The Ibagu workshop is the base of the city regeneration project, the Sanbok renaissance. ‘Yibagu’ means ‘story’ in Busan dialect. The Yibagu road embraces Busan’s history from the opening of the port to the industrial revolution of the 1970~80s. Yibagu workshop collects personal stories of Sanbok residents who have preserved the local history.
Sanbok road earned its name as the road was constructed around the mountain. The literal meaning of the word is ‘mountain ship’ in Korean. Thus the workshop building was built to imitate a ship. The walls of the workshop are filled with personal stories ranging from liberation to serving in Vietnam.
The Yibagu road starts across the Busan station over the underpass. When you start to walk along the road from the Namsun Warehouse, Korea’s first warehouse, you will reach the Choryang church, where Pastor Ju Gi-cheol, who protested against the Japanese Shinto shrine worship, was a pastor. The fence gallery next to the church hangs portraits of famous celebrities from the Choryang neighborhood. Such celebrities include the comedian Lee Kyung-kyu, singer Na Hoon-a, music director Park Kolleen, poet Yu Chi-hwan, director Lee Youn-taek and more.
The 168-stairs is a must-see attraction. The local residents had to climb the steep stairs with tin cans for clean water. The stairs are the fastest way from the Busan Harbor to the Sanbok road.
The monorail has been available since June 1, 2016. Through this road, you can reach the 6.25 Makgeolli, Yibagu Station (guest house), Kim Min-bu Observatory and more. The poet Kim Min-bu, winner of annual spring literary contest when a student at Busan High school, is famous for writing “Waiting Heart” that starts with the lines “Call me when the sun rises at the peak, call me when the moon rises at the peak.”
When you walk down the steep hill from the Yibagu workshop, there is the “Sharing Center” by Dr. Chang Kee-ryo. Dr. Chang is a doctor known as the Schweitzer of Korea. For 25 years as the director of the Bokeum (gospel) hospital, he dedicated his time to treating the poor. He is famous for creating the “Blue Cross Health Insurance Association” which served as the blueprint for 1968 health insurance. When he died, his old stethoscope and white coat were the only things he left behind.
Famous Restaurants in the vicinity