인사동 Insadong



Transitional or in-between spaces are most often overlooked for their “neither-here-nor-there”-ness which many may find uncomfortable. And yet, it is a space that I can identify with in all my indecisiveness. Red or Orange? I choose Coral. Hot or Cold? Can I get it in lukewarm please? The impracticality of the in-between makes it so unlikeable but charming in that if you know how to appreciate it, you will know of its preciousness.

Insadong was precisely that.

Its streets are busy with locals and tourists alike, haggling over prices of antiquities as well as art pieces in highly modern galleries. At the end of the street you will find yourself in an open air complex that is unusual for its architecture and the shops it houses. Ssamziegil fills itself with numerous handicraft boutiques that prize themselves on delicately designed bracelets and necklaces that are handmade by the shopowners.

Insadong rewards you with an experience that is different from what the other parts of Seoul can offer. While I can’t make that promise that you will fall in love with this treasure-of-a-find instantly, it is just the kind of place that will grow on you with time. After all, there is an element of mystery when one's thrown into the past, and the future, all at once; a secret that can only be unveiled when you're fully immersed in this cultural wonderland. And who doesn't love a good secret? ;-)










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