EXPLORING SEOUL : BUKCHON, SAMCHEONGDONG, INSADONG // SEOUL SEARCHING 2016

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.

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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.

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INSADONG

We went to Insadong on the same day we went to Bukchon because we were with friends who wanted to take us around.

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We had lunch at a restaurant called Insadong Geujip then went ahead to look around Ssamziegil.

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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.

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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.

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BUKCHON HANOK VILLAGE 

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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.

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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.

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SAMCHEONGDONG 

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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.

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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.

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 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,
Hani Lutfi

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