Fodor's Expert Review Insa-dong
Although it has become more tourist-centered in the past few years, Insa-dong remains one of Seoul's best areas to spend the day. Full of restaurants and street vendors, modern art galleries and traditional crafts, this street is buzzing with energy year round. Connecting the historic neighborhoods and palaces of northern Seoul to the fast-paced modern downtown, Insa-dong is an interesting blend of the old and new. While there are any number of interesting shops, teahouses, and restaurants, the modern Ssamzie-gil complex is worth a special stop. The four-story building is home to over 70 shops and restaurants, from inexpensive crafts to works by world-famous designers. Insa-dong is one of the best places in the city to shop for souvenirs or antiques. A number of shops sell generic "made in China" ceramics and goods though, so be sure what you are getting is the real thing.