Inarguably one of the most anticipated installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther” immediately broke box office records when it was released in February 2018. More than being one of the highest grossing films of all time, earning a reported total of USD1.3 billion in less than two months, this Marvel Studios and Walt Disney hit is critically acclaimed for pushing representation and celebrating black culture in Hollywood. Aside from the action-packed scenes and its powerhouse leads (including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, and Lupita Nyong’o), director Ryan Coogler elevated the “Black Panther” narrative further through its filming locations. The picturesque landscape of the movie inspires wanderlust, more so when you realize that you can visit them in real life! While Wakanda remains a fictional country, you can still go on a “Black Panther” tour all over the world where you can shout at the top of your lungs... Wakanda forever! (Needless to say, spoilers ahead.)
In the movie, the Iguazu Waterfalls in Argentina became “Warrior Falls” where the royal coronation and ritual combat scenes of T-Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) took place. Coming from the Guarani Indian words “y” meaning “water” and “ûasú” meaning “big,” the name is an understatement to the almighty falls that links the border of Brazil and Argentina. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of 275 waterfalls spanning 2.7 kilometers, quadruple the range of the Niagara Horseshoe Falls—truly a sight to behold!
Misiones Province, Argentina
A lot of stunning aerial shots were featured in the film, one of them being the river located in the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Accessible through Rwenzori Mountains National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, its snowcapped mountains attract a number of mountaineers who want to climb to the Margherita Peak—the highest in Africa at 16,795 feet.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Uganda
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, is another location featured in “Black Panther” in its many aerial shots. An incredible ecosystem of plants and animals with thousands of species—including endangered mountain gorillas—in its 331km² land area, this UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site offers a number of treks and safaris that allow you to experience its majesty in person!
Kanungu District, Uganda
The location of the fictional Museum of Great Britain, this is where Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan) is first introduced as the film’s villain. Here, he steals a rare artifact that, unbeknownst to many, is made of Wakanda’s most valuable resource: Vibranium. Colloquially known as “The High,” this museum in Atlanta, Georgia boasts a permanent collection of more than 15,000 artworks. They house an remarkable collection by impressionist artists like Claude Monet and Camille Pissarro, modern sculptor Auguste Rodin, among thousands of other masters.
1280 Peachtree Street, Northeast Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Although the underground casino doesn’t exist in real life, the entrance to the location can be found in the famous Jagalchi Market. The largest seafood market in Busan, South Korea, its seven floors house a fresh fish market, restaurants, and even a “Noraebang” (노래방 no-reh-bang, literally meaning “song room”) it also features a second floor that houses a restaurant where you can sample the abundant seafood offerings this port city takes pride in. Get ready to meet the Jagalchi “Ahjummas” (아줌마, ah-ju-ma, meaning “aunt”) who will likely approach you to sell the day’s fresh catch!
52, Jagalchihaean-ro, Jung-gu, Busan, Korea
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The thrilling car chase between T’Challa featured prominently in “Black Panther” took place in this location, filmed entirely along this iconic bridge in Busan. The Gwangan Diamond Bridge—or the “Gwangandaegyo”—is a suspension bridge with a length of 7,420m, making it the second longest bridge in South Korea. The attraction doesn’t stop there! At night, the whole bridge is illuminated by LED lights, casting a colorful glow over the city.
203, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
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In the same car chase scene, the shores of Gwangalli Beach can also be seen in the film. There’s more to this beach other than its fine sand and pristine waters, as its shores are also filled with romantic restaurants. Time it right and go there at sunset, you’ll be able to witness the lighting up of the Gwangan Diamond Bridge just on the other side.
219, Gwanganhaebyeon-ro, Suyeong-gu, Busan
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A confrontation scene between T'Challa and another villain, Ulysses Klaue (played by Andy Serkis), took place in the bright and busy streets of Nampo-dong—also near the Jagalchi Market. This district in Busan, dotted with movie theaters and playhouses, is a must-visit for theater buffs. It is also in Nampo-dong that the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) is held.
Nampo-dong, Jung-gu, Busan-si, Korea
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