See the Colorful ‘Santorini of Korea’


A village in the Far East has been dubbed the ‘Santorini of Korea’ for its beautiful beaches, eye-catching homes and epic scenery.

Gamcheon Cultural Village in Busan, South Korea‘s second-largest city, used to be better known as a home for Korean War refugees as well as being the headquarters of the Taegukdo religious sect.

However, since 2009, Gamcheon underwent a radical transformation thanks to South Korea’s tourism ministry and turned into a lively community and attractive visitor destination.

Unlike the white and blue of the Aegean Greek island, the ‘Santorini of Korea’ has rows of colourful terraced mountainside houses.

The streets are decorated with murals while several houses have been turned into art studios and galleries. This explains Gamcheon’s other nicknames — the ‘Machu Picchu of Korea’ or even ‘Lego Village’.