Busan is a large port city in South Korea known for its beaches, rocky cliffs, and temples. This coastal city is the second biggest city in the country. You could almost say that it plays the little sibling role to the large and bustling Seoul. If this is your first trip to Busan, then there is a certain village that you must absolutely visit. It’s called Gamcheon Culture Village (감천문화마을) and it will surely splash an amazing color to your trip.
What to Expect
The main entrance to the village is at the top of the hill and the Gamcheon Culture Village Tourist Information Center will be the first thing you’ll see. There is no entrance fee to enjoy the colorful vibes of the village. It also doesn’t exactly have opening or closing hours, but most of the stores, cafes, and restaurants open from 9 am to 6 pm.
Once you arrive at the entrance of the village, you’ll find that the Information center sell maps of the village for 2,000 won. There’s a fun activity that incorporates the map, which shows you locations to collect stamps. If you manage to visit some of these spots, you will be given a free illustration postcard and you can send them internationally for 500 won or domestically for free.
The best time to visit the village would either have to be in the morning or during the evening close to sunset. It’s a very popular tourist spot, so it can get extremely busy and hectic during the day. We also recommend giving yourself about 2 to 3 hours to explore and view every nook and cranny of the village. There are plenty of hidden alleys and beautiful art scattered all over the place. It might be worthwhile to drink a nice cup of coffee at one of the many fancy cafes there.
A little word of caution though. There are residents still residing in some of the buildings. So please try not to be loud when wandering about.
Gamcheon Culture Village has many artistic features to offer to travelers. There are many hidden art and secret locations all around the village. Try to walk into each alley and do take your time admiring the culture. You might find a spectacular view that’ll last you a lifetime.