Walking around Seoul, you really never know what you are going to find. As a tourist here I am really spoiled. They take tourism really seriously and its not hard to find an exhibit or performance going on somewhere. In areas like Insadong, where a traditional street is filled with culture and eateries, you can almost always bet on something happening there every single day.
For my last week in Korea I knew I had to go to Insadong. Sadly although I have lived here almost a year and a half I haven’t seen a lot of Seoul’s most popular attractions for foreigners. Over the years Insadong has become more commercial and lost some of it’s traditional flare, but it still has a charm to it and there are still a few traditional shops and alleys that haven’t succumbed to making a quick buck off of the tourists.
I was surprised to find a nature exhibit right at the entrance of the main street in Insadong! I couldn’t find a clear sign to figure out what was going on but there were a lot of pieces using recycled materials and flowers. They were all really beautiful and it was so crowded! I actually came back the next week to take pictures because it was almost impossible to get nice pictures with so many people moving around.
It was really hard to pick a favorite but I loved the people made from small flower pots. I thought the Garden Bucket Challenge piece was a really great eco-friendly take on the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS! Very creative and beautiful.
The toilet garden was pretty too, Korea loves its toilet/poop humor so I wasn’t surprised to see it.
The animals made out of recyclables must have taken forever to make! They all made me think that anything could be made beautiful and useful. Making me feel guilty about wasting things!
It was a beautiful day in Insadong and I even got to watch a traditional dance performance there to celebrate the opening of a new store. You really never know what you will find there, and there are three other major attractions within walking distance that you can check out too.