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Gamcheon Culture Village Busan Korea May 2017

Gamcheon Culture Village Busan Korea May 2017

We visited Gamcheon Cultural Village (감천 문화 마을) during our holiday in Busan. This place began to attract attention from the local press, filmmakers and photographers 3-4 years ago, and then the tourists began to flock in. Famed as Koreaís Santorini, this little village in Busan Gamcheon 2-dong has itís own artistic and historic charm that continues to lure its visitors. This village is originally called Taegukdo Village. Taegukdo is originally a religious community, or to be exact, a religion that was regarded as obscene during the political turmoil back in 1990s. Their members believe in the philosophy of Yin and Yang, and how the principle rules the universe. The Taeguk symbol has been one important factor in the Korean history - You can even see the symbol on the South Korean Flag today. After the Korean war, this village was filled up with refugees and the followers of the Taegukdo Religion. They build houses along the steep hillsides, each houses watching over the sea, since then the village has pretty much preserved its appearance for decades.  
 
Alighting from the Maeul-Bus (Buses that commutes within the community), you would find yourself surrounded by houses in a lovely pastel hues. A few hal-moni (old grandmas) carrying huge basket of vegetables, walking uphill with us then went into their own houses. Beware of the crossing alleys, it is impossible not to lose your directions here in the village. These alleys lead to at least 3 or 4 separate intersections. One wrong turn will make you go one whole round the village or having all uphill route instead of an easier downhill one. One tip is to follow the painted fishes that swim through the entire village. It brings you to the major or the more popular sites. Continue walking until you reach the old hot spring building (only building with the huge hot spring signboard), one of the best places for a panoramic view of the village. Here you see colourful homes stacking up rows by rows just like coloured matchboxes. The blue rooftop seems to blend well with the pastel pink, yellow or even green facade of each home under the turquoise blue sky at the background. The magical moment came when the sun shines. Sunlight fall through the clear sky onto the colourful walls, bathed the surroundings with its shimmering shades of gold, truly photogenic! According to CNNís article, this village has itís unique and cleverly planned, multi-tiered communal layout thanks to Taegukdo teaching. By building the houses in tiers, no house blocks any house behind it, which adheres to the teaching of allowing others to prosper.

Gamcheon Culture Village Busan Korea May 2017

We visited Gamcheon Cultural Village (감천 문화 마을) during our holiday in Busan. This place began to attract attention from the local press, filmmakers and photographers 3-4 years ago, and then the tourists began to flock in. Famed as Koreaís Santorini, this little village in Busan Gamcheon 2-dong has itís own artistic and historic charm that continues to lure its visitors. This village is originally called Taegukdo Village. Taegukdo is originally a religious community, or to be exact, a religion that was regarded as obscene during the political turmoil back in 1990s. Their members believe in the philosophy of Yin and Yang, and how the principle rules the universe. The Taeguk symbol has been one important factor in the Korean history - You can even see the symbol on the South Korean Flag today. After the Korean war, this village was filled up with refugees and the followers of the Taegukdo Religion. They build houses along the steep hillsides, each houses watching over the sea, since then the village has pretty much preserved its appearance for decades.  
 
Alighting from the Maeul-Bus (Buses that commutes within the community), you would find yourself surrounded by houses in a lovely pastel hues. A few hal-moni (old grandmas) carrying huge basket of vegetables, walking uphill with us then went into their own houses. Beware of the crossing alleys, it is impossible not to lose your directions here in the village. These alleys lead to at least 3 or 4 separate intersections. One wrong turn will make you go one whole round the village or having all uphill route instead of an easier downhill one. One tip is to follow the painted fishes that swim through the entire village. It brings you to the major or the more popular sites. Continue walking until you reach the old hot spring building (only building with the huge hot spring signboard), one of the best places for a panoramic view of the village. Here you see colourful homes stacking up rows by rows just like coloured matchboxes. The blue rooftop seems to blend well with the pastel pink, yellow or even green facade of each home under the turquoise blue sky at the background. The magical moment came when the sun shines. Sunlight fall through the clear sky onto the colourful walls, bathed the surroundings with its shimmering shades of gold, truly photogenic! According to CNNís article, this village has itís unique and cleverly planned, multi-tiered communal layout thanks to Taegukdo teaching. By building the houses in tiers, no house blocks any house behind it, which adheres to the teaching of allowing others to prosper.