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Jongno Tour Ep.9 Between Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong

Jongno Tour Ep.9 Between Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong


1. Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong, the most visited by people

Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong are popular places not only for foreign tourists but also for Koreans.

It is always full of people on weekends. Libraries and bookstores we visited in the previous postThey are all on the main road.

On the other hand, Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong are places where you can find other charms because they are located in narrow alleys. It is well known to foreign tourists as a tourist destination that can be visited in Seoul. In particular, there are Gyeongbokgung Palace, Changdeokgung Palace, and Jongmyo Shrine nearby, so people come here after sightseeing.

Recently, through social media such as Facebook and Instagram, it has become a center of culture because it has also been promoted to young people a lot.

Today's focus is on Insa-dong. First, let's take a look at why Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong are so popular with people.

2. Reasons to go to Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong



There are a number of factors that drive foreign tourists and Koreans to visit the two places. What I'm going to talk about today is geographic, among other factors.

Here are three geographic advantages:

Firstis that Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong are located close to each other.

First of all, let's take a look at the location through the picture above. Insa-dong is on the left and Ikseon-dong is on the right.

Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong, located in both directions on Samil-daero in the middle, are located about a 20-minute walk away.

Once the two places are very close together, the advantage is that if you visit either one, you can easily get to the other.

I've been to Insa-dong before, but it was my first time to Ikseon-dong, so I was able to find the way easily. It was on a straight street, so it was easy to find the way.

SecondApart from the advantage of being close to the two places, it has the advantage of being easy to find from other tourist destinations.

Cheonggyecheon Stream and Tapgol Park to the south, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gwanghwamun to the west, and Bukchon Hanok Village to the north. Lastly, Changdeokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine are located to the east. Also, the closest place to Insa-dong is Jogyesa Temple.

Since all of the tourist attractions introduced now are the most important places for Korean tourism, they are frequently visited by Koreans as well as foreigners. Each tourist attraction can be reached within 20 minutes on foot. Immediately after the tour is over, tourists come to have a meal.

thirdis convenient transportation. Insa-dong and Ikseon-dong are the heart of Seoul, so public transportation is convenient. Nearby subway stations include Jonggak Station (Line 1), Jongno 3-ga Station (Lines 1, 3, and 5), and Gyeongbokgung Station (Line 3).

3. Let's learn about Insa-dong

(1) The most famous thing in Insa-dong

Insa-dong is famous as a place where a lot of 'Insaeng' lived during the Joseon Dynasty. Middle class literally refers to people who used to be in the middle class, and to use the analogy now, they are interpreters and doctors. If you walk around Insa-dong, you can see many places selling souvenirs and art, and in the background there is a rather sad modern and modern history of Korea.

When the Japanese colonial period began, antique art and many cultural assets went to Japan. At that time, there were many antique art stores in Insa-dong and trade was active.

The yangbans of the Joseon Dynasty lived in Bukchon Hanok Village, and scholars speculate that antiques from the fallen yangbans may have been traded during the Japanese colonial period.

In addition to souvenir and art shops, there are many restaurants where you can eat traditional Korean food, and there are many cafes where you can enjoy traditional drinks.

Currently, it is designated as a 'car-free street', so there are times when cars are known, and there are so many alleys that it can be easy to get lost.

(2) How to get to Insadong

There are four main entrances to Insadong. Among them, the main entrances are 'Bukinsa Madang' and 'Naminsa Madang'.

Since our party started near Gyeongbokgung Palace, we arrived in Insa-dong through 'Bukinsa Madang'.

To get to Insa-dong from Gyeongbokgung Palace, search for 'Anguk Station' You can also go there. 

From Gyeongbokgung Intersection, walk for about 10 minutes in the direction of Anguk Station Intersection, and you will see 'Anguk Building' on the left. You can see the entrance to Insa-dong across from 'Anguk Building'. Here, 'Bukinsa Madang' means located in the north. 



The following is how to get to 'Naminsa Madang'. 'Naminsa Madang' is easier to find than 'North Insa Madang'.

Because you just need to find Tapgol Park.

Tapgol Park is well known as the starting point of the 3.1 Movement, and there is also the 'Wongaksa Temple 3-story Stone Pagoda', National Treasure No.

If you go down the main road between Tapgol Park and Pimatgol, you will see the entrance to the 'Naminsa Madang' with the 'Ilwol Obongdo' mural painted on it.

'Naminsa Madang' is famous for its traditional performances such as Samulnori on weekends, holidays, or on specific days.



(3) How to perform in Insadong


The outdoor stages of 'Bukinsa Madang' and 'Naminsa Madang' are places where anyone can apply for a performance.

You can apply for performances from Monday to Sunday. There are no restrictions on the number of people and groups that can apply, but the condition is that they must perform performances related to traditional culture and art.

In this case, anyone can apply regardless of student, group, club, or club. However, it is characteristic that applications related to politics, religion, or public relations are not approved.

Applications are usually accepted from 2 months to 7 days in advance, so if there is a desired date, you must see the date and apply on the planned date to perform.

application is Jongno-gu council websiteYou can apply at


4. Concluding...

What we found today was the characteristics and location of Insa-dong. In addition to Insa-dong, there are many places that sell souvenirs, such as Namdaemun Market, Myeong-dong, and Hongdae.

However, in Insa-dong, you can also check out the relatively old art pieces.

There are many items such as improved hanbok, ceramics, Korean paper, and crafts, making it a tourist destination visited by many foreign tourists.

In the next post, I will take a look at Ikseon-dong, which is more popular with Koreans than foreigners. thank you.