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Insadong, Seoul

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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. To visit Insadong on your trip to Seoul, use our Seoul trip itinerary maker.
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  • August 18, 2017
    The real traditional Seoul culture. You could spend hours or days just wandering the alleys and streets of Insadong and see traditional art, paper, calligraphy and culture.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Good variety of shops and eating places. Nicer stores mixed with lower end tourist types. Also some artistic shops with beautiful jewelry.  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Pros 1. Many free galleries 2. Performances on the street 3. Street foods 4. Korean traditional restaurants 5. Tea shops Cons 1. Most of cheap souvenirs are made in China 2. Very busy  more »

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