There is a village in southern Korea that is known for its colorful homes. In today's Close Up, we take you to the picturesque Gamcheon Culture Village near Busan.
Packed with colorful houses, this is Gamcheon Culture Village located on a site overlooking the ocean. One-point-five million people have visited the village known for its beautiful sights and scenery.
[Soundbite] Kim Moon-saeng(Association of Gamcheon Culture Village Residents) : "This village was created when people displaced during the Korean War began to settle down in 1955. They were wooden shacks at first. But they were re-built with bricks in the 1970s."
The tour around the town begins with a purchase of a map at its entrance. Visitors drop by each destination marked on the map and get a stamp at each stop. The first stop is a small museum, which offers a quick look at the village's history and changes over years.
[Soundbite] Jeon Soon-seon(Association of Gamcheon Culture Village Residents) : "We established a small museum to show the past and present of Gamcheon Culture Village and tell about lives in old times."
There are interesting artworks throughout the village. The most popular works are the little prince and the desert fox overlooking Gamcheon-dong from an edge. Tourists don't want to miss the chance to take selfies with the little prince. Artists' studios and workshops are gathered in this alley. This is a natural dyeing workshop. It's a popular destination among tourists, as they can participate in a hands-on dyeing program if they sign up online in advance. If you get hungry during the tour, go grab a Korean pancake called hotteok, which is filed with seeds and nuts. The appetizing fried bread with a generous filling of nuts is always a good choice. A walk along the alley leads to the last destination Haneul Maru. The top floor offers a panoramic view of Busan port and Gamcheon port. As a finishing touch, the beautiful sunset makes the one-day trip all the more impressive and unforgettable.
[Soundbite] Cho Bi-an(Tourist) : "I feel thrilled to see the alleys and traces from the past."
[Soundbite] Na Eun-sun(Tourist) : "It is good to take pictures, since the village is so pretty and colorful."
Here in Gamcheon Village, tourists travel in time to savor the remaining traces and charms of the past.