Oribi Gorge, South Africa
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Although the wild lushness of the South African landscape doesn’t profoundly feature in its natural form, the rugged mountains and gorges informed a lot of the set and CGI design. Following the plight of T’Challa (also known as Black Panther), the king of fictional African nation Wakanda, the film darts between breathtaking natural surrounds and high-tech modern cities. One notable location is Warrior Falls, a gathering place for the people of Wakanda, inspired by the rushing water of Lake Eland at Oribi Gorge.
Busan, South Korea
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The Black Panther production team spent two weeks filming on location in the busy South Korean port city of Busan, gathering some 150 vehicles and 700 people to participate in scenes. Cars and characters tear through recognisable landmarks near Gwangalli Beach and the Sajik-dong neighbourhood.
Iguazu Falls, Argentina
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As the camera zooms through a cascade of natural overflowing beauty, we’re taken to the entrance of the country of Wakanda. This unique doorway is actually Iguazu Falls, the largest waterfall system in the world, which is 1500 metres wide with a reach of a staggering 67,720 hectares among the Paranaense Forest ecoregion.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda
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Home to around half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas (a captivating group of just 400 strong), this dense, primeval rainforest dates back over 25,000 years. Fictionally, the country of Wakanda has a history that stretches centuries, making this species-rich World Heritage site the perfect backdrop to depict ancient African landscapes.
Gwangandaegyo Bridge, South Korea
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A particularly thrilling car chase scene takes place on the futuristic Gwangandaegyo Bridge between T’Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, and the film’s early villain Ulysses Klaue. This impressive suspension bridge is Korea’s longest bi-level bridge over an ocean, measuring an impressive 7420 metres.
Jagalchi Market, South Korea
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South Korea’s largest fish market, Jagalchi Market, also features in the chase scene, with high-performance vehicles zigzagging through the crowded bazaar resulting in a spectacle of Hollywood rev-head heights. If the characters took a detour through this lively market on foot, they would’ve encountered some seriously unique seafood offerings: live octopus, sea worms, sea cucumbers and eels are kept so fresh, they continue to squirm right up until you pop them in your mouth.
Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
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Considering this World Heritage site is home to a diverse range of ecosystems from tropical to bamboo and cloud forests, it’s little wonder it was used to depict an otherworldly setting. Aerial shots of these peaks on the Congolese border, including the snow-dusted Mountains of the Moon, set the scene for the home of the Jabari tribe of Wakanda.
Table Mountain, South Africa
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Look familiar? This flat-topped mount rising majestically behind a bustling city bears a striking resemblance to Cape Town’s Table Mountain. The table-top mountain towers some 1055 metres above the seaside metropolis of Cape Town and its plateau peak allows for on-foot exploration, sprawling three kilometres from end to end.