Insadong is a popular neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. It is known for its mix of traditional and contemporary. It is located near must see spots like Gyeongbokgung Palace and Bukchon Hanok Village and is a must on your itinerary when you visit Seoul.
In this article, i will introduce you to an itinerary to include in your trip to Seoul for you to spend an afternoon in Insadong.
How to get to Insadong?
You can get to Insadong by going to Anguk Subway Station, exit 6. Walk straight less than 200 meters to find the Insadong main street on the left just after the Information Center.
The main Insadong Street is not for cars usually and has shops on either side and black pavers.
What to do in Insadong?
Ssamziegil is a traditional culture and shopping complex in Insadong. You can wander around around the shops.
The first floor features designer art shops and restaurants based around a central courtyard, offering an opportunity to envisage a Korean traditional market. The second floor houses various traditional handicraft shops, and the third floor features fashion clothing and accessories. The fourth floor features places to relax, including cafes and exhibition spaces.
- Address: 44 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 44)
- It is on the main street of insadong
Perhaps, the most instagrammable museum in the area. This place will transport you in its colorful world.
Starting from the pink pool full of bubbles where you can play hide and seek and destress with friends.
The place has different photo zones and rooms, each its own theme.
Bonus Artist Zico performed there his hit song ‘Summer Hate’ :
- Address: 6th floor, Annyeong Insadong Building, 49 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울 종로구 인사동길 49 안녕인사동 6층)
- Hours: Every day: 10:00am ~ 9:00pm
- Admission: Adults: W15,000; Children: W12,000
- Website: http://colorpoolmuseum.com/
Where to eat in Insadong?
Insadong is full of traditional restaurants for you to discover korean cuisine.
Sanchon is a restaurant that serves vegan temple food. As you can see the presentation is immaculate and the dishes are all super healthy.
The full course comes to $33 USD for appetizers, soups, the main course, and tea to wash it all down. And as it is vegan, this restaurant is also halal friendly.
Location: 14 Gwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Where to have coffee in Insadong?
Insadong in popular for its traditional tea houses. From flower teas, herbal teas, root teas, grain teas, and many more.
O’Sulloc is a large producer of tea (especially green tea) from Jeju Island. They also have a museum in Jeju. Although i didn’t get to see it, i visited their tea house in Insadong.
You can discover new teas, have tea based deserts and even taste new variations in the store.
- Address170, Kwanhun-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul Special City
- Service Hours Mon – Sun : 10:00 – 22:00
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