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Insadong, Seoul

Once the prime district to find antiques and ancient art, Insadong remains at the heart of Seoul's cafe culture. The main street, which the municipality blocks off on weekends to allow for safe pedestrian traffic, branches off into narrow alleys, lined with art galleries, teahouses, and garden restaurants. Traditional and modern Korean art are available for viewing and purchase at over 100 local galleries. Munch on taffy and pajeon (Korean pancake) from street vendors while you explore. Plan my trip to Seoul with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • A shopping haven for those intending to buy souvenirs. Shop around first before buying as it is cheaper when you are deeper in the alleys than outside.  more »
  • Insa-dong is also different as watching a painter's work in several galleries. . Walking along the street, the quaint atmosphere and Street restaurants and traditional tea houses, grocery, restaurants, antiques, etc. feel the festive mood in the Korean atmosphere is occasionally passes through the side of the road wearing a uniform. "" "ladies and tourism can also see interesting foreigners often come to Insa-dong Street.
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  • So much to see in this area, particularly in Insa-dong street itself. It's full of art galleries and design outlets. Arts and crafts abound. Excellent area to just walk about to soak up the atmosphere...  more »

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The Seoul metropolitan area has two districts especially appealing to backpackers--Jongno just northeast of the city, and Hongdae to the west. Both offer good shopping and dining, as well as easy transport links to the rest of the city. Mid-range options may prove difficult to find in peak season (July to August), unless you don't mind staying at a traditional hanok guesthouse, where loads of character make up for any lack of amenities. Finally, a range of top-end hotels with an impressive list of services and facilities lie scattered around the city.
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