“The Focal Point of Korean Traditional Culture and Crafts.”
Insa-dong street is acclaimed as one of the most traditional attractions in Seoul. It is lined up with stores specialized in traditional and antique goods, like the Hanbok, teas, pottery and folk crafts. Also you can find street artists with specific skills, like an old-style Korean paintings and a traditional dance from school kids for example. Actually I myself found that it is quite boring, for I privately do not appreciate the very traditional things. But for the old people or for someone who is interested in the old times’ sake, this street might be the very joyful one to walk through.
Tips : an eagle aye and a camera is a must – for you’d enjoy observing the locals and the tourists’ behaviour and how they interact.
Don’t Miss : (you can miss, to be honest) Ssamziegil building, O’Sulloc Tea house, Gana Art Space
This guy is impressive, showing his Qi Power in the center of Insa-dong
Don’t Miss –> MMMG Cafe & store
MMMG (Millimetre Milligram (밀리미터 밀리그람)) is another home-grown Korean stationery brand. is one of my favourite Korean design companies with a relaxed attitude where you can find remarkable design products and tasteful caffe latte at one place. Homey, inviting, and brimming with thoughtful details atmosphere makes me feel like I’m sitting, reading in a best friend’s home in neighborhood. Plus, their hot chocolate was perfect!
How to get there? : (328) Anguk Station (안국역) (Seoul Subway Line 3) – Exit 1.
an East London of Seoul
Now moving to the side of Seoul many tourists or tour groups might overlook. Hongdae is the definition of Seoul’s youth, underground music, urban arts, and indie culture. Centered around Hongik University, the prestigious art college, This epicentre is one of Seoul’s most dynamic and vibrant areas, with all the teens’ spirit and fun! The cafes that open all day all night, the street food that is almost irresistible, contemporary art galleries and the street musician all made up Hongdae definitely the best place to stay around and explore in Seoul.
-This neighbourhood is quite difficult to navigate even for locals but I recommend you to explore the area as much as you could..because you always find the unexpected funky stores and cafes the most interesting..as they’re hidden up in the streets or the underground.
-It is a popular hang-out for locals in their 20s and 30s and a fascinating place to walk around
A must : Camera, a skill for bargain, a comfy shoes as you’re gonna walk a lot.
Don’t Miss :
-The Barbeque area : Taste soooooo great!
-Hongdae at night : crowded with good-looking, stylish local blokes and women (surgery-filter skill required)
-the weekend ‘Free market,’ (1pm to 6m) : where artists gather each week to display and sell their handmade crafts and accessories.
Hidden destinations that is worth to find :
Stylenanda flagship store (and its neighbourhood area), aA Design Museum&Cafe, A land Outlet, Cafe d’Avant (They serve the best waffles), Artbox, Thanks books, and many more – upto your own skill of exploration ;)
aA Design Museum & Cafe
Lofty, European style atmosphere with a perfect combination of nature,light,space and decors
a nice space between the A-land Outlet store and A.P.C store
Strong Theveethivarak, my best and only mate for this tripwe come as a couple and it was pretty enjoyable not depending on anyone elses like when it comes to a big group of friends or touristswe could go anywhere we want!
They serve the best freshly baked Belgian waffles I’m so in love with
and yeah..accidentally walked pass the area at night, we came across the GD (G-Dragon) live concert. Although he was very famous but I haven’t known this guy before (once saw him from a friend’s status in facebook). Anyway, His performance was exceptional. I respect all the production team, It was very great!
Me in Hongdae neighbourhood
Stylenanda Flagship Store
Hidden in the area of upper-left Hongdae, I accidentally found the store without any plan.
Their clothes were cute but we enjoyed the photosticker machine instead!
Many more to go..Much more to see in Hongdae
There’re too many nice cafes and shops I could not take the photos of them all
and It’s nothing greater than just go explore the real place
So I recommend you to come..This is one of the best place to travel when you’re young!
Byebye for today ;)
Next post : Have a Nice Seoul 3 – Shinsa-dong and Gangnam-gu
Photographs : Kamonnart Ongwandee and Strong Theveethivarak