What to Do in Insadong Seoul

See, Eat and Shop here in Insadong Seoul

Located in the heart of the most happening capital of Korea is a very famous neighborhood, Insadong Seoul. Therefore, a trip to Seoul is incomplete without the visit to this cultural corner. Your time spent here will be interesting as it takes you down the cultural memory lane. From sipping a hot cup of tea in a traditional tea house to exploring the antiques in the street, you will enjoy the most here. Plus, the main street has alleys on both sides to offer the most to the explorers. Let’s give you an insight into this buzzing street of Seoul.

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Getting to Insadong Seoul

Getting to this neighborhood is quite easy. You can either take a taxi; take the subway to Anguk station(line 3) exit 6 or a bus. If you have your own car, take the direct route to this place in the heart of Seoul and you would not be disappointed. Since transport is not allowed inside the streets, therefore the best time to visit this heritage site is on a Saturday from 2 pm to 10 pm and also on a Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm.

The Buzzing Insadong Street

The twisting alleys of this street are a treat. You will never get tired of exploring these alleys as you will never be fully able to explore the eateries here. These alleys are full of shops of foods and antiques. From one alley to another, you do not get tired at all. These alleys paint a picture of modern and old Korea.

Here are a few things to get the most out of this cultural corner.

Seoul Insadong Street

The Hub of Tea Houses in Insadong Seoul

Insadong Seoul is a hub of tea houses. From an old wooden tea house to modern tea museums, you can enjoy all kinds of cha (means Tea in Korean) during the hustling bustling of Insadong. 

Also, you can easily find Hanok Cafe which is famous for being the typical old wooden Korean tea house where you can sip cha and enjoy snacks at the same time. The famous tea museum in Insadong named Beautiful Tea Museum can provide tea of around 130 different countries. Besides, you can try some traditional Korean desserts here! Koreans are fond of their tea and it is readily available in this street at almost every corner.

Indulge in the Insadong Market shopping

A marketplace is a busy place and there is so much to shop that one cannot do it all in one day. When in Insadong Seoul, make sure to check out the different shops that offer a variety of shopping.


Plenty of souvenirs are available in shops that you can take along with you back to your country.  Many street vendors are selling books, Korean clothing, pottery and goods as souvenirs and at a pretty reasonable price. You will find them at every corner of the alley with a different variety. Totally under your budget.


Insadong Seoul is famous for photo studios for Hanbok (traditional Korean clothing). Get a Hanbok photo taken in one of the studios as a souvenir. Furthermore, these studios will help you not only dress up for the shoot but also get your makeup and hair done.

Ssamzigil Shopping Spree

Insadong has so much to offer in one place that one can never get tired. If you are looking for a mall to shop from then head towards Ssamzigil shopping complex. It is a four-story building with around 70 stores that sell handicrafts, accessories, souvenirs, etc. It can get humid when shopping outside and the mall has got all in one place. Many tourists are always looking for malls and this is the place to be.

Feed the soul at Insadong restaurants

Shopping and food go hand in hand. The more you shop, the hungrier you get. Insadong Seoul has many street vendors as well as restaurants to cater to these needs. Try these restaurants and tantalize your taste buds.

Samtong Chichen

This famous BBQ restaurant offers something for everyone. It is famous for its BBQ specialties. Come to this street with an empty stomach to enjoy the food. It is in a typical Korean setting and therefore the sign is also in Korean. However, the food is amazing and must try.

Jirisan Restaurant

If you are looking for vegetarian and tofu options try Jirisan restaurant. Order Hanjeongsik, which is a full-course Korean meal with multiple dishes to help you experience true spirit in Insadong Seoul.

Insadong Pot Sujebi

Sujebi is a hand-pulled dough soup with seafood and vegetable. Sujebi serving with the Korea traditional ceramic pot offers quite a number of seafood and side dishes. Moreover, you can try a different kind of Korean food like seafood pancakes and a variety of fish. Give it a try if you are a seafood lover.

Get Mesmerized by Art Galleries

The art is a pure form of love and Koreans do not mind showing off their artworks. Insadong Seoul is famous for its art galleries. When roaming around in alleys make sure to check out the art galleries. Some charge a fee however mostly is free. One of the famous art galleries is Gana Art Space for new artists to showcase their artwork.

As Insadong Seoul has so much to offer for fun you will be amazed to explore Korean culture including a Korean tea, street food, and small events. Spend your time here with friends and family exploring the beautiful alleys and getting lost in this traditional shopping hub.

Written by DY & Jay

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