Insadong is a great place to visit if you are looking for cultural souvenirs for family, friends or even just yourself! Insadong is situated in the heart of Seoul city and features a main street connected to lots of little alleys filled with traditional restaurants, modern art galleries and tea shops.
There are also plenty of shops selling souvenirs, ceramics, traditional textile and fun snacks! Make sure you stop by the dragon beard candy stands as the candy makers are very entertaining! You’ll be able to find the perfect gifts here, from beautiful silk aprons and delicate bookmarks to iconic Korean metal rice bowls and chopsticks just like in the dramas, and all at fairly reasonable prices too. But if you’re looking for cheesier gifts, there are also plenty of I heart Korea teeshirts and socks featuring PSY in the Gangnam style pose.
We like to go on Sundays as the main road is closed to traffic and the atmosphere is always buzzing. If you hang about you’ll also be able to catch the cool parade of traditional Korean puppets!
And make sure you visit Ssamziegil (쌈지길), a very funky building that is constructed into a spiral walk way (you’ll understand when you see it). Filled with lots of little craft shops, you’ll be able to find lots of unique and hand crafted jewellery and trinkets as you make your way up the building. At the roof top there is a lovers tunnel where many have left their mark, as well as some very interestingly themed cafes!
So if you’re planning to visit Seoul, make sure you add Insadong to your list! KCM wishes you all a very peaceful Seollal and a Happy Korean New Year! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!
DIRECTIONS for INSADONG
Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.
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Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 3.
Go straight 300m, and turn left at the 4-way Intersection.
Go straight 100m, and take the left road towards Insadong-gil Road.
Take any bus bound for Jongno 2-ga or Jongno Police Station.
Jongno 2-ga: 101, 103, 143, 150, 160, 201, 260, 262, 270, 271, 273, 370, 408, 470,
471, 601, 708, 710, 720, 721
Jongno Police Station: 109, 151, 162, 171, 172, 272, 601, 708
Hilarious Kim Soohyun Caricature