Seoul has been such a tease with weather. She’ll show a little leg in the form of a sunshiny day, and then hastily pull down her skirt again when she sees how happy it makes you. This weekend she let the sun shine enough for a full day of moseying around the winding, artistic nooks and crannies of the Insadong/Jongno/Samcheong area. Although she’s gone back into prude-mode, last weekend’s gorgeous weather was a lovely surprise.
Despite its touristy nature, I love this area. The winding side streets that pull you in, specialty shops selling hand-crafted leather bags and stationary, and of course the bounty of art galleries. My friend Vivian and I (a sculpture major, making her quite a suitable companion for this activity!) used an article from Seoulist as our guide, but the neighborhood is so accessible and free-flowing that you never want to look at a map or guidebook, and getting lost just seems much more appealing. Get off at the Anguk subway stop on Line #3, and let your creative side guide you.
Some galleries I loved: (forgot to write down some names, but just go wander)
Gallery Sun Contemporary
Here are some photos from my arternoon.
There were a few museums, but we mostly stuck to the independently run galleries featuring local Korean artists. Seoul has a vibrant art scene, go walk around Insadong and see for yourself!