Insadong Activity Guide
Let's explore some fun, hands-on activities in Insadong!
For those familiar with Insadong, you may be thinking there's nothing else to it except cultural heritage destinations, but you would be mistaken! Insadong offers a large variety of activities to help fill your time in Korea with fun memories. Today, we will be discussing what fun activities you have to add to your to-do list while in Insadong.
If you'd like more information about a wider variety of activities, then please check out our Insadong Locals Guide.
Rent a Hanbok at Princess Hanbok
Renting a Hanbok became a must-have travel experience for tourists! There are more than 100 hanbok rental stores in Seoul alone! Princess Hanbok near Gyeongbokgung Palace and Samcheong-dong offers a collection of exquisite traditional Korean costumes at an unbeatable price.
Princess Hanbok is a Hanbok store with a long history that has an extensive collection of Hanbok in the Gyeongbokgung Bukchon area. The owner of Princess Hanbok is originally a traditional Hanbok maker. The store has been owned by his family for over three generations. They have been creating traditional Hanboks for more than 60 years.
Jazz up your trip to Gyeongbukgung Palace by renting a hanbok!
Location: 서울특별시 종로구 인사동길 40, 4F
4F, Insadong-gil 40, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: 10:00 - 18:00
Visit Jogyesa Temple
Jogyesa Temple is the largest Buddhist temple in Korea and was built in 1395 during the early Joseon Dynasty. It wasn't until 1954 that it was renamed Jogyesa Temple.
The temple is located right in Insadong. While it is a popular destination for tourists, there is also quite a few Koreans who visit and worship there. Not only is the temple a sacred place, but it has a beautiful pink lawn that wins the attention of all that visit.
If you practice Buddhism or are just curious about the religion and its practice in Korea, then this is an excellent place to visit. Entry is free and it is open all year round.
Jogyesa Temple (조계사)
Location: 서울 종로구 우정국로 55
(55 Ujeongguk-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul)
Directions: Take Exit 2 at Jonggak Station and walk about 415m.
Get Your Portrait Drawn
If you've been to the Ssamziegil shopping mall, you might be familiar with the portrait shop located near the entrance on the first floor.
As soon as you sit down, the artist looks at you and begins to draw very quickly. In about 10 minutes, you will have a beautifully drawn self-portrait to remember your time.
This was the result of our visit. We got one black and white image and a fully colored sketch as well. We definitely recommend experiencing it for yourself.
Image For You (이미지 포유/펀 캐리커처 쌈지길) | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 인사동길 44 쌈지길
44 Insadong-gil, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 10:30am - 8am
Black & White: 5,000 KRW
Color: 15,000 KRW
Directions: Walk about 292m from Exit 6 of Anguk Station
Make Your Own Custom Phone Case
Ever want to buy a phone case but couldn't find one that was exactly what you wanted. Well at this shop, you can make one just how you like by yourself.
When you enter the store, the owner will ask you what cell phone you have. Then you will be provided the proper instructions for making a case for the corresponding model. There are many different patters and styles for you to choose from.
After selecting your your favorite stickers and accessories, you can place them on your case and create your own unique design and from that you will get your own one-of-a-kind phone case.
Surprised, Yuri (놀라줘유리) | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 인사동길 44 쌈지길 1 층
44 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 10:30am - 8pm
Price: A phone case and 8 stickers - 17,000 KRW
Directions: About 310m from Exit 6 of Anguk Station
4 Cut Photo Booth
This is an activity that has become popular all over Korea. You can find these photo booths in every corner of Seoul and Insadong is no exception. Take a fun and customizable photo booth-style photo with your friends or family. All locations come with a variety of fun accessories to wear during the pictures and different options for color backgrounds and more. When you finish taking your photos, you can customize your prints as well. This is a great way to make memories when in Korea.
This studio in particular is beautifully decorated and creates a fun mood from the minute you walk through the door. Choose your accessories and show your personality however you like.
Go make some great memories at the Insadong 4 Cut!
Insaeng 4 Cut (인생[ㅇ]네컷)
Location: 서울 종로구 인사동길49 3층
49 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 10am - 10pm
Price: 2 Strips with 4 pictures: 4,000 KRW (other sizes and quantities available)
Directions: Walk about 230m from Exit 6 of Anguk Station
Visit Unhyeongung Palace
Unhyeongung Palace in Insadong was once the residence of the Huengseon Daewongun, the father King Gojong from the Jose Dynasty. After his ascension to the throne, King Gojong renovated the palace a lot, but it was severely damaged during World War II and the Japanese Occupation. The palace that you visit today has been rebuilt through the efforts of Seoul's restoration program of palaces.
It is one of the great symbols of the Joseon Dynasty.
Now the palace is open to visitors, free of charge.
Not only can you see the palace, but you van see some furniture that was used in Korean hanoks (houses) during that time.
Unhyeongung Palace (은현궁) | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 삼일대로 464
464 Samil-daero, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 9am - 6pm; Last Entrance 5:30pm (Mondays OFF)
Directions: Walk about 104m from Exit 4 of Anguk Station
Experience Making a Seal
In the Western world, when you have to make any official documents, you sign the paper. But in Korea, every adult Korean has their own official stamp for signing these official documents. In Insadong, you have the chance of creating your own as a souvenir.
The Eorayeongak Experience Center makes stamps using soft colored stones. There are professional engravers on the spot are ready to assist you throughout the process.
Once you have decided on the name you've liked engraved, you can also decide on a meaningful phrase or pattern on the hand old of the seal.
You can get an exclusive 5% discount when book your reservation with Creatrip!
Eorayeongak Experience Center | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 인사동길 34 2층 202호
34 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Class Times: 1pm, 2pm, 5pm
- Stamp + Bookmark + Stamp Box (A Set) - 22,000 KRW
- Stamp + Personalized Stamp + Bookmark + Stamp (B Set) - 33,000 KRW
Directions: About 358m from Exit 5 of Jongno 3-ga Station.
Explore Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze
The Alive Museum and Dynamic Maze in Insadong are very fun places that have been featured in many Korean variety shows. Not only can you experience a lot of fun activities, but you can also take a lot of great pictures.
There are as many over 60 artworks in the Alive Museum that have been completed by many artists. All use a variety of perspective to make the images look realistic and alive.
The Dynamic Maze in the Alive Museum is a fun experience that allows you to accomplish various obstacles, situations, and experiences with your partner. It's definitely a fun experience we recommend.
If you make a reservation through Creatrip, you can get a 50% discount!
Alive Museum & Dynamic Maze | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 인사동길 12 대일빌딩
12 Insadong-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 11am - 6pm; Last Entrance 5pm
Price: 24,000 KRW
Directions: Walk about 211m from Exit 5 of Jongro 3-ga Station
Visit the Color Pool Museum
For those of you who love to take photos, the Color Pool Museum is the perfect place. There are 9 different rooms with different themes, each with a spectacular colorful landscape!
You can do a bunch of creative poses with your friends in all the unique rooms.
We definitely recommend you go to the Color Pool Museum and have a good time.
Color Pool Museum (컬러풀뮤지엄) | Information
Location: 서울 종로구 관훈동 인사동길 49, 안녕인사동 6층
49 Insadong-gil, Gwanghoon-dong, Jongro-gu, Seoul
Hours: Daily 10:00 - 20:00 (Last Entry at 19:00)
- Adults (13 and up) -
15,000 KRW14,000 KRW
- Kids (2 - 12 years old) -
12,000 KRW11,000 KRW
Directions: Walk 230m from Exit 6 of Anguk Station
We hope you found this list of activities useful for adding things to your to-do list while in Insadong. We definitely think each item on the list presents and experience of its own that will enrich your time while in the culture hub of Insadong.
If you'd like more information on transportation, restaurants, shopping, and cafes in Insadong, then make sure to check out our Insadong Locals Guide.
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