Nowhere exudes more local and traditional charm than Insadong, a quaint neighborhood in the center of Seoul that transports visitors back to a time when women wore hanbok and men rode horses. With its wooden tea houses, boutique galleries and street vendors selling traditional snacks, a stroll through Insadong is mandatory for all visitors, especially on Sundays when the streets become traffic free and come alive with street performances, buskers and throngs of young and old who have come to experience one of Seoul’s most fascinating and creative neighborhoods. While the entertainment here is free, Insadong is also one of the best places in Seoul to purchase traditional Korean art, products, and other souvenirs, as it is filled with antique shops, art galleries, traditional stationery shops, handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores, and art supply stores. Insadong is also home to many traditional restaurants and teahouses.
Panoramic Virtual Reality Tour of Insa-dong:
An interactive composite of panoramic photographs moving in a 360-degree rotation. Use the mouse or the arrows keys on the keyboard to navigate.
Ssamziegil is a traditional culture and shopping complex that houses over 70 stores that sell various items, ranging from fashion and art to food and accessories, on four floors above the ground that are connected by spiral staircases.
Mokin Museum & Gallery
Mokin Museum & Gallery is a popular themed gallery that houses an array of interesting, mysterious, and bizarre Asian wooden sculptures from Korea, Japan, Nepal, the Philippines, and Tibet. The word "mokin" refers to wooden sculptures based upon human and animal shapes.
Opened in 1999, Gallery Lux is Insadong's first photography art gallery.
Toto's Nostalgia Museum and Giftshop
Toto is a museum that displays items that were common in Korea in the 1960s and 1970s including vintage toys, snacks, household items, and stationary.
Kyungin Museum of Fine Art
The Kyungin Museum of Fine Art is a museum that mixes traditional and modern culture through exhibited works, events and the traditional ritual of Korean tea drinking. The museum is built in the style of a hanok (traditional Korean house).
Various traditional accessories can be found.
Take a break along these engraved stone benches.
Insadong is filled with traditional knick-knacks.
Unique vendors selling trinkets on the street.
In Insadong there is a unique Starbucks sign in Korean, and many tourists like to take photos in front of it.
There are many hanji (traditional Korean paper) shops throughout the area.
Jongno 3(sam)-ga, near Insadong
Insadong is always bustling with people all throughout the day.
Insadong is very popular with foreign tourists.
Large stone statues can be found in the streets of Insadong.
- Nowhere exudes more local and traditional charm than Insadong, a quaint neighborhood in the center of Seoul that transports visitors back to a time when women wore hanbok and men rode horses. With its wooden tea houses, boutique galleries and street vendors selling traditional snacks, a stroll through Insadong is mandatory for all visitors.
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Article source: Seoul Metropolitan Government Tourism Division