Places to See in Seoul; Insa-dong District
January 20, 2014 1 Comment
One of the most important place in Seoul to see is Insa-dong neighborhood. It is a district inside historical downtown of Seoul.In old Seoul, here was a place where poor families live, while today it is a turistic and magnificent area. The value of Insa-dong starts to increase during Japanese invasion. faced bad days, wealthy families of Bukchon village sell their precious goods here. And then, Insadong becomes a street of shopping. A kind of craft-street.
Insa-dong reminds me Istiklal Street of my city, Istanbul. And a bit similar Tophane area of Istiklal.
In here you can see calligraphy shops and masters. At the same time, you can see so many shops which are selling traditional Korean dresses named ‘hanbok‘.
While I am talking about Insa-dong, let’s talk a bit about Korean calligraphy. Again I will compare to my country. In Turkey, calligraphy with Arabic letters are common, and in Korea the characters for calligraphy are Chinese letters. And Insa-dong is a kind of meeting place for calligraphy masters in Korea. They have studios here, and calligraphy shops, as well.
In Insa-dong, always it is possible to find something interesting. It has street musicians, protesters, and so many persons who are making performing social activities.If you go there someday, don’t forget to try Insadong ice-cream. And, there are some very nice modern buildings in Insadong. I think they are worthy to see. -fin-
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