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From Gwangjang Market we headed off to find the Insadong Street food scene. Welcome to week 298 (10/20/2016) of Travel Photo Thursday. First, we trekked along Seoul’s Cheonggyecheon Stream
what seemed like forever for about twenty minutes. Returning to street level, we came face to face with a piece of the Berlin Wall located in an outdoor plaza dubbed “Berlin Square.” A piece of the Berlin Wall in downtown Seoul took me completely by surprise! The city is home to three cement slabs from the Wall, along with a Berlin Streetlight, and benches and trees gifted to the city by Germany.
The plaza symbolizes the future reunification of the two Koreas and Berlin provides financial support for the plaza. In fact, the last time I saw the Berlin Wall, it was standing, and I was on the verge of being arrested for not having the correct train ticket to travel between East and West Berlin. What a day that was!
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Seoul: The Berlin Wall
How to get to the Berlin Wall Seoul:
Located along the Cheonggyecheon stream adjacent to Samilgyo Bridge.
There are three subway stations nearby:
Line 1 Jonggak Station exit 5
Line 2 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 1
Line 3 Euljiro 3(Sam)-ga Station exit 3
Seoul: Korean Traditional Food
Our first stop for Insadong street food was at the Japchae Hotteok cart. My experience with Hotteok’s is that they are filled with a sweet syrupy mixture. These came as a complete surprise, filled with Korean Japchae, which is a combination of noodles and vegetables. I love japchae but must admit that I didn’t try this, and it wasn’t because I didn’t want a little bite. My tummy too full from all the deliciously rich and starchy concoctions that we sampled at Gwangjang Market. I also knew that we were heading to the best mandu restaurant in Insadong, so I was saving myself! I want to return and sample the Japchae Hotteok one of these days soon.
Next, we headed down the street to Bukchon Mandu, which serves a wide variety of tasty mandu. Can you tell that the menu is in both Korean and English? Having an English menu made it even harder to decide! Some of the best Insadong Street food is here at Bukchon Mandu.
One of my favourite shots of the day! I think the steam from the serving table creates an interesting ambience.
I want to sample these shrimp mandu the next time I visit!
My taste buds danced when these little fellas got dipped into a bit of soy sauce and popped into my waiting mouth! 🙂
We ate in the small dining area behind the kitchen. The lights are bright, so taking good photos was a challenge. Each mandu was cooked to perfection, and we savoured every morsel dipped in a bit of soy sauce. My favourite was the galbi with a moist filling that had a hint of sweetness. This is the first time that I have ever seen mandu shaped like cylinders. Usually, they’re shaped like the hats that you see on the other plate. The galbi mandu would be quick and easy to make at home!
Seoul: How to Get to Insadong Street Food
You can arrive at Insadong via subway Line 3, Anguk Station, Exit 6. On Saturday and Sunday, the street closes to traffic. Try to come early before the afternoon crowds.
Have you tried Insadong street food, or have you sampled mandu somewhere else in your travels? Let us know in the comments!
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