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Address: Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
Activities: Dining, City walk sightseeing
Description: Though touristy, this vibrant neighborhood is one of the cultural and...
Though touristy, this vibrant neighborhood is one of the cultural and artistic hubs of Seoul. Great tea houses, restaurants, street food, galleries and souvenir shops make it a must-see area.
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Artsy Insadong

Getting here, take ANGUK MRT, exit 6. Go straight until the tourist info. Then turn left. The entire street is the vibrant Insadong full of art. From mask to souvenirs to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Art..Art. Art...all new and old mixed up....totally beautiful landscape...and buildings...clean and nice environment...good food around...check out all the cafes there....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

This place is near where we stayed in Korea and we used to stroll there every evening. The food are very affordable and you can take it while walking along the streets. Lights at night are so beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

As our hotel was located nearby, we took strolls every evening, to eat street food. The streets are not as busy as Myongdong, but we're very interesting, especially during the weekend.

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Pasig, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Getting here, take ANGUK MRT, exit 6. Go straight until the tourist info. Then turn left. The entire street is the vibrant Insadong full of art. From mask to souvenirs to traditional fan and accessories There are a lot of restaurants to hang out to. There's one small mall available in the middle of the street, including Insadong Alive Museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I wondered around the place and it amazed me with all collectable shops of traditional antics. Plenty of foreigners are there walking and doing pity shopping. Food restaurants are around the place and have some awesome ones, I visited with a Korean business partner and I experienced the best Chicken Soup of my life in a restaurant near Insadong. Suggest... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Love coming to this place.. An interesting place to raom around. With many interesting foodies and shops and pubs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Insadong is my Fav place in South Korea. This places is so lively lots of food & Shopping around. By evening they have lots of street food which is out of the world and cheap. You will find lots of skin care product out here. Don't Forget to take your tax free receipt, also many shop doesn't have option of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Pretty hip little place to visit... lots of street vendors, a trick eye museum, cool multilevel shopping center, big crowds on the weekends for dating couples, they even have a poop (shape only) icecream stand. Just a neat little place to go. Parking is horrendous so don't even bother unless you're a crafty parking individual like myself 😄

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

There's lots of shopping choices though expensive. It's also where you buy your ticket to Nami Island and take the bus from there too. We loved the authentic beef barbeque restaurants which used fresh beef not the marinated version you get in touristy places and overseas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The best place to shop for souvenir even some people might say Namdaemun offers cheaper price, but I love Insadong more.

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Nestled between Jongno and Samcheongdong, this small neighborhood offers a crash course in various aspects of Korean culture. Rows of shops display traditional Korean goods such as pottery and earthenware, crafts, fans, and more, making it a popular spot for souvenir shopping. The Ssamziegil shopping complex in particular has become a local institution for its unique spiral layout and the many boutique shops inside that sell handmade crafts and goods. This is the perfect neighborhood to sample a range of Korean dishes, with vegetarian Korean temple cuisine restaurants being a popular draw, but street food carts are just as famous. As a top tourist destination, crowds can swell, particularly on weekends, but you can find some rest and respite in one of the private art galleries or grab a cup of Korean tea in a tea house – many of which are located in beautifully renovated traditional Korean homes.