Busan Gamcheon culture village is located in Busan, the second most-populous city in South Korea. It has been nicknamed “Machu Picchu of Busan” as it was built on the foothills of a coastal mountain.
After the Korean War, the area was home for refugees who had lost their home and very poor. The government decided in 2009 to make this place a cultural hub and made a project to renovate the village named “Dreaming of Busan Machu Picchu”. It allowed the village to be painted freshly again and have works of art all around. Indeed, the residents and local artists artists decorated the alleys of the village with murals and sculptures, transforming it into Busan’s most colorful and artistic area.
When visiting the village, if you go to the tourist information center you can pick up a map of the village for 2000 won that will give you recommendations on where to go to see the best spots of the village. On the map you can collect stamps from 8 designated attractions and once this mission is completed you can receive a prize by going back to the information center.
There are many things to do in Gamcheon village, such as visiting mini museums, galleries and when you get tired, you can just find a café to rest for some time or get some traditional snacks from snack stalls.
For all the Instagram lovers, the area is pretty famous for all its photogenic places thanks to its bright colors, and if you visit during Spring, it’s also surrounded by cherry blossoms, making it look really nice.
To get there, take the subway to Toseong station, get out from exit 6 and go to a small bus station located in front of the Pusan National University Hospital. Then, just hop on a local bus 1-1 or 2 or 2-2 and once you reach the village the driver will announce it.
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