Seoul: Insadong Street Food

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Korea, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Insadong Street Food

From Gwangjang Market ( last weeks post) 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 Street light, 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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Berlin Wall, Seoul


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

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.


"Insadong Street Food"


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!


"Insadong Street Food"


One of my favorite shots of the day!

"Insadong Street Food"


I want to sample these shrimp mandu the next time I visit!


"Insadong Street Food"


My taste buds danced when these little fellas got dipped into a bit of soy sauce and popped into my waiting mouth! 🙂


"Insadong Street Food"


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 savored every morsel dipped in a bit of soy sauce. My favorite 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!


"Insadong Street Food"

How to Get to Insadong

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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  1. I love street food and markets – oh the sights and smells & tastes. One of the best things about overseas travel. Wonderful. How amazing to see a piece of the Berlin Wall in Seoul.

  2. Hi Jill! I was surprised. I had no idea that a piece of the wall had made it here.

  3. I love that unexpected find across the world! Having seen what remains in Berlin, I’d love to put that on my list of sights when I get to Seoul. It’s one of my ‘to visit’ places!

    • Hi CT! Yes, definitely visit the wall when you’re in Seoul. It was so unexpected!

  4. The shrimp mandu photo is my favourite, but I’m pretty sure that I am biased because I want to eat the whole steamer full! I would love to get there before lunch and sample as many different morsels as I could.

    • Hi, Jan! I’d be fighting you for the shrimp. Next time I go there, I am going to indulge. I think I’ll go alone, so I don’t have to share. I’m bad! 🙂

  5. I have to admit that the chunk of the Berlin Wall wasn’t expected as part of this tour. And I have to tell Jan, above, that I want part of that steamer full of shrimp!

    • Hi, Jackie. I couldn’t believe it either. My first reaction was WTH! Until you know what you’re looking at it just looks a piece of ugly cement. We’re all going to be fighting over those shrimp. The day you and I and Jan arrive they better have extra! 🙂

  6. I like this food crawl experience! Market first and then some more street food. That is what I am talking about! The mandu look so delicious. I can be eating things like that all day. There is a part of the Berlin Wall in Los Angeles too.

    • Hi, Ruth! Interesting! I must do some research and find out all of the cities that have a piece. Chronicling a visit to each one could be fun. The mandu was fantastic!

  7. Nancie, I did not know a part of the Berlin wall was in Seoul. Also, I have got to return to Korea and learn how to make mandu! Love the photo of the shrimp! Yum!

    • Hi, Corrine! I think it’s a well-kept secret, even though it’s very close to Insadong. I’ve made mandu and I think everyone should try it once and of course if you live in a country that doesn’t sell mandu you could make your own all the time. Friends would love you! The wrappers are called “pee” and you buy them frozen (even in Korea!) 🙂

  8. Loved learning about “Berlin Square” in downtown Seoul and South Korea’s hope for a future reunification. (And I look forward to hearing a retelling of your Berlin Wall story in Germany when you make your next visit to Portugal!) The street food looks amazing with so many offerings and a wide variety of tastes. It’s not hard to see that you would have to exercise some restraint to keep your portions to “taste” size so you could get through the whole tour!

    • Hi, Anita! It was hard not to eat everything in sight! Next time I see you, I will share my Berlin wall story!

  9. I love Seoul’s street food. I absolutely loved Hotteok! There was also this chicken skewer that I really loved at the Ehwa district. So much great food for so cheap! I had no idea there was a piece of the Berlin wall in Seoul though. Wish I had known when I was in the city!

    • Hi, Bryna! The Berlin Wall is a well-kept secret! I enjoy chicken skewers. Years ago I lived in a neighborhood where we had our own skewer man. Every Friday afternoon was chicken skewer happy hour! 🙂

  10. That photo with all the steam is very eyecatching. Excellent work! All the food looks delicious. I have trouble planning ahead and turning away from food even when I know more is to come. Bravo to you and your willpower. Although, perhaps knowing that you can come back later for the japchae helped versus if you had been a short term visitor in Seoul.

  11. Aw, you are making me hungry for Asia!

    • Hi, Cindy! Thanks for dropping by. Come for a visit and we’ll eat some delicious food!

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