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“Wish We Had More Time”
Review of Insadong

Insadong
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US$95.00*
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Full-Day Cultural Tour of Seoul Including Gimbap-Making Experience
Ranked #11 of 800 things to do in Seoul
Certificate of Excellence
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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 13 December 2017

If you like exploring stores, bar hopping, sitting in cafes, searching for antiques or memorabilia --or even bowling--this is a good neighborhood to explore. We did not have a lot of time because of other priorities.-- much to my dismay!

Thank SLRS5
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Reviewed 13 December 2017

Insa-dong's main shopping street has everything you could want for souvenirs, many of good quality. Stop in Ssamzie-gil 4-story shopping plaza just off to the side while here. It's a ramped walk up in a spiral with shops off to the sides. There are info booths at both ends of the main street, closed to cars on weekends, so you can get information as needed. Lots of alleys to explore so plan for some time here.

Thank CleopatraBunny
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

If you look to buy handcrafts for souvenir, this is the place. You can find antique-esque items as well as modern art pieces along the street.

There’re also lots of restaurants.

Thank Waron S
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Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

I think this is a good spot if you’re in the area, enjoy walking, having coffee or dinner at one of its hidden restaurants with typical Korean food.
Tip, best food is the hidden streets of insadong, much better that the ones on the main streets. Try it! It’s safe

Thank pameliuxvo
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Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Insadong is closed off to traffic on Sat (2pm-10pm) and Sun (10am-10pm).

On the Sat we visited, we saw a protest group saying no to dog meat trade. Interesting!

There were also a few performances, and I especially enjoyed the one by college students (farmer’s music and dance) at the end of Insadong-gil (near Tapgol Park).

As I am not an artsy type, I didn’t spend much time browsing the galleries and souvenir shops. Had planned to spend a couple of hours. But left pretty soon as one souvenir shop is almost the same as another.

Went on to Hongdae which I found has better vibe.

Thank nlaykhim
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