The charms of Samcheong-dong
Last year, I brought three Pinay visitors to Samcheong-dong and Bukcheon. They told me they might not have seen those places if they had joined a group tour. Maybe, since I don’t really see a lot of foreign tourists in those places whenever we visit (which is not really often).
Samcheong-dong is a hilly neighborhood in Jongro-gu located near Gyeongbok-gung (the palace). The first time I went to this place was sometime in the fall of 2004. It was so lovely with the fall colors of the trees, the quaint shops, restaurants, cafes, galleries and couples walking on the sidewalk holding hands.
I’ve been to Samcheong-dong a couple of times but I haven’t really had the chance to take photographs until last year, when I brought the three Pinays there. We met after a late breakfast at Dunkin Donuts. I first took them to Changdeok-gung and then we walked to Bukcheon and went down Samcheong-dong. From there, we took a taxi to Gyeonghui-gung where we watched a taekwondo demonstration. Late lunch at a Chinese restaurant. We walked again to Gwanghwamun Plaza where they had a blast taking pictures of the gorgeous flowers that occupied half of the area that time. Took them to Insa-dong and then Namsan Hanok Village to wear hanbok. Oh we had such a long day that we didn’t go home until after 11PM.
One of the must-see places in Seoul is Samcheong-dong. It’s unlike your ordinary Korean street. The people are a little more fashionable than the average. The crowd is usually younger. If you’re ever in Seoul and you have an hour or two to spare, do drop by Samcheong-dong to see a different face of the city.
Shops, cafes and galleries…
Flea market on Saturdays