South Korea’s Santorini

If you only have 1 day to spare in Busan, the one place you should totally check out is Gamcheon Culture Village. Only about 1.5 hours away from Haeundae (Busan’s main tourism district), Gamcheon Culture Village, also known as Korea’s Santorini, is a kaleidoscope of colours. With its steep and winding streets and art installations hidden around the twisting alleys, there always seem to be a surprise behind every turn. Plus, it is definitely a great place for an epic game of hide and seek.

Gamcheon Culture Village is also really close to Jalgachi Fish Market, which happens to be located right across BIFF Square (Busan International Film Festival Square) and the Nampodong street where there is a lively night life and shopping scene.

When you first alight from the bus and walk down the path, there are a lot of viewpoints for photo taking opportunities!


Then you’ll walk by the tourism shed. Entry is free, unless you want to purchase a map of Gamcheon Cultural Village. Art installations and galleries are sprinkled all across the village
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There are a lot of cafes to chill out at as well

Get a Hotteok filled with sunflower seeds. A korean pancake street side snack.

Get a Hotteok filled with sunflower seeds. A korean pancake street side snack.

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go up to a cafe and have some tea while enjoying the view

go up to a cafe and have some tea while enjoying the view

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The main street next to the bus terminal at the end of Gamcheon Culture Village

The main street next to the bus terminal at the end of Gamcheon Culture Village

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The outdoor section of Jalgachi Fish Market

The outdoor section of Jalgachi Fish Market

The street food stores

The street food stores

Smell of fish and all the cats at the cat cafe will flock to you!

Smell of fish and all the cats at the cat cafe will flock to you!

How to get to Gamcheon Culture Village:
Take the subway to Toseong Station, and exit the station through Exit 6
Walk straight and turn right towards PNU Cancer Center
Take Bus 2-2 in-front of the PNU Cancer Center
The driver will let you know when its time to alight

How to get to Jalgachi Fish market from Gamcheon Culture Village
Instead of finishing a full circle walking tour around Gamcheon Culture Village, when you get to the cafes zone, walk straight down and pass by the Prince Museum, continue walking down past a temple, towards the main road outside Gamcheon, there you will see a bus terminal. Ask around and see which bus will take you to Jalgachi Fish market.

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And here in the ever expanding void am i chained to the railings of circumstance!

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