Yakhyeon Cathedral [중림동약현성당]

The Wind Blows (2019); Her Private Life (2019); The Fiery Priest (2019); Misty (2018); Black Knight (2017-18); Lookout (2017); The K2 (2016); Emergency Couple (2014); A Witch's Love (2014); Bride of the Century (2014); Prime Minister & I (2013-14); My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010); IRIS (2009-10)

Kwon Do-hoon (Kam Woo-sung) comes to this church in episode 2 of The Wind Blows (바람이 분다) (JTBC, 2019) and prays for more than an hour to the dismay of his accompanying best friend Choi Hang-seo (Lee Joon-hyuk).

Cha Shi-Ahn’s (Jung Jae-won/원/ONE) mother comes to this church in episode 12 of Her Private Life (그녀의 사생활) (tvN, 2019) to pray before looking for her son.

Priest Lee Young-Joon (Jeong Dong-Hwan) administers at this church that appears as Gudam Chruch in The Fiery Priest/Hot Blooded Priest (열혈사제) (SBS, 2019). Kim Hae-il (Kim Nam-gil) joins him in episode 2.

Go Hye-ran (Kim Nam-joo) and Kang Tae-wook (Ji Jin-hee) got married at this church without the presence of the groom’s parents as we see in a flashback in episode 3 of Misty (미스티) (JTBC, 2018).

Jang Baek-hee (Jang Mi-hee) comes here in episode 2 of Black Knight: The Man Who Guards Me (흑기사) (KBS2, 2017-18) and tells a sister (that meanwhile has fallen asleep) that she is 250 years old and only now starts to age, and that she has committed a great sin that she wants to rectify.

In episode 1 of Lookout (파수꾼) (2017), Key (Gong Kyung-soo) comes here lighting a candle and leaving a message that he has completed his mission.

In episode 6 of The K2 (더 케이투) (tvN, 2016), Ko An-na (Yoona) flees from the house where she is kept by her father and stepmother to meet her father at a service at this cathedral that he would be attending. She disguises herself as a nun and sings in the choir with her own version of ‘Amazing Grace’ – while Kim Je-ha (Ji Chang-wook) is standing watch.

Oh Hye-sang (Park Se-young) and Joo Se-hoon (Da Sang-woo) marry here in episode 3 of My Daughter, Geum Sa-wol (내 딸, 금사월) (MBC, 2015-16).

Oh Jin-hee (Song Ji-hyo) and Oh Chang-min (Choi Jin-hyuk) get married here in crushing a service in the first scene of episode 1 in Emergency Couple (응급남녀) (tvN, 2014).

It is here that Ban Ji-yeon’s (Uhm Jung-hwa) finds herself alone in front of the altar in a wedding dress in a flashback in episode 1 of A Witch’s Love/Witch’s Romance (마녀의 연애) (tvN, 2014).

This is also where Na Doo-rim (Yang Jin-sung) and Choi Kang-joo (Lee Hong-ki) get marry in private without guests in episode 10 of Bride of the Century (백년의 신부) (CSTV, 2014).

In episode 11 of My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho/My Girlfriend Is a Nine-Tailed Fox (내 여자친구는 구미호) (SBS, 2010), Cha Tae-woong (Lee Seung-gi) finally accepts that he likes Mi-Ho (Shin Min-ah) and confesses to her in front of this cathedral. And finally they gave assurance to each other’s feelings. The building is an exact look alike of the stand-in that Mi-ho gave to him.

Also, Kim Hyeon-jun (Lee Byung-hun) comes here to retrieve his memory in episode 3 of IRIS (아이리스) (KBS2,2009-10), accompanied by Choi Seung-hee (Kim Tae-hee). It’s the religious orphanage where he had stayed at from the age of 7. While Hyeon-jun talks the the father, Seung-hee walks around the orphanage and ends up in the church where she asks Mother Maria if she should love a man with many secrets and her answer – that she can directly give Hyeon-jun because he had come to the church as his talk had finished – was “Yes.”. We then see them walk down the aisle arm in arm.

Also seen in Misty (미스티) (JTBC, 2018); Prime Minister & I (총리와 나) (KBS2, 2013-14).

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Yakhyeon Cathedral [중림동약현성당] is a Catholic church located in Seoul’s neighbourhood of Jungnim-dong [중림동] in the Jung district [Jung-gu/중구].

447-1 Cheongpa-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
서울 중구 청파로 447-1
(중림동 149-2)
Geolocation: 37.559115, 126.967441

Getting here
Chungjeongno Station [충정로역], Line 2 and 5, Exit 4
Bus Stop: Korea Economic Daily [한국경제신문사] – Key (Gong Kyung-soo) gets off the bus here in episode 10 of Lookout (2017) to go to this church.

— submitted by Marion KDL

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