If you are in Busan, the mecca of filming, you can follow the footsteps of movie characters and feel like you are in the scenes with them. Let’s find those locations in Busan.
Ahopsan Forest in Gijang was a filming location for the film Kundo: Age of the Rampant. The dense bamboo forest is where Ha Jung-woo and Gang Dong-won performed exhilarating action scenesas the bamboo leaves rustling in the wind served as the background music. Both the bamboo and Geumgang Pine Trees (Pinus densiflora), such as the red pine tree habitat, contribute to the stunning beauty of nature and create the perfect walking trail.
Huinnyeoul Culture Village is famous as a filming location for the film entitled The Attorney. The lines from the film written on the wall of Jin-woo’s house are so heartbreaking that it hurt viewers’ hearts. As you follow the alley that actor Song Kang-ho found in the movie, you’ll see the unobstructed sea unfolding over the low wall.
At the entrance of Nampo-dong is the Busan Department Store, a filming location for the film entitled The Thieves. With a history of more than 40 years, this building is a symbol of Busan’s modernization. As you explore the location, you can be easily reminded of the fierce voices of the actors who were shooting each other through the close-set windows.
Gukje Market is where the film entitled Ode to My Father was filmed, vividly showing the lives of refugees from the northern part of Korea during the Korean war. Kkotbunine, a store operated by the aunt of Deok-soo, a male main character in the movie, is still a popular attraction. In addition, there are many shops and eateries, where you can feel the generosity of Busan merchants.
The movie Oldboy will surely remind you of dumplings first. In Chinatown, there is a Chinese restaurant where actor Choi Min-sik ate various dishes from steamed and fried dumplings to jajangmyeon (noodles in black bean sauce). If you want to taste true Chinese food, you should go there.
The Busan Yachting Center is a famous filming location for many movies. It was also used as a background for the climactic scene of the film entitled Open City, where Son Ye-jin, who tried to escape to Japan, was being chased by Kim Myung-min. Moreover, Busan Cinema Studios is located here; that’s why it is loved by many filmmakers.
Almost everybody knows the famous line from the film entitled Friend, that goes, “Please stop. You’ve got enough.” In the movie, four friends showed their strong friendship on the level crossing called Railway Bridge in Beomil-dong. It is where actors Jang Dong-gun and Yu Oh-seong, wearing school uniforms, were running like mad. Why don’t you try imitating the memorable movie scene?
Mipo Railway is a romantic place where Su-ho and Su-eun walked together in the movie entitled My Girl and I. This beautiful railway stretches out against a backdrop of the sea. Why not make romantic memories on the Mipo Railway, offering a retro mood?
Mipo Port, located at the end of Haeundae, is where the movie entitled Tidal Wave was filmed. In the scene where the seawater was surging, not only a raw fish restaurant appeared but also the level crossing. Although the site was chaotic because of a tsunami in the movie, in reality, it presents a beautiful horizon where the sky and the sea meet.
Ilgwang Beach in Gijang is the home of Dae-ho, the hero of the film entitled The Sheriff In Town, whose efforts to defend his hometown Gijang seemed funny yet touching. You can look at the beach in Dae-ho’s line of sight. What emotion is going through your mind?
1Meet the forest preserved for over 400 years in its natural state
The forest has kept its natural condition unopened to the public throughout the Japanese occupation, liberation, war, and industrialization.
The Ahopsan Forest in Gijang-gun, Busan, is a place that was not open to the world for 400 years.
“Ahopsan” of Ahopsan Forest is a pure Korean word that means embracing the nine valleys.
2Huinnyeoul Culture Village at the end of the steep cliff
Above the steep wall of the Jeoryeong Coastal Trail is a unique view of the village, where you can see small houses clustered along the narrow alley formed by the coast at the end of the cliff. This is where the sorrowful lives of refugees began and where the current cultural village community of Huinnyeoul Culture Village has been established.
3Gukje Market bustling with energy
There is an expression in Busan that says, “It’s like a Dottaegi Market,” which means “a loud and bustling atmosphere,” Dottaegi, the old name of Gukje Market, is crowded and full of energy, items, and people.
4Walking along Shanghai Street in Busan
Shanghai Street is Busan’s largest Chinese residential area, located in Choryang-dong, Dong-gu, Busan.
During the Japanese occupation, Chinese people moved to this location and formed the residential area. The ancient Chinese Consulate was situated here as well. Shanghai Street was designated as Korea’s only Chinatown Special Zone in 2007.
5Cheongsapo Port and Mipo Port: Small sea villages in the center of city?
Explore around a rural sea village even when traveling to the center of a city in Busan. Head to Cheongsapo Port and Mipo Port and enjoy the magnificent view of nature.
Cheongsa, which means “blue sand” in Korean, is a name that evokes a fresh and pleasant image. Begin your trip from Jangsan Station on Busan Metro, and go over the hill to pass through the cross, entering the small sea village named Cheongsapo. As soon as you reach the hill overlooking the village, you’ll be mesmerized by the beautiful view of Cheongsapo.
6Ilgwang Beach, the past and present of the Busan Sea
Ilgwang Beach loved by the people of Busan.
Ilgwang Beach, considered one of the Eight Sights of Gijang, used to have the old pine forest along the coastline. It was one of the magnificent sights viewed by famous people, including Jeong Mong-ju, since the Goryeo period.
Ilgwang Beach is located in Samseong-ri, Ilgwang-myeon. The name of Samseong-ri originated from Samseongdae, which comes from the old word “saemseokdae,” a combination of the words “mineral spring” and “the place where ships are docked.” Today, the middle mound of the sandy beach is referred to as the “samseongdae.”