On the Road: Gamcheon, the secret gem of Busan

We arrived in Busan from Osaka. Some days before, we were in Tokyo checking all alternatives to go to South Korea and our plan was about to take us to Gamcheon Culture Village. Though we didn´t knew.

When we landed in the second biggest south korean city, we didn´t know what to expect: our knowledge of Busan was vague but we were enough motivated for the first contact with the local reality. Naturally, we checked what to see, what to do, what to eat (korean BBQ, what else?!?), etc.

– There´s a place called Gamcheon which seems very interesting! – I introduce to my girlfriend, together with some pictures. – According to what I read, this area used to be very poor and, in 2009, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism launched a project to model the village into a creative community. – I added. – Let´s go tomorrow! – my girlfriend conclude.

The following day we were there and what we saw was amazing. Gamcheon is a photogenic village thanks to its colorful concrete houses. With the old ruins transformed into new art galleries or creative studios and the streets decorated with graffiti all over the little pathways, we promptly understood why Gamcheon is know as ‘Lego Village’.

In fact, this – nowadays – culture village looks like a huge playground (so it should be called Gamecheon eheh), the ideal playset for young and old live harmoniously. But also for immortals! On the ‘uptown’ visitors can sit and look the bay among two friends: little prince and his fox. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry´s everlasting characters live in Gamcheon and be ready to learn the power of surprise with them.

How to get in Gamcheon Culture Village? It´s easy: use subway line #1 to Toseong Station and take exit #6. Once you are outside, you will be close to an intersection. Turn right at the corner and walk straight until the bus stop right in front of Cancer Center Hospiral. Take either Bus 2 or 2-2.

‘And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.’
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, ‘The Little Prince’

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2 responses to “On the Road: Gamcheon, the secret gem of Busan

  1. Es una ciudad increíble, qué colorido y qué luz. Después de leer tu entrada he sentido curiosidad por saber más sobre ella. Está llena de arte por todas partes. Debe ser un privilegio vivir allí. Me ha encantado.

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