Located between Gyeongbokgung and Changdeokgung palaces, Bukchon is a historical site where the town of noble families or high-ranking officials was formed during the Joseon Dynasty.
If you compare the historical materials such as Doseongdo (1750), Sujeon Jeondo (1892) and Gyeongseong Sigado (1927) with today’s map, you can easily see that Bukchon has maintained its shape. For example, Gyedong-gil, Gahoe-ro, Samcheongdong-gil and Changdeokgung-gil have remained more or less the same since then. Besides cultural properties like historical spots, important folklore materials and tangible cultural heritage, there are many unique and interesting spots in Bukchon - Gyedong-gil alleyway and the site of Seokjeong Full-moon, the location of Gwanghyewon and Jung-ang Tang public sauna to name only a few. Old streets from the Joseon Dynasty, watercourses and hanok-concentrated areas are other valuable assets.
Around Samcheongdong-gil, across from Gyeongbokgung(Palace), there are many galleries and around Hwadong-gil, there are many traditional restaurants and cafeterias. Especially in Wonseo-dong, many traditional skill holders and artists live there. Many architects and painters open their workrooms in Bukchon to allow people to feel the living history. Needless tos say, his phenomenon boosts Bukchon’s historical and cultural value.