When I arrived in South Korea, in 2009, I went to Insadong and Jongno, however it was winter then, so it was bitterly cold. This time, I went with Justin in summer, and it was beautiful!
Insadong is a dong (district) of Seoul. The main streets is Insadong-gil, which is connected to many alleyways. This area was once the largest for antiques and artwork in Korea. It is well-known as a traditional street to both locals and foreigners and represents the “culture of the past and present”. It contains a mixture historical and modern atmosphere.
Traditional Korean masks.
There are many cafes, and Korean restaurants in Insadong.
A traditional Korean porcelain store.
I loved these beautiful hand pressed rolls of papers!!
Inside this courtyard were many little shops, and places to try food.
These men were making rice cakes.
Lots of shopping to be done 🙂
Plenty places to eat.
Insadong-gil was beautiful in August.
Not too hot, or too cold!
Starbusks in Insadong is the only branch in the world which is written in the country’s mother tongue. This was done to preserve the traditional atmosphere of the area.
These men are making fresh noodles. They were singing a song while they worked. It was quite entertaining 🙂
Hot buns with meat inside.
Left, Snack time. Right, A cafe with beer and coffee.
Time to find some dinner….
Dinner: Our favorite, Galmaegyesal.
Left, Korean Beer (Max), Soju, and Cider (Korean Sprite)
Right, Beer+Soju+Cider… My yummy mixture.
This delicious meat is called Galmeagyesal.
We grill it up with some kimchi (fermented cabbage) and garlic.
Cheers! TO US!
Rock, Scissor, Paper… The korean way of solving ANY dispute!!!
These were inside our beer bottle tops.
The streets are this busy for almost 24 hours a day… everyday!!
For the rest of the evening, we walked around JONGNO (“Bell Street”). Jongno is one of Seoul’s most important financial and cultural areas.
(A large ball pavilion, which provides Jongno with it’s name. Constructed in 1936)
The Jungno Tower (a 33 story building, famous for it’s views of Seoul).
Cheonggyecheon is an 8.4km long modern public recreation space in downtown Seoul.
Above, Cheonggyecheon during the day.
Cheonggyecheon at night.
We bought Starbucks Frappaccino’s and went to sit at Cheonggyecheon.
ps: Black Bean Sesame Frappaccino… Not so great!!
This area of the river has a flower light show… It was pretty!!
The Koreans are all relaxing, with their feet in the water. We enjoyed sitting there for a while (until a creeper sat next to me, and touched my foot).
Further along the river, there is a lazer light show. The images changed, and moved.
The walkway under one of the bridges.
This is beginning of the Cheonggyecheon during the day.
This is beginning of the Cheonggyecheon at night.
A typical Korean pose. The girls around us were all posing this way, so Justin decided to follow them and do the same thing. I could not stop laughing!!
To end a perfect day off, we went for a Horse-and-Carriage ride around Jungno.
Justin continued with the 귀엽다 (“Cute”) Korean poses. The one that he is doing on the right hand side picture was the funniest that we had seen that evening. Well, funny and completely absurd!
Another PERFECT day!!