One of my favourite neighbourhoods in Seoul so far is Insadong. Located just about right in the middle of Seoul, this area contains traditional teahouses, crafts and craft products. This area also contains over 100 galleries and is one of the oldest culturally important areas of Seoul. This area use to be the point of antique trading when the Japanese occupation began and today has morphed into an area where art from past and present reside.
It’s sure to be on your list of things to do as it’s a very popular tourist spot for all those souvenirs. The plus side is that there are pottery and art supply stores here for that something different.
Getting lost in the traditional alleyways was a pleasure. Many restaurants are closed in the late afternoon so they can prepare for dinner. I came across this alleyway (got lost!) looking for the entrance to the Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art. I passed many beautiful tea houses which I have yet to stop at.
As you walk down the main strip, you’ll come across an outdoor mall called Ssamzie-gil. It won’t be hard to miss with greenery covering the walls on the outside. Inside, there are 4 storeys of craft stores to visit or stick you head into winding it’s way up to a small food court and look out. The staircases are covered in art as well.
How to get there:
Closest metro stops are Jonggak, Anguk or Jongno 3-ga.
Have you been to Insadong? Is it on your list?