Are you a person who has an interest in small alleys like Samcheong-dong, Itaewon, Bukchon, and Ihwa-dong? There’s a place in the heart of Seoul where you can visit without regret. It’s called “Ikseon-dong”. If you are looking for something old but new, a different texture this place is the best to go.
Discovering Ikseon-dong: The Snap-Shot of Seoul
Ikseon-dong was also called “Nudong Palace” where the royal family resided. This place is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of Seoul. Despite being old, it’s been like a hidden treasure inside. Just as they always say “Don’t judge the book by its cover”, and that’s Ikseon-dong. It is distinctly shining and attracting a lot of businesses, entrepreneurs, tourists, and even locals.
The place consists of small alleys with different kinds of businesses like restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques, fashion houses, and flower shops with a combination of a cafe. Tourists and locals are gathered here all the time because of the famous restaurants that serve delicious kinds of menus.
Ikseondong is just near to Gyeongbukgung Palace and Insadong but taking the subway going to Jongno3-ga and exit at gate 4 or 6 is the easiest. After getting out of the subway just across the street and you’ll there. It’s like a maze of small alleys and a lot of visitors come all day.
Cafe hopping and dining into restaurants are not just the common things you can do at Ikseon-dong, you can also do the shopping for beautiful and stylish Korean fashion clothes. Aside from that, you can also experience the Korean retro clothing rental experience like those clothes in the drama Mr. Sunshine.
Ikseon-dong Hanok Alley
Discovering Ikseon-dong was a great experience for me because in a modern place like Seoul you can still find and feel the presence of the past snap-shot of Seoul. This kind of place is pretty cool and nothing to leave behind. This place was featured also in Korean dramas like the “Hotel Del Luna”, “Black Knight”, “Where the Stars Land” and “True Beauty“. Not just Korean dramas but some variety shows filmed here with famous Korean stars.
How to get here?
Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 4. → Cross the street and walk straight for approx. 300m along Donghwamun-ro 11-gil Street. (Approx. 3 min)
Supyo-ro 28-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 수표로28길 일대)
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