Insadong Shopping Street, Seoul

Insadong Shopping Street, Seoul (must see)

The abundance of wooden tea houses (nearly 40), boutique galleries and street vendors offering traditional Korean snacks makes Insa-dong street in Seoul a true magnet for visitors of the Korean capital. Alongside the free entertainment the area is famous for, Insa-dong is also one of the key destinations in the city for buying traditional Korean art, products and souvenirs, such as hanbok (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), traditional teas, pottery, and folk crafts.

There is a plethora of antique shops (more than 50), art galleries (80+), traditional stationery shops, handicraft shops, pottery and porcelain shops, bookstores, and art supply stores. On top of that, there are almost 100 restaurants specialized in traditional Korean cuisine. With such a variety on offer, one is really bound to be spoilt for choice here.

On Sundays the street turns pedestrian-only and is flooded with street performers, buskers and the lively crowds of young and old rushing to enjoy one of Seoul’s most exiting and creative neighborhoods. The tastefully decorated traditional teashops invite passers-by to relax in a calm zen-like atmosphere. For those interested in Korean traditional culture and crafts, Insa-dong is undoubtedly a must-see attraction which will leave imprint of Seoul in one's memory for the years to come.

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Insadong Shopping Street on Map

Sight Name: Insadong Shopping Street
Sight Location: Seoul, South Korea (See walking tours in Seoul)
Sight Type: Shopping
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Once an old market area, today Insa-dong is a buzzing shopping and dining district where the past meets the present. It started off 500 years ago as a residential quarter for government officials. During the Japanese occupation in the 1940s, wealthy Koreans were forced to move out and sell their belongings, at which point the district became a center of antique trading.

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Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles

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