Insadong, Seoul

A few minutes away from Myeongdong is Insadong, the center for arts and crafts in Seoul. The main street of Insadong is 700 meters long with narrow alleys full of shops and restaurants just like Myeongdong.

But Insadong is different from Myeongdong in terms of shopping. In here they offer unique and sometimes antique arts and crafts, pottery and paintings. If you're looking for traditional items found in Korea then this is the place to be. They have hanboks (traditional clothing), hanji (traditional paper), teas and other folk crafts.

No, these are not makeup brushes. Hehe. They're used for calligraphy. ;)

The street used to be dominated by Dohwawon (a place of study for painters) during the Joseon Dynasty. Expect a lot of galleries within the area, please take note that some of them charge entrance fees.

There were other shops along Insadong selling anything and everything under the sun.

Koreans are into soft ice cream and I have no idea why the cone looked like this. I shall officially name it as the penis ice cream, only in Insadong. It was a bit cold that day too, so we weren't able to try it.

Late lunch at the Insadong Geujip restaurant housed in an old hanok (Korean traditional house) and has been carefully renovated to preserve the house’s traditional feel.

The basic serving size is large enough to be shared by two.

They're a bit expensive compared to other Korean restaurants but at least the food tastes good. ;)

Before leaving, I bought a few pieces of those stainless steel Korean rice bowls. I think it's the perfect size for a "cup of rice".

If you're in a mood for a walkathon, Insadong is nearby Chyeonggyecheon Stream and Gyeongbokgung Palace. :)