About Insadong

Insadong-Gil is a traditional street representing the "culture of the past and the present." It was once the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. A dong or neighborhood is a sub-municipal level administrative unit of a city in Korea that is not divided into wards. It is the neighborhood of the Jongno-gu district. The main street, Insadong-gil leads to a series of alleys with tea shops and modern galleries. It is a unique area in Seoul where the majority of the traditional buildings originally belonged to merchants and bureaucrats. Unhyeongung mansion, Jogyesa-most significant Korean Buddhist temples, and Korea's oldest Presbyterian churches are among top historical buildings. Some larger residences, built for retired government officials during the Joseon period, stand testimony to its rich past. Most of these older buildings are now used as restaurants or shops. It's a well-known area for sightseeing.

Must See

  • Calligraphy Market
  • Korean Ceramics
  • Street Alleys
  • Colorful Shops
  • Souvenirs

How to reach

Take Subway Line 3; Exit 6 to reach Anguk Station. The fare is 1,350 KRW for 10 km of travel. It takes 5 minutes to walk from the station to the Center of Insadong.

Tips

  • Insadong has some of the tastiest food vendors in Seoul. Kings Dessert and the Dragons Beard Candy are widely famous. Corn cookie, twisty ice cream cone with sweet fillings, etc. are other popular street foods here.
  • Buy a Hanbok at the Insadong Tourist Information Center for a small price. Hanbok is a traditional Korean piece of clothing worn by the locals.
  • Don't smoke in public.
  • Don't consume alcohol.
  • You can take beautiful pictures here. 
  • Be aware of pickpocketers. 
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Buy some of the best souvenirs of Seoul here. 

Visit Time

Sunday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Monday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Thursday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Friday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Saturday: 12:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

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Time you can spend

2 to 3 hours

 

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Weather

Broken Clouds 28.08°C

 

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