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The Placeness of Bukchon Village Based on Waterway

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2017, 6(1), pp.27-50
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.6.1.3
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : March 29, 2017
  • Accepted : April 15, 2017

Pyeong Soon Na 1

1공주대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Bukchon village, the center of Seoul in South Korea, nestles snugly at a range of Bugack, Inwang and Naksan Mountains harmonizing with hills and small streams. The village has been a political, cultural and historical center of Seoul for about 600 years. Thus, the research on this place from a geological point of view is very meaningful. In this study, by overlapping and tracing antique maps and modern-contemporary maps, I found out how the water ways of Bukchon village have changed over time. I also confirmed the consistency among those changes and analyzed the placeness of Bukchon village by exploring various literatures newspapers, autobiographies and native people's narrative texts. After the research, I found out that the water ways in Bukchon village are hidden due to the covering constructions during the Japanese colonial period, but have been still flowing under roads up to now. I also ascertained that there remain some wells and wash places in the village which are the traces of the past water ways. I verified that though the water ways of Bukchon have changed a lot, they still are recognized as one of the important factors which are influencing upon the placeness of Bukchon village.

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