INSA-DONG is the culture & art capital of Seoul where artists, painters, craftsmen, and art lovers converge. This is a street where tourists can get a taste of traditional Korean food, culture, and arts.
Here’s a look at what you can experience in Insa-dong….
The main entrance of the street is marked by a sculpture of a painter’s brush.
You are greeted by artsy decorations with a cool bohemian vibe.
This frog sculpture and man-made river is one of Insa-dong’s signature sights.
It’s a super busy street during the weekends, with lots of locals, tourists, and street performers.
We turn into the alley marked by this signage.
There are lots of paved alleys coming from the main Insadong-gil street.
Traditional Korean Restaurant
We visited a popular traditional Korean restaurant serving set courses.
Love the modern contemporary interiors!
There are different nooks and spaces for big groups like this long wooden table setup.
There are three set menus of Traditional Korean meals with rice, soup, and side dishes to choose from: Nam Chon Jung Sik (KRW 15,000/head), Seo Chon Jung Sik (KRW 23,000/head), and Book Chong Jung Sik (KRW 28,000/head).
We ordered the Seo Chon Jung Sik set. Here are some of the side dishes and food that were served.
I love their vegetables with Gochujang (Korean Hot Pepper Paste).
Pork with chili peppers.
Green Salad with sweet chili dressing.
Mixed greens with sesame sauce.
Japchae — sweet potato noodles cooked in sesame oil with vegetables.
Another glass noodle dish with vegetables.
Fried fish with chili sauce on top — yum!
Seafood cakes with sweet chili sauce.
Kangkong greens? 🙂
Of course — Kimchi!
More leafy vegetables.
Salted fish with nuts.
A bit sour soup.
Yummy fried fish.
Sweet soup with rice (like am).
A sweet red drink.
The food is really good, but everything is written in Korean so just order the set you want based on your budget. I forgot to get the English name of the resto but its facade is easily recognizable.
You can buy hanbok (traditional clothing) and bargain clothes…
…hanji (traditional paper) and Korean souvenirs…
…and other folk crafts around Insa-dong.
You can also try different kinds of drinks like Rice Punch.
You can also check out the different traditional art galleries…