Insadong, Korea

Insadong (인사동) is an area in the Jong-no (종로) district of Seoul. It is filled with streets and alleys with all sorts of things from modern galleries to traditional tea stores. It has a tendency to get a little touristy at times since it is super popular with tourists, but nevertheless, I think it’s fun to go there once in a while.

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There were lots of little stalls on the main street that sold everything from jewelry to street food to handmade knickknacks. Like I said, a little touristy, but they did make for some pretty adorable photos.

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I think Insadong is one of those places in Seoul where you can really tangibly see the fusion of old and new. There literally is something for everybody!

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There are traditional brush stores, selling all sorts of things from brushes to inks to grinders…

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There are tons of stores selling traditional ceramics…(I really loved the tiny liquor cups that they had!)

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And then there were other stores selling all sorts of vintage items. It was like a blast to the past, since I grew up with most of these toys and pop culture icons.

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Here are one of the touristy stores. There were signs written in English, as well as Japanese, since apparently a lot of Japanese tourists love to visit the area.

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This store was selling all sorts of lucky bronze animals, especially toads (it says frog in the signs but I’m pretty sure they were toads 😀 ).

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At the heart of Insadong is a building called Ssamjigil (쌈지길). It’s an open air area full of stores and art galleries and tea places. In the basement is a large room where you can even try your hand at some traditional (and non-traditional) crafts!

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This is another view of Ssamjigil from the ramp that winds around the building.

If you are in Seoul, make sure to make a point of visiting this area! You will likely spend all day here, if not in the shopping areas, then in one of the many delightful little cafes.

Signing off,
Marie

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