[buzz KOREA Tour: Sancheong-Busan] Gamcheon Culture Village, Busan

We are now on our Day 2 of buzz KOREA Tour: Sancheong-Busan. We met at the lobby at 9AM and then we traveled to our first destination.

GAMCHEON CULTURE VILLAGE: “Korea’s Santorini.” “Korea’s Machu Picchu.” “Lego Village.”

This terraced dwelling pattern descending from the mountain and the landscape of alley is the unique scenery of the Gamcheon Culture Village. The local artists and residents have started the project called “MaeulMisul” to strengthen these characteristics and historic value.



Gamcheon-dong in the Past
Taegeuk Village of Gamcheon 2(i)-dong started off as a humble makeshift abode for refugees from all eight regions in Korea who fled their homes during the Korean war. The small town has witnessed all the ups and downs of Korea’s modern history, the evidence for which is apparent in every wall and footpath. The village is situated on a hillside, like many others in the Busan region, which is blessed with both mountains and sea. Taegeuk Village’s pathways were paved by early Taegeukgyo believers in the early 20th centery, and the grid remains well preserved to this day, along with additional alleys and narrow passages.

Gamcheon-dong in the Present
As part of the art village project in 2009, alis “Dreaming of Busan Machu Picchu“, hosted by the Minsitry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, ten selected artworks were displayed along the hillside road. Gamcheon 2(i)-dong has opted for preservation and rejuvenation rather than redevelopment, using its resources to enrich the cultural content. It will set an example for all creative communities to come run by residents, professional artists, and the administration office.

gamcheongroup picture. buzz KOREA fighting!!!

b9a8a598393711e3b1d222000a1fb859_7We explored the alleys and the village and completed all the stamp sites.

I was so excited to visit this village because I became to know this place after watching variety show, Running Man, last year when Choi Ji Woo was their guest, and I watched KPOP idol group’s INFINITE, Busan Travel documentary and they featured this and also did the stamping sites but were unable to complete. 🙂

More post on our Busan adventure coming up.

Getting Here:
To Busan: KTX from Seoul Station to Busan (less than three hours)
To Taegeukdo Village: Catch the 17 or 17-1 bus across from Busan Station. Get off at the last stop. A short walk up from there you can catch the local bus (maeul bus). Take the bus and get off at Gamjeong Elementary School. From there you should see the village. (source from Visit Korea website)


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