Last weekend, the long awaited sunshine of summer inspired me to head north of the Han river and explore Seoul’s Samcheong-dong (삼청동) neighbourhood.
I instantly fell in love with the area with all its charming cafes and confusing alleys. It was the perfect place to visit to experience both the modern and ancient charms of Seoul. Bukchon Hanok Village(see post here) is actually within walking distance, so I definitely recommend combining a trip to these places when planning an itinerary.
There’s something about Samcheong-dong that makes me feel like I have stepped into a European country, but with one foot still in Korea. It has a quaint, charming feel to it, but with chic, artsy cafes, boutiques, galleries, flower shops and eateries, wedged in the narrow, rustic, alleys and hillsides- everything is modern, yet traditional at the same time. I won’t say too much more about this neighbourhood. Put on some comfy sneakers, take your camera and go explore it for yourself. There really is so much to see and do that one day sadly won’t be enough! Here are a few snapshots I took on my journey:
Coffee on a rooftop overlooking Seoul’s mountains, skyscrapers and the great Gyeongbokgung-palace? Yes please!
Oh hey there, Mickey!
Tak Girl is a very famous accessory store in Samcheong-dong. Similar to the ‘one dollar store’ in America. Everything is cute and costs between 1 and 5 bucks! A fun place to buy gifts or souvenirs.
HOW TO GET THERE:
1. From Exit # 2 of Anguk Station (Subway Line # 3) walk straight for approx. 700 m
2. From Exit #5 of Gyeongbokgung Palace Station (Seoul Subway Line # 3), walk 10-15 min along the stone wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace to the starting point of the Samcheong-dong walkway.