Koreatown Vancouver is located in an area that was once completely forested, like the rest of Vancouver. This area was purchased in 1862 by three men known as the “Three Greenhorns”: Samuel Brighouse, John Morton, and William Hailstone. They were known by this nickname because their contemporaries thought that they paid too much for the area.
Soon after the arrival of the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway to Vancouver in 1886, many wealthy railway executives and their families built mansions in the area, establishing it as Vancouver’s premier neighbourhood for the wealthy. The neighbourhood gradually evolved into middle-class one. Today, the area hosts a diverse population including international students and recent immigrants from Korea, hence the Korean-owned businesses that give this area the name Koreatown.