Here’s the historic core of the city, home to Seoul’s five grand palaces. Between the second largest, Changdeokgung, and the main event, Gyeongbokgung, lies Bukchon Hanok Village, a traditional area of classic Korean houses with huge curving eaves and wooden frames, called hanok. Just south is Insadong, a busy shopping area with teahouses and places to grab a bite. Further south still you come to the Cheongyecheon Stream, recognisable as the venue for seasonal events and open-air exhibitions. If you like art, you’ll love wandering through Ihwa Mural Village in the north of this district.