|I heart Insadong, and you will easily fall in love with it, too!|
This pavilion played an important role during the Japanese colonial period. Here, people gathered and declared the Korean Independence Movement on March 1, 1919.
|This pavilion played a huge role during the declaration of independence in 1919.|
Another interesting attraction in the Tapgol Park is the Wongaksaji Sipcheugseoktap, a ten-story pagoda built in 1467 during the reign of King Sejo. Exhibiting a unique form and exemplary carving, this pagoda is regarded as one of the finest stone pagodas from the Joseon period.
|The Wongaksaji Sipcheungseoktap, enclosed in glass.|
To commemorate the erection of this pagoda, the Wongaksabi was built. Also a national treasure, this monument was completed in 1471 during the reign of King Seongjong.
|This pagoda houses the Wongaksabi.|
|The Wongaksabi, a tortoise-shaped monument.|
|Manse! Manse! Manse!|
|Statue of Son Byeong Hui, Korean nationalist and independence activist.|
|Alive Musuem, another popular 3D exhibition in Seoul.|
|You know you're in Insadong when you see masks like this. :)|
|Pretty fixtures inside a souvenir shop.|
|Cute and colorful hand mirrors|
The charm of this neighborhood, however, lies among the narrow side streets and the winding alleys. These hidden alleys are treasure troves of antique shops, art galleries, quirky cafes, and traditional restaurants, that getting lost in them can actually be a pleasurable and worthwhile experience.
|Remember Jang Nara's paintings in the drama Fated to Love You?|
They were actually done by Youk Shim Won, and we found her gallery/shop in Insadong!
|From bags to notebook, clothes to makeup, her shop has practically|
everything that would tickle a young girl's fancy!
|Vases, bowls, and pots.|
|An image of Buddha.|
|And even more antiques.|
|Teastory - a tea shop/museum/gallery.|
|Used books for sale.|
|Arirang, a Hansik (traditional food) restaurant.|
|Traditional clay jars used for fermenting/storing Korean sauces such as gochujang and doenjang.|
|So many restaurants to choose from.|
|Admiring art. :)|
|Dojang - traditional stone/wood stamp. You can have yours customized in Insadong! :)|
|Bunggeoppang (fish-shaped bread with red bean or custard filling).|
|Gyeranppang (egg bread).|
|Sirutteok (rice cake covered with red beans).|
|So many things to see inside!|
|Poop is quite popular in Insadong, that there's even a poop-themed cafe in Ssamziegil!|
|"Mommy look! It's the guy from Running Man!"|
To complete your Insadong experience, you can also try wearing a Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing) as you stroll down the streets. There are a few hanbok rental shops within the Insadong area, with rental fees starting at as little as 15000 won.
|Insadong Information Center.|