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InsadongSeoul

This central Seoul district offers shopping and culture with traditional Korean art, antiques, and crafts.

Insadong is a relativelypeaceful area of Seoul where there are many teahouses and art galleries.

The main street,Insadong-gil, was once a stream that divided two towns. These ended in “In” and“Sa”, and were added to the word dong (neighborhood) when they finally joined.During the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), artists flocked to Insadong to study.The artistic community has remained and today the main thoroughfare offers 2295 feet (700 meters) of shops selling crafts and pottery.

Insadong is also the bestplace in Seoul to get your hands on the traditional attire called hanbok andhandmade hanji writing paper. Items on sale around Insadong vary greatly invalue. You can pick up anything from cheap souvenirs to antique ceramicscosting thousands of dollars. Visit the oldest book store in Seoul.

There are approximately100 art galleries in and around Insadong. Hakgojae Gallery is a modern spaceexhibiting both traditional and contemporary art. The Gana Art Gallery has theone of the largest floor spaces in South Korea. Both attract local andinternational art aficionados.

Most of Insadong’steahouses are found simply by exploring the winding alleyways that branch offInsadong-gil. Here, you’ll be offered all number of tea blends, as well asspecialty dishes such as green tea flavored tiramisu.

Spend some time admiringthe area’s architecture. You’ll find old buildings with structures dating backto the 14th century, as well as temples, churches and contemporary glassgalleries.

Insadong is accessible bysubway. Get off at Anguk. Shops and galleries are open daily. Opening timesvary, but are generally from mid-morning to evening. On weekends, vehicles arebanned from driving down Insadong-gil, when stalls offering everything fromcandy to fortune telling are set up. Visit on a Saturday or Sunday to soak upthe lively atmosphere and browse street stalls.


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Orakai Insadong Suites
Orakai Insadong Suites
4 out of 5
18 Insadong 4-Gil Jongno-Gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $138 per night from Dec 23 to Dec 24

Located in Jongno, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple and Cheonggyecheon. Myeongdong Street and Gwanghwamun are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (694 reviews)
The Strogt of Korea

"Very comfortable and convenient. Abdolutely grest area and friendly shop keepers"…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2020

Orakai Insadong Suites
Sunbee Hotel
Sunbee Hotel
3 out of 5
26, Insadong 7-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $82 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Jogyesa Temple and Cheonggyecheon. Lotte Department Store and Gwanghwamun are also within 15 minutes. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (691 reviews)
Very comfortable

"Very good Strongly recommend Hotel is little bit old but is very clean and comfortable very friendly Staff"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 14, 2020

Sunbee Hotel
HOTEL KURETAKESO INSA-DONG SEOUL
HOTEL KURETAKESO INSA-DONG SEOUL
3 out of 5
20-9, Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, Jongno
The price is CA $64 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Jongno, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Unhyeongung and Jogyesa Temple. Gwangjang Traditional Market and Gyeongbok Palace are also within ...

4.2/5Very Good! (403 reviews)

"Some cleaning lady, didn’t do complete. No vacuum, didn’t wipe the table, didn’t wipe the bathroom floor!, But not Every cleaning lady , I say some!,"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 11, 2020

HOTEL KURETAKESO INSA-DONG SEOUL
UH Suite Jongno
UH Suite Jongno
3.5 out of 5
21, Jong-ro 12-gil, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $235 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Jongno, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store. Myeongdong Street and Seoul City Hall are also within ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"Love the room, very spacious. Location is convenient too."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 7, 2020

UH Suite Jongno
UH Suite Jonggak
UH Suite Jonggak
3.5 out of 5
29, Ujeongguk-ro 2-gil, 4~5 Floor, Seoul, Seoul
The price is CA $300 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Jongno, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store. Myeongdong Street and Seoul City Hall are also within ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
UH스위트종각 숙박 후기

"룸상태가 깨끗합니다. 종각역 번화가 가운데 위치하여 위치성이 좋으나 밤에는 시끄러워서 가족여행으로는 맞지 않는 것 같습니다. 주차장도 없고요. 친구들끼리 지내기에는 훌륭한 것 같습니다."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 6, 2020

UH Suite Jonggak
Seoul YMCA Hotel
Seoul YMCA Hotel
2 out of 5
69, Jong-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
The price is CA $78 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cheonggyecheon and Lotte Department Store. Myeongdong Street and Seoul City Hall are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (164 reviews)

"It’s not a modern hotel with lots of facilities. However, its location is perfect; just adjacent to Jonggak station. Waking distance to Insadong & only 15 mins to Myeong-dong by walk. Variety choice of restaurants nearby, it’s recommended to those budget travelers."…"

Reviewed on Dec. 27, 2019

Seoul YMCA Hotel
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