Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong
The next time you visit Seoul, you can stay at AccorHotel’s Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong. It is located in the heart of Seoul in the Insadong district which is famous for traditional antique and art shops. The hotel is surrounded by Korean Palaces and is walking distance to Bukchon Hanok Village, Cheongyecheon stream in Myeongdong and City Hall in Dongdaemun.
The view of the neighbourhood from the 10th floor roof top of Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong (Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong photo)
The hotel features 363 comfortable rooms with free WiFi, a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, hot bath and three meeting rooms. The rooftop offers panoramic views of Namsan N Tower and popular monuments of Seoul.
There are five things you should do.
Take a Walk Around Hanok Village in Iksun-dong
Iksun-Dong (Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong photo)
Iksun-dong’s Hanok Village is the oldest Hanok village in Korea. Hanoks are traditional houses in Korea. The village was developed in the 1920s as a residential area and today it is only three minutes away from Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong. The traditional buildings are surrounded by urban concrete buildings making this village an island of the past.
Enjoy a full view of the Hanok Village from the tenth-floor rooftop at Ibis Ambassador Insadong before heading to the village where you can visit a Vintage Bonnie shop, Fruist tea shop and DIY perfumes, Garden Café and its flower garden, Guhbooke (Turtle) supermarket that sells items from the 80s.
Indulge in Korean Barbeque in Jongro Doneui-dong’s Skirtmeat Street
Jongro’s Skirtmeat (Galmehgi) Street is famous for it restaurants. Skirtmeat is only available in Korea, and you can enjoy this at these restaurants. Many office workers gather around this area after office hours to enjoy Korean-style barbeque. The area was featured on a famous Korean food channel and has become more popular than before.
Visit Mi Galmehgi-sal Restaurant, which is just five minutes away on foot from Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong.
Visit Insadong Ssamziegil
Visit Ssamziegil to get your souvenirs to bring home. Rent a Korean traditional dress from Ohnul-Haru Hanbok, a Korean traditional dress rental shop and take a tour around the four palaces in the dress. Great for photo taking. Wearing a traditional dress gets your free entry into all the four palaces. You can also enjoy traditional tea, Korean meals or even make Kimchi at the Kimchi Museum.
Ssamziegil is located five minutes from Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong.
Visit Changdeokgung Palace and Gyeongbokgung Palace
Changdeokgung Palace is located within a large park in Jongno-gu, Seoul. It is one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built during the Joseon Dynasty and was the principal palace for many kings of that dynasty. Check out the gigantic tree in the rear garden. It is over 300 years old. This palace has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. It is recognised as a World Cultural Heritage site. Do note that the Chandeokgung Palace is closed on Mondays.
Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395. The Northern Palace is the largest of all five palaces. The National Palace Museum of Korea is located south of Heungnyemun Gate, and the National Folk Museum is located on the eastern side within Hyangwonjeong. The Gyeongbokgung Palace is closed on Tuesdays.
There is an admission charge of 3,000 Won for adults and 1,500 won for children seven to 18 years of age to the individual palaces. There is also an Integrated Palace Ticket priced at 10,000 won that gives you access to four palaces including Changdeokgung Palace, Changgyeonggung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jongmyo Shrine.
Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dong
Bukchon Hanok Village was a traditional residential area for high officials of the past. The village of hundreds of hanoks or traditional houses is surrounded by Gyeongbokgung Palace, Chandeokgung Palace and the Jongmyo Shrine. Bukchon translates to ‘northern village’. The neighbourhood lies north of two significant Seoul landmarks – the Cheonggyecheon Stream and Jongno. You’ll see cultural centres, guesthouses, restaurants and tea houses in this village today.
The village is near Samcheong-dong which has many shops that sell aesthetic products and also clothing. The are some forty different galleries here. There are also many European-style cafés and trendy shops. Along the main street in Samcheong-dong and Hwagae-gil Street, you will be able to shop in comfort that you won’t be able to enjoy when shopping at the larger shopping malls.
Bukchon Hanok Village and Samcheong-dong are 20 minutes away from Ibis Ambassador Seoul Insadong.