A Tour of Insadong (as promised!)
So last Friday night, while I was at the author dinner (see here), I took lots of pictures for you all of Insadong. Yes, I was thinking of YOU!
Insadong is my favorite place to shop in Seoul. If you come to Seoul, go there! If you’re taking the subway, take line 3 to Anguk Station, walk to the corner and take a left. And you’re there.
In 1988, the Korean government decided that this district would retain its cultural idea of a Korean marketplace. Really, it’s one main cobblestone street with tiny offshoots along the way. On Saturday, Sundays and holidays, all cars are restricted from this street, which gives it a festive feel.
You’ll find traditional painting as well as the rice paper and brushes to do it yourself, celadon pottery, wooden boxes as well as all of the things in my shopping contest.
Everytime I go, I always find something new that I like and MUST buy. There are delicious restaurants as well as tea houses. This is a picture of a man selling boiled chesnuts. And the traditional candy is made right in front of you so its fresh and sweet (I’m going to do a post on that soon!).
So now do you see why I adore Insadong? How about you? Do you have any places that you really like to shop at?