Written and Photographed by Travel Writer Mun Cheol-jin
Our HistoryTime travel for Busan’s stories
Time travel for Busan’s stories
Gamcheon Culture VillagePlace that still holds the residential culture of Busan from the Korean War days when refugees built houses even atop mountains. The colorful houses terraced on hills show an exotic atmosphere comparable to that of Santorini, Greece or Machu Picchu, Peru.
L.U.C.A.: The Beginning(2021) Starring Kim Rae-won and Lee Da-heeA spectacular action film in which a man with special powers fights against a great conspiracy
A Little Princess(2019) Starring Na Moon-hee and Kim Su-anA family movie that comically depicts a youthful grandmother and a mature granddaughter living together
Provisional Capital Memorial HallThe official residence of the Governor of Gyeongsangnam-do built during the Japanese occupation period. This unique modern structure combines Western and Japanese styles. It was used as the residence of the President of the Korean Provisional Government during the Korean War, and, today, is home to the Provisional Capital Memorial Hall. The building has great value as a site of Korean modern history and as a place that holds the stories of Busan.
Gukje MarketGukje Market was once filled with novel, amazing goods imported from overseas. One of the most notable traditional markets in Busan, it still overflows with things to eat, see and enjoy on various streets including Gourmand Alley, Patbingsu Alley, Cosmetics Alley and Antique Alley. The traces of time encountered in the narrow alleyways clearly show the history of the market.
Ode to My Father(2014) Starring Hwang Jung-min and Kim YunjinA movie of humanism depicting the stories of a father and mother who sacrificed all their lives for their family during the impoverished and difficult days of refuge
Kangkangee Arts VillageThe Daepyeong-dong area in Yeongdo-gu, which is the cradle of Korean modern shipbuilding, is still home to many ship-repair factories. The sounds of striking hammers “kangkang” on the surfaces of ships and the removal of rust resonate throughout the area. As desolate streets of the town meet with art, the area has been transformed into a tourist attraction that cannot be found anywhere else other than Busan.
My Name(2021) Starring Han So-hee, Park Hee-soon and Ahn Bo-hyunA drama depicting a revenge-driven girl who becomes a member of a criminal organization to find the killer who murdered her father
Huinnyeoul Culture VillageColorful houses gather together along the coastal cliffs. As you look at large ocean-going ships anchored on the sea in front of the village, you will feel as if you are standing on an island somewhere in a faraway land.
Waiting For Rain(2021) Starring Kang Ha-neul and Chun Woo-heeA movie of analog sentiments in which a man and a woman find solace in each other thanks to an accidental exchange of letters
The Attorney(2013) Starring Song Kang-hoA movie that sheds light on the unfair legal system experienced by an attorney from Busan who takes on a case that everyone avoids
Forty Stairs StreetThe fatigue and weariness of the common people who left their hometowns and struggled to survive because of the war still remain in various corners of the streets. Having the look of Busan in the olden days including wooden telephone poles and railroad tracks, it’s as if we have traveled back in time on a time machine.
The King : Eternal Monarch(2020) Starring Lee Min-ho and Kim Go-eunA drama depicting love transcending between two different dimensions between the emperor of the Korean Empire and a Korean detective
168 StairsThe pain and sorrows of refugees are vividly told through stories by grandmothers and grandfathers who had to ceaselessly walk up and down the 168 steep stairs. By the time you take your final step and are out of breath, the scenery of Busan Port unfolds panoramically below your feet.
UN Memorial CemeteryThis is where the remains of fallen UN soldiers who lost their lives during the Korean War are buried. Divided into the cemetery and green areas, it feels sacred and solemn but, at the same time, peaceful and heartwarming.
Uam-dong Urban ForestKnown as the "La La Land" of Busan, it boasts an excellent view. Container ships anchored at the port are seemingly in harmony with Yeongdo and Busanhangdaegyo Bridge that cuts across the sea to present a fantastic nightscape. This spot is also a hot photo zone where many young couples visit to take photos of their lives with a full moon in the backdrop.
A Little Princess (2019)Starring Na Moon-hee and Kim Su-anA family movie that comically depicts a youthful grandmother and a mature granddaughter living together