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Favelas in Busan? Not Quite. Why Gamcheon Culture Village is the Hidden Gem in Busan That Every Tourist in the City Should Explore
Wow, favelas in South Korea? Yeah, well, something like that! That’s right, Busan’s Gamcheon Culture Village turned out to be the most unexpectedly awesome attractions that I wound up visiting during my weeklong stay in South Korea.
Were they really favelas, like the renowned slum-ridden urban area of Brazil? Not quite. Gamcheon Culture Village is a tourist friendly, exotic zone of Busan brimming with colorful and densely packed terraced houses, winding streets, narrow alleyways, murals, and picturesque views from high above a lush green mountainside. And yes, it’s an extreme contrast from anything I had ever seen during my travels across Busan and Seoul!
It was around noon on November 9th – the 6th day of my vacation in South Korea—and after exiting Toseong Station and taking a short bus ride up a hill I finally arrived at the entrance to Gamcheon Culture Village.
The trip up the steep hillside was nothing short of extraordinary as I caught more and more stretches of Busan’s beautiful landscape the higher we went up, so I knew that the scene at Gamcheon Culture Village would just as magnificent.
At the top I made my way to the first photo zone that offered a remarkable view of Gamcheon Culture Village in its entirety. It was a beautiful sunny day so I had a clear view of the brightly colored houses stacked along the hill.
Seriously, I just couldn’t believe that something so vivid and artistic existed in the country; after all, countries like China and South Korea aren’t necessarily known for using such color and expression in their landscapes. Nevertheless, I thought it was amazing!
After snapping a few photos I made my way around the village and took notice of a few signs navigating the premises. The village came equipped with an art shop, museum, traditional market, and a few other photo zones to take pictures.
I also passed through a number of tight alleyways, which suddenly made me feel as though I was a lab rat in a maze the further I strayed off from tourist paths.
I found that many of the houses were rusted and dirty when observed up close, but with a seat at the top of a hill and an amazing view of the ocean, I guess it didn’t really matter.
If you’re planning on visiting Busan make sure to put this little nugget on your must-see attractions list; trust me, it’s worth the trip!
Directions to Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan: Hop on Subway Line 1 to Toseong Station. Exit 8. Walk forward and turn right onto the inclined street leading up to the hill. Walk about 1 minute until you arrive at the first bus stop, and take Bus #1-1, 2, or 2-2 up the hill.