Nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Korea, the Gamcheon Culture Village is one of Busan’s top attractions.
Gamcheon previously housed refugees following the Korean War but was transformed under an initiative from the Ministry of Culture. The move included painters and sculptors adding their colouful touch to the streets and homes. Gamcheon has also been likened to a gentrified favella seeing that the location actually used to be slum.
The houses were pained with pastel colours back in 2009 in an attempt to lure visitors and it sure has worked. Gamcheon is filled with narrow alleys, steep slopes and glorious views of the village itself and the bay.
Furthermore the tiny alleys are populated with interesting galleries, colourful street art and cafes.
Any remanence of a slum no longer exist here as the village is a popular tourist spot. I highly advise anybody visiting to arrive early in order to avoid the mass crowds as well as to enjoy the morning light illuminating the colourful houses.
A top tip will be to head up to one of several viewing decks located across the village to capture the wonderful view of the Gamcheon Culture Village from above.
Also, while the map are great and will help you locate the village’s popular attractions, the best thing to do in Gamcheon is just to get lost in its labyrinth of alleys.
How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village:
Gamcheon Culture Village (Google Maps) is a pretty easy place travel to. Take the subway to Toseong Station (Line 1) then hop on the local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
Alternatively you can hop into a taxi with are surprisingly pretty cheap in Busan.