Ahopsan Forest, Gijang “The House of Bamboo Trees” (아홉산 숲)

 

Address:  Ahopsan forest 아홉산 숲 is located in 37-1, Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon | Gijang-gun, Busan 46050, South Korea

South Korean’s love to hike through forests and mountain trails and the Korean movie films has put several forests in South Korea on the map, for locals and tourists. Ahopsan Forest, Gijang (아홉산 숲) is one such privately-owned forest.

The King Eternal Monarch has been filming at the forest, but the main movie I am writing about is Kundo: Age of the Rampant (Korean: 군도: 민란의 시대)

 

ahopsan forest movieboard

Source: Visit Busan Dot Net

 

You go to the ticket booth and pay the 5,000 Won.  Once you walk past the ticket booth, your journey on the nine mountains will begin.  The trails are easy to spot, directions easy to follow.  Follow the arrows marked along the trails, and it will be a pleasant easy stroll. During your walk, you will see all sorts of trees; bamboo, red pines, oak trees, hinoki cypress and other trees.  There is supposedly a total of 116 different types of trees located inside Ahopsan Forest.

What really made Ahopsan Forest famous are the bamboo habitat.  There are two bamboo forests located within Ahopsan Forest.  The first bamboo habitat you will walk upon is the Maengjongjuk Forest and the second bamboo forest is the area known as the “bamboo tree-lined trail.”  This part of the bamboo habitat has bamboo trees lining both sides of the trail.

 

ahopsan forest 4

Source: Visit Busan Dot Net

 

It will take about 1 to 2 hours to walk through all the trails in Ahopsan Forest.  Probably faster if you bring a sword and recreate the chasing scene with your friends and family. LOL.  Swords are not included at the ticket booth, you will have to bring your own.

You will see the nature of South Korea up close at times, perhaps seeing a rabbit run past.  Its an awesome place to visit when you are in Busan.  A now public gem, you can get some fresh air away from the city, take a hike, have a picnic, shoot some videos and photos.  When you visit, you will know why Ahopsan Forest is a favorite place for movie film shoots.

 

ahopsan forest 4a

Source: Visit Busan Dot Net

 

How To Get To Ahopsan Forest By:

 

Train:  Walk to Namcheon Subway Station and take Line 2 to Suyeong Station. Walk onto metro line 3 to Minam station. Get on Train line 4 from Minam to Banyeo Agricultural Market. Get off at the Banyeo Agricultural Market and walk to exit at gate 2. Wait for and ride on bus number 184 and get off at the Ungcheon (웅천) and walk about six minutes.

If you live near any of these subway stations, just take the train line to the next stop on the route. If you live near Minam station, don’t go to Namcheon Subway Station and take the subway to Ahopsan Forest. I didn’t need to explain that did I? But, just in case. LOL.

Information About Ahopsan Forest, Busan
Entrance fee: 5,000 won
Open: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Closed every Monday
Parking is available

Hours
Sunday   9am – 6pm
Monday   Closed
Tuesday   9am – 6pm
Wednesday   9am – 6pm
Thursday   9am – 6pm
Friday   9am – 6pm
Saturday   9am – 6pm

Contact Phone Number
+82 51-721-9183

Address:  Ahopsan forest 아홉산 숲 is located in 37-1, Midong-gil, Cheolma-myeon | Gijang-gun, Busan 46050, South Korea

 

Seoul to Busan Google Map

Source: Google Map

ahopsan forest google map

Source: Google Map

ahopsan forest google map satellite view

Source: Google Map

 

Tips:

Remember to bring yourself some mosquito repellent too!
Pack water and wear comfortable walking shoes.
Free rental of mosquito spray and fan.
Reservation required for group tourist bus visits.
Stroller, bicycle, hiking equipment (sticks, etc.) are prohibited.
Plant and insect collection are prohibited.
No pets allowed.

 

ahopsan forest 2

Source: Visit Busan Dot Net

 

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A Walk Around Ahopsan Forest in Busan, South Korea

 

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (군도:민란의 시대) 2014

 

 Movie English Title:  Kundo : Age of the Rampant
 Hangul Native Title:  군도:민란의 시대
 Hanja: 群盜: 민란의 時代
 Revised romanization:  Gundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae
 McCune-Reischauer:  Kundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae
 Also Known As:  Goondo , Archipalagao , Archipelago , Band of Thieves , 군도 , Kundo: Minranui Shidae

 Director:  Yoon Jong-Bin
 Assistant Director:  Lee Il-Hyeong
 Writer:  Jun Chul-Hong, Yoon Jong-Bin
 Producer:  Yoon Jung-Hoon, Han Jae-Duk, Yoon Jong-Bin, Kang Hyun
 Cinematographer:  Choi Chan-Min
 Release Date:  July 23, 2014
 Runtime:  137min.
 Genre:  Action / Period-19th Century / Award Winning
 Distributor:  Showbox
 Language:  Korean
 Country:  South Korea

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Poster

Source:  Amazon

 

 

Synopsis of Kundo: Age of the Rampant (군도: 민란의 시대) 2014

 

Kundo: Age of the Rampant (Korean: 군도: 민란의 시대; RR: Gundo: Min-ran-eui Si-dae) is a 2014 South Korean Joseon period action film starring Ha Jung-woo and Gang Dong-won. Directed by Yoon Jong-bin, the movie is set in mid-19th century Joseon period. The movie is about the power struggles between corrupt unjust wealthy noblemen and a group of outlaws who steal from the rich corrupt officials and give to the poor and starving.

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Scene

Source: Youtube – Kundo: Age of the Rampant Official US Release Trailer (2014)

 

It is year 1862.  During the late Joseon dynasty, there was social and economic unrest throughout Korea.  Tyranny, natural disasters, famines, poverty, hunger and death were common realities to look forward to.  The nobles ruled with an iron hand, expanding their own interests while exploiting the poor.

For this reason, a band of outlaws calling themselves Kundo rose up against the ruling class in the Joseon dynasty.  They are a beacon of hope for the poor while they strike fear amongst the corrupt nobles.  The king is unable to stop them.

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Scene 3

Source: Youtube – Kundo: Age of the Rampant Official US Release Trailer (2014)

 

This is an era when one’s status and life is determined by being born into the right family.  Even today, that still holds true.  Dolmuchi is born into a poor butcher’s family, Jo Yoon, an illegitimate child, is born into a powerful and wealthy family.  These two men meet and strike a dangerous alliance and Dolmuchi loses both his mother and sister as a result.  Being a child from a poor family, Dolmuchi is powerless to stop the loss of both his mother and sister.

Betrayed and stomped on by Jo Yoon, even though an illegitimate child of a powerful and wealthy family, still holds tremendous power when compare to the butcher’s son, Dolmuchi.  Dolmuchi is rescued by the Kundo and becomes a member of the Kundo.  He decides to fight against Jo Yoon, who represents the same corrupt and ruthless nobles that rule Korea.  In the end, they meet for a final confrontation.  It is the poor powerless versus the corrupt powerful rich.

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Scene 2

Source: Youtube – Kundo: Age of the Rampant Official US Release Trailer (2014)

 

Cast Members of Kundo: Age of Rampant (2014)

Ha Jung Woo

Ha Jung Woo as Dol Moo Chi

• First Name: Sung Hoon
• Family Name: Kim
• Native name: 하정우
• Also Known as: 김성훈;Ha Jeong Woo;Ha Jeong Wu;Kim Seong Hun;Ha Jeong U
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: March 11, 1978
• Age: 42

Kang Dong Won

Kang Dong Won as Jo Yoon

• First Name: Dong Won
• Family Name: Kang
• Native name: 강동원
• Also Known as: Gang Dong Won;
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: January 18, 1981
• Age: 39

Lee Kyung Young

Lee Kyung Young as Ttaeng Choo

• First Name: Kyung Young
• Family Name: Lee
• Native name: 이경영
• Also Known as: Lee Kyoung Young;Lee Kyeong Yeong;Lee Geung Young
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: December 12, 1960
• Age: 59

Yoon Ji Hye

Yoon Ji Hye as Ma Hyang

• First Name: Ji Hye
• Family Name: Yoon
• Native name: 윤지혜
• Also Known as: Yun Ji Hye
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Female

Ma Dong Seok

Ma Dong Seok as Chun Bo

• First Name: Dong Seok
• Family Name: Ma
• Native name: 마동석
• Also Known as: Ma Dong Suk;Lee Dong Suk;Don Lee;이동석;Lee Dong Seok
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: March 1, 1971
• Age: 49

Lee Sung Min

Lee Sung Min as Dae Ho

• First Name: Sung Min
• Family Name: Lee
• Native name: 이성민
• Also Known as: Lee Seong Min
• Nationality: South Korean
• Gender: Male
• Born: December 4, 1968
• Age: 51

Kundo: Age of the Rampant Trivia. Did You Know?

 

•  The filming started on April 27, 2013 and ended November 1, 2013.
•  The first scene for Actor Ha Jung-Woo took place May 14, 2013 in Saemankum area, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea.
•  Ha Jung-Woo shaved his head to prepare the role in the film.
•  Actress Kim Min-Hee was originally selected to play Ma-Hyang, but decided to drop out. Actress Yoon Ji-Hye took the role of Ma-Hyang.
•  On the first day of its release in theaters on July 23, 2014, over 551,850 views watched the movie.  It earned ₩4.08 billion or $3,997,000, becoming the highest grossing film on opening day in South Korea for both a domestic and foreign film showing in South Korea.  It broke records set by Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011). However, Kundo: Age of the Rampant’s record was broken when eight days later when another Korean film released in theaters throughout South Korea.  The name of the film?  Admiral: Roaring Currents. Over 3.1 million movie goers went to theaters to watch it over a 5 day period.

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Scene 4

Source: Youtube – Kundo: Age of the Rampant Official US Release Trailer (2014)

 

Kundo Age of the Rampant Scene 5

Source: Youtube – Kundo: Age of the Rampant Official US Release Trailer (2014)

 

This movie has action, powerful South Korean acting, awesome soundtrack, intense plots, exciting scenes and cool stunts.  What else could be expected from a South Korean action film like this?  This movie didn’t disappoint.  You probably should watch it.

 

Kundo: Age of Rampant Official Trailer

 

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