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Located in the heart of Seoul is a must visit destination for tourists called Insadong. It is the traditional, vibrant, artistic and cultural hub of South Korea. Insadong has several art galleries, restaurants, streets, outdoor stages, food stalls, crafts, artefacts, souvenir shops, and also the popular traditional Korean Hanbok shops. Hanbok is the traditional Korean outfit, a clothing worn since the Joseon Era. Insadong is easily accessible so as to reach Insadong, people usually take subway trains as it’s a very convenient means for saving money and time. Other options like buses, cabs and private rentals are also available.
While you are at Insadong, you can see the vibrant and artistic surroundings in the neighborhood with bustling streets, shops all packed with tourists and people moving around wearing traditional Korean Hanbok. You too can get to live your Korean dream of wearing a Hanbok! All you have to do is pay a small fee to rent a Hanbok at the Insadong Tourists Information Centre, and you can choose from a variety of varying sizes and vibrant colours, designs, pastels with intricate embroidery designs and patterns.
Another attraction of Insadong are the streets packed with Tea Rooms and Tea Museums, where you can savor all kinds of teas coming from various regions and areas of Korea. The teas range from fruit teas like plum tea, apple tea to herb teas like chamomile, holy basil and many more. One of the famous tea rooms is The Shin Old Tea House which is located slightly far down the alley, away from the busy streets. It has a very calm and peaceful atmosphere with a traditional Korean seating area and floor seating arrangements to enjoy your tea in a Korean way.
Everyone loves to explore and eat different kinds of food. Even if you aren’t a foodie, Insadong will surely make you one, as it has some of the most delicious street food shops in Seoul. Dumplings, sausages, fish cakes, hotdogs, corn dogs, variety of breads with all kinds of stuffing, pancakes, traditional Korean sugar candies and also the famous Rice Cakes or Tteokbokki! The list just goes on and on. The Ssamzie-gil Market is also another landmark and tourist attraction. It comprises of around seventy shops offering all kinds of clothing, souvenirs, furniture, accessories, ceramics, and many traditional Korean artefacts. Ssamzie-gil Plaza is a one stop go for everything to eat and do, everything you need is here.
Insadong is a hidden gem, Seoul’s artistic neighborhood has the most charming streets. They are called traditional streets as they offer the ancient architecture of the Joseon Era, creating a mixture of historic and modern atmosphere. It’s a wonderful place to spend quality time with your friends and family. Take a look at this video to take a walk-through at Insadong street:
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