[Travel] Seoul 7D Free And Easy – Day 4

The best part about staying in Insadong is that we can walk to the Palaces nearby, saving on transport and, it’s good to walk!

Today we came to Changdeokgung but didn’t join the main guided tour. Instead we’d signed up for the Secret Garden tour. Reservation is required and has to be a guided tour.

Really a bad time to visit Korea… the dull colors of post-winter >_< when I compare pictures with my colleagues. largi sad leh!


what YM saw; what HH saw; what I saw 😦

Alive Museum at Insadong is the largest fun trickeye art works. We had so much fun there!

Dinner was at an unknown place as we were too tired to look for the recommended places. By the time we come out of Alive Museum it was also pretty late so we decided to just hang out in Insadong and shop in the area. Stopping by a petite cafe for coffee and I bought some “GB” collectibles 😛

Mom gave the busker some money and praised his singing in her own way 🙂



Day 4 (Mar 17, Tue) Walking Tour to Changdeokgung, Insadong, Alive Museum*, Cheonggyecheon Stream

  • Wake up 8am and prepare, or later. Guided tours start late morning and noon. Have late breakfast.
  • Proceed to Changdeokgung, Anguk Station Exit 3. Go straight for 5min. 
  • Changdeokgung Palace (closed on Monday). Insadong. Alive Museum in Insadong. Cheonggyecheon Stream
  • Changdeokgung Adults KRW 3000 Regular. Chinese Guided Tours: 11:00, 15:00 (60 mins) ← covered if buying integrated ticket.

– Huwon (Secret Garden) Course (90 mins) KRW5000. Chinese Guided Tours: 12:30

– Hamyangmun Gate → Buyongji Pond area → Uiduhap Building → Bullomun Gate → Aeryeonji Pond area → Yeonggyeongdang House → Jondeokjeong area → Ongnyucheon → Donhwamun Gate

※ Admission to Huwon is limited for 100 people per session. (On-line reservation 50 people, on-site purchase 50 people on a first-come, first served basis). Total KRW 8000 if taking Secret Garden tour.

Reservation Info. for Foreigners
Advanced reservations or on site reservation (on a first-come, first served basis) required for Huwon Tour (Secret Garden area).
Tel: +82-2-762-8261 (English) / http://eng.cdg.go.kr/reservation/reserv_01.htm?year=2015&month=1 (starts every Tue for current month)
[Subway] Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Subway Line 1, 3 or 5), Exit 6. Go straight along Donhwamun-ro Street for 10min. 
Anguk Station (Subway Line 3), Exit 3. Go straight for 5min. 
  • The walk from Changdeokgung Palace to Insa-dong only takes between 5 to 10 minutes. Late lunch.

Recommended Restaurants in Insa-dong / Ssamzigil

Sanchon (산촌)
This restaurant, which offers temple food, is so well known that not only the local media, but even the international media has covered it. There is one menu, and more than 16 dishes are vegetarian. In the evening, the restaurant offers a traditional dance performance between 20:00 and 20:50.
Tel: +82-2-735-0312 (Korean) Hours: 12:00 ~ 22:00
Closed: New Year’s, Lunar New Year’s, and Chuseok holidays
Price: Lunch 19,800 won / Dinner 35,200 won

Saram & Namu (사람과 나무, Human & Tree)
This restaurant gained recognition as one of the favorites of Coach Guus Hiddink, who brought the Korean football team to the semi-finals in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. The cuisine is Korean with some fusion-style additions. Located in the Hanok building, the interior is decorated in a spiritual, zen decorum, making the ambience just as satisfying as the food. The recommended lunch special is priced at 7,000 won and comes with seven different dishes.
Tel: +82-2- 723-3323 (Korean)
Hours: 10:00~24:00
Closed: Open all year round
Price: Lunch special: 7,000 won / Dinner special: 29,800 won (for two people)

Insa-dong Sujebi (인사동 수제비)
This deliciously chewy sujebi is served in a small jar. Also try the oyster pajeon (Korean style pancake) and golbaengi muchim (spicy freshwater snails).
Tel: +82-2-735-5481/3361 (Korean)
Hours: 11:30~21:30
Closed: New Year’s, Lunar New Year’s, and Chuseok holidays
Price: Insa-dong sujebi: 5,000 won / gul (oyster) pajeon: 8,000 won / golbaengi muchim: 10,000 won

Starbucks Insadong

The only Starbucks outlet in the world with korean name.


12, Insa-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul-si Inside the Deil Bldg. (B1-B2)

Open 09:00-20:30 (last admission is 1 hour before closing.)

* Can skip if tired

Jongno 3-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1 & 3 & 5), Exit 1.
– Walk for 310m and take right at Keumkang Store.
– Continue walking straight until you reach TonyMoly (Insa-dong Branch).
– The museum will on the right.
  • Walk your way from Insa-dong to Jongno, and then to Cheonggyecheon Stream! (10 min walk)

The other entrance to Insa-dong connects with Jongno 2-ga. As you walk out from the main street of Insa-dong and come to the wide avenue of Jongno, make a right turn. Walk about five minutes and you will reach the Jonggak subway station (line 1). Go into the station and take exit 5 (Korea Tourism Organization exit). Walk about a minute and you will find yourself on the road right next to the stream.
Turn right and walk along the small pedestrian sidewalk by the stream for about five to ten minutes until you reach Cheonggye Plaza, where the stream starts.

  • Can shop at nearby Lotte after dinner (Gwangjang market again or other options)

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