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[Offstage] The Gimcheon School Building

We’re back with a new Offstage and this time I’m not writing about a writer or a production company. No, this time I’m writing about the Gimcheon School Building that is a staple in a whole bunch of K-pop videos.

If you’ve seen a couple of Korean music videos, chances are you’ve come across this building.

This building is part of an abandoned plot where a school was being built. I’m not sure why they left or why it was never finished. The full address is: Ogyul-gil, Eomo-myeon, Gimcheon-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea in case you want to put it in Google Maps to check it out yourself. 

In case you were wondering in which music videos the Gimcheon school building shows up, I’ve got you covered. I think the key thing is in the way they dress it up. Even though all of it is shot in the same location, the way they integrated it, is completely different. 

Here are some of my favorites!

Let’s start with the most recent one. ONEUS filmed here for their video for ‘To Be Or Not To Be’ and honestly, that MV is classy. Spot the location at 1:30.

We also have the music video for VICTON’s ‘Mayday’. 

Or how about the girl group LOONA? To be more precise, the debut video ‘Eclipse’ by Kim Lip was shot there.

For their debut single ‘Hellevator’ our favorite boys from Stray Kids also went there.

We’re taking it back to 2016 with the boys from VIXX and the MV for ‘The Closer’.

Some of our indie favs also couldn’t resist temptation to film in Gimcheon.

The Rose for ‘She’s in the rain’, Minseo with her video for ‘Zero’ and Chancellor with his song ‘Angel’ featuring Taeyeon all filmed in the same location.

I found this subtitled version of the video. Since the official video for ‘She’s in the rain’ was taken down.

That’s it for this Offstage. It was really fun to research for this one. If you’re ever in Gimcheon, go take a look at the building or recreate a scene from your favorite K-pop video.

Ilse Van Den Heede
A writer with a slight coffee addiction and a tendency to find K-Indie gems in the YouTube rabbit hole.