There are some people who are trying to preserve the traditional beauty that we have forgotten in the continuation of change. Yeol is one of them. They started off with cultural heritage protection activities in order to support the efforts to prevent further deterioration through the installation of signs for cultural heritage and the restoration of the Sajik Complex. Yeol is a non-profit civil organization established in 2002 when FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan was there to introduce Korean culture to foreigners. During the celebration of their 15th anniversary in 2017, they found a new shelter in Bukchon, the center of Korean craft. It is a beautiful cultural complex for hosting exhibitions and offering opportunities to learn about Korean culture and arts. Yeol Bukchonga has remodeled an old building from 1965 with Architect Byung Soo Cho. The architect’s Korean modernist style, coupled with Yeol’s Korean traditional beauty, has created a cozy platform that combined the past and the present. Renovated the old Hanok right behind the new building, the exhibition hall seems to reflect Yeol’s determination to grab onto the past beauty with modern touches. The first and second floors of Yeol Bukchonga exhibit Korean craft. Also, these halls will host many special exhibitions designed by Yeol and open up the space to various artists. Yeol is looking for the beauty of tradition in craft, which is most closely related to daily life and intuitively symbolizes the esthetics of its time.
Yeol Bukchonga, the center of Korean craft, takes the initiative to plan various collaborative projects with young designers and masters in order to create original works and discover young craftsmen in Bukchon. The retrospective exhibition of Yeol Bukchonga, <Ask Tradition and Answer with Craft>, exhibits Yeol’s various attempts. The depth of the skilled masters and the creativity of the designers have come together to revitalize the familiar things from the past. There are coffee tables which are simpler than any European furniture, the tableware with mother-of-pearl shining in a pastel color, and floral shoes that you want to try on at least once. You will come to realize the humble, yet sophisticated, aesthetics of Korea. On the third floor, there is a library with books about culture and arts, including crafts design, as well as an experience space for various lectures and cooking classes. You could see the view of Bukchon through the window, where uniquely designed books are neatly displayed. Also, the books perfectly come together with the beautiful colors of the glass craft pieces, which create a harmonious scenery. Once you go up to the rooftop across the office space on the fourth floor, you will encounter a view that is different from what you see on the third floor. Beyond the avenue of Bukchon are the charmingly decorated stores, art museums, and roofs of Korean traditional houses over the church. The unique harmony and serenity of various time periods, spaces, and people quietly spread beneath the sky. They are going to open a tea room on the rooftop soon, so that you could enjoy the view on a fair and breezy day.