Choosing the perfect gift is not easy. Whether it’s your family, friends or partner, there is always at least one person for whom you can never think of the right gift for. Personally, I think the most thoughtful gift is the one that is unlike another. A gift you made yourself. I went to Jeonju, home of the famous Jeonju Hanok Village, as well as a huge art scene. At Somcdang art studio, you can Make Your Own ring! Are you interested in trying a fun DIY workshop in Korea? Read on for my experience ring making at Somcdang, Jeonju.
At Somcdang studio, you can make almost anything your heart desires. From artisan pieces like bracelets, necklaces and rings to unique macrame art and key chains.
Somcdang is located a short walk away from Jeonju Hanok Village and has 2 separate workshops, one of which is dedicated entirely to metal crafting. Furthermore, if you choose to make jewellery here, you can rest assured you are working with 99.9% pure silver. Come to the workshop on a solo mission for that perfect gift, or enjoy the ring making experience with friends or a partner.
If rings aren’t your thing, you can visit the other workshop dedicated to other crafts like weaving, moorning, macrame or bead arranging. The possibilities are truly endless!
Before you arrive, the staff will cut a piece of silver tailored to your size, on which you will do the carving. The carving process consists of chiselling in the letters/shapes with a wooden hammer. Not nimble-fingered? Don’t worry. The staff are there to help you if you’re struggling.
After you’re finished carving, its time to polish it up and get your ring sparkling! I made a stunning silver ring, engraved on both sides.
You can book the ring making experience before you embark to Jeonju, as well as informing the staff of the ring size, desired style/model and names/phrases to be engraved. Options start from 20,000 KRW, but the standard ring making experience costs 30,000 KRW per person. See below for booking options
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Somcdang Ring Making Address: 165-5 Gyeonggijeon-gil, Wansan-gu, Jeonju-si, Jeollabuk-do Operating Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm everyday Directions: Take bus no. 112, 119, 545 or 871 to Nambu Market stop. Cross the street and head down the lane next to E-Mart. Keep straight until the 4-way intersection and turn left. Somcdang will be on your right.