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Korea’s Insadong: Cookies and Culture

November 30, 2008

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A couple of weekends ago we went to Insadong in Seoul to do a bit of Christmas shopping and soak in some culture. Yes, we do have to do Christmas shopping this early (because shipping stuff overseas will take a long time). It’s a really interesting neighborhood as it combines both traditional and modern Korea. The video we made was of the most touristy area; a long cobblestone street lined with shops and selling all types of traditional Korea goods. Clothing, ceramics, tea, handmade paper, artwork, jewelry, calligraphy supplies, art supplies, linens, fans, hats, and delicious street snacks. If you’re visiting Korea on vacation, this is the place to go for some great souvenirs. If you follow the street until it ends and cross the road to a smaller less busy street you will find the real jewel of Insadong. A special area filled with gorgeous coffee shop and clothing stores, all oozing with their own personality. As you continue to snoop around the area, you’ll find the houses have be rebuilt to look like traditional Korean homes, but these houses cost millions! It is a gorgeous neighbourhood and you’re guarantied to get some amazing pictures. We’ll post another video about this area when we get the chance, but for now, check out Insadong’s best shopping zone here.

For now, actually, we actually have TWO VIDEOS. The first is a montage of what Insadong looks like, including its streets, its signs, its musicians, and its robots. The second is a clip from Insadong that we had to make into a movie entirely of its own. There are a few booths around Insadong with a couple of guys making and selling cookies. While they make these cookies they talk in three different languages and explain what’s going on (in this case, Japanese and English for us Japanese and English tourists). It’s really quite cool, so we included the movie as well.

Insadong Cookie Makers

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  1. Oh man i remember when we went to the traditional korean park outside Seoul. There was this huge stone lid on a drum buried with coal. Some people were putting their hands on the lid for short amounts of time, since it was already really (4 degrees C) cold. So my friends and i placed out hands there for a good minute, then noticed that the people were looking at us. It was a pot for cooking nuts! We thought it was a traditional hand warming thing! Learning the culture without speaking is difficult LOL

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