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At Insa-dong, you can find everything related to the culture of Korean such as Hanbok (Korean Traditional Wear), hand-made ceramics, and antique shops.

Shops at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Shops at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

At both ends of Insadong pedestrain street, you will find baskers and entertainers, both Western and Korean styles & music.

Entertainers at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Entertainers at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Entertainers at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Entertainers at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

You can also enjoy lovely scupltures at Insadong.

lovely scupltures at Insadong

lovely scupltures at Insadong

And for tea-lovers, you can visit Korean traditional tea houses along the streets of Insa-dong and join the queue and taste of different Korean teas for free.

Sample free Korean tea, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Sample free Korean tea, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

There are quite a few art galleries here as well. This is considered to be one of the best cultural and artistic neighbourhood in Korea.

Shops at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

To me , Insadong is the great place to buy that souvenir for friends and family back home. I ask for a 20% discount when I purchase several items at a single stall and I was lucky.

Shops at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Shops at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Insa-dong is located at Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.

Map of Insadong

Map of Insadong

OR

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.

Jonggak Station, Seoul, Korea

Jonggak Station, Seoul, Korea

To me, visiting Insa-dong,  is for people watching and enjoying the hustle & bustle of a busy and vibrant street and enjoying the local snacks.

 People Watching at Insadong, Seoul, KoreaPeople Watching at Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Street vendors sell corn hotteok (pancake with honey and sugar inside) and other traditional desserts and snacks.

Yummy food at side streets, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Yummy food at side streets, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

 

Yummy Dumpling store at side streets, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Yummy Dumpling store at side streets, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Don't miss out on the famous shopping mall, famous not because of its size but for it quaint little shops,a walking ramp and the love corner. It is located at the centre of Insa-dong. This building is called Ssamziegil, As I mentioned, one of my highlight of Ssamziegil are the ramps that allow you to do window shopping while climbing comfortably towards the top without using the stairs.

The Famous Ssamziegil Mall, Seoul, Korea

The Famous Ssamziegil Mall, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

At the top of the Ssamziegil Mall, look for the two fences filled with love notes and locks. It is one of the busiest corner in the mall.

Love Notes Corner at Ssamziegil, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Love Notes Corner at Ssamziegil, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Love Notes Corner at Ssamziegil, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

Love Notes Corner at Ssamziegil, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

If you keep walking down another level, and you will be met with a shop which rents free hanbok costumes. There is a huge range of traditional costumes available, including the Joseon King's costume. Complete your costume with a nice traditional hair accessory and you are ready to take your photos sticker ! But you have to pay for the photos.

 Hambok for Hire, in Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, KoreaHanbok for Hire, in Ssamziegil Mall, Insadong, Seoul, Korea

 

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