For someone who has lived in Korea most of her life, I have yet to visit the exuberant neighborhood located in the heart of Seoul - Insa-dong. Filled with rich tradition and history, this neighborhood not only has to offer the past, but also a taste of the future; boutiques, chic clothing styles and cosmetics. It's also famous for it's incredible and unique art galleries and delicious food stands.
Insadong is famous for it's tea houses, restaurants, and art galleries, and my brother Bryan and I got to experience a bit of everything. We made our way through the side alleys to look into shops filled with hand made items (necklaces, clothes, ceramics), enjoyed the architecture that made us feel like we were out of time, and finally found a restaurant. One can get dizzy by all the appetizing options - and there is even a Vegetarian restaurant there. We settled for a slightly upscale place with the 'old Korean' feel to it, and the food and service was 5 start. Bryan enjoyed a spicy seafood soup dish while I indulged in the popular dish with tourist - bibimbap.
After a warm meal, ice cream for dessert, and more walking, we discovered a Buddhist temple near by across the street. After a few prayers and enjoying the quiet and relaxing atmosphere, we made our way to Hanok Bukcheon area. This place has a unique and traditional feel just like Insadong - and for you fashion lovers, you will fall madly in love with the beautiful boutiques filled with current and rebel styles, all sorts of stylish hats, and shoes. Don't forget to stop by some of the beauty shops like Kiehl's and Lush. To end of the night, Bryan and I stopped by a cafe and sipped on some warm drinks before taking the train back home.
Dear those who are visiting Korea in the future, Don't forget Insadong.