Join the race for amazing prizes and everlasting glory and submit your finest photos to our ongoing competitions such as Road to Photokina 2016 - The Selfie Challenge. Good luck!

Hunting for Souvenirs at Insadong

2012-02-13

Looking for souvenirs to remember your Seoul sojourn? When you want to buy Korean gift items other than bottles of kimchi, the best place to visit in Seoul is Insadong.

Credits: lakandula

Located at the Jongno-gu neighborhood, this shopping district used to be the largest antique and art market in Korea. Attracting lots of visitors on a daily basis, it was reported to have 100,000 shoppers and sightseers on Sundays in 2000. Its main street that is closed to vehicular traffic on weekends is connected to a multitude of alleys all filled with small shops that sell a variety of souvenirs and cute knickknacks that reflect colorful Korean culture and sure to bring joy to the people you’ll be gifting. These items include ceramics, antique furniture, hanbok (traditional clothes), hanji (handmade paper), calligraphy materials, teas, folk crafts, paintings, and other artworks.

Credits: lakandula

It is also home to the city’s oldest bookstore (the Tongmungwan) and the oldest tea house (the Kyung-in Art Gallery). But not everything in Insadong is old. The whole area is a fine mix of past and present cultures. A stroll along the curved street on a cold winter morning sipping hot brewed coffee (just like what my friend and I did) is pure bliss. Also, prepare to be amazed and entertained by those men in white kitchen uniforms who demonstrate the production of hair-thin noodle-like sweets in an attention-grabbing performance. I bought a box of cinnamon-flavored sweets out of amazement.

Credits: lakandula

Although my friend and I didn’t see one that early in the morning, there are usually musical performances, calligraphy demonstrations, and other art events as well as street festivals all year-round that will entertain culturally curious travelers. Aside from souvenir shops and teahouses, there are numerous cafes, restaurants, galleries, and ateliers along the main street and in the narrow alleys.

Credits: lakandula

written by lakandula on 2012-02-13 #places #art-and-culture #select-type-of-location #location #shopping-souvenir-seoul-insadong-art-crafts-antique

More Interesting Articles

  • December 19th Advent Offer: Get 10% Off Your Lomography Camera Today!

    written by Lomography on 2015-12-19 #news #gear
    December 19th Advent Offer: Get 10% Off Your Lomography Camera Today!

    Are you looking for a last-minute gift? Today all Lomography cameras are 10% off — whether you buy them at our Online Shop or at a Lomography Gallery Store. So hurry on over to finish up your holiday shopping before it's too late!

    2015-12-19
  • Trending Albums of March 2016

    written by lomography on 2016-03-26 #news
    Trending Albums of March 2016

    Most of us organize our photo albums according to events or places. Some prefer to classify their photographs according to film or technique, while others compile their best shots. Have a look at this month's most noteworthy albums and learn how to tell your stories through visual organization.

    2016-03-26 2
  • The Bazaar by Lomography: Tell Us What You Seek!

    written by Lomography on 2016-03-28 #news
    The Bazaar by Lomography: Tell Us What You Seek!

    If you haven't already heard, we've launched a new curated category of over 250 exciting products. And we want your help to find even more! Share you suggestions for the Bazaar and you might get a special thank you gift from us!

    2016-03-28 1
  • Shop News

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    Explore the New Jupiter 3+

    A resurrection from the zenith of Russian premium optics, get the same elegance and classic compact design as its predecessor. — available in small quantities on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Trending Albums of February 2016

    written by lomography on 2016-02-27 #news
    Trending Albums of February 2016

    Most of us organize our photo albums according to events or places. Some prefer to classify their photographs according to film or technique, while others compile their best shots. Have a look at this month's most noteworthy albums and learn how to tell your stories through visual organization.

    2016-02-27 6
  • Lomography x Fashion Walk: Be A City Explorer

    written by Lomography on 2016-05-18 #news
    Lomography x Fashion Walk: Be A City Explorer

    Get out of your comfort zone and explore your city in a totally different angle - when you try to think more and experiment, you will find that there is always something fun in your everyday life! Let your creativity roam, visit every corner of your city, and share with us your discoveries!

    2016-05-18 6
  • LaserSoft Imaging’s SilverFast Brings Your Scans to Life (Part 1)

    written by Robn Kester on 2015-09-29 #gear #tutorials
    LaserSoft Imaging’s SilverFast Brings Your Scans to Life (Part 1)

    There is an assortment of applications you can use to scan your film, but I will tell you why you should be using SilverFast over all of the others. Its power is unrivaled, and once you get the hang of it, you will not want to go back.

    2015-09-29 11
  • Shop News

    The Lomography Bazaar

    The Lomography Bazaar

    We constantly search far and wide, meticulously seek out, hunt down, and hand-pick some of the most experimental and alternative gear out there - and we've now gathered them all in one easy to browse shop category, ready for the picking! In the Lomo-Bazaar, you canalso be part of our process of collecting fresh new products, rare treasures, and crowd-funded creations to sell on the shop - after all, they’re all for you! Get in touch with us to share your suggestions for amazing gear - go on, we’re all ears!

  • Get Creative with Exciting New Films & Save 35% on Lomography 110 Film!

    written by shhquiet on 2015-09-18 #news #gear
    Get Creative with Exciting New Films & Save 35% on Lomography 110 Film!

    The bold new film you’ve been waiting for is here! We’ve got a huge selection of creative and experimental films, and lots of other great ones back in stock. Head to our Online Shop or visit a Lomography Gallery Store near you and pick your film up today!

    2015-09-18
  • Lomography x Grand Plaza: Explore Mongkok

    written by phyllistc on 2016-07-08 #news
    Lomography x Grand Plaza: Explore Mongkok

    When you hear the name Mongkok, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? This Summer, Lomography Hong Kong teamed up with Grand Plaza for an "Explore Mongkok" analogue photography competition. Share with us your impressions of Mongkok with a touch of creativity!

    2016-07-08
  • Newcomer of the Week: Morgan Buchanan (@gordonfalconer)

    written by Lomography on 2016-08-28
    Newcomer of the Week: Morgan Buchanan (@gordonfalconer)

    Australia-based fiction writer and tai chi teacher Morgan Buchanan aims to bring Lomography's "Don't Think, Just Shoot" attitude not only to his photography, but also to his writing and tai chi practice.

    2016-08-28
  • Shop News

    Great discounts on Instax Mini films when you them with the Lomo'Instant Milano

    Great discounts on Instax Mini films when you them with the Lomo'Instant Milano

    Purchase the newest, coolest, pinkest Lomo'Instant yet, the Lomo'Instant Milano and get up to 20% off the price of film when you buy it with 10 packs of Instax Mini Films!

  • Slates of Silver with the Lomography Orca 110

    written by lomographymagazine on 2016-08-28 #gear
    Slates of Silver with the Lomography Orca 110

    The Lomography Orca 110 will help you achieve the fine, silver-metallic shades rarely attained from the grayscale.

    2016-08-28
  • Recycling Memories: Surreal Collages by Weronika Gęsicka

    written by Ciel Hernandez on 2016-08-27 #people
    Recycling Memories: Surreal Collages by Weronika Gęsicka

    What can be done with old printed photographs which no longer serve fascination in the digital age? Polish artist Weronika Gęsicka re-imagines these vintage prints in to new images and frames of passed time and emphasizes the importance of print in the matter of memory.

    2016-08-27 2
  • Exploring The Unknown: An Interview with Brandon Harman

    written by Ivana Džamić on 2016-08-27 #people
    Exploring The Unknown: An Interview with Brandon Harman

    Sometimes it truly isn’t about the destination, but it’s more about the travels and sights that take your breath away along the way. Brandon Harman’s photos are timeless and capture the perfect connection between nature and people.

    2016-08-27