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Rising Hot Place of Gwangju, Chungchun Balsan Village


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Gwangju has many small, charming villages.

Today’s post will introduce Chungchun Balsan Village,

new rising hot place of Gwangju.

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Located at Yang-Dong, Seo-gu,

Balsan Village was a typical shantytown of Gwangju.

The village was filled with dreams and energy

since young female workers and refugees gather around new textile factories in 1970s.

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Balsan Village was becoming hollow due to exits of female workers and facing demolish crisis.

But now, the village is becoming a new popular spot

retaining its original shape with a new name

‘Chungchun Balsan Village’ ,

Youth Release Village in Korean meaning.

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Isn’t the map of this village so charming?

There are many road signs,

so there won’t be a difficulty finding places.

A dog named ‘Bokgu’ is placed on the map.

Why don’t we go find out if there is a real dog or not?

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There are some cautions before looking around this village.

This place is a residential area just like other village tourist attractions of Gwangju.

Therefore, too much noise or littering is refrained here in Chungchun Balsan Village.

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Murals and letters stick out here and there in this village.

Words with sympathy, warmness, cheerfulness, etc

give pleasure while looking around the whole place.

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These stairs are a way to observatory called ‘108 steps’.

108 steps!

It can be challenging, but after walking up with an enthusiasm of watching village’s scenery!

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You can watch a beautiful scenery of Chungchun Balsan Village in a sight.

So, it is recommended not to give up and visit the observatory!

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This is Balsan Store, where old corner shop is reproduced.

The store is full of old snacks and provide nostalgia to people who miss good old days.

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A dog in the map, ‘Bokgu’ was right here.

It was wondering how famous she is to be on the map.

She’s a cute dog which loves people,

enough to be the icon of the village.

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Endless beauty of Balsan Village gave pleasure and favorable impression throughout the sightseeing.

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Colorfulness sometimes feel innocence and a state of balance.

Chungchun Balsan Village does give the feeling.

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Also, the name ‘Chungchun – Youth in Korean’ gives romantic experience throughout the village.

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It was a charming and pleasant village with warmness although the weather was cold.

How about taking a mental/physical rest visiting

Chungchun Balsan Village,

getting out from complicated everyday life?

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