A Quick Tour to Gamcheon Cultural Village

Busan, South KoreaA two-hour drive away from my home, Jinju, is the place popularly marked as “Dynamic Busan” by the South Korean government. The second largest city after Seoul and received millions of tourists annually because of its marvelous mountain view, temples, and beaches.

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A panoramic shot from my phone

Let me give you a brief history recap about the spot I will be featuring today. Long before, this small village was the only area free from the chaotic series of events of the Korean war. The poorest living condition used to be seen here. Another thing, it served also as a shelter for those refugees seeking for peace and comfort. A religious group called Taegeukdo together with other renegades started building their puny-sized homes on this cliff-side landscape. Not until 2009, the Korean tourist ministry re-created the village and transformed it to pastel-colored houses, painted murals, built galleries and cafes in which transfigured into an art village.

Apparently, Gamcheon Cultural Village is perceived as the “Santorini Greece” & “Machu Picchu” version of South Korea. I was drawn with so much confusion and intrigued of how people see the parallel idea and a huge question mark being engraved inside my brain because why those iconic places are being tagged on this famous attraction in Busan.

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Gamcheon Cultural Village:

Address:

  • 177-11, Gamnae 2-ro, Saha-gu, Busan | 부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 177-11
  • MAP 


Contacts:

  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330
  • +82-70-4219-5556
  • +82-51-291-1444

Website:

 Business Hours:

  • Haneulmaru 09:00 – 6:00 (Closed on New Years and Thanksgiving holidays).
  • Artshop 09:00- 6:00 (Closed on New Years and Thanksgiving holidays).
  • Gamnaeeoulteo 09:00 – 6:00 (Closed on New Years and Thanksgiving holidays).
  • Gamnae Cafe 10:00 – 7:00 (Closed on New Years and Thanksgiving holidays).
  • Gamnaeeoulteo 09:00 – 6:00 (Closed on New Years and Thanksgiving holidays Morning only).

Admission Fee:

  • Free

Directions & Transportation:

  1. [Bus]
    From Dong Seoul Terminal ↔ Busan
    From Seoul Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
    From Cheongju Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
    From Gyeongju Express Bus Terminal ↔ Busan
  2. [Train]
    Seoul Station (KTX, ITX, Rose of Sharon) ↔ Busan Station
    Miryang station (KTX, ITX, Rose of Sharon) ↔ Busan Station
    Suncheon Station (Mugunghwa) ↔ Haeundae
  3. [From Busan station to Gamcheon Culture Villiage]
    Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line), Exit 6.
    – Get on local bus Sakha 1 or Sakha 1-1.
  4. Toseongdong Station (Busan Subway Line), Exit 6.
  5. Get on local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2. (©IMAGINE YOUR KOREA)

My hubby and I planned ahead our visit to Busan. It wasn’t my first time to sojourn here, knowing we already went this place for some important appointment to do, but we didn’t have the chance to stay long and left the city by the afternoon. For the second time around, we had a quick visit to the city alone considering my 어머님(mother-in-law) was with us waiting. Everything was in a rush and we have to keep moving. Out of my curiosity and my sister-in-law’s recommendation, we drove all the way to our first destination.

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Please Observe Silence

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How creative they were for coming up with these ideas~

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Love Locks and plastic notes of lovers who visited here

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Taste: 

I can’t seem to recall the name of this food, but it was pretty tasty, though. We were curious how it tasted because we saw some people lining up and eating this slimy circular munch. As you can see, the food wrap and the spoons were designed to have a boat shape.

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The Little Prince looking somewhere far

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TIPS:

  1. Wear a pair of comfortable shoes. (HIKING IS A MUST)
  2. Ready your camera because everything here is splendid and good for photography.
  3. Avoid visiting peak season (Holidays & Korean vacations) because you won’t be able to snap as much as you can. You will end up lining up on everything.

I would definitely recommend everyone to visit Gamcheon Cultural Village once you have the chance to vacay here in Busan. The pastel-colored houses will surely amaze your naked eyes and awaken your artistic spirit. The fine art concept of this village will be loved by anyone. I’ve never been to Santorini Greece and Machu Picchu, but somehow you’ll closely understand why people try to compare this small town to those iconic places on earth.

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10 thoughts on “A Quick Tour to Gamcheon Cultural Village

  1. I had fully planned to come and marvel at this village. Sadly, ill timing meant we arrived well after sunset and couldn’t see very much 😦 At least I can experience this vicariously through your great blog post!

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    1. Thank you for that. But there’s always a next time. I hope you could see the beauty of this village art in the future. Thank you for visiting my post. 🙂

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