Insadong: Seoul’s Traditional Neighbourhood

by Audrey on August 19, 2012

 

After our failed attempt at filming in Seoul last week due to the brutal heat, this Saturday we returned with a vengeance! Our eyes were set on Insadong; one of Seoul’s cultural disctricts, which happens to draw thousands of foreigners and locals on any given day.

The main street, Indadong-gil, is lined with cafes, shops, tea houses, book stores,  galleries, and many souvenir stores. Aside from being a great place to experience different aspects of Korean culture, it is also the perfect place to stock up on traditional Korean souvenirs to take back home with you. Here you can pick up hand painted fans, cute animal socks (which are very Korean!), silver jewellery, baggy tie-dye clothing, Buddha statues, pottery, and even K-POP albums.

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Although more crowded, weekends are especially a great time to visit as there are many performances taking place along the strip. You are likely to encounter calligraphy demonstrations, traditional dances, drumming performances, and even random people playing catchy tunes on the street corner.

One of the things that I like most about this neighbourhood are all the snacking options! My favourite is hotteok which is a deep fried dough stuffed with brown sugar, cinnamon, honey and nuts. It is better than any donut I have ever tasted, and the thought of it alone makes my mouth water! This is something you definitely need to try if you find yourself in the area. Other street food options include Turkish ice cream, tornado chips, waffles with blueberry and kiwi cream, lots of deep-fried goodness on a stick, and even cocktails mixed right on the spot.

If you ever find yourself in Seoul with a few days to spare, be sure to check out Insadong.

The closest subway stations are Anguk Station, Jongro 3-ga Station, or Jonggak Station – all within 5 minutes walking distance.

 

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memographer August 20, 2012 at 7:41 pm

nice video. she is cute. he is fun. good mix.

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Audrey August 29, 2012 at 2:04 am

Thanks! 🙂 We have fun making these videos on weekends.

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Gregory Urbano August 28, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I was stationed in Korea with the us army in the 1980’s and your video shows that some things have changed while others are the same, great cultural piece!

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Audrey August 29, 2012 at 2:06 am

Seoul really does change at a rapid pace. It feels like some of the construction projects go up over night.

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