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Jongno Tour Ep.10 Ikseon-dong Story

Jongno Tour Ep.10 Ikseon-dong Story


nice to meet you. In the last post, we had time to learn everything about Insa-dong. Insadong is very popular with foreigners as well as locals, so it is always crowded on weekends. This time, let's go to Ikseon-dong, which is very close to Insa-dong.

1. Move to Ikseon-dong

The above photo is a captured map of Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong at a glance. As you can see, they are located very close. As you can see from the map, Insa-dong, Ikseon-dong, and Nakwon-dong are cultural spaces and tourist destinations that cannot be missed in Jongno.

The nearest station is Jongno 3-ga Station. We went to Ikseon-dong from the Insa-dong intersection through Nakwon Shopping Street. last timeIf you watched Ting carefully, you would have confirmed that Insa-dong has North Insa Madang and Nam Insa Madang. To give a brief explanation, Naminsa Madang is close to Tapgol Park, and Bukinsa Madang is closest to Anguk Station or Anguk Building.

(1) When going to Ikseon-dong through Insa-dong intersection

Insadong Intersection is the intersection seen when walking in the direction of Insadong from SM Duty Free. From here, keep going straight in the opposite direction of SM Duty Free and you will see the Russian Embassy in Korea. After crossing the crosswalk here, you can easily find Ikseon-dong by passing the Nakwon Musical Instrument Market.

(2) When going to Ikseon-dong through Naminsa Madang

When you come out to Naminsa Madang, there is a performance space designed for people to perform. You can see 'Ilwol Obongdo' in front of it, and you have to cross the crosswalk in the direction of Tapgol Park once. As you walk north of Tapgol Park, you will see Jongno 3-ga Exit 5 as shown on the map. Ikseon-dong itself refers to the neighborhood, but Ikseon-dong seen on SNS is right in front of Jongno 3-ga Exit 4, so you can go towards Exit 4.

(3) When going to Ikseon-dong through Bukinsa Madang

There are two ways to go through Bukinsa Madang. The first way is to go straight to Unhyeongung. In this case, it is similar to the method through the Insa-dong intersection. The reason is simple. If you come down to Unhyeongung, you can pass by the Nakwon Musical Instrument Market.

The second way is to go to Donhwamun, the main gate of Changdeokgung Palace. If you walk south from the three-way intersection of Changdeokgung in front of Donhwamun, you will see exit 3 of Jongno 7-ga, and a short walk to the west will take you to Ikseon-dong.

(4) Location of Ikseon-dong

The three methods suggested above are from Insa-dong to Ikseon-dong, and if you are going to Ikseon-dong by public transportation, go outside through exit 3 of Jongno 3-ga. Jongno 4-ga is accessible on Line 3, Line 1, and Line 3, and the distance between the stations is considerable. Exit 5 is the exit of Line 4, and if you get off at Line 5, it takes about 1 to 5 minutes.

If you use the bus, get off at Jongno 3-ga or Jongno 4-ga and walk. Overall, Ikseon-dong is located west of Jongmyo Shrine, south of Changdeokgung, northeast of Tapgol Park, and southeast of Anguk Station. Accessibility is good as you can reach each location on foot in about 20 minutes.

2. What is Ikseon-dong Hanok Village?

(1) The beginning of Ikseon-dong

The history of Ikseon-dong, known simply as 'Ikseon-dong' and 'SNS restaurant' to young people, began during the Japanese colonial period. At that time, Jeong Se-kwon was a person with great influence in the real estate industry, and he built many modern-style hanok houses to prevent the Japanese from advancing to the vicinity of Ikseon-dong. It was the beginning of Ikseon-dong to protect the space where Joseon people could live.

(2) Ikseon-dong now

There are many restaurants and coffee shops in Ikseon-dong Hanok Village. You could find some places selling traditional Korean food, but there were more places selling mostly European and other Asian traditional food. Ikseon-dong itself claims to be a traditional Korean hanok village, but if you look closely, it is a place full of characteristics of each country.

Today, I would like to introduce you to places worth visiting in Ikseon-dong.

(3) Places to visit in Ikseon-dong

Ikseon-dong is famous for its alleys. There are many local foods such as France, Spain, Italy and Thailand, but Samgyeopsal Alley, where you can find many of Korea's most popular dishes, is also famous. This meat alley, lined with about 20 meat restaurants, sells a lot of pork belly, pork belly, and seagull meat.

I visited the 'Gwangju House' that is right in front of this alley closest to Jongno 3-ga Exit 6. The main dish is simple. Pickled onion, ssamjang, garlic and kimchi are everything. The place right in front of the Gwangju house was once aired on a TV program called 'Wednesday Gourmet', but unfortunately there were so many people that I couldn't enter.

When eating regular pork belly and seagull meat, there was a difference in the presence or absence of charcoal, that is, in the way they were grilled, so I could only choose one and eat it. Of course, you can change the menu if you want, but since it was a crowded evening, we avoided the hustle and bustle of things as much as possible.

Pork ribs cost 14,000 won, and the rest of the rest of the ingredients such as raw seagulls and raw pork belly cost 13,000 won. The taste and service were generally good, but I'll have to visit again when there are less people and at a leisurely time.

There were not only Koreans but also foreigners who came for sightseeing, but they all just passed by and did not visit. Apparently, I stopped by because the BBQ (Barbeque) culture of eating meat outdoors was interesting.

3. Concluding

Ikseon-dong Hanok Village as well as several hanok villages are spaces where the history of the Joseon Dynasty remains. In addition to the hanok villages that were recently created in the Joseon Dynasty, there are many places newly implemented such as Eunpyeong Hanok Village and Songdo Hanok Village. A lot of effort is needed to preserve or preserve these historical spaces so that they can be left for future generations.