Korea Joa

Discover Busan: Park Bo Young’s “The Silenced”, Jagalchi Market, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, Gwangandaegyo Bridge

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On day 3 of Korea Joa 2015, we woke up to another day of excitement, with the schedule to be more touristy. The main highlight for the day was the film screening for the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).

Welcome to beautiful Busan!

Welcome to beautiful Busan!

Right after breakfast, we set off to the biggest seafood market in Busan, called the Jagalchi Market (자갈치시장). The address is at 52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan (Nampo-dong 4-ga). It will be interesting to note that the annual Jagalchi Cultural Tourism Festival is coming up this month, which is actually popular throughout the country.  For seafood lovers, you will definitely love this place, as there is really a wide variety of seafood, and you can even get to eat fresh raw fish or squid here.


After lunch, we went to the Megabox Haeundae for the BIFF (Busan International Film Festival) film screening, and we had a choice to choose between two BIFF films; “Ode To My Father” and “The Silenced”.


“The Silenced” movie which wasn’t quite silent

As a fan of Park Bo Young, I naturally chose “The Silenced”, especially in conjunction with the BIFF, she would be making a public appearance for a short Q & A session with fans after the end of the movie. “The Silenced” is an excellent movie, which moves off from the traditional supernatural horror plot, to a Japanese experiment on the school girls in order to create superhuman. After the movie, we got to meet Park Bo Young, the co-actress Park So-dam, and the director Lee Hae-young in the open Q & A event, where the public could ask questions on this movie.

After that, we headed to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, located at 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan. This huge Buddhist temple came with a very rich history, and was built during the Goryeo Dynasty in 1376 by a teacher known as Naong. There are particularly many stone religious statues, which obviously are favourite photo-taking spots.


We then went to have an early dinner at a nearby restaurant, which is supposed to be famous for Jajangmyeon, as it was even visited by celebrities some years back ago.

After a good dinner, we moved off to a cruise dock for a night cruise, where we would take a round-trip ferry for the night view of Gwangalli Beach. As South Korea’s second largest city after Seoul, although less impressive than the capital city, Busan offers spectacular night views as well, particularly when our ferry got near to the Gwangandaegyo Bridge (also known as the Diamond Bridge), a suspension bridge which is the longest after the Incheon Bridge, connecting Songdo to Incheon International Airport.

The 7.4km bridge starts from Namcheon-dong (Suyeong-gu, Busan) to Centum City (U-dong, Haeundae-gu), and it is known to be the largest bridge over the ocean in Korea.

With its artistic lights that changes every day and season, the bridge creates majestic beauty whichever angle or distance you are looking at, probably creating the most romantic atmosphere at night in Busan.



Korea Joa 2015 is participated by Adrian Cheng and Sng Yunting

Photos by Adrian Cheng, Technical assistance by Phan Seckvoon



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