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40 Photos Around Bukchon Hanok Village (Part 2)

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40 Photos Around Bukchon Hanok Village (Part 2)

Korea has four distinct seasons. Thus you can visit the same place twice, but experience something different. The previous photos of Bukchon Hanok Village were taken during winter. These set of 40 are taken during autumn.

changdeokgung
korean bowls
random chair
brick
brick wall
changdeokgung wall
wall with vines
brick building blue sky
clothes drying
another chair
chairs in front of palace
brick residence
ceramic dishware
textured wall
clothes drying again
pink bike
vines on white
hanok rooftops
yoyo
stamps
men on roof
brown door gold
bukchon fourth view
bukchon fourth fencing
fruit tree
hanok rooftops 2
leaving fourth view
green metal door
turtle stone
bukchon metal door
bukchon angled garage
bukchon wood door metal
walk bukchon
naughty girl
bukchon view
bukchon cute
painting
bukchon mountain
bukchon view palace
view from bukchon
bingsoo

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8 Things to do at Insadong

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8 Things to do at Insadong

Located between the Five Grand Palaces of Korea, Insadong is a must-visit neighborhood during your vacation in Seoul. Historically the main street was inhabited by the arts and traditional culture. In the past decade, commercial businesses have trickled in, driving up rent prices. Skin care shops are turning Insadong into Skin-sadong! A handful of long-standing souvenir shops remain. Here are the top activities to partake in as you stroll down Insadong Street:

1. SOUVENIR SHOPPING

On the main street and in alleyways are shops selling specialized goods, including pottery, hanbok (traditional Korean clothing), and hanji (traditional handmade paper). Souvenir shops carry an assortment of standard Korean utensils, calligraphy materials, figurines, as well as tacky touristy goods.

Crates of assorted ceramics found at Insadong.

Crates of assorted ceramics found at Insadong.

Utensils of the Korean people: metal chopsticks and spoons.

Utensils of the Korean people: metal chopsticks and spoons.

Pick up sets of kitchenware for your family and friends back home! Just remember to take off the price tag :)

Pick up sets of kitchenware for your family and friends back home! Just remember to take off the price tag :)

2. EAT KOREAN FEASTS (HAN JEONG SHIK)

Rule of thumb: come to Insadong Street with an empty stomach. Restaurants such as Hanul Poong-Kyung offer dishes such as ginseng chicken with black rice, mung-bean jelly with beef and vegetables, soybean paste stew, abalone, natural pine mushrooms, various types of kimchi and more!

Korean feast at Hanul Poong-Kyoung.

Korean feast at Hanul Poong-Kyoung.

Natural Pine Mushroom at Hanul Poong-Kyung.

Natural Pine Mushroom at Hanul Poong-Kyung.

3. VISIT ART GALLERIES

With rotating exhibitions, soak in the paintings and sculptures while you can. Get lucky and you just might meet the artist themselves! They may be tending the floor where their work is being displayed.

Ceramic piece by Jeon Changhyun.

Ceramic piece by Jeon Changhyun.

Gana Art Space at Insadong.

Gana Art Space at Insadong.

4. EXPLORE THE TWISTING ALLEYS

Sure, it can be plenty of fun walking on Insadong's main street, but wait until you venture into the hidden alleys. From traditional tea houses to affordable Korean food to makeolli drinking, you'll want to come back again and again to try every hidden gem. These alleys may get busy during lunch hours, but makes for a meditative stroll when the calm sets back in. Observe. Chefs lay out their ingredients to dry under the sun while cats take a nap like it's a lazy Sunday afternoon.

A typical alley at Insadong is filled with food, food and more food.

A typical alley at Insadong is filled with food, food and more food.

Halved eggplants tanning. Visit on a dry day and you'll find restaurants laying out their ingredients under the sun.

Halved eggplants tanning. Visit on a dry day and you'll find restaurants laying out their ingredients under the sun.

Kitty sighting in an alley. Baby Meow drinking its mama's milk.

Kitty sighting in an alley. Baby Meow drinking its mama's milk.

5. GO ON A HANBOK PHOTOSHOOT

Grab your friends and get traditional! Ladies, dress up like a queen, princess or gisaeng (old-school entertainers). Gentlemen, be a king or warrior for the day. Even get your makeup and hair done at select hanbok studios.

Professor Oh (me), Yoonah and Judy dressed in hanbok at  Goguan Studio .

Professor Oh (me), Yoonah and Judy dressed in hanbok at Goguan Studio.

I share my hanbok photoshoot experience with you in KWOW episode 130.

6. EAT STREET FOOD

As long it's not raining, street food vendors come out to serve their specialties. From spicy rice cakes to saxophone-shaped ice cream cones, you'll leave the street with a full tummy. Watch their cooking and try to mimic the steps in your own kitchen!

Man grilling skewers of octopus on a winter day at Insadong.

Man grilling skewers of octopus on a winter day at Insadong.

Lady in hanbok making Korean crackers during autumn.

Lady in hanbok making Korean crackers during autumn.

7. HANG OUT AT SSAMZIGIL

A spiraling four-story building of arts, crafts, shopping and food, Ssamzigil will fulfill your appetite for all things cute and colorful. Head to the basement for workshops where you can paint on pottery and purchase handmade goods. The top floor hosts a cafe and an area where you stick lovey-dovey messages on walls.

Crafts and handmade goods found at the basement of Ssamzigil.

Crafts and handmade goods found at the basement of Ssamzigil.

Rooftop of Ssamzigil. Write messages on circles and fasten them on the walls. A fun activity for you and your love!

Rooftop of Ssamzigil. Write messages on circles and fasten them on the walls. A fun activity for you and your love!

8. RELAX AT A CAFE

A rainy day in Insadong? Street food vendors might've taken a day off, but some cafes will give you a discount for the wet weather! Most spots provide dependable Wifi as the majority of cafes in Seoul do.

Jars of tea inside the famously long-titled cafe called "Moon Bird Does Thinks of Only the Moon."

Jars of tea inside the famously long-titled cafe called "Moon Bird Does Thinks of Only the Moon."

Handful of cafes in Insadong allow customers to write on their walls.

Handful of cafes in Insadong allow customers to write on their walls.

Traditional Korean desserts enjoyed at "Moon Bird Does Thinks of Only the Moon" cafe.

Traditional Korean desserts enjoyed at "Moon Bird Does Thinks of Only the Moon" cafe.

The older traditional cafes are hidden in alleys as the commercial cafes dominate Insadong Street.

The older traditional cafes are hidden in alleys as the commercial cafes dominate Insadong Street.

Watch the KWOW episode on Insadong if you haven't already (below)!


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11 Things to do at Cheonggyecheon Stream

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11 Things to do at Cheonggyecheon Stream

1. Check out the Unicorn Horn (aka: Cheonggye Plaza)

Shot during the Hi Seoul Festival. Event tents covering the sculpture's base.

Shot during the Hi Seoul Festival. Event tents covering the sculpture's base.

2. Chill Out Like a Local

Rain or shine, young or old, single or taken, Cheonggyecheon offers a place for leisure time.

Rain or shine, young or old, single or taken, Cheonggyecheon offers a place for leisure time.

3. Attend the Hi Seoul Festival

The week-long performing arts event hosts creative from all over the world. This shot is taken from "Bivouac!" by Sivouplait.

The week-long performing arts event hosts creative from all over the world. This shot is taken from "Bivouac!" by Sivouplait.

4. Visit the Cheonggyecheon Museum

Reproduction of Seoul slums from the 50s and 60s. Located across from the Cheonggyecheon Museum.

Reproduction of Seoul slums from the 50s and 60s. Located across from the Cheonggyecheon Museum.

Old-school dolls on display at the reproduction of Seoul slums.

Old-school dolls on display at the reproduction of Seoul slums.

5. Absorb Art at the Wall of Culture

"Song of Seoul" by Chun Gapbae

"Song of Seoul" by Chun Gapbae

6. Reminisce at the Jonchi Pier

Three pillars left from the Cheonggye Overpass as a reminder of the stream's past.

Three pillars left from the Cheonggye Overpass as a reminder of the stream's past.

7. Witness the 20,000 Wishes

Close look at the Wishing Wall.

Close look at the Wishing Wall.

8. Be with Nature

Ducks grooming themselves during autumn.

Ducks grooming themselves during autumn.

9. Clean Your Dirty Laundry

Note: Please do not literally do laundry at the stream. These abstract washing boards serve as a reminder of the stream's history.

Note: Please do not literally do laundry at the stream. These abstract washing boards serve as a reminder of the stream's history.

10. Watch the Water and Light Shows

If you miss the evening shows scattered throughout Cheonggyecheon, swing by the end closest to Cheonggye Plaza for their lit water features.

If you miss the evening shows scattered throughout Cheonggyecheon, swing by the end closest to Cheonggye Plaza for their lit water features.

11. Walk Under All the Bridges

The diverse bridges on Cheonggyecheon provide a shelter from rain and heat.

The diverse bridges on Cheonggyecheon provide a shelter from rain and heat.

Learn more from the KWOW episode on Cheonggyecheon!



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