Published Date : Jul 19, 2021 / Edited Date : Nov 10, 2021
Running Man, a national entertainment show that received love by viewers for over 10 years.It proudly ranked ninth in 'The most watched TV program in the world" of 2016.It is the only program that isn't American content in the top 10.Based on the domestic streaming app WAVVE, it ranked as the most played video in the first half of the year that proves its continuous popularity.Now, actor Lee Kwang Soo, who was with the program's first launch and popular for his nicknames of 'Giraffe' and 'Betrayal', will be dropping out of the , the longest entertainment show to last in Korea, that now leads to the show's turning point. Let's look back Seoul in that was with Lee Kwang Soo's last.
Croffle cafe in Geumho dong
Last August of 2021, actor Lee Kwang Soo who was with the show from the beginning decided to drop out of the show due to health issues.Before the last recording, Lee Kwang Soo had his last meeting with the filming crew at 'AUFGLET', a croffle cafe at Geumho dong.Croffle is a compound word of croissant and waffle as it is made from pressurizing croissant batter in a waffle machine and recently gained popularity as a trendy dessert.The 'AUFGLET' where Lee Gwang Soo and the filming crew had the meeting is a Geumho branch in a small alley near the Geumho Crossroad.It is a place to recommend if you want to enjoy croffle with light coffee drinks.
AUFGLET Geumho Branch
Address 7, Dokseodang-ro 51-gil, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, Republic of Korea (1F)
Business hours Daily 12 p.m. to 10 p.m
The last feast with Kwang Soo
Due to the nature of the show which includes a lot of intense filming such as running outdoors and rolling around, the Han River is a good outdoor filming site.This is why Lee Kwang Soo also chose the Han River as the second filming location for to reminisce about the past filmings in the river.The place where the members including Kwang Soo dined with the riverside of Han River as the background and proceeded with the games is 'Jamdobong Docksc' near Hapjeong.This site, recently emerging as a tourist attraction, is a place where you can enjoy pork belly, pork neck, beef sirloin, and duck meat in the restaurant adjoining the docks called "The Nine" with the Han River as the background. Especially, if you visit Yanghwa Bridge on a dark evening, you will slowly fall in love with the beautiful night view and fill up your SNS with pictures of Han River. It is inside Mangwon Han River Park and as it gained a lot of popularity after being aired in , you may have to wait in line.
Jamdubong Docks 'The Nine'
Address Maponaru-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul
Business hours 12:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Contact +8 2-322-8876
Gwang Soo's last present, Class of '91 is back'
Old and Wise
It is a small bar in the basement filled with LP records located in Jongro.Here, where the 90s vibes are well felt in the interior, the members of the filmed their 552th episode under the title 'Class of '91 is back' to share their past memories. Lee Kwang Soo chose this place as the last filming site and declared his departure from the show .This LP bar, filled with retro vibes, provides reminisces of old memories for people in their 40s~50s and a entirely new experience for those in their 20s to 30s as a mysterious place.As a bar you go to listen to music, you can actually select the songs to be played and the owner of the bar will play them as long as they are included in the records in his possession.Along with light snacks, drinks such as whisky, cocktail, and wine are prepared and non-alcoholic beverages like americano, juice, and sodas are also in store.The scene where Kwang Soo and the members' missions with their results are revealed all touched the hearts of fans.
(Business hours before the social distancing regulations take effect)
Into the field of Running Man's <1st Games Mania Regular Meeting>
Board game cafe Weeple Meeple
Lee Kwang Soo has left but Running Man must go on.That is because it is a way of showing respect towards the program's viewers from the entertainers. The first recording to proceed after Lee Kwang Soo has left is a board game cafe called 'Weeple Meeple" in Gangsep-gu. In possession of 400 types of board games, it is one of the holy sites for board gamers as you can enjoy a variety of not only board games released in Korea but also products avaliable abroad.Especially, the owner of the store is expert in over 300 types of games so if you want to start a new game, you can ask the owner how to play any time.Lee Kwang Soo, who waved a tearful goodbye in the last episode, appears in the show as a voice in the phone call with Yu Jae Suk which makes us all laugh.
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