Nine out of ten people may think of Gamcheon Culture Village when they are asked about Busan’s colorful place. But you don’t want to miss out on Huinnyeoul Culture Village, where you can see colorful murals and buildings while walking along the blue ocean of Busan. While you are clicking your phone or camera, you would realize why this place has been a filming place for many Korean movies, dramas, and TV shows.
On This Post
- General Information about Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Things to do in Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Jeoryeong Coastal Walk
- Restaurants, Cafes, and Stores
- History of Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Tours visiting Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Points of Interest nearby
Information about Huinnyeoul Culture Village
Address and Map
194, Jeoryeong-ro, Yeongdo-gu, Busan, South Korea
How to Get to Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Subway (from Busan Station): Ride Line 1 (Orange Line). Get off at Nampo station (남포/111), Exit 6 > Walk to Yeongdodaegyo/Nampo station (영도대교/남포역) bus stop for about 150 m (500 feet) > Transfer to bus No. 7, 71, or 508 and get off at Huinnyeoul Culture Village (흰여울문화마을) or Baekryeonsa (백련사) bus stop
- Bus No. 6, 9, 82, 85, and 1006 also come to Huinnyeoul Culture Village
- Some tours include Huinnyeoul Culture Village in their itinerary. See the full list of tours.
- The paid parking area is available but it is not easy to find a spot.
Admission (Entrance Fee)
The village is open 24/7, but each cafe, store, and facility has its own hours.
- Phone: +82-51-419-4067
- Website: Yeongdo Cultural Center
What is the Korean name of Huinnyeoul Culture Village?
Huinnyeoul Munhwa Maeul (흰여울문화마을) is what Koreans call this village. It got its name ‘huinnyeoul’ from the white water bubbles that the streams from Bongnaesan mountain created when they met the ocean in front of Yeongdo. Munhwa Maeul means a culture village.
When to Visit Huinnyeoul Culture Village
Busan is famous for its mild weather so any time of year is good to come and enjoy Huinnyeoul Culture Village. However, just be aware of typhoons. As you can see, Jeoryeong Coastal Walk is actually touching the ocean and the village stands right above the coastal line, so the area can be quite vulnerable to strong typhoons and, as matter of fact, it has got damaged severely a few times. Also, I would avoid the day right after heavy rain because Jeoryeong Coastal Walk might not be in the best condition to walk along.
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Things To Do in Huinnyeoul Culture Village
A total of 14 alleys in Huinnyeoul-gil, the main avenue of Huinnyeoul Culture Village, offers many things to do for visitors. From an artistic tunnel photo zone to famous filming spots, it will make you smile at every step. One thing you need to keep in mind is that this is a real residential area (although it started having an issue of gentrification just like other getting-popular-urban areas). So please observe the rules of etiquette for the residents.
Huinnyeoul Culture Village Film Archive Center
Huinnyeoul Culture Village has been a filming location for many Korean movies. The list includes The Attorney (변호인), Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time (범죄와의 전쟁), Dark Figure of Crime (암수살인), and more. Huinnyeoul Culture Village Film Archive Center is a good place to feel this cinematic vibe.
It is not a big movie center or museum-like place, so do not expect too much. And yet, you can see the list of movies filmed in the village and try on Korean old-school uniforms like the ones featured in the films for your selfies. And they are free.
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Stairs Between Village and Coastal Walk
Huinnyeoul Culture Village parallels Jeryeong Coastal Walk. The village is the upper part of the steep hill and the lower part of the area is the coastal walk. You can start your trip either way and return the other way. A few staircases (I know they are quite steep) connect the village and the coastal walk and they are great photo zones with breathtaking ocean views.
*Update: Piano Stairs has recently changed its design and colors.
Filming Location of Korean Movie, The Attorney
As I mentioned above, this beautiful village is a popular place for Korean movies, dramas, and other TV shows like Infinite Challenge (무한도전). Among them, ‘The Attorney,’ is the most successful and recognized Korean movie. It is one of the so-called 10-million movies in South Korea. The house where Jinwoo (Im Si-wan) lives in the movie now serves as a popular photo spot and exhibits works of local artists. On its wall, you can see famous quotes from the movie.
*Update: The place has been remodeled and become a cafe (not so happy about this). The wall with the quotes still stays, fortunately.
Huinnyeoul Coastal Tunnel
This is one of the most popular photo zones in Huinnyeoul Culture Village. The contrast between the dark inside of Huinnyeoul Coastal Tunnel and the bright outside view of Namhang Bridge creates the best spot for beautiful silhouettes. But, just like other popular photo spots in any place, it takes time to wait for a turn and needs luck to take a pure solo shot.
Behind the scene of the famous tunnel shot. This was not even a peak time.
An anchoring basin (묘박지) is a place at sea where ships lower their anchors while waiting to enter ports or for other reasons like filling up the tank. I didn’t know such a place exists before I visited this place. The view of the anchoring basin was a unique experience.
The area can host up to 100 ships. At midnight on New Year’s Day, all the ships in the anchoring basin horns at the same to celebrate New Year and it makes an impressive scene or more precisely impressive sound.
At the end of the village or at the top of Piano Stairs, Isongdo Observatory awaits visitors with a spectacular view.
These are what you can see from Isongdo Observatory.
The colorful load leads visitors to Isongdo Observatory.
Murals and Artwork
You will be pleasantly surprised to find murals and artworks at every corner of Huinnyeoul Culture Village.
Jeolyeong Coastal Walk and Trails
Below Huinnyeoul Culture Village, lies Jeoryeong Coastal Walk 3 kilometers along the coastline of west Yeongdo. The area was once a military protection zone, but the change started in 2001 and finally became open to the public. In 2014, the trail was chosen as one of five the most beautiful coastal walks in South Korea. The decks for visitors’ convenience are still under construction, so you’d better wear a pair of comfortable shoes.
The stairs are also the canvas for artwork.
Restaurants, Cafes, and Stores in Huinnyeoul Culture Village
Huinnyeoul Culture Village is dotted with trendy cafes, restaurants, and local shops. One of the most raved-about restaurants is the Huinnyeol Jeomppang (in the picture above). Here, you can have Korean ramyeon in an old-style pot while enjoying a wide ocean view.
History of Huinnyeoul Culture Village
The beginning of Huinnyeoul Culture Village was a refugee town during the Korean War. For a long time, the area was a place that no one really pay attention. The area was called ‘Isongdo’ meaning the second Songdo simply because it is just located across the bay from Songdo Beach.
This unnoticed area started showing up in Korean movies, Kdramas, and TV shows. Artists and business people started buying empty or abandoned houses and turning them into cafes and galleries. In 2011, the recreation of the village was in full-throat, and now the place draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.
If you drive to come here, this is a parking area near the beginning of Jeoryeong Coastal Walk. However, it is really hard to find spaces so please use public transportation if possible.
Tours Visiting Huinnyeoul Culture Village
There are several tours that include Huinnyeoul Culture Village in their itinerary. Choose a tour that your schedule and budget allow.
- Busan Private City Tour – 1 Day Private Van/Minibus Tour: If your budget allows, this is the most comfortable and efficient way to visit Busan’s top destinations. The itinerary can be arranged with your driver and guide for your convenience.
- Busan One-Day Tour: This tour visits Huinnyeoul Culture Village, Gamcheon Culture Village, Haedong Yonggungsa Temple, and Cheongsapo Daritdol Observatory. Transportation and a guide service (Korean, English, and Chinese) are provided.
- Busan East Coast Cultural Day Tour: Almost the same as Busan One Day Tour above, but this one includes Taejongdae Resort Park instead of Cheongsapo Daritol Observatory.
- Visit Busan Pass: Freely use at more than 30 paid tourist facilities in Busan, discounts at more than 50 restaurants, shopping, and more. This pass includes free use of the City Tour Bus, which goes to Huinnyeoul Culture Village and other attractions in Busan. You can choose between a 24-hour pass and 48-hour.
- Busan City Tour Bus Discount Ticket: If all you need is easy transportation over Busan’s popular destinations, Busan City Tour Bus is for you. This hop-on, hop-off tour bus has 4 lines to cover a variety of points of interest all over Busan. Just make sure you double-check all details before you buy the tickets. For example, the buses don’t operate on Monday and Tuesday and a certain line may be temporarily closed due to weather or other local reasons.
Where To Stay In The Area
La Valse Hotel is famous for its rooftop bar and cafe and unique views of Busan Port and Busan’s original downtown area.
More Things To Do near Huinnyeoul Culture Village
Huinnyeoul Culture Village is located in Yeongdo-gu, and the district has a full list of attractions. Most of all, Taejongdae Resort Park is a must-visit place in Busan. Its rocky coastal scenery with relaxing trails surrounded by tall trees will give you a memorable experience for sure. Take a picture of Yeongdo Bridge, the only bascule bridge in Busan, when the bridge rises up. National Maritime Museum is a great place to visit with your kids.
Right across the channel, Nampodong and Gwangbokdong welcome you. Biff Square, Gukje Market, and Jagalchi Market will get you to feel the real vibe of Busan. On the other side of the bay, Songdo Beach spreads out (remember why Huinnyeoul Culture Village’s old name is Isongdo?). Here you can ride a cable car or walk over Songdo Yonggung Suspension Bridge.
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