Visiting the cultural village in Busan, South Korea

The weekend had arrived and we were looking for an activity to do, so we decided to visit the Gamcheon cultural village in Busan. It’s this little living area with all coloured houses, small streets and little cafes. This area is also called the “Santorini of Korea”. If you are wondering why, just have a look at the pictures.

cultural village in busan: entrance

Cultural village in Busan: Getting there

Finding our way to the village wasn’t so difficult. Just take the metro line 1 and get of at stop 109. From there you can already see the cultural village, but you basically just have to walk up the hill until you see a little gate. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the metro station to the entry of the village.

If you have a T-money card then this journey will cost you 1500KRW one way. This is a fixed price and it doesn’t matter how many times you have to switch metros on your way to the cultural village in Busan.

Cultural village in Busan: What to do

You can find street art, cheap and delicious food or a viewing platform that will overlook the whole village, while also being able to see the ocean and the harbour. This observation desk in open until 6pm.

There are also a lot of souvenir stores, where you can buy magnets, notebooks or whatever else you might fancy. Traditional Korean clothing can also be purchased alongside the main road.

Overall, this village is not a whole day activity, unless you would like to take a picture of every single house. It is, however, a must see and I would definitely add it to your Busan adventure. In total, we spent around 2 hours at the cultural village in Busan. While using most of that time taking pictures on the observation desk.



Does this seem like an activity you would like to do? Have you been to Korea yet?


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  1. I’ve heard of this place! My boyfriend is Korean, and we’ve been dying to plan a trip to Korea but just haven’t had the chance to go yet. I love your pictures! <3

  2. Was in Busan in April about 2 or 3 years ago! More of passing by Busan though, I don’t really recall much of it lololl. Looks like there’s much more to do than what I experienced! =p

    1. Yes definitely. Been living here for about a month now and there are still a lot of places that I haven’t seen yet! πŸ™‚

  3. I haven’t been to Korea yet, but it is totally on my list. I am going to have to visit Gamcheon while I am there! I am going to have to save this so I can remember when I am there!!

  4. For a village, Busan looks quite big and dense. Is that how villages are in Korea?
    What would you say is the unique culture of Busan?

    1. Um Busan is the second biggest city in Korea, so it’s actually really really huge. The Cultural Village is just a small little part, there is loads more to see.

  5. Those views from the platform look great! Seems like a fun and interesting place to spend a few hours. I haven’t been to Korea before but it is on my list!

  6. Really great post! This seems like a really beautiful place and definitely a must when in busan. I can totally see why they call it the Santorini of South Korea!!! 😊

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