Gamcheon Cultural Village – Different perspectives


Gamcheon Cultural Village is the kind of place you can visit again, and again, and again and still never have the same experience twice.  As you might remember, we visited Gamcheon with G’s Mum a little while ago.  Having missed the “Stairway to the Stars” last round, but discovering it this time made staying in both Friday and Saturday night absolutely worth it!

Gamcheon Cultural Village is easily accessed by public transit in Busan.  Take the subway to Toseong Station and take Exit 6.  Take a right out of the subway, walk up the street past the hospital, and the bus stop is right outside.  Get on the local bus Saha 1-1, Seogu 2 or Seogu 2-2 (they’re labeled GAMCHEON CULTURAL VILLAGE too!). 

L & S had planned on visiting Gamcheon, but I wasn’t entirely sold as I had already been and wasn’t entirely sure how much more I could see.  Wow – was I ever wrong!  We had a blast interacting with…statues who initially had us fooled (well – just the one!), took a gazillion winged photos, and climbed more stairs than I cared to count.

Some…interesting art…

This visit, rather than following the “fish” plaques on the walls we veered left and kept walking down toward the water.  Eventually, at a photo stop on the roof of the cultural center, we spied the stairway to the stars and meandered our way through an alley and eventually just went vertical.

Up, up, up we went eventually making it to the top of the hill where there were various shops and cafes.  We stopped in a couple before finding a place that was more our speed…

Amid coffees and waffles with apples and cream we sat, rested, and chatted for a while before moving on.

 On a sunny day you can see so many different pieces of art on the walls of this historic area of Busan.  I can’t wait to visit again with my friend from first year University who just got hired in Saha-gu!

“Grown ups never understood anything by themselves. And it is rather tedious to have to explain things to them time and again” 

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.”

“But eyes are blind. You have to look with the heart.” 

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” 

“What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…” 

“You are beautiful, but you are empty”, he went on. “One could not die for you.”

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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