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Gamcheon(Buson)Korea-one of my favorite urban walks anywhere

There are so many pedestrians enjoying the art that cars are restricted to local residents only; you can buy the very helpful souvenir map at the information center just to the right of the main village entrance

There are so many pedestrians enjoying the art that cars are restricted to local residents only; you can buy the very helpful souvenir map at the information center just to the right of the main village entrance

This cat is so realistic that many visitors thought it was alive; there are plenty of hidden alleys, cute cafes and welcoming galleries that are worth seeing in the village

This cat is so realistic that many visitors thought it was alive; there are plenty of hidden alleys, cute cafes and welcoming galleries that are worth seeing in the village

Becoming One with Gamcheon; this work depicts how visitors are united with the scenery here; the creative vibe truly permeates the entire village and you'll be impressed with the efforts of the residents

Becoming One with Gamcheon; this work depicts how visitors are united with the scenery here; the creative vibe truly permeates the entire village and you'll be impressed with the efforts of the residents

The Sound of Gamcheon; the village is sometimes called the Santorini of Korea although I don't see the resemblance since the Greek houses are all painted white

The Sound of Gamcheon; the village is sometimes called the Santorini of Korea although I don't see the resemblance since the Greek houses are all painted white

Little Prince and Fennec Fox; photogenic Gamcheon is perfect for those on Instagram with many Koreans dressing in traditional clothes for the many photos they'll be in

Little Prince and Fennec Fox; photogenic Gamcheon is perfect for those on Instagram with many Koreans dressing in traditional clothes for the many photos they'll be in

People and Birds; the intention of this work is for people to leave everyday concerns behind once in a while; there were hundreds of school kids on field trips enjoying the village

People and Birds; the intention of this work is for people to leave everyday concerns behind once in a while; there were hundreds of school kids on field trips enjoying the village

Demonstrating the artistic and creative nature of the village, this shop was selling cotton candy in the shape of famous cartoon characters

Demonstrating the artistic and creative nature of the village, this shop was selling cotton candy in the shape of famous cartoon characters

The addition of public art has totally transformed what was once one of the poorest villages in Busan into a thriving, desirable neighborhood

The addition of public art has totally transformed what was once one of the poorest villages in Busan into a thriving, desirable neighborhood

Fish Swimming Through the Alley; this work expresses alleys as communication vehicles for villagers; many of the houses aren't on streets and are only reachable by alleys and/or stairs

Fish Swimming Through the Alley; this work expresses alleys as communication vehicles for villagers; many of the houses aren't on streets and are only reachable by alleys and/or stairs

Scenery of Grapes; this work expresses a village full of abundance and vitality; despite this walk being on city streets, there was virtually no traffic since drivers know how crowded the streets will be with pedestrians

Scenery of Grapes; this work expresses a village full of abundance and vitality; despite this walk being on city streets, there was virtually no traffic since drivers know how crowded the streets will be with pedestrians

This work expresses the wish for the realization of villagers' hopeful messages, whether inside or outside the village, just like the seeds of dandelions float away and produce flowers in a different place

This work expresses the wish for the realization of villagers' hopeful messages, whether inside or outside the village, just like the seeds of dandelions float away and produce flowers in a different place

There were excellent labels on most of the artwork; new additions are made every year with many contributed by local residents

There were excellent labels on most of the artwork; new additions are made every year with many contributed by local residents

I just loved the whimsical, fun theme found in most of the artwork; the messages were almost always positive and uplifting, certain to bring many smiles

I just loved the whimsical, fun theme found in most of the artwork; the messages were almost always positive and uplifting, certain to bring many smiles

For $2, I bought an excellent map of the village which listed most of the artworks and showed different walking routes; you could also collect stamps which is popular in Asia

For $2, I bought an excellent map of the village which listed most of the artworks and showed different walking routes; you could also collect stamps which is popular in Asia

Gamcheon is Busan's number one attraction on TripAdvisor; rather than spend an uncomfortable night at a temple with the tour group, I stayed in Buson and walked through this terrific neighborhood

Gamcheon is Busan's number one attraction on TripAdvisor; rather than spend an uncomfortable night at a temple with the tour group, I stayed in Buson and walked through this terrific neighborhood

The mural Gifts from Heaven was created so that all residents and visitors of Gamcheon village can enjoy the gift of joy and hope and to feel the festive atmosphere of the village

The mural Gifts from Heaven was created so that all residents and visitors of Gamcheon village can enjoy the gift of joy and hope and to feel the festive atmosphere of the village

My walk through the Gamcheon Culture Village was one of the most enjoyable urban walks I've taken; the transformation of this neighborhood through public art was very impressive

My walk through the Gamcheon Culture Village was one of the most enjoyable urban walks I've taken; the transformation of this neighborhood through public art was very impressive

In addition to the public art, many businesses made their contributions as well; I stayed at a very nice hotel near the main train station that was only $42 per night

In addition to the public art, many businesses made their contributions as well; I stayed at a very nice hotel near the main train station that was only $42 per night

Because it was built on steep mountainside slopes, Gamcheon village has been nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Busan; Gamcheon began as a shanty town built by Korean War refugees in the 1950s

Because it was built on steep mountainside slopes, Gamcheon village has been nicknamed the Machu Picchu of Busan; Gamcheon began as a shanty town built by Korean War refugees in the 1950s

This artwork depicts houses that show harmonious uniformity amid a diverse population; I wondered what effects the neighborhood transformation had on long-time residents and whether they viewed it as positive or not

This artwork depicts houses that show harmonious uniformity amid a diverse population; I wondered what effects the neighborhood transformation had on long-time residents and whether they viewed it as positive or not

Dream (Old Boys be Ambitious); the artist says there are still faint glimmers left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity

Dream (Old Boys be Ambitious); the artist says there are still faint glimmers left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity

Stairs to See Stars; this stairway was named because people used to feel dizzy and see stars when they climbed the 148 steps carrying heavy loads

Stairs to See Stars; this stairway was named because people used to feel dizzy and see stars when they climbed the 148 steps carrying heavy loads

You can buy a heart, write a message on it and have it hung on this rooftop; funds, like these, go to support artistic endeavors in the village such as artist in residence projects

You can buy a heart, write a message on it and have it hung on this rooftop; funds, like these, go to support artistic endeavors in the village such as artist in residence projects

Gamcheon is often cited as a model for urban revitalization; residents designed the pieces of this work which symbolizes the mothers of this village who struggled in the past to feed their families by selling fish

Gamcheon is often cited as a model for urban revitalization; residents designed the pieces of this work which symbolizes the mothers of this village who struggled in the past to feed their families by selling fish

Autumn Journey; these dragonflies lined the wall on the main street leading up to the village entrance; the same public transit pass conveniently works in every Korean city

Autumn Journey; these dragonflies lined the wall on the main street leading up to the village entrance; the same public transit pass conveniently works in every Korean city

White Rose; the rose is this district's adopted flower and depicts an area full of vitality

White Rose; the rose is this district's adopted flower and depicts an area full of vitality

Golden Bandal Pass; this mural features the three mountains of the village with a golden nightscape; reaching Gamcheon was relatively easy and inexpensive from the central station with a short subway ride followed by a short bus ride up the mountain

Golden Bandal Pass; this mural features the three mountains of the village with a golden nightscape; reaching Gamcheon was relatively easy and inexpensive from the central station with a short subway ride followed by a short bus ride up the mountain

There was no graffiti in Korea; it was wonderful walking around and seeing how the art made everyone smile and laugh

There was no graffiti in Korea; it was wonderful walking around and seeing how the art made everyone smile and laugh

Wiggly Village; this work depicts the scenery of a densely packed village as a living organism; it also epitomizes the quirky art that makes the village such a fun place to visit

Wiggly Village; this work depicts the scenery of a densely packed village as a living organism; it also epitomizes the quirky art that makes the village such a fun place to visit

This colorful mosaic at a bus stop illustrates how the ordinary has become extraordinary thanks to community involvement and a little government support; notice how clean Gamcheon is!

This colorful mosaic at a bus stop illustrates how the ordinary has become extraordinary thanks to community involvement and a little government support; notice how clean Gamcheon is!

The Flower Road We Tend; local students created ceramic flowers to make the concrete wall appear more vital and dynamic; the art transformation of Gamcheon began in 2009

The Flower Road We Tend; local students created ceramic flowers to make the concrete wall appear more vital and dynamic; the art transformation of Gamcheon began in 2009

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