Gamcheon-dong

Isabel Leong
For culture buffs, this has got to top your list. Or at least, the colour-chasing photographer in me was not going to miss this so-called 'Santorini of the East'.Walking around the village is free, unless you wish to obtain a stamp tour village map for 2,000₩ at the entrance. Like a treasure hunt, this map points out different points of interests within the village for you to get to in order to obtain a stamp and complete the map.The whole village rests on a hill. The houses that make up the village are scattered in terraces. I found myself navigating through the narrow sidewalks interspersed with steps and slopes, and you will too. Make it your aim to uncover the best view of the village, for which you can never be certain of, for each view you stumble upon seemed only trump the previous.Getting lost in cultural villages is my favourite part about travelling. It is not visiting museums, nor shopping. It is through these walks where I get a glimpse of Busan's past, where I imagine what Busan used to be.Tip: I recommend making this your first destination of the day, as this is the furthest you'll ever be in Busan's West. Besides, don't you want to take in the view all on your own?Admission fee:FOCOperating hours:9am to 5pmDirections:Take Subway Line 1 to Toseong Station. Come out from Exit 6.Facing an intersection, turn right at the corner and walk straight. You will see a hospital on your right. Take Bus 1-1, 2 or 2-2 from the bus stop in front of the hospital.This will take you to Gamcheon Culture Village at the top of the hill.