This open movie set is in the Suncheon district of Jorye-dong.

It contains three villages, each of which was a separate period from the 1950s to the 1970s.  It has around 200 houses and is currently Korea’s biggest film set.

The sets are realistic, even able to bring childhood memories to people that lived during that era. The realistic set has drawn tourists, young visitors and families to learn about the history of Korea.

The streets of Suncheon during the 1950s were entirely reconstructed.  There’s Jeil Brewery, the major theatre, and a fire station.  In the film sets, visitors can see scenes from Seoul’s history, such as daldongne (uphill residential areas for poor families living near rich districts in Seoul) and shopping streets in the suburbs of Seoul.

Within the film set, the tourists can experience the recreated atmosphere in a traditional Korean outdoor tavern by eating buchimgae (pan-fried foods) and dotorimuk (acorn gelatine).

It’s fun to search and look through the houses in some of Korea’s best-known dramas.

In the spring, the Woldeung orchard Garden  outdoor film set has beautiful apricot and peach blossoms.

 

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 6

 

+82-61-749-4003, +82-61-749-5809
suncheon.go.kr
https://www.suncheon.go.kr/tour/tourist/0005

Information :  1330 Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
(Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
• For more info: +82-61-749-4003,
+82-61-749-5809
・Parking Facilities : Available
・Closed : N/A (Open all year round)
・Operating Hours : 09:00-18:00

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 7

 

Admission Fees
Individual: Adult (W3000), Youth (W2000), Children (W1000)
Group (20 or more people): Adult (W2500), Youth (W1500), Children (W800)

Parking Fees
Compact vehicles: 250 won per 1hr / 1,000 won for a day
Small cars: 500 won per 1hr / 2,000 won for a day
Large-sized cars: 1,500 won per 1hr / 4,000 won for a day

Facilities for the Handicapped
Wheelchair ramp

Interpretation Services Offered
English, Japanese, Chinese
* Reservations required.

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 8

 

How to Get Suncheon Film Set

 

By Taxi – Just tell them, Suncheon Deu-rah-ma Seh-teu or show them the Korean 순천 드라마 촬영장 written. It’s one of the popular places to visit in Suncheon. It’s less than 15-minutes from the Bus Terminal and should cost around 6,000 KRW (~$6) depending on traffic

By Local Bus – The bus stop may be a little difficult to find, but look for the Paris Baguette around the corner, and you’ll see it. The buses are 1,250 KRW (~$1)
o Buses 99-1 and 77 goes to the 기독재활원 stop and take around 30-mins
o Bus 670 goes to the Drama Film Set (드라마촬영장) and takes around 30-mins as well.

[Bus]
Take an intercity bus from Seoul Central City Bus Terminal to Suncheon.
From Suncheon Intercity Bus Terminal, take bus 77, 99 or 777.
– Get off at Suncheon Open Film Set.

By Bike – So, Suncheon actually has its own rent a bike program. You will see these orange bikes around and directions in English on how to rent them. If you want to bike and do a bit of sight seeing before getting to Suncheon Film Set, you can bike until you get tired and there’s a place to put them right in front of the film set.

Tip

** I encourage you to download either Naver Map or KakaoMap if you’re able to read and understand Hangul!  Google Maps is unreliable in Korea, and Koreans use to both Naver and Kakao navigate.  I lean more towards KakaoMap on my phone but use Naver on my laptop.

 

Gangnam Blues Movie Poster 2

 

Gangnam Blues / Gangnam 1970

 

• Native Title: 강남 1970
• Also Known As: Land Gate , Gangnam Beulruseu , 강남 블루스 , Gangnam Blues
• Screenwriter & Director: Yoo Ha
• Genres: Action, Drama, Tragedy, Mature
• Tags: 1970s, Sexual Content, Gang, Noir
• Movie: Gangnam Blues (English title)
• Revised romanization: Gangnam 1970
• Hangul: 강남 1970
• Director: Yu Ha
• Writer: Yu Ha
• Producer: Han Kil-Ro, Park Sun-Young, Kim Young-Joon, Yoo Jung-Hoon
• Cinematographer: Kim Tae-Sung, Hong Seung-Hyuk
• Release Date: January 21, 2015
• Runtime: 135 min.
• Genre: Action / Gangster / Period-1970
• Distributor: Showbox
• Language: Korean
• Country: South Korea

 

Gangnam Blues (Korean: 강남 1970; Gangnam 1970) is a South Korean action film released in 2015, written and directed by Yoo Ha, starring Lee Min-ho, Kim Seol-hyun and Kim Rae-won.

This film takes place in the 1970s in the midst of the socio-political turmoil and corruption in Seoul’s Gangnam district during the real estate development era.  Their friendship is tested as they find themselves intertwined in the political powerplays and corruption between the political powers and criminal organizations.

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 1

 

Gangnam Blues 1970 Plot

 

In the 1970s, Jong-dae (Lee Min-ho) and Yong-ki (Kim Rae-won) are poverty stricken childhood friends, who struggle daily to survive and live in a shanty abandoned home. They live a difficult life, but full of dreams until their house gets demolished by local thugs. Their house is demolished for the greedy corrupt politicians who are developing Gangnam, which is in the southern part of Seoul. Afterwards, desperate for cash, they both get paid to be involved in violent political confrontations and become separated during a political violent fight.

Fast forward three years. Jong-dae now lives as an adopted son of a former gang leader, Gil-soo (Jung Jin-young). Yong-ki has risen up the ranks inside Seoul’s most powerful criminal organization, the Myeongdong-pa, under Yang Ki-taek (Jung Ho-bin).

Jong-dae gets involved into bigger but more dangerous real estate businesses with Min Seong-hee, who gets the tips from Park Seung-gu (Choi Jin-ho). Because of these business dealings, Jong -dae is destined to cross paths with Yong-ki, his childhood friend.

 

Sunheon Open Film Location 2

 

They decide to co-operate together and plan to get what they have been desiring; Jong-dae wants land while Yong-ki wants money. Min Seong-hee introduces Jong-dae to a disgraced politician, Seo Tae-gon (Yoo Seung-mok), who still has political connections and plot to back him in the political arena. Thus they enter the high stakes and betrayals of the battles happening amongst the various political parties, each vying for land in Gangnam. They plot to acquire the land in Gangnam before its value rises, because they have been tipped on the government’s plan to include Gangnam as part of the capital.

While the gangs fight over the rights to the various plots of land in Gangnam, Yong-ki secretly betrays his gang and with the help of Jong-dae eliminates his opposition. Thus this solidifies his position as leader within the criminal organization.

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 3

 

His gang come to suspicions about Yong-ki, and Yong-ki kills Gil-soo in order to regain back the gang’s trust. Unbeknowedst to Yong-ki, Jong-dae finds out about the deed.

Yong-ki’s gang convinces Jong-dae to eliminate Jong-dae. Yong-ki sets up an ambush but fails in the attempt to kill Jong-dae. Jong-dae kills the gang members, spares Yong-ki, but tells him to leave and never come back.

Seo Tae-gon, the politician, recruits two gang henchman to do his dirty work since he is about to turn a new leaf and become a legitimate politician. They kill both Yong-ki and Jong-dae, the last scene of the movie being the death of Jong-dae who falls off the train while it is going through a tunnel. The last part of the scene is of him reaching out with his hand, as his last dying act, reaching towards his love (Kim Seol-hyun) with whom he was going to meet.

Fast forward years later, Seo Tae-gon is older and still a politician in the developed city of Gangnam

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 5

 

Gangnam Blues 강남 블루스 (강남 1970) Trivia

 

Did You Know?

This was the final film in the director-screenwriter Yoo Ha’s “street series” trilogy.

Originally Yoo Ha didn’t want to cast Lee Min Ho as the lead role because Lee Min Ho was like a handsome manhwa character and the Boys Over Flowers a bit “cheesy.” However, Yoo Ha’s wife convinced him to cast Lee Min-ho, realizing the movie might need someone like Lee Min-ho. For Lee Min-ho, it would be a wide transition, going from a chaebol’s son to a gangster.

Yoo Ha asked actor Kim Rae-won to lose 15 kilograms since he was to play a poor rag man and it wouldn’t look right for him to look plump and healthy as if he ate well. Which he did before doing the role. LOL. Kim is said to have lost that in one month.

Filming of the movie started in 16 April 2014 and finished in August 31, 2014. That’s a little over 4 months!

 

Suncheon Open Film Location 9

 

The early Korean working title before it was changed to Gangnam 1970 in October 2014 was Gangnam Blues (Korean: 강남 블루스). Gangnam Blues remained the international English title.

Gangnam Blues released to 684 theaters in South Korea on 21 January 2015. On its opening day, it sold 152,500 tickets. It sold over 1 million tickets within 5 days, 1,097,103 in total. 35 days later, over 2.19 million tickets had been sold in South Korea alone!

When Gangnam Blues was released in China, more scenes of Lee Min-ho was added to the movie, since he had a hugh fan base in China.

 

Gangnam 강남 Blues 1970 Cast Members

Lee Min Ho

• First Name: Min Ho
• Family Name: Lee
• Native name: 이민호
• Also Known as: Lee Min
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: June 22, 1987
• Age: 33

Kim Rae Won

• First Name: Rae Won
• Family Name: Kim
• Native name: 김래원
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: March 19, 1981
• Age: 39

Jung Jin Young

• First Name: Jin Young
• Family Name: Jung
• Native name: 정진영
• Also Known as: Jeong Jin Young; Jeong Jin Yeong;
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: October 16, 1964
• Age: 56

Kim Seol Hyun

• First Name: Seol Hyun
• Family Name: Kim
• Native name: 김설현
• Also Known as: Kim Seol Hyeon;
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Female
• Born: January 3, 1995
• Age: 25

Jung Chan Woo

• First Name: Chan Woo
• Family Name: Jung
• Native name: 정찬우
• Also Known as: Jeong Chan Wu; Jeong Chan U
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: 1969
• Age: 51

Yoo Seung Mok

• First Name: Seung Mok
• Family Name: Yoo
• Native name: 유승목
• Also Known as: Yu Seung Mok
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: September 14, 1969
• Age: 51

Lee Yeon Du

• First Name: Yeon Du
• Family Name: Lee
• Native name: 이연두
• Also Known as: Yi Yun Du; Lee Yun Doo; 이현경
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Female
• Born: June 20, 1984
• Age: 36

Jung Ho Bin

• First Name: Ho Bin
• Family Name: Jung
• Native name: 정호빈
• Also Known as: Jeong Ho Bin
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: April 8, 1969
• Age: 51

Choi Jin Ho

• First Name: Jin Ho
• Family Name: Choi
• Native name: 최진호
• Also Known as: Choe Jin Ho
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: May 26, 1968
• Age: 52

Uhm Hyo Sub

• First Name: Hyo Sub
• Family Name: Uhm
• Native name: 엄효섭
• Also Known as: Uhm Hyo Sup; Uhm Hyo Seop; Uhm Hyo Sup; Eom Hyo Seop;
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: October 24, 1966
• Age: 54

Choi Byung Mo

• First Name: Byung Mo
• Family Name: Choi
• Native name: 최병모
• Also Known as: Choi Byeong Mo;
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: January 14, 1972
• Age: 48

Kwak Min Ho

• First Name: Min Ho
• Family Name: Kwak
• Native name: 곽민호
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: December 5, 1984
• Age: 35

 

Rest of Gangnam 강남 Blues 1970 Cast Members

 

Ji Dae Han as Jang Duk Jae (Support Role)
Jeon Bae Soo as Boss Goo (Support Role)
Yoon Jong Hwa as Hwa Sang (Support Role)
Seo Woo Jin as Jung Min (Support Role)
Jang In Ho as Myung Choon (Support Role)
Han Jae Young as Park Chang Bae (Support Role)
Park Min Gyu as Chul Seung (Support Role)
Kim Yoo Yeon as Jum Soon (Support Role)
Lee Suk as Choon Ho (Support Role)
Park Min I as Kyung Pyo (Support Role)
Park Pal Young as Chairman Heo (Support Role)
Kim Jee Soo as Min Sung Hee (Support Role)
Heo Sung Min as Jae Pil (Support Role)
Kim Ji Eun as Yeo Jong Eob (Support Role)

 

 

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