Dadaepo Beach, Busan [부산 다대포해수욕장]

The King: Eternal Monarch (2020)

We first see this beach in episode 1 of The King: Eternal Monarch (더킹:영원의 군주) (SBS, 2020), with King Lee Gon (Lee Minho) galloping along the sand on his horse Maximus, followed by his royal guards, hurrying to his Palace. This beach location is also seen in subsequent episodes, as the beach in the limbo area between the parallel worlds of the Kingdom of Corea and the Republic of Korea, obviously enhanced with some CGI. Lee Gon releases red balloons here (as an experiment with time), and later Tae-eul ( Kim Go-Eun) plants the seeds of “Imaginary Flowers” to see if it is possible for them to grow. Time stands still on this beach with “no wind, no rain and no sun”. In the final episode, Lee Gon and Tae-eul leave their suitcases here and dress appropriately for the different eras they visit.

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Dadaepo Beach [다대포해수욕장] is Busan’s second most famous stretch of sand located in Busan’s neighborhood Dadae [Dadae-dong/다대동] in the Saha District [Saha-gu/사하구]. The beach is wide and long, and the water is shallow with gentle waves, making it popular with local families. For visitors, there are plenty of free facilities and is a well-known spot for photographers, particularly during sunset. The beach is also home to many sculptures and festivals, including the Busan Sea Festival and “daljip” (brushwood) burning during Jeongwol Daeboreum Fire Festival (first full moon after the Lunar New Year). Nearby is the impressive Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream’s Musical Show [다대포 꿈의 낙조분수], one of the largest dancing fountains in the world, which operates from April to October.

In 2021, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism —announced through the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO)— selected this site as one of the ‘100 Must-Visit Spots in Korea’ for 2021-2022.

Geolocation of beach: 35.046701, 128.962454

Address of Dadaepo Sunset Fountain of Dream’s Musical Show [다대포 꿈의 낙조분수]
14 Morundae 1(il)-gil, Dadae-dong, Saha-gu, Busan, South Korea
부산광역시 사하구 몰운대1길 14
(다대동 482-3)
Geolocation: 35.047244, 128.967266

Getting here
Dadaepo Beach Station [다대포해수욕장역,#095], Busan Metro Line 1, Exit 2
(4 minutes walk)
Busan Train Station [부산역], Gyeongbu Line/KTX Line
Take Orange bus #1000 to Dadaepo Beach (다대포해수욕장) for 25 stops
(45 mins).

— submitted by sarahms

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