Why I call Insadong is the heart of art in Seoul? because you can find more than 100 galleries here that display from paintings to sculptures. Everything here is related to art and culture. I didn’t know that Korean is into art that much.
Korean also really loves coffees, coffee shops are everywhere and I heard it is not overpriced here in Insadong. Other than the coffee shops and galleries, there are a lot of shops selling beautiful artwork such as souvenirs, potteries, fridge magnets, key rings, purses, scarfs, chopsticks, clothes, bags, slippers, scarves and etc. We planned to buy souvenirs at Myeondong, however, a friend of us which currently living in South Korea, told us that all those things are a bit expensive in Myeongdong, so better buy at Insadong.
Along the alleyways, the streets are full of the small shops in the other word street food. Street food is plentiful at the affordable price.
Street performance, they were quite unusual, some people were entertaining the crowds by doing some tricks or traditional dance but if you want to see more of it, you need to go around 3.00pm I guess.
We are very lucky because during our visit we have less crowd so we can enjoy the area much better. If you’re in the area it’s certainly worth a stroll around. I would definitely recommend a visit to this happening place.
HOW TO GO
You may go by walk to Insadong after visiting Gyeongbokgung Palace.
However, we choose to take the train since we are not familiar the area.
We stop at Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6 then walk about 100m to reach there.
Open all year round. However, the best time and day is Saturday from 2.00pm – 10.00pm or Sunday from 10.00am – 10.00pm. We went there around 9.00pm, they were less crowd.
- Art galleries
- Souvenier shops
- Street food.