Busan's Hidden Gem

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With a spread of vividly colorful houses sitting atop a seaside cliff, Taegeukdo Village in Busan (aka Gamcheon Culture Village) looks more like the scenery you’d expect to find in South America or along the shores of coastal Italy even, not South Korea.

This stark contrast to the ultra sleek buildings found in Gangnam, the pale high rise industrial-esque residential apartment towers that swallow most of Seoul and even the traditional Korean Hanok homes, has made the area a popular sightseeing destination for locals and foreigners over the years.

The village, originally formed in 1918 as a community for followers of the Taegeukdo religion, and later refugees during the Korean War, derives it’s name from the ‘taegeuk’ – more commonly known to westerners as the yin and yang symbols, which represent the balance of the universe.

Far from the busy beach scene where most frolic to in Busan, Taegeukdo Village is a perfect retreat to get lost in European-like narrow alley ways and explore a different, more humbling side of South Korea.

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Tey-Marie Astudillo
Journalist & Videographer
teymarieastudillo.com

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