Saturday, July 26, 2014

Gamcheon Culture Village: Asia's Version of Rio de Janeiro

Gamcheon Culture Village or Taegeukdo Village (감천문화마을) Korea's most art-filled town is nested on top of the hills of Saha-gu in Busan. It is dubbed as the quirkiest art-filled suburb with colorful and narrow alleyways. It resembles Rio de Janeiro's Favela (meaning, Brazilian's slum area). Does Fast and the Furious 5 ring a bell? :)

Gamcheon Culture Village attracts thousands of tourists and photography enthusiasts yearly. The village won the UN-HABITAT Asian Townscape Award and the Cultural Excellence Award from Korea's Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism last 2012. It was the best place to visit in Busan for me and it's the most non-Korean looking tourist spot in Korea! Hahaha. It literally feels like you're in another country :)

The history of the village dates back in 1940s where Gamcheon is considered as one of the poorest city and poorest residents in Busan. Before, there were only 20 houses on the hill and when the Korean War started, refugees flocked in with over 800 makeshift homes stocked on top of each other. But after 74 years, Gamcheon is a jewel of tourism in the city. 
Going to Gamcheon is very easy. Here's the direction:

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Haedong Yonggungsa Temple: At least One Wish Will Be Granted

The motto of Haedong Yonggung Temple is "At least one of your wishes will be answered here through your heartfelt prayers" --seems true because when you visit Haedong Yinggungsa Temple, you'll feel something unexplainable like a "spiritual high" especially for people who believes in Buddhist philosophy. Because of this belief that at least one of your wishes will come true, many people visit this temple.

The temple is situated near the sea unlike Beomeosa Temple or the other temples in Bangkok. Haedong Yonggungsa is known as the aquatic Buddhist sanctum and this temple preserves religious concept deeper than any other temple as the sea, dragon (who appeared in front of the Buddha), and the Great Goddess Buddha embody a harmony here.

Going to Haedong Yonggungsa Temple is quite a challenge for non-Korean speakers because the location is not tourist friendly. The road signs, bus stations, and some people living in that area does not understand English but if you follow the instructions below, you'll be able to survive haha just kidding :)

How to get there?
Ride subway and alight at Haeundae Line 2 Exit 7. Walk a few steps in front towards the bus stop and ride Bus 181 going to Yonggunsa Temple. 

Address: 86, Yonggung-gil, Gijang-eup, Gijang-gun, Busan
Operating Hours: 4am to 7pm
Admission Fee: FREE!

How to go to Beomeosa Temple?

Beomeosa Temple is one of the temples in Busan, South Korea located at the edge of Mt. Geumjeongsan which is a famous mountain in Busan. The architecture of it is one of the most delicate and luxurious as it is an art all the way from Josen Dynasty between 1392 to 1910. When I visited Busan, Beomeosa Temple is on top of the must visit place aside from the beaches and seafood market. It is also part of my personal list when visiting Busan.

How to get there?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Must Visit in Dynamic City, Busan

Busan is the second largest City in South Korea and it's considered the best summer location in the nation where beaches are quite a few. As part of our 10 days trip to Korea, we took 2 days and 1 night to go to Busan and see for ourselves what all the hype was about.

Here's my guide if you're visiting Busan for the first time:

I. Visit Famous Temples

A. Beomeosa Temple

How to get there?

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