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Insadong
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Full-Day Cultural Tour of Seoul Including Gimbap-Making Experience
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Ranked #12 of 794 things to do in Seoul
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed July 19, 2013

Now this is one part of Seoul that you really do not want to miss. It's fairly costly, but you don't need to buy. Go there just to experience the atmosphere.

And please do support the cocktail guy with his cocktails-in-a-bag and his brilliantly crafted world map! Oh, and the honey sweet makers on the metro rail end of the road. They are arguably THE best entertainers there.

The restaurants are expensive, so I'd recommend to stroll around and maybe buy a souvenir there and head elsewhere for supper.

But do yourself a favour, go about an hour before sunset and watch the whole area transform as sunlight gives way to darkness and the plethora of lights switch on. Lovely!

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Reviewed July 19, 2013 via mobile

Great place to wander around. Interesting artists shops selling artworks, artists materials, like brushes, ink stick, ink stone, and bolts of art paper. Fascinating !

Thank Suzesonholiday
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

C1 ( 2013.07.15 )
There was a many antique shop, souvenir shop, tea cafe, food restaurant in Korean. Many foreigners visited there, and felt Korea's culture. I recommand to drink traditional Korea tea, and eat traditional Korean food there. See, hear, taste, enjoy in Korea, there..

Thank HanJuyoung
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Insadong area is loaded with shops selling local products and souvenirs. We spent a morning in Ssamzingil as there was a workshop on the lower level where you can make your own souvenir like woodcarving, bottle painting etc. We enjoyed strolling along the alley as there were many interesting things to see.
Before buying though, compare prices with different shops to avoid being overcharged.

Thank mariesophia7
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We left this place until our last day, and ran out of time.

Yes, as per other reviews, lots of tourists and souvenirs, but scratch the surface a little bit and there are some great little galleries, tea houses and restaurants. Wished we'd had more time than the hour we had there.

Thank urbanwombat
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