|Filipino migrants at the busy street of Insadong|
If there’s one place in Seoul you must visit, it should be Insadong. This street may not be the primary choice for shopping, for sightseeing, or for bar hopping, but if you really want to “travel”, and by travel I mean learning more about the people, the culture and the tradition of the place you are visiting, when in Seoul, do not ever leave the place without going to Insadong. This is where you can actually see and experience the tradition and culture of Korea as it is considered to be the focal point of Korea’s art and culture and crafts.
|Souvenir shopping at Insadong|
At Insadong, you can also buy some souvenirs that you can always incorporate to Korea alone. Stuff like pottery, traditional teas, Korea folk crafts and hanbok or the Korean traditional clothing can be bought at this unique street.
The reason why this street is very rich in Korean culture and tradition is because this was used to be a place of study for painters during the Joseon Dynasty. So it is not surprising that even up to this day, you can still see things related to paintings at Insadong. In fact, there are centers for arts, painters and craftsmens available in the area. If you love arts, you will surely love this street.
|Antiques at Insadong|
I usually go to Insadong at weekend, I think I have visited the place for like three or five times already, and everytime I go there, it’s always crowded. The crowd does not necessarily compose of foreigners or tourists, most of the people there are just actually the locals. I guess Koreans know how to put value into their culture that is why they go to places where they can be reminded of their rich tradition.
|Traditional tea house and cultural shop at Insadong|
What I like most about Insadong is the availability of different traditional tea shops. These tea shops usually are in a traditional Korean houses and offer Korean tea to the customers. However, there are some modern tea houses also in the area, but you can see their effort to preserve the old traditions.
To go to Insadong via train, you can take the Subway Line Number 1 and get off at Jonggak Station. Go to exit 3 and you can find the Insadong street.
Or you can also take Subway line number 5 and get off at Jongno 3-ga station, then go to Exit 1.
People, culture, and tradition are what Insadong can offer to every visitor that will set their foot on it. There is something about this street that emanates the charm of Korea. I don’t know about what others feel, but as for me, I feel like I am traveling back in time during those days when Koreans are still wearing Hanbok. Women are busy peddling their goods while men are riding their horses with pride. But of course, you couldn’t see it the way I imagine, but it somehow give me an idea of the lifestyle of Korea’s olden days. So if you are looking for a place to visit in Seoul, Insadong must be in your itinerary.