Merchants and shoppers haggle over prices at Jagalchi Market (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)
Visiting the famous sights of the city will surely make for an exciting getaway.
Especially if you are an avid Netflix watcher who watches a lot of its Korean original series, you should spend some time visiting the beloved filming locations.
Haedong Yonggungsa (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)
Haedong Yonggungsa differs from many other temples deep in the mountains because it is by the sea.
Kim Jin-min, who helmed popular drama series “Marriage Contract” (2016) and “Extracurricular” (2021), featured the temple as a funeral home for drug cartel members in Netflix’s “My Name” ( 2021).
Haedong Yonggungsa, meaning “Korean Dragon Palace Temple”, is a Buddhist temple located in Gijang-gun, Busan. It has perhaps the most beautiful location of any temple in Korea, close to a mountain and a coastline.
After a short walk through a bamboo forest, the main entrance gate with two golden dragons on each pillar welcomes visitors.
Visitors will soon encounter a two-way road. Before heading straight for the main courtyard of the temple, try a small detour to the left.
Following the small path, an outdoor shrine dedicated to the future Buddha and a golden statue of the bodhisattva of the afterlife can be seen on the shore.
If you walk straight, a stone bridge will appear, where you can flip a coin to wish good luck.
The beautifully constructed main hall, colorful murals, dragon carvings, and golden Podae Hwasang attract visitors’ attention, prompting them to pull out their cameras.
If you climb the mountain on the stone stairs behind the temple, you will find a statue of the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy looking out over both Haedong Yonggungsa and Busan Beach.
Many are struck by the splendid view and the endless sea horizon. During this time, the faithful say their prayers.
“I see an increasing number of foreign tourists visiting Haedong Yonggungsa who are impressed by the incredible scenery around the temple,” Lee Young-mi, a woman in her 70s, told the Korea Herald.
“I wish more people would visit the temple, experience the beauty of Haedong Yonggungsa and fully enjoy the view. The temple is truly a treasure of Busan!” Lee added.
Namhang as seen in “DP” (Netflix)
The vitality of the port city of Busan is best captured at Jagalchi Market, arguably one of the country’s best-known fish markets.
Although some people confuse the name of the market with the jalgalchi fish, or “himegenge”, the name of the market is actually a combination of the two Korean words – “jagal”, which means pebbles, and “chi”, a dialect of Busan for space.
After a five to seven minute walk from Exit 10 of Jagalchi Station, the brackish smell of the ocean hits visitors’ nostrils, signaling that the fish market is near.
The cobbles have been replaced by a seven-story building, but the vibrant energy of the merchants is still palpable.
Different types of fish and rare aquatic life are on display on the first floor, where you can choose what you want to take home or eat in the upstairs dining area.
At the traditional fish market adjacent to the modern building, fishmongers display their fresh offerings, calling for buyers. Buyers and sellers haggle over prices and share their daily lives through small talk.
“COVID-19 has definitely given us a hard time. But I hope to see many local shoppers and visitors from outside Busan after most social distancing rules are lifted, which will make it a bustling market again,” said Park, a vendor at Jagalchi Market. , while cleaning a bass for his client.
A short walk from the market, Namhang Port presents a typical view of a coastal city.
Ships are lined up in the harbor and wooden boxes are stacked up for fishermen to use on their next departure.
The dynamic energy of the Seafood Center and Namhang is featured in the Netflix series “DP” (2021) and “My Name”. The creators of the American superhero film “Black Panther” (2018) created a setting inspired by the Jagalchi market.
Night view of Gwangan Bridge (Lee Si-jin/The Korea Herald)
Famous for its colorful night view, Gwangan Bridge has become an iconic landmark of Busan after being featured in countless movies and TV series.
The bridge has caught the attention of many directors as the setting for thrilling car chases.
But if you want to take full advantage of the bridge, Gwangalli Beach is the perfect place to visit.
After listening to music performed by local artists, feeling the night breeze and walking along the seaside, travelers can update their Instagram with photos of the mesmerizing Gwangan Bridge.
By Lee Si-jin ([email protected])