Insadong 仁寺洞 인사동

You can find a lot of traditional handcrafts and snacks, artistic designs, and tea houses in this area.

More modern arts and crafts can be found in a newer mall, ssamziegil 쌈지길.

You can also find the only Starbucks in the world that does not have an English sign.

There are more pricy tea houses along the mean street, and some more cozy ones in the alleys. You can get a nice view of the buzzing street from tea houses on the second floor.

Omija Cha (Five Flavor Tea) 오미자차 is always my favourite because it is like a juice, some may think it tastes like cough syrup though…

There is a famous trolley that sells ho-tteok 호떡, a filled pancake. The filling is like a syrup with a cinnamon flavor. The filling can be very hot if it is right out of the fryer so be careful!

You could get here by getting off at Anguk Station 安國驛 안국역 (328) or Jongno 3-ga Station 鍾路3街驛 종로3가역 (130). But if you’re going to the second palace: Changdeokgung 昌德宮 창덕궁 (which I would recommend over Gyeongbokgung 景福宮 경복궁, purely from a tourist’s perspective, since Changdeokgung has a bigger garden), you should get off at Anguk Station.

For an integrated map of what to do in the surrounding area, please go here.

Lotte Duty Free

Lotte Duty Free (明洞 Myeongdong 명동)

Located inside Lotte Department Store in Myeongdong.

 

Remember to bring your passport, credit card and flight info.

Sulwhasoo 雪花秀 (9/F)

Further discount (5%) for VISA card (more discount for Platinum VISA card holder). Remember to ask for more sample!

Products of some brands (e.g., Origins) have to be picked up at the airport. You would be given a receipt and bring that to the duty free pick up at the airport (look for it after you have passed the immigration). But be prepared for the long lines…