Wondang Horse Ranch [원당종마목장]

The World of The Married (2020); That Winter, The Wind Blows (2013); Secret Garden (2010-11); City Hall (2009); Coffee Prince (2007); Spring Day (2005); Goong (2006); Fashion 70s (2005); Legend of Ambition (1998); Sandglass (1995)

After an overnight stay at the sea, Oh Soo (Jo In-sung) drops off Oh Young (Song Hye-kyo) at this ranch in episode 5 of That Winter, The Wind Blows (그 겨울, 바람이 분다) (SBS, 2013), before heading over to meet Jo Moo-chul (Kim Tae-woo).

When they first met as both run-aways from home, Crown Prince Lee Shin (Ju Ji-hoon) and Min Hyo-rin (Song Ji-hyo) visit this farm as she remembers when re-visiting the place in episode 16 of Goong/Princess Hours (궁) (MBC, 2006).

Kim Dong-young (Joo Jin-mo) invites Jang Bin (Chun Jung-myung) over for a picnic for lunch at this ranch in episode 13 of Fashion 70s/Fashion 70’s (패션 70/패션 70’s) (SBS, 2005).

Also seen in The City Hall (Siti Hol/시티홀/씨티홀) (SBS, 2009); Coffee Prince/The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (커피프린스 1호점) (MBC, 2007); Spring Day/Spring Days (봄날) (SBS, 2005); Legend of Ambition/Legendary Ambition (야망의 전설) (KBS2, 1998); The Hourglass/Sandglass (모래시계) (SBS, 1995).

Silver Pine Tree Road [은사시나무길]

Ji Sun-woo (Kim Hee-ae) finds a devastated Lee Tae-oh (Park Hae-joon) here in episode 15 of The World of The Married/A World of Married Couple (부부의 세계) (JTBC, 2020), and she leaves him behind after a verbal conflict.

Secretary Wang Hye-ji (Bae Jong-ok) picks up Oh Young (Song Hye-kyo) from here after Oh Soo (Jo In-sung) drops her off in episode 5 of That Winter, The Wind Blows (그 겨울, 바람이 분다) (SBS, 2013).

Kim Joo-won (Hyun Bin) and Gil Ra-im (Ha Ji-won) drive down this road after visiting his mother in episode 7 of Secret Garden (Sikeurit Gadeun/시크릿 가든) (SBS, 2010-11).

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Wondang Horse Ranch [원당종마목장], formerly/also known as Let’s Run Farm Wondang [렛츠런팜 원당], is a wide-scale stallion ranch located in Goyang’s neighborhood Wondang [Wondang-dong/원당동] in the Deokyang District [Deokyang-gu/덕양구]; neighboring the royal tombs, Seosamneung/Seosamreung [서삼릉]. The ranch also lies along the 8.28 km Seosamneung Nuri-gil (서삼릉누리길), one of the 5 walking trails of Goyang Nuri-gil [고양누리길].

The 360,000 square-meter ranch — of which 170,000 square meters are grassland alone — was established in 1984 by the Korean Racing Authority (KRA) for the breeding of race horses and promotion of horse riding. It also served as a stadium for cross-country events at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. Till today, this ranch is used by KRA for training jockeys and horse-trading officials.

The place first went viral through its driving courses (for visiting the suburbs) that were introduced and published in newspapers and magazines in the late 1980s. From then, it was frequently featured as a filming location and became popular for couples to visit; particularly after Sandglass was broadcasted in 1995, which then made this place a national attraction. In 1997, the ranch was opened to the public, following a request from citizens, allowing them to enjoy the ranch’s scenery, green fields with grazing horses and picturesque white fences, and its Silver Pine Tree Road (은사시나무길).

Though it has since fallen into relative (K-Drama) oblivion, this place is still considered a “hidden attraction”, as advertised by Goyang City in April 2021.

Address
233-112 Seosamneung-gil, Deokyang-gu, Goyang-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
경기도 고양시 덕양구 서삼릉길 233-112
(원당동 201-79)
Geolocation: 37.664249, 126.873419

Getting here
Samsong Station [삼송역], Seoul Subway Line 3, Exit 5
(25-30 min. by bus)

▶ Take the village bus No. 041A for 9 stops
▶ Alight at Seosamneung, Horse Racing Academy (stallion ranch) [서삼릉.마목장입구(종점)]

— submitted by Marion KDL; last updated 29/05/2022

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