I would put these three places in three separate posts but they’re in walking distance to each other so I think it’s only wise to mash them up in one post. If I were to tell you my favourite places in Seoul, these three would be at the top of my list.
Bukchon, Samcheongdong and Insadong are walking distance from each other and they’re also located very closely to Gyeongbokgung Palace. If you don’t like walking, you can definitely catch a cab but walking would save you a lot of bucks, and lose you some calories. It’s also close to Gwanghwamun Square so you can really kill a lot of birds in one day.
We went to Insadong on the same day we went to Bukchon because we were with friends who wanted to take us around.
Ssamziegil is a mall filled with arts, handcrafts and (overpriced) souvenirs. It was definitely fun to walk around, observe the crowd, look at all the fancy and cute art and stationeries but I didn’t buy anything.
At Insadong, we rented a hanbok each (at a place called Byulgoonteo), which costed us KRW10 000 for two hours, and walked around Bukchon Hanok Village. It was a nice experience to put on the Korean traditional dress, I felt super posh and fluffy with it on. We received lots of compliments too so that was nice.
BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE
I don’t have a lot of photos in Bukchon because I was having too much fun with friends and my phone was running out of battery. Bukchon Hanok Village is one of those go-to places in Seoul. Everyone wants to be there, tells you to be there. A hanok is essentially a traditional Korean home, if you’ve watched Korean dramas, you know how it looks like. So, a hanok village is a village with traditional Korean houses.
There’s a museum about the houses that you can visit if you want to delve into the history of the hanoks called the Baek In-Je House Museum. I wanted to go in there and explore but we were short of time so we didn’t end up going.
Despite being popular for the traditional houses, Bukchon itself is a hip place for youngsters, lined up with hipster cafes, cool art stores, art galleries, fashion stores and well-dressed people. Bukchon is where the new and the old come together to really showcase a glimpse of what the Korean lifestyle is.
Samcheongdong is located right behind Bukchon, with more hipster cafes and stores. If you’re thinking of cafe-hopping, Samcheongdong is where you should go.
At Samcheongdong, I visited the famous Innisfree Jeju House which is a store & cafe under one roof. At the cafe, you’ll find an extensive menu of desserts and drinks focusing on natural ingredients which they use in their beauty products.
I had the Canola Honey latte, Canola Honey tart and Crah had the Hallabong blender, which is an orange ice-blended drink. The latte wasn’t the best but I really liked the Hallabong blender and the Canola Honey tart. I do have to warn you that the Canola Honey tart is a bit too sweet, even for a sweet tooth like me so please just bear that in mind.
You can go to these places by taking the subway and stopping at Anguk Station, Line 3 or you can do what we did; we visited Gyeongbokgung Palace (Gyeongbokgung Station, Line 3) then walked over or we went to Gwanghwamun Square (Gwanghwamun Station, Line 5) then walked over.
Talk again soon,