시 동대문구 서울시립대로 163
(전농동 90)
Geolocation: 37.583383, 127.0593032
Geolocation of Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter ‘café’: 37.583359, 127.059853
Geolocation of Law Faculty: 37.582185, 127.056784

Getting here
Cheongryangri Station [청량리역], Gyeongui Jungang Line [경의중앙선], Exit 3

— submitted by Mich KDL, updated by Marion KDL; last updated 06/11/2022
— Photos taken by © Florence, August 2018
The World of The Married added by Chelle
Melancholia (episode 3, 7) added by GGRIP

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