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Seoul Morning Heritage Tour Including Changdeokgung Palace
"Once you are picked-up at your hotel you will head off to the Buckchon Cultural Center which will provide you with information about the Bukchon Hanok Village. The center shows exhibits and films relating to the history of Bukchon. It is a perfect starting point which will let you experience Bukchon and its authentically Korean atmosphere. Your guide will take you to Buckchon Scenic Spots 4 5 and 6 and show you traditional houses called ""hanok"" dating back to the Joseon Dynasty. The name Bukchon which literally translates to ""northern village"" refers to the area being located north of Cheonggyecheo
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour
"From your hotel you will start your travel in a comfortable vehicle. You’ll arrive at the Jogyesa temple a quiet and calm place located in Jongno. The irony is that the temple located in a very crowded street but inside the temple is serene and beautiful. Next you will have the chance to visit the presidential blue house is known by the symbolic blue tiles. The building shows the true beauty of Korea with Mt Bukak peeking behind it. Then you will move onto the next place called Gwanghwamun to watch the royal guard changing ceremony. It is a ceremony to announce changing of the royal guards
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"Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Palgakjeong
"Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Palgakjeong Changdeokgug and Namdaemun Market""Once you are picked-up at your hotel you will head to the Bukak Skyway and stop at the Palgakjeong (Octagonal Pavilion) on a Bugaksan Mountain. The road offers lovely views of Bukhansan Mountain’s Bibong Peak and Munsubong Peak on one side and Namsan Mountain on the other side. The road qui' and is the name of Korea's most successfully preserved palace now UNESCO-protected. It represents the beauty of Korea.You will also explore the Insadong Antique Shop Alley to experience the traditional culture of Korea while remaining at the heart of the city. With art galleries
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INSADONG-the cultural heart of Seoul

The Insa-dong art and antique district has dozens of art galleries and shops selling art supplies, antiques, and handicrafts along one main street (Insadong-gil) and many side alleys. It also contains many traditional tea and coffee shops. is located here and can be On weekends, the main street is blocked to vehicular traffic, allowing the throngs of people to mingle without fear of being run down by Seoul drivers taking a shortcut.
Recently, a new attraction has been drawing visitors to Insa-dong. Sunday has been named as a car-free day, so cars are not permitted in the area for one day of the week. Instead, a flea market opens on this day to sell various antiquities, accessories, artworks, and books. Traditional antiques from different parts of Korea as well as international antiques brought by foreign tourists are displayed throughout Insa-dong, allowing visitors to view many traditional items in one glance. It is highly recommended to visit Insa-dong on Sundays since you can also view beautiful street arts also.

When shopping in Insa-dong, make sure you check where the product is made from. Recently, cheap Chinese goods such as teacups, wall tapestries, and small accessories have been brought into the Insa-dong markets and have spurred cases where merchandise thought to be made in Korea turned out to be marked as ‘Made in China.’ Also, remember to prepare a map of Insa-dong in your language as well as Korean in order to quickly check information on famous shops, restaurants, or cafes in advance. Maps are available on the basement floor of the Korea Tourism Organization building as well as Tourism Information Centers located throughout

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Aug 06, 2008

Of Antiques and Curiousities in Insadong

Now if you are thinking of milling about the streets of Korea and doing a little shopping, do yourself this favour and go to Insadong instead of Itaewon. Unlike the latter, Insadong is a cool little street where you can find other things other than fake hard rock t-shirts, counterfeit louis vuitton , vcds, etc. Yes, if none of these interest you, pop down to Insadong and you'll find interesting antique shops, calligraphy shops, quaint tea houses and lots and lots of art galleries. Littered on the sidewalks are also quaint little sculptures like this frog.

Insadong street is closed to traffic on Sundays and shopping is a lot more fun then!

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Apr 04, 2011


Insadong is the district of Seoul best loved by foreign visitors. Queen Elizabeth came here in 1999. Americans nicknamed it "Mary's Alley". Its narrow streets are lined with traditional buildings housing arts and craft shops, restaurants and tea shops. Nearly half of Korea's antique stores are located here. In the main street of Insadong-gil, there are also foodstalls and street performers. You may even see a parade, like the one in the picture.

The area is for pedestrians only, on Sundays. Nevertheless, it can get so crowded that it is still difficult to walk there!

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May 08, 2009

Colorful Insadong

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.

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Apr 26, 2005
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wandering around

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.

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Oct 27, 2004

pee-maht-goal (hahah sound like it?)

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..

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Aug 08, 2005

Insadong (Mary's Alley): Art and Seoul

It could be said that Seoul is representative of Korea, but it has grown too much like the other great cities of the world to say that it is of Korean culture alone. But what if there was a place in Seoul where you could hear traditional Korean vocalizations in the street, experience a proper Korean meal while enjoying a cup of traditional tea, and observe traditional Korean fine crafts, all in one place?

If you follow the bustle and noise from Jongno past Tapgol Park, you’ll find Insa-dong to your left. “Insa-dong," as referred to here, is the stretch of avenue extending about 700m beginning at Tapgol Park.

Here, in the myriad fine craft stores that line both sides of the street, you can find anything from simple hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), to beautiful Goryeo era vases. Recently there has also been an influx of items that have dominated an era yet can't entirely be considered Korean almost to the point where Insa-dong can now be considered a giant flea market.

Insadong is chocka full of restaurants, you’ll Japanese udon noodles, Chinese dumplings, and European cakes up until the entrance of Insa-dong, once inside, you'll find distinctly Korean foods in temporary stalls on the streets such as tteokbokki (spicy rice cakes), eomuk (skewered fish sausage), hotteok, and various tempuras. These street foods are tasty and cheap, so it's definitely worth a try. You also find rare korean foods, such as rice cakes, yeot (traditional candy), and rice cookies. There are also many kinds of traditional drinks, such as cinnamon tea, Chinese quince tea, jujube tea, shikhye (fermented rice punch), and sujeonggwa (cinnamon flavored dried persimmon punch), so try a cup to compliment the food. If you'd like, you could also try the different traditional alcoholic beverages made from rice or grain. If you escape the busy main streets of Insa-dong into one of its alleys, you can experience a true Korean meal.

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Feb 04, 2004


Insa-dong area is a great place to get souveniers from all across Korea. There are many galleries with origional artwork. There are also traditional tea houses and cafe's. In the warmer months the main road has street buskers from all around the world. There is a stage area near the entrance to Tapgol Park. On sundays there is usually a traditional show.... Last time I was there I caught a tradtitional wedding

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The main street in Insadong is Insadong-gil, which is lined with rather ordinary-looking modern buildings. To see beautiful, traditonal Korean buildings and get away from the crowds, just walk down any of the sidestreets leading off Inadong-gil. You will also find some of the best, traditional restaurants in Korea there.

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May 12, 2007


Insadong is a very busy shopping street with restaurants scattered around the area. On a Sunday, there's a free classical music concert with popcorn & drinks. After a tiring walk around Gyeongbukgung Palace, this is a welcome relief.
Opens 10AM-10PM.

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Oct 04, 2010


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.

Apr 28, 2004

A tourist-orientated cultural insight

Insadong is one of my favourite places in Seoul. It can be accessed by getting to either Anguk or Jongn(3)ga subway station. Insadong only consists of one street but it's definitely a street that you should visit in Seoul, and has a very cultural vibe in this massive city. Along the street you can watch many different dishes being prepared, with plenty of free tastings available. There are exhibitions, art galleries and lots of different performances going on. You can happily spend and hour or two in Insadong, and although many of the shops are nice they are certainly orientated towards tourists who want to take home some souvenirs, such as chopsticks, bags, purses, food etc. Overall it can be as cheap as you want it to be and is a vibrant area of the city.

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May 05, 2007

Things to Do Near Insa-dong

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Tapgol Park (Pagoda Park)

This is a crowded city centre park. Not so green, but with some interesting historical sites. Tapgol Park is built on the former site of Wongak Temple which was destroyed at a time when Buddhism was...
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Ongo-food Communication,- Day Tours

Why not take a cooking class? Learn to cook a Korean dish. That's what I did when I visited Seoul! It's a fun experience and something that you can bring home with you (new cooking skills) to enjoy...
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Jogyesa - Buddhist Temple

Jogye Temple is chief temple of the Jogye order which represents the Korean Buddhism. Jogye Temple was originally built in 1910 and bore the name of Gakhwangsa Temple by the monks longing for...
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Changdeokgung Palace

Visit Changdeokgung one of the main palaces of Seoul, built in 1405 and used as the main palace between 1619 and 1896. Entrance fee for the palace is 3000 Won (free if over 65, have your passport...
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Sejong Center for the Performing Arts

This large building is the cultural place of Seoul Citizens. it was built in 1978. It is a comprehensive cultural space with a floor space of 52,800 square meters and has large and small auditoriums...
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Trickeye Museum

Discovered the museum accidentally while doing shopping marathon around Hongdae area. Awesome place to go with friends. Had fun making silly poses and taking silly pictures. There is also an Ice...
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Getting to Insa-dong


Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul


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