Korea October 2014 Part 7 – Insadong

One of the places that I never forget to go to when I’m in Korea is Insadong. While I like Myeongdong as a convenient place for shopping, I like Insadong because it just simply makes me happy! It’s a great place for anything related to traditional culture, crafts, and art (all of which I am a total sucker for). People can try their hand at making traditional cloth and paper, as well as ceramics, tea ceremony, etc.

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How they managed to make this place not un-cool is beyond me. A lot of young people hang out in Insadong too, and I think it is only testament to how deeply embedded in tradition and culture their daily activities are.

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Dropped by the popular Miss Lee cafe! Sadly, it was super full so I didn’t get to go in, but at least I got to take a photo with their mascot!

We Got Married’s YongSeo Couple (CN Blue Yonghwa and SNSD Seohyun) filmed here!

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Reminds me of Daehan, Minguk, and Manse!!! My favorite triplets <3

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Insadong is my mom’s favorite place for shopping! She loves this kind of fashion!

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The most famous place in Insadong is Ssamziegil. It’s a giant complex that’s known for its spiral alley stairway (I don’t know what to call it, lol), and quirky handicraft shops, galleries, etc.

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Warm autumn day~

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Dress from EMODA.

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Eavesdropping friends!

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How can they make poop look so kyoot!

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The rooftop of Ssamziegil is an area where you can write messages to your friends and loved ones.

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Korean brand Jetoy’s iconic Choo Choo Cats! ALL THE FEEL-INES

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A soldier’s day off to buy cute stuff with girlfriend~ Sweet! :3

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Located in the middle of the city is Jogyesa Temple, the center of Zen Buddhism in Korea. It’s super near Insadong so you can’t miss it. Actually, it’s hard to miss it because of the sheer number of visitors! My mom and I just actually saw it from afar, and decided at the last minute to check it out before heading back to our hotel.

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They were having some sort of flower event in the temple! Lucky!

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My dream is for Manila to have a giant park filled with flowers. Let’s make it happen, huhu we need to find space first though ;_;

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Cool purple hair~!

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The temple’s famous golden Buddha trio. Jogyesa was one of the most quaint and charming temples I’ve ever been to. Always nice to see a quiet sanctuary in the middle of a bustling city.

Sorry for travel post spam! My blog is slowly turning into a purely travel blog, lol. DREAM ACHIEVED! I’ll also be posting all my Japan posts this month as a form of welcome to 2015! <3