Did we save the best for last? Well Mummy enjoyed this place the most. Never say it can’t be done. Because Gamcheong is an example of how art can transform a poor slumlike area into an edgy colourful suburb that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year (and growing).
My little brain reckons it’s genius to change this district made up of a labyrinth of twisting alleys and hilly streets into what it is today. So in 2009, the government launched the project “Dreaming of Machu Picchu in Busan”.
If you were a local, I guess you would have been horrified at first if someone wanted to paint your house orange with a blue roof. But I guess artists can be very persuasive.
At least, the government in money also by buying empty houses and making them into galleries and cafes.
And wouldn’t you want to live in an area where you are surrounded by art? So, then artists started moving here to live and work amongst other artists.
Ten years later, it has become the Gamcheon Culture Village with lots to see and do. Not bad for a poor village that did not have Electricity till 1965.