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365 Photo Challenge – Day 36: Gamcheon

For my Day-36, I feature one of the tourist attractions in South Korea – the Gamcheon Culture Village. This has been used as filming location of some Korean shows; so, if you are a K-drama fan then, you may be familiar with it. I am not. I read it is dubbed as Santorini and Machu Picchu of South Korea; but, when I first laid my eyes on this place, the first thing that came to my mind was a scene by Paul Walker in “Fast and Furious” movie.

Gamcheon is formerly a slum area and was home to many refugees who were likewise believers of a religion called Taegeukdo. However, about a decade ago, the government poured money to transform the village into arts and culture hub. That effort by the government turned Gamcheon into what it is today.

Colorful houses and business establishments are built in staircase style that reminded me of Rice Terraces in Mountain Province except that instead of rice the terraces here are planted with structures. I will be writing a post (when I get free from business paperwork) about South Korea hence, I will save the rest of the story for the later.

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    • Yep. Exactly. A model project showcasing that political will can go a long way. It is fun place to visit as every house is different from the other. But it is an uphill climb and it was very chilly when we went there so, we were not able to scour the whole hilltop.

        • With temp freezing my fingers? I was wearing 5 layers of clothing and still the cold is biting. I am fine with uphill climb at cool temp — not fridge-cold temp hahaha — the alleys are small also so you have to do it in slow manner because people going in opposite direction use the same stairs uphill

        • Hahaha that is not a nice assumption. I have to say in every country I go to, I meet kindness. In Jakarta, we went to that big gem’s center where the sellers are largely muslims and there was this guy who offered me a bottle of water and a chair even when I certainly look an outsider. And if you read my story about honesty, a Javanese returned my handbag with my money, phone, tablet, passport – my whole life – still intact

        • Not a good assumption to think that a free vacay is possible hahaha I am not used to being provided and I have trouble accepting gifts that cost much. As to Javanese, well, the reason I mentioned that was because there was this guy there — an ordinary street guy who looks like some bully but is not (I was raised in a family where befriending bums is tolerated and encouraged for as long as you do not make the bum your boyfriend or husband haha so yes, it is easy for us to talk to people who look like one) — who told us that if ever there is any problem, we should call him and he will take care of the problem because in Bali he said people are mostly safe where locals (Javanese people) are concerned. He, himself, is a Javanese.

          • Those of us who have experienced a hard life generally have the same feelings about trouble in accepting gifts, even just to receive praise! Because we are introspective, well at least you. The Balinese are generally unpretentious and kind-hearted, most of the troublemakers or causes of trouble are immigrants, including the Javanese.

        • As to gifts: because I am more used to providing to other people so I have trouble when it is me being provided for. Guys complain that about me. That, the sarcasm, the stubborn head, the merciless teasing —- OMG! Lotsa flaws there except I love those flaws hahahaha

          As to praise: my reaction is always to laugh out loud like “Are you kidding me? Maybe you have yet to eat or have fever or just plainly blind.”

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