Unhyeongung Yanggwan [운현궁 양관]

Time (2018); Goblin (2016-17); The King 2 Hearts (2012); Bridal Mask (2012); A Man Called God (2010); Goong (2006)

Cheon Soo-ho (Kim Jung-hyun) meets up at the entry of this building in episodes 9, 14 and 15 with his lawyer/prosecutor friend to ask him for help in Time (시간) (MBC, 2018).

This is where Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) aka Goblin/Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비) (tvN, 2016-17) lives. Later on, the Grim Reaper (Lee Dong-wook) and Ji Eun-tak (Kim Go-eun) also move in. Yoo Duk-hwa (Yook Sung-jae) walks in and out here so much, he could probably be considered a resident  here as well.

The Western Residence’s façade appears as the residence of Kishokai members Count Lee Shi-yong (Ahn Suk-hwan) and Countess Lee Hwa-gyeong (Kim Jeong-nan) in Bridal Mask/Gaksital (각시탈) (KBS2, 2012).

The Western Residence’s façade appears as part of the royal palace in The King 2 Hearts (더킹 투하츠) (MBC, 2012).

When returning to Seoul, Michael King / Choi Kang-ta (Song Il-gook) sets up his headquarters at this venue (the exterior is featured) in episode 2 of A Man Called God (신이라 불리운 사나이) (MBC, 2010).

This was also the venue —appearing as ‘Sa Yang Dang’ in episode 4— used for the education of Crown Prince Lee Shin (Ju Ji-hoon) and Crown Princess Shin Chae-Kyung (Yoon Eun-hye) in Goong/Princess Hours (궁) (MBC, 2006).

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‘Unhyeongung Yanggwan’ or ‘Western House of Unhyeongung Royal Residence’ [운현궁 양관], built between 1911 and 1912 in symmetrical French Renaissance style, is a corporate office building of Duksung Women’s University [덕성여자대학 교평생교육원] located at their Unni-dong campus (sometimes also known as their ‘Jongno campus’). It comprises the Graduate School of Education, Graduate School of FTB and School of Continuing Education.

The building was originally part of the Unhyeongung Royal Residence [운현궁], which was how it derived its name. It was built during the Japanese colonial rule as an annex and used by the royal family — for some time it was the private residence of Yi Jun-yong, Prince Yeongseon of Joseon — thus, it can be considered as the 20th century addition to the 14th century residence. In 1948, the building was sold and from then on and until 1984 it was used as the main building of Duksung Women’s University.

The building is located in Seoul’s neighborhood Unni [Unni-dong/운니동] —under the administration of Jongno- ga-dong/Jongno 1(il).2(i).3(sam).4(sa) [종로1.2.3.4가동]— in the Jongno District [Jongno-gu/종로구], and it can only be accessed through the university’s main entrance and not by passing through the ‘Unhyeongung Royal Residence’. Kindly note that access to this building may be limited, due to an influx of Goblin fans visiting the place, as some of the commenters below have shared. This means you may not be able to enter the premises as easily.

460 Samil-daero, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울 종로구 삼일대로 460
(서울시 종로구 운니동 114-7)
Geolocation: 37.576111, 126.987749

Getting here
Anguk Station [안국역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 4.
(4 min. walk)

— submitted by Marion KDL, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 23/06/2022
Bridal Mask, The King 2 Hearts added by Lr

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  1. “My Roommate Is A Gumiho” also uses this house as Shin Woo-yeo’s modern times house.

    1. hello Babaylan! thanks for the info – could you give us an example of a scene (and its episode number) that this house appears in? would be helpful to know the timestamp as well so we can check 🙂 appreciate it!

  2. Bridal Mask & King 2 Hearts

    Hi this is Lr

    Other dramas that used the Western Residence’s façade:
    -Bridal Mask/Gaksital – residence of Kishokai members Count Lee Shi-yong (Ahn Suk-hwan) & Countess Lee Hwa-gyeong (Kim Jeong-nan)
    -The King 2 Hearts – part of the royal palace

  3. Sorry, but touRists are not allowed

    Last year we went there too. The security guard did not allow us to enter. And it is true that there were signs in korean and english that tourists are not allowed in the premises since it is a school premises. Disappointed but we just left. We went to another shooting location of Goblin too in Ji Eun Tak’s school. We saw the same sign prohibiting tourists to enter but there was no security guard that time so we just get inside taking photos in front of the school building. And in just a minute the guard appeared and told us we’re not allowed to take photos and not also allowed to get inside. We just apologized and left.

  4. I’m not sure if this case only happened to me but entering the university itself just for the sake of seeing the Goblin’s house is forbidden. My companion and I managed to get past the security personnel who was guarding the main gate of the university however, when you finally see the Goblin’s house from afar, you will see a tarp (both in Korean and English) which says that you can’t go farther than where the tarp is. My companion, being the badass that she is (lol), went ahead and took photos very near the Goblin’s house (which is actually a classroom occupied by students that time). I, on the other hand, stayed behind and just took pictures of the Goblin’s house from afar. We thought we will be able to get out without a sweat but a security personnel stopped us and asked if we were tourists or students. I said we were tourists but I told him that we didn’t go past the tarp (lol omg) so he let us go. But of course, it was a heart attack moment. It’s no excuse to say you can’t understand Korean because again, the tarp has English translations, too.
    I suggest that if you really want to see the Goblin’s house, you guys should ask the security personnel at the main gate first and hope that they will allow you (we went there twice, actually, we just “succeeded” on the second try). If not, don’t pursue anymore; it’s better to be safe than sorry haha

  5. Is it open every sunday?

    The palace

    1. Hi Lorena, Good question! Actually I don’t know. You might want to check with them directly (there is an email address on their page). Please let me know so that I can add the information for everyone here.

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