Insadong must be the most recommended street in Seoul - thronging with tourists and locals both days I went there (once in the evening and the other in the day). The main street is flanked by specialty shops selling souvenirs or curios, as well as Indie fashion.
Street hawkers selling grilled food, local snacks and drinks provide some quick solution to an empty stomach. Promotional activites often take place on this busy street, so you may finds yourself face to face with promoters dressed as cartoon characters (from the cutesy to Star-war like).
Traditional Korean home decor items from huge waterbowls to chops to chopstix to great ary and clothing galleries...Insadong is a must shop for those not interested in seeing the reminents of a high end retail explosion - Insedong, tranquil and traditional interior accents for the home...
Try the kick-ass street food while you are there.
Located near central Seoul, this street is great for souvenir shopping and a slow stroll on a Sunday afternoon. Filled with cafes, tea shops and vendors, Insadong is truly a must see. Although the street is closed to car traffic it is usually packed with tourists and locals alike.
Insadong really has a great atmosphere- yes it feels a little created for the tourists, but it's not really that bad- I enjoy stopping by once and a while. There are street performances, tons of art and galleries and food- both in restaurants and on the street. Also tea houses every where you turn.- Seem a little pricy, but that's cause you're getting a whole pot. Be sure to stop by Topgol park while you're there.
This is a narrow alley packed with cheap restaurant, and sul jip (bars) that sells all kind of drinks. Here if you order beer, that's kinda out of fashion. ask for the menu, you will see amny different kinds of korean traditional booze, Some sells in the market, but some doesn't. and usually they are pretty good and price is also reasonable.
the people there might not be very friendly, )well don't know how they treat foreigners though), but nevermind, that's the way they do their business...
oh.. and the gate of alley won't look real neat. but you can't judge a book from its cover.. well..
As with other VTs on this site we loved the magic meandering quality of Insadong. Beautiful crafts here; a great place for attractive souvenirs. We bought some stunning paper and wood lamps that look magnificent now we are back at home. It's lovely to have a constant reminder of the beauty of Korea. We stumbled across a restaurant off a side street in Insadong that served the most delicious meal. It was beef ribs. A range of delicious types of kim chi, and small sheets of seaweed which enabled you to make little sushis. This fabulous filling meal cost us $8 Australian. I wish I took note of the name for the ambience was truly magnificent.
Insadong is where you can find traditional Korea within Seoul. Wander around the place and enjoy the street full of art galleries, craft shops, antique stores and restaurants.
I especially like the shops where the store owner lets you admire those wonderful antiques and the street artisans willing to tell you about their craft.
One could easily spend a day here just walking around the place. I loved this street so much I returned here 3x in 9 days.
It was open to 12,1983. This place are exhibition space and meeting place of Artist. There are Exhibit halls,Traditional Tea House, field stage,small Atelier place. If you visit there, You can get about taste of Korean Traditional Tea and manner.
Traditional Tea House Open : 10:00 ~ 23:00
Chondokyo is The Religion of the Cosmos That Blsosomed in Korea. The fundamental tenet of Chondogyo is human beings are Heaven ( Innaecheon, ?l”T“V ). This means nothing less than that man is God. It was built 1919 and 1921finished. situated at the Insadong area.
Insadong is a section of Seoul that is known for it's small shops, tea houses and restaurants which can be described as the old traditional style of things. Basically, it is one street but there are also many small alleyways that branch off and have small stores, shops, etc. Many weekends it is closed off to traffic and there are many street sellers and performers there for your amusement. Some of the shops and are there year round are ones that sell parchment scrolls, ink and brushes or paintings or sculptures. Most of the tea shops there are small and some of them just have cushions for you to sit on in a corner while you drink your ginsing or some other healthy kind of tea. The restaurants, too, are mostly the traditional some have little gardens outside and requre you to take your shoes off at the door and sit on the floor. All in all, it's a very nice place that has a nice blend of touritst and Koreans who like the atmosphere as well as what it has to offer.
My favourite activity in seoul is to wander around aimlessly (more or less) This past fall i spent a half day wandering around the hilly area just north of Insadong (or Anguk station) There are some beautiful views wandering through the quiet alleys in the area. There are loads of art galleries and cafe's as well as interesting architecture old and new.
INSA-DONG is a street of Korean traditional culture. Also known as Mary's Alley because it is the most commont place where foreigners can experience the diversity of the Korean culture.
Taking a walk on each alley of Insa-dong, we may think that we visited a street museum. There are many traditional teahouses, traditional restaurants, taverns, Korean clothing stores as well as antique shops and galleries.
Ares brought me to one of the traditional teahouses where we tasted traditional cuisine and enjoyed traditional music and learned several Korean words. I was so facinated with the area...
Insadong is a perfect area to spend a lazy afternoon. The main drag has a slew of restaurants, tea houses and shops. the souvenirs are a bit more upscale in this area than the markets. It's cool to search down the winding alley ways and find good food and shops too.
right around the corner from the main st. is a large Buddhist temple and Topgol park.
Insadong is a really cool little street with ton's of little shops. Mostly selling traditional korean stuff, there is also alot of little art galleries and a buddist temple thats pretty intresting. It is a lot like Asakasa in Tokyo.
Seoul offers a vast array of interesting streets and markets. My favorite was Insadon, located just a few blocks from the hostel (the Seoul Backpackers Hostel). It is full of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and a bunch of connecting alleyways. It's the place to walk at night and enjoy that you are in fact, regardless of all of the modern amenities of the city, in Asia :).