Saturday Summary #31

Goblin (2016-17, episode 1)

by Marion KDL

I sometimes feel that K-Drama locating is driven by instantness; like a cup of ramyun. Quite a lot of people look for the recent locations they have seen in their current favorite dramas. But what we’re missing out here is the depth and the K-Drama history of a lot of these sites and also a sense of how the web of (familiar) locations has changed in some parts and where it has accompanied us viewers for decades.

Lovers in Prague (2005, episode 18)

Who would have known, for instance, that one of the important locations of Goblin, was already a very important location more than a decade before that in 2005’s Lovers in Prague?

So recently, I set out to unearth K-Dramaland locations’ history. Because apart from actresses and actors we see again and again and re-discover over the years, it is the locations that give us viewers comfort and a sense of familiarity. We know the places our protagonists walk through, dwell in and live in in K-Dramaland.

And one of the charms of K-Dramaland is that after a couple of years of watching, we recognize a lot of the places as easily as the places we frequent and pass by in RL. This Saturday Summary is a testimony to this.


Familiar Wife (ep 5, 2018)

We continue with our filming locations overviews by drama and Familiar Wife (2018) and Investigation Couple (2018) are the most recent additions.

Photo taken by © Iris27, September 2018
Photo by © Iris27

Iris27 visited some of My ID Is Gangnam Beauty locations during her stay in Seoul and it was really nice and exciting to follow all her discoveries through the photos and messages she has sent over. ❤

More about her travels is soon to come!


Devilish Joy (2018, episode 6)

Let’s just highlight one of the kisses of these two lovebirds; the one at First Garden.


Devilish Joy (2018, episode 6)

Seeing this garden at length in Devilish Joy, was the first time that I understood how it is laid out and it is now definitely on my must-see location list.


My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018, episode 10)
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018, episode 8)
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018, episode 10)

In the past months, K-Dramaland made a point to show a rather unknown side of Itaewon, its tiny alleyways, nice cafés and boutiques; a neighborhood to dwell in. In particular, My ID Is Gangnam Beauty showcased this area recently, after Cross and Avengers Social Club as well as >Hwayuki already highlighted some of its places in the past months.

Avengers Social Club (2017, episode 12)
Hwayugi (2017-18, episode 2)
My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018, episode 8)



Photo taken by © Thom Musni, September 2018
Photo by © Thom Musni

Gyeryong Fairy Tale (2018)
— Babeans Coffee cafe: University of Seoul [서울시립대학교]

The Third Charm (2018)
— The blind date, E1: Cafe Rosso [로쏘], ♡ added by Thom Musni
— The reunion, E1: Liberty Night and Day [리버티나잇앤데이]

Player (2018), ♡ all added by Mich KDL
— A hotel hideout, E1: Paradise City Hotel & Resort [파라다이스시티]
— Car chase 1, E1: Hosu 1 Bridge [호수1교]
— Car chase 2, E1: Bookfriends Cafe [북프렌즈카페] 
— Car chase 3, E1: Ichae Shopping Mall [이채쇼핑몰]
— Next prey, E1: Café Zino [지노 파주]
— An arrest, E2: Artinus Farmer’s Table [파머스테이블]

Terius Behind Me (2018), ♡ all added by Thom Musni
— E5: The Lounge [더라운지]
— King’s Bag, E6: Vegebox [베지박스 백현카페거리점]

Heart Surgeons (2018)
— Asking to work together, E1: Asosan [아소산 본점]

Devilish Joy (2018)
— Healing Town: ChangeUp Campus — Yangpyeong Camp [체인지업캠퍼스 양평캠프]
— Haemil Cafe: Milky Way Café [몽마르뜨언덕위 은하수다방]
— A first encounter, E1: Movie Town Haikou [电影公社海口], ♡ submitted by Thom Musni
— Arriving, E1: Incheon International Airport (ICN)
— 1st time taking the bus, E3: Bus Stop Dongdaemun History & Culture Park
— Taling it out, E3: Bukchon-ro 11da-gil [북촌로11다길]
— A MV filming location, E4: Banpo Bridge [반포대교]
— Bickering, E4: Yongsan Family Park [용산가족공원]
— Being humiliated twice, E5: Oakwood Premier Hotel Incheon [오크우드프리미어 인천]
— Passing by, E6: FATUM [파툼]
— An imagery scene, E6: The Botanical Garden BCJ [벽초지 문화 수목원]
— Meeting an old colleague, E6: Dalkomm Coffee — Sangam Branch [달콤커피 상암팬엔터점] (closed)
— Re-looking gone wrong, E7: Duier [듀이어]
— A confession gone wrong, E7: colline [콜린]
— Being late for a date, E7: Stairs to Namsan Tower — Sam-soon Stairs [삼순이 계단]
— A refuge for the heartbroken, E8: Yakcheonsa Temple on Simhaksan Mountain [약천사]
— Memories returned, E10: Myungbo Crossroad [명보사거리]
— Crossing over, E10: Seogang Bridge [서강대교]

Lovely Horribly (2018)
Turtle Hardware [거북만물서비], ♡ submitted by Mich KDL
— Sunwoo Hospital: Seoul Medical Center [서울의료원]
— A visit, E3: Chungah Park Columbarium
— Cheonho Hospital, E12: Incheon St. Mary’s Hospital, ♡ submitted by Mich KDL

The Beauty Inside (2018)
— Teaser 1: DDMC [동아디지털미디어센터], ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Dinner on a work trip, E1: Gonbap [곤밥]
— Workplace, E1: Incheon International Airport (ICN)
— Crossing over, E1: Seogang Bridge [서강대교]
— Unrecognizable, E2: NC Cube Canal Walk [NC큐브 커넬워크]
— Having a drink, E2: Tri-bowl — Multiplex Cultural Center [트라이볼]

Where Stars Land (2018)
— Teaser 1+3: Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항]
— Teaser 3: Turtle Supermarket [거북이슈퍼]
— The workplace, E1: Incheon International Airport (ICN) [인천국제공항]
— Finding shelter under the rain, E1: Le Pul [르풀], ♡ submitted by Thom Musni

My ID Is Gangnam Beauty (2018)
Staircase Samseongyo-ro 18ga-gil [삼선교로18가길]
— Hankook University: Kyonggi University — Suwon Campus [경기대학교 수원캠퍼스]
— A confession and many other things: Teruwa — Dong Seoul University Branch
— Working part-time: Caffe on the Plan [카페온더플랜 건대점]
— Seeing a secret, E8: Cafe Serengetea [세렝게티]
— Passing by, E10: CaronCaron Macaron Atelier, ♡ submitted by Fatima Pitogo
— Meeting Mom, E10: Encore Coffee [앙코르커피]
— Passing by, E15: Bulia — Daehakno Branch [불이아 대학로점] (closed), ♡ submitted by Iris27

Voice 2 (2018), ♡ all added by Florence
— Holding people hostage, E1: Government Complex Daejeon Station [정부청사역] 
— Walking under the influence, E7: Wolmido Culture Street [월미문화의거리]

Closer to Uijeongbu than Sadang (2018), ♡ all added by Mich KDL
— Han Sa-rang’s apartment: Cubus 8 Gallery [CUBUS 8 갤러리]
— Meeting an ex-boyfriend, E11: No Rush [노러쉬]

A-Teen (2018), ♡ all added by Mich KDL
— Hanging out, E18: Daehyun Building [대현빌딩]

Familiar Wife (2018), ♡ all added by Mich KDL
— Yoon Jong-hoo’s place: Daewoo Maison Libre Officetel
— Spotted from afar 1, E12: Ramerit
— Spotted from afar 2, E12: Bookfriends Cafe [북프렌즈카페] 
— Talking it out, E12: Banana Talk [바나나토크]
— Stopping a departure, E13: Gimpo Airport [김포국제공항] 
— Upselling health products, E13: Coffee Natural Specialty
— Meeting with a client, E13: Principle Coffee Company [프린시플 커피컴퍼니]
— Hiding in the washroom, E14: DDMC
— The bus home, E14: Bus stop Wicity 1 Danji Back Gate.Yangil Elementary School
— A secret date, E15: Artinus Farmer’s Table
— A rollercoaster proposal, E15: Lotte World [롯데월드]

Your House Helper (2018)
— A picnic, E26: Cap Coffee [캡커피]
— Holding a concert, E32: Eoulmadang Street [어울마당로]

To. Jenny (2018)
— Mirae High: School of Performing Arts Seoul [서울공연예술고등학교], ♡ submitted by Chelle

Still 17 (2018)
— Chaewoom: House 5275,
— Job hunting, E5: The Lounge [더라운지], ♡ submitted by Thom Musni
— Visiting Soo-mi, E26-27: Chungah Park Columbarium [청아공원기독교전용관]
— Jennifer’s restaurant, E32: Passage [파사주], ♡ submitted by Thom Musni

My Mister (2018)
— A deal, E4: Unhyeongung Royal Residence [운현궁]

Why Secretary Kim (2018)
— Meeting one’s ex-wife, E8: Seogang 8-kyoung [서강8경]

Lawless Lawyer (2018)
— Taking a walk, E4: Wolmido Culture Street [월미문화의거리]

Suits (2018), ♡ submitted by Thom Musni
— Buying a watch, E11: TAG Heuer — Cheongdam Branch

Wok of Love (2018)
— THE pojangmacha, E13+E36: The Gaon Culture Park [가온문화공원]

Tunnel (2017), ♡ added by Mich KDL
Mok Jin-woo’s House
— The art of keeping a promise, E1+13: E-land Cruise

Chicago Typewriter (2017), ♡ all added by Mich KDL
— Plotting a downfall, E3: Asosan [아소산 본점]
— Fulfilling a wish, E5: Myeongmul-gil [명물길]

Secret Forest/Stranger (2017), ♡ submitted by Chelle
Park Moo-sung’s House

Goblin (2016-17)
— Grim Reaper’s office: Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길]
— Calling Kim Shin, E2: Songhyeon Neighborhood Park [송현근린공원]

Signal (2016), ♡ added by Mich KDL
— Released from prison, E7: Iksan Prison Set [익산교도소세트장]

Another Miss Oh (2016)
— Working part-time: Pattern Ethiopia [패턴에티오피아]
— Chairman Jang’s mansion exterior: La vie douce [라비두스]
— Chairman Jang’s mansion interior: State Tower Namsan [스테이트 타워 남산]
— A lunch appointment, E2: Luka 511 [루카511]

Beautiful Gong Shim (2016)
— Truck of Doom, E19: Ramerit [라메리트]

Bubblegum (2015)
— Meeting a journalist, E8: The Lounge [더라운지]

Healer (2014-15)
— Father’s ashes & a cassette tape, E17: Chungah Park Columbarium [청아공원기독교전용관]

MBC Drama Festival: House, Mate (2014)
Sang-woo’s house, ♡ submitted by Mich KDL

Athena: Goddess of War (2011)
— First time meeting, E1: Lotte World [롯데월드]

Smile Again (2006)
— Arriving in Switzerland, E2: Zurich Main Station [Zürich Hauptbahnhof]

Lovers in Prague (2005)
— A marriage proposal, E18: Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길]

I’m Sorry, I Love You (2004)
— Audrey’s mansion: Oh Joong Seok Wedding Studio [오중석웨딩스튜디오]
— Scamming people, E1: Flinders Street Railway Station, Melbourne
— Missing Eun-chae, E14: Aqua Art Bridge [아쿠아아트 육교]

Beautiful Days (2001)
— A broken promise, E1: Namsan Tower aka N Seoul Tower
— Taking the subway back home, E4: Cheongdam Station [청담역]
— A test concert and a picnic, E7: Lotte World [롯데월드]
— Pondering, E9: Yeouido Hangang Park
— Driving over, E9: Dongjak Bridge [동작대교]
— Wanting to leave everything behind, E11: Sinchon Station (Gyeongui Line) [신촌역]
— Disturbed, E11: Hangang Bridge [한강대교]
— A last training, E14: Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원]
— A concert, E14: ELand Cruise aka Hangang River Ferry Cruise
— A meeting and a proposal, E14: Le Meridien Seoul [르 메르디앙 서울]
— An arranged date, E15: COEX Aquarium [코엑스 아쿠아리움]
— A marriage, E22: Namsan Park Fountain [남산공원분수대]
— A honeymoon, E23: Everland [에버랜드]

Truth (2000)
— University: Yonsei University — Sinchon Campus [연세대학교 신촌캠퍼스]
— A bike-date, E3: Ilsan Lake Park [일산호수공원]
— Going ice-skating, E5: Lotte World [롯데월드]


Yoona (윤아) (2016) ‘Deoksugung Stonewall Walkway’
Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway [덕수궁 돌담길]

Yoon Jong Shin [월간 윤종신] (with Min Seo) — Monthy Project Nov. 2016
The Lounge [더라운지]


Heart Signal 2 (하트시그널 2) (Channel A, 2018)
The Piano [더피아노]


G9 CF with Park Bo-gum
The Lounge [더라운지]


CF G9 (2016)

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