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Busan – Staggering Views at the Gamcheon Culture Village

Busan’s most famous tourist attraction is probably the Gamcheon culture village. It’s a place which really tells a great story about the city of Busan. At first glance, you might think it’s a South American Barrio with the colours and steep streets. However, this place is both rather touristy and one of the most interesting places to see in Busan.

What is the Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan?

The Gamcheon Culture Village is a part of Busan which was originally a destitute part of the city. After the Korean War, it was were people lived in houses made of very basic materials. However, in 2009, the government, along with students and artists started a project to transform this part of the city.

It started off with people painting the houses different colours. However, over the years, artists have contributed more and more to making this place a wonder to look at. It’s very similar to visiting to Medellín with its steep location on a hill and assortment of colourful houses. It is quite touristy, so you should expect to see plenty of other foreigners and even people lining up to get a picture next to a statue of The Little Prince.

Busan – How to get to the Gamcheon Culture Village on

This place is actually located within a more remote area of Busan. At the foot of the hill, you won’t see anything to write home about. Moreover, the closest metro station is Toseong and then it’s quite a tough walk of 20 minutes. If you don’t feel up for the walk you can always take the 2-2 bus as it even goes up the windy roads.

Once you see the bridge, you will realise you’ve arrived at the Gamcheon Culture Village. After all that walking, you will be rewarded with incredible views of the houses which look like they were made in Minecraft. Moreover, you will see plenty of shops which cater to tourists. A good few of them sell souvenirs which are worth the won.

Coffee with a View at Cafe Wooin

I had unfortunately not had much sleep the night before because of the heat. I was needing a coffee to get my energy levels back up. A cafe I had heard about is Cafe Wooin which is one of the institutions in this place. I made my order and the woman working there told me to go upstairs. On the rooftop, the cafe has some of the best views you can find of the Gamcheon Culture Village.

Admiring the Art

The walls and houses around here are decorated with different works of art. There are also a multitude of murals. My favourite one has to be the one with different languages written down. I really think it’s cool because I am aspiring to be a hyperpolyglot. There’s also a mosaic of fish which has lots of different colours and patterns.

The ‘Little Museum’

There’s even a small museum which explains how the Gamcheon Culture Village came to be. It only takes about 10 minutes to have a good look around. The ‘Little Museum’ helps you understand the history behind the place and gives you an insight into how much the place has changed over the decades.

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