Heart and Seoul 2014 – The Charm of Samcheong-dong

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*This is part of a series of posts under the category Heart and Seoul 2014.

Samcheong-dong is my favorite place in Seoul. I fell in love with it when I first visited Seoul in 2012 and my recent trip confirmed that the place is still as charming as ever.

Geographically speaking, Samcheong-dong is really one of those unique places in Seoul. To its left lies Gyeongbokgung, while Changdeokgung lies to its right. Cheongwadae is at its north, while Insadong is at its south. It’s a very tourist-friendly place in that you can visit all these 4 places plus Bukchon Hanok Village in just one day. Imagine that 126 Mansion is right smack in the middle of Samcheong-dong. It’s definitely a place that you would want to stay in just by speaking of location alone.

But Samcheong-dong is not just about location. True to its name which means clean water, beautiful neighboring mountains, and kind-hearted residents, Samcheong-dong has a unique charm that harmonizes tradition with the fresh youthful vibe of the present. The artistic appeal of the place comes from the fact that there is a beautiful integration of the serene and antique beauty of traditional houses and the hip vibe of chic galleries, resaturants, and cafes that have sprung up in the area.

Some of the cafes that I checked out in 2012 are still there:

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samcheong-dong

There’s a new cafe that I discovered and it’s hidden in one of the alleyways. The cafe has great interiors and it has this al fresco area with cute flowers and wooden chairs.

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This photo was taken by my good friend and travel companion, @targurl444.

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This photo was taken by my good friend and travel companion, @targurl444.

It was Spring when I went there this year and there were so many beautiful flowers in the area. Some were on the streets while some were in the chic cafes that can be found all over the place.

samcheongdong spring

samcheongdong spring

samcheongdong spring

samcheongdong spring

samcheongdong spring

samcheongdong spring

The Samcheong-dong Walkway is still my favorite route when going to the Anguk Station or Insadong. As usual, there were cafes, restaurants, and local artists selling their masterpieces.

samcheongdong walkway

samcheongdong walkway

This photo was taken by my good friend and travel companion, @targurl444.

samcheongdong art

samcheongdong art

samcheongdong art

Samcheong-dong can be accessed through Anguk Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 1. Go straight for about 100 meters and turn right onto the alleyway (Samcheong-dong Walkway) which is next to Pungmun Girl’s High School. Just continue along the road. Here’s the map in case you need it.

samcheongdong map

Hope you enjoyed this post. Stay tuned for more posts about my recent trip to Seoul. Until then, Annyeong!

 

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