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B usan is Korea’s second largest city and resting at the south-eastern tip of South Korea along the sea. We have been anticipating a visit to Busan for months and we finally were able to make a weekend trip. Tourists flock to this seaside city to enjoy the various sites. We had two days and one night to visit as much of the city as we could. We put together our five favorite things that we did in Busan plus a bonus event that happens every June in Centum city.
Gamcheon VillageKnown in Korea as the Santorini of the East is the colorful Gamcheon Village. Clusters of colorful homes cover the hillside where you can wander through the buildings and steps to admire and photograph the charming village.
This area began during the Korean War where some of the poorest people of Busan migrated to build their small, colorful homes. As you wander through you will notice the vibrant art and paintings on the buildings. You will also notice that even though this is a high traffic tourist attraction, the area is still impoverished. The homes are on top of eachother and the living conditions of the people who still live here are not that great. We even saw a young infant who was placed in a cage in the window like an animal. We felt a bit strange about this, but what could we really do?
This village is definitely worth a visit. There is a charming beauty about it and an even more interesting history. Enjoy a coffee or snacks from some of the local vendors or just enjoy the aesthetic beauty of the array of colors you will see.
Check out the Jagalchi Fish Market on the next page.
Take the subway to Toseong Station and exit 6. Turn right at the corner in front of the hospital and take bus 2 or 2-2 to the top of the hill. The stop is called Gamcheon Culture Village.