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04/27/2020 Special > Special Important News

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ERICA Campus in K-Dramas and Films

Hanyang University ERICA Campus as the filming location of K-dramas and films

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Did you know that ERICA Campus is often featured in famous K-dramas and films? University campuses, all beautifully built in their own respective ways, are often seen on television as the background for various dramas and films. Hanyang University's handsome scenery, with its harmonious alignment of buildings, has also been featured in numerous media programs. On the television screen, the campus has been transformed into a romantic cafeteria where the main characters become lovers, a mysterious building haunted by an evil spirit, and even the residence of the North Korea supreme leader.


Hotel del Luna

The drama Hotel del Luna (호텔 델루나), which featured as main characters the popular singer and actress Lee Ji-eun and the actor Yeo Jin-gu, filmed a scene in episode 2 at ERICA Campus. Hotel del Luna follows the story of a human hotelier Gu Chan-sung (Yeo Jin-gu) who fatefully becomes the manager of a strange hotel that only caters to ghosts and is run by a mysterious owner Jang Man-wol (Lee Ji-eun). The drama centers around the romance between the owner and the manager, and it garnered much popularity during the summer of 2019.
 
In the introductory scene, Jang Man-wol saves Gu Chan-sung from an armor-clad evil spirit. The scene features a beautiful view of ERICA Campus's Lake Park as the background for the fight between the main characters and the evil spirit.
 
▲ The 2019 drama Hotel del Luna features a beautiful view of ERICA Campus's Lake Park as the background for the fight between the main characters and an evil spirit.
(Photo courtesy of tvN)


On an ordinary day, Lake Park is a famous gathering spot for Hanyang students. Easily accessible from ERICA Academic Information Center and Library, Engineering Building II, and the College of Design, students use the park to rest and chat with friends. The park also opens its space for various exhibitions and activities such as Wednesday Culture Fairs.
 

▲ Lake Park is a famous gathering spot for the students of ERICA Campus.


Uncontrollably Fond

The 2016 drama Uncontrollably Fond (함부로 애틋하게) focuses on the romance between Shin Joon-young (Kim Woo-bin) and Noh Eul (Bae Suzy), two high school classmates and lovers who are tragically separated, but meet again after many years as a successful actor and a documentary producer, respectively.

The drama scene was filmed in the student cafeteria of ERICA Campus. In episode 3, the two characters pretend to be a couple after Shin Joon-young half-jokingly threatens Noh Eul into being his girlfriend. Assimilating into the drama seamlessly, the student cafeteria is repeatedly visited by the main cast throughout the drama.
 
▲ Two main characters of the 2016 drama Uncontrollably Fond playfully posing as a campus couple in the student cafeteria of ERICA Campus.
(Photo courtesy of KBS)
▲ Assimilating into the drama seamlessly, the student cafeteria is repeatedly visited by the main cast of the drama. 


Secretly, Greatly

Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) was a 2013 box office hit adapted from the famous 2010 webtoon series Covertness, which received over 40 million page hits. Starring popular celebrities such as Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Hyun-woo and Park Ki-woong, the movie follows the story of a North Korean spy Won Ryu-han (Kim Soo-hyun). After getting through a competition against the odds of 20,000 to 1, the elite spy Won Ryu-han has been residing in South Korea, disguised as an idiot in a poor neighborhood, while waiting for orders from North Korea. The story starts when a suicide order is given to him after two years.
 
▲ In the 2013 film Secretly, Greatly, the Administration Building of ERICA Campus was featured as the residency of the supreme leader of North Korea. 

In this film, ERICA Campus appears as a building located in North Korea. The scene shows the North Korean supreme leader ordering the officers to send North Korean spies on a suicide mission. The building used is the Administration Building which houses vital offices of the university such as the Office of the President. Its architecture was used to intensify the authoritative vibe of the film.
 
▲ The Administration Building of ERICA campus.
(Photo courtesy of Hyundai Ilbo) 


To the Beautiful You

The drama To the Beautiful You (아름다운 그대에게) aired in 2012 and starred popular idols Choi Jin-ri and Choi Min-ho and actress Kim Ji-won. Adapted from the Japanese manga Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, the drama centers around Goo Jae-hee (Choi Jin-ri), who falls in love with a high jump competitor Kang Tae-joon (Choi Min-ho) and fakes entrance to an all-boy's school that he attends, getting into a love triangle with Seol Han-na (Kim Ji-won), a talented gymnast.

Episode 11 depicts Seol Han-na practicing in the dance practice room just moments before she suffers an ankle injury. The place where she practices for her competition is the dance practice room of ERICA Campus.
 
▲ To the Beautiful You, which aired in 2012, used the dance practice room of ERICA Campus as the practice room of a female character.
(Photo courtesy of topstarnews.com)
 

The dance practice room was renovated in 2002 to provide a more pleasant environment for the students. Now, it has wider space for practice and consists of numerous hallways and an efficient ventilation system. 
 

▲ The dance practice room of ERICA campus. 



Lee Yoon-seo        cipcd0909@hanyang.ac.kr 
 
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