A Short Story from Gamcheon Village

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I am going to tell you a story; about you, me and us.

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It is about how we change our and others life with justice and humanity, talent and patience .

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It is about what today is called Gamcheon Culture Village in Busan of Korea. It’s began in 1950s.

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Following the war in Korean Peninsula, the war that torn apart brothers and sisters…

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The refugees and Taegeukdo followers started to open this village. It was a slum village by then, but now it is acknowledged as one of magnificent tourism spots in Busan.

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There were around 30.000 people living in this village. Now its population is around 3.000. Birdmen on top of the roof are not included.

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In 2009, Busan government invited artists to the village. They open workshops and work so hard…

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…to change the slum area to a marvelous tourism spot with their talent and magic.

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Flowers on the wall makes your pathway is more lively than before.

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The blue roof, as blue as the sky, in a bright sky.

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The artists are working hard to reach their best achievement.

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Every inch is measured perfectly.

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That kind of works makes this fine gentleman happily enjoys the beauty of the nature.

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Colors create harmony. I believe.

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These post birds are created to deliver your wishes.

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Even Mother Penguin teaches the wisdom of life in Gamcheon.

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You can also drop your wishes and letters in these boxes on the wall.

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No leaves doesn’t mean no hopes.

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Even a dino finds its place in Gamcheon.

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The green wall will lead your way to your designated destination.

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Pay attention to the fish  direction, for you not to get lost.

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This is the time machine, tracking all things in the past.

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As far as you can see there are roofs in the open air.

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So how do you have in your mind about the Gamcheon Village?

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There are two rules in Gamcheon; open alley and not blocking your neighbor from the nature.

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Keeping those rules allows Lady Princess and her fox (not in frame) to feel the breeze and find the peace.

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Roof and roof from the top. Happiness on the ground.

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Loves are everywhere in Gamcheon.

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Togetherness follows.

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I took the picture, and bought one Gamcheon pie. After I finished the pie, I realize I should have bought many.

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It is said that until 2009 the village was a slum and poor.

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One of the old pictures shows how the villagers took a long queue to get water.

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In Gamcheon people respect the law of nature. They place them self among the nature. Today Gamcheon is dubbed as the “Santorini from the East”.

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Every corner in Gamcheon can be a good place for you to be digitalised.

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This what happens when you combine tree, stairs, green wall, colourful burden and blue sky. Also the electrical wires.

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The pots are mostly for water and kimchi. In the Lego village the pots are meant to please you and the nature.

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The more interesting fact in Gamcheon, there are few rest room for all inhabitants. But as it is an artistic village, those rest rooms are good and clean.

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This picture and the one after this, was taken from the bridge crossing the street to the parking lot. The car and motorcycle coming from the city center of Busan.

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One hour in Gamcheon is just not enough for you to get close understanding about it. You need more visit.

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