Recall the history with Forty Stairs
A symbol of the life and sorrows of refugees
The Forty Stairs was a shelter for the refugees who yearned to go back to their hometown. Climb the 40 steps to experience what life’s sorrow must have been like for the refugees.
Located nearby Jungang Station of Busan Metro Line 1, the Forty Stairs became the center of the lives of the refugees gathered from all over the country to the old Busan Station building. The Forty Stairs served as the passage that connected Busanhang Port’s dock to the shantytown on the hillside, a square where separated families met, and a market for selling relief items. There used to be a saying called “Let’s meet by the Forty Stairs in Busan,” and some waited by the stairs believing these words. The Forty Stairs is a place that contains the sorrows of a refugee’s burdensome life around Busan Station.
The Forty Stairs will become the companion of travelers who wish to remember the history of Busan.
Address49, Donggwang-gil, Jung-gu, Busan
Telephone NumbersForty Stairs Cultural Center +82-51-600-4046
Closing DatesOpen all year round
Forty Stairs Culture Hall : Every Monday, national holidays
Operating Days and HoursEvery day (Forty Stairs Culture Hall: Tuesday–Sunday)
Always (Forty Stairs/Culture Hall Weekdays: 10:00–18:00 / Sat/Sun: 10:00–17:00)
Traffic InformationWalk for 5 min from Exit 11 of Jungang Station on Busan Metro Line 1
Get off Bus 17, 26, 27, 40, 41, 61, 82, 85, 87, 103, 134, 190, or 1003 at Jungang-dong
RemarksForty Stairs Culture Hall : Braille block, elevator available, disabled restrooms, wheelchair accessible