Upon arrival, in the subway station a large wall is filled with art tiles. Some of them are done by artists, others by citizens. A very cool co-production!
The area itself is known as a cultural hub, with lots of galleries, and traditional Korean culture in the form of arts, traditional restaurants, traditional tea houses and traditional clothing. There are antiques shops, stationary shops, and you can buy Korean souvenirs.
|Also for children.|
|Ceramics gallery and store.|
|Insa-dong is a good neighborhood to find materials and tools for arts and crafts.|
|Shop for stamps.|
I already wrote a bit about this neighborhood (and in particular about Ssamzie-gil) here.
Here are some more snaps to give you a good impression of this neighborhood:
|Yarn bombing on a tree.|
|Antiques on the streets.|
|Nice walls and architecture.|
|A bit of traditional architectural style elements integrated in a new building.|
Insa-dong definitely is a tourist area , so things tend to be a bit overpriced. I guess it’s the price you pay for strolling through a neighborhood that is artistic, cool and pretty. Still I think going there is worth your while, even if it is just to soak in the ambiance and to enjoy all the arts and crafts around you.
I went there two or three times and loved my leisurely strolls!
Do you know this area? What is your favorite place in Insa-dong?
|Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 6.
Go 100m straight, then turn left.
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 Road.