You will hardly let go of your smartphone once you start reading webcomics. They may make you miss the stop in the subway or on your way home, or keep you awake at night. Reportedly, you can meet famous webtoon characters in real life in Busan. Now, let us find the hidden places in Busan and fall for the charm of webtoons.
Busan Global Webtoon Center in Busan Culture Contents Complex
The two adorable characters, Will and Marry, who always match together, will catch your attention as they greet you at the entrance. Busan Global Webtoon Center is a complex place founded for supporting creative works and collaboration among cartoonists in the Busan and Gyeongsangnam-do region. Every year, the Busan Webtoon Festival is held in this place where you can meet diverse works of famous webcomic artists. If you are enthusiastic about Korean webcomics, you will likely meet your favorite webcomic artist here.
Adding to webcomics based on popular dramas, it introduces works of new webcomic artists awarded in open manga exhibitions and invites famous foreign manga. If you are a big fan of webcomics, do not miss out on this festival. Other than looking around the exhibition, you will have a great chance to use and buy high-quality tools and draw your works!
Webtoon Smi-Healing 101 in Urban Railway Minam Station
“Wow. I never thought a place like this exists.”
If you do not often use Minam Station, you will not notice this special place, even if you are a local. Smi-healing is a combination of “Smile” and “Healing.” Webtoon Smi-healing 101 is a place for people, who use the station, to smile and let them have a great time through webtoons.
It exhibits 101 famous works of webcomic artists from Busan. Webcomics are displayed on large walls and around stairways and passages of the station. Children and other citizens entering the station suddenly find pleasure with full-scale models of characters. They can even leave messages, such as emoticons, on one blank side of the wall.
Webtoon Ibagu-gil (Seongbuk Traditional Market)
People think that webcomics and traditional markets do not match well together. In Busan, however, you will see that this may not be true. The traditional market covered with paintings of webcomics is perfect together with various characters on the walls and signs with a unified design. You may even forget that you are in a traditional market.
The mix of red, yellow, and blue is pleasing to the eyes. As you walk to the market, you may stop and read manga in every shop you see. Because of this unique experience, you will forget about the time. If you find a manga with characters you like in a shop, you can haggle over the price. Isn’t that exciting? This is why Seongbuk Traditional Market has the nickname “Webtoon Ibagu-gil.”