Insadong: a Cultural Hub of Seoul

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by Composthp on July 10, 2010

We had an ambitious itinerary for the day. We started our day with a visit to Changdeokgung palace, explored the narrow alleyways of Bukchon nearby before meandering our way to Insadong, a short 15 minutes walk from Bukchon.

While Myeongdong is known for selling affordable cosmetics, Dongdamun and Namdamun for fashion, Insadong is a magnet for fans of traditional handicrafts, antiques and arts. The streets of Insadong were lively on the day of our visit (deliberately timed on a Saturday) with make-shift stalls selling their wares along the narrow alleyways and pavements. We spent an enjoyable afternoon wandering down Insadong, skipping those shops selling souvenirs, stopping at make-shift stalls selling antiques and trying the street snacks.

We made a stop at Ssamziegil to explore the quirky shops ran by local designers and to admire the unique building design itself. We took a breather at the roof-top to admire the spectacular view of the surroundings before heading down to the streets again.

Dinner was at the local manduguk restaurant where the menu consisted of mainly dumpling soup and noodles of hearty portions located across Starbucks before we finally called it a day.

For those with stamina, it is possible to continue onwards to Myeondong for more shopping since most shops closed at 9pm.

To get there:

You can take the subway line 3 to Anguk station, exit no 6 or line 1, alighting at either Jongno 3-ga Station or Jonggak Station. Insadong is about 5 minutes walk from these stations.
Insa-dong Jongno-gu
Seoul, South Korea, 110-290
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