Insa-dong is overflowing with galleries, such as the Kyung-In Museum of Fine Art, a place steeped in history and tradition. As the center of politics, public administration, and culture during the Joseon Dynasty, Insa-dong is surrounded by many notable tourist attractions, such as the Unhyeongung Palace near Anguk Station and Jogyesa (a major Buddhist temple in Korea) to the west of Insa-dong Street.
Many places in Insa-dong offer opportunities to experience traditional Korean culture and art. Visitors can participate in making bojagi (traditional wrapping cloth), hanji (traditional Korean paper), and knotted crafts at a variety of different locations throughout the area. A visit to ‘Ssamjigil Workshop’ gives visitors further opportunities to try ceramics, hanji, and/or metal crafts. The second floor of Insa Art Center runs various hands-on programs showing how hand mirrors, albums, and jewelry boxes are made. For an even more relaxed journey into the Insa-dong cultural scene, take a trip to the Beautiful Tea Museum to learn about teas and tea cultures from around the world. Lastly, visitors to the area should not miss watching “Jump,” a wildly popular nonverbal performance now showing at the Jump Theater.
|Bars/ Cafes/ Clubs||Tteul Gwa Dawon (뜰과다원)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Hamgyeong-do Wangsundae (Korean stuffed sausage) (함경도 왕순대)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Nuri (누리)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||The Hanok Smith Likes (스미스가 좋아하는 한옥)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Bars/ Cafes/ Clubs||Dawon (Traditional Tea Garden) (전통다원)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Min's Club (민가다헌)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Sarangchae (사랑채)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Vegetarian Restaurants||Osegyehyang (오세계향)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Mijin (미진)||Jongno-gu Seoul|
|Korean Food||Tobang (토방)||Jongno-gu Seoul|