July 13, 2024

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Tourism Boom in Seoul Caused by Film Fans

A bleak representation of reality that reveals deep social divide: Parasite, the South Korean movie by director Bong Joon-ho, has been praised by everyone, from the Academy Awards – turning into the very first movie to acquire equally the Oscar for Greatest Worldwide Characteristic Film and Greatest Picture – to the public, who now make visits to Seoul in look for of the places.

It is legitimate that the key places ended up created in studios: equally the residence in which the wealthy Park spouse and children lives and the compact semi-basement condominium (or ‘banjiha’), in which the Kim spouse and children struggles every single working day, are fabricated eventualities.

Having said that, folks can stick to their tracks in other real destinations, from the supermarket where by the plot starts at the pizzeria Age (which is really named ‘Sky Pizza’) by way of the staircase that potential customers to the Park residence or the tunnel in which the key characters take shelter in the middle of the storm.

The tourism growth just after the movie premiered encouraged the opening of a route masking the key places in Seoul. The local vacationer authorities have created a route with obligatory stops in all these destinations, which includes a map and suggestions to stick to in the footsteps of the characters that managed to earn about critics and audiences.

The number of site visitors has skyrocketed in these types of a way that even ‘Visit Seul’, the country’s formal journey guideline, has endorse “not disturbing the residents”.

Woori Mart

The place where by the younger Kim Ki-woo (performed by Choi Woo-shik) receives the provide for the job as the English tutor of the Park’s daughter, the Woori supermarket, is really the Doijissal Supermarket, found at 32 Songijeong-ro, Mapo-gu, in Seoul.

It is not tough these days to see travellers getting shots of the front and admiring the establishment demonstrated in the movie. Film fans can also check out the Trickeye Museum Seoul or the Oil Tank Society Park, an outdated oil depot remodeled into a public space of leisure and tradition.


Stairs to the Park Home

The stairs where by the younger daughter of the Kim spouse and children buys fruit to take again to the Park’s is also a real place. These stairs are quite shut to the Doijissal supermarket, in a tranquil household community in the Ki-taek area, where by homes of diplomats, art galleries and coffee shops can be discovered. Just a number of miles from the stairs, site visitors can uncover the Korea Home furniture Museum, Seosomun Historical Park and Songijeong Sports activities Park.

Jahamun Tunnel Stairs

A rainstorm forces the Park spouse and children to return earlier from their camping trip (and leads to the Kim spouse and children to leave the residence in a rush). The director selected the stairs major to the Jahamun tunnel for this scene to depict the course division of the neighborhoods equally households stay in.

There are also other intriguing stops in the area, like the Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Seoul Museum of Artwork or the Yun Dong-Ju Literature Museum.


Pizza Age

The popular pizzeria demonstrated in the movie exists, though its real name is ‘Sky Pizza’. It has been in the same place for 17 yrs and run by the same spouse and children. According to ‘Visit Seoul’, it was the quite homeowners of the pizzeria who confirmed the actors how to fold pizza bins and, in fact, the put now showcases a photo of the proprietor next to director Bong Joon-ho.

Bonus place

Whilst this place is not pointed out in the formal tour, it is also feasible to check out the retail outlet in which Mrs. Park buys all types of goodies for her son’s birthday occasion, where by the closing act normally takes put. This place is really Orga Full Foods, demonstrated in the movie below the same name, and sells natural and organic and healthful meals.