If you are planning to explore Korea’s Manchu Picchu in Busan famously known as the Gamcheon Culture Village, you must prepare for a lot of walk. Approximately, you will need at least 3 hours to roam around the village and go up and down its steep stairs and twisting alleys. By doing so, you will definitely need to sit for a while to relax or dine in to regain your energy. Good thing there are several restaurants and coffee sops located inside the village where you can have a meal, grab a snack or sip your favorite coffee. One of those is the Gamnae Café.
Gamnae Café (감내까페) is another business managed by the village Residents’ Council. When the Gamcheon Village was renovated in 2009 by the Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism, it was converted into a cultural hub with a public art-themed renovation. They did the renovation with the help of its residents and local artists which resulted to recognitions from people within Korea and from all over the world. Indeed, this village is a must-visit place when you go to Korea. The village Residents’ Council run several businesses, workshops and other activities in the village and its proceeds are used for local projects in the village. Therefore, similar to Gamnae Restaurant, its proceeds are used for local projects in the village.
Menu and Price
Gamnae Café primarily serves coffee to its customers. Before or after a long day of walking, you might want to treat yourself a coffee in this shop while helping the local residents of the village. You can either choose from hot or cold coffee. Aside from their coffee, you can also order tea and shaved ice that are perfect for any kind of weather. They also serve cookies in this café.
Moreover, its price is surprisingly cheap compare to other coffee shops located in a famous tourist destination in Korea. An espresso only costs 2,500 KRW while other coffee drinks range from 2,500 to 4,000 KRW only. And again, for every order, you are in a way helping the livelihood of the local villagers.
Note Price is subject to change from time to time without prior notice.
In addition, you can see some autographs of Korean celebrities such as the Running Man and 2 Days and 1 Night casts hanging on the wall of this coffee shop. Its interior is actually not that spacious and has limited seats only. Actually, Gamnae Café has two branches inside the village. The one is located under Haneulmaru which has a great overlooking view of the colorful houses in Gamcheon Culture Village. The other one is in Gamnae Eoulteo near the entrance of the village. Another coffee shop located inside the village that you can try is the Bluehouse243 Café.
The Gamnae Café is open everyday from 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM. But note however that operating hours may change in compliance to the strict health protocols due to the pandemic.
How to get there
Location: 2-188, Gamcheon-dong, Saha-gu, Busan (부산광역시 사하구 감내2로 177)
Directions: Take a subway and get off at Goejeong Station (Busan Subway Line 1), Exit 6. From Exit 6, take Bus Saha 1 or Saha 1-1 and get off at to Gamcheon Elementary School Bus Stop.
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