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Walking Tour Introduction
An area full of traditional culture and art in the heart of the city
Find beautiful antique furniture, paintings, folk art and craft works at some of the many traditional Korean shops lining the streets of Insadong.
This walking tour takes visitors around the area of Insadong, a quaint neighborhood in the center of Seoul that transports visitors back to a time when women wore hanbok and men rode horses. With its wooden tea houses, boutique galleries and street vendors selling traditional snacks, a stroll through Insadong is mandatory for all visitors.
Walking Tour Details
Route
Tapgol Park - Tong-in Store - Myungsindang pilbang - The Central Temple of Cheondogyo - Mingadaheon (Min’s Club) - Kyungin Museum of Fine Art Napcheong Bronzeware -Ssamzie-gil - Jogyesa(Temple) - Bosingak

Length of tour : 2~3 hours

Meeting Place : In front of Tapgol Park

※ Transportation : at the Jongno 3(sam)-ga(Tapgol Park) Station(subway line 1) exit#1, go straight 300m Or at the Jong-gak Station(subway line 1) exit#3, go straight 430m.

※ Experience programs offered by museums are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.

 
Major Tourist Attractions
Central Temple of Cheondogyo
Construction for the Central Temple of Cheondogyo, the head temple for the religion of Cheondo, started in December 1918 and finished in February 1921. Its foundation was proposed by Son Byeong-hee. The temple is t-shaped building with a Baroque-style roof featuring a 4-story steeple, with influences of Vienna Secession in its overall architectural design
Mingadahyeon (Min's Club)
Mingadaheon, now a fusion restaurant, was originally a house owned and occupied by the family of Min Ik-du, a descendent of Empress Myeongseong in the early 20th century. It was designed by the father of Korean modern architecture, Park Gilryong in 1930. Mingadaheon is an example of the first instances of Western influences in Korea, and was designated as Important Folklore Material No. 15 of Seoul as it is a historically significant house that helps to understand the changes in Korean architecture. The exterior of the building is Korean, designed to look like a traditional Korean house (hanok), while the interior is western, designed in Victorian style.
Phone : +82-2-733-2966
Website : http://www.minsclub.co.kr
Kyungin Museum of Fine Art
Originally a residential palace for Bak Yeonghyo, a member of the royal family before being converted into a museum, the Kyungin Museum of Fine Art was founded in 1983 and it is renowned as a cultural space for artists and tourists from home and abroad. Famous for its blend of modern and traditional elements, it is comprised of five main exhibition halls, an atelier gallery, an outdoor gallery, an outdoor stage and a beautiful sculpture garden that surrounds a traditional teahouse (Dawon).

Closed : New Year's Day, Seollal, Chuseok
Hours : 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Website : http://www.kyunginart.co.kr
Ssamzie-gil
Opened in 2004, Ssamzie-gil is a new traditional culture and shopping complex. Located within the traditional area of Insadong, it continues with the traditions of the area while blending in modern style and convenient facilities. For instance, Ssamzie-gil’s footpath runs from the first floor to the rooftop, circling around a courtyard like a spiral, reminiscent of an alleyway in Insadong. Lining the path are about 70 shops, including small workshops on the first floor which are original workshops from Insadong even before Ssamzie-gil was constructed. Meanwhile its book cafés, galleries and traditional experience programs help create a cultural complex.
Jogyesa (Temple)
Jogyesa is the head temple of the Jogye Order and of Korean Buddhism. Jogye is the representative order of Korean Seon (Zen) Buddhism, and as the head temple of the largest sect of Korean Buddhism, it is also the grandest in design. Built in 1910, it was first named Gakhwangsa by Buddhist priests Han Yong-wun and Yi Hoe-gwang, was called Taegosa during the Japanese colonial period of Korea, and finally named Jogyesa in 1954. Daeungjeon (Hall) is the main hall of the temple, its majestic size often compared to that of the halls of the grand palaces, and the frames of its paper sliding doors are decorated with a beautiful flower designs that are particularly famous. With these artistic features, Daeungjeon is highly praised for its splendid and elaborate design. Jogyesa is also home of the Baeksong, a white pine tree which stands next to Daeungjeon, designated Natural Monument No. 9 in Korea.

Phone : +82-2-732-2115
Website : http://www.jogyesa.kr
Bosingak (Belfry)
Designated as National Treasure No. 2, Bosingak (Belfry) was used during the Joseon Dynasty to keep time. At 4 a.m., the bell was rung 33 times and the city gates were opened, signaling the start of a day, and at 10 p.m., it was rung 28 times and the city gates would close, signaling the end of a day. The bell was also used as a fire alarm. The original bell was originally constructed in 1396 but was destroyed in a fire accident. In 1468 the bell was remade and still exists today, currently being displayed at the National Museum of Korea, as it cannot be rung due to the cracks on its trunk caused by fires and other calamities that occured over a long period of time. The bell that is currently standing at Bosingak was newly cast with contributions from the public. The bell is now only rung 33 times at midnight on New Year’s Eve, an event that thousands of people flock to see in Jongno.
Map of Walking Tour Route

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