Yakhyeon Cathedral [중림동약현성당/藥峴聖堂]

Through The Darkness (2022); Reflection of You (2021); High Class (2021); The Penthouse S3 (2021); Second Husband (2021); Red Shoes (2021); Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (2020); Chip In (2020); The Wind Blows (2019); Her Private Life (2019); The Fiery Priest (2019); My Only One (2018-19); Misty (2018); Black Knight (2017-18); Lookout (2017); Man to Man (2017); Dear My Friends (2016); The K2 (2016); My Daughter, Geum Sa-wol (2015-16); Emergency Couple (2014); Angel Eyes (2014); A Witch's Love (2014); Bride of the Century (2014); Prime Minister & I (2013-14); My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho (2010); Baker King Kim Tak Goo (2010); IRIS (2009-10); A Good Person (2003)

Song Ha-young (Kim Nam-gil) accompanies his mother to this church for early morning mass in episode 7 of Through The Darkness/Those Who Read Hearts of Evil (악의 마음을 읽는 자들) (SBS, 2022).

Jeong Sun-woo (Shin Dong-wook), who was about to get the sacrament of penance, sees his patient Gu Hae-won (Shin Hyun-been) sitting in one of the pews in this church in episode 2 of Reflection of You (너를 닮은 사람) (JTBC, 2021).

Hwang Na-yoon (Park Se-jin) travels down memory line at this church in episode 10 of High Class (Haikeullaeseu/하이클래스) (tvN, 2021) and thinks back to a moment when An Ji-yong (Kim Nam-hee) proposed to her at this place.

[SPOILER] Ha Eun-byeol (Choi Ye-bin) becomes a choir mistress at this church three years on from the entire ordeal, as seen in final episode 14 of Penthouse 3/The Penthouse: War in Life Season 3 (펜트하우스 3) (SBS, 2021). Her mother, Cheon Seo-jin (Kim So-yeon), comes to watch her rehearsal while on specially-granted leave from the prison, but leaves before she is seen.
Note: The white building behind the church featured in the scene it is not actually a motel in real life.

Bong Sun-hwa (Uhm Hyun-kyung) and Moon Sang-hyeok (Han Ki-woong) promise each other their love at this cathedral in episode 1 of Second Husband (두 번째 남편/Du Beonjjae Nampyeon) (MBC, 2021).

Min Hee-kyung (Choi Myoung-gil) prays at this church with her children in episode 1 of Red Shoes (Bbalgang Goodu/빨강 구두) (KBS2, 2021).

Goo Ra-ra (Go Ara) and Cha Eun-seok (Kim Joo-hun) marry at this church in episode 12 of Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (도도솔솔라라솔) (KBS2, 2020) and after they have said their vows, Sunwoo Joon (Lee Jae-wook) comes running into the church and wrist-grabs Ra-ra away from the altar and outside the church’s ground.

Yoo In-ho’s (Nam Moon-chul) memorial service takes place at this cathedral in episode 5 of Chip In (십시일반) (MBC, 2020).

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.

Kang Su-il (Choi Soo-Jong) works as a baker at this church after being released from prison in My Only Love/My Only One (하나뿐인 내편) (KBS2, 2018-19). Hence, a lot of scenes happen here. For instance, in episode 28, Na Hong-ju (Jin Kyung) comes to this church at her deceased husband’s anniversary and is in tears praying because she misses him. On her way back, she sees children running in one direction. She follows them curiously as they head to the baking room and is surprised to see Kang Su-il.

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/The Guardians/Catcher (Pasuggun/파수꾼) (MBC, 2017), Key (Gong Kyung-soo) comes here lighting a candle and leaving a message that he has completed his mission.

The Last Love team does a location scouting at this church in episode 11 of Man to Man (맨투맨) (JTBC, 2017). They come to a different church but once Kim Seol-woo (Park Hae-jin) and Cha Do-ha (Kim Min-jung) have entered that church a sister awaits them and brings them to Priest Michael who awaits them at the interior of this church.

This is the church where Jo Hee-ja (Kim Hye-ja) attends mass and does volunteer work in Dear My Friends (디어 마이 프렌즈) (tvN, 2016). It can be seen in multiple episodes for an instance in episode 4 where Hee-ja confesses the crime that she did to a priest.

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).

Yoon Soo-wan (Ku Hye-sun) and Park Dong-joo (Lee Sang-yoon) marry at this cathedral in episode 19 of Angel Eyes (엔젤아이즈) (SBS, 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 married 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 (Airiseu/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.

Park Joon-pil (Shin Ha-kyun) and Oh Soon-jung (Han Ji-min) marry at this church at the end of final episode 16 of A Good Person/A Good Man (Joheun Saram/좋은 사람) (MBC, 2003). After his fight with Joon-pil, Kang Tae-pyung (Jo Han-sun) also sleeps at this church in the same episode.

Also seen in Misty (미스티) (JTBC, 2018); Prime Minister & I/Prime Minister and I/Prime Minister is Dating (총리와 나) (KBS2, 2013-14); King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo/Gu /Baker King, Kim Tak Goo/ Bread, Love and Dreams (제빵왕 김탁구) (KBS2, 2010).


The Taste of Money (돈의 맛) (2012)

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Yakhyeon Cathedral [중림동약현성당/藥峴聖堂] -also known as Jungnim-dong Cathedral [중림동성당으]-, established in 1892 by the French Catholic missionary Eugene Jean Georges Coste (Korean name: Ko Eui-sun), is a Catholic church located in Seoul’s neighborhood Jungnim [Jungnim-dong/중림동] in the Jung District [Jung-gu/중구]. It is said to be the first Catholic church established in Seoul as well as the first “Western-style cathedral building” in Korea (meaning small-scale brick built) in Korea featung a Romanesque architectural style.

This church was designated Historic Site No. 252 (사적 제252호로) in November 1977. In 2012, this church was selected 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).

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

Getting here
Chungjeongno Station [충정로역], Seoul Subway Lines 2 and 5, Exit 4
(8 min. walk)
▶ 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, updated by Mich KDL; last updated 12/06/2022
— Photo taken by © deanekitty29, summer 2019

— Scene description for My Only One added by Bernadette
Chip In added by raregem
Dear My Friends, Reflection of You added by Chelle
Man to Man added by Jean Ava

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  1. Man to Man ep 11

    Looks like Man to Man (2017) was filmed here. In episode 11 when the two main characters enter the church to get permission to film a movie at the church.

    1. Hi there, Many thanks for this nice addition. Yes, the interior of the second church is this one. I have also added three more locations of this episode. 🙂

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